The ferry from Zadar to Ancona used to be the northernmost of 3 car ferry routes connecting Croatia and Italy, the others being Split to Ancona and Dubrovnik to Bari. It has now been replace with a passenger only catamaran, which operated sails up to 5 times weekly during the summer season, the crossing time is around 4 hours.
Zadar Ancona , 2020-09-22
Map travel route Zadar - Ancona
Boarding in Zadar
The ferry port Gaženica in Zadar is normally where all the car ferries depart, but as travelling from Zadar to Ancona is traveling into schengen, passenger has to go through passport control and custom before boarding the ferry, and as this is located on the old town peninsula in Zadar, the ferry obviously depart from there! In the main season keep in mind there are lots of people and traffic around old town Zadar, so make sure to head for the port in due time.
On the ferry to Ancona
The fast ferry has a coffee bar and and restrooms, for all passengers there is comfortable deckchair style seating.
Price ferry Zadar to Ancona
In the summer time a regular adult ticket with the catamaran costs 82.5 Euro + 16.5 Euro port tax, children under 12 tickets cost 41.5 Euro plus the port tax, children under 3 are free of charge. There is a 20% return discount.
Pets can be transported for a fee of 40 Euro, the ship has 4 boxes for larger pets. Smaller pets may be transported in carrying bag for pets.
FAQ – Zadar to Ancona ferry
Q: Isn’t it better and cheaper to drive to Ancona
A: The driving distance between Zadar and Ancona is about 850 km, which translates to at least a 10 hour trip during summer time. It is in most cases cheaper to drive, but the price difference is not that big, when you consider the car cost per km and road toll which you have most of the way.
Q: Is it better to take Zadar to Ancona or Split to Ancona ferry?
A: From a price perspective the car ferry is cheaper but the travel time is quite a bit longer, the car ferry often travel overnight, where as the catamaran only has departure during day time.
Q: Can i bring my dog on the ferry to Italy?
A: Yes you can, see above information for the catamaran, on the car ferry from Split it is cheaper to bring a pet.