An insider’s guide to getting to Dubrovnik, including flights to the city, as well as recommendations for cruises and car hire. By Jane Foster, Telegraph Travel’s Dubrovnik expert.
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British Airways (0344 493 0 787; britishairways.com) flies from Gatwick (all year, but with a reduced number of flights throughout winter), as do Croatia Airlines (0844 371 0310; croatiaairlines.com) (no direct flights through winter).
EasyJet ( 0330 365 5000; easyjet.com) flies from Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester
Monarch ( 0333 003 0100; monarch.co.uk) fly from London Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester
Thomson Airways (0203 451 2695; thomson.co.uk/flight ) fly from Birmingham, Bristol, Doncaster Sheffield, Glasgow, London Gatwick and Manchester
In addition, Aer Lingus (0333 004 5000; aerlingus.com) fly from Dublin
Flying time from London is around 2 hrs 40 min, from Newcastle 3 hrs 15 min.
Cruise ships disembark passengers at Gruž port (portdubrovnik.hr), three kilometres from the old town. Shuttle buses are laid on to transport passengers the 10 minutes from the port to the old town. Their frequency and cost depends on the cruise ship company involved. Taxis are also available. Some cruise companies offer a ‘scenic boat ride’ from Gruž port to the old town harbour, sailing around the outside of the medieval walls and towers
Dubrovnik airport (airport-dubrovnik.hr) lies 20 km southeast of the city centre. Airport buses, operated by Atlas and Autotrans, are scheduled to coincide with incoming flights, dropping passengers at Pile Gate just outside the old town and at Dubrovnik Bus Station next to the ferry port, ticket 40Kn (£4.60). If you opt for a taxi, expect to pay around 200Kn (£23)
Public transport: Dubrovnik’s old town is pedestrian-only and lies three kilometres south-east of the port. To get there, take bus 1, 3 or 6 (libertasdubrovnik.hr), tickets cost 15 Kn (£1.75) if bought from the driver or 12 Kn (£1.40) from newspaper kiosks. A 24-hour day pass costs 30 Kn (£3.45). Alternatively, you can walk there in about 25 minutes
Car-hire: You’ll be better off without a car while staying in Dubrovnik. The old town is pedestrian-only, and parking close to the city walls is extremely difficult. Even if you travel out of the city, I’d take the bus or local ferry – unless you are aiming for out-of-the-way spots. See: travelsupermarket.com to compare car hire prices.