Saturday, May 16, 2009

Travel from Dubrovnik to Split

With the summer season fast approaching, many tourists will be traveling up and down the Dalmatian coast, visiting numerous small towns and islands along the way. One of the most popular routes is Dubrovnik to Split or vice-versa. There are 4 modes of transportation between these two cities; the following is an overview of the time and cost involved in each:

1.) Ferry: This is the most pleasant way to travel, but also the slowest. The ferry route goes from Dubrovnik - Korcula - Hvar - Split and then the reverse in the other direction. The journey takes approximately 8.5 hours and costs 17,50 EUR per person and 55,00 EUR for a car (these are high-season prices; slightly lower prices apply in low season). The ferry operates twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays from Dubrovnik to Split and on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Split to Dubrovnik. Detailed schedule information, pricing, and on-line booking is available at the Jadrolinija website.

2.) Bus: This is the most economical and most convenient way to travel. Buses depart Split and Dubrovnik almost every hour with over 15 trips per day. Tickets cost between 90 and 120 Kuna (between 12 and 16 EUR) per person, each way. The journey generally takes 4.5 to 5 hours and offers spectacular sea views along the way. Detailed bus schedules can be viewed at Libertas Dubrovnik.

3.) Private car transfer: This is the most comfortable, but most expensive way to travel. The route will be the same as by bus, but will be slightly faster as it does not involve any stops along the way (unless you want to stop). Prices for private transfers vary, but are approximately 200 - 240 EUR each way for 1 - 3 people, 240 - 260 EUR for 4 - 8 people, and 500 - 550 EUR for 9 - 18 people. Transfers may be arranged at Taxi Service Dubrovnik or Queen Service Dubrovnik.

4.) Rental car: This mode of transportation offers the most flexibility as it allows you to stop frequently and explore some of the beautiful coastal villages along the way. Most car rental companies charge an additional 1-way return fee for rentals in Dubrovnik with returns in Split (or vice-versa). Major rental companies such as Avis, Hertz, and Europcar have offices in both cities, but for better rates contact Euro Car Rentals, a local Dubrovnik company.

Coming soon...information on travel to other locations such as Korcula, Hvar, and Montenegro.

312 comments:

  1. Hi!

    I want to thank you for doing this blog! Im going to croatia in august, and this blog gives so much more information than any book or other website! thank you!! :)

    -Maria from Finland

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  2. Hi

    If I travel from Dubrovnik to Split by bus, can I get off along the way and catch a later bus?

    Thanks
    IndyBob

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  3. Hi IndyBob. I don't see why not. There are about 20 departures from Dubrovnik to Split each day and they make several stops along the way. However, you may have to buy a ticket from Dubrovnik to wherever you want to stop and then buy another ticket to Split when you are ready to move on. If you just buy a ticket to Split and then depart along the way you may not be able to reuse that ticket for the remainder of your journey. I would check with the ticket office in Dubronvik.

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  4. WOw, thank you so much for the given information. i was looking for it and this is exactly what i need! thank you so much for posting this!!!

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  5. is it worth going to split from dubrovnik?

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  6. That's a really hard question to answer. It depends on what your interests are and how much time you have in Croatia. If you only have time to see one place in additon to Dubrovnik then I would suggest going out to one of the islands instead of Split. Korcula, Mljet, and Hvar are all very nice and can be reached from Dubrovnik by ferry.

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  7. We'll be traveling to Croatia at Easter. We plan to fly from Zagreb to Dubrovnik and pick up a car to drive from Dubrovnik to Split and then on to Opatija, Plitvice and Zagreb. The drive between Dubrovnik and Split concerns me--is it really that bad of a drive that we should take a bus instead and then rent a car in Split for the rest of the way?

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  8. Hi Andrea. The drive from Dubrovnik to Split is actually very nice. The road is fairly windy but the views are very beautiful. I have done the drive many times and have always enjoyed it. If you go by car you will have the opportunity to stop more often than by bus and explore some of the small seaside towns along the way.

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  9. That's what I was thinking and since we will be heading north, we won't be on the seaward side! I am going to rent through Economy Car Rentals as they seem to have the best price, especially since we are picking up in one city and dropping off in another.

    Thank you for such a prompt reply and your good advice!

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  10. Andy can you recommend places to stop , stretch grab a coffee or lunch on the trip between Dubrovnik & Split ? Also please confirm there is no need to catch a ferry to do this drive (as google maps suggests) we just need to stay on the E65 all the way long ? Thanks.

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  11. Yes, you can do the drive without taking a ferry. The main road (technically E65, though it is unmarked in Croatia) passes through a short section of Bosnia. That is why Google maps redirects you around Bosnia by ferry. It is not a problem to pass through Bosnia, just be sure to have your passports ready in case they want to inspect them.

    My favorite places to stop are actually in this short section of Bosnia. I can't remember the names of the restaurants, but there are a couple of places right on the road that are quite good. There is one where most of the tour buses stop (you'll likely see the buses outside), and despite that, it's still very good. Bosnia is known for its grilled meats, so I suggest that if you're not a vegetarian.

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  12. Hi there,

    I am looking to plan an island-hopping trip around the 23rd April for 7-10 days. I was hoping to start in Dubrovnik or Split and work my way around. The places I would like to visit are Mljet, Bisevo, Hvar, Sibenik (for the Krka national park), Cres, and finally one or two days in Plitvice lakes before flying home from any accessible airport. My question is whether or not there are boat links available at that time of year? So far I only found ferries which depart in May.

    Any help would be very much appreciated!

    Thanks

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  13. There are definitely some ferries running at that time of year as all of the islands are inhabited and locals need to get to the mainland and back. However, the schedules are reduced and there are probably not any high-speed ferries running. For the local, year-round ferry schedules check the Jadrolinija website at www.Jadrolinija.hr.

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  14. Hello, great info! Quick question... my partner adn I are going to be spending time in Croatia in May (approx 6 days), we're thinking a couple of days in Dubrovnik (thats where we fly into), with a day trip to Mostar and an island (Which one??), then bus up to Split with day trip to another island (??) and trip to Trogir. Then we are not sure what to do. We need to be up in Slovenia to fly out a couple of days later so not sure if over night bus up the coast is best option or train or rental car?? Any suggestion would be great!

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  15. It sounds like you are trying to squeeze too much into a short trip. If you only have 6 nights in Croatia and plan to spend only 2 nights in Dubrovnik then you really can't take 2 day trips from Dubrovnik. You won't see Dubrovnik at all and your second full day is really your travel day to Split (the bus takes about 4 to 4.5 hours). If you plan to spend 3 nights in Dubrovnik then you could possible take 2 day trips from Dubrovnik, but again you would miss out on seeing Dubrovnik itself.

    If you then spend 3 nights in Split you could visit Trogir one day and Hvar another day. You would then have to travel directly to Slovenia on your last day. I think the bus is your best option as it is most direct. I believe trains go through Zagreb (which is a little bit out of the way) and it will be difficult to find a rental car that you can pick up in Croatia and drop off in Slovenia.

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  16. I'd like to follow up with the comment on JANUARY 21, 2011 4:00 AM by Andy and Michelle Kehoe regarding drive through Bosnia from Split to Dubrovnik.

    My concern is that many car rental companies prohibit driving into Bosnia. Any idea of how long it takes to drive through Bosnia? Are there any checking at the border? Despite the restriction of car rental companies, will it be a big problem to drive through Bosnia such for short time? Appreciate for any advice.

    HO

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  17. The drive through Bosnia only takes about 20 minutes. At the border there is a lane for cars who have nothing to declare and you can generally pass straight through without stopping. However, border guards do occasionally check passports and car registration details. If your car rental company does not allow you to enter into Bosnia then I would not recommend taking the car there as you will not be covered by insurance if anything should happen. There are many car rental companies that do allow you to take their cars into Bosnia. I suggest shopping around before deciding on a rental company. If none of the larger rental companies such as Hertz, Avis, or Europcar will allow you to enter Bosnia then check with a local Croatian agency such as Eurocar Rentals.

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  18. We're planning to take the bus to Split from Dubrovnik and stay at the old town of Split. Any suggestion which station to get off in Split?

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  19. The main bus station in Split center is just across from where the ferry port. Most people will be disembarking here and you will see the ferry boats just cross the street.

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  20. My friend and I will be in Dubrovnik on July 1st, 2011.. When arriving to the split we wanted to go to Hvar.. From the split where do we go to get to Hvar? Is there only specific days to catch transportation to Hvar? Can someone help us?

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  21. What is the best route to get to Dubrovnik to Hvar? Are there only specific days to do this? We will only be in Dubrovnik arriving on July 1st and departing Dubrovnik on July 8th, 2011.. We just want to stay in Dubrovnik a couple of days being that where we flew into.. some guidance would be great ;)

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  22. Ferries run everyday from Split to Hvar. You can view the schedule online at www.Jadrolinija.hr. Ferries leave from the port near the historic center of Split, just across the street from the bus station.

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  23. The ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar operates only twice per week on Fridays and Mondays. You can view the schedule here: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/pdfs/K%C3%9CSTENLINIE%20%202011.pdf.

    If you want to travel on another day you can take the bus from Dubrovnik to Split and then a ferry to Hvar. There are about 15 buses per day from Dubrovnik to Split and then a couple of ferries per day from Split to Hvar. As mentioned above, you can find the ferry schedules from Split to Hvar on the Jadrolinija website.

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  24. Planning a six night stay in Dubrovnik in April, which day trips should be priority? Mostar, Montenegro or island cruise.

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  25. My favorite day trip from Dubrovnik is to Mostar as it has a very different feel than Dubrovnik and there is a lot of history there. I also enjoy Montenegro and the islands. If I had to choose one, I think it would be Montenegro. The islands near Dubrovnik are very beautiful, but are better for relaxing and swimming than for site seeing.

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  26. WE have a week to get from Dubrovnik to Venice at the end of Sept 2011. Which places would you suggest we stop off at on the way and can we take a rental car from Croatia to Italy?

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  27. If traveling from Dubrovnik to Venice in 1 week, I suggest skipping the islands as I do not think you will have time to spend much time there. I would travel to Split and then to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. I would then continue on to the north spending time in Zadar, Rijeka, and Pula on the way. It would also be nice to explore the interior of the Istria region as well. If you really wanted to see an island, it is possible to make a day trip to Hvar while in Split.

