Getting by ferry from Pula to Hvar island could be a very good opportunity to see a large part of the Croatian coast from the ferry. At present, there is no direct ferry crossing connecting these places, but you can reach Hvar island in a pleasant way, with a couple of transport option changes.
The total distance between Pula and Hvar island is 275 km and the time involved for this route is at least 9 hours with one daily departure option. Here are the travel options:
Schedules, Tickets & Cost
|Departs Pula (Ferry)||2-5 times a week||early morning||27 Euro|
|– Arrives Zadar||5 hrs later|
|Departs Zadar (Bus)||daily||early afternoon||17 Euro|
|– Arrives Split||2-3 hrs later|
|Departs Split (Ferry)||daily||afternoon/early evening||8 Euro|
|– Arrives in Hvar Town, Jelsa, or Stari Grad||1 hour later||several times per day|
|Total Cost||52 Euro|
The first leg of the trip is Pula to Zadar ferry. It lasts just under 5 hours. Departing in the early morning at about 7:00 you will arrive in Zadar just in time to get on the 12:40 bus to Split. The ticket price for this part is about 27 euros one way. Note: As this part of the route is not served daily, check schedules carefully.
The second leg of the trip is Zadar to Split journey. It lasts between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the route. Departing at 12:30 you will arrive in Split at about 15:00. The ticket price for this part is about 17 euros one way. Note: If you depart from Zadar too late, you may risk missing the last ferry departure to the island. In that case, overnight in Split and get on the earliest ferry the following morning @ 07:40 (Krilo) or 09:15 (Tp Line).
The third leg of the trip is the Split to Hvar ferry. It lasts just one hour max. You can get to Hvar Town, Stari Grad, or Jelsa directly from Split (map). The ticket price for this part is about 8 euros one way.
Ticket booking and cost
Although some parts of this journey may be on a tight schedule, an advance booking for this itinerary is important in July & August only, when ferries are very busy. Here is where to book your tickets:
- For the first leg of your journey, Pula to Zadar ferry (ticket cost: 27 Euro) – Krilo/Kapetan Luka
- For the second leg of your journey, Zadar to Split, (ticket cost: 17 Euro)
- For the third leg of the journey, Split to Hvar, (ticket cost: 8 Euro) – Tp Line, Jadrolinija or Krilo
- The total estimated one-way cost of all legs of the journey is 52 euros.
- Bus from Pula to Split and ferry to Hvar
- Flight from Pula to Split with change in Zagreb & ferry to Hvar
- Island hopping from Pula to Hvar (involves several overnights on nearby islands)
Hvar to Pula by ferry
For the return journey, Hvar to Pula, you will start your trip in the morning from Hvar Town, at 07:30 and you will be in Split at 08:45. Get on a bus to Zadar to catch a ferry at 16:00 to Pula. You will arrive in Pula at 20:45. The total ticket cost is the same as above -> 52 euros. The alternatives are the same as above.
|Departs Hvar town, Jelsa, or Stari grad (ferry)||daily||early morning|
|– Arrives Split||1 hour later|
|Departs Split (bus)||daily||frequent departures|
|– Arrives Zadar||2 to 3 hours later|
|Departs Zadar (ferry)||2-5 times a week||late afternoon|
|– Arrives in Pula||5 hours later|
Here is a map of the first two legs of the trip (Pula to Split) and the third leg, the Split to Hvar Ferry the map is here. On these maps, you can see 3 steps of the journey. Step 1 – Pula to Zadar, Step 2 – Zadar to Split, and step 3 Split to Hvar island routes.
If you decide to try this route I would like to hear from you about your experience. Let me know your impressions.