How to get around Dubrovnik? What is the best way to move around
Urban transport in the city is limited only to buses, which, however, cover every corner in a capillary way and have an unprecedented punctuality. Alternatively, it is possible to resort to the usual cabs or car rental, even if it is almost impossible to access or park in the city center, were it not for a fee. However, to fully enjoy the pleasant Croatian atmosphere, the advice is to cross it on foot. So let's find out together the guide on how to get around Dubrovnik: info, costs and tips!
- Useful tips
- How to get from the airport to the center of Dubrovnik
- How to get around on foot
- By public transport
- By car
- Questions and comments from users
Getting around Dubrovnik could literally become a walk or a real hell from choosing the wrong way to cross it and experience it in its entirety. Road management, paid parking lots and delimitation of vehicle traffic in the city center make it possible The car rental option is 100% inadvisable. It is better to opt for public transport.
The best solution is still to get around on foot, especially to fully experience the atmosphere of the city! For a first approach, we recommend a guided walking tour of the city with a local guide. In addition, the city has also become famous for the TV series Games of Throne, so if you are a fan you can not miss a walking tour of the sites of the Throne of Swords!
Highly recommended Dubrovnik Card, with free entrance to many of the main attractions of the city also free use of public transport. There are 1, 3 or 7 days versions, from 250,00 HRK (33,00 €).
- Recommended solutions and means: on foot, funicular.
- Solutions and meansnot recommended: car
- City cards and season tickets are recommended: Dubrovnik Card (from 250,00 HRK / 33,00 € -), bus day ticket (from 30,00 HRK / 4,00 €)
How to get from the airport to the center of Dubrovnik
The closest airport to Dubrovnik (DBV) is Cilipi Airport, about 20 km southeast of the city. With over 2.5 million transit passengers in 2018, it is the third busiest airport in Croatia, after Zagreb and Split. Like the other Croatian ports, Dubrovnik's is also in continuous expansion, thanks to government policies to revive tourism. It was in fact launched a modernization and expansion plan which will lead the airport to support the increasing flow of passengers.
- Distance from the center: 20 km / travel time: 25 min
- By cab: average cost 30,00 € / travel time: 20 min
- By bus: average cost 6,00 € / Atlas shuttle line
- Private transfer: private transfer from Dubrovnik airport
Getting around on foot
Dubrovnik has gained more interest also thanks to the well-known HBO TV series Game of Thrones, of which the city was the setting for some very important scenes. Therefore, it is only natural that simply curious and avid fans of the show want to explore all the "ravines" of the locality. If you are passionate about the series, we absolutely recommend the two-hour walking tour of the Game of Thrones sites with a local guide.
In any case, walking through Dubrovnik's main streets and alleys on foot could prove to be a winning option, especially since the city center does not provide access to cars- this is also the best way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city! For a first approach, we recommend the guided walking tour of the old city, to get to know all the most important attractions and points of interest together with a local guide.
For other itineraries on foot or by public transport, download our Smart Guide to visiting Dubrovnik for free.
By public transport
The only means of public transport are the buses, which cover the whole city exhaustively. The vehicles are active most of the day at more than affordable prices. There are 10 lines serving the city and it is possible to buy tickets on board the vehicle or at the Libertas kiosks (this is the name of the bus company serving Dubrovnik). Remember to stamp the ticket on board and always carry it with you: the fines for non-compliance with these rules are, in fact, very high.
But Dubrovnik is a coastal city, so there are also plenty of experiences you can have on the water, thus admiring the city from another perspective! We absolutely recommend the guided kayak tour on the sea or, if you prefer something more relaxing, a wonderful catamaran tour, which will also take you to discover the Elaphiti islands.
Getting around by bus
Let's start by saying that buses in Dubrovnik are a good option to get to the accommodation or the more outlying areas of the city, especially since buses cannot access the historic center of the fortified city. Therefore, walking is always the preferred option.
The city is served efficiently and extensively by Line 9 of the Libertas company. The main stop to keep in mind is Porta da Pile, the closest to the Old City and terminus of several routes. The lines most used by tourists are 1A and 1B, which connect the port of Gravosa with the entrance to the fortified city. Approximately 70 bus lines are on duty every day, including Sundays and holidays, with frequencies ranging from 15 to 30 min. Identified by a progressive number from 1 to 9, they generally work from morning to evening.
