About this trip
About travel route
Dubrovnik - Zagreb
When talking about the Dubrovnik - Zagreb route, it is important to emphasize that it is one of the longest in Croatia as these two cities are divided by 599 km. Furthermore, there are at least ten bus lines that drive daily on this line.
Departures on the Dubrovnik - Zagreb line are most commonly scheduled between 7 am and 8 am, and from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. It good to know that you will need around ten hours to get from one place to another.
When you are already in the situation that you have to spend ten hours on a bus, on your Dubrovnik - Zagreb line, make it easier for yourself as much as you can.
Rather choose a departure that is not so popular when it comes to the duration of the travel or a departure time during which at least two buses start their way from Dubrovnik to Zagreb at the same time. This is the easiest way to avoid the crowd.
The most favorable price of the ticket on this line is currently offered by the carrier Croatia Bus, for the amount of 23 EUR. On the other hand, the price of the most expensive ticket is for the same carrier, it costs 31 EUR.
For a detailed schedule, actions, news and updates, complaints and information, reservations, discounts for children, retirees and students, ask the employee at the information desk.
List of carriers DU-ZG
- Croatia Bus d.o.o.
Dubrovnik bus station
The bus station in Dubrovnik is located in Gruz, which means that it is 2 km away from the city center. If you have just enough time and choose to walk that distance you will reach the old town core, which has been under UNESCO protection since 1979.
But in case you need to stay at the station, it is good to know that there you have the following: information office, kiosk and taxi stand. Well, let's not forget there is a wardrobe at the station too.
If you`re going to a Dubrovnik city tour and you don`t have an accommodation, we strongly recommend that you use this wardrobe to get rid of your suitcases just for a while.
Apart from Zagreb, Dubrovnik is well connected by bus lines to the whole range of cities in Croatia and beyond. Therefore, if you are considering new destination, you can go visit some of the following: Metkovic, Opuzen, Ploce, Makarska, Split, Zadar, Pula, Rijeka and Osijek.
Journey Dubrovnik - Zagreb
Traffic through Croatia, even when we talk about traveling from one part of the country to another, or in this case from Dubrovnik to Zagreb, is not complicated.
Furthermore, this ride for the traveler is most comfortable and goes without significant difficulties on the road. Except in the case of seasonal crowds, but even then the traffic that is largely run by highway passes without significant difficulties with little additional patience of drivers and other traffic participants.
The average journey from Dubrovnik to Zagreb takes about ten hours on the road during which a bus crosses, as we mentioned earlier, 600 km. No doubt that by choosing a bus as your means of transport, you actually choose professionalism, experience and safety.
Zagreb bus station
In Zagreb, a bus station is located at the crossroads of these two roads Drziceva and Vukovarska. Considering that from there you only have 3 tram stations to get to the Main Railway Station this can be a great walk if you have too much time.
If you only have time to drink or eat something, don`t worry. In the vicinity of the station you will find: bakeries, shops, cafes, ATMs, post office and exchange office. In addition, there is also a toilet which is not free. It will cost you 0.50 EUR, and for this you need to prepare some coins.
Dubrovnik - Zagreb bus operators information
The buses running on the Dubrovnik - Zagreb route are modern equipped. In general, Croatia seeks to follow international trends in this segment. Therefore, the conditions in which you travel will surely meet your needs, and the ride will be enjoyable. Specifically, this means that buses have: air conditioning, TV and WiFi.
Don't rely too much on the latter as the signal is often congested due to the large number of passengers simultaneously attempting to surf, but also because of a generally lower signal on the bus.
If you've already been driving in a bus which was offering this service, we're sure you know what we think. After all, what's even more important than the internet during a trip is definitely that the air conditioner works.
TV is usually imposed as a good option during night-time journeys for which some part of the passengers will definitely want to sleep. Consequently, travelers who choose to stay awake or simply can't sleep during the ride can enjoy the movie.
Why you should travel from Dubrovnik to Zagreb by bus
Between Dubrovnik and Zagreb there is 600 km of road distance, which you pass in around 10 hours. We can certainly agree that this is a long journey, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you won't be comfortable.
