Buses to and from the Croatian coast
There are many daily buses between Mostar and the Croatian coastal cities of Dubrovnik and Split.
The following details relate to my bus journey from Split to Mostar in May 2007:
- Our modern air-conditioned coach was operated by Pan Globaltour Med, a company which operated around half a dozen daily buses between Split and Mostar in May 2007. We opted against the earlier buses departing from Split at 7:00am and 9:30am and caught the 10:55am bus. Further buses departed during the afternoon and evening. If you want an early start, I noticed that there was also a 6:00am bus operated by another company;
- Our one way tickets cost 84 Kunas (approx 8 GBP) per person.
- The journey time from Split to Mostar is approximately 4.5 hours. This involves a 2.5 hour journey southwards along the beautiful Croatian coastline, a 10 minute refreshment stop at Makarska and a 5 minute pick up stop at Ploce;
- At Ploce, the bus turns inland and soon reaches the Croatian-Bosnian border. The bus driver collects all passports and disappears for 5 or 10 minutes while all passengers remain on the coach. He returns and dishes out the unstamped passports to their rightful owners. We were worried that an unstamped passport might cause us problems when we left Bosnia for Serbia a few days later, but such worries were unfounded;
- Shortly after entering Bosnia, the bus pulled in at a bus station in a small town. Passengers with Mostar as their final destination were transferred to another bus which departed 15 minutes later. We had enough time to get a quick drink at a local cafe;
- Upon arrival in Mostar, the bus station is located right next to the train station and just a 10 minute walk from Mostar's old town. We were met at the bus station by the owner of the accommodation than we had booked, but there are taxis available if you don't make such arrangements.
Bus from Sarajevo
There are severral buses from Sarajevo to Mostar every day. Departure times change, so please check at the bus station a day prior to departure. It is also advisable to buy tickets a day in advance, especially in the tourist season. The trip takes appr. 2 1/2 hours, and the bus I took made one 15 minutes stop at a restaurant called "Cista Voda" (Clean Water). A beautiful place. The small, yellow house in the background of the picture, contains toilets. They are clean, and there is no charge for using them.
This schedule is of 14 april 2006:
06:00, 07:00, 08:25, 09:00, 09:55, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30
There is one for Dubrovnik through Mostar at 07:15, too.
There is at least one bus daily Mostar - Split: Departure Mostar 07:00.
Buses are comfortable and airconditioned, at least the ones I saw.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
To Mostar From Dubrovnik by Bus
If you go to Mostar from Dubrovnik, Croatia by bus, it's easy and best way transportation to Mostar. this is best option in my experience, departure from Dubrovnik 08:00 in the morning and arrival to Mostar at 11:30. ( included once rest time )
- Road Trip
The Mostar Airport is a rather small airport that marked its 12,000 passanger in the year 2001. The airport is most often used for charter flights, due to the increasing popularity of Medjugorje, a Catholic shrine in the vicinity of the city.
- Budget Travel
Bus or Train?
A year ago there was not a train service between Mostar and Sarajevo. But at least by March of this year there was. We figured that out when one of the guys we met while traveling bought what he thought was a bus ticket and turned out to be a train ticket. As far as we could tell, the train leaves late in the day and takes considerable more time than the bus. As of yet, there is no train service between Mostar and Dubrovnik. The travel time between those cities by bus is about 2.5 hours and is a very interesting ride.
"Mostar Bus" is public transportation in the city. It is connecting all parts of the city no meter is it in the west or east part of Mostar. Also, I saw "Mostar bus" station on the way to Nevesinje, on the very border of two municipalities. It is cheep and it coast 1 Convertible Mark (1.95 KM = 1 Euro) for one ride.
The bus I took from Dubrovnik cost 70 Kunas (about 9 Euros, or 11 USD) to make the 2 hour journey to Mostar. It was a comfortable bus with plenty of room and seats that recline, though only slightly. The journey took me through some interesting valleys and along the Croatian coast and I met a Japanese guy named Takashi who was traveling on to Sarajevo. We had a good conversation about our travels.
Mostar is connected with most of bigger cities around with buses and trains. You can reach Mostar buy bus from Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Split and even from Belgrade. The Bus station is renovated and located just across Emperor Bridge on the left bank of Neretva.
Mostar Bus Station
When you arrive in Mostar, this is the main bus station. Head toward the mountain with the cross on top and you'll be heading toward the Old Town and the Muslim Quarter (the most interesting part of town). Or you can head straight ahead toward the Neretva River and cross the closest bridge which will bring you to some of the city's newer and nicer hotels (although don't expect incredibly high standards). There are some coffee shops and magazine stands at the bus terminal, but the so-called information stand was useless to me (closed).
When traveling between Dubrovnik and Mostar there are three checkpoints. Two are when you go through the Neum Corridor which is a short stretch of Adriatic coast that actually belongs to Bosnia Hercegovina. So, coming from Dubrovnik, you'll be stopped entering into the corridor as well as when you exit. Then again, when you cross the inland border into Bosnia Hercegovina (pictured here). The bus driver will collect everyone's passport and then a border guard will enter the bus and pass them back out to each person. As the only non-Slavic speaking person on the bus, my presence held us up an extra five minutes or so. After handing all of the passports and documents back to the others, the officer motioned to me that he would need an extra few minutes with mine. He exited the bus and came back about five minutes later, handed me my passport and we were on our way.
In the Old Town, I saw a few taxis, some of which were of the older model Mercedes Benz variety. There is a taxi stand (just a signpost really) on the Main Street in the Muslim Quarter where they seem to gather.
How to get there.........
The best way is to get there by bus. BEWARE: there are two bus stations!! One is the large one near the old town on the muslim side where buses come from Sarajevo and other local places, the other smaller bus station is on the croat side and has buses from Austria and some from Germany. Make sure you know which is your bus station or like me you will be running very quickly with lots of luggage across town. I took a bus from Vienna to Mostar direct. It cost 66 Euros return and takes 14 hours. It leaves Vienna's Südbahnhof at 5 pm on Mondays and Thursdays and 2pm on Fridays it returns to Vienna on Sundays at 6 am and other days I'm not sure. Call Eurolines for details (see my Vienna page). Buy tickets on the bus only. You could also take a bus, train or fly to Sarajevo and then take a bus from there.
If its late at night take a taxi otherwise the best thing to do is walk especially as the old town is so small.
The bus station is on the East...
The bus station is on the East side of town, to the north of the Old Town. Regular buses go to Sarajevo (3 hours, 6 a day), Split (4 hours, 3 a day) and Dubrovnik (3 hours, 2 a day).
Alternatively, there is now a daily train service (the station is next to the bus station) with one per day to Sarajevo, and one to Ploce (on the Croatian coast).
Flights from Istanbul
Air Bosna flies every Wednesday directly from Istanbul at 11:10,and on Sunday from Mostar to Istanbul at 07:45
Bus is the only way of public transport to / from Mostar... and it is located not far from the old town.