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Know Before You Go
- If you know how to speak Croatian, use your language skills to get some discounts. Tourists pay up to 30% more in restaurants, bars and at some attractions. It's not uncommon to hear Croatians ask for the "local bill" and receive a small sum off their total bill.
- Don't walk around Dubrovnik without a shirt. If you are caught, you'll have to pay HRK 100 on the spot, and this includes shirts that are unbuttoned.
- Even though Croatia is in the EU, the country doesn't use the Euro. Croatian businesses are only allowed to charge in the Croatian Kuna, so if someone asks for payments in Euros, it's not a reputable place.
- Plan your visit to the old city after 4:00 pm during the summer. The crowds from the cruise ships will have left, and it will make walking around much more bearable.
- For Game of Thrones fans, make sure you take an official tour. Dubrovnik has served as King's Landing in all the seasons; you'll get to visit filming locations like the Red Keep, Sept Baelor and follow in Cersei's walk of shame footsteps.
Getting Around Dubrovnik
- Dubrovnik's historic Old Town is pedestrian. No cars are allowed, so you'll need a good pair of shoes to explore its cobbled streets.
- If you aren't staying in Old Town, the city's bus system is the best way to get there. The buses run every 10 to 30 minutes depending on the stop, and a single ride will cost HRK 12. There is also a day pass for HRK 30 and buses operate from 5 am to 12 pm.
- Taxis are a reliable way to get around the city. The meter starts at HRK 27, and it's HRK 9 for each additional kilometre. Prices are higher on Sundays and holidays, and there is a per piece luggage charge.
- A cheaper way to get around is with Uber. Fares start at HRK 6 with HRK 3 per kilometre. If you don't have any cash on you when you arrive in the city, it's the best option for getting around as the app directly charges your credit card.
When is The Best Time to Visit Dubrovnik?
Dubrovnik's high season is during its summer months. From May to August tourists flock to the Dalmatian Coasts, and hotel rates soar. It's not unusual to find hotels in Old Town charging USD 500 a night. But if you stay out of the touristy areas and book your accommodation in advance, it's still possible to visit without breaking the bank.
Dubrovnik has a short shoulder season between September and October. While temperatures start to drop, water temperatures remain the same as during the summer months. With the summer crowds gone, you'll have the city and its beautiful beaches to yourself. Plus hotel rates will drop, and flights are more affordable.
Low season is from November to April. Dubrovnik sees its highest rainfall during this time making it impossible to stay dry on the beach. Many tourist attractions and hotels close for this season, making it hard to find a room and your things to do list will be cut short.
Airports in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik Airport is located 16 km from the city centre. It's the third busiest airport in the country and boasts Croatia's longest runway. The airport is a hub for Croatia Airlines and serves seasonal flights from many European destinations during summer holidays.
Getting To and From Dubrovnik Airport
The best way to get to Old Town from the airport is on the bus. Not only is it the cheaper option but it can't get you any closer to the pedestrian-only Old Town than a taxi. The drop off is at the entrance to Pile Gate, and it takes 30 minutes to arrive. A single trip ticket costs HRK 40, and you pay once you've taken your seat.
But if you are in a rush or want to go to Ploce Gate a taxi would be the better option. The taxi rank is outside the arrivals terminal, and it should cost around HRK 170 to 200 from the airport to Old Town.
If you don't want to go to Old Town, there are local buses to and from the airport. Buses 11 and 27 travel to Dubrovnik and tickets cost HRK 15 one-way. There are numerous stops in between, and you can also transfer to other bus routes to get to your final destination.