    It is very difficult to find car rental companies that will allow you to rent a car in Croatia and return it in Italy. I do not know if it is possible. You may have to return the car close to the Italian border and then finish your trip to Venice by train or bus. There may also be a ferry from Rijeka to Venice, but I do not know for sure if it operates at the end of September.

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  28. Hi,

    Great blog you have here.

    My girlfriend and planning a few days in Croatia - arriving Sunday 24th July, and needing to be in Split for a party on Friday 30th July.

    We'd love to do a guided tour of some of the islands - and thought we could do a hybrid tour from Dubrovnik and leaving the boat somewhere around Trstenik or Mljet.

    How would we get from Trstenik or Mljet back to Split - we are having a little trouble with the options.

    Can you help at all.

    Thanks,

    A&A

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  29. There are not a lot of options from Mljet or Trstenik to Split. The only one I can think of is to take the public bus (from Trestenik or Propratno, where the ferry from Mljet arrives on the mainland) to the main road near Ston and then catch the Dubrovnik to Split bus somewhere there. But, I don't know if the bus makes a regularly scheduled stop near there so you might have to call the bus station in Dubrovnik and ask where the driver can pick you up. If the public bus between Orebic & Ston is not running when you need it, you might have to take a taxi. It's going to be difficult figuring out the logistics; it might just be easier to travel the hour or so back to Dubrovnik and then depart for Split from there.

    Sorry I cannot be of more help.

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  30. Hello,

    We are a group of 5-6 adults traveling to Croatia in April covering Zagreb, Hvar & Dubrovnik with a rental car.

    We would like to know how to go from Hvar Island to Dubrovnik without having to cross the Bosnian border due to visa requirements. I understand there is a ferry from Sucuraj to Drevnik, but would the Drevnik -Dubrovnik road route require crossing the border? If yes, where can we take another ferry from Drevnik to Dubrovnik?

    Since we are non-EU nationals, we want to be sure we are not breaking any laws by transiting Bosnia without a valid visa. I did read there is an agreement between Craotia & Bosnia, wherein a visa for transit is not required, but not sure how strictly this is valid. Please advise.

    'Agreement on a free transit through the territory of the Republic of Croatia to and from the Port of Ploce and through the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina at Neum from the 22 November 1998 on the International border crossing Klek-Neum and Zaton Doli - Neum there is no border control for the foreigners who are transiting without stopping (by using the green track) through the Neum corridor.

    Any information would help!

    Thank you,
    Anonymous

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  31. When traveling from Hvar to Dubrovnik via the Sucuraj - Drvenik ferry you have to cross through Bosnia. I believe that you do not need a visa for passing through the country as most drivers are not stopped when using the green track. However, I cannot confirm this for sure as laws often change and I do not know your nationality. To be sure, I would check with the Bosnian embassy in your own country or check Bosnian governmental websites.

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  32. Thank you Andy & Michelle - I have emailed the B&H Embassy and will share their response once they revert!

    Do you know how we can continue via ferry from Drevnik to Dubrovnik to avoid the Bosnian border crossing?

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  33. I am not aware of any way of driving from Drvenik to Dubrovnik without crossing through Bosnia in April. In the summer time there is a ferry directly from Hvar to Dubrovnik, but it does not begin operating until June.

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  34. We are going to Croatia the first week in August for 8days/9nights. We were thiking of spending 4 nights in Dubrovnik, 4 nights is Hvar, and 1 night in Split. Is split worth it? Also, is the water rough from Dubrovnik or Split to Hvar....I get sea sick. Also, how windy is the road from Dubrovnik to Split on the bus?

    Do you have any recommendations for hotels in Dubrovnik, Hvar, and split. Is there a Party Hotel in Hvar? Do we need to stay in the center of Dubrovnik and Split? Any hotels
    (3-5 stars onlY) would be greatly appreciated.

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  35. 4 nights in Dubrovnik and 4 nights in Hvar is a good amount of time. The historic center of Split is small and can be seen in a couple of hours, but I think it is worth 1 night as there are some nice restaurants and cafes and decent shopping there. The sea between Dubrovnik and Hvar/Split is usually calm as it is protected by the islands. The road between Split and Dubrovnik is very windy. If you usually get car sick on windy roads, you will probably get car sick on the bus.

    I do not know if there is a party hotel in Hvar, but the Palace hotel is in the best location right on the harbor, close to all the clubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes. In Dubrovnik there are only a few hotels near the Old Town: The Pucic Palace, Hilton Imperial, Excelsior, and Grand Villa Argentina. Many people choose private accommodation instead because the quality is very good in Dubrovnik. For private accommodation, check out our website at www.DubrovnikApartmentSource.com.

    I don't really have any suggestions for Split, except be sure to stay in the historic center if only staying for 1 night.

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  36. THANK YOU!!! I really do appreciate your help. Do you have any recommendations for hiring a driver to take us from Split to Dubrovnik or visa versa.

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  37. If you would like to contact me directly by email I can help arrange a transfer for you. You can reach me at contact@dubrovnikapartmentsource.com.

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  38. Good Morning! We are planning a quick trip to Croatia in July. We would like to take the ferry from Split to Dubrovnik and vice versa. The only ones I can find on line seem to last all day long (about 8 hours) and unfortunately not on the days we need to be going to and from on their scheduled days. Do you know or can you recommend any ferries that go daily during the summer or travel direct? Any information would greatly help!
    We plan on taking the ferry from Split to Dubrovnik July 15th and returning to Split the 17th to catch the ferry back to Ancona by 3pm! Thanks!

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  39. Unfortunately, that is the only ferry. It goes twice per week and takes about 10 hours. However, there are over 15 bus buses per day between Split and Dubrovnik and the trip takes about 4.5 hours. You do not need to reserve in advance and the departures are throughout the day.

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  40. Hi there,

    Very useful blog thanks!

    Quick question: is there a ferry between split and Dubrovnik in April? I checked the jadrolinija link you gave and it looks like the boats don't begin until end of may. Is there any other way to travel by boat? Even if it's 1-2 days I wouldn't mind doing the trip by sea.. Any tour companies do a 1 -2 day trip?


    Thanks
    Mark

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  41. Hi Mark,

    I don't know of any way to go from Split to Dubrovnik by sea in April. It is possible to go by ferry from Split to Hvar and it may then be possible to go from Hvar to Korcula, but I am not sure. I have not been able to find the ferry schedule for that trip. Once in Korcula, you would have to take a bus to Dubrovnik, which operates once per day.

    Instead, you might want to just take the bus from Split to Dubrovnik (which takes only 4.5 hours) and then use the extra time to make day trips or short overnight trips out to the islands.

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  42. Hi,
    We are coming to Croatia on our honeymoon this July. We are planning on flying into Split for 2 nights then a night in Skradin before venturing on to Dubrovnik.

    Would you recommend doing both these routes (Split to Skradin then Skradin to Dubrovnik) by bus? Do you need to book bus tickets in advance?

    Thank you for all your help. Reading your blog has been most useful!!

    Thanks,
    Kelsey

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  43. Yes, bus is the best way to travel between these cities. You generally do not need to book bus tickets in advance for the Split to Dubrovnik route as there are about 15 departures per day. I do not know about the Split to Skradin route, but I would check with the Split bus station the day before you plan to go. It is located at the Port in the historic center.

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  44. Hi, your blog is wonderful. My husband and I are planning to go to Croatia in summer and were thinking of driving from Dubrovnik to Split. Do we need the Bosnia visa also as we are not EU residents.

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  45. I do not know for sure if you need a Bosnian visa just to pass through when driving from Split. The visa rules often change frequently so I don't want to give you information that might turn out to be wrong. I suggest checking with the Bosnian consulate or embassy if there is one in your home country. If not, then you might be able to contact Bosnian immigration or border control directly through a governmental website.

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  46. Hi,

    Could you comment on the bus journey from Dubrovnik to Split? Is it just a local bus, crammed with people or is it a coach type of transport with more room?

    Ray

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  47. Hi Ray,

    It is a coach type transport, but is still crammed with people. It is actually a nice ride and the views are fantastic, but it can get quite crowded at times. You will, however, have your own seat.

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  48. Hi there,
    I am going to Croatia this July, I looked at your link for buses between Dubrovnik & Split which is great for times. Do you know of a website that lets you check prices and book, or can they only be booked from the city? Thank you

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  49. There is no website where you can book bus tickets and I am not aware of any site with prices. You can buy tickets at the bus station in Dubrovnik before your departure.

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  50. Hi,
    This is such a useful blog - just what we have been looking for! We are planning to spend three nights in Hvar next month and then head to Dubrovnik on Friday June 17th. How early does the catamaran run back to Split in the mornings and will we then be able to get a bus back to Dubrovnik that day?
    Alternatively if we decided to stay in Hvar an extra night are there still regular buses and catamarans Saturdays?
    Thank you
    Sarah

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  51. I don't have an exact time table but there are about 5 to 7 departures per day in season from Hvar to Split. It should not be a problem to travel from Hvar to Split and then on to Dubrovnik on any day of the week. There are 14 bus departures per day from Split to Dubrovnik.

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  52. Hi,

    Thanks for all the usefull information!

    My sister and i are traveling through Croatia in July/August 2011. We arrive by plane on 28/7/2011 at 8.35am and leave from Split on 2/8/2011 at 9.20am

    Our initial thoughts were to explore Split that first day and stay in Split overnight. Then venure to Hvar(maybe 2 nights) and Korcula (2 nights) Then back to Split first thing in the morning to fly out.

    Do you recommend this as a good option to see a little bit of Croatia or would we be better off if there is enough time to do only one island and try and make it down to Dubrovnik?

    Thanks for your help!

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  53. Ideally you would be able to fly into Split and out of Dubrovnik, saving the long trip back to Split at the end of your trip. I think it is a great idea to travel to Hvar (as it is very close to Split), but you might not have time to go to Korcula. It would be very difficult to get from Korcula to Split on your departure date unless your flight is late in the evening.

    Korcula is about the same distance from Split as Dubrovnik is. I think visiting Hvar and Dubrovnik would make for a better, more diverse trip than seeing Hvar and Korcula. However, with only 5 nights in Croatia, you may not want to spend so much time traveling up and down the coast. The bus from Split to Dubrovnik takes about 4 - 4.5 hours and the ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik takes almost a full day (about 8 hours).

