How to get to the bus station in Dubrovnik?
The easiest way to reach the bus terminal in Dubrovnik is by taking a cab or riding the city bus. Besides Zagreb and Split, Dubrovnik is one of the rare Croatian cities where you can take a lift with Uber, which is significantly cheaper than local taxi services. Bus city is, of course, even cheaper. A ticket valid for one hour will cost you 12 kn if you buy it at a kiosk or 15 kn in a bus. A 24-hour ticket costs 30 kn which is very convenient if you´re planning on visiting multiple locations your first day (e.g., bus station - hotel, hotel - Old Town/beach, Old Town/beach - hotel). Dubrovnik is city with numerous steep hills and we don’t recommend walking more than 1 km if you’re not in good shape. The bus lines numbered 1, 3, 7 and 8 circulate through Gruž (bus terminal).
What can I find here?
Although Dubrovnik is probably the most famous Croatian city, the bus terminal, as well as the city itself, is pretty small. Despite that, it has everything you need nearby: public toilet (2 kn (?) charge), baggage deposit/safekeeping and a tobacco store. You can find a café right across the street and a supermarket just 328 feet / 100 m away from the station. The Gruž ferry port is located in the vicinity. Prices at the bus terminal are moderate. Unfortunately, there is no WiFi.
If you’ve got time to kill
Yes, we said Dubrovnik is a small town but nevertheless, it will take you at least two days to see everything. So if you’re staying for a couple of hours, you´ll have to make some compromises. Especially during summer, when it tends to be really crowded.
The core of Dubrovnik or the Old Town should be your first stop and you can reach it with most of the bus lines (Pile station). At the tourist office there, you can buy a Dubrovnik Tourist Card that will give you discounts for many tourist attractions, as well as free entrance to all museums (8 in total). You can buy 3 types of cards, one for 1, 3 or 7 days worth of sightseeing.
The Old Town will welcome you with its ancient monuments, churches and museums at every corner, while a walk along the 1.8 miles / 3km long Ancient City Walls will leave you astounded, if not a little exasperated. During summer, the Old Town turns into a theater and concert stage, illuminated by night sky.
Outside of Old Town, there’s a cable car that can take you up to Srđ Hill where you can take a picture of the magnificent view of the town. There is also a Croatian War of Independence museum. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you should also visit Fort Lovrijenac (Red Keep).
On the other hand, if you are done sightseeing and want to rest on the beach, you will find no better place in Dubrovnik than Lapad bay where you can enjoy the sun, swimming in the sea and relaxing in beach bars.
Vollo Tip If you're thinking about having dinner or a coffee in the Old Town it will cost you a pretty penny. Cafés and restaurants in the Old Town charge more than other Croatian cities so beware and take a look at the menu before you order anything. Outside of the Old Town you can find fast food with meals as cheap as 3 - 5 € / 3,2 - 5,5 $ / 2,5 - 4 £ or restaurants that charge 10 € / 11 $ / 8,3 £ for a dish.