‘Zadar’ Car Ferry (Jadrolinija)

Zadar is a Ro-Ro/Passenger Ship/ferry serving coastal and international passenger ferry lines in the Adriatic sea. It is owned by Jadrolinija, the Croatian ferry company. The ship was built in 1993 in Spain in Astilleros Espanoles H J Barreras. The ship usually sails on the international ferry line Ancona to Zadar, and back connecting Italy and Croatia.

Currently, it is sailing on the car ferry route from Split to Stari Grad (Hvar Island) and back.

'Zadar' ferry docking in Rijeka ferry port
Above photo: ‘Zadar’ ferry docking in Rijeka ferry port

Vital statistics

Length116 m
Width18.9 m
Draft / Draught5.2 m
Max speed17,5 knots
Max capacity1053 passengers
Cabins56 passengers
Max capacity (cars)280 cars


  • restaurant (self-service)
  • children’s corner
  • sun deck
  • VIP lounge
  • coffee bars
  • lounge seats

Update April 2022:

Jadrolinija confirmed that the ferry line Ancona – Zadar – Ancona will indeed be in service from 23.06 to 09.09 2022. The line will be served by ferry ‘Marco Polo‘ instead. The frequency is once or twice a week.

Update January 2022:

It seems that this year ferry Zadar will not serve Ancona – Zadar – Ancona overnight ferry line as Jadrolinija did not include this line in its official international sailing schedule for 2022. It is expected MT Zadar will carry on serving Split to Stari Grad (Hvar island) daily service.