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Split to Mljet

The nearest distance from Split to Mljet Island is just under 76 nautical miles (about 141 km) and the shortest driving distance is about 220 km. There are no direct car ferries from Split to Mljet. However,  there are two direct foot passenger ferry connections to Mljet from Split in service from April to October. The alternative travel routes are the indirect foot passenger and car ferry route which involves at least 1 ferry crossing. Here are the best travel options:

Departing from Split to Mljet (Split ferry port)
Departing from Split to Mljet (Split ferry port)

Foot passengers

Foot passenger catamaran ferries

If you are a foot passenger and you are traveling between April and October, your best option is to take one of the fast foot passenger ferry lines that go from Split to either Sobra or Pomena. They all leave from the Split ferry terminal situated in the center of the city. Pomena is the nearest port of arrival to Mljet National Park so if you plan to visit National Park, choose the Pomena route from the Split port departure list. These fast ferries run once a day with early morning departure (07:40). The journey lasts 3 hours. The Krilo/Kapetan Luka Catamaran Ferry company runs this route and the ticket booking is here.

If you are a foot passenger and are traveling out of season (November to March) you have a couple of options:

These options involve bus & ferry rides – see details below.

Interior views of arrival in Pomena port @ fast ferry catamaran Split – Mljet – Split
Interior views of arrival in Pomena port @ fast ferry catamaran Split – Mljet – Split

Foot passenger Bus & Ferry

If you decide to travel by bus, get a bus from Split to Ston and get a taxi from there to Prapratno (a few minutes ride), the port at Peljesac Peninsula (bus tickets at arriva.com.hr), and take the ferry to the island. Bear in mind that the last ferry to Mljet from Prapratno leaves at 20:30. The journey lasts a 3-hour bus ride, 20 min taxi ride & 45 minutes ferry crossing, including waiting time, altogether about 4.5 hours.

The alternative is to travel all the way from Split to Dubrovnik and get on the ferry from there.

Taking ferry catamaran to Mljet from Split
Taking ferry catamaran to Mljet from Split (ferry terminal & port departures)

By Car (Driving)

There are no direct car ferries from Split to Mljet island. If you are traveling by car your only option is to drive to Prapratno (Peljesac) and take a car ferry from there to Sobra, Mljet (see below map). Tor each Parapratno from Split, you can choose the following options:

  • Drive from Split via Ploce, take the car ferry to Trpanj, drive from there to Prapratno & take the car ferry to Sobra, Mljet.
  • Drive from Split to Peljesac bridge (which opens in July 2022) and follow the route to Prapratno & Mljet
  • Take a car ferry from Split to Korcula (Vela Luka), drive across Korcula island, get on the car ferry to Orebic and follow the route to Prapratno & Mljet. (check Korcula to Mljet options)

All driving routes are displayed on the below map. The shortest driving/journey time is via Peljesac Bridge, about 3.5 hours, including 45 minutes of the ferry crossing. You can get a car ferry ticket at Jadrolinija’s site.

Important noteIn the case of bad weather, when fast foot passenger catamaran ferries do not operate, the car ferry option via Prapratno is the only alternative. For all updated ferry timetables and prices consult the croatiaferries.com website.

Split to Mljet Map:

On the above map, you can see several travel routes: one that goes directly from Split by fast catamaran ferry to 2 ports on Mljet (Pomena & Sobra), one that involves a bus & ferry and a couple of driving options including options via Peljesac bridge. All routes involve at least one car ferry crossing (Sobra via Prapratno)

Private transfers

You can consider taking a taxi or Uber from Split to Prapratno to get the ferry to Mljet (the current price quote is 240 Euro for 3 person ride). Private boat transfers are also an option, taking water taxis in Split for fast crossings to the island. However, the crossing can last for at least 3.5 hours and sometimes more, depending on the route and weather, and it is pretty pricey (the current price quote is 1500 Euro for up to 7 passengers). For this option, consider the weather forecast – in case of bad weather water taxis do not operate. Public transport including a taxi, fast catamaran, bus, and car ferry is the most reliable travel option.

Some additional transport info:

Above image: Mljet island ferry map