    I would check to see if it is possible to change your outgoing flight to leave from Dubrovnik. If not, then you have to decide if Dubrovnik is worth the long bus or ferry ride or if you want to save it for another trip. If you decide against traveling to Dubrovnik or Korcula, there are also other nice islands closer to Split, such as Brac & Vis.

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  54. Hello! This website is really wonderful! I am planning my honeymoon(!) that will happen next May/June. (I realize I have a load of time but I'm still figuring out our itinerary possibilities. As we are flying from NYC, we will do a return trip to Dubrovnik. I have been reading and don't think my question has quite been addressed yet... We have 2 glorious weeks and were hoping to take the bus from Dubrovnik to Split, then ferry/bus back down, stopping at Hvar, Vela Luka, and Korcula (or vice versa) (and staying 1-2 nights in Dubrovnik on arrival/departure), depending on schedules. Is this possible, in your opinion? Would you recommend any other ideas? Even though it's our honeymoon, we're pretty active and on a budget! Thanks!

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  55. I think that sounds like a great plan. You'll be able to see a lot in 2 weeks. Check to see if it is possible to fly into Split and out of Dubrovnik so you don't have to backtrack, but if you have to, that's OK too. It's a good idea to take the bus one way (just to get there quick) and then slowly work your way down the coast by ferry.

    You will have to plan your trip based on the ferry schedule. The main coastal ferry only runs twice per week, but there are some local ferries between the islands too. You can search the schedules on the following website: www.Jadrolinija.hr.

    I think Split, Hvar, Korcula, and Dubrovnik are all good options. With 2 weeks you might have time to see a couple more islands (such as Vis, Brac, and Mljet), but it really depends on how long you want to spend in each place and if you like to travel slowly and keep on the move.

    Good luck and have a great trip!

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  56. very helpful blog!

    i need to travel from dubrovnik to split on the 5th of august. im told that this is a public holiday, will this affect the bus times and frequencies that day??

    thanks!

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  57. No, the public holiday should not affect the bus schedules, especially during the busy summer months.

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  58. Hello Andy and Michelle! Thank You for this helpful blog :)
    I visited in Dubrovnik last summer and loved it! My friend and I are coming to Croatia again this summer. We arrive to Dubrovnik on friday 29.7. and will leave from Split wednesday 3.8. We would like to visit Hvar town in between. There is no ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar the day we arrive. I suppose we need to take the bus to Drevnik, the ferry to Hvar island and the bus again to Hvar town? Is there a bus from the airport to Drevnik or do we need to go to Dubrovnik first? Do we need to buy tickets in advance or is there always space on the busses and the ferry?
    If I read correct there is a ferry from Hvar town to Split every morning? We were thinking of going to Split on sunday or perhaps monday. Do You think we need to buy tickets in advace for that ferry?
    I really appreciate all the help You can give me :)

    Thanks Linda from Finland

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  59. Hi Linda. You will need to take the bus from Dubrovnik to either Drvenik or Split and then take the ferry to Hvar. The benefit of taking the bus all the way to Split (rather than getting off in Drvenik) is that you can then catch a ferry right to Hvar town and don't have to worry about taking the bus to Hvar town once on the island.

    Either way you will need to first travel from the Dubrovnik airport to the main bus station in Gruz. I suggest taking the Atlas shuttle bus service which leaves the airport shortly after each flight arrival. It will stop at the Pile Gate entrance to Old Town before continuing on to the Dubrovnik bus station.

    You generally do not need to buy bus and ferry tickets in advance. Advanced purchase is only required for takings cars on the ferry.

    I do not know for sure about the ferry schedule from Hvar to Split, but I believe there are daily ferries and catamarans. If you can show me where you are looking at the schedule I will have a look to confirm it for you.

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  60. Hello!

    I just thought that it would be faster to go via Drevnik, as we don´t have that many days to spend, but it might be nicer to travel by ferry from Split, as we would like to enjoy the sun as much as possible.

    I was looking at the schedule at Hvar.com. There are two opptions, both catamarans.
    Ubli - Vela Luka - Hvar town - Split and
    Split - Milna - Hvar town.
    The site seems to be updated.

    Thanks Linda

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  61. The Hvarinfo.com website is usually up to date and those ferry schedules do look accurate.

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  62. Hey ,

    Great Blog, really helpfull
    I was just wondering if i can have some tips, a friend and I are coming to Croatia for two weeks in August. Flying to dubvornic and flying back from Venice. So we have 2 weeks to get to Venice. We have booked our first two nights accommodation and last two nights accommodation. Would you say it will be easy for us to just book accommodation whilst over there and just plan as we go ? Or do you think it would be best to have a set plan as it is very busy in the summer months. We are planning on seeing as much as possibly and staying over in Hostels ?

    Thanks in Advance
    Shell

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  63. Hi Shell,

    As long as you have booked your accommodation in Dubrovnik (which will probably be the busiest location) you should be ok finding budget accommodation along the way. The only other place I would suggest booking in advance for is Hvar. In most locations you will find people at the bus stations and ferry ports with signs advertising their rooms. The quality varies greatly, but if you are just looking for somewhere inexpensive to stay for a couple of days you should be able to find something.

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  64. hi there

    thanks for the wonderful site full of useful information about croatia. i'm planning a trip to croatia at the end of sep, it it a good time to see croatia?

    i'm thinking of spending about 6 days here: maybe 3 days in dubrovnik (one day trip maybe) and 3 days in split (including a day trip to hvar). is it too much to do in 6 days? so, maybe fly in to dubrovnik, take a bus to split and fly out of split. appreciate if you could advise or even propose suggestions.

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  65. The end of September is a great time to travel to Croatia. The weather is still generally good but there are fewer people. I think 3 days in Dubrovnik and 3 days in Split is fine in 6 days. I would also consider 3 days in Dubrovnik and 3 days in Hvar with a day trip to Split. Personally I prefer to be on the island than in Split, which is a larger city with a beautiful, but small historic center. It will be great if you can fly into Dubrovnik and out of Split so you do not have to backtrack at the end of your trip.

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  66. Hi
    Im planning on getting from Dubrovnik to split by ferry. I really would like to do a trip where i can spend a night at Korcula and Hvar, ending in Split 2/3 days later. Is this possible or does the ferry only do 8.5 hour trips straight to split. Also if this is the case, how long does it stop off at Korcula and hvar as you say?
    Amazing blog, so helpful!
    thanks
    jac

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  67. The ferry does stop in Korcula and in Hvar, but only for a short time. You can get off and spend a night or 2 on each island but the main coastal ferry only runs twice per week so you will not be able to just pick it up again the next day. Here is a link to the main coastal ferry schedule: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/pdfs/ENG.%20COASTAL%20LINE%202011.pdf.

    If you need to travel from Korcula to Hvar on a day when the coastal ferry is not running then there is catamaran service during the summer months. Here is a link to the catamaran schedule: http://www.korculainfo.com/ferries/catamaran-korcula.htm.

    Finally, if you need to get from Hvar to Split on a day that the coastal ferry is not running there are a few ferry & catamaran options every day. Here is a link to a page with information on the ferry & catamaran schedules: http://www.hvarinfo.com/hvar-ferries/#4.

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  68. I will be traveling from Dubrovnik to Hvar in mid August and wondered if the ferry would be more scenic than traveling by bus. Can you sit outside to enjoy the sun on the ferry trip?

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  69. You can sit outside on the ferry to enjoy the sun and the trip is very scenic. However, it does take longer than by bus and the bus trip is also very scenic. The ferry is more enjoyable because there is more space to move around and you can choose to sit inside or out. They also sell snacks and drinks on board.

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  70. I'm thinking of going to Croatia this August: Spending 2 nights in Dubrovnik, 3 nights in Split. While in Split, i am thinking to taking a day trip to Hvar and another day trip to Plitvice National Park. What do u think of the plan? Too ambitious?

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  71. Hi,

    I'm spending a couple of week in Croatia, flying out on Thursday to Dubrovnik! We are spending three nights there and then two nights in Hvar, how long does the bus take to drvenik? Do you think getting the ferry from there to sucuraj is a better option than the direct ferry from dubrovnik to Hvar? I'm not sure if we want to spend a whole day on the ferry! If we did get the direct ferry do you think it is best to book before we go?

    Thanks for your help!!

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  72. Hi, I am looking to travel to Croatia next year for about 10 days flying into Spit and out of Dubrovnik. Can someone please advise whether we could hire a car for the duration and explore the islands and drive down the coast or are the islands not accesible to cars? Or would it be better to stay in Dubrovnik and just do day trips? we want to see the beautiful beaches, relax but also see the culture. Any help would be great! thanks! Mel

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  73. I think 2 nights in Dubrovnik and 3 nights in Split is fine if you plan to use Split as a base for day trips. You will easily see the center of Split in one day so 3 day trips is fine. I think Hvar makes a great day trip from Split. I do not know how far Plitvice is from Split but I do think people see it as a day trip.

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  74. The bus from Dubrovnik to Drvenik and then the short ferry ride is definitely shorter than the ferry straight to Hvar. It probably takes about 2.5 hours to Drvenik. However, it will still take at least half of the day because once the ferry arrives on the island you will have to catch a bus to Hvar town, which takes about an hour.

    You generally do not need to book domestic ferries in advance if you are not bringing a car.

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  75. I think it would be great to hire a car in Split and travel down the coast by ferry. You can visit Hvar and Korcula with a car. I have made the trip before and it has some of the most spectacular scenery in Croatia. Some of the smaller islands (like the Elafiti islands) are not accessible by car, but these small islands can be seen on a day trip from Dubrovnik or Korcula.

    If taking a car you should book ferries in advance. The main coastal ferry from Split to Hvar to Korcula to Dubrovnik only operates twice per week. You should check the schedule and plan your itinerary around it. You can view the schedule online at www.Jadrolinija.hr.

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  76. Hi there, I am travelling to Dubrovnik next March. Initially we were only staying for 4 nights, however our flights have been changed meaning we'll have to stay for 6 nights.. i'm worried there is not enough to keep us occupied for six nights but don't want to travel too far as will be travelling back out of Dubrovnik... any ideas as to somewhere nearby that would be good for a couple of nights? thanks

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  77. I suggest going to one of the nearby islands for a couple of nights. Korcula is about as far as I would go as the travel time from Dubrovnik is about 2 to 2.5 hours. However, I think it is worth the trip for 2 nights. If you want to stay closer you could go to Kolocep, which is the closest of the Elafiti islands. The trip there only takes about 30 minutes.

