Flying directly to Mostar is not really an option as the local airport is not regularly used by commercial airlines. There are some charter flights which brings pilgrims to Medjugorje but these are expensive and irregular. The nearest airports receiving regular air traffic are Sarajevo, Split and Dubrovnik. We used Dubrovnik airport which has direct connections to ireland with Aer Lingus. A bus will take you the rest of the way to Mostar - taking about 3 hours crossing the the Bosnia border - twice!!! - I'll explain later.
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.
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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.
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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" 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.
Tour in Hercegovina
Eu estava pensando visitar alguns lugares na Herzegovina mediante a utilização dos transportes públicos, mas só tinha um dia à minha disposição. Blagaj era, para mim, sem dúvida, um lugar de visita obrigatória.
Na minha pousada, em Sarajevo, fui aconselhado, através dos empregados, a fazer a Excursão do Miran.
Esta excursão engloba Blagaj, Međugorje, Kravice e Počitelj. Tem a duração de 8 horas, das 10:00 às 18:00, e ainda inclui um pequeno-almoco tradicional e as bebidas.
Como eu estava viajando de Sarajevo para Mostar de comboio, o horário pareceu-me perfeito.
Devo dizer que adorei ter feito esta excursão, não só devido ao entusiástico Miran, mas pela grande oportunidade que tive de passar 8 horas de um modo tão agradável. Počitelj foi, definitivamente, o lugar que mais gostei.
I was thinking to visit some places in Hercegovina using public transportation, but I had only one full day at my disposal. Blagaj was, definitively, a must visit place for me.
At my hostel, in Sarajevo, the staff advised me to make the Miran's Tour. This tour comprises Blagaj, Međugorje, Kravice and Počitelj. It takes 8 hours, from 10:00 to 18:00. A traditional breakfast and drinks are also included.
As I was travelling from Sarajevo to Mostar by train, the timetable was perfect.
I must say I liked a lot to make this tour, not only for the enthusiastic Miran, but for the great opportunity I had to spend 8 hours in a pleasant way. Počitelj was, definitively, the place I liked best.
Taking the train -1
Coming from Sarajevo to Mostar, the train is a fantastic option, a two and a half hour journey through spectacular scenery. Leaving dead on time at 6.45am from Sarajevo station, you'll arrive in Mostar at 9.15am - the whole day ahead of you to explore the town. There is also a train in the late afternoon - if you're catching that one and you have booked accommodation in Mostar, you might want to arrange for someone to meet you at the station.
We took the morning train, rolling out of Sarajevo in the pre-dawn light, the sun only cresting over the mountains behind us when we were quite some way on our journey. The light on the autumn leaves of the mountainside trees was magical. Crossing the mountains via a seemingly endless series of switchbacks, viaducts and tunnels was stunning. Once down from the mountains we travelled the length of the Neretva Gorge, stopping briefly at small stations to pick up workers as we approached Mostar.
Trains are great for the freedom they give you to move around, look back at where you've come from (with all those switchbacks, the views back were as good as those looking forward) and, on such an empty train, spread yourself around. All told, the journey took no longer than the bus would have done and was much more comfortable I'm sure.
Practicalities: The fare was 21.90KM. We went to the station the day before we left and bought our tickets, just to suss the place out and allow an extra five minutes in bed in the morning.
Bring cold drinks and food with you. Coffee (thick, black and Bosnian) was available
All the carriages had clean and functioning toilets.
2012 is set to see a spanking new, Talgo-type train on this route. "Spring" is the hoped-for time of completion, but I don't know that I'd make any definite plans just yet. Meantime, the line is closed as the necessary engineering work is completed before this new rolling stock can begin to run.
Bus to Mostar
We took the bus from Sarajevo . It took 2.5 hours and there are buses leaving every 1.5 hours. Cost $12.00 ( make sure you have 1KM for the toilet and 1KM for the bag you want to store underneath the bus !! It’s a very scenic drive. Bus was comfortable!! The Mostar terminal was near the OLD TOWN center.
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Bus Mostar to Sarajevo
From the main bus/train station, there are several buses a day to/from Sarajevo. There were buses approx every hour during the day when I was there. The journey took just over two and a half hours and had some great scenery to look at along the way. The bus station in Sarajevo is also next to the train station. Single tickets cost 13.50KM, return tickets are 19KM.
I have heard from other people that the train also has some spectacular scenery, but there are only a couple of these trains a day. The bus is much more frequent.
Bus to Dubrovnik
We booked a bus from Mostar to Dubrovnik.It is quite a frequent service. Please note you must pay 1 Euro or 1 KM per item of luggage you put in the boot of a Bosnian bus. The bus was comfortable and air-conditioned. It did, however, take a long time to go through customs/passport control. On route you exit Bosnia, enter Croatia; then when you hit Neum exit Croatia and re-enter Bosnia. Then after Neum exit Bosnia and re-enter Croatia. Passports are checked each time. The scenery especially the coastal scenery was lovely. The bus cost 32 KM (16 Euros). It took 4 hours due to delays at customs.
Meeting point for busses
All busses leave you in the old town and then wait for you outside of the town just next to the St. James church.
To reach St. James church just cross the bridge from the bazar and always go stragight on, you'll find it after the traffic light.
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Buses & Alternatives from Mostar to Dubrovnik etc.
We planned to travel from Mostar to Dubrovnik to fly out on a 14:30 flight, originally, this would have meant getting up very early in order to catch a 7am bus to Dubrovnik, then getting transport from Dubrovnik itself to the airport. Bus tickets to Dubrovnik town were 27KM (one way, March 2010) or about half that in Euros. The phone number for the bus station is +387 (0)36 552-025.
I was dreading the early start, and the long bus journey. Instead, we decided to get a private driver, Srebrenko (which means Silver-man") who took us right to the airport in a new car. When we asked our hotel about the fare, they told us it very good deal compared with other options.
He was happy to stop along the way for us to take photos, buy roadside snacks etc. and was an interesting and overall nice guy. In fact, chatting to him was one of the things we liked most about our trip! He also seemed to be a safe driver, not indulging in the crazy road manoeuvres we sometimes get from taxi drivers here at home!
Our journey time door to door was about 3 hours. Make sure you allow enough time if you're going for a flight, as speeding is out of the question - fines are steep and the police can be keen to make a little extra money on the side. He speaks English (not perfectly but enough to get by), and his phone numbers are: +387(0)63901809 and +387(0)65715617
He also does Mostar to Split or journeys just about anywhere in the country. Tell him Andy and Huma sent you :-)
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Bus and Train .
The bus and train stations are next to each other in Mostar. Buses go to many places including Dubrovnik,Split and Belgrade. Trains go to Ploce in Croatia twice a day and twice a day to Sarajevo Bosnia. In Sarajevo there are connections to many places. See Bahn.de for train times. For Bus , in your search put Autobusni Kolodvor.
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 )
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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.
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