Big news from Jadrolinija, Croatia’s national ferry operator! As of today there is online booking for all catamarans running from Rijeka and from Split. As I have previously reported, for the first time in its long history Jadrolinija announced that there would be online booking this year but only for the Rijeka-Rab-Novalja catamaran. Feedback was so positive that online booking has been extended to all catamarans running from Split. Currently available for online booking on the Jadrolinija website are the following passenger ferries:
- Split-Hvar-Vela Luka-Ubli
And that’s only the beginning! A spokesperson informed me today that more routes will be added in the coming weeks, including all the passenger ferries from Zadar. So stay tuned. Be aware that online booking extends only 24 hours to a month before the reservation. For example, as of today I may book for a catamaran no earlier than 24 hours from now and no later than 30 days from now.
One thing that will not be happening is online booking for car ferries. “We don’t have the infrastructure to handle it”, the spokesperson said flatly.
There are a few other caveats. Jadrolinija is not the only catamaran operator on the Croatian coast. There are about five others and none, so far, have implemented online booking. See all local ferry operators in Croatia.
And what about the coastal car ferry? Expect the timetables to be confirmed and online booking to begin by May 5 at the latest but maybe as early as next week.
As I have previously noted, Jadrolinija has been extremely tardy this year in announcing the fate of its popular coastal ferry that chugs down the coast. Only hours ago, Croatia’s national ferry company released a statement confirming that the ferry will run this year. The coastal ferry is somewhat of an institution in Croatia, stretching far back to the days in former Yugoslavia when it was the most efficient way to transport goods up and down the coast. That is no longer the case but, as Jadrolinija noted, it is extremely popular with tourists, transporting more than 41000 people and 6800 cars last year. It serves a vital role in bringing visitors to the towns along its route.
The exact schedule has not yet been published on Jadrolinija’s website but the company noted that it will run twice a week, leaving Rijeka Mondays and Fridays and leaving Dubrovnik Thursdays and Sundays, the same as last year. Thus, I would expect the exact hours to remain the same. Those who have purchased my Dalmatia Ferry Guide already have the schedule from last year. I will announce any changes on this blog or in my newsletter.
The route travels from Rijeka to Split overnight and then goes on to Stari Grad on Hvar Island, Korcula town, Sobra on Mljet Island and finishes in Dubrovnik. The ferry will be the Liburnija, which can accommodate 671 people and 93 vehicles. Online booking should commence soon.
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