    Another option is to base yourself in Dubrovnik for all 6 days and then to take a couple of day trips. Mostar in Bosnia and Kotor in Montenegro make great day trips from Dubrovnik. You could also make a day trip to the island of Mljet or the before mentioned Elafiti islands.

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  78. hi: i have one question: does the bus service run 2 times even on Sundays.. i want to take a bus from Dubrovnik to split where i will catch a flight to SA on a Sunday.. pls help

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  79. There are currently about 14 departures per day from Dubrovnik to Split and most operate on Sundays as well.

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  80. Hi & thank you for all of this informatioN!

    I am trying to figure out if my boyfriend and I need to stay a night in Split before heading down to Dubrovnik or if we can catch a bus that evening...

    Our flight arrives in Split on Thurs the 25th @ 15:35. Could we catch a bus at that time and do the buses run from Split airport? i.e. Will we need to catch a cab to a bus station, and if so, how long does that take?

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  81. There are lots of buses from Split to Dubrovnik but the ride takes about 4.5 hours so you might want to consider staying one night in Split. In order to catch a bus you would first have to take the airport shuttle bus to the center and then walk a couple of hundred meters to the main bus station. But the time you did this you would not arrive in Dubrovnik until very late at night. It is certainly possible to make it there that night, but I think it would be more comfortable to stay the night in Split and leave in the morning.

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  82. Hi,
    My friend and I are going to Croatia in mid August for 5 nights. At the moment we are flying in and out of Split. I have heard good things about day trips to Mostar and Krka National park? For the remaining days we are looking for anywhere with nice beaches. Is it worth spending a night or 2 on an island like Hvar? Alternatively we were thinking of travelling to Dubrovnik but I figure this may be too much travelling

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  83. If you have only 5 days in Croatia and are flying in and out of Split then I think Dubrovnik may be too far. Hvar is very nice and is definitely worth a couple of nights. Mostar is also nice for a day trip. I have not been to Krka so I cannot say for sure, but I have heard it makes a nice day trip from Split.

    I can also recommend the town of Trogir, which is approximately 30 minutes from Split. It is a small walled city on the sea and is very charming.

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  84. Hi
    My girlfriend and i have our last stop in Dubrovnik, beginning of oct for 4 days before coming home.
    Can u recommend any boat trips or islands we can visit on the sunday?
    We're staying in the old town and looking for something relaxing to do on the sunday..
    any suggestions??

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  85. There are a few boat trips you can make directly from the Old Town. One is to Lokrum island, which is a short ride. Lokrum island is nice for walking and swimming, although I don't know if it will be warm enough to swim in October (some years it is and some years it is not). Another boat trip that leaves from the Old Town is the 3-island tour. It takes you to the Elafiti islands of Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan. It is an all-day tour and includes lunch on the boat. Finally, a very relaxing trip to make is the taxi boat to Cavtat. The ride takes about 30 minutes. Cavtat is a nice seaside village with a beautiful old town and lots of restaurants, shops, and cafes.

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  86. Is 23 Oct too late to visit Croatia for 2 weeks?

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  87. It depends on what you want to do in Croatia. The end of October and beginning of November is not a good time if you want to go to the beach or go swimming. However, most things will still be open and there will be far fewer people if your intention is sightseeing. The weather is very unreliable that time of year; it could be sunny and fairly warm or it could be rainy. I don't think it is a bad time to visit, but it really depends on your expectations.

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  88. Hi
    My family and I will fly to Dubrovnik and plan to take a ferry to Hvar on Sep 21st. We are thinking about taking ferry either from Drvenik or Split. It seems that the ferry time from Drvenik to Sucuraj,Hvar, is much shorter( since my wife is easy to get sea-sick). I wonder if there is a bus service between Dubrovnik and Drvenik and from Sucuraj to downtown Hvar. Any suggestion is welcomed.

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  89. I believe it is possible to take the Dubrovnik to Split bus and disembark at Drvenik. There are 14 departures for Split per day so you can catch one just about every hour in the morning or afternoon. Once in Sucuraj there is a bus to Hvar town, but I have not been able to find any information about the frequency or schedule online. I have never made the journey that way myself so unfortunately I cannot give any more information than that.

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  90. Hi, great blog very informative. We're going from Split to Dubrovnik in October, but finding it hard to connect up some islands with the winter ferry times. Can you advise which islands would be best to visit en route to dubrovnik. Thanks

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  91. It is harder to travel to the islands after September but the larger islands will be a little easier to reach. I suggest visiting Hvar and Korcula. You can always get to Hvar from Split by ferry and there is a daily bus from Korcula to Dubrovnik all year. There is also daily catamaran service from Hvar to Vela Luka on Korcula. You can see the schedule here: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/pdfs/9604.2011.zima.e.pdf.

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  92. Hi there! I was looking at your great blog and wondering if there is a lot of costs with renting a car. I noticed when I mapped out the route from Dubrovnik to Split that you'd have to cross the water at one point..would you have to take a ferry?

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  93. Google maps gives incorrect information when driving from Split to Dubrovnik. You do not have to take a ferry or cross the water. You will stay on the main road straight to Dubrovnik, but it will pass through a small part of Bosnia on the way. You will only be in Bosnia for about 10 - 15 minutes and crossing the boarder will not be a problem. Just have your passports ready in case they ask for them.

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  94. That's great news, thanks so much! So I'm guessing you just follow the road signs and you're good? Do you have any tips for driving to Split? Like good places to stop along the way and make it a whole day event? What is driving like in Croatia and so on :)

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  95. Yes, the drive is easy. Just follow the signs for Split. I usually like to stop in Bosnia; the restaurants are inexpensive and they are known for their meat (steaks & cevapcici especially). There are also some nice villages to stop in in Croatia such as Gradac and Brela. The road is very curvy and Croatians drive fast, but it is not too difficult if you drive at a reasonable speed.

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  96. How long does it take to drive from Dubrovnik to Split?

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  97. The drive generally takes about 4 hours, but can take longer in the busy summer months when there is traffic.

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  98. Hi,
    Thanks so much for your information. I have a couple of questions.
    When I arrive at Split airport, what do I need to say to the taxi driver to get me to the bus station?
    DO taxi's run 24/7 in Dubrovnik?
    I will be taking the late bus from Split at 9:00pm as I arrive at 7:15, is this too late? Should I try and bunk down and go the next day?

    Thanks...
    mike

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  99. You can just ask the driver to take you to the main bus station at the port. It is in the historic center of Split. You could also take the airport shuttle bus which drops you off in the historic center, just a couple of minutes walk from the main bus station.

    Taxis do run 24/7 in Dubrovnik. However, arriving after midnight is not ideal for checking into your accommodation. Depending on how many days you have in Dubrovnik, you might want to spend one night in the center of Split (near the bus station) and then leave for Dubrovnik early in the morning.

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  100. I am meeting my parents IN dubrovnik and they will have a private apartment, so as long as I can get a taxi there...all good !!! Thank you so much for your information You have been extremely helpful.

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  101. I've always wanted to visit Croatia and I will soon get my wish. For our honeymoon, we will be going on a 12 day cruise with a stop in Split. I'm a little bummed I will not be visiting Dubrovnik though. We will be off the ship for only 9 hours. Is there a suggested itinerary for such a short time? Rent a car and drive the coast? Ferry to an island? I'm not much a history or museum buff; just like to explore.

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  102. I am not an expert on Split so I can't really suggest the ideal itinerary. However, 9 hours is a good amount of time, and probably too much time to spend in the historic center of Split, which is very small. I suggest exploring the Split center for an hour or 2, maybe with time for a coffee or ice cream on the Riva (the waterfront promenade). You could also plan a visit to the town of Trogir, which is only 30 minutes from Split by bus and is a beautiful, historic walled town, much like Dubrovnik's Old Town but much smaller. It would be a great way to see another town other than Split in a short time.

    You may be able to take a ferry out to one of the islands, but I'm not sure if the schedule will permit going and returning easily within your 9-hour window. I also don't think I would rent a car for such a short period of time because you will waste time with the rental process and when driving alone in a new place, there is always the risk of getting lost and missing your ship.

    If you stick to public transportation and try to see only a couple of different places I think you will get a good feel for the Dalmatian coast in only a few hours.

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  103. Hi there,

    I'm planning a trip to Croatia for 10 days, and have booked a return trip from Dubrovnik, but now my friends would like to look into the option of going over to Split and do island hopping around Dubrovnik for a few days, Are we trying to squeeze in too much in a short space of time or is it doable. I'm just concerned that because our flight back to London is from Dubrovnik we'll be wasting too much time going to and fro Split. What would you advise?
    Our rough itinerary looks something like this:
    London - Dubrovnik
    Spend a couple of days in Dubrovnik, do island hopping around Dubrovnik and move onto Split for a couple of days and come back to Dubrovnik before flying back to London. Will this work?

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  104. I think 10 days is a good amount of time to spend in Southern Dalmatia (the area between Split and Dubrovnik). What you are able to see will partly depend on the ferry schedules. I suggest spending 2 or 3 days in Dubrovnik and then split your remaining days between 2 or 3 other places maximum as not to travel too much. You might want to consider Korcula, Hvar, and Split. Split is a bigger city with only a small historic center so I would only spend a night or 2 there; maybe even just a few hours. I would devote more time to the islands where you will really get a good feeling for the Dalmatian way of life.

    You can see the coastal ferry schedules online at www.Jadrolinija.hr. You can also take high-speed ferries between some of the islands and information for those can usually be found by simply doing a Google search for the routes you want.

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  105. Hi,
    It's a great blog. i plan to ride a scooter from Dubrovnik to Split. i ride quite well as i am doing that since more than a decade.Is the Dalmatian coastal road from Dubrovnik to Split ideal to do this trip by scooter?. please inform.

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    1. It is a long trip of about 4 to 4.5 hours by car and the road is quite windy (with lots of curves). However, it is well paved so if you are comfortable driving long distances on a scooter than there is no reason that you can't do that drive as well. Just remember that you have to cross through a small part of Bosnia on the way so you have to have your insurance documents and passport ready.

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  106. i´ll go to Dubrovnik next July, and stay 7 days.
    What do you recomend to visit nearby? which islands, mostar, some national park? montenegro?
    is better to rent a car? we are 3
    and a place to stay? Lapad, Old Town or another area

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  107. With 7 days in Dubrovnik you definitely have time to explore the area. I recommend that you visit Cavtat, the Elaphiti islands (Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan), and Mostar. Kotor in Montenegro also makes a nice day trip if you have the time. It is good to have a car for making day trips, but it is not necessary if you want to take guided day trips. Exploring the area on your own by rental car will be less expensive than taking tours, but then you will have to find accommodation with parking.

