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Plan the Perfect Dubrovnik to Mostar Day Trip in 2024

Looking for tips on how to plan the ultimate Dubrovnik to Mostar day trip? I’ve got you covered!

If you’re heading to Dubrovnik, then a visit to Mostar is an absolute must! Just a short drive away from the famous walled city, Mostar (located in Bosnia & Herzegovina) offers medieval history, scenic surroundings, and quaint cobbled alleys.

I’ve been living in Croatia full time since 2014 and have visited both Dubrovnik and Mostar numerous times. I have good friends that live in both Mostar and Dubrovnik that have kindly shown me around and given me insider tips on how to make the most of my visits.

Whether you want to visit Mostar from Dubrovnik on your own, or join a group day trip, I’ll share all the details you need to know to have an unforgettable experience.

Let’s get started!

A young woman sitting on a stone ledge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the historic Stari Most (Old Bridge) arching over the radiant blue Neretva River in the background, framed by a scenic landscape of buildings and distant mountains.

How to Get from Dubrovnik to Mostar

There are a few travel options to consider when you’re planning a day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar.

Dubrovnik can be an expensive destination, so based on your budget and the amount of time you have, you can choose among several travel options. You can travel to Mostar from Dubrovnik with an organized tour, by bus, or at your own pace with a rental car.

Group Day Trips to Mostar From Dubrovnik

There are many day trips from Dubrovnik, and Mostar remains among the most popular! If it’s raining in Dubrovnik, Mostar is a fantastic choice for a day trip as it is further inland and usually sunny.

If you want an efficient and thorough day trip to Mostar from Dubrovnik where you won’t have to do too much pre-planning, hopping on a small group tour is the way to go. Once on board, you’ll be whisked away to the likes of Mostar, Kravice Waterfalls, and potentially Medjugorje, depending on what tour you book.

Most tour companies operating Mostar day trips from Dubrovnik will pick you up from your accommodation in Dubrovnik or will have a central meeting point. 

Organized day trips from Dubrovnik to Mostar generally last 10-12 hours and leave bright and early in the AM. The perk to this is you will be back in Dubrovnik for dinner and can still have the whole evening back in town.

Tours to Mostar might cost anywhere from 50 USD to 75 USD depending on what tour you opt for and what you would like included. Some tours will cover ticket prices of some of the sites you will visit; others may not.

Cobblestone streets and stone buildings in the Old City of Mostar on a day trip from Dubrovnik

1. Mostar & Kravica Waterfalls: Small Group Tour from Dubrovnik

This small group tour is one of the most popular full day tours to Mostar from Dubrovnik. Your day will begin with an early morning pick-up at your hotel in Dubrovnik followed by a scenic journey to the border of Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Your first stop on this tour will be the beautiful Kravice Waterfalls, hidden in the forests of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Here, you’ll have free time to relax beside the falls, or if you can brave the icy cold waters, jump in for a swim!

After hanging out at Kravice, you’ll continue to Mostar and embark on a short walking tour of the city with your guide. You’ll then have some free time to roam around on your own and enjoy a traditional meal (like cevapcici) before hopping back into your air conditioned mini van back to Dubrovnik.

“this day has been truly wonderful! the busride felt safe and the seats were very comfortable. which really stood out was the expertise of the guide. she gave plenty of deep insights of the balkan history and culture. she also often has spoken out of her own experience, which made the guiding so authentic…all in all we highly recommend this fantastic trip!” – Davy & Nam (Read more reviews)

2. Private Tour: Mostar Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Explore Bosnia & Herzegovina’s top attractions on a private tour of Mostar from Dubrovnik. This tour is a great option if you are traveling as a family or small group, and want some extra flexibility. Your guide, and driver, will provide a wealth of of information and knowledge that you simply cannot get from other group tours, making your trip even more meaningful.

Your tour will begin with pick-up from your hotel in Dubrovnik. From there, you’ll drive up the coast while enjoying scenic views of the Elafiti Islands as you make your way toward the border. After arriving in Bosnia & Herzegovina, you’ll first visit the Ottoman village of Počitelj, and learn about its ancient history. Then, your guide will take you to Mostar for some sightseeing and lunch at a local, traditional restaurant.

While in the city, you’ll have time to witness the Old Bridge, bridge jumpers, mosques, museums, and wander through the charming cobblestone streets of the Old City. You’ll end your day with a visit to Kravice Waterfalls with plenty of time for swimming.

Of course, since this is a private tour, you’ll have the opportunity to swap Kravice Falls for a different activity such as visiting the town of Ston, famous for its oysters and mussels, before going back to Dubrovnik.

