Getting Around, Dubrovnik Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Dubrovnik, Southern Dalmatia, Croatia)

Public transportation in Croatia is, generally speaking, of a good standard, with modern air-conditioned buses linking cities along the coast and travelling inland on regular timetables. Flights arrive from northern Europe at Dubrovnik's airport, either on a seasonal or scheduled year-round timetable.

Although there is no rail service in the region, ferries travel to coastal cities and archipelagos, and convenient charter or fishing boats take visitors to isolated beaches. Car rental is easily arranged and is widely regarded as the best means of travel around the region.

Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) / Arriving by Air

Address: 20117 Zracna Luka, Cilipi, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Tel: +385 20 773 333
Located to the south-east of the city, Dubrovnik Airport (often referred to as Cilipi Airport) hosts flights split between scheduled year-round and seasonal from all over northern Europe, along with several from Spain, Italy and Tel Aviv. Currency exchange booths and ATMs are on the concourse in the Arrivals Hall. Transportation from the airport to the city and beyond is by shuttle buses provided by Croatia Airlines, as well as by taxi. The bus passes by the Old Town area of Dubrovnik - departing passengers can board it at Petra Kresimira 4, remembering to wave madly to attract the driver's attention!

Dubrovnik Airport Guide

Car Rental

Car rental is straightforward in Dubrovnik and can be arranged either at the airport on arrival or in the city itself. Roads are well-maintained, but visitors should remember that the Old Town is fully pedestrianised and therefore cars are not allowed here. Car hire, especially in the heat of summer, is the best option for touring this region of Croatia. Although intercity bus routes and the buses themselves are convenient, country districts may not be so easy to reach without a private car, and taxis are not especially cheap.

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Buses and Coaches

Dubrovnik is well set up as regards intercity bus travel, with routes covered including Korcula, Mostar, Orebic, Rijeka, Sarajevo, Split, Zadar and Zagreb, together with a number of other towns and cities. Services include seven buses a day to Zagreb, while some 14 buses travel each day to and from Split, with just one a day to Sarajevo and Korcula. The main bus station is located at the port, some 2 km / 1.5 miles to the north of the Old Town. Most in-town buses are modern and air-conditioned.


Metered taxis are available at the airport, the bus station, the harbour and the city gates at each end of the Stradun. Travellers are advised to only use registered taxis and to avoid the unregistered cabs - which quote lower fares but may not be as safe, or higher fares to prey on visitors' ignorance of the correct price.

Boats and Ferries

Ferries from Dubrovnik's harbour travel down the coast on a regular basis, linking the city with destinations such as Havar, Korcula, Polace, Rijeka, Sobra, Split, Starigrad and Zadar. Ferries also run between the port of Bari, on the southern tip of Italy, as well as to the outlying islands of Kolocep, Sipan and Lopud. Buses 1, 1A and 1B all travel from the bus station adjacent to the port, right into the Old Town.