If you are planning to spend your vacation in Dubrovnik, there is some things that you will surely like to know. How to get in Dubrovnik and how to get around in Dubrovnik, what to see, what to eat, where to stay…
Here is some information that will hopefully help you plan and enjoy your trip to Dubrovnik.
How to get in Dubrovnik
Arriving in Dubrovnik by plane is the best option. Dubrovnik Airport is about 20 kilometers away form Dubrovnik. There is organized bus service that takes passengers form airport to town, 30 minutes after each arriving flight. This bus will take you to Pile, the main entrance in old city or bus station in Gruž.
Upon departure, bus for airport leaves from main bus station in Gruž hour and half before domestic flights and two hours before international flight. Bus also stops in front of the Grawe building on Dr. Ante Starčević street and in front of cable car station on Petra Krešimira Street.
Also, there is buses, roads and ferries to Dubrovnik, but there is no train. If you are arriving from southern Italy there is a regular ferry lines form Bari operating between March and October. All year around there is ferry line from Ancona to Split. Dubrovnik is connected with ferry lines with Split, Brač, Hvar, Korčula and Mljet between April and October.
Traveling by bus is a good option if you are coming form towns in Dalmatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina or Montenegro.
Driving to Dubrovnik my be a considerable option if you are arriving from Croatia Bosnia and Herzegovina or Montenegro out of high summer season. During the summer traffic can be heavy. Keep in mind that parking in Dubrovnik is hard to find and expensive. So, if you are coming with car be sure you arrange parking with your accommodation arrangements.
Public transportation in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is small town and you can walk pretty much anywhere. There are bus lines that are connecting Old Town with all districts and nearby towns.
There is a Taxi service that includes taxi cars and taxi boats. Taxi boats are great go get to nearby islets, but taxi cars are better option for transportation around the town. Taxi dives can be expensive, especially during late nights hours or public holiday, you will also be additionally charged for luggage. So, before getting in the car, ask the driver estimated price.
Uber service is available in Dubrovnik and much cheaper than regular taxi. Service is grate, so there is no reason not to use it.
If you want to get to mount Srđ you can use Dubrovnik cable car.
Save money on sightseeing
Get the Dubrovnik Card and you can save up to 50% on ticket fee for top attractions and be able to use public transportation for free.
With Dubrovnik Card you have free entry on: Dubrovnik Walls, must see attraction in Dubrovnik, grandiose fortification monument; Cultural Historical Museum located in Rectors Palace; The Museum of Modern Art, Natural History Museum, Rupe Ethnographic Museum; Marin Držić House; Maritime Museum; Friars Minor Franciscan Monastery Museum; Vlaho Bukovac Home and Račić Family Mausoleum in Cavtat; Konavle Heritage Museum and some galleries.
With Dubrovnik Card you have discount you can use in many restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, excursions, wellness and spa treatments and cultural events.
When you buy Dubrovnik Card you will get bus ticket for free which is valid to use for public transportation all over the city for your easier and faster movement.
If you are planning to see all must see attractions in Dubrovnik and use public transportation instead of your car Dubrovnik Card is great way to save some money in this (expensive) city. You can save more than 50% percent on tickets compared to buying it individually.
Try Dubrovnik local food
When in Dubrovnik try local cuisine that is real fusion of flavors. Dubrovnik is located at Adriatic coastline on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. It’s historically significate position on the gate of Adriatic and mixing of different cultural influence left a mark on traditional cuisine.
If you love sea food, there is a lot you can try. Musšule na buzaru is a dish with mussels boiled in breadcrumbs and tomato sauce. Be sure you eat local mussels from neighboring Pelješac region. Black risotto is another dish worth of trying while in Dubrovnik. It is a risotto made with squid and squid ink that makes it black. The most traditional dish is dried codfish made cooked or “na bijelo”, you can find it around Christmas, its traditional dish made for Christmas eve.
Meat lovers must try lamb under the bell called “peka”. It is a dish cooked old fashion way on the fire, for a long time. Green “minestra” is another traditional meal made of pork ribs and cabbage, cooked for a few hours.
The most famous Dubrovnik sweet is called Rožata. This dessert is a sort of pudding made with gelatin and citrus flavoring. This is the most authentic Dubrovnik sweet so make sure you try it.
For real experience of enjoying the local cuisine look for restaurants specialized for traditional cuisine, most of them are called “konoba”.
Where to stay
Dubrovnik is popular destination so be sure you book your accommodation on time. A bit out of town rush is a touristic pearl called Dubrovnik Rivera. Destination for perfect relaxing holidays.
Dubrovnik Riviera is located near village Mlini just few kilometers away form Dubrovnik Old Town, Dubrovnik Airport Čilipi and maritime port Gruž.
Easily reachable location, still away from city rush offers different choices of accommodation. Luxury hotels, villas or premium apartments, the choice is all yours. You can choose between Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel, Hotel Astarea, Hotel Mlini, Villas Mlini, Villas Srebreno and Premium Apartments Srebreno.
Check out the offers and book your stay before is to late.