Jadrolinija runs ferries down the coast from Rijeka. Calling at Split, Stari Grad, Korčula and Sobra on the way. Journey time is up to twenty hours, so consider getting a cabin. The restaurant serves up some decent food at reasonable prices. While the journey is scenic, there is nothing in the way of entertainment so come prepared with a good book. Or just sit on the deck and watch the adriatic sea go by. This is more than enough entertainment for an afternoon. They also offer nightly crossings to and from Bari, Italy twice a week during summer. LINK Timetable Avansa LINK
There is no train to Dubrovnik. A narrow gauge line used to link Dubrovnik to Sarajevo but was closed in 1976.
The closest rail station is at Ploče, less than 2 hours by bus from Dubrovnik. From there, you can connect to trains to Mostar and Sarajevo. Trains to points north can be boarded at Split, a 4 hour bus ride from Dubrovnik.
The new bus station is located in the new port.
Direct buses run to/from Zagreb (7 daily), Korcula (1 daily), Mostar (2 daily), Orebic (1 daily), Rijeka (3 daily), Sarajevo (1 daily), Split (14 daily), Zadar (7 daily). During the summer there is also a daily bus going to the Montenegro cities of Herceg Novi, Bar, Kotor, and Budva. The ticketing office is open from 5:30am to 22:30pm.
When coming by bus from Split or cities further north, police officers may board the bus and you may be asked for a valid identity document when crossing the Neum corridor which belongs to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
When traveling into Montenegro and the Airport: sit on the right hand side (not behind driver) for best views, and vice-versa for the return. Traveling to Bosnia, sit on the left hand side (behind the driver) for best views.
A departure listing for the international bus station is available at the website of the city bus operator:
On all intercity buses you pay a separate fee of 10 kuna to the driver for luggage. So keep some change ready
The motorway to Dubrovnik is still being constructed so you are safest sticking with the motorway as far as Split if you are arriving from the north. Be aware that during weekends, approaching August, all roads become really busy, especially at border crossings, motorway tolls and tunnels.
Via Split: from Split just follow the signs south towards Dubrovnik. Just south od metković you will pass trough a corridor belonging to Bosnia and Hrcegovina where you will need to show your passport. As it is a transition border, no Visa is required even if you need it for Bosnia and Hercegovina.
Čilipi airport is located 20km southeast of Dubrovnik. There is a restaurant and cafe, information and exchange offices and ATMs, a post office and car hire facilities. Parking costs approx. 40kn for the first 24hours and 2kn per hour thereafter.
Scheduled flights are met by an Atlas bus which goes into town (35kuna per person each way) with stops at Pile gate and the main bus station. If you prefer a taxi ride it will cost you 250kuna.
If you are not staying in the Old Town, it's relatively simple get there by bus, as just about every one leads to the Old Town. However, it might be advisable to get a timetable just in case. Timetable available here LINK. The ticket costs 8kn (just over €1) for tickets bought at any kiosk or info center that sells them, or 10kn if bought on the bus. The ticket bought at the kiosks is valid for one hour from the first use, but the ticket bought on the bus is valid for 1hr. There are also daily passes available. They cost 25 kuna and are valid 24hours from the first use. You can buy them at selected kiosks. All local busses are colored orange. Every bus stop is marked and covered and has a timetable aswell as a map with the routes and bus numbers that cover them.
Negotiating the busy streets outside the walls can be confusing, especially at night. But once you are in the vicinity of Old Town, you can devise your own walking tour using the suggestions in this book. You also can employ a private guide to accompany you on a walk, or you can book a guided Old Town walking tour through the tourist office or through a private tourist agency
Congestion and parking make driving in Dubrovnik stressful, and Old Town is pedestrianized anyway, but if you renting aa car to do some trips to Pelješac, Korčula or even Montenegro, than it's a ood idea.
Taxi stands are at the airport, bus station, and at the Pile Gate. Rides start with 25kn (3,5€) on the meter and go up 8kn ($1.50) per kilometer. If you agree to a meterless ride, negotiate a price beforehand to avoid rip-offs and unwanted excursions.
The electricity supply is 220V, 50hz, so visitors from the United states, Australia and UK will need to use a transformer to run electrical appliances.
The currency in Croatia is kuna: 1 euro is approx. 7,2kuna
Kuna (HRK; symbol Kn) = 100 Lipa. Notes are in denominations of Kn1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 lipa.
It is not possible to pay in euros anywhere in Croatia.
There are plenty of exchange offices around Dubrovnik, as well as an abundance of ATMs that operate 24/7. Many bars, restaurants and cafes accept credit cards, but not all, so be sure to have a reasonable amount of cash on you.
Tipping in Croatia is becoming more commonplace, especially in upscale restaurants. In the past, tipping was welcome but not expected. Today, however, in newer, upscale places, an extra 10% or 15% is considered polite. Croatians usually round their bill up to the nearest whole number when they want to tip. In informal restaurants in smaller towns and coffee shops, tipping is rare and not expected, but most people leave any coins they receive in change.
