I came with a flight from Munich, then from the airport I took a taxi which costed about 35€.
The taxi cannot enter the old town, so ask the driver to call your apartment owner and ask her/him at what gate he/she prefers to pick you up.
The airport in Dubrovnik is as small as small can get. it's simple and easy. just a couple of shops to buy last souvenirs and a couple of cafe's for coffee or a snack. There is only 5 gates .... and once you give you boarding card you board a bus that takes you to the airplane. There is no jetway's at this airport.
Very simple, clean, and people friendly.
We had a rental car, but finding a parking space near the old city is like winning a lottery .. so we parked our car near a paid lot near the port and took the bus into the old town. It only took 5 minutes. Dubrovnik itself is very,very small ..... you can buy bus tickets at any of the TISAK newspaper stands and at some hotel's sell them also. The cost at the TISAK are 12 kuna's but if you buy them on the bus the cost goes up to 15 kuna's. The bus leaves you at the Pile gate and catching the return bus is just as easy. If it wasn't that our hotel was so far we would have used the bus even more than we did.
As you enter the bus you validate your ticket at a machine next to the driver. Simple.
From/To Dubrovnik by Bus/Coach
In Croatia, the coach has a larger share of the long-distance domestic travel market. This is expecially valid for Dubrovnik which does not have a train station at all. Dubrovnik's coach staion is located in Gruz, from there local buses run to the old town.
Multiple daily to Zagreb, Zadar and Split as well as to nearby places such as Metkovic and Ploce. There are also international connections to Sarajevo, Kotor and Mostar – as well as some destinations far away like Frankfurt. Nearby Medjugorje is only served once daily. Ask at the info counter for schedule and fares or check the buscroatia website for schedule.
The bus system is pretty easy to use: Buy a ticket, get into the bus and validate your ticket. The tickets can not be purchased in the bus, but at every newspaper shop and the ticket booth at Pile gate. There is no difference in fares for trips within Dubrovnik. The most useful route would be surely between Pile Gate and the bus terminal at Gruz Harbour. The first station serves the old town, the second the bus and ferry terminals. Line 1 (no matter which letter stands next to it) and 3 run between those two stops, line 8 runs from Pile Gate to Gruz Harbour only and takes a different way on the way back.
A ticket costs 12 kuna (2013), ask for multi-travel passes if you stay for a longer period.
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From/To Dubrovnik by Plane
Dubrovnik's airport is located around 20 kms to the southeast of Dubrovnik's old town. The airport is served in the summer season by several airlines from/to dozens of European destinations, while there are far fewer flights in the winter.
There is a bus operated by Atlas available which meets all scheduled flights upon arrival. The bus calls at Pile gate and at the main bus station close to Gruz harbour.
On departure, the bus starts 90 minutes before every international flight and 75 minutes before every domestic flight from the main bus station. It does not call at Pile Gate but at a bus stop close to the funicular station to the north of the city centre (around 5 minutes after departure at main bus station).
That said, the bus schedule depends on the flight schedule and the bus meets all scheduled (no charter) flights. The Atlas and airport websites are not of much use, but you can contact Atlas ( email@example.com ) or check the absolute Dubrovnik blog (check if they are up to date though) for the daily changing bus schedule. Price is 5 EUR or 35 Kuna per person and travel time around 35 minutes, all info as of June 2013.
Taxis will cost you around 260 KN or 35 EUR (2013) and should be negotiated beforehand. If not included in your booking, prices for hotel pick-ups are similar.
Buses in Dubrovnik
The bus service in Dubrovnik is quite user friendly. Buy tickets from a Tisak Kiosk. They cost 12 kunas each, 15 if you buy them on the bus. Tickets need to be stamped on the bus to validate them. We used 1A and 1B to go from Gruz to the old town and number 10 from Gruz to Cavtat. The Cavtat journey cost 20 kunas from the driver.
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We used an Atlas bus from the bus station in Gruz to go to Dubrovnik Airport. The ticket cost 35 Kunas (5 Euros). No payment for check in luggage. It took just over half an hour.We bought our ticket on the bus. If you use the Libertas bus instead you buy your ticket before boarding the bus. The Libertas bus cost 40 Kunas.
The Atlas bus timetable changes every 2 days. Its timetable for 2 days is displayed at the bus station.
Airport buses depart from stand 8.
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From Dubrovnik to Split
The ferry route (Jadrolinija) goes from Dubrovnik - Korcula - Hvar - Split and then the reverse in the other direction. The journey takes approximately 8.5 hours. The ferry operates twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays from Dubrovnik to Split and on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Split to Dubrovnik.
Buses leave Split and Dubrovnik almost every hour with over 15 trips per day. The trip takes 4.5 to 5 hours, with sea views along the way.
The route by car is the same as by bus, but without stops (although you should definitely stop at some of the quaint coastal villages along the way)
Tip: No need to see all of them, as they are much alike.