    Which area to stay in depends on what you are looking to do and whether you will have a car. If you want to be close to the center so you can walk everywhere then you will want to stay near the Old Town. In July, I think it is better to stay in the neighborhoods of Ploce or Pile rather than in the Old Town. There are a few hotels there and many apartments with sea views (and some with parking).

    If you don't need to be close to the city center but want somewhere with parking or close to the beach, then Lapad would be a good choice. You can use it as a base for making day trips outside of Dubrovnik by car and you can still be in the Old Town in 10 minutes by public bus.

    Finally, if you don't mind staying a little further out, you can stay in one of the smaller villages south of Dubrovnik like Mlini, Plat, or Cavtat. Finding parking will not be a problem and you can make day trips from there. Cavtat also has many nice restaurants and cafes, but if staying in Mlini or Plat you will usually have to drive when going out at night.

    You can see more detailed descriptions of the locations around Dubrovnik on the following webpage: http://www.dubrovnikapartmentsource.com/page.asp?intNodeID=863&intPageID=859.

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  108. Hi Guys

    You provide a lot of great information.

    I am interested to know more about parking in Dubrovnik. In July, we will be staying in the Old Town and I am considering hiring a car in Zagreb, where we land. Where would the best place to park in Dubrovnik, given that I will be staying in the Old Town? I'm thinking it may be a bus or at least a taxi ride away.

    Allan

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  109. There is a public parking garage located within walking distance of the Old Town. I wrote an article on parking near the Old Town. You can find a link to the article above (under "Useful Dubrovnik Travel Links"), on the top right side of this page. It is entitled "Parking Near Dubrovnik's Old Town".

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  110. Hi there,

    Thanks for all the info, this is a great blog.

    We are planning to visit Croatia in June for about 4-5 days. We will be leaving from Ljubljana and need to make our way down to Dubrovnik as we are flying out of there to Rome.
    How long would you suggest staying in Dubrovnik for and which city/town would be best for us to spend a night or two on our way to Dubrovnik? Or, would it be best for us to go directly to Dubrovnik and then visit more around that area? Could you also suggest the best means of transportation along the way.

    Thanks for your help,
    Amy

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  111. If you have 4 or 5 days total in Croatia I would suggest spending 2 or 3 of them in Dubrovnik, leaving 1 or 2 nights to stop somewhere else along the way. I suggest stopping somewhere along the coast; perhaps Rovinj or Split. Pula is also very nice, but I think it is too near to Lublijana to make an overnight stop worthwhile. Another option is to stop at the Plitvice Lakes national park, which is north of Split.

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  112. Hi Andy & Michelle, What a really useful blog! We will travel by road from Old Towns in Dubrovnik to Split on the last Tuesday in August and could do with your help. A) Do buses take the coast road or the less scenic inland E65/71 highway? and do they take 4.5 hours? B) If we drive a hire car nonstop on the scenic coast road starting 8.30am, how long should we allow? (we then add stops for food photos etc) C) what is road toll cost (if any) on coast and on inland roads? Thanks in advance, Nick

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  113. Hi Nick,

    The buses take the coastal road and it is very scenic. They take about 4 to 4.5 hours. You can do it by car in about 3.5 to 4 hours straight, but definitely allow extra time for stops. If you take the coastal road there are no tolls, but you will have to cross through a short part of Bosnia so be sure to have your passports ready in case they ask for them at the border.

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  114. Wonderful information! I have two questions. We are taking a bus from Dubrovnik to Split. Does the bus have a bathroom? Or are there stops along the way to use the e bathroom? Also, is there a day trip from Split to Plitvice and if so, do you recommend we do that over more time In Split?

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  115. I do not think there is a bathroom on the bus from Dubrovnik to Split. There is one stop along the way to use the bathroom.

    I am not aware of any day trips from Split to Plitvice. I have never been to Plitvice so can't really recommend a day trip there over a few hours in Split, although I have heard great things about it. Sorry I can't be of more help!

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  116. Hi Andy!

    great blog! very useful information! i am looking to take the ferry from Ancona to Split then to take the bus from Split to Dubrovnik, how far is the port in Split to the bus station? i cant seem to be able to find the information

    thanks ahead! :)

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  117. The bus station is directly across the street from where the Ancona ferry arrives. It could not be more convenient!

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  118. Hi guys
    I too am looking for some advice. My husband and I plan to visit Croatia for two weeks in July. We have the option of flying into or out of Dubrovnik or Split.
    I will be around 26 weeks pregnant by then.
    We would be keen to see Dubrovnik for 2-3 days and stay on Hvar for 5 or so days to relax. Happy to go to other islands in addition, hire a car etc, pretty flexible.
    What way round would you suggest? I don't fancy the long ferry ride from dubrovnik to Hvar although we could maybe stop off on korcula for a night or two?
    Any tips and suggestions greatly appreciated!
    Many thanks

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  119. It is a good idea to fly into either Dubrovnik or Split and out of the other so you don't have to backtrack. It doesn't matter which order you make the trip in. If you have the time, I suggest a couple of nights on Korcula and then 4 or 5 nights on Hvar. That will help to break up the long ferry ride from Dubrovnik.

    Your schedule will depend on the ferry schedule. The main coastal line only operates twice per week, but there are also daily high-speed catamarans between Korcula and Hvar and Hvar and Split during the summer months.

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  120. Hi Andy/Michelle!
    Awsome page!!! Thanks so much for all teh info it all seems to be very helpful... I am planning to travel to croatia fro around 10 days to do a costal trip... I start in Dubrovnik (2 days) and take the ferry to Spilt and spend (2-3 days) then we want to go from Spilt to Rijeka to catch our flight and spend some more time in beach... any recomendations on how to get there? Also any recomendation on cheap hotels in the cities?? we really love the beach and hope to have a great view... any tips is very much appreciated!!! Thanks so much
    Camila

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  121. Hi Camila,

    Sounds like a great trip! With 10 days it would be great to have a couple of days on the islands. Hvar is one of my favorites. Once in Split, the only way I know to get to Rijeka is by bus. There may be a ferry, but I was not able to find a schedule on the Jadrolinija website (it may not be published yet, or it may not be running this year).

    I don't have any recommendations on cheap hotels along the coast. If you want something very cheap in Dubrovnik I recommend Fresh Sheets hostel (for shared accommodation). If you prefer something private and mid-priced, then please check out our website at www.dubrovnikapartmentsource.com. We have lots of options with great views close to the beach.

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  122. Hi/Andy & Michelle
    Really enjoying your blog and very informative.
    I've just booked flights in and out of Split which I've realised now isn't the best option (I was concentrating on getting cheapest flights!). Rather than pay the £35 pp to change it can you suggest an itinerary to include Dubrovnik and Hvar? I also thought that Split would take longer to look around than I've read here (wish I'd seen this earlier). We have 10 days - I thought maybe spending a couple of days in Split, travelling by bus down to Dubrovnik for 3 days then the ferry to Hvar for 3/4 days, then ferry back to Split for flight home. Does this sound like too much travelling to you? Can you advise on the long ferry trip; is it quite scenic and do you think worth taking or better to take bus back again and take less time?
    Thanks for your help!

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  123. 10 days is a good amount of time and you can certainly see Split, Dubrovnik, and Hvar during that time period. You can do the trip in either direction; Split to Dubrovnik to Hvar or Split to Hvar to Dubrovnik.

    For the Split to Dubrovnik trip I suggest taking the bus as it only takes about 4.5 hours and the views are nice. From Split to Hvar there are several ferries and high-speed catamarans everyday. The harder trip to plan will be from Hvar to Dubrovnik (or Dubrovnik to Hvar). Last year there was a ferry route that ran twice per week, but I don't yet know if it will operate this year. If not, then you will have to travel back to the mainland or to Korcula by ferry and then take a bus to Dubrovnik.

    For 10 days, I suggest only a day or 2 in Split and then split the remainder of the time between Dubrovnik and Hvar (3 or 4 days in each).

    I will try to get an update on the status of the Hvar to Dubrovnik ferry shortly. Please watch this blog for an update.

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    1. Thank you Andy and Michelle, that's all really helpful!
      This is a trip I'm very excited about - I'll watch out for update.

      H

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  124. I have an update on the Dubrovnik - Korcula - Hvar - Split coastal ferry. The Jadrolinija office said that they are still unsure if it will operate the route this year and are unlikely to make a decision before May. I suggest making other travel plans and then if they decide to operate the route this year you can always change them.

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  125. Thanks for finding this out Andy and Michelle.
    So from Hvar you suggest taking a ferry to Korcula (are there 2 that run a day?). I think I'd rather do part ferry/part bus but will we still take in some of the good scenery in that part of the bus journey?

    Thank you, much appreciated!

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  126. I am only aware of one departure per day from Hvar town to Korcula town. From October 1 to May 31 it departs Hvar at 17:10 and arrives in Korcula at 19:25 and from June 1 to September 30 it departs Hvar at 18:10 and arrives in Korcula at 19:25.

    There is also a daily ferry from Hvar to Vela Luka on Korcula. From October 1 to May 31 it departs Hvar at 15:15 and arrives in Vela Luka at 16:10 and from June 1 to September 30 it departs Hvar at 16:15 and arrives in Vela Luka at 17:10. But if you are going to Korcula town you will then have to travel across the island by bus or car.

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  127. That's really helpul (thank goodness for this blog, it makes planning so much easier).
    So either way we're looking at an overnight stay in Korcula before moving on to Dubrovnik?
    It seems from the bus timetables that there is only one bus a day from Korcula to Dubrovnik (early morning) so If we want to get from Hvar to Dubrovnik in one day, do you think the best option would be going back to Split and taking the bus from there?

    I'll leave you in peace soon :)

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  128. Yes, you would have to stay overnight in Korcula if traveling by ferry. The best way to travel directly from Hvar to Dubrovnik is to ferry back to the mainland and take a bus. You can go directly from Hvar town to Split and then catch the bus to Dubrovnik. Alternatively, you can take a bus across Hvar to Sucuraj and then take a ferry to Drvenik. In Drvenik you can catch a bus to Dubrovnik. It is a little faster that way, but I think the first option of taking the ferry to Split is easier.

