How to get to and from Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

Dubrovnik Airport
Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia

UPDATED: 9.4.2024. 

After Zagreb and Split airports, Zračna luka Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik Airport) is the third-busiest airport in Croatia. It is situated in Čilipi, about 20 kilometers south of the old town of Dubrovnik and 6 kilometers from Cavtat, so it is often called Čilipi Airport.

There are several ways to travel to and from Dubrovnik Airport and the city of Dubrovnik, including private and group transfers, rental cars, airport and local buses, and taxis. This article covers each option in detail.

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Transport to and from Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

When you travel to a new place, it is often frightening to navigate local transportation systems. Since Dubrovnik airport is outside of the city, you need to understand your options and choose the best one. Let’s examine the transport options from Dubrovnik airport.

1. Private or joint transfer booked in advance

If you want to reach your final destination quickly with minimal hassle, then private transfer is your best option. Consider this option when traveling to destinations such as the island of Korčula, the Pelješac peninsula, or cities beyond Dubrovnik.

The transfer price is around 32 euros for 1-3 people, depending on your destination. The cost for a minibus transfer (8 people) would be around 10 euros higher. This is also very practical if you have more than one suitcase or a large family.

2. Rent a car

At Dubrovnik Airport, there are many options for renting a car with local as well as international rental companies. You can view the parking lots where the rentals are located here.

All companies available at the airport are on this official list. Prices depend on several factors, from how many days you will be using the car to your age and the type of car you choose.

Dubrovnik old town
The old town of Dubrovnik

3. Airport bus

An official airport shuttle bus transports people between Dubrovnik’s main bus station and the airport. The journey time is about 25-30 minutes. It is a convenient and affordable way of transport to and from Dubrovnik airport.

The bus leaves the airport 30 minutes after every flight. The bus arrives in Dubrovnik at the main bus station in Gruž. From here, some buses cover most of the city.

[Read: Public transport by bus in Dubrovnik, Croatia]

The shuttle bus timetable for departures from Dubrovnik main station to the airport and information on tickets and prices are available here.

Another shuttle bus called Korkkyra drives from the airport to Korčula. It passes through Orašac, Slano, Prapratno, Trpanj, Orebić, Korčula, Lumbarda, Brna, and Vela Luka. The bus drives up to 8 times a day after the arrival of regular airlines. You can download the schedule here.

4. Local bus transfers

Some of the local buses from Dubrovnik to nearby cities stop on the road that passes by the airport.

View suburban routes and schedules for towns east of Dubrovnik here.

View suburban routes and schedules for towns west of Dubrovnik here.

5. Taxi

Taxis are available outside the Dubrovnik Airport terminal. The ride from the airport to Dubrovnik city center takes about 30 minutes and costs approximately 30-40 euros. Make sure you agree on the fare before the start of the ride.

You can also take an Uber, which will cost you around 25 euros, depending on the demand that day. Uber is often more expensive at a busy time of day, at night, or when it rains outside. Keep that in mind and compare the rate to a regular taxi.

Dubrovnik Stradun and people walking
Stradun – the main street of the Dubrovnik old town

6. Your own car

If Dubrovnik is your base and you will need your car to wait for you when you return from your destination, then you can consider parking your car at the airport. There are several zones for parking short term and one for long-term parking. You can see the price list and their locations here.

Here are the car parking lots at Dubrovnik airport:

  • Kiss and fly zone – short term, charged per hour
  • P2 – short-term parking in front of the terminal, charged per hour
  • P5 – short-term parking in front of the terminal, charged per hour
  • P1 – main short-term parking, charged per hour
  • P10 – long-term parking, charged per day

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Tips on the Dubrovnik Airport

Some of the airlines Dubrovnik Airport serves are Air France, British Airways, Croatia Airlines, EasyJet, Lufthansa, Ryanair, and Turkish Airlines. The airport offers domestic and international flights. View more information about the Dubrovnik Airport at their official pages available here.

1. Arrive early

If you are traveling from Dubrovnik Airport, arrive earlier so you don’t miss the flight and pass the required procedures smoothly. The airport can get busy, especially during June and August, the peak of Croatian tourist season. Come at least two hours before the flight.

2. Check in online

If you want to save time, check in for the flight online if your airline allows this option. This way, you can enjoy a coffee in the Dubrovnik old town for a bit longer 🙂

3. Use public transport

Public transport to or from Dubrovnik airport is the cheapest option. It is much cheaper than taking a taxi. You can view our guide to Dubrovnik public transport here.

Dubrovnik marina
Dubrovnik marina

4. Bring your own food

The airport doesn’t offer many options for food and drink. Expect to be able to get a coffee or a sandwich or some snacks at the booth like Tisak, but not more than that. It is best to bring your own food or eat before you head to the airport.

[Read: What is a Tisak and how it may save your life in Croatia]

5. Exchange money before getting a taxi

There are two money exchange offices at the airport. One is located at international departures and the other at the international arrivals. If you need to exchange money, this is where to do it because your taxi might not be able to take cards and, most definitely, will not be able to take foreign currency for a ride.

[Read: How to transfer money to Croatia from abroad]

6. Take advantage of free wifi

You can get free Wi-Fi at the airport in the passenger area. There are also two dedicated internet booths at the airport, where the Wi-Fi is the strongest if you need to do some work.

7. Take advantage of duty-free

If you have forgotten to buy some gifts and souvenirs, or you want to use the opportunity to shop tax-free, there is a duty-free shop at international departures. It is not too big but has local products, souvenirs, books, and common goods you see at every airport, including perfumes.

8. Use their luggage service

The airport offers luggage service. This includes luggage wrapping, left luggage service, and lost and found. In case your luggage is lost, call this number +385 20 773 328.

9. Use their VIP lounge

There is a business lounge and a VIP lounge at Dubrovnik Airport. This is the best place to relax, work, or read magazines while you wait.

Route map from Dubrovnik to Zračna luka Dubrovnik

Enjoy your stay in Dubrovnik! 🙂

View our other Croatian airport guides

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Dubrovnik Airport to the city?

Taxis cost 30 to 40 euros one way to and from Dubrovnik airport. This is an approximate price if you are going to the city center, but if you are traveling somewhere outside the city limits or to the islands, the rate goes up quickly. Always check with the driver how much the ride will cost before committing to it.

How much is the price shuttle at Dubrovnik Airport?

The approximate price is around 10 euros one way for the shuttle bus at Dubrovnik airport. There is also an option to buy a two-way ticket, which will be discounted compared to the one-way rate. If you will need two-way transport, make sure to ask for this option.

How do I get from Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik Airport?

There are several options we have listed here, including bus transport, taxi, shuttle bus, and more. Dubrovnik city center is about a 20-minute drive from the airport.

Can you get an Uber from Dubrovnik Airport?

Yes, but availability depends on the day of the week and time of the day. Sometimes, the waiting time is very long, or the price can increase depending on circumstances. Always compare the price of an Uber to a regular taxi and see what works best for you.

Are taxis expensive in Croatia?

Taxis in Croatia are quite expensive, especially in touristy areas like Dubrovnik Airport or Dubrovnik Old Town. Public transport is always a more affordable option. If the city has Uber, that might be cheaper, too.

Tip: always ask for the price of your journey before entering the taxi because if you don’t, the price might shock you in the end.

Do I tip a taxi in Croatia?

Tipping is not expected when using taxi services, but it is customary to give a small amount. If your fare is 3.60 euros, round the amount and give your driver 4 euros. If you do not have change to give or you pay by card, tipping is not required.

[Read: All about tipping in Croatia]

Dubrovnik airport

Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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