August 9 – 12, 2019 | Croatia
Getting To Mars Island
Mars Island is located off the coast of Šibenik, Croatia.
Fly to Zadar or Split from most major European airports. Zadar and Split airports are only 45-60 minutes from the port of Šibenik with regular flights from across the UK and Europe.
We do not offer arrangements for airport transfers, however here’s some local companies that offer the service.
Transport from Split to Sibenik:
Šibenik is just off the E65 motorway, which links Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik, as well as Zagreb.
There is parking available in Šibenik at Parking Mulo Krke and Parking Luka.
Buses regularly depart from major bus terminals (including Split, Zadar, and Zagreb).
Travel time is approximately 1h30 from Split / Zadar.
Getting to Mars Island from Šibenik
Ferries will depart from:
Food and Drink
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served daily, with soft drinks and snacks available throughout the day. There will be a variety of food on offer using fresh and locally sourced ingredients catering to all diets and tastes. If you have any concerns or unusual allergies, please let us know via our contact page and so we can ensure you’ll be well fed!
Mars Island is a dry environment. Alcohol will not be sold at the event and is not permitted on the island.
You may bring a limited quantity of outside food and non-alcoholic drinks for personal consumption.
We want everyone to enjoy Mars Island and are working hard to make it as accessible as possible.
Access around the site
The event is set on one of Croatia’s historical Dalmatian Islands. The terrain is beautiful but rugged, hosting rocky beaches, woodland, and landscaped areas.
The majority of the festival site ground surface is comprised of a mixture of grass and gravel. There are a number of pathways that run through the site, one of which is a tarmac covered road, linking the entertainment areas, with the others being more natural. There is occasional steep terrain, however the majority of the island has a more gentle undulation. Trakway will be laid wherever necessary in order to improve the existing ground surface. Please be aware that you will have to cover some areas of grass and gravel to enter some areas.
Please note that the concert arena is smooth stone and there is a viewing platform for attendees. Customers should use the contact form ahead of the event should you require a viewing platform wristband.
We will consider any request made by guests with disabilities and do our utmost to ensure that all of our guests have equal enjoyment of the activities on offer at the festival. Please make any request as far in advance as possible in order to ensure we have as much time as possible to fulfill requests. Additionally, if you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out.
The existing accommodations have not been adapted for disabled access. Ramps will be provided where necessary, with additional accessible toilets and showers. The Moonlight Package will be our primary accessible accommodation, however should you wish to book another ticket package, please get in touch and we’d be happy to discuss the ways in which we can adapt the spaces. All accommodation is adjacent to the tarmac road. If required, you will have access to a fridge in order to store medication.
Please note that Sunrise, Sunset, and Meridian Passes include a fridge in your accommodation. Those with Moonlight tickets will be able to store their medication at the medical centre. Please get in touch if you have any specific requirements.
Service animals are permitted throughout the festival grounds, however this does not include emotional support, therapy, or companion animals. If you have a service animal and would like to attend the event, please contact us in advance and we will provide credentials. Any animals without credentials will be turned away and tickets will not be refunded.
Please note that the event will be strict in enforcing the following rules:
- Any ticket holder with a service animal will be responsible at all times for the animal and will be liable for any damage or injury.
- All service animals must be correctly harnessed, leashed, and tethered within reason subject to any requirements of the animal’s work. In which case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or alternative effective controls.
- Service animals must be housebroken and use service animal relief areas.
For those with hearing impairments, we have assisted listening device systems / hearing loops at check in and the info desk.
For guests requiring motorized mobility scooters on site, please get in touch with us to make on-site arrangements.
We prioritise the welfare of everyone on site – should you feel you need someone to talk to, either head to our reception, or over to the medical center where there will be welfare support.
Dos and Don'ts
- Bring camera (non-professional – we classify professional as a removable lens) to document the weekend
- Dancing shoes
- Bug Spray
- Don’t bring glass or disposable plastic bottles
- No portable laser equipment or pens
- No alcohol
- No drugs, drug paraphernalia, or illegal substances. This includes nitrous oxide canisters.
- No weapons or knives
- No animals
- No drones
- No audio recorders
- No selfie sticks
- Don’t bring gas canisters
- No unauthorised professional film or video equipment
- Don’t bring large amounts of cash on-site – our merchandise stall accepts credit cards
- Only bring items in your wallet that you really need – leave any unnecessary cards / keys at home
- Don’t light fires – we love campfires too, but for the safety of everyone on site and to preserve the natural beauty, fires of any description are forbidden
Mars Island is accessible by our ferries. You will be assigned a ferry for both arrival and departure after your ticket has been purchased. This enables us to ensure your arrival on the island is as smooth as possible.
Please be aware that should you miss your ferry, we will do our utmost to reallocate you onto another ferry to the island, however there is limited capacity and it cannot be guaranteed that there will be space on the next available ferry in peak times. If you miss the last ferry on Friday 9th August we will be able to arrange another boat for you, however this will be at a cost. We recommend arriving early and grabbing some food at one of the many seafront restaurants near the port.
You will be assigned a ferry departure time once you have purchased your tickets.
Check in is from midday for early entry and from 5pm for General Admission. Check in is conducted on the island, though your bags will be tagged on the dock before embarking.
On the Island:
We’ll be announcing our full schedule of activities before the event, however we’ll have yoga, watersports, screenings, stargazing, meditation, and much more throughout the weekend.
The weather will be largely dry, sunny, and hot. Remember to bring plenty of sun cream and a hat! There’s plenty of places to keep out of the sun and all accommodations have air conditioning.
Unfortunately, we will not be hiring volunteers for this event.
Yes, there will be two departing and two returning ferries from the island each day and both will go to Sibenik. In order to take a trip to the mainland during the event, you will need to purchase a pass from the Mars Shop, situated by the dock. Should you miss the returning ferry, another transport back to the island will be arranged at an additional cost.
You can contact us to state a preference of roommate when purchasing your package. Roommate requests made after check-out can not be guaranteed.
All bedding will be provided, you may however want to bring a few towels for swimming / sunbathing.
Mars Island is a dry event, meaning that alcohol is not available for purchase and attendees are not allowed to bring alcohol (or drugs!) to the island. Please see our terms and conditions for more information.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. There will also be soft drinks and snacks available throughout the day.
There is a medical center on site providing support 24 hours a day.
There will be a merch store at the event. You can also buy some merchandise packages for the event as part of your ticket purchase.
You can bring a small selection of snacks and soft drinks, clothing, swimwear. There is limited space in shared accommodation, so please be considerate of those you are staying with and pack appropriately.
Mars Island is limited to attendees 18 and over. Unfortunately, as passports must be scanned for the Croatian Tourism Department, we will know whether attendees meet age attendance requirements.
See our Do’s and Don’ts, however it’s mostly common sense. Please don’t bring any weapons or any items which can be used as a weapon, alcoholic beverages or drugs, and please don’t bring any fire or bbq equipment.
What you should bring though is your swimsuit, lots of sun cream and some light clothes to cover up, as well as some sweaters for the evening.
Yes, WiFi will be available throughout the site.