If you rent a car, be aware that rental companies charge an additional 1-way return fee for rentals in Dubrovnik with returns in Split (or vice-versa).
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Local Buses are most useful for getting to and from the ferry terminal/bus station (number 7). But they are also useful if you are staying away from the old town, for example on the Lapad peninsula. You'll also want to get the hang of the local buses if you are staying out of town, for example at Cavtat (number 10).
The local bus station is closer to the old town than the intercity station. It's about half way between them. You can just about walk there from the old town, but you'll be better off getting a bus. Any of them, except 4, will take you there.
You can buy tickets on the bus, but it's cheaper to stock up at the many kiosks around the town.
Boat to the hotel
We were informed that we had a public boat connecting Dubrovnik to Plat (our hotel location) and Mljet, but we had no time (and no need) to use it.
I felt sorry, because this could allow us the only angle of the beautiful town we didn't see: from the sea.
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Dubrovnik Airport to Herceg Novi
If you are flying into Dubrovnik Cilipi Airport with the intention of travelling onwards to neighbouring Montenegro, the following account of our airport transfer to Herceg Novi may be useful. The company that we used travel further into Montenegro (for example to Kotor, Tivat, Budva and Podgorica), but you may find it cost effective to use the transfer service as far as Herceg Novi and then take a local bus to other Montenegrin cities.
We flew into Dubrovnik's Cilipi Airport when we visited Herceg Novi in Montenegro in May 2012.
Plenty of pre-trip research online had convinced me that taking a bus from the airport to Herceg Novi was not a viable option for us on this occasion. We arrived in the evening and the next bus from Dubrovnik to Herceg Novi wasn't until the next morning. This wouldn't have made any sense, particularly as the airport is located between Dubrovnik and Herceg Novi and we'd have been travelling 25-30km in the wrong direction, just to travel back again the following morning.
So, what other options did we have? We could either arrange a transfer in advance or we could throw ourselves at the mercy of the waiting taxi drivers.
I searched the Internet and read various forums and in the end I couldn't find anybody offering a transfer for less than the 40 Euros each way that was quoted by www.intravelmontenegro.net. The price was for all passengers (up to 3), not per person, and was to any address in Herceg Novi, so at least we'd be getting door-to-door service in a city that we weren't familiar with.
I filled in an enquiry form on their website and received an automated email reply informing me that I'd get a response within 24 hours. A mere 2 hours later, there was an email in my inbox requesting further details of our transfer requirements. I sent back details of the passenger names, flight number, arrival time and destination (Apartments Milicevic in Herceg Novi) and everything was confirmed. I was told that the driver would be waiting for us outside the arrivals gate with a card showing our names.
I emailed back a day later to ascertain how payment would be made. Should I provide debit card details or would we pay the driver? Another quick reply arrived stating that I should pay the driver in cash at the end of the journey.
All of the pre-trip communication was prompt and efficient.
Dubrovnik Cilipi Airport – Apartments Milicevic, Herceg Novi
Sure enough, when we passed through arrivals we found the driver waiting for us with a sign bearing our names. He took our luggage and guided us to a waiting mini-bus.
We had been expecting a private transfer, but this vehicle would comfortably seat around 10 passengers. There were only 3 of us on board; Emma and I, and another English lady. We sat around for 10 minutes or so, unsure as to whether anybody else would be joining us. In the event, there were still just the 3 of us on board when we set off.
We were a little confused now. We had been quoted 40 Euros for a private transfer of up to 3 people. Our fellow passenger had also been quoted 40 Euros for her transfer, but also had an email stating that the cost would be less if there were more people. Would we be charged 40 Euros each, or 40 Euros in total? The driver asked for 80 Euros in total (40 Euros from us and 40 Euros from the other lady). The other passenger queried this, and the driver made a phone call to his boss. Following a brief conversation, it was decided that the total cost would be 60 Euros; we'd still pay 40 Euros for our transfer, while hers would be reduced to 20 Euros. This seemed to placate our fellow passenger, but Emma insisted on nagging me for a couple of days about how we shouldn't have had to pay 40 Euros for a shared transfer!
The journey time was around 45-50 minutes, including a pretty quick border crossing that took no more than 5 minutes. Instead of joining the queue of private cars at the border, our driver drove to an empty channel with no queue. I can only assume that there is a special express channel for transfer vehicles/buses.
We were dropped off right outside our apartment and we paid the agreed cash sum to the driver. We also arranged for him to pick us up in the same spot at 5pm for our return journey 5 days later. This was confirmed by him in an email a few days later.
Apartments Milicevic, Herceg Novi - Dubrovnik Cilipi Airport
We again shared our return journey to the airport with the same passenger that we had done when we arrived. The driver picked her up first and so arrived a little late (5:10pm) at our apartment. We weren't unduly bothered; the rain had stopped and we had plenty of time to get to the airport for our 8:25pm flight.
