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Also known as Čilipi Airport, Croatia’s second busiest airport is just under 10 miles from The UNESCO World Heritage city of Dubrovnik and around 22 miles from Herceg Novi (Montenegro). Express buses operate between the airport and Dubrovnik, which takes around 45 minutes, and they terminate at the Kantafig bus station. The most convenient way to arrive into the city and its surrounding coastal towns is with car rental in Dubrovnik Airport, with Dubrovnik being a 10- minute drive northwest along the coast.
Who to Book With
A number of known international car hire suppliers have counters at the airport, including Hertz, Budget and Avis, as well as Croatian suppliers Bingo Rent and Uni Rent. All car rental firms have offices just outside of the passenger terminal and vehicles are collected from a dedicated car rental car park which can be accessed on foot.
Need to Know Essentials
You will need to show the following documents at vehicle collection:
- A credit card to use as guarantee of payment
- A driver’s license that has been valid for at least two years
- An international driving permit
Parking is difficult to find in the city, especially in the summer months, though many hotels offer parking to their guests. On-street parking is by zone, with each zone having a different rate. To pay for on-street parking purchase a parking ticket at a newsstand, a meter or by mobile phone. There is also a large multi-level indoor car park near the old city. The old city is completely car free, while some other city roads are very narrow. Automatic and full-service pumps are available and both accept credit cards as payment, this includes UK-issued cards though it is best to check with the card issuer first.
Passengers arriving at Dubrovnik Airport can access the city quite quickly by self-drive. Express coaches take longer to reach the city, while local buses are the slowest way to get to town. Taxis are available 24 hours but are an expensive option.
There are no trains that run from the airport to the city or vice versa. There is only one terminal here so trains within the airport are not necessary. The closest railway station to Dubrovnik is in Ploče, which will connect passengers to Bosnia.
Taxis are on offer at the airport and are met directly outside of the terminal building.
Dubrovnik Airport to Dubrovnik city centre is roughly £35.
Coaches run by tour operator Atlas travel from the airport to the city after all international flight arrivals, cost around £5 and take 45 minutes, though this varies depending on traffic. This bus passes the old city before terminating at the main bus terminal. Local Libertas Dubrovnik buses do not actually enter the airport but pass by and stop on the road in front of it. Both the number 27 and 38 do this and take passengers from the airport to Dubrovnik’s port. Bus number 27 operates four times a day, while bus number 30 only operates twice daily. These buses also go in the opposite direction to Radovčići and Vitaljina.
There is only one passenger terminal at Dubrovnik Airport and it caters to over 1.4 million passengers per year. The airport is a hub for Croatia Airlines and it operates the majority of flights, which arrive from all over Europe. Other airlines also operate both regular and seasonal flights to and from destinations within Europe as well as to Israel.
The car park on site has 200 parking spaces and uses an automatic pay system. To park between 12 and 24 hours costs around £4, while it is a mere £0.50 to park for less than one hour. Both cash and credit card payment are accepted at the automatic pay station, which is next to the exit ramp.
Wireless internet can be accessed by passengers in all areas of the airport. There are also internet corners with computers for passengers to use in both the Domestic departures and check-in areas.
Passengers needing information will find information desks in the check-in area on the first floor and in the Baggage Claim area on the ground floor.
Information: +385 20 773 100
Airport Services: +385 20 773 361
The airport is completely accessible to passengers with reduced mobility. Passengers needing assistance should go to the passenger services counter in the Arrivals hall or the information service desk in the Check-in area.
Restaurants and Bars
There is a full-service restaurant just outside of the terminal and to the left (Restaurant Konavle), which is part of the Đurovića špilja cave system on which the airport is built. Inside the terminal are four cafés, all of which serve alcohol. All of these cafés offer take-away and sit-down service.
Business Lounge, third floor
VIP Lounge, first floor
VIP Lounge, first floor
Money and ATMs
ATMs are available in the check-in area and in the Arrivals area. There is one bank branch located in the Arrivals area as well as a currency exchange kiosk. An additional currency exchange kiosk can be found in the check-in area.
A duty-free shop can be found on both the first and second levels of the international Departures area where passengers can shop for duty-free alcohol, cigarettes, perfume and cosmetics. For last-minute gifts, Souvenirs I&M is located in the check-in area of the terminal, while Words & Smoke ‘VIBM’ (check-in area) sells reading material and non-duty-free cigarettes.