The Adriatic islands of Hvar and Korčula are popular stops for visitors touring the region of Dalmatia in southern Croatia. The best way to travel from one island to the other is by private boat transfer because this is by far the quickest and most convenient option.
Passenger ferries also connect the two islands, but services are limited. Note that there are no direct car ferries linking Hvar to Korčula, so be aware that this option requires a ferry trip to the mainland followed by a ferry to the Pelješac peninsula, and finally a third ferry to Korčula. Traveling by bus is not an option as there are no bus connections between these two destinations.
If you're looking for a sailing trip through the Dalmatian islands, consider this 7-day sailing itinerary that takes you to the islands of Vis, Korčula, Hvar, and Pakleni.
By Private Boat
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Chartering a private boat is the quickest and most convenient way to get to Korčula from Hvar. Boat transfers are also ideal if you're traveling in a group or have a schedule to stick to. Journey times can vary depending on the type and speed of the boat. Be aware that boat transfers are not available in the winter or in the case of bad weather. Ask at your hotel or contact your local travel specialist to book a private boat transfer service.
By Passenger Ferry
Duration: 55-75 minutes
There are two ferry companies offering passenger services from Hvar to Korčula. Kapetan Luka has an early morning departure running from April to October, and a late morning departure from the end of May to the end of September. During the winter, this service is reduced to one departure a day.
Another option is to travel with Jadrolinija from Hvar Town to Vela Luka, located on the western tip of Korčula island. There's a daily afternoon departure operating year-round with the crossing taking 55 minutes. If your final destination is Korčula Town, there are six buses a day departing from Vela Luka.
Book at least 4-5 days in advance if you're traveling during the summer months as seats can fill up quickly.
By Rental Car & Ferry
Duration: 4.5-5.5 hours
Departures Sućuraj to Drvenik: 5:00 am – 10:00 pm daily. Up to 11 departures. (Schedule and frequency varies according to season,)
Departures Ploče to Trpanj: 5:00 am – 8:50 pm daily. Up to 7 departures. (Schedule and frequency varies according to season.)
Departures Orebić to Korčula Town: 12:30 am – 10:30 pm daily. Up to 18 departures. (Schedule and frequency varies according to season,)
There are no car ferries offering direct services between Hvar and Korčula. If you're traveling by rental car, drive to Sućuraj on the eastern tip of Hvar where you can catch a car ferry to Drvenik on the Croatian mainland. From Drvenik, drive south to Ploče and take the car ferry to Trpanj on the Pelješac peninsula. Drive next to Orebić, where a car ferry connects to Korčula Town.
Depending on the timing of your ferry in Sućuraj, Restoran Fortica is a great option for lunch or dinner. They offer an array of fresh seafood and outdoor seating overlooking the bay just north of the ferry terminal. If you need a snack or coffee in Drvenik, Caffe Bar "OZ" is conveniently located across the road from the ferry terminal. If you are craving something sweet, ARF Creperie on the north side of the bay (around the corner from the ferry terminal) is also worth considering. For food in Trpanj, Konoba Skojera is worth checking out and Restaurant Fulin in Polce is another great option. In Orebić there is a great ice cream shop called Oaza just a few minutes walk east of the ferry terminal on Obala Pomoraca.