Dubrovnik, Croatia

Guide for the rail traveller

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Currencykuna (HRK)
Local languageCroatian
Country Croatia

Introduction

Although not the capital of Croatia, Dubrovnik is arguably the most popular tourist destination in the country and often mistakenly thought to be the capital. Nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik is also a thriving seaport at the most southerly point of Croatia.


Amazingly, the population of this city is only around 50,000, but increases substantially during the summer months. Prior to the Second World War, Dubrovnik was part of the Independent State of Croatia but, during the war, the city was occupied by Italy and later by Germany before becoming part of the second Yugoslavia at the end of the war.


After Croatia’s independence in 1991, the Yugoslav army attacked the city in what became known as the Siege of Dubrovnik. Even today, some of the damage is still being repaired and those responsible for the devastation are being brought to justice.

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Things to do

Given its fascinating and varied past, it is no surprise that Dubrovnik is home to some of the most impressive historic buildings and attractions in Europe. Dubrovnik is actually categorised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the importance of the city as a whole.


One of the islands within the bay of Dubrovnik is particularly popular with visitors. The island of Lokrum is a wooded island spread over 72 hectares and is thought to be the place where Richard the Lionheart landed after he became shipwrecked in 1192. Attractions on the island include a monastery, a naturist beach and a botanical garden.


Bosnia and Herzegovina are less than a 30 minute drive from Dubrovnik and make an interesting trip for anyone wanting to experience the true rural beauty of this area including pine forests, carp fishing and beautifully clear waters.

Local transport

Please note Dubrovnik does not currently have a train station, to get here you will need to either arrange a road transfer from within Croatia, fly into Dubrovnik airport or take one of the ferry services from Italy.


Transport within and around the city is excellent, with the tourist very much in mind. As Dubrovnik relies on both the seaport and the income generated from tourism, transport has always been high on the agenda. Dubrovnik is served by a motorway and airport all of which are relatively efficient and offer frequent links to the other major cities across Europe.


Within the city there is a reliable network of trams and buses linking most of the important districts as well as some of the suburban areas further out of town.

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