There is currently just the 1 ferry route running between Italy and Hvar Island operated by 1 ferry company – Jadrolinija. The Ancona to Stari Grad ferry crossing operates weekly with a scheduled sailing duration from about 14 hours 15 minutes.
Whilst we’ve taken great care to ensure the information on this page is correct, as the frequency and duration of crossings on all routes can vary from time to time we’d advise that you get a live quote for current availability on this Italy Hvar Island crossing between Ancona and Stari Grad.
Italy is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Together with Greece, it is known as the birthplace of Western culture.
Full of high art and monuments, almost every small village in Italy offers a few interesting locations. From the Roman ruins, Byzantine cities and Renaissance masterpieces to cobblestone streets, beautiful churches and wide variety of stunning beaches, Italy is a place that provides rare experiences that can never be overrated.
Italy is the ideal departure country for those travelling by ferry with numerous amazing destinations, many of them domestic on offer. With so many miles of coastline and famous islands to choose from, the list of destinations is truly unrivalled. In terms of international travel, Italy is connected to almost all of the countries in the Adriatic Sea as well as featuring numerous links to Greece, Tunisia and Spain.
The short island crossings are usually made with small passenger vessels while the longer international journeys are operated by luxurious cruise ferries.
Just under 4 miles from mainland Croatia, Hvar sits between the islands of Vis, Korčula and Brač.
The Mediterranean climate and white sandy beaches help make Hvar Island one of the most attractive tourist spots in the Adriatic. Hvar has four towns (Hvar, Sućuraj, Jelsa and Stari Grad), the main one sharing its name with the island and is located in the south west. Hvar town is a particularly popular destination for tourists and features a number of hotels, one of Europe’s oldest theatres, some lively street café's and vibrant night-life.
Stari Grad on the north side of the island is the next biggest and second most popular town and along with Hvar the entry point by ferry. Ferries travel across the Adriatic Sea from Italy departing from Pescara (to Hvar) and Ancona (to Stari Grad). Ferry crossings are seasonal running from July to the end of August in line with the peak season. If travelling on foot then head to Hvar as it’s a shorter and more frequent crossing or if you’re travelling with a vehicle then you’ll need to sail to Stari Grad.