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Korcula to Split

How to get from Korcula to Split?

If you are a foot passenger, there is a fast ferry catamaran that departs daily from Korcula Old Town to Split. This is the most convenient and fastest way to travel. If you are driving and need a car ferry, there are no direct car ferries between these two places. You have to either cross to Orebic (Peljesac) by car ferry and continue from there to drive across the Peljesac Peninsula and Peljesac bridge to Split or drive to Vela Luka and get on a car ferry to Split.

6 Ways to get from Korčula to Split

Transport optionTravel DurationCost (Ticket Price) €
Foot Passenger Ferry (Catamaran)2.5 – 3 hrs9 to 25 Euro (per person)
Car Ferry Vela Luka to Split3 hrsfrom 8 euro
Bus3 hrs 30 min24 Euro (single ticket)
Driving (Self Drive)3 hours
Private Transfer (Taxi)3 hours390 Euro (price for up to 6 persons)
Water Taxi (Private Boat Transfer)2 hours 30 min1150 Euro (price per speedboat for up to 7 people)
Departure from Korcula Island towards Split via Orebic by car ferry
Above photo: Departure from Korcula Island towards Split via Orebic by car ferry – port views

The nearest distance between Korcula Island and Split, across the sea, is 57 nautical miles (106 km). The easiest way to travel is by fast passenger ferry (catamaran). Here are the details:

By Foot Passenger Ferry (Catamaran)

Schedules, Tickets, Booking

Passenger Ferry (Catamaran)Departures*Ticket PricesBooking & Tickets
from Korčula Town to Split06:00, Fri&Sat 13:009-13 EuroBook here
April to October (June to September)09:15*, 13:00* & 18:15*30 EuroBook here
Departures*: High season: April (June) to (September) October

The three companies that run passenger ferries from Korcula to Split are Krilo (Kapetan Luka)TP Line, and Jadrolinija. Ferries depart from Korcula Town port, Prigradica, or Vela Luka and arrive at the same terminal in Split (see location map here) & a short video here.

Embarking on car ferry that departs from Korcula
Above photo: Embarking on the ferry that departs from Korcula

Important Note: 

In case of bad weather, the catamaran (fast passenger ferries) is not sailing. In such circumstances, you have to travel by car ferry via Vela Luka or Orebic. (see details below)

By Car Ferry and driving from Korcula to Split

The direct car ferry that connects Korcula Island and Split is via Vela Luka. So, if you are driving, you have just this option or alternatively, driving via car ferry to Orebic (check also the map below):

  • Step 1: Cross to the mainland by a car ferry from Korcula to Orebic (sails up to 15 times a day – see detailed schedule at croatiaferries.com website)
  • Step 2: Drive from Orebic to Split via Peljesac bridge using road E65.

By this shortest and fastest driving route, you can reach Split from Korcula in about 3 hours. The car ferry route is operated by Jadrolinija (tickets) Traveling on this route your driving time will be:

Driving sectionDistanceDriving time
Car Ferry Korcula to Orebic1.5 km15 minutes
Orebic to Peljesac bridge (Brijesta)40 km35 minutes
Peljesac Bridge (Komarna) to Split156 kmPeljesac Bridge to Split

Driving tips

  • Instead of driving all the way around, consider getting a car ferry from Vela Luka to Split (twice-a-day departures)
  • The Prapratno to Ston (Doli) section of the road (Peljesac Bridge access road) is now completed, and driving is much more pleasant than before.
Foot passenger catamaran to Split
Above photo: Foot passenger catamaran from Korcula to Split

By Bus

If you prefer to travel by bus, you can get a bus from Korcula daily at 21:30 arriving in Split at 01:00. The bus departs from Korcula’s bus terminal and gets on a car ferry to Orebic and from there drives to Split. Buses are not frequent, they run just once a day. It takes 3.5 hours and costs 24 Euro one way (check schedules & get a ticket)

Popular Routes: Split to Korcula, Korcula to Split, Dubrovnik to Korcula, Korcula to Dubrovnik

By Water Taxi (Private Boat Transfer)

A water taxi (private boat transfer) is the quickest way to travel between these two places. The cost is 1150 Euro for groups of up to 7 people and it takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. It can be a great option if the weather is perfect and money is no problem. It is also a good option for a large(er) group of travelers. However, due to unpredictable weather, especially in the winter months, taxis or private car transfers are more reliable (see below).

By Taxi or Private Car Transfer

taxi ride between Korcula and Split lasts just over 3 hours including a car ferry crossing to Orebic. The current price quoted to me is 390 Euros. This is a good option if 3 or more people travel together and share the costs. You can lower the costs a bit by crossing the channel to Orebic as a foot passenger and taking a taxi from there to Split. Get a taxi quote.

Korcula to Split Airport

To travel to Split Airport, you have all the options mentioned above and once you arrive in Split, get on a taxi or bus to Split Airport.


The above map is of how to get from Korčula to Split showing all transportation options including passenger and car ferry routes as well as driving and bus routes. Click on the image to enlarge or save.


How long is the ferry crossing from Korčula to Split? 

It is the 3-hour ferry crossing from Korčula to Split

How much does it cost to travel by ferry from Korčula to Split?

The cost of the one-way ticket for a foot passenger starts from 9 Euro

Can I take a bicycle or pet on a fast passenger ferry (catamaran)?

Yes, if you are traveling by bicycle or with pets you can take them on the foot passenger ferry. Advanced booking is essential as bike and pet spaces are limited.

Do I need a car in Korcula or Split?

In Split, as public transport is pretty good, you most probably do not need a car. On Korcula Island, public transport is limited to infrequent local buses, so having a car may be convenient. The alternative available transport is a taxi or a water taxi.

See more info on how to get to/from Korcula and for detailed ferry schedule updates @ croatiaferries.com

Above photo: departing from Korcula by boat to Split