Split is a great place to explore more of Croatia. It has beautiful streets, great cafes and architecture that inspires film crews from afar. It's also a great place to go island-hopping from with boats regularly running from the port in town and are affordable for just a day of a longer trip.
One thing we did find was that it was ridiculously confusing figuring out timings, prices, and transport within the islands so here is the complete guide to island hopping from Croatia, starting with the two popular islands of Hvar and Brač.
nb: we travelled just off season; if travelling in high season, book further in advance than a day but expect more boats to be running.
- Tickets one way: 39 kuna (£5)
- Split to Hvar: 8:30am, 2:30pm, 8:30pm (with boarding half an hour before)
- Hvar to Split; 5:30am, 11:30pm, 5:30pm
- The Jadrolinija boat takes just under two hours, and gets in Stari Grad. With nothing much there, there is a bus waiting to take people from the boat to Hvar Town with tickets 27 kuna (£3.50) each way for the thirty-minute journey.
- It can be full so expect people standing in the aisles or try and haggle down a taxi that is already half full.
- Times during mid-season:
- With just over 2.5 hours travelling each way, and 66 kuna each way for the boat and bus.
The town has a peaceful vibe with recommended food joints including Fig Cage and 50 Hvar. It's famous for its nights at Hula Hvar Beach Bar as well as Carpe Diem, the nightclub only reachable by boat. A few days relaxing, clubbing and walking the old fortress is perfect for a trip out.
- Tickets one way: 28 kuna (£3.50)
- Split to Bol: 6:15am, 9am, 11am, 12:30am, 2:15pm, 4:30pm, 6:15pm, 8:30pm, 11:59pm
- Bol to Split: 6:30am, 7:45am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10:45pm
- The Jadrolinija boat is just under an hour, and goes from the port right at the end of the harbour in Split. When you arrive in the island, keep walking through the taxi men and get a bus from the depot.
- The return bus is 50 kuna (£6.20) compared to the taxis that are the same for just one way.
- This is an hour from Supetar to Bol where the famous Zlatni Rat is, although you can easily kill time at Supetar at the cafes and gelateria when waiting for a bus to arrive.
- Just under 2 hours travelling each way, and 53 kuna each way for the boat and bus.
A day trip is easily done if early to arrive and late to leave, but a few days gives the chance to explore all the adventure activities on offer including windsurfing, tennis and quad biking.
Island hopping is a great way to see so much more to Croatia for only a few hours out and a few hundred kuna.