Situated at the edge of Stari Grad (Island of Hvar), the Stari Grad ferry port is a busy car ferry port, the nearest one to Hvar town. Large car ferries arrive and depart from this spot, taking you to or from Split and to Ancona in Italy. The nearest alternative car ferry port on Hvar island is Sucuraj.
At the present, there is just one international ferry crossing from this ferry port – to & from Ancona. The nearest alternative international ferry ports except for Split are Zadar and Dubrovnik. You can cross to Italy to get on other ferries to travel further to Greece and Albania from there.
Ferry crossing to and from Stari Grad Ferry Port
|Split ⇆ Stari Grad Car Ferry (map)||Split → 2 hours → Stari Grad||3 – 6 times per day*|
|Ancona ⇆ Stari Grad Car Ferry||Ancona → 12 hours → Stari Grad||once a week **|
Getting To Stari Grad Ferry port
The ferry port is situated on the outskirts of the town, about 2 km away from the town center. The most convenient way to reach the port is by local bus or taxi although there is a nice walking path along the waterfront. If you are driving, and need to leave a car here, see the info about parking further down the article. GPS coordinates: 43.18134, 16.57611
Distance from Stari Grad ferry port to
|Hvar Town||Sucuraj||Jelsa||Vrboska||Town Centre|
|Distance (km)||15 km||62 km||9 km||8 km||2 km|
How to get from Stari Grad ferry port to the Hvar
There is a regular local bus service that connects Stari Grad and its car ferry port with the Hvar town as well to Jelsa and Vrboska (stopping at Milna, Zarace & Dubovica). From the Stari Grad ferry terminal to the Hvar catamaran port will take about 20 minutes by bus. The bus is waiting for each car ferry arriving from Split. It will take you to the Hvar bus station (Dolac, 21450, Hvar) (map), about a 7 min walk from the ferry port (walking directions) and pretty close to the town center. You will buy your ticket on the bus. Bus schedules and details are here.
How to get from Split airport to the Stari Grad ferry port
There are no direct transport connections between these two places. To get here from Split airport (the nearest airport), you get to Split town center where its ferry port is located, and from there get on a car ferry to here. The total travel time is about 3 hours.
A small Jadrolinija ticket office is located in the port itself, in the main terminal building. You can’t miss it, it’s there in a prominent location (map). They sell passenger and vehicle tickets (online booking). Bear in mind, if you are buying last-minute tickets for car crossings try to come early, as car places get sold pretty quickly, especially in the summer. If you are a foot passenger, there are always places available on the ferry so getting a last-minute ticket should not be a problem. Check what to wear on the ferry.
There is no left luggage office that offers luggage storage facilities in the port itself, you would need to use the town center storage (check with the local tourist office). However, you can always ask local port cafes to leave your luggage, it should be fine.
Parking in Stari Grad ferry port
If you are picking up or dropping off at the ferry terminal then there are parking bays directly outside the terminal for this purpose. If you are not taking your car on the ferry, this is also a long-stay car park. The closest you can get by car/taxi is about 20 meters from the ferry dock (see the above image).
Free Wi-Fi is available in local cafes, bars, and restaurants as well as inside the terminal and on some of the ferries. You can use the Wi-Fi service to go online for free anywhere in the vicinity. The WIFI network covers a large surrounding area around the port. Free WIFI is provided by the town’s tourist office.
You can see a detailed location of the port on the above map as well as the location of the nearest parking lot, bus station, taxi, etc. Here is a detailed map with the ferry and bus network:
Hvar Island Ferry Ports
Besides this one, there are 3 other ferry ports on Hvar island that are also good starting points for island hopping trips:
- Hvar – passenger ferry port
- Sucuraj – car ferry port – with a car ferry connection from/to Drvenik on the mainland.
- Jelsa – passenger ferry port – a passenger ferry connection from Split on the mainland and Bol (Brac island)