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Dubrovnik is one of the best cities to visit in Croatia. While you can spend a lot of time in Dubrovnik, there are other great day trips from Dubrovnik too. One of the top things to do when visiting is to travel from Dubrovnik to Mostar on a day trip or more!
While visiting Mostar from Dubrovnik can be done as a day trip, it can also be done as an overnight trip. You cannot go wrong either way, as Mostar is one of the best small cities to visit in Europe!
However, we recommend spending at least a night in Mostar, so you can have enough time to explore the rich city.
Now, let’s find out how to take a trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar!
Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Mostar is a smaller city in southwestern Bosnia & Herzegovina. While it’s inland and only has a population of a little over 110,000, Mostar is a heavily visited city because of its natural beauty, history, architectural marvels, and location.
Unlike Dubrovnik though, Mostar is not swarming with tourists, so it’s a pleasant escape from the crowds of Old Town in Dubrovnik. It also gives you another chance to visit another country in southeastern Europe.
In this guide to a day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar, we will discuss how to get from Dubrovnik to Mostar, what to do in Mostar, and where to stay in Mostar if you choose to do more than a day trip there.
Getting From Dubrovnik to Mostar
Getting to Mostar from Dubrovnik is pretty simple. However, there are no trains or planes that currently go between the two cities, so your best bet is to take the bus. Unless of course, you have a car.
If you are booking and organizing the trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar yourself, you will have to look at the bus timetables between the two cities and find available tickets.
Buses between Dubrovnik and Mostar take about 3.5 hours, but that time can vary depending on traffic and time at the Croatia/Bosnia and Herzegovina border.
During peak seasons, there are more bus times available, so be sure to check out what’s available when you want to go. You can buy bus tickets from Dubrovnik to Mostar here or at the bus station.
Dubrovnik to Mostar Buses
8:00, 16:00, and 17:15. Arriving in Mostar at 11:45, 19:30, and 20:15
Obviously, the earlier you leave to Dubrovnik to get to Mostar the better because you’ll have more time to spend in Mostar.
Mostar to Dubrovnik Buses
6:45, 10:15, and 12:30. Arriving in Dubrovnik at 11:00, 13:40, and 15:45.
If you are doing a day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar, you will obviously want to take to take a car because the bus times do not line up to give you enough time for a day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar.
Driving is the only way you can do a day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar by yourself. The drive only takes about 2.5 hours and is pretty cheap as renting a car in Dubrovnik is not too expensive.
Another option to do a day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar is to book a private tour, where transportation is all arranged for you in the price of the tour. Below are a few options for booking a private tour from Dubrovnik to Mostar for a day trip.
Things to Do in Mostar
While on your day trip to Mostar—or overnight trip—there are a few things to do in Mostar that you need to put on your list. For a more detailed guide of what to do in Mostar, check out our full One Day in Mostar Itinerary.
Stari Most, the iconic bridge, is the most famous place in Mostar and is the number one thing to see in Mostar. If you do or see nothing else, go to Stari Most. You will not be disappointed.
The bridge was originally built in the 16th century, but it was destroyed during the Bosnian War in 1993. However, it was rebuilt to look just like the original bridge in the early 2000’s, so although you aren’t seeing the original bridge, it’s very close.
You can see divers jump off of Stari Most throughout the day, especially in summer. If you’re a thrill-seeker, you can even get trained to jump off Stari Most yourself! You’ll have to talk to some of the people around the divers and tell them you’re interested. They’ll take you to smaller jumping platforms on the river where they prepare you to make the jump yourself!
If you do choose to go this route, it’ll probably take up most of your day in Mostar. However, maybe it’s the whole reason you’re visiting!
If jumping off a 78 ft 9 in (24 m) high bridge into a cold river isn’t your thing, there are plenty of fantastic places to take photos of Stari Most. In fact, we even wrote a whole post about The Best Places to Photograph Stari Most in Mostar.
Koski Mehmed Pasah Mosque
Another historic site in Mostar is the Koski Mehmed Pasah Mosque. You can enter the mosque, where they have coverings available if you are not dressed to do so, and climb the minaret to get one of the best views of Mostar.
The minaret is NARROW and winds up quite a ways, so be prepared for that if you are claustrophobic. Going up the mosque’s minaret is worth it though, especially because **Hint Hint** it’s one of the best places to photograph Stari Most!
The last of the must-do thing is climbing the Sniper Tower in Mostar. This old unfinished bank building was used as a sniper tower during the Bosnian War and has unofficially been dubbed the ‘Mostar Sniper Tower.’
While the building is technically blocked off, there is a way you can get inside and climb the abandoned staircases to reach the top floors and get an eerie, but remarkable, view of Mostar.
Read our full post to learn exactly how to climb the Sniper Tower in Mostar.
Where to Stay in Mostar
If you opted to spend the night, instead of doing the day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar, make sure to book a place to stay near the center. This way everything you want to see is close by. Plus, the bus station is near the center too, so it’s an easy walk.
There are hotels and hostels in Mostar to book. However, we recommend Hostel Miran. It is run by locals, and they give a tour of the city where you will learn things you wouldn’t otherwise know! Plus, having a tour by a local guide is one of the best ways to have an authentic travel experience.
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Overall, taking an overnight or day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar is one of the best things you can do while traveling in this part of the world. Mostar is one of the most beautiful places in the world, both culturally, historically, and naturally.
If you take a trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar, you will not regret it!
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