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Plan Your Trip: Local Transportation in Dubrovnik

Local transportation in Dubrovnik is the best way to explore and experience the old city, as all the neigbourhoods are linked by city bus lines. The local bus is also the easiest way to get around Dubrovnik, as traffic around the historic city core can get heavy and parking is both expensive and not always an easy task.  Libertas Dubrovnik, the company that manages the local bus routes, has detailed information about the timetables on its website.

The buses run anywhere every 10 to 30 minutes from about 5 am to midnight. The day card, which costs 30 Kn, offers unlimited rides. Travellers can get bus tickets at kiosks, travel agencies, at the bus station, and at the reception desks of most hotels. When the bus traffic stops at night, travellers can easily just pick up a taxi. Taxi service is available around the clock and not too expensive for any destination with the city limits.

Dubrovnik bus station

The main bus terminal in the city is situated near the Port of Dubrovnik (Gruž) and local lines take passengers to Pile Gate, Gruž harbour, Lapad and Babin Kuk regularly. Travellers going to the Old Town can board any of the buses that go to Pile Gate, one of the two main entrances to the walled city. All the city neighbourhoods are just as easy to reach from Pile. Travellers looking to visit Cavtat, Trsteno, Ston, Slano, Plat and other places on the Dubrovnik Riviera, can take one of the suburban lines that run from the main bus station.

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Dubrovnik airport transfer

Visitors flying to Dubrovnik can easily get to the Old Town by hopping on the airport bus, which takes about 30 minutes to get to Pile Gate. Departure times coincide with flight arrivals, so the wait is usually not longer than 15 minutes. Local buses are also available for those who are not in a rush. These are slightly cheaper, but make more stops along the way and don’t run as often. Taxis, which are always easy to find at the airport, are by far the most convenient – and most expensive – option.

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Dubrovnik Riviera accommodation

Visitors looking for comfortable accommodation with easy access to Dubrovnik and its main attractions can book their stay at Hotel Mlini. Located in the village of Mlini near Dubrovnik, the recently built hotel is an ideal Mediterranean vacation spot for couples and families as it sits next to a promenade and several small secluded beaches. The hotel’s comfortable, luxurious rooms have balconies with a view of the sea and the restaurants and bars offer guests a unique gastronomic experience with a range of selected local dishes and delicacies, premium Italian pasta, and some of the best Croatian wines.

The nearby Villas Mlini, a complex of modern apartments surrounded by lush vegetation, offers an excellent holiday experience for all travellers looking for accommodation near Dubrovnik. With comfortable, fully equipped apartments and spacious terraces overlooking the sea, the complex offers a range of options for leisure time, including a large outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a beach bar. Additionally, guests who book a minimum 7-night vacation package get a 20% discount on their stay.

The Dubrovnik Riviera Hotels complex also offers day trips to Dubrovnik and excursions to the surrounding area by bus or mini bus, as well as tours of the local attractions. The most popular destinations include the historic town of Cavtat, the island of Lokrum, and the Elaphiti islands.

Images: Wikimedia Commons/Quahadi Añtó (Dubrovnik bus station), Ardfern (Dubrovnik airport), CeeGee (Dubrovnik city line bus)