A couple of thing to keep your mind of:
Keep in mind that 1990s marked with Serbian aggression and Croatian-Serbian bloody and brutal war is still a painful subject, but generally there should be no problem if you approach that topic with respect. Visitors will find that domestic politics and European affairs are everyday conversation subjects in Croatia.
Socially, displays of affection among the younger generation are the same as Western European standards, but the older generation (over 65) still are quite conservative.
When driving on rural roads, particularly where a driver has to pull in to allow you to pass, it is customary to wave a thanks to the other driver, by raising your hand from the steering wheel.
Most Croats will respond to "thank you" with something along the lines of "It was nothing" or "not at all" which is equivalent to English "Don't mention it".
Do you want to spend your holiday helping others?
Croatia is the destination of many worldwide volunteer organizations that send groups of volunteers throughout the year to help with agriculture, community development, education, animal welfare, and more. These programs are put together by nonprofits, community groups and volunteers to help locals improve their economy and way of life. With rich cultural history and stunning coastline, Croatia is truly is the jewel of eastern Europe. If you would like to travel to Croatia as a volunteer, visit these websites for volunteer programs, accommodations, travel dates, and tours.
Volunteers Centre Zagreb
There are no health issues in Croatia, but we want you to feel safe.
If you're going camping or hiking in continental Croatia during summer, you should be aware of ticks and tick-carrying diseases such as encephalitis and lyme-disease. Approximately 3 ticks in 1000 carry the virus.
In Eastern Slavonia (particularly around the Kopacki Rit near Osijek) wear long sleeves and take insect repellent.
For UK nationals emergency medical treatment is normally free on presentation of a UK passport. Similar agreements exist for many other European nationals. Non-emergency care and prescribed medicines must be paid for. All travellers are advised to take out full medical insurance. Rabies is present. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.
Tap water is absolutely safe for drinking, and in Dubrovnik it is one of the "best tasting" tap water in Croatia. You can also drink water from the two Onofrio's fountains in the Old Town. However, you can still choose from several brands of excellent bottled water (Jamnica being the most popular, and Jana, several times awarded as the world's best bottled water).
Remember to wear sunscreen; During summer make sure you use adequate SPF to protect yourself from sunburn. There are no ozone holes over Croatia but it's fairly easy to burn in the sun. If this happens make sure you get out of the sun, drink plenty of fluids and rehydrate your skin. The locals will often advise covering the burnt spot with cold yogurt bought from the supermarket or with olive oil.
The Dalmatian coast is safe and secure, but a cautious eye should be kept on one's belongings at all times. The Police are generally helpful in times of crisis: keep in mind that they also perform occasional checks of identity documents, so keep some identification on you at all times. In case of an emergency you can dial 112 - responsible for dispatching all emergency services such as fire departments, police, emergency medical assistance and mountain rescue.
Croatia uses the GSM 900/1800 system for mobile phones. There are three providers, T-Mobile, Vip (also operates the Tomato prepaid brand) and Tele2. Over 98% of the country's area is covered. Since 2006 UMTS (3G) is available as well. If you have an unlocked phone, you can buy a Tele2 prepaid SIM card for 25 kn (3.42 euro). GSM phones (Nokia 1200, Nokia 2610, Motorola F3, LG KG130 or Samsung C170) bundled with T-Mobile or Vip prepaid SIM cards can be found in post offices, Konzum grocery stores and kiosks at prices between 200 and 300 kn (27-41 euro).
Alternative to use of mobile phone are Calling Cards which can be found in postal offices and Kiosks, There are two providers Dencall and Hitme. you can buy cards from 25 kn (3.42 euro)
Area Codes: When calling between cities you must dial specific city area codes: (area code)+(phone number)
Zagreb (01) Split (021) Rijeka (051) Dubrovnik (020) Sibenik/Knin (022) Zadar (023) Osijek (031) Vukovar (032) Varazdin (042) Bjelovar (043) Sisak (044) Karlovac (047) Koprivnica (048) Krapina (049) Istria (052) Lika/Senj (053)
ADSL is common in Croatia. A 4 Mbit connection with unlimited downloads costs 178 kn (24 euro) per month via T-Com and just 99 kn with some other providers like Metronet or Iskon.
Internet cafés are available in all major cities. They are relatively cheap and reliable. A free Wi-Fi signal can be found virtually in every city (cafés, hotels, private unsecured networks...)
Croatia's media operate in a climate of relative freedom. The constitution bans censorship and guarantees press freedom. Croatian Radio-Television, HRT, is a national state-owned public broadcaster and is financed by a mixture of advertising and licence-fee revenues. The frequencies of HRT's third national TV network were allocated to a private bidder in 2003. Public TV is the main source of news and information. National commercial networks and dozens of private local TV stations compete for viewers.