When considering taking a ferry between Croatia and Italy there are several options available. You can take ferries (or catamarans) from the ports of Dubrovnik, Split, Stari Grad (island of Hvar), Zadar, Rab, Novalja (Pag), Mali Losinj, Pula, Rovinj, Porec or Umag to Italy. Some of these routes are operated by classic car/passenger ferries while others offer fast journeys by modern catamarans. The only route that operates all year-round is Ancona to Split with Jadrolinija. All other routes are seasonal.
If you need to take a ferry from the south of Croatia to Italy there is only one option - Jadrolinija's ferry from Dubrovnik to the port of Bari in the Puglia region. This route runs from the beginning of April until the end of October, with more frequent sailings during the summer months.
Please note that there are no ferries between Venice and the southern part of the Croatian coast (Split or Dubrovnik). If you decide to travel on this route we would advise you to travel down the Italian side of the Adriatic and then to take a ferry from Ancona to Bari to reach Croatia.
If you would like to travel from Central Dalmatia to Italy, then you can do this from Split and the island of Hvar (Stari Grad). Jadrolinija, the Croatian state company, operates the route from Split to the port of Ancona with stops on Hvar during July and August only.
Italian company SNAV operates a ferry service on the same route from April until October each year. All ferries on this route are passenger/car ferries with all the facilities required for a comfortable journey (airline seats, range of cabin accommodation, restaurants, bars, shops, lounges).
Jadrolinija also operates a ferry route between the port of Zadar in Northern Dalmatia and Ancona in Italy but only from the beginning of June until the end of September. You can travel on this route several times a week, and the crossing time between Zadar and Ancona is around 9 hours.
Travelling between Istrian ports and Venice is easy and comfortable due to the catamarans that are available in the summer. Venezia Lines and Adriatic Lines (Atlas Kompas) run modern and fast catamarans (passenger only) between Venice and the ports of Pula, Rovinj, Porec and Umag. Trieste Lines operates fast hydrofoils between Trieste and the Croatian ports of Rovinj, Porec and Pula (this service is available in July and August).
Another connections between Italian ports and Istria and Kvarner is available thanks to Italian company Gomo Viaggi which is based in Pesaro. This company runs catamarans between Cesenatico in Emilia-Romagna region in Italy and ports of Rovinj, Rab and Mali Losinj in Croatia. In addition, they operate catamarans from Pesaro to the island of Rab, the island of Pag (Novalja) and Mali Losinj. Both routes are only seasonal (from mid-June until the end of August) and operated by fast and modern catamarans.