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Parking in Dubrovnik: The Best Places to Park in 2024

Wondering where to park in Dubrovnik? You’ve just landed on the ultimate guide to parking in Dubrovnik.

As a small city with 1.5 million tourists visiting per year, Dubrovnik can present quite the challenge when it comes to finding a parking spot.

Having called Croatia my home for the past ten years and visiting Dubrovnik numerous times by car, I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s worth having a car in Dubrovnik.

Bringing a car gives you the freedom to embark on spontaneous day trips and explore amazing places at your own pace without having to depend on public transport schedules or be confined to the timeline of a tour.

But where to park in Dubrovnik?

In this post, I’ve combined a decade’s worth of personal experiences with insider knowledge from local friends to bring you the best places to park in Dubrovnik

From cheap parking in Dubrovnik to spots where you can find Dubrovnik free parking, and even tips to sidestep parking fines, I’ve got you covered. Plus, I’ll also include some pointers on driving around Dubrovnik to help you avoid common mistakes.

So, buckle up and let’s dive into the ins and outs of Dubrovnik parking.

Parking in Dubrovnik Map

The Best Paid Parking Lots in Dubrovnik

1. Dubrovnik City Parking

📍 Location: Žuljanska ul. 1, 20000, Dubrovnik
💰 Price: €1.95 per hour / €19.50 per day
🚗 Capacity: 50 parking spaces

This is definitely the cheapest place to park in Dubrovnik. There are 50 spots in the lot, with only a few of them in the shade, but that’s a small price to pay considering the fact that you’re parking in Croatia’s most expensive city for €1.95 per hour.

One of the key advantages here is the acceptance of credit cards, which makes parking here extra convenient. This lot also 24/7 security cameras so you can have peace of mind that your belongings are safe.

Only a 30 minute walk or 5 minute taxi or Uber to the Old Town, making it a solid base for your city explorations. For more information or to book a spot in advance, visit the official Dubrovnik City Parking website.

2. Dubrovnik Center Parking

📍 Location: Vukovarska ulica 22, 20000, Dubrovnik
💰 Price: €3 per hour / €24 per day
🚗 Capacity: 90 parking spaces

Dubrovnik Center Parking is the cheapest parking lot in Dubrovnik that is closest to the Old Town. And with 90 parking spaces, it offers both convenience and availability – a rare find in the bustling streets of Dubrovnik.

Open 24/7, this parking lot ensures your vehicle is safe at all times with round-the-clock surveillance, giving you peace of mind as you explore the city. It’s only a 15-minute walk from the Dubrovnik Old Town and right across the street from the bus stop, making it easy to get around.

Dubrovnik Center Parking also offers customer support via Whatsapp if you have any questions or need help finding your way. I haven’t personally parked here yet, but they have raving reviews and an excellent rating on Google.

View of a parking lot situated outside the imposing stone walls of Dubrovnik's Old Town, with cars neatly parked and a section of the fortified city visible in the background under a cloudy sky.

3. Grand Parking Dubrovnik

📍 Location: Vukovarska ul. 48, 20000, Dubrovnik
💰 Price: €1.50 per hour / €20 per day
🚗 Capacity: 500 parking spaces

Grand Parking Dubrovnik is located in the business center of Dubrovnik, well connected by public transport to other parts of the city. The lot is ginormous for Dubrovnik standards, so if you don’t like tight parking spots, you’ll want to park here.

The parking rates here are surprisingly reasonable, especially considering the usual costs in Dubrovnik. Open 24/7, it provides a reliable and convenient option for overnight parking in Dubrovnik.

One of the significant advantages of Grand Parking Dubrovnik is its connectivity. Located just 50 meters from a bus stop, you can quickly reach various parts of Lapad or the Old Town in roughly 5 minutes. If you prefer to walk, a scenic 15-20 minute stroll will lead you right into the heart of the city.

For more information or to view current pricing, visit their official website.

4. Dubrovnik Daily Parking

📍 Location: Ul. Kralja Petra Krešimira IV. 57A, 20000, Dubrovnik
💰 Price: €40 per day (June through September)
🚗 Capacity: 9 (double) parking spaces

Dubrovnik Daily Parking is a small, family-owned, parking lot with just 9 (double) spaces located just 650 meters away from the Ploče Gate.

