Boat and Ferry Travel
Several companies run ferries between Italy and Croatia, the largest being the national carrier, Jadrolinija. The most popular route is Ancona to Split (9–10 hours) or Zadar (6 hours), with up to 10 crossings weekly through the summer from Jadrolinija and Italian-based company SNAV. Farther south, a Jadrolinija ferry travels four times weekly between Bari and Dubrovnik (7–10 hours). Up the coast, Trieste Lines operates a high-speed ferry between Trieste and ports in Istria including Rovinj (1 hour 30 minutes), Pula (2 hours 45 minutes), and Porec (1 hour), while Venezia Lines and Atlas Kompas connect those same Istrian ports with Venice (3–4 hours). Trieste Lines also connects Piran in Slovenia with Porec, Pula, and Rovinj (1–2 hours).
If you’re planning to travel to the islands, it’s worth noting that local ferries are quick and cheap for foot passengers, whereas car passengers might end up waiting hours for a spot in high season while paying quadruple the price.
Direct Ferries. An excellent UK-based website for buying and comparing ferry tickets. www.directferries.co.uk.
Jadrolinija. The Croatian national passanger boat carrier. 051/666–111; www.jadrolinija.hr.
SNAV. Italian Croatia-bound operator. 081/428–5555; www.snav.it.
Trieste Lines. 0923/873–813; www.triestelines.it.
Venezia Lines. 052/422–896; www.venezialines.com.