How To Get From Dubrovnik To Korčula (& Korčula To Dubrovnik)

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Sarah-Jane has lived in Croatia for 10+ years. SJ, as she is known, has been traveling the Balkans & beyond since 2000. She now shares her passion for traveling with her husband & kids.

This detailed transportation guide tells you how to get from Dubrovnik to Korčula by ferry and other options abouy the Korčula to Dubrovnik ferry.

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You’re not the only one wondering about how to get from Dubrovnik to Korčula – after all, these two places are popular and not that far apart on the map!

Each year it seems that the Dubrovnik Airport gets busier and busier, making island-hopping the southern islands easier than ever. There are several ways to get to Korčula from Dubrovnik. We’ll cover them below.

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Dubrovnik To Korčula Ferry

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By far, the most popular option to get to Korčula from Dubrovnik is by ferry. Keep in mind the Dubrovnik to Korčula ferry option is only available to those on foot; it is not possible to take vehicles on this route. If you have a car, skip down below.

The ferry from Dubrovnik to Korčula is seasonal – meaning it is not operational during winter. The ferry to Korčula runs from April to October only, and even then, they do not operate daily. At the time of writing, there are approximately three ferries per day from June through to September.

The ferry will drop you in Dominče, just on the edge of Korčula Town, which is around a 30-minute walk, or you can jump on an island bus or take a taxi.

Info: Lots of people ask about a car ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula – sadly, there is no talk of this being reintroduced, as it was a few years ago.

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Bus From Dubrovnik To Korčula

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If you’d rather catch a bus, there is a bus that takes the picturesque coastal road from Dubrovnik to Orebić, which then will require you to take a ferry across to the island (a quick 15-minute ride); from there, you can make your way to your destination by bus, taxi or car hire.

The ferries from Orebić to Korčula run year-round.

Shuttle Bus Dubrovnik Airport To Korčula 

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From April, you can take a shuttle direct from Dubrovnik airport all the way to Korčula. The shuttle will drive you from the airport, down to Orebić, then across on the ferry, which takes 15 minutes. The last Dubrovnik to Korčula shuttle stops in October.

Driving From Dubrovnik To Korčula

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The drive from Dubrovnik to Korčula takes approximately two hours. The quality of the roads is safe, though very busy, and the traffic won’t allow you very much time to take in the gob-smacking views.

If your accommodation does not have parking, you may want to rethink taking your car, as parking in Korčula is a total nightmare in summer and the historic Old Town is a car-free zone. There is now a parking area in Orebić not too far from the ferry terminal, but you should know it is not free and gets very busy in peak periods. 

Private Transfer From Dubrovnik To Korčula

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If your plane lands at odd times, there is a group of you, or you have lots of luggage, it can be very beneficial to have a local driver pick you up at the airport and take you directly to your accommodation on Korčula island.

The driver will buy the tickets and take care of the navigation, so the extra cost is often very much worth it. Several companies can arrange a private transfer between Dubrovnik and Korčula – we recommend you use our company – Octopus Transfers Croatia. 

The other upside to taking a private transfer is to fully appreciate the kick-ass views of the local houses, vineyards, and out to sea as your driver takes you along the coastal roads on the Pelješac Peninsula and when on Korčula.

As there is no airport on Korčula Island, most people choose to fly into Split or Dubrovnik, so we hope we have found finding your way to Korčula Island easier!

Comments (2)

  1. Hi Sarah-Jane,
    My friend and I are interested in traveling to Croatia in Mid November for 10 days. We would really appreciate some guidance in planning our trip. We are wondering if this is the best time to visit due to limited ferry service to islands and also wondering about the weather.
    What sort of guidance do you offer, i.e. travel agent/booking tours, being a tour guide, general suggestions, etc.
    Thank you,
    Marci

    1. I hope that you all have a fabulous time, I do not offer any agent style services, but you can find 1000+ posts here. https://www.chasingthedonkey.com/croatia-travel-blog/

      raveling to Croatia in mid-November can offer a unique experience, although it’s important to consider a few factors like weather and seasonal services. Here’s what you should know:

      Weather in Croatia in November
      Temperature: November marks the beginning of the cooler season in Croatia. The coastal areas, including cities like Dubrovnik and Split, will have milder temperatures ranging from 10°C to 16°C (50°F to 60°F). Inland cities like Zagreb can be cooler.
      Rainfall: November is one of the wetter months, particularly along the Adriatic coast. You should be prepared for rainy days.
      Limited Ferry Services
      Island Accessibility: Many ferry services reduce their frequency or stop operating to certain smaller islands during the off-season. Major routes, like those to larger islands such as Hvar or Korčula, still operate but less frequently.
      Planning: Check the latest ferry schedules on official websites like Jadrolinija to ensure you can reach your desired destinations.

      Here is a suggested 10 day itinerary you can try, https://www.chasingthedonkey.com/10-days-in-croatia-itinerary/

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