Roads to which buses run on their way to Zagreb are safe and modern, and during the time of the travel you can watch the beautiful nature and scenery that alternate in front of you.
You wonder why we think this is an ideal means of transport? Simply because it is one of the safest forms of transportation, and it is also modern equipped and doesn't require any extra care since it is located near the city center. We will therefore now compare the bus with other means of transport: plane, train and personal/rented car.
An airplane ticket is far more expensive than you might expect. Clearly, tickets at a lower cost can be caught if you buy them early enough or, on the other side, during the last minute, but you are not always in a position to schedule your trip depending on it. In addition, should we even emphasize the distance between both airports from the centers of cities where, of course, is your accommodation? Additional expense? Absolutely.
The Dubrovnik - Zagreb link is not completely covered by rail. Namely, since 1976 the train doesn't travel to and from Dubrovnik, so the Ploce is actually the closest point. Furthermore, Ploce is 70 km away from Dubrovnik, so if you decide to travel by train, you have to plan your transport from Dubrovnik to Ploce, from where you can finally get to Zagreb by train.
By car you will travel as long as with a bus. Plus, another advantage of the bus is that you can put things in the trunk and you won't be bothered during the journey. The frame price you will spend on fuel is 65 EUR, and if you don't have a personal car, renting will only be an extra cost. And it's a pretty high extra cost.
Bus stops at the Dubrovnik - Zagreb journey
On the way from Dubrovnik to Zagreb, the bus runs through a number of places and towns. Literally, the whole line.
If you have the time, we definitely recommend that you stop at least in one of these cities. For example: Zadar, Sibenik, Split and Makarska. Choose the one you haven't previously visit. Why? Just because it is difficult to isolate only one or the two cities that deserve your time and attention.
Makarska has a wonderful riviera, close to PP Biokovo, interesting museums such as: Malacological Museum and Archaeological Museum. In addition, there is also the second highest peak of Croatia, St. Juraj, which with its 1762 m height is actually the highest peak of Biokovo.
Split has Diocletian's Palace, Bacvice, Marjan, Klis Fortress and many, many more.
Sea Organ, Greeting to the Sun, Church of St. Donata, the Palace of Knights and the famous Kalelarga street are just some of Zadar's symbols. If you find yourself there, you will be convinced that it's just the beginning of a much wider picture of a much older town.
Dubrovnik is a city of history and culture. Known for its rich past as well as recording of the world's most popular The Game of Thrones and Star Wars, Dubrovnik has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979.
Stradun, Church of St. Vlaha, Onorphic Fountain, Rector's Palace, Old Port and Fortress of St. John is just part of the sights you will see while visiting the Old Town.
Walking through the city walls of Dubrovnik is a special experience, but it would be good to prepare yourself because it is about 3 km long. A little outside the Old Town is a cable car that drives to Mount Srđ which offers a beautiful view of Dubrovnik and its surroundings. There you can even visit the Museum of Homeland War.
In the immediate vicinity of the Old Town lies the fortress Lovrijenac which the fans of the Game of Thrones immediately recognize as the Red Fort. Indeed, Dubrovnik is a versatile Croatian beauty and deserves to be engage on the world level.
When you get bored with all this Dubrovnik sightseeing and you just want to relax on the beach it's good to know that the best sunbathing, swimming and vacation spot you'll find in Lapad Bay. Hopefully, you'll agree this is a great change after a busy city.
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. In addition to the history and culture that is being summed up in Upper and Lower Town, Zagreb is a growing center of entertainment and additional, new content.
In addition to a large number of museums, galleries, exhibitions and city sights, you will find a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, clubs, and more recently music and film festivals.
Example? INmusic, Zagreb International Blues Festival, Human Rights Film Festival and Zagreb Film Festival. In case you find yourself in the city during some of these festivals, we suggest that you visit them.
If you stay longer, before you go home we recommend you visit at least some of these: Jarun, Bundek, Maksimir (ZOO Zagreb) and Medvednica. Even though national parks such as the Plitvice Lakes and Krka are located a little further, Zagreb has a lot of natural beauty that just need to be discovered.