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    1. Thanks Andy and Michelle - that's all most helpful!

      Best wishes

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  129. Hello. I've got very confused on the ferry website and wondered if anyone can help me? We are driving from Dubrovnik to Split and then want to spend a couple of nights on Hvar, Vis and Korcula and then get a ferry (ideally from the most southern island) back down to Dubrovnik but searching on the ferry website just keeps telling me there are no lines between any of these islands, or split, to Dubrovnik. Is this right? I am so confused! I'm not sure if it's because we are travelling in June and the timetables haven't been relseased yet - could this be possible? Any help would be REALLY appreciated. Thank you. x

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    1. If you read some of the comments above you will find more information on this topic. The main coastal ferry between Dubrovnik and Split (with stops in Korcula and Hvar) may not be running this year so there is no schedule posted online. There are other ways of getting to the islands. From Dubrovnik you can take a bus to Korcula. From Korcula there is high speed catamaran service to Hvar and there are several catamarans and ferries from Hvar to Split. Some of the schedules are listed on the Jadrolinija website and others can be found online by Googling the route you want.

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    2. hi andy and michelle love your blog, myself and a pal are going to croatia in july, a friend of ours has an apartment on brac which he lets us use free of charge {i have been once before in 2009}.we are flying direct from dublin to dubrovnik spending 1 night on arrival and 1 night before departure, we plan on hiring a car to drive to split and doing the same for the return journey europe cars allow this for 65 euros or so each way.can you tell me roughly how long on average the trip by road takes' i realise it depends on traffic of course, getting stuck behind slower vehicles and such. we will have 7 nights on brac and plan on hiring scooters and visiting hvar, vis and various locations on the mainland. i believe the only way to get to vis is to get a ferry from split which takes i believe about two and a half hours, seeing that it will take us an hour to get to split from brac do u think its worth it to spend 7 hours on the sea just to have 4 hours or so on vis. thanks for any help you might have.

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    3. The trip from Dubrovnik to Split takes about 4 hours if you drive straight through without too much traffic. If you allow time for stops and don't drive too fast, then you can expect it to take you about 5 hours.

      I have never been to Vis so I really can't answer your question. Many people say good things about Vis. However, in my experience, most Croatian islands are very similar in terms of beautiful scenery, rocky beaches, restaurants, etc. so I don't know if it would be worth while to spend a lot of time traveling to see a new one. I have been to most islands in Southern Dalmatia and they are all equally beautiful.

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  130. Hi
    Just a quick question. Going to Croatia for 7/8 days in June. Will be flying into Dubrovnik. Want to go into Montenegro for a day (to a UNESCO site thats name I cant remember at the moment), one of the islands possibly Hvar and Split. Am i trying to fit too much in? Is there anywhere in particular you would recommend for a young couple.
    Thanks

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    1. I think 7/8 days is a good amount of time to see what you want to see. I recommend 3 days in Dubrovnik with a day trip to Kotor in Montenegro. You can then travel to Split by bus and take the ferry to Hvar. I would spend 3 days in Hvar as well. Split has a nice, but small historic center and you can see it in just a few hours or maybe 1 night. If possible, I would fly into Dubrovnik and out of Split.

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  131. Hi. We are Island Hopping around the Dalmatians for a week, and then have a further 7 days in Croatia. We were thinking of spending 3 days in Split, then getting the ferry to Dubrovnik and spending another 3 days there. Is that a wise way to spend the week or would you suggest anything else? Thx Mick

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    1. It is certainly not a bad way to spend the week, but I think I would spend only a day or 2 in Split and then 4 or 5 days in Dubrovnik. There is more to see in Dubrovnik and you can also use Dubrovnik as a base to make day trips to Montenegro or to Mostar in Bosnia.

      The only other option I would suggest is to see the Plitvice Lakes national park. It is inland from Split and you would want to spend 1 or 2 nights there. If that interests you, then you could do a couple of nights there, a night in Split, and then 3 or 4 nights in Dubrovnik.

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  132. I want to leave Dubronik on a Sunday in August and arrive in Venice on Wednesday. What is the best way to do it using the 3 nights?

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    1. Assuming you are traveling by car I would spend a night in Split and then a couple of nights in Istria, either close to Pula or inland in a small town. Another option would be to visit the Plitvice Lakes national park.

      If traveling by bus then you will have to travel up the coast and stay in the larger cities. Again, I would stop in Split and perhaps Pula or even Trieste in Italy.

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  133. Hi Andy and Michelle

    I'm a tad confused about the distance from Ploce to Dubrovnik old town. It seems to be suggested as a good place to reach the old town easily but seems to be a little distance on the map. Would we be looking at a bus journey to town?

    Thanks

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  134. The neighborhood of Ploce (not to be confused with the city of Ploce) begins just outside the Ploce gate to Old Town. You can easily walk from anywhere in Ploce to the Old Town, which walking times being anywhere from 1 minute to 20 minutes. There are also quite a lot of stairs in Ploce, so be sure to check the number of stairs required before booking accommodation.

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  135. Hi Andy and Michelle
    So are the stairs just in the Ploce district - not the rest of Dubrovnik?

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    1. There are stairs just about everywhere in Dubrovnik. It is very hilly. There are even a lot of stairs in the Old Town. It is possible to avoid a lot of stairs as there is some accommodation in the flat part of town. You will just have to check the location of where you want to stay and ask how many stairs.

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  136. Hi Andy and Michelle, we are flying to Split at beg of June and plan to spend a week in Croatia. we have our first night booked in Split and then hope to visit an island or two and then spend a couple of days in Dubrovnik before flying home from Split.
    Would it be best to hire a car or will it be easier to use the buses?? Also, can we easily book our accommodation as we go at this time of year or should we book ahead. Any advice you can give us will be appreciated, many thanks, Lucinda

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    1. Hi Lucinda. Since you plan to visit a couple of islands and spend a couple of days in Dubrovnik, I think it would be easier to do it without a car. That way, you can take catamarans (which are faster and sometimes more frequent than ferries) to the islands. You can rely on the bus to Dubrovnik and if you stay near the Old Town or in Lapad you won't need a car.

      Croatia is busy during June, but not as crowded as it is in July & August. Whether to book accommodation in advance depends on what you are looking for. If you just want somewhere inexpensive to sleep you should not have a problem finding something when you arrive. If you have any specific requirements or wishes, such as a balcony or terrace, sea view, Internet access, etc, then I suggest booking in advance as the best apartments always book up first.

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  137. many thanks for your help, we look forward to visiting Croatia and some sunshine, all we have is rain at the moment !

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  138. Hello, my husband and I travel with my senior parents to Dubrovnik 6 May 2012. We are staying at friends apartment in Porto Montenegro for 4 days and from there we are doing day trips via car rental to Kotor and Dubrovnik and either Mostor or Korcula. Unfortunately we only have 3 1/2 more days to get my husband to Split for his fight back to work. We are planning to drive to Split on 10 May. Is the drive up the coast from Dubrovnik to Split better than island hoping to Split? I am thinking of spending 1 night in Mostor and 2 nights in Split with one day visit to Hvar from Split. What do you think of that idea or should we skip Mostor and stay 2 nights in Havr and 1 night in Split? Thank you very much for your blog it has been very useful. D

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    1. The drive up the coast is definitely more direct than island hopping, especially with the less than frequent ferry service. However, I do like Hvar very much and would definitely recommend 2 nights there over 1 night in Mostar and 2 nights in Split. I would make the long (but beautiful) drive up the coast and then relax on Hvar for a couple of days before spending 1 night in Split.

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  139. Hi Andy and Michelle,
    We are planning a short trip of 4 nights and 5 days. We land in Split this Saturday at midday and depart on Wednesday at 3pm.
    Our plan at the moment is to spend our first night in Split, then travel by ferry On sunday morning to Hvar, spend sunday night in Hvar, Monday morning travel by ferry to Korcula, Monday night in Korcula, Tuesday get to Dubrovnik by ferry and spend Tuesday night there before travelling to Split by bus on Wednesday morning to fly out that afternoon.
    Is this possible? Are we being too ambitious?

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  140. While it may be physically possible, I think you are being far too ambitious. You will spend your days traveling and barely see any of the places you are visiting. I would choose just one or 2 places and see those. Split will be one since you are flying in and out of there. The other could be either Hvar (which is much closer) or Dubrovnik, if you really want to see it.

    The problem with trying to see all of them is that ferries do not run frequently between all destinations. For instance, there is only 1 ferry per day between Hvar and Korcula and it doesn't leave until 18:10. If you take that, you will not arrive in Korcula until 19:25. Then the following day you would not arrive in Dubrovnik until 18:00 or 19:00 (by ferry or bus). You would then have to leave Dubrovnik at a reasonable hour for the 4.5 hour bus ride back to Split.

    If your goal is just to spend a few hours in each location then it is certainly possible, but I think it would be much more enjoyable to spend 2 days each, in 2 separate locations and have some time to see more of each place.

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  141. Hi Andy and Michelle,

    We are a group of 3 people looking to spend a 3 nights in Croatia hopefully arriving Saturday from London and leaving Tuesday of the Diamond Jubilee long weekend. We're unsure whether it would be best to stay in Dubrovnik/Split and what the best way to see Croatia would be without rushing around like mad. Would love to have a proper holiday, take in the sites... We all love our food, love going out, but also complete tourist geeks as well. Some beach-time would be great too...

    As regards accomodation, we're not on a tight budget but of course it would be irresponsible to go too mad ;o)

    Many thanks in advance for your expert advice!

    Shan

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    1. With only 3 nights I suggest basing yourself in one location rather than trying to travel around the country. Croatia is a small country, but the roads are small so travel times can be long. I would fly in and out of either Dubrovnik or Split.

      If you base yourself in Dubrovnik there is plenty to see to keep you busy for a couple of days, including the Old Town, the nearby village of Cavtat, and Lokrum island. There are also plenty of beaches in Dubrovnik.

      If you stay in Split, then I would recommend one day there and then a day trip to the island of Hvar. There are lots of nice beaches on Hvar, as well as the beautiful historic town of Hvar itself.

      My choice would be Dubrovnik, but I am biased because that is where we spend the most time and where we chose to start our business. I do think that Dubrovnik's Old Town is more impressive than Split's historic center, but both are very nice.