Wow wow wow. Our day in Mostar with Denis was everything we had hoped for and more. His kind heart, professionalism, storytelling, riddles, and smooth driving all made for a first class, top notch experience. If you’re looking for a unique day trip to balance out the coastline of the Adriatic, book this now! – Randy (Read more reviews)

 

3. Mostar and Medjugorje Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Visit three iconic sites on this guided group tour of Bosnia & Herzegovina from Dubrovnik. On the morning of your trip, you’ll meet at the meeting point (or you can request pick-up from your hotel) and travel to the border of Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Your first stop of the day will be the UNESCO-protected village of Počitelj, where you’ll have some free time to explore the historic, oriental-Mediterranean village along the banks of the Neretva River. Afterwards, you’ll head to Medjugorje where, in 1981, six children saw the Virgin Mary appear. Since then, Medjugorje has become one of the most popular spots for Catholic pilgrimage in the world.

Finally, your tour will end in the Old City of Mostar, where your guide will walk you through town while sharing the unique history of the divided town (one half is Christian and the other half is Muslim). While in Mostar, be sure to enjoy a traditional Turkish coffee and sample the local delicacy, cevapcici!

A beautiful view of the town of Mostar and the famous Stari Most bridge.
Stari Most | Mostar Old Bridge

Drive to Mostar from Dubrovnik

Renting a car is the quickest and most efficient way to get to Mostar from Dubrovnik.

The distance from Dubrovnik to Mostar is 131.5 kilometers, with the journey taking roughly 2.5 hours. Again, the Dubrovnik to Mostar drive can vary depending on your travel conditions.

There are three routes you can take to get to from Dubrovnik to Mostar by car, so you will have a bit of flexibility; if there is traffic on one, take the other! 

Once you arrive in Mostar by car, you will have to park outside of the old town since the city is completely pedestrianized. Unlike parking in Dubrovnik, there are plenty of lots just outside the city, so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a space.

Mostar parking lots basically surround the town, so have a quick look in advance to find the one closest to the sites you want to see (or if you are staying the night, the one closest to your accommodation, so you don’t need to haul your luggage too far!). 

Bus to Mostar From Dubrovnik

If you do not want to take an organized tour with a guide and a group or prefer not to rent a car, you also have the option of taking a bus from Dubrovnik to Mostar. However, you should know that taking the Dubrovnik Mostar bus is a long journey due to stops, traffic, and special border checks for busses.

The travel time is usually around 3 hours, but it may be up to 6 hours depending on the time of year, the time of day, and the border conditions. So if you want to take the Dubrovnik to Mostar bus just for the day, keep in mind that you could be spending many hours on the bus.

If you are spending at least one night in Mostar, then this option will be the most economically friendly, with one-way tickets costing around 20 USD. 

Mostar is pretty small and is a heavily pedestrianized city. So if you are taking the bus, you’ll be pleased to know the bus station is just outside of Mostar Old Town. You should be able to walk to your accommodation fairly quickly from here.

I always use FlixBus for the cheapest and most convenient way to travel around the region. Bonus is that their buses are clean and have free Wi-Fi!

Things to Do in Mostar

Whether you prefer perusing the markets, learning the history of the old town, or enjoying the views from the ancient bridge, Mostar is a quaint city that is easy to explore in just one day. Below you’ll find plenty of Mostar things to do!

Walk Across Stari Most Bridge

This famous bridge is the landmark of Mostar and has been seen in photographs and videos shared around the world. The town itself gets its name from this famous bridge that crosses over the Neretva River. Stari Most has been recently reconstructed since the devastation the war brought to Mostar in the 1990s.

In July each year, there is an annual bridge jumping competition that has been occurring for over 450 years. Spectators gather on the bridge and on the river bank below to watch the daring jumpers fly from this 20 meter (66 feet) bridge.

But don’t get any ideas, jumping from this bridge is only for professionals since it’s quite a far fall and the water below is a fast moving, freezing cold, river. 

Copper cups and cezve at the Mostar market

Wander Through The Old Bazaar Kujundziluk 

Enjoy the reminiscent Ottoman ambiance of this traditional-style market, selling a variety of colorful scarves and clothing, Turkish-style rugs, copper and metal trinkets, spices, and more. Here you can also find Turkish restaurants and small cafe bars to stop for lunch or just a quick refreshment.

This small center in the city held up surprisingly well during the war era and remains to be one of the oldest corners of Mostar. Browse through the endless array of goods while strolling through the cobbled streets and witness the blend of cultures that make up the marketplace.

Good to know: The currency in Mostar is officially the Convertible Mark (KM). However, the Euro is widely accepted.

Visit Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque and Climb the Minaret

The most famous mosque in Mostar, Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, is definitely worth a visit when wandering through the Old City. You’ll have to cover your shoulders to enter, so it’s a good idea to have a shawl. Alternatively, you can get one at the entrance.

