Monday, September 10, 2012

Cable Car to Srdj Hill

A great way to get a bird’s eye view of Dubrovnik is to make the 405 meter ascent to the peak of Srdj hill. Until last year this could only be done by foot (for the very fit) or by car (for the brave), but now a cable car takes passengers there from the Old Town in just 4 minutes. The cable car station is located near the Ploce bus station, just 3-minutes walking distance from the Buza Gate entrance to Old Town. There are 2 cable cars and each holds 30 people so wait times are generally short.

Once at the top there is a cafĂ© bar and restaurant with a panoramic view of Dubrovnik and the islands. There is also a souvenir shop, amphitheatre (available to rent for events), and a war museum dedicated to the conflict that consumed the region in the early 1990s. Tickets are priced at 50 Kuna each way or 80 Kuna roundtrip for adults and 25 Kuna each way or 40 Kuna round trip for children ages 4 – 12. Children under 4 are free.

The cable car is open year round and departures are every half hour between the following hours:

January: 9 am to 4 pm
February: 9 am to 5 pm
March: 9 am to 5 pm
April: 9 am to 8 pm
May: 9 am to 8 pm
June: 9 am to midnight
July: 9 am to midnight
August: 9 am to midnight
September: 9 am to 8 pm
October: 9 am to 8 pm
November: 9 am to 5 pm
December: 9 am to 4 pm

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dubrovnik Airport Shuttle Bus Service

Atlas travel agency operates an airport shuttle bus from the Dubrovnik airport to downtown Dubrovnik. It departs the airport shortly after every scheduled flight arrival and takes passengers to the Pile Gate entrance to Old Town, followed by the main bus station in Gruz Harbor. The return bus to the airport departs from the main bus station in Gruz Harbor and makes a stop at the cable car bus stop (just above the Old Town) before going to the airport.

The trip takes approximately 35 minutes and costs 35 Kuna per person (about 5 Euros). The schedule for departures to the airport changes regularly and is created just 2 days in advance. It is recommended that you email Atlas at 2 days prior to your departure for the schedule. I recently emailed them and received a reply with a copy of the schedule within 30 minutes.  The schedule lists departure times from the main bus station in Gruz Harbor; the bus will arrive at the cable car bus stop 5 to 10 minutes later.