      If you are not on a tight budget there are a few 5-star hotels close to Dubrovnik's Old Town: The Hotel Excelsior, the Hilton Imperial Hotel, and the Grand Villa Argentina. But for 5 people, it may be better to rent private accommodation so you can get a 2- or 3-bedroom apartment for the same price (or less) as a room in one of those hotels. I suggest that you have a look at our website, www.DubrovnikApartmentSource.com.

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  142. First of all, thank you for this useful blog.

    Me and my husband will be flying in and out of Dubrovnik and staying at the Babin Kuk area in July. We have seven nights but from the look of things we want the impossible: to see lots of places:) Our plan is to go sightseeing as well as enjoying the sun, the beaches and just have a relaxing summer holiday. However, we want to do so many things and really don't know if we will be able to do all of them due to the ferry & time issues.

    The places we want to see are Cilipi, Cavcat, Korcula, Ston, Elafiti islands, mostar, Montenegro, Split, and islands such as Dugi island, Brac, Bisevo, Brela, etc. We heard a lot about the beauty of these places. We really don't know a lot about the geography there and the distances. What would you prefer we do in a week? Which places are the most beautiful and worth it? What would be the best way to put everything together? For example, I thought going to Cavcat, then Cilipi and then Montenegro would be OK since they are on the same route, but like I said we will be staying at the Babin Kuk area and need to make daily trips to places. Everything is pre-paid. I would really appreciate it if you could help us with that.

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  143. Seven days is a good amount of time to see the area around Dubrovnik with some day trips outside of Dubrovnik. Here are a few suggestions as to what to see together:

    -Montenegro will have to be its own day trip. From Babin Kuk it will take about 2 hours to get to Kotor, and you might also want to continue on to see Budva and Sveti Stefan.

    -You can certainly see Cavtat and Cilipi together, although to be honest there is not much to see in Cilipi except for the traditional dancing which takes place every Sunday. I would plan to spend at least a couple of hours in Cavtat as it is nice for walking and there are several good restaurants and cafes there. You could also plan a day of swimming there as some of the beaches (rocky, not sandy) are nice.

    -If you want to see all 3 Elaphiti islands in one day you will have to take the 3 island tour from the Old Port. Otherwise you would have to take the local ferries and would unlikely be able to see more than 1 or 2 of the islands in 1 day.

    -It is possible to make a day trip to Korcula by going through the Peljesac peninsula and taking the short ferry (which runs all day) from Orebic to Korcula. You will pass directly by Ston so you can see Ston as part of that trip.

    -Mostar is also more than 2 hours from Dubrovnik and should be done on it's own day trip. You do pass close to Ston on the way, so if you do not visit Korcula but want to see Ston, you can always make a stop on the way to or home from Mostar.

    -Split is really too far from Dubrovnik for a day trip. The drive in one direction takes about 4 to 5 hours. The same is true for Dugi island, Brac, Bisevo, & Brela. They are further north and it would be hard to see any of them on a day trip from Dubrovnik.

    So, trying to see everything on your list would take about 5 days. You would then only have a couple of days for Dubrovnik itself, not leaving much time for relaxing or going to the beach. I would suggest cutting this down to 3 or 4 day trips to leave more time for enjoying the local area of Dubrovnik.

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  144. Thank you so much for the info. I guess we will go to Montenegro one day, to Mostar the other, then go to Cavtat and come back to enjoy Dubrovnik the other day. So three days for sightseeing:)

    The rest of the week we will go to the closeby islands each day to have a swim and relax. Which beaches would you say are the best? I heard about Banje, Lokrum, Lapad (Copacabana), Sunj. Is it worth it to go all the way to Korcula? How about Mljet? Or would I see the same kinda beaches closeby in Dubrovnik?

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  145. Most beaches are very similar so I would not travel a long distance just to go to a particular beach, with the exception of Sunj. Sunj is the only real sandy beach close to Dubrovnik and it is very nice. Lokrum island has a lot of nice places for swimming, as does Lapad. Copacabana is very popular, but there are also lots of places to go swimming from the rocks in Babin Kuk. Sometimes these places (rather than actual beaches) are the best because they are more secluded.

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    1. One more suggestion: If you plan to have a car you can go to Veliki Zali beach, which is about 30 minutes north of Dubrovnik. It is really nice and is generally not crowded.

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    2. Thank you so much.

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  146. HI- my husband and I are planning on going to Croatia and we will have 7 days. We are flying from NYC and it seems cheapest to fly in and out Zagreb. We really want to go to Dubrovnik and see some islands- but we dont want to do too much. any suggestions on how we should structure our trip?

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    1. I agree that if you are in Croatia for 1 week then you want to spend most of your time on the coast. Most locals fly between Dubrovnik and Zagreb because the cost is similar to taking the bus if booked in advance. You might want to check flights with Croatia Airlines. If you are going to travel overland, then the trip to Split from Zagreb will take about 2 to 3 hours and the trip to Dubrovnik from Zagreb will take about 7 hours.

      In general, I would recommend spitting your week between 2 destinations. Much more than that and you will spend more time traveling than enjoying each place. If you end up flying into Zagreb and want to spend a couple of days there, then maybe just travel to Dubrovnik for the rest of your trip. From Dubrovnik you can make day trips to some of the local islands and even to Bosnia or Montenegro.

      If you don't spend any time in Zagreb, then you can split your time between Dubrovnik and one other place. Korcula, Hvar, and Split are all nice places can be reached within a few hours from Dubrovnik.

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    2. Thanks for the advice! we are definitely going to fly fly into zagreb, stay one day there and then fly down to Dubvovnik and spend 5 days there with some day trips. which local islands would you recommend? Also, from Zagreb is it a quick day trip to see Plitvice? Everything I have read said it's definitely worth going there, so hoping we can fit it into our trip!

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    3. That sounds like a great plan. From Dubrovnik you can visit the Elaphiti islands, Mljet, and Korcula. Korcula makes a full-day trip, but I think it is worth it. I do not think that you need to visit all 3 Elaphiti islands (Kolocep, Lopud, & Sipan) because they are all very similar. Perhaps just choose one and take your time there. Mljet has a large national park so it is very beautiful. Also, don't overlook Lokrum Island, which is a small island just off of the Old Town. It is very nice for walking and for swimming.

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    4. Thank you so much for your advice!!!

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  147. Hi Andy and Michelle
    I'm going to Croatia for part of my honeymoon from 12-21 October. It sounds like the weather at this time of year is starting to cool and may not be the best for the beach and islands. Can you suggest a good itinerary so we have a mixed experience and have some options in case the weather isn't sunny? We are flying in and out of Split so we are thinking of taking the bus straight down to Dubrovnik and then slowly making our way back up to Split.
    Thanks so much!

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    1. The weather that time of year is mixed, so you could get nice weather or you could get some rain. It is a good idea to travel directly to Dubrovnik and then to work your way back up to Split. I think it is still worth visiting the islands for a couple of days, even if the weather is not great.

      I would plan more time in Dubrovnik since there is more to do there and only a couple of days each on the islands. From Dubrovnik you can make day trips to Mostar in Bosnia and Kotor in Montenegro. You can also go wine tasting on the Peljesac Peninsula and stop in Ston for seafood. Korcula and Hvar are probably the best islands to visit that time of year as they are a little larger and will have more things open regardless of the weather.

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  148. Hi Andy and Michelle,
    Thanks for the useful info on this site!

    We have (almost) 4 days in Split in June (12th-15th).

    Hoping that you can help us with some planning and suggestions on things to do in so little time.

    We booked an apartment in Split for 3 nights.


    Day 1: We will be arriving on the at 4.20PM into Split
    Check into hotel, check out the nightlife.

    Day 2: Sailing yacht booked to Brac (Split - Milna - Split)10am - 6pm
    Check out nightlife

    Day 3: We were thinking of either hopping on the early bus to Dubrovnic, Private car or Rent a car and drive.

    Check out the city walls of Dubrovnic etc.
    Drive back at night time.

    Do you think this is doable? I know people recommend spending more time there, but we didnt plan this trip properly :(
    Will there be a lot of traffic during this period? (Thursday 14th June)
    I heard that it's one lane and if there are slow vehicles, you can be stuck behind them and delay the trip.


    Day 4: Split - flight out at 4PM

    Or what are your recommendations?
    Check out Hvar instead?

    Thanks in advanced!

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    1. I think Dubrovnik is too far to see in a day trip from Split. The drive will take 4 hours in each direction and could take longer if you get stuck behind slow moving vehicles. Instead I would definitely make a day trip to Hvar. Hvar is one of the most beautiful islands and Hvar town has a great waterfront area with lots of nice restaurants and cafes. You seem to be interested in nightlife as well. Hvar is known to have the best nightlife in Croatia during the summer months. So, you might want to consider spending 1 night there and then returning to Split the next morning.

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  149. Thanks guys!
    I will look into going to Hvar and will have to come back and do Dubrovnic another time.

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  150. Hello Andy and Michelle! I'm very thankful if you can help out with how to get from split to Dubrovnic by ferry on a sunday (5th of Aug). I cannot find anything. If it's not possible can we take a ferry from anohter city nearby split and go to Dubrovnic on that sunday?

    Thanks!

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  151. It doesn't look like the Split to Dubrovnik ferry is running this year so the only way to travel will be by bus. There are 13 or 14 bus departures per day (just about every hour) and you do not need to book in advance.

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  152. Hey Andy and Michelle
    Thanks for the grate blog, it's been a great help. I am due to fly in Dubrovnik from Belgrade on the 24th June and I have booked a hotel on Hvar island from that day onwards. So I somehow need to reach Hvar, but I just got word from Jadrolinija that there is only one ferry going from Dubrovnik to Hvar at 8:30am on the 24th, which doesn't really suit me. The only other option is to catch a bus from Dubrovnik to Split, the problem is the last ferry from Split to Hvar is at 8:30pm and I belive it takes about 4,5 hours to get to Split from Dubrovnik via bus. I am just afraid I will not be able to make it. What do you think are my best options? Hire a car and drive up or catch a cab, would that be faster?
    Any help would be much appriciated.

    Tanya

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    1. The only other option would be to rent a car or take a taxi, but I don't think it would be that much faster. You might save an hour. What time do you land in Dubrovnik? A taxi to Split will cost about 200 - 230 EUR. A rental car would certainly be cheaper, but then you have the added time of going through the rental process and the return process.

