Dubrovnik has an airport located in the town of Čilipi, approximately 12 miles from the city. You have several options to get from the airport to the city center and back.
1. Transfer options for arrivals and departures in Dubrovnik
For the most comfortable and for the most thrifty. Dubrovnik airport is connected to the city in different ways and I summarize here the best ones for you to choose the one that best suits your trip:
- Shared transfer from the airport to hotels in the center of Dubrovnik, Cavtat, Orebic and Korcula
- Shared transfer from your hotel in Dubrovnik, Cavtat, Orebic and Korcula to the airport
- Private transfer from Dubrovnik airport to hotels in Dubrovnik, Orebic and Korcula
- Private transfer from your hotel in Dubrovnik, Orebic or Korcula to the airport
2. Shared transfer from the airport to Dubrovnik and vice versa
If you are staying in Dubrovnik, Korčula, Orebić, or Cavtat and want to get from the airport to your hotel quickly, comfortably, and easily without having to wait in line to take a cab, an arrival shared transfer is the best option.
Not only because the price is affordable but also because a professional driver will be waiting for you outside the terminal to take you in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle (minibus) to your destination in about 1 hour.
How the service works
A driver will be waiting for you at the airport in the arrivals terminal to take you door to door to your hotel. It is possible that other travelers will be on the same trip, but don't worry: it will be a small group and the company organizes the itinerary between the airport and the city according to the direction of your accommodation, so that the journey and the breaks are as short as possible.
In any case, almost all transportation companies have a stand with staff available 24 hours a day at the airport so that you can contact them when you land. They will also ask you for the address of your hotel to calculate the best route and drop you off at your accommodation as soon as possible.
Each traveler is allowed one suitcase and one carry-on bag or backpack, so if you have any special luggage (very large, bulky, or fragile) I recommend that you contact the company beforehand so that they can keep it in mind.
How to make a reservation step by step
- Reserve your transfer online.
- You will be asked for your flight details and hotel accommodation details. The transfer will be confirmed immediately and you will receive a voucher to present to the driver at the airport.
- About 24 hours before your arrival at the destination you will need to confirm the exact time and place of pick-up (contact information is on the voucher).
- When your plane arrives in Dubrovnik your transfer driver will be waiting for you.
- You will ride the shared transfer along with the rest of the passengers.
- The vehicle will take you to the hotel.
Shared return transfer from your hotel to the airport
For the return, you can enjoy the same service to end your trip and make a shared transfer from your hotel in Dubrovnik, Korčula, Orebić or Cavtat to the airport in a spacious air-conditioned vehicle to catch your stress-free flight.
The service works the same for both roundtrip rides, but for the transfer from the hotel to the airport it is advisable that you calculate well the pick-up time of the transfer and that you give them some margin to avoid unforeseen traffic problems and arrive comfortably at the airport.
3. Private transfer for arrivals and departures
Another even faster alternative is to book a private transfer from the airport to hotels in Dubrovnik, Orebic and Korcula instead of sharing transportation with other travelers.
How the service works
Upon landing at Dubrovnik airport you will be picked up by the driver and you will have a private car waiting for you with comfortable seats and ample legroom to take you to your hotel without waiting or unnecessary stops. It will take approximately 1 hour and this private arrival transfer will save you from tiredly walking around the airport looking for transportation.
At the time of booking, just enter your flight details and accommodation information and you will receive a confirmation within 24 hours. Then you will have to present your voucher to the driver and you are ready to go to your hotel.
All vehicles have luggage storage and are wheelchair and stroller accessible. In addition, child seats are available.
Private return transfer from your hotel to the airport
If you want to use this service in the opposite direction to go from your hotel to Dubrovnik airport, you can also do this by booking in advance. Just inform the driver when and where you want him to pick you up as well as the time of your flight.
4. First tips for your arrival in Dubrovnik
When to go
If you want to make the most of your trip to Dubrovnik and enjoy all its charms, spring (especially May and June) is the best time to visit the city because there are not so many tourists, temperatures are mild and there are many hours of daylight.
However, another good time to visit Dubrovnik is fall, as sunny days abound and temperatures remain pleasant.
In Dubrovnik Croatian is officially spoken although in the main tourist areas English is spoken so you will have no problems in making yourself understood. In addition, some people understand Italian due to the proximity between Croatia and Italy.
Croatian gastronomy is characterized by an exquisite fusion between the Mediterranean diet with Central European influences. Some of the typical dishes are pasticada, kulen, burek or oysters, especially in Dubrovnik. Of course, do not leave without tasting its rich sweets such as Atrukli or macaroni cake.
In Croatia, you do not pay in euros but in kunas, although most touristic places like Dubrovnik accept euros. In addition, you can pay by card in almost all stores and restaurants in this Croatian city although we advise you to also carry some local money in cash.
Get to know the city
A good way to get to know the city and its surroundings is to take a guided tour. Especially if it is your first time in the area, I recommend that you choose a guided tour to get an idea of what the city is like, its customs, how to get around and even learn some of its history. I have made a selection of what I think are the best tours so you can choose yours: Best Tours and Day Trips from Dubrovnik.