One of the standout features of this lot is its sun shade cover, offering much-needed protection for your car during Dubrovnik’s hot summer months. Dubrovnik is generally a safe city, but you’ll be happy to know that this lot is also under 24/7 surveillance, adding an extra layer of security.

An interesting perk of Dubrovnik Daily Parking is the discount offered for double parking. If you’re traveling in a group with two or more cars, you can save some money by parking one car in front of the other. For a clear understanding of their parking setup, you can view the parking illustration on their website.

It’s important to note that this parking lot operates on a cash-only basis (no cards accepted here).

5. Dubrovnik Old Town Parking

📍 Location: Miletićeva ul. 1, 20000, Dubrovnik
💰 Price: €10 per hour
🚗 Capacity: Limited

While the location of this lot is undoubtedly convenient (you are literally footsteps away from the Pile Gate), the price is steep. On top of that, the lot is very small, so if you’re visiting during the summertime and want to park here, keep your fingers crossed you find a spot!

Dubrovnik Old Town Parking could be a good option if you need to quickly get something done inside the city walls, but certainly not worth it to stay for more than an hour in my opinion.

Not related to parking but worth mentioning: there is a great pizza place in the parking lot where you can get delicious Croatian pizza for a reasonable price. 😉

6. Gruž Port Parking Lot

📍 Location: Obala pape Ivana Pavla II 1
💰 Price: €3 per hour / €27 per day (June through September)
🚗 Capacity: Large lot

If you’re looking for affordable parking outside the bustling center of the Old Town, the Gruž Port Parking Lot is a fantastic option. Located in the scenic Gruž harbor, it’s a bit further from the Old Town but compensates with its accessibility and lower rates.

The parking lot’s proximity to a nearby bus stop serving lines 1A and 1B is a major plus. These buses offer a quick and convenient ride to the Pile Gate, getting you to the heart of the Old Town in just 10-15 minutes.

This is also a good place to park if you plan to do day trips to the Elafiti Islands or Mljet as this is where the ferries depart from.

For pricing by month, visit the Gruž Port Parking Lot website (do note that it’s only available in Croatian but with the help of Google translate you should be able to make sense of it). The payment booth is outside the parking area close to the bus stop where you can pay with cash or card.

Aerial view of Dubrovnik coastline with dense Mediterranean architecture, including red-roofed buildings and lush greenery, overlooking a serene marina filled with boats and parking in Dubrovnik.

Street Parking in Dubrovnik (Parking Meters)

Where to park on the street in Dubrovnik:

Navigating parking in Dubrovnik, especially near the Old Town, requires a bit of planning. Dubrovnik Old Town is a pedestrian-only zone, which means you’ll need to park your vehicle outside the city walls.

During the peak tourist season, finding a street parking spot close to the Old Town can be quite challenging, as these areas tend to fill up quickly. If visiting during high season, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and book accommodation with parking, or explore the parking options listed above.

How to pay parking in Dubrovnik:

  1. Use a Ticket Machine: As soon as you park, head over to the nearest parking ticket machine. Purchase your ticket and make sure to place it visibly on your car’s dashboard (this is important to avoid any parking fines).
  2. Pay via Text Message: If you have a Croatian mobile phone number, you can conveniently pay for your parking via SMS. First, identify the parking zone you’re in, which is usually indicated on nearby signs or the ticket machine. The number that is displayed on the sign is the number that you need to text. Simply send a text message to the number displayed with your car’s license plate number (for example: ZG1234RH). You’ll receive a confirmation message once your parking is successfully paid for.

Free Parking Dubrovnik

The district of Babin Kuk, just above Lapad, is an area where you can find free parking in Dubrovnik on the street. Just be sure to be mindful of where you park and check for metered parking signs or “No Parking” indicators to avoid any unwelcome surprises.

From personal experience, parking in Babin Kuk has been quite convenient. Although it’s not the closest to the Old Town, the trade-off for free parking can be worth it, especially considering it’s just about a 20-minute bus ride to town on Line 6.

