Day Trips from Dubrovnik

There are plenty of day trips from Dubrovnik for you to choose from – should you ever get bored of the city. Not that that’s especially likely – let’s face it! – but if you’re there of an extended period of time, you may like to consider some of the options below for a change of scene.

In fact, you’ll find that you’re lucky to have a number of day trip options to choose from – such as trips to nearby islands including Lokrum and the Elafiti islands as well as those a little further afield, and to other towns along the coastline.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik – The island of Lokrum

Lokrum is one of the easiest day trips to make if you’re in Dubrovnik – if you’re there, you’ll see yourself how close the island is. It’s an ideal place for a day trip, especially so when the crowds in Dubrovnik become just a little too much.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik to Lokrum


Covered in pine trees, the island is an ideal place to spend a relaxing day – or few hours – sunbathing and swimming. There are also a few sights on the island if you don’t want to be entirely idle. There are various paths through the island if you want to wonder through the vegetation, and there’s a botanical garden in the middle of the island and the ruins of a monastery nearby as well.

To get to Lokrum, there are boats that depart every half an hour (during high season) from the port in the Old Town. The journey takes 15 minutes. Make sure you know when the last boat back is.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik – Cavtat

Cavtat can be easily reached from Dubrovnik using local bus route no. 10, with buses running approximately every half an hour throughout the day. See full timetable at the Dubrovnik Bus Station website.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik to Cavtat


A wonderful small little seaside town, Cavtat again provides welcome relief from Dubrovnik’s crowds and its pleasant harbour provides an excellent place to relax in one of its cafes or restaurants. There are also some impressive sights here, including the Rector’s Palace (Knezev Dvor) and the Racic Mausoleum in the town’s cemetery which was designed by famed Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic and built in 1921 using white stone from the island of Brac. The Mausoleum serves as a tomb for the wealthy then-local Racic family, and Mestrovic is said to have designed it upon the request of his rumoured amour, Marija Racic. Inside hangs a bell upon which is engraved the message “Understand the mystery of love and you will understand the mystery of death and believe life is eternal.”

Cavtat is in fact a holiday resort in its own right, so you may also want to consider basing yourself there as an alternative to Dubrovnik. The town has a number of small and large hotels, including those offering all-inclusive package deals. See our page on Accommodation in Cavtat for more details.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik – The Elafiti Islands

The Elafiti Islands are a small group of islands to the north of Dubrovnik, with the main three – the islands that are inhabited – being Sipan, Lopud and Kolocep.

Any one of the three main Elafiti islands allow for a pleasant day trip, with small villages, beaches and a few architectural sights. Each also has a few cafes and restaurants for eating options. Sipan is the largest of the three, although all are reasonably quiet with only a small population.

Tour specialists Viator offer a 9-hour Cruise of the Elafiti and Green Islands from Dubrovnik. The tour takes you to all three with free time for you to explore the islands, and for swimming and sunbathing. A grilled fish lunch plus wine is included, and you’ll also be entertained by local musicians.

Alternatively, you could opt for the 9-hour Croatia Elafiti Islands Cruise from Dubrovnik that also takes you to the Elafiti islands – but this time on a 16th century-style galleon! Once again, you’ll be given free time to explore the islands as well as time for swimming and some beach time.

You can also reach the Elafiti islands with one of the daily Jadrolinija ferries. This ferry runs from Dubrovnik’s main port to Kolocep, on to Lopud, and then on to Sudurad on Sipan. There are return ferries later on in the day as well.

The Nona Ana catamaran also runs from Dubrovnik to Sipanska Luka on Sipan, though not at times that would be suitable for a day trip.

Take a look at our Accommodation on the Elafiti Islands page if you fancy staying on one of the islands for more than just a day.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik – The Island of Mljet

Mljet is a beautifully tranquil, properly unspoilt island, and well worth a day trip even if it’s slightly further away than the options mentioned above. The majority of the island is covered with thick forest, and western part of the island is a National Park.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik - Mljet


Explore the lakes Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero (“Big Lake” and “Small Lake”) within the National Park, as well as enjoying the nature and wildlife of the park and island in general.

The best tip is to hire bikes to cycle around Mljet – not only is it one of the easiest ways of getting around, but as the island is so peaceful it’s great fun cycling around!

The best way of getting from Dubrovnik to Sobra on Mljet is with the Nona Ana catamaran, which runs daily. The catamaran departs Dubrovnik early in the morning and there’s a return in the late afternoon, meaning a full round trip in one day is possible. Journey time is one hour. The catamaran also goes on to Polace (during the summer months) which is within the National Park; journey time to here is 1 hour 50 minutes.

Otherwise, Jadrolinija ferries also operate this route though their timings mean a day trip isn’t quite possible. However, check their website for timetables.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik – The Peljesac Peninsula

This narrow peninsula is home to a number of small towns and villages in its rocky landscape. The largest is Orebic which is at the northern end (and from where you can get one of the many summer ferries to to Korcula, should you choose) or Veliki and Mali Ston which are at the base as you “enter” the peninsula.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik - Peljesac Peninsula

Ston’s Town Walls

All are pleasant enough to spend a day in, perhaps taking in the local beaches and enjoying a hearty lunch at a local restaurant. There are daily buses from Dubrovnik to Orebic which stop in Ston; if you have your own car, then a trip to the peninsula is even more worth it as it’s ripe for exploring at your own speed.

You can also book a organised tour with Viator who offer a package called Taste of Dalmatia. The 6-hour tour explores part of the peninsula, including stops at Orasac and Stone, as well as visiting a local wine producer where you can sample local wines. (The peninsula produces two of Croatia’s best-known wines, Postup and Dingac).

Day Trips from Dubrovnik – The island of Korcula

Korcula is often considered to be something of a mini-Dubrovnik, what with its similar (though much smaller), well-preserved Old Town and a number of sights. For this reason, the island is great to visit on a day-trip to see the contrast between the two on one of Croatia’s prettiest islands. Korcula Town is also the supposed birthplace of explorer Marco Polo!

Viator offer a 10-hour Island of Korcula Day Trip from Dubrovnik that takes you to the island for sightseeing in the town, with free time for sightseeing and lunch there. On the return journey, there’s also a stop on the Peljesac Peninsula at a local winery, where you can try some samples.

Alternatively, you can make your own way there. During summer (July and August) G&V Line operate the Nona Ana catamaran that sails from Dubrovnik to Korcula. The catamaran sails several times a week in the mornings, with a journey time of 2 and a half hours. There is a return catamaran at 4pm.

There is also a year-round Jadrolinija ferry that sails many times a day between Orebic on the mainland and Korcula with a journey time of 20 minutes. However, it would probably be easier to take a bus direct from Dubrovnik (with Autotrans) that utilises the afore-mentioned ferry.

  • The only car ferry that goes to Mljet departs from Prapratno close to the base of the Peljesac Peninsula. Run by Jadrolinija ( ), you can see the ferry timetable here:

  • Anna Hernandez Garcia

    Hey. We want to visit mljet with car. Do you know where we can take the ferry ? is it posible to get with the car inside? thanksss!

  • You can definitely rent bikes on Mljet!

  • Becci

    In your recommendations it talks about hiring bikes as the best way to get around Mljet. Is there somewhere to hire them on the island, or is it best to hire them in Dubrovnik before we board the ferry? We are planning on getting the ferry to Sobra then cycling/ walking to Polace to get the ferry home again. