Visitor Information -- Hvar Town’s principal tourist office (www.tzhvar.hr; tel. 021/741-059) is on the main square at Trg Sv. Stjepana bb. Stari Grad’s office (www.stari-grad-faros.hr; tel. 021/765-763) is on the seafront at Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana 1. Jelsa’s tourist office (www.tzjelsa.hr; tel. 021/761-017) is on the seafront at Riva bb.
Getting There -- Jadrolinija operates two high-speed catamarans daily from Split to Korčula, which stop at Hvar Town en-route (journey time is approximately 1 hr.). The line also runs several daily car ferries between Split and Stari Grad (journey time 2 hrs.). From Stari Grad, connecting buses run to Hvar Town (20km; 13 miles). In addition, there’s a once-daily Jadrolinija catamaran from Split to Jelsa (a 1 hr. 40 minute ride) on Hvar’s north coast, and a several-times-daily car ferry from Dnvenik (just south of Makarska) to Sučuraj, at the extreme southern tip of Hvar. Jadrolinija (www.jadrolinja.hr; tel. 021/741-132) has an office on the Riva in Hvar Town. Note that in high season, catamarans to and from Hvar Town fill up quickly, so you should buy your ticket at least one day in advance.
Getting Around -- Hvar Town is closed to motorized traffic from the bus station to the Riva, which is also the busiest thoroughfare until after nightfall, when the long, rectangular main square, Trg Sveti Stjepana, buzzes with open-air cafés. If you want to see anything besides Hvar Town and Stari Grad, a car is a time saver, but Hvar Town is best covered on foot.
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