I have heard of people parking their cars behind the grocery store, Maxi Konzum, next to a Gas Station for free. It’s about a 20 minute walk to the Pile Gate from here. While parking here doesn’t cost anything, it’s important to remember to park at your own risk.

Busy street scene in Dubrovnik with pedestrians, buses, and cars near terracotta-roofed buildings and palm trees under a clear blue sky.
Bus in Dubrovnik Old Town near the Pile Gate.

Hotels With Parking in Dubrovnik

If you are planning to stay in Dubrovnik for a few days and want to visit with a car, I highly suggest booking an accommodation with parking. Read the booking details carefully of the property you wish to book, and don’t be afraid to reach out to the host if the parking details are unclear.

I recommend using Booking for hotel and private apartment reservations as it is the most popular booking platform in Croatia and will give you the most options. Here are a few accommodation options with parking in Dubrovnik:

🌟 Luxury: Hilton Imperial
The Hilton Imperial is a gorgeous property with world-class service situated just footsteps away from the Pile Gate, Danče Beach and the medieval Lovrijenac Fortress. They offer private on-site parking in an underground garage for €30 per day.

🌟 Mid-Range: Apartment With Huge Garden
This private, family-run apartment is spacious and sparkling clean. It’s a short 15-minute walk to the Old City and about 20-minutes in the opposite direction to beaches, cafes, and restaurants. The free private parking in the inner courtyard is a huge plus!

🌟 Budget: Miracle Apartments
Located in the Pile-Kono area between Dubrovnik Old Town and Lapad, Miracle Apartments is a great budget accommodation option. Spotless and modern with a free parking spot and 20-minute walk to the city center, it really doesn’t get any better than this!

Where NOT to Park in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Hospital
From my travels to Dubrovnik and talking to my local friends, I have heard visitors recommend parking at the hospital because it is free. Please be aware that the parking spots in front of the hospital is intended for patients that need medical care, and not for tourists looking to score a free parking spot.

Ilijina Glavica Parking Garage
I would also not recommend parking here. Also known as “Best in Parking”, this garage seems like a fantastic option until you actually read the reviews. The pricing listed on their website is misleading and customers have complained about being ripped off. Spare yourself from reading the hundreds of negative Google Reviews and just steer clear of this garage.

Tips for Parking in Dubrovnik

Before booking your accommodation, check with your hotel or host if there are parking options available. You’ll also want to know how much parking costs per day and the location of the car park (depending on where you are staying in Dubrovnik it might not be right next to your accommodation).

FAQs About Parking in Dubrovnik

Where do you park when visiting Dubrovnik?

When visiting Dubrovnik, you can park in designated parking lots such as Dubrovnik Center Parking or Gruž Port Parking Lot. Street parking is available in areas like Lapad and Babin Kuk.

Is parking difficult in Dubrovnik?

Yes, parking can be challenging in Dubrovnik, especially during peak tourist seasons. The city’s small size and high visitor influx often lead to limited availability in parking spaces.

How much does it cost to park in Dubrovnik?

Parking in Dubrovnik can cost as low as €1.50 per hour and up to 10 per hour, depending on where you choose to park.

Can you drive in Dubrovnik Old Town?

No, you cannot drive in Dubrovnik Old Town. Dubrovnik Old Town is a pedestrian-only area, which means you’ll need to park your vehicle outside the city walls.

Where to park if staying in Old Town Dubrovnik?

The best way to secure parking if staying in Dubrovnik Old Town is to book an accommodation that offers parking. The second best option is to park in a paid lot – there are 6 main public parking lots around the area, each offering different pricing.

Final Thoughts on Parking in Dubrovnik

Navigating the parking scene in Dubrovnik can seem daunting at first, especially with the city’s large influx of visitors and its charming yet compact layout. However, with the right information and a bit of planning, finding a parking spot can be a smooth part of your travel experience.

Just remember to be aware of parking rules, avoid restricted zones, and consider the distance from your primary destinations in the city.

Before you go, make sure you’re up to date on the current prices in Dubrovnik!

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