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Preparing for the journey to the island with Korcula ferries in mind
Regarding the trip planning, we strongly advise you to always add to your itinerary a minimum of 2-3 additional hours, because it is recommended to be in line for the boarding on Korcula ferry boarding before its sailing time. That way you’ll avoid the risks of not boarding due to the likelihood that there’ll not be enough space on the Korcula ferry to board it. Should you miss the ferry, you’ll spend a huge amount of your valuable holiday time on exhausting driving or expecting another ferry up to 16 hours.
Also, if you bought the tickets for a Korcula ferry online, please note that it’s not a guarantee that you will board it. You still need to be waiting in line for the ferry to board, as close to the entrance to the ferry as possible.
All mentioned information on Korcula ferries is somewhat different in June, September and other low season months when there’s not so many people visiting the island of Korcula. In peak season in July and August, it’s a necessity.
Which ferry to choose to reach Korcula
People visiting the island of Korcula often ask us to advise which ferry to choose. They are also interested in which one is fastest and which ferry route is that the most cost-effective.
Although, there is no straightforward answer to this question, here are some of our suggestions on Korcula ferries.
Ferry Split – Vela Luka
Korcula Ferry Split Vela Luka
Ferry from Split to Vela Luka will get you to Korcula island quickly, especially if you are planning to spend your vacation in the western part of Korcula.
While waiting for the ferry in Split to depart to Vela Luka, the time can be well spent visiting places in Split like Diocletian palace, which is on the brink of the ferry port.
The sailing time of this ferry is about 3 hours. which can be great for relaxing on its deck (however, it can also be an obstacle if you prefer to drive than staying on the ferry to Korcula).
It costs slightly higher (the ferries from Ploce to Trpanj and from Orebic to Domince Korcula are less costly but you need to also consider more fuel expenses). Also, the ferry port in Split and the entrance roads to Split can often have traffic jams during July and August. Ferry Split – Vela Luka sails only twice every day.
Ferry Ploce – Trpanj (peninsula Peljesac) *our favorite
Less crowded compared to ferry from Split but you nevertheless keep in mind that you should be in line for the ferry for a minimum of 1 hour before it departs. The approach from the highway to the port of Ploce is rather quick. Using this ferry option presents a slightly lower overall cost to come to Korcula (when used in combination with ferry Orebic – Domince (Korcula). With 6 – 7 sails per day, the ferry from Ploce gives you more flexibility. It also has a one hour sailing time – you’ll quickly reach the peninsula Peljesac compared to driving around via Ston.
Longer driving time to reach Ploce is the only thing to note.
Ferry Orebic – Domince (Korcula)
It only takes half an hour drive from Trpanj to reach Orebic. The ferry also sails approximately every hour, which makes it easier to combine travel plans. Sailing time on this route is about one-quarter of an hour.
The only disadvantage could be the longer driving time, notably if you decide to take a turn via Ston.