With over 750,000 passengers expected to arrive at the Port of Dubrovnik this year in cruise ships from all over the world it will be another busy summer in the city. All of the major cruise lines operate to Dubrovnik, from Celebrity Cruises, MSC and Disney Cruises. And if you are one of these thousands of passengers disembarking in Dubrovnik this year you’ll need a few helpful hints to make the most of your time in the pearl of the Adriatic.
Whether you still unsure how to actually get to the historic Old City, or what to see when you get there or even some more practical advice, we have collected a few top tips so that your time, however brief, in Dubrovnik is as enjoyable as possible.
Here are the top ten tips for cruise passengers to Dubrovnik in 2019
#1 The Dubrovnik Card is a unique pass allowing entry into 8 cultural-historical monuments, the top attractions of Dubrovnik. Depending on the length of stay, you can buy 3 types of cards: 1, 3 or 7 days. By purchasing a Dubrovnik Card, you will get a bus card that is valid throughout the city of Dubrovnik and some discounts too. You can buy it in tourist board offices, hotels, etc. but the easiest way is online – where you also get 10 percent off.
#2 The walk on the City walls usually lasts from ninety minutes to two hours. Wear comfortable shoes, take a bottle of water and avoid the hottest hours of the day. And of course don’t forget your camera!
#3 The Dubrovnik Cable Car whisks you to the top of the Srd Mountain in under five minutes. The price for an adult return ticket is 150 Kuna and 60 Kuna for children. Why not get a single ticket up the mountain and walk down? The pathway is good and the walk to the Old City takes around 40 minutes.
#4 From the Port of Dubrovnik to the Old City of Dubrovnik is approximately a 30 to 40-minute walk. It is relatively straightforward to find your way from the port to the Old City however it can get hot in the summer months.
#5 Directly in front of the Port of Dubrovnik there are numerous taxi ranks and the ride will last for between 7 and 10 minutes depending on the traffic. The fare from the port to the Old City ranges between 80 and 120 Kuna. Taxis also offer panoramic rides.
#6 The public bus company in Dubrovnik, Libertas, runs a frequent service passing the Old City towards the Old City as well as other destinations. The public transport service in Dubrovnik is clean and well organised and most of the buses inside the city run a regular service. The bus ride from the Port of Dubrovnik to the Old City (Pile) takes around 10 to 15 minutes depending on traffic. There is a bus heading to each part of the town every 10-20 minutes. All the city buses are numbered from 1-9 (including 9).
#7 Don’t forget that the official currency of the Republic of Croatia is Kunas. You’ll need Kunas to pay for all the attractions, buses and in restaurants. So be prepared to change your currency as soon as possible.
#8 Walk to the Banje Beach. Just a stone’s throw from the Old City is the iconic Banje Beach. You’ll need to plan ahead, by taking some swimwear, but dipping in the crystal clean Adriatic Sea is a memory you hold forever.
#9 Visit a museum. The Rector’s palace should be on your “must see” list. The former home of the Rector of Dubrovnik this stunning building in the centre of the Old City holds a very interesting museum inside.
#10 It can get crowded in the height of summer so be prepared for queues. Don’t forget to take a bottle of water with you! To avoid the main crowds try to plan your visit. Get up early and catch the first bus into town and then you’ll avoid the midday rush and the midday sun.