There are various types of transport services available for you to choose from, so that you can get around during your holiday, and enjoy the beautiful sights which Hvar has to offer.
Taxis on Hvar have the easily recognized ‘TAXI’ sign on the vehicle, and should also display the name and details of the companies or individuals operating them. Properly registered companies and drivers offer security, professionalism and comfort for trouble-free travel around the island. Some offer bookings via email via their web links.
Registered taxis in the Jelsa Council region.
Taxi transfer Brkić (web link in Croatian only); mob: +385(0) 91 549 3521
Taxi Goić, mob: +385(0)91 521 5585
Taxi Plenka transfer, (email bookings available)mob: +385(0)91 100 0094
Taxi transfer Jelsa Stipe +385(0)91 525 3019
Suncity taxi & rent a car +385(0)91 570 2120
Transport company Čazmatrans runs the bus services on Hvar. You can see where the bus stops are around Hvar online on this map of the island, and the Hvar bus timetable is also online. Tickets are sold by the driver on the bus itself. Although the Čazmatrans website offers online ticket sales, this does not apply to the local services on Hvar.
The main link between Hvar Island and the rest of Croatia is by sea. Hvar is served by car ferries and passenger-only catamarans. There are two car ferry ports on Hvar, at Stari Grad and Sućuraj, and two catamaran ports, at Hvar Town and Jelsa. The only company operating the ferry services is Jadrolinija (https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/ferry-croatia), which also runs catamaran services from Jelsa and Hvar Town. Further catamaran services from Hvar Town are provided by the “Kapetan Luka” company (https://www.krilo.hr/en/)
Rent a bike/car/boat
For the more adventurous visitors or those who just want independence and freedom of movement, renting a car, bicycle, moped or motor boat is an attractive option. Hvar Island is quite extensive and offers a variety of glorious sights, so it is well worth spending at least one day exploring it, whichever mode of transport you choose.
Vehicle Rental Companies in the Jelsa Council Area
ANTONIO RENT +385(0)91 222 9888
BOTA +385(0)98 894 837
GLOBUS +385(0)91 355 5553
KGM +385(0)91 300 4050
T-KLUB +385(0)21 761 999
TOMAS TRAVEL +385(0)99 825 7376
SUNCITY +385(0)91 570 2120
The Pitve–Zavala Tunnel
The only road link between the north and south sides of the island in the Jelsa Council region is the Pitve – Zavala tunnel, indeed, not so many years ago, until the purpose-built Selca-Dubovica road tunnel was opened in 1999, it was the only tunnel linking the two sides. Before the Pitve-Zavala tunnel was built, the only way to the south side was by a winding footpath or a more vertical donkey track leading up to the top of the hill and over the other side to the coast. Now there is a macadam fire road over the hill, which is used by vehicles which are too large to go through the tunnel.
The Pitve-Zavala tunnel is 1400m long and 2.30m wide. It was excavated in 1962 with the help of the army, and its original purpose was to hold giant water cisterns underground, which were part of a system of pipes transporting drinking water from Jelsa, which had its own springs, towards Hvar Town. When Hvar started to receive its water from the mainland, the cisterns in the tunnel were re-purposed to hold wines from the Plenković winery in Sveta Nedjelja. Since then, the tunnel has been used solely for traffic. Because it gave road access to the south coast, it stimulated the development of tourist rental apartments by the sea, at the foot of the old village of Zavala which lies up the hill.
The roof of the tunnel is low, and, like the walls consists of rough-hewn stone. The tunnel is one-way due to its narrowness, apart from a few passing places. Priority is given to traffic from the south side, when the traffic is free-flowing. In recent years a traffic light system has been introduced to make driving through the tunnel easier. The tunnel is, in its way, a tourist attraction, certainly an experience which visitors remember with a certain awe. It is safe for cars when drivers abide by the rules and take care, however bicycles, mopeds and motorbikes are not allowed inside.