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  153. Hi! Thanks so much for all of the useful information on this blog. I will be travelling in Croatia on a sailing tour in july :) The trip departs in dubrovnik and I was then hoping to travel to Budapest. So far I have determined the best (cheapest and esaiest) method of transport is bus from dubrovnik to split and then train from split - zagreb - budapest? Is this correct or is there an easier/alternate method of tranport?? Thanks again, Chelsea.

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  154. That may be your best way to travel. I would also check into flights as there are some low cost airlines that operate in the region and often it might be just as cheap to fly (and certainly a lot faster). Malev sometimes flies to Dubrovnik and Austrian Airlines or Croatia Airlines may also have flights to Budapest, from either Dubrovnik or Split. Otherwise, train and bus are the only way to travel.

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  155. Hi there, do you have any information or pricing on how to get a private boat charter from Dubrovnik to Split ona Saturday ?
    Thanks
    Richard

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    1. No, I'm sorry but I don't have any contacts in boat charters. Sorry I can't be of more help!

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  156. Quick question. i am travelling by bicycle. staying in zadar tonight. came from slovenia trough senj. what i wanted to ask was about how much uphilling wil there be to dubrovnik via road 8? cant really define from google maps. And more important, is it possible to go on a bus from dubrovnik back to split or maybe even rijeka with my bike? Thank yku

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    1. The coastal road is fairly narrow and windy, but I don't know for sure how hilly it is. It is on the side of a hill so there probably are frequent up and down hill areas. The buses have storage for luggage underneath so it is probably possible to put a bicycle under there.

      There are occasionally bikers on the road from Split to Dubrovnik but because it is so narrow and windy and because drivers go very fast, I would suggest taking the bus if at all possible.

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  157. HI!

    My boyfriend and I are traveling to Dubrovnik June 9th and departing from Dubrovnik June 16th. We booked 3 nights in Dubrovnik so far hoping to see the city and take a day trip to Mijet and/or Elafiti Islands. We are not sure what to do 12th-16th, if we should continue to base ourselves in Dubrov or travel up to split and try to see Vis Island. We hear the blue cave is really cool but not sure if all that traveling is worth it. Suggestions? Thanks, your blog is great.

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    1. With a full week in Croatia I would try to travel to at least one other location. You could travel to Split and then spend a couple of days on an island. I actually haven't seen Vis, but I have heard great things. I also like Hvar very much.

      If the schedule fits yours, you might want to take the coastal ferry that sails between Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, and Split twice per week. You can see the schedule here: http://www.jadrolinija.hr/pdfs/COASTAL%20LINES%202012%20.pdf. Otherwise, you can just take the bus to Split and then take local ferries to Hvar or Vis.

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    2. Thanks for the advice. I think we'll take the bus up to Split like you suggested and try and stay on the Island. Should we book all our accommodations ahead of time? We were gonna try and wing it for those few days in case plans change but don't want to get stuck and end up paying a fortune for an expensive hotel. I know private accommodations are the way to go and we are sort of missing high season but not sure if its wise to wait til we get there especially on the islands. Thanks!

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    3. If you want your schedule to remain flexible then you do not have to book your accommodation in advance but if you already know which dates you plan to be on which island, then there is really no benefit to waiting. The best private accommodations always book up first. You will probably find something if you wait until the last moment, but it is likely to be basic and a little further from the center of town. It really depends on whether you are just looking for an inexpensive place to sleep or if you want a place with some extra features such as a view, balcony or terrace, Internet access, etc.

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  158. Hi Andy and Michelle, we are flying into Dubrovnik on the 6 june and staying 3 nights, we then were going to island hop to split where we spend 1 night before flying out of Split on 14 june. I am concerned that after reading your comments that our idea of going from Dubrovnik to the islands may not work. I also cant figure out which islands to go to. We have 4 nights free and are happy to go to one island but we don't have anything booked as yet. Any ideas? Thanks in advance, Sally

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    1. Between Dubrovnik and Split I would stop at either Korcula, Hvar, or both. If you leave Dubrovnik on Saturday, 9 June then you would have to take a bus to Korcula. If you wait until Sunday, 10 June then you can take a ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula or all the way to Hvar.

      If you take the bus to Korcula on 9 June then I would spend 2 nights there and then take the catamaran (which runs daily) to Hvar for 2 nights. If you wait until 10 June, I think I would skip Korcula and just take the ferry right to Hvar. You can then spend 3 nights there and then take the catamaran to Split.

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  159. Hi Andy and Michelle,
    Just a quick question from me. Going to croatia for 9 days next month and this is my itinary,
    3 days in Dubrovnik
    rent car, 1 day in Mostar
    2 days in Montenegro
    2 days in hvar
    1 day in Split
    then fly home from zadar
    I just want to ask, am i trying to fit too much in. I am not 100% convinced about renting the car yet. i could cut out Bosnia and montenegro and do another island for a few nights??

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  160. I don't think you are trying to do too much. 9 days is a good amount of time to see what you want to see. I do have one suggestion for your itinerary. You should see Montenegro first and then Mostar when you are on your way to Split/Hvar. Mostar is north of Dubrovnik and is closer to Split & Hvar than Montenegro.

    If you were to cut out Mostar & Montenegro you could spend a couple of days in Korcula before moving in to Hvar. You could travel by ferry and would not need a car. Another alternative is to lengthen your stay in Dubrovnik and make day trips to Montenegro & Mostar (either with rental car or by arranged bus tour). However, there is really nothing wrong with your itinerary as is. These are just suggestions.

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  161. Wow! This blog is amazing. Thank you Andy and Michelle for sharing your experiences and ideas. We are traveling to Croatia in June. We will be there for about 13 days. Here is the itinerary we have planned. Is this too ambitious?

    1. Flight to Dubrovnik and spend 3 nights there.
    2. Take the bus from Dubrovnik to Split – 2 nights in Split - We will rent a car in Split.
    3. Trip to Hvar (Should we take the car in the Ferry?)– 1 night in Hvar
    4. Back to Split – 1 night in Split
    5. Split to Pag – 1 night in Pag
    6. Pag to Rovinj – 3 nights in Rovinj (will do day trips to Pula and maybe a winery)
    7. Rovinj to Plitvice Lakes – 1 night in Plitvice
    8. Plitvice to Split – Last night in Split
    9. Return Home

    What do you think?

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  162. I don't think your itinerary is too ambitious. I think 13 days is a good amount of time to see what you want to see. However, I do think there seems to be a lot of nights in Split that could be better used. I understand that you are doing that because of the ferries, but it would be better if you find a way to spend less time there.

    On your first stop in Split for 2 nights, do you plan to use the car to see surrounding areas, such as Trogir? Split's historic center is quite small and you only really need one day (or a few hours) to explore it. You could easily spend just one night there instead of 2, especially since you are returning later in your tripp. I would try to spend 2 nights on Hvar and maybe even 2 nights on Pag if possible. The islands are wonderful and I would try to enjoy them as much as possible.

    I think you have planned a great trip and you will get to see a lot of Croatia in your almost 2 weeks here.

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    1. Thank you very much. Based on your suggestions I have already made changes to the itinerary to spend less time in Split and more time in the islands.

      Two more questions:

      1. I read that Krk has also a national park with waterfalls, similar to Plitvice. With the interest of reducing travel time, since we will be coming from Rovinj I thought about visiting Krk instead of Plitvice. What do you think?

      2. Would you recommend bringing a car to Hvar or do you think we could get to see enough of the island without a car?

      Thanks!

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    2. I think I referenced the wrong place in my previous posting. I should've said the Krka National park near Skradin.

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    3. Unfortunately I have not been to either national park, but I hear that Plitvice is really stunning. I am sure Krk is also very nice, but I don't know if it would be a replacement for Plitvice, unless you really don't have the time.

      You should not need a car on Hvar. If you are spending a couple of nights there you can easily find enough to do in Hvar town and there are several nice beaches within walking distance of Hvar town.

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  163. Hi. Great blog.
    We have a short time to visit Croatia at the end of October, in between Danube and Trans-Atlantic cruises. We fly into Dubrovnik on 27OCT and fly out of Split at 16:00 on 01NOV (not flexible on dates now.) I had thought of 3 nights DBV and 2 in SPU, but in reading your blog, where you said you can do Split in one day, should we make it 4 nights in DBV, a morning bus to SPU on 31OCT for that evening and the next 1/2 day in Split? It would give us time for a day trip out of Dubrovnik if you have one to recommend over spending more time in Split. We would prefer not to rent a car and figure out the language by ourselves.

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    1. An evening and a half day would probably be enough time in Split and an extra day in Dubrovnik would allow you to make a day trip. Mostar and Montenegro both make great day trips from Dubrovnik and they can be done as an organized tour. That is probably what I would choose to do. Split is very nice and you could spend a couple of days there just enjoying the center and going to cafes & shops, but if you just want to see it, you don't need a lot of time.

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    2. Thank you for that info. I think we'll go with that plan. So what in particular to you recommend for a Montenegro day trip?
      As to the DBV-SPU bus, are they all equal or is one line (and it's departure time) better than others?

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    3. In Montenegro I would go to Kotor, Budva, and Sveti Stefan if you have time. Kotor and Budva are lovely seaside walled towns, similar to Dubrovnik's Old Town. If you are interested in a day trip, you can either arrange a private tour (for 210 EUR) or join a small group tour (for 52 EUR per person). We can help you arrange tours; you can contact us directly through our website, www.DubrovnikApartmentSource.com.

      All of the DBV - SPU buses are the same really. It doesn't matter which company or which time you go.

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  164. Hi
    I am travelling to Croatia as a family of 5 at the end of July for 6 days flying into Dubrovnik and out of Split. We are staying in Dubrovnik for 2 nights then taking bus to Split spending 3 nights on island and then last night in Split. Accommodation is difficult to find on Hvar for 5 of us now but I have found some nice accommodation on Brac. Is Brac a nice island to visit?

    Julia

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  165. I have not had the chance to visit Brac, but many people say it is one of the most beautiful in Croatia. I think it is very similar to Hvar in terms of natural beauty and beaches. Hvar probably just has better nightlife and a higher concentration of nice restaurants in Hvar town.

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  166. Hi from NZ, great blog! We arrive in DBV Tues 11th Sept, and will stay in Croatia until Sat 15th or Sunday 16th Sept. During this time we wanted to visit Hvar too. On leaving Croatia we want to get to Rome. What do you think our best options would be? we're finding it difficult to get to Rome.

    Louisa

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