Admire the interior of the 17th-century mosque, decorated in murals and a beautiful, oriental carpet. The real highlight of visiting this mosque are the views of Mostar from the minaret that towers over the Old City. Climb up the narrow, winding staircase to witness the Old Bridge and gorgeous surrounding area from the top of the minaret (it’s worth the 89 steps!).

It’s a good idea to try and get there early in the morning to beat the crowds of visitors and be the first one at the top.

Pink and purple pastel house in Mostar

Relax Along the Neretva River Bank

If you’re in need of a break after a busy morning of traveling and exploring, take a load off down by the Neretva River bank.

During the summertime, it may be tempting to jump fully in the water, but be aware this is a swift moving river and its icy cold! Even in the summer months this river never fully warms up. So it’s best suited for wadding in and just going up to your knees, maybe splashing a bit of water on you to help cool down. 

If you’re traveling on a budget, you can always grab some food from the market and have a nice little afternoon picnic by the waterside. There are a few areas to lay out along the rocks here just below the Stari Most bridge.

If you’re traveling at the end of July and want to watch the bridge jumping competition, it’s a great idea to bring a few snacks and bottles of water and stake out a spot down here early to beat the crowds that will flock to watch the jumpers.

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    Visit the War Photo Exhibition

    If you’re intrigued by history and are interested in learning more about the turbulent past of Mostar, pop by the Mostar War Photo Exhibition.

    The exhibition is actually inside of the western tower that stands over the Stari Most bridge, so it’s a great opportunity to explore the inside of the tower. The exhibition is home to 50 influential wartime photographs that will give you some insight to the war in this region.

    Small stone bridge in the town of Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

    Get Lost in the Alleys of Old Town Mostar

    No trip to Mostar is complete without an aimless stroll through Mostar Old Town. Mostar itself is not too big, it’s easy to see the whole old town in an afternoon.

    Walk around the cobbled streets and enjoy the Ottoman-Anglo architecture. Some corners of the city are filled with the scent of Shisha and colored with elaborate rugs and colorful fabrics for sale, while some corners of the city are reminiscent of old English villages with stone pebble bridges and quaint cottages.

    While wandering the city streets, don’t forget to stop somewhere for a traditional Turkish coffee! If you’re hungry, be sure to sit down at one of the many restaurants to enjoy some local cuisine.

    My favorite place is Restoran Sadrvan, which has a really cool atmosphere and large portion sizes of traditional local fare. You can sit outside on their pretty patio, or duck inside to enjoy the Ottoman-style interior.

    A man's hand pouring Turkish coffee from a copper cezve into a cup.

    Go on a Walking Tour

    If you’re traveling to Mostar by bus or car to explore on your own, I highly recommend taking a guided walking tour of the Old City.

    Although the town is small, it is packed with history and interesting facts that you would be hard pressed to learn on your own. You can opt to tour Mostar with a private walking tour of the city or small group tour guided by a professional, local guide.

    Visit the Museum of War and Genocide Victims

    If you have extra time in the city or are interested in learning more about Mostar’s turbulent past, then a visit to the Museum of War and Genocide Victims should be on your list.

    This museum explains the events that happened during the war from 1992 to 1995 (something that is not normally taught in history books, especially in the USA, yet so recent).

    The exhibit displays personal belongings, photographs, and statements of victims, giving visitors an unfiltered look at the horrific events that took place just 30 years ago. The museum is quite moving and can be visited just outside the Old City.

    You can purchase your ticket online before you go.

    Things to Do Near Mostar

    If you are driving to Mostar, you will have the perfect opportunity to explore some of the surrounding hidden gems outside of the city. If you are on an organized tour, it is likely that you may stop by one or two of these sites.

    However, if you do have your own car you will have the freedom to determine how long you want to spend at each place and where you want to go specifically.

    Kravice Waterfalls 

    This hidden oasis is not to be missed and could be considered the little sister to Plitvice in Croatia. Blue-green pools met by crystal cascading falls pouring over lush green foliage, it’s a sight to see!

    The best part about Kravice Falls? You can actually go for a swim under the waterfalls (unlike at Plitvice Lakes or Krka National Park).

    So bring your suit and take a dip in the pools here, if you dare to submerge in the icy cold water! It sure is fresh, even if you are traveling on a hot day so just keep that in mind before getting shocked when you jump all the way in. 

    Most day tours to Mostar will make a stop here, but of course if you do want the freedom to stay as long as you please, then visiting by car is the best choice.

    Kravice Waterfalls: Beautiful Blue-green falls situated just a short drive away from Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
    Day trip Dubrovnik to Mostar including a visit to Kravice Waterfalls

    Visit the Village of Počitelj

    This sleepy village is located just 30 minutes away from Mostar and looks like it genuinely has popped out of a child’s storybook.

