Ancona to Zadar Ferry
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Ancona became one of the major ports of the Adriatic between the thirteenth and fourteenth century, second only to Venice. However, in later years Ancona, like other Italian towns, became the scene of many battles connected to the wars of independence, and was also the target of foreign occupations, including the massive air bombing campaigns during World War II, which destroyed whole areas of Ancona, and badly damaged the port.
Zadar is a beautiful seaside city in the Dalmatia region. Important landmarks in Zadar are: the Roman Forum, St. Donatus' Church, St. Anastasia's Cathedral, St. Stosija's Church, St. Ilija's Church, St. Francis' Church, Five Wells Square, St. Mary's Church, the Citadel and The Land Gate.
Zadar is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination and is an ideal spot to visit if you are enjoying a Mediterranean holiday.
Some say that Zadar is one of Croatia's more underrated destinations. You'll find peaceful traffic-free streets following the ancient Roman street plan with Roman ruins and several medieval churches to explore. Giving the whole town a historical feel, massive 16th-century fortifications shield the city on one side with high walls running along the harbour.
The Old Town, where the port is located, has been rebuilt many times leaving a mesmerising mix of ancient and modern architecture.
There are many museums to explore in Zadar that can fill you in on the ancient and sometimes turbulent history of the region and after that the tree-lined promenade along Obala Kralja Petra Kresimira IV is perfect for a lazy stroll and also the perfect place to stop for a coffee and watch the world go by. An activity that is popular throughout Croatia.
Come the night, Zadar's large student population pours into the town's bars and cafés. You'll also find many restaurants in the town offering a wide variety of quality and prices.
For beach lovers, there are a few small beaches east of the Old Town and more to the west at Borik where the water is crystal clear and perfect for a dip on a hot Summer day. Many natives of Zadar head by boat either to the offshore island of Ugljan or further afield to Dugi Otok for a short break from the city.
You can read more about Croatia in our Croatia guide.
Getting the best price for your Ancona to Zadar ferry
With AFerry we always give you our best prices for ferries from Ancona to Zadar. No matter which page you book from we always include all our special offers. And there is no need to look for a discount code. If we have an offer available, your ferry price will include the reduction or offer. There's no need to look at other websites.
If you're not sure if the Ancona to Zadar route is right for you or you can't decide between ferry companies, if there is more than one, you might also find it useful to read any reviews we have available. We ask all our customers to send us reviews for Ancona to Zadar ferries. Remember though, that the earlier you book, the cheaper prices normally are. So don't spend too long deciding! Ancona to Zadar is a popular route, so we advise you to book as soon as possible.
26 Jul 2013Ancona to Zadar
On the whole, the check-in in Ancona was very easy and straight forward. The shuttle bus to the ferry was regular and efficient. The on board staff were helpful if a little brusque. One of our children is disabled and we were unable to book cabins because they are not large enough to accomodate a wheelchair so we thought the seats could be an alternative. They weren't at all comfortable and we discovered that those travellers who didn't book any accomodation were able to rest well as they occupied the lounges and were able to stretch out comfortably. This would have been a better alternative.
Review by Anon
28 Aug 2012Smooth Sailing on the Adriatic
I was surprised how smooth the voyage was, and overnight worked well for my travel plans, arriving early in Croatia gave me an extra full day. My only criticism is that the reclining seats do not recline, so you may be better off with a cheaper deck-fare where there are couches you can lie down on. Also, good to bring a pillow and light coverlet, as it gets cool at night. An eye mask and ear plugs helped me get some sleep, and in the morning we were there, gliding into shore without so much as a hiccup.
Review by Anon
20 Jul 2012Ask for a cabin in the front
The only remark on the journey is to get a cabin in the front where it should be quieter. I couldn't figure out why we were in the back since there ware much more available cabins
Review by Anton Avramov
31 Jul 2011Enjoyable Journey
When booking the journey I had to pick what type of ticket I wanted although I could not find any description of what each term meant so felt a little in the dark and didn't want to be forced to sleep on the deck (since it was an over night boat). Apart from this the whole experience was quite easy, from train station to picking up tickets to boarding. The ship was pretty empty so didn't have to sit in the seats we'd reserved but had a very comfortable night on the full length sofas. Arriving at Zadar was a little more confusing, although maps where provided it wasn't easy to tell where we where! Overall I would recommend the boat trip, boat was clean, staff helpful although didn't appear to be many of them and timings where accurate for departure and arrival.
Review by Elli
Ancona to Zadar Popular Questions
Want to know more about your journey from Ancona to Zadar? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.
How long does the ferry from Ancona to Zadar take?
The average journey time by ferry between Ancona to Zadar is 8 hrs 35 min. The journey time may vary, so use our booking engine on this page to search for a specific travel date.
How fast does the ferry from Ancona to Zadar travel?
The fastest journey time by ferry from Ancona to Zadar is 6 hrs, with Jadrolinija.
What time does the first ferry from Ancona to Zadar leave?
The first ferry from Ancona to Zadar leaves at 16:00 with Jadrolinija. Times may vary depending on the time of year.
What time does the last ferry from Ancona to Zadar leave?
The last ferry from Ancona to Zadar leaves at 22:00 with Jadrolinija. Times may vary depending on the time of year.
Which ferry companies operate between Ancona to Zadar?
Ferries travelling from Ancona to Zadar are operated by Jadrolinija.
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If you're looking for the return journey, check out Zadar to Ancona.