Then the journey got eventful!
Just a few minutes after picking us up, we were involved in a crash. Our driver stopped at a pedestrian crossing and another driver slammed into the back of our minibus. Our driver was completely blameless; the other driver seemingly hadn't been paying attention and we didn't even hear the sound of brakes as she crashed into us. We were all a little shaken but, apart from the driver nursing a sore neck, thankfully none of us were hurt.
Fortunately, the accident happened on the main road through Herceg Novi, close to the transfer company's offices, so another car and driver were with us in just a few minutes and we were able to continue our journey with little delay. As we set off again, our original driver was remonstrating with the driver who had crashed into us in front of a watching police officer. Luckily, we didn't need to hang around and give witness statements.
When we arrived at the Montenegro-Croatia border, our driver again ignored the long queue of private cars (and it was a fairly long queue that would have delayed us significantly) and drove up to a kiosk on an empty lane. The lady at the counter appeared to be telling him to turn back and join the queue, while our driver was resolutely thrusting our passports towards her. This continued for a couple of minutes. I'm not entirely sure what all the fuss was about, but I suspect it was due to the fact that our replacement car didn't have company logos on that marked it out as being a transfer company vehicle, so the border guard was telling the driver to join the line of private cars. She soon relented though and let us through.
At the Croatian border, another official stopped the car and asked the driver a few questions. One of which was our nationalities (I know this, because he borrowed my passport to check!) and another was “where were we going?”. I heard the driver tell him that we were going to Cilipi (i.e. the airport) and the border guard seemed to loosen up at that point and wave us through with little concern.
We arrived at the airport at 6:15pm; just an hour after the crash had taken place, and in plenty of time for our 8:25pm flight.
As before, we paid 40 Euros for our transfer and our fellow passenger paid 20 Euros for hers.
If we were ever in the position of needing transport from Dubrovnik Airport to Montenegro again, we would be happy to use InTravelMontenegro. I must stress that our driver was completely blameless for the road accident and I wouldn't want anybody to be put off from using the company because of it. The efficiency with which a replacement vehicle was provided and our journey re-started with minimum delay was very impressive.
The company also arranges transfers to other cities throughout Montenegro, as well as airport transfers to and from Tivat airport. A full list of prices can be found on their website.
ConnectoTaxi transfer service Croatia
You can book ConnectoTransfers taxi service on a fixed rate and convenient prices to get to your accommodation as easy as possible. Besides great prices with no additional charges, ConnectoTransfers offers you a complete service, since you won't have to wait for your transfer on the crowded airport Dubrovnik. Professional driver will already be there even before you land. You can also book in advance your transfer from Airport Dubrovnik to your accommodation no matter the destination in Croatia, and you will be able to enjoy in completely relaxed holidays.
You can visit nearby Cavtat in just a few minutes, and the famous city of Dubrovnik is approximately a 20-minute drive from the airport. Dubrovnik itselfs doesn't require much of a presentation since it is definitely one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia and this part of Europe. Its city walls, palaces, fortresses and towers are recognizable world wide so if you have decide to enjoy in the beauties of Dubrovnik, make it a completely stress-free experience.
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Getting to Kotor
The stunningly beautiful Bay of Kotor, across the border in Montenegro and just 80km south of Dubrovnik is, justifiably, a popular day trip from the city. Don't think you can do it by public transport though. There's only one bus a day in each direction. The bus from Dubrovnik leaves at 11am, the one from Kotor to Dubrovnik leaves at 1.15pm - so unless you're planning to stay the night, you simply cannot do it this way.
Yopur options are to either drive yourself, as we did, or take a tour. Atlas Tours in Dubrovnik offer a day trip for about US$60.
You can take a hire car into Montenegro without any extra formalities and this summer (2006) we found the border procedures very straightforward, simply showing our passports and hire car documents for a quick stamp and a wave through. No doubt the break with Serbia has had something to do with that! We took the narrow, twisting road all the way around the Bay to Kotor through Perast; the scenery is magnificent and on a Sunday in June, the road was all but deserted. Leaving the walls of Kotor behind us after our visit, we then continued on around the bay to Leperane where a car ferry operates around the clock to take you back to the northern side of the bay, which reduces the travelling time considerably and lets you see more of the bay at the same time rather than simply retracing your steps.
Ferries between Dubrovnik and Bari in Italy
Ferries between Bari in Italy and Dubrovnik take between eight and nine hours. There are two companies which currently offer services between these cities, Jadrolinija and the Azzurra Line. Basic passage will cost about 49 Euros each way. Sleeping cabins are extra. These boats also transport vehicles.
Before planning a trip to Dubrovnik, make sure there are ferry connections. Travel options drop off dramatically after October and do not pick up again until May.
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