Today, as in the past, good traffic connections between the island towns and villages, with the neighbouring islands, and especially with the mainland, are very important for the island inhabitants. There are many links with the mainland: in the first place the car ferry that sails to the nearby Peljesac peninsula ( Orebic ) several times a day. Passenger only motor boats also go to following places on Peljesac, to Orebic, Kuciste, and Viganj. Several fast catamarans a day ply between the town of Korcula and Split, Hvar, Mljet and Dubrovnik, and there is a daily car ferry from Vela Luka to Split and Lastovo and back. There are several buses a day to all the island villages, one bus a day to Dubrovnik, and several a week to Zagreb. Below you can find detailed information about how to get to the island of Korcula using different types of transportation, together with route planner.
Since Korcula is an island without a bridge, the only possibility of getting here with a car is by a ferry. Two main ferry ports on the island of Korcula are Domince, near the Korcula town, on the eastern part of the island, and ferry port in Vela Luka, on the western part of the island of Korcula. Click here to find more information about Korcula ferries.
From the direction of Split (north)
If you are arriving by car from the direction of Split, then the easiest option is to take a ferry from the town of Split to Vela Luka on the island of Korcula. After Vela Luka, this ferry continues to Lastovo, so you an use it to visit this beautiful island by car from the island of Korcula. During high season there are 2 ferries from Split to Vela Luka each day, and the duration of the journey is around 2 hours 45 minutes. Click to view detailed schedule and prices for ferry Vela Luka - Split.
Alternative to ferry Split - Vela Luka is to drive 130 kilometres to the south to Ploce, and then take ferry Ploce - Trpanj on the peninsula of Peljesac, then to drive from Trpanj to Orebic (20 km), and then take ferry Orebic - Korcula. This is good solution if you are coming from the direction of Split and you are going to the town of Korcula - in this way you avoid driving across the island of Korcula from Vela Luka (40 km). Previously, there was a better solution for this route, ferry Drvenik - Korcula but it has been discontinued in 2014.
Third option is to drive from Split all the way to Orebic on the peninsula of Peljesac (3 hours drive). You can use the highway from Split to Ploce. The road across Peljesac is very good and it was recently reconstructed, but you will need to cross the Croatian border and enter Bosnia and Herzegovina - we do not recommend this solution especially during high tourist season when traffic jams are possible.
From the direction of Dubrovnik (south)
If you are arriving to Korcula by car from the south, then your best solution is to drive directly to Orebic on the peninsula Peljesac and take one of many daily ferries that connect Orebic to Korcula - the journey lasts for only 15 minutes. While driving across Peljesac peninsula you will enjoy beautiful scenery and breathtaking landscape, and it will surely be one of the most enjoyable drives you ever had. The road is very good and there are many nice places where you can stop and refresh yourself, including many small family run wineries and restaurants.
Through bus lines the island of Korcula is well conected with the rest of the world. The main bus terminals on the island are in Korcula town, Blato and Vela Luka. The main connections are with the town of Dubrovnik and the town of Split. From there, it is easy to reach almost any other town in Europe, through larger bus terminals, like for example Bus terminal Zagreb and Bus terminal Sarajevo. There are local bus lines that connect all the places on the island. More information can be foud by contacting bus terminals below.
The island of Korcula is located half way between two largest international Dalmatian airports, Dubrovnik to the south and Split to the north. Through them, the island of Korcula is well connected with the rest of the world. Both airports are located around 120 kilometers from the island of Korcula, and both have regular daily connections with Zagreb international airport which is the largest airport in Croatia. Both from Split and Dubrovnik there are regular passenger catamaran lines, so it is very easy to reach the island of Korcula from these towns, without using ferries that are much slower. Click here to view the catamaran and speedboat schedule for the island of Korcula.
The town of Vela Luka on the western tip of the island of Korcula is connected with catamaran and car ferry with Split, the largest passenger port in Croatia. From Split, it is easy to reach all other central-Dalmatian islands, and the east coast of Italy (Ancona and Pescara). The town of Korcula is conencted to the port of Dubrovnik, and from Dubrovnik there are regular ferries to Bari in Italy. Unfortunately, currently there are no direct ferries from Italy to the island of Korcula.
For more information about ferries from Italy to Split or Dubrovnik, please visit following links: