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A Dubrovnik To Mostar Day Trip
Co-written by Barbara from www.jet-settera.com and SJ Begonja
Dubrovnik, a stunning old city in southern Croatia right on the Adriatic Sea, is one of Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations.
The city’s Old Town is surrounded by a massive stone wall which is extremely well preserved and over the past few years served as a filming location for the popular TV show, Game of Thrones, adding to its fame.
The old town itself reminds me of cities in Northern Italy. Not only because massive walls also surround Italian cities such as Bologna, Sienna, Verona, but also because the architecture is similar to Venice or Trieste.
The architecture of Dubrovnik is dazzling; and ranges from the Baroque St. Blaise Church to the Renaissance Sponza Palace. The Old City is paved with limestone, and no cars are allowed to enter the town walls.
The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and today, Dubrovnik is one of the top tourist destinations of the Mediterranean. George Bernard Shaw once said: “If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik.””
The city has the oldest arboretum in the World, which was established in the 15th century. It also has the oldest pharmacy, which dates back to 1317. After discovering beautiful Dubrovnik (or just wanting to beat the crowds), a great day trip worth considering is the medieval city of Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
How To Get From Dubrovnik To Mostar
Dubrovnik To Mostar By Car
Mostar is about 2.5* hours away by car from Dubrovnik. There are three driving routes between Dubrovnik and Mostar.
- From Dubrovnik via Tribinje, Stolac, Buna to Mostar by M6 and M18roads.
- From Dubrovnik via Metković to Mostar via M6 and D8 routes
- From Dubrovnik via Tribinje, Bileca, Stolac, and Buna to Mostar by R427 and M20. This route is the longest.
If you’re like me and don’t want to have to worry about navigating a foreign land, you can take a private transfer, which by the way, are quite affordable, with prices starting from €250. This is a super-convenient way to make a Mostar day trip from Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik To Mostar Bus
The Dubrovnik to Mostar bus takes between 3 and 3.5 hours* to reach this charming historic town. There are at least three buses a day serving this route. A one-way ticket costs €15.
Outside of peak season, there’s rarely a need for advance bus reservations, although if you are in Dubrovnik anyway, you may as well buy your ticket early to guarantee your seat.
Local Tip: If you take the bus from Dubrovnik to Mostar, grab a seat on the bus’s left side to see the spectacular landscape of Croatia and Southern-Bosnia. When you travel from Mostar to Dubrovnik by bus, take a seat on the bus’s right side for the same impressive view.
Dubrovnik To Mostar By Train
No trains are connecting Dubrovnik and Mostar.
*Important: You will have to go through passport control before reaching Mostar, so make sure not to forget your passport at home or in the hotel – even if you plan to come back on the same day. Crossing this border can be unpredictable, so travel times can vary significantly, especially in the peak season.
Recommended Dubrovnik To Mostar Self-Drive Stops
For the most freedom on your Dubrovnik to Mostar day trip, there’s nothing better than getting a rental car. On the way between those two famous cities, you can (and should!) stop at the following places.
Historic Trebinje is the southernmost town in Bosnia-Herzegovina, located on the banks of the scenic Trebisnjica River. The old town center dates from the 18th-century Ottoman Empire period and is home to the beautiful Arslanagic Bridge, while a handful of hills frame the town nicely.
It is the closest town in Bosnia-Herzegovina to Dubrovnik and is a great stopping point on a day trip to Mostar. Besides historic architecture, you can enjoy wine (some of the cheapest in Europe) at local wineries or even an old monastery. They will often give you young cheese or olive oil produced locally to taste while you are there. Other top attractions include the amazing 15th-century Serbian Orthodox Tvrdoš Monastery, the Gracanica Church, and kayaking on the river.
The next stop on a Dubrovnik to Mostar tour is Stolac, situated on the most direct route between both cities. This beautiful old city has an exceptionally rich history, having been part of four empires (Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian) and three different kingdoms (Bosnian, Hungarian and Yugoslav). Stolac is also a meeting point of the world’s three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
When visiting Stolac on a day trip to Mostar from Dubrovnik, you can see this historical wealth and cultural diversity in the town’s striking architecture. There are beautiful historic buildings in the old town, while the Stolac Fortress is a collection of ruins home to a famous 4-meter-high cross. Additionally, just three kilometers west of Stolac, you can visit an amazing necropolis of so-called stećci, a huge collection of medieval tombstones, which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Another must-visit destination when driving from Dubrovnik to Mostar is Počitelj. This gorgeous town is one of the greatest highlights of southern Bosnia-Herzegovina. It’s an amazing place to visit for people who love history and culture.
This picturesque village sits on the left bank of the scenic Neretva River and dates from the Middle Ages. During its long and eventful history, it’s seen Hungarian, Ottoman, and Venetian occupation, all of which left behind architectural and other marks. Nowadays, Počitelj is a welcoming and charming stone village worthy of at least an hour of your time. On many Mostar day trips from Dubrovnik, it is often combined with other nearby places like Blagaj and Stolac.
