Northern Italy to Croatia Ferries
Fast ferry from Venice to Istria
From the northern coast of Italy, there are some great fast catamaran ferry connections between Venice and Istria in Croatia, where Porec, Umag, Rovinj and Pula are all connected by fast catamaran ferry service. These convenient lines enable visitors to Venice to get to an overnight trip to Istria (departing in the afternoon and getting back in the morning) and experience some of the highlights of this lovely Croatian region.
The ferry trip in the opposite direction, from Istria to Venice is often used as an excellent day trip to explore this amazing Italian city for visitors to Istrian towns to do some Venice sightseeing while holidaying in Porec, Rovinj, Umag or Pula.
Besides day trips, quite a few visitors to Italy choose to visit Croatia too and are using these fast ferries for one-way journeys to continue further along the Croatian coast or to other Italian destinations.
If you are visiting Venice or Istria it can be a great idea to take a day or two detours to visit either of those places. The ferries are connecting the Italian and Croatian coasts from April to September, starting from once a week to six times a week, depending on the season.
As Venice to Croatia is a fast and short ferry journey (up to 3 hrs), there are no cabins available as it doesn’t include overnight crossings.
Although these ferries are run by at least two companies (Venezia Lines and Adriatic Lines), advance booking is advisable, especially for the high season (June to September) when ferries tend to get fully booked.
Fast ferry from Pesaro and Cesenatico to Rovinj, Losinj, Pag, Rab and Zadar
Although Venice is among the most popular Italian destinations and very busy in the North Adriatic region, there is also another option – Pesaro and Cesenatico are is also a busy ferry connecting points between the Croatian and Italian coasts.
A fast catamaran ferry connection between Pesaro or Cesenatico to Rovinj, Losinj, Pag, Rab and Zadar is running in July and August connecting Croatian and Italian coasts several times a week. The advance booking for these lines is advisable due to the limited amount of places available on these ferries.
Southern Italy to Croatia Ferries
Southern Italy to Croatia is all overnight and fairly slow ferry crossings (up to 11 hrs) that are run by large car and passenger ferries offering deck and cabins accommodation too. These crossings are popular among passengers exploring Italy by car or camper vans as well as among backpackers and budget travelers.
Ancona to Zadar Ferries
Jadrolinija, the local Croatian ferry company, maintains a direct car ferry service from Ancona to Zadar and back from May to September. The journey is an overnight crossing by a large car ferry boat with almost unlimited deck passenger spaces.
If you are a foot passenger and do not need a cabin, advance booking for this ferry is not essential. However, if you have a car or need a cabin, it is advisable to book well ahead.
Ancona to Split Ferries
This popular ferry service Ancona to Split and back is run by two ferry companies: Jadrolinija and SNAV.
Jadrolinija maintains the all-year-round connection between Ancona and Split while Snav runs this service from April to October. In the summer months, Stari Grad on Hvar is also included once a week as a stopover between Ancona and Split.
Bari to Dubrovnik Ferries
This is one of the most popular ferry crossings from southern Italy to the Croatian town of Dubrovnik. It is run by Jadrolinija usually from late March to early November.
For updated schedules and advance bookings, check here.
How to Get from Italy to Croatia by ferry
- Venice to Zadar by Ferry
- Venice to Split by Ferry
- Ancona to Dubrovnik by Ferry
- Venice to Dubrovnik by Ferry
- Ancona to Zadar ferry
- Ancona to Split ferry
- Bari to Dubrovnik ferry
Venezia LinesVenezia Lines ferry company is a popular shipping company that serves fast ferry crossings in the North Adriatic sea, connecting Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia. Fleet Venezia Lines ferry company has a fleet of 2 ships: San Frangisk and San Pawl. Both ships serve fast ferry routes between Italia and Croatia (Istria) – here are basic statistics: Ship Lenght Accommodation Capacity Garage Speed... Read more » Venezia Lines
Ancona to Zadar FerryAncona to Zadar ferry is run by the Jadrolinija ferry company. It sails from June to September. Zadar to Ancona is an overnight ferry with a journey time of about 9 hours. The ferry is sailing from two to five times a week. Here are the schedules and prices. Schedules and timetables (2022) Timetables Zadar – Ancona – Zadar ferry... Read more » Ancona to Zadar Ferry
Bari Ferry PortSituated at the waterfront of this lovely Italian city, Bari ferry port and passenger terminal are within the walking distance from this vibrant city’s squares, hotels, markets, and several amazing landmarks. Car ferries to and from Albania, Greece, and Croatia all arrive and depart from here. From here you can get direct international overnight crossing to Croatia, Albania, and Greece... Read more » Bari Ferry Port
Venice Ferry PortVenice port has two ferry terminals, both situated at the waterfront of this lovely Italian city. San Basilio Passenger Terminal is within the walking distance of this popular and romantic city’s landmarks while Fusina Ferry and Cruise Terminal is a bit further away, easily reachable by local water taxis and Vaporettos. Ferries to and from Greece, Croatia, and Slovenia all arrive... Read more » Venice Ferry Port
Trieste Ferry PortLocated at the waterfront of this northern Adriatic Italian city, Trieste ferry port and cruise terminal are within the walking distance from the city center and its squares, landmarks, hotels, and markets. Car ferries to and from Italy to Albania and fast ferries to/from Slovenia and Croatia (Istria) arrive and depart from here. You can get direct international overnight crossing to Albania, from where you can continue... Read more » Trieste Ferry Port
Ancona Ferry PortSituated in at the waterfront of this lovely Italian city, Ancona ferry port and cruise terminal is on the walking distance from this vibrant city’s squares, hotels, markets and several amazing landmarks. Car ferries to and from Albania, Greece, and Italy all arrive and depart from here. Besides Bari, from here you can get direct international overnight crossing to Albania,... Read more » Ancona Ferry Port
Split Ferry PortSituated in the very centre of the city, Split ferry port and cruise terminal is one of the busiest ferry ports in Croatia. Car ferries to and from Ancona, Italy arrive and depart from this spot as well as numerous local ferries to nearby islands and to Dubrovnik all arrive and depart from this busy place (detailed local ferry schedules... Read more » Split Ferry Port
Bari to Dubrovnik ferryBari to Dubrovnik ferry is run by Jadrolinija ferry company. It sails from April to October. Dubrovnik to Bari is mostly an overnight ferry with a journey time of about 10 hours. The ferry is sailing from two to four times a week, depending on the season. Here are the schedules, bookings, and prices. Schedules and timetables Bari – Dubrovnik – Bari Ferry schedules and... Read more » Bari to Dubrovnik ferry
Ancona to Split FerryAncona to Split ferry is run by the Jadrolinija ferry company. In 2022, it will sail from 01.01.2022 to 31.12.2022. Split to Ancona is an overnight ferry with a journey time of about 11 hours. The ferry is sailing from two to four times a week. Here are the schedules, bookings, and prices. Schedules and timetables Ancona – Split – Ancona Ferry schedules and Timetables... Read more » Ancona to Split Ferry
Dubrovnik Ferry PortSituated in Gruz bay, the working class area of Dubrovnik, the ferry port and cruise terminal is on about three kilometres distance from the Old City of Dubrovnik. Car Ferries to and from Bari, Italy arrive and depart from this spot. For time being, this is the only direct international overnight crossing from Dubrovnik and south Croatia. From here, you... Read more » Dubrovnik Ferry Port
Some Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long is a boat ride from Italy to Croatia?
A: From 3 hrs to 11 hrs, depending on the route
Q: Can you take a ferry from Italy to Croatia?
Q: How long is the ferry ride from Venice to Croatia?
A: About 3 hours max
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