There are no direct trains to/from Dubrovnik. The nearest railway station is in Ploce (access to BiH) or Split (access to Zagreb and beyond). If you have arrived by rail to any of these cities, you can transit to Dubrovnik by bus.
Bus travel in Croatia is generally an affordable and comfortable way to get around the country. A few hints:
- overnight buses can get a bit chilly. If you plan on getting some sleep, keep a sweater, blanket, or sarong handy.
- you'll be charged for your baggage. This is not a scam although it is a bit irritating.
- pay off the toilet gypsies and hit the wc before heading out on a long journey. For some reason, buses that have toilets don't often use them.
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The main bus station or Autobus Kolodovar is located in the port area of the Dubrovnik called Gruz. Chances are you will be surrounded by accomodation touts and old babas upon arrival. It can be a bit daunting / annoying but take a deep breath and try not to be rude. Most of these people make their living off of renting rooms or apartments in their family homes. The elderly especially rely on the extra income to supplement their pensions. So, if you don't need a place to stay, gather your bags and tell them ne hvala (no thanks!). For a list of places that we recommend, click: fresh* mini-guide to accommodation in Dubrovnik
To get to the Old Town or to one of the nearby hotels, you can walk, catch a local bus, taxi, or hire a rental car.
- - it's about a 30 - 45 minute walk to the Old Town. Definitely manageable but it's a holiday right? If you just arrived with luggage, hop on the bus or take a taxi. After all, you'll get some exercise walking the walls of the Old Town.
- local bus - the local bus stop is located outside the main bus station parking lot on the main road. You can either buy your ticket at the nearby newspaper stand for 8 kuna or pay 10 kuna on the bus. Time to Old City: @ 5-15 minutes depending on traffic. Take the 1A or 1B to Pile Gate.
- taxi - you should see the taxi line when you get off your bus. Costs: 50 - 65 kuna to the Old Town. If none are available, be patient or call +385.020.970. (If there is a group of you, it may be worth taking a taxi. Might cost just a little more than taking the bus.)
- car rental - ask directions to one of the nearby travel agencies. They should be able to help you out. However, if you are staying in the Old Town, you might find life easier without a car. Finding parking is a real pain.
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