Tickets can be purchased directly on the bus or at the station. You can also find them at the numerous "Tisak" kiosks in the historical center. The ticket is valid for 60 minutes from validation and must be stamped.
- Downloadable map: bus-dubrovnik
- from 5:30 to 24:00. On weekends, some lines until 2 a. M.
- Cost of ticket / single trip: 12,00 HRK (1,60 €). Purchased on board 15,00 HRK (2,00 €)
- Cost of ticket / pass: daily 30,00 HRK (4,00 €)
Travel by Funicular
The Dubrovnik funicular was inaugurated in 1969, a decade before the fortified city was declared a World Heritage Site. Originally simply the means to reach Srđ Hill, today it is one of the main attractions of the city, which welcomes 2 million visitors a year. During the terrible war in Yugoslavia, the funicular was also completely destroyed and reopened to the public in 2010.
From the funicular and from the terrace of the station you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view on the city walls, the old harbor and the surroundings of the city. We recommend that you go up at sunset- watching Dubrovnik's sunset with the evening lights tinkling the harbor and the orange-hued walls is a truly breathtaking sight! The last trip departs 30 minutes before closing from the central station.
- December and January 9: 00-16: 00 / February, March and November 9: 00-17: 00 / April and October 9: 00-20: 00 / May 9: 00-21: 00 / June, July and August 9 : 00-00: 00 / September 9: 00-22: 00
- Cost of ticket / single trip: one way 85,00 HRK (€ 11,30), round trip 150,00 HRK (€ 19,90)
Getting around by Taxi
Dubrovnik cabs are an option to consider to move from one district to another or to reach the city center from the airport and the port (and vice versa). They are easily identifiable: they are white cars with the word "Taxi" on the top of the vehicle, and sometimes have a red stripe with blue lettering on the side doors.
Compared to the average cost of living in Croatia, the cost of Dubrovnik cabs is quite expensive. Make sure the cab driver activates the meter to avoid unpleasant surprises. Usually cab drivers accept euros, but it is always recommended to pay in the local currency.
- 24 hours 24
- Cost of ticket / single trip: basic fare HRK 27,00 (€ 3,60) + HRK 9,00 (€ 1,20) per km
Getting around by car
If your vacation is limited only to the city of Dubrovnik, we strongly recommend not to use the car. Even more so if you intend to spend most of your time in the old town.
I There are many reasons: the very conformation of the city, the severe shortage of parking spaces, the high cost of the few parking spaces available and, last but not least, the fact that the Old Town is entirely pedestrianized.
If, on the other hand, you are on a road along Croatia, we recommend you to opt for accommodation with parking service included, or leave your car in one of the city parking lots, which may still have prices that are not quite cheap.
Pedestrian Zone - ZTL
The old town of Dubrovnik is considered a pedestrian zone. The closest point motor vehicles can reach is the rest area called "Pile cca 10 Minutes". Tourist buses can stop there only for loading / unloading of passengers. And it is necessary to pay a fixed amount for each round trip, which means that, if tourists are accompanied twice to the center on the same day, it will be necessary to pay this amount twice.
The rates are as follows: minibus up to 8 seats 200,00 HRK (28,00 €); Buses between 9 and 30 seats 400,00 HRK (56,00 €), buses with more than 30 seats 800,00 HRK (112,00 €).
Stops and parking
Finding a place to park your car in Dubrovnik can be a real nightmare, especially in high season. Public parking lots are practically all for a fee and are classified into 5 parking areas, where zone 0 is the most expensive because it is the closest to the old town.
Prices vary according to the area and the time of year. They range from a minimum of 5,00 HRK / h (0,67 €) to a maximum of 40,00 HRK / h (5,30 €). It all depends on the season and the area. You can find all the information about the different rates on the corresponding website. In zone 0 you pay 24 h, in zone 1 6: 00-22: 00, in zone 2 6: 00-2: 00, in zone 3 6: 00-22: 00 and in zone 4 24h. For payment, you can buy the parking ticket at any kiosk or parking meter nearby and leave it on display; alternatively, the option of sending the SMS to the m-parking number of the zone you are in is activated.
If you leave your car in a prohibited area, the vehicle will be towed to you and you will have to pay a fine of 500,00 HRK to 800,00 HRK (66,70 € to 106,70 €).
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