    Lying on the banks of the emerald green Neretva River, Pocitelj was strategically important in historic war times and today is still home to an old military citadel, fortified walls, and a watch tower. Of course the village itself is incredibly quaint and picturesque, you may find the sudden urge to skip down the cobbled streets with a basket of baked goods singing Disney songs.

    Be warned though – the village has lots and lots of stairs, so it’s a smart idea to wear flat comfortable shoes when exploring Pocitelj. Also, don’t let its size fool you! Although the town may seem tiny (with only about 800 inhabitants), it is easy to get lost there.

    Blagaj Tekija (The Dervish House)

    Just 20 minutes by car from Mostar, you’ll find the captivating village of Blagaj – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will leave you spellbound.

    Home to an ancient Dervish monastery built into the side of a cliff base overlooking an aquamarine pool, the unique setting and architecture is worth the quick trip itself!

    You can also go inside the Ottoman-era monastery for a small fee, but know that you’ll be asked to remove your shoes and cover up before entering.

    Blagaj is a great place for a pit stop on your way in or on your way out from Mostar to Dubrovnik. If you have a little more flexibility in your schedule, you can sit down at one of the restaurants along the Buna River and browse the souvenir shops.

    Blagaj Tekija (The Dervish House), a unique Ottoman-style monastery built into a cliffside near Mostar.

    Where to Stay in Mostar

    With all of the incredible sites to see both in, and around, Mostar, an overnight stay is an excellent way to make sure you have time to soak it all in. If your schedule allows, I recommend spending the night for a much more immersive experience in this truly unique destination.

    The Old City really comes to life in the evening, and it’s much more comfortable to explore during this time (especially when visiting in the summer) as it can get quite hot! So if you’re not in a rush to get back to Dubrovnik, here are a few accommodation options in Mostar:

    Villa Gunga
    Situated just a 2-minute walk from Old Bridge Mostar, this accommodation offers a great location for exploring the Old City. The apartments offer comfy beds, private bathrooms, complimentary toiletries, and some units even feature a balcony overlooking the Neretva River and the town of Mostar.

    Shangri La Mansion
    Perfect for anyone who wants a little luxury without breaking the bank, this property is set within the UNESCO-protected town of Mostar. Each room is modern, beautifully decorated, and includes all of the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Guests particularly love the rooftop terrace that offers jaw-dropping views of the town.

    Hotel Pasha:
    A beautiful, four-star property located just a 10-minute walk away from the Old Bridge. This hotel offers a spa with a sauna, delicious breakfast included in the room rate, and some rooms even feature a balcony with a view of the Old Town.

    Mostar to Dubrovnik Day Trip Packing List

    Make sure you don’t forget these items on your Dubrovnik to Mostar day trip!

    • Passport – You’ll be crossing the border from Croatia into Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is not part of the European Union. So make sure you have your passport before you depart Dubrovnik!
    • Reusable water bottle – This is an absolute essential if you are traveling in the summer, as temperatures can get crazy hot.
    • Portable charger – It will be a long day, especially if you are taking a group tour. Stay connected and make sure you have enough battery for taking photos with a portable charger.
    • Sunscreen – Mostar is one of the sunniest destinations in the region, so you’ll definitely want some sunscreen!
    • Backpack – Or small bag where you can store all of your belongings (and water bottle) for the day.

    FAQs

    Can you do a day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar?

    Absolutely! Mostar is one of the most popular day trips from Dubrovnik.

    How far is Mostar from Dubrovnik?

    Mostar is only a 2.5 hour drive away from Dubrovnik. Your travel time may vary depending on whether or not you choose to drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar or take the bus.

    Is Mostar worth a day trip?

    Yes! Mostar is such a unique town rich in history and culture, making it a fantastic day trip from Dubrovnik.

    How do I get from Dubrovnik to Mostar?

    The best option for getting to Mostar from Dubrovnik is to take a bus or organized tour.

    How much time do you need in Mostar?

    One day is the perfect amount of time to explore Mostar.

    Can you drink alcohol in Mostar?

    Although Mostar has a large Muslim population, alcohol is still served in many of the cafes and restaurants in the Old City.

    Final Thoughts: Why you Must Take a Mostar Day Trip from Dubrovnik

    One of the many joys of Europe is the freedom to move easily across the borders and experience an entirely different country and culture in a matter of hours from wherever you are in Europe.

    So when it comes to Dubrovnik day trips, Bosnia & Herzegovina is so close to the Croatian border that it’s the perfect opportunity to explore this incredible country!

    Before you go...check out these other awesome day trips from Dubrovnik.

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