Years ago getting to Korčula, Hvar or Split was limited to buses and somewhat infrequent and slow ferry services. Now its so much easier with the catamaran service introduced by Krilo. Its doesn’t operate all year but then again during winter months the sea can get a little rough so probably better. There are 2 seperate catamaran route options depending where you are wanting to go. You can get all the information on timetables, prices and where to buy on www.krilo.hr.
Now the best piece of advice… if you have decided to use this catamaran service during summer (June-September) but especially during July and August do not wait until the last minute to book your tickets because they sell out. And no they do not put in an extra boat line or put extra tickets on sale. If its sold out and you miss your chance to get tickets you have to resort to other options of getting to the islands or to Split. And the alternatives are unlikely to be cheaper or quicker.
You can purchase tickets online or in Gruž harbour at TravelCorner travel agency. The catamaran departs from the main pier in Gruž harbour (less than 5min walk from the hotel).
Here’s a quick summary:
If you have booked accommodation on Mljet or Brač, check to see which catamaran line stops closer to where you are staying. Contact your hotel/accommodation and ask them if you are unsure as making wrong choice can cost you lots in transport fees.
If you are going to Korčula or Split, then either catamaran line is fine.
Dubrovnik – Mljet (Pomena) – Korčula – Hvar – Brač (Milna) -Split
- Service generally operates from April to end of October
- April, start of May and end of October operates 2-3 times per week, all other times every day
- This is your option if you are going to Hvar
- Leaves Dubrovnik at 16:30 from Gruž harbour
Dubrovnik- Mljet (Sobra) – Korčula – Makarska – Brač (Bol)- Split
- Service generally operates from start of June to end of September daily
- This is your option if you are going to Makarska
- Leaves Dubrovnik at 16:00 from Gruž Harbour
Given that it only departs in afternoons from Dubrovnik you can not use this option as a one day trip to the islands.