Attractions include the Kula, a silo-shaped fortress with the Sahat Kula bell tower, and the Hajji Alija Mosque. This town is so well-preserved it’s essentially a free open-air museum.
Travelers going on a Dubrovnik-Mostar day trip usually swing by Blagaj. One of the most popular tourist attractions in southeastern Herzegovina, Blagaj is a small and historic village-town in the Buna River’s spring. At this spring, and in front of towering cliffs, stand a beautiful 16th-century “tekija,” a Dervish monastery.
Constructed with both Ottoman and Mediterranean architectural elements, the Dervish monastery in Blagaj is a famous national monument in Bosnia-Herzegovina. You only need a couple of hours to explore this tranquil, almost magical, riverside village—it’s super-easy to combine this with a longer visit to Mostar.
Recommended Mostar To Sarajevo Self-Drive Stops
If you’d like to continue your Balkan road trip from Mostar to Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, we recommend swinging by these great points of interest.
The town of Konjic is a short drive north of Mostar and is well worth the time and effort, especially if you’re into history. After all, this is one of the oldest surviving towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina, its roots dating back 4,000 years. The town in its present form originated sometime in the late-14th century.
One of the main highlights of Konjic is its famous old bridge, called Stara Cuprija, which was constructed in 1682-1683. It is registered as a national monument in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a landmark of national importance.
Ark Tito’s Bunker
Additionally, also located in Konjic, the Armijska Ratna Komanda ARK D-0 is a Cold War-era nuclear bunker known more commonly as the Ark or Tito’s Bunker. It was built to protect Yugoslav President Josip Tito and his entourage if there would ever be a nuclear attack.
Although Tito’s Bunker remained a national secret until after the Balkan War, it now serves as an extraordinary space for cultural and artistic exhibitions. It’s still part of a military facility to this day, but you can, however, visit it on guided tours, which are one of the truly unique things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
When you decide to extend your Dubrovnik to Mostar tour with a visit to Konjic, we also recommend driving over to nearby Jablanica. Situated just west of Konjic, this popular tourist town features great hiking trails and amazing historical attractions, including two sites containing medieval stećci. This is also where you’ll find the fascinating Museum of the Battle of the Wounded on the Neretva River, which commemorates and exhibits one of World War II’s most renowned battles.
What Jablanica is more famous for than anything else, however, is its fantastic food. This is the Balkan capital of roasted and grilled lamb, a phenomenal delicacy in the area. Don’t leave Jablanica without trying some slowly roasted lamb!
Highlights Of Mostar, Bosnia, And Herzegovina
Mostar has a population of about 100,000 people, and it is the fifth-largest city of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Its famous bridge, the Stari Most were built in the 16th century by the Ottomans over the Neretva River and was once considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture. It was destroyed in the Yugoslavian war during the ’90s, and it took 11 years to reconstruct the bridge. It was re-opened in 2004.
Some of the Mostar bridge pieces were recovered from the Neretva River and used in the newly reconstructed bridge.
The Stari Most Bridge is one of the most important landmarks of the country, and the city was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) in the middle ages, who guarded the old bridge (Stari Most) at the time. This UNESCO-protected bridge alone makes it worthwhile to take a Dubrovnik day trip to Mostar.
The 21-meter high bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and on most days, you will find local divers jumping from the Stari Most Bridge putting on quite a show. These guys collect money from tourists for the dive, so make sure to drop a few coins to appreciate their efforts.
The Mostar Bridge Museum right next to the bridge allows the visitors to learn about the bridge’s history and the reconstruction of the bridge. There is also a small market along the bridge, where you can purchase local goods and souvenirs.
After visiting the Mostar Most, which is the city’s main landmark, you should also see the Muslibegovica House. It was constructed 300 years ago by the Ottomans, and it is considered one the most beautiful houses in the Balkans. The house has separate sections for men and women and provides insight into the wealthy family’s life that occupied the house in the middle-ages.
Another must is to climb the minaret of the Koski Mehmed Pasina Dzamija (Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque), where you get the best views of the entire town. War history boffins should walk along the former front-line, on Bulevar Revolucije, where the city was divided in 1993 during the Yugoslavian War. The Croats were on the west side, and the Bosniaks were on the East side of the front line.
War history boffins should walk along the former front-line, on Bulevar Revolucije, where the city was divided in 1993 during the Yugoslavian War. The Croats were on the west side, and the Bosniaks were on the East side of the front line.
For lunch, stop by one of the local restaurants and try the local specialty cevapcici. National Restaurant Cevabdzinica Tima – Irma in the Old Town makes great Bosnian dishes, including cevapcici, at very reasonable prices. Pizzeria Roma, near the stadium, is said to make the best pizza in town.Share