There’s a number of possibilities for day trips from Dubrovnik to Bosnia & Hercegovina as the border is so close to the city. Read on below for which towns to visit and how to get to them from Dubrovnik.
If you are planning on making a trip to to Bosnia please double-check that you don’t need an additional visa for this country. (Although you may not need one for Croatia, you might find the opposite is true for Bosnia.) You can do so on the Bosnian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Day Trips from Dubrovnik to Bosnia & Hercegovina – Mostar
Mostar is a bit of a journey from Dubrovnik but well worth a visit if you don’t mind the extended travel time. There are a few daily buses to Mostar; the 8am bus, run by Autotrans/Centrotrans, which will get you in early enough (about 11.45am) to allow for about half a day’s exploring, as there’s a bus back at 3.15pm, run by Bosnian company Globtour. It would, of course, be more suitable to stay the night in Mostar to get more visiting time.
Organised tours are available, such as the Mostar Day Tour from Dubrovnik organised by Viator. The 12 hour tour takes in all the sights of this wonderful Bosnian town, with free time to do your own exploring too. To combine visiting Mostar with Medjugorje, you could also join the Small-Group Bosnia and Herzegovina Day Trip from Dubrovnik including Medjugorje and Mostar or the Private Tour: Medjugorje and Mostar Day Trip from Dubrovnik.
Mostar is a wonderful town, most famous for its Old Bridge (Stari Most) over the River Neretva, which was the first single span stone bridge ever built in 1566. The bridge is how the town got its name, of course – “most” meaning “bridge” in Bosnian, and those that guarded the bridge were called “Mostari” which eventually evolved into the Mostar for the area.
Aside from the Old Bridge, the town has numerous other sights and places to visit including the Old Town, and various mosques and churches. If you are there during July, the famous Mostar bridge diving competition takes place. Check locally for the exact date of the competition.
Here’s a video of the bridge diving competition:
Day Trips from Dubrovnik to Bosnia & Hercegovina – Medjugorje
Medjugorje isn’t an ideal place to visit using public transport, as the daily bus only departs Dubrovnik after 5pm. (The journey takes about 3 hours.)
If you do want to make a day trip to Medjugorje from Dubrovnik, it is advisable that you book an organised excursion through a local travel agency. You can also pre-book a tour online with Viator, who offer a 11-hour Medjugorge Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik, or join one of their combined Mostar/Medjugorje tours such as the Small-Group Bosnia and Herzegovina Day Trip from Dubrovnik including Medjugorje and Mostar or the Private Tour: Medjugorje and Mostar Day Trip from Dubrovnik.
Medjugorje is most famous for apparent visions of the Virgin Mary, which have appeared to several people over the years. It is now a popular place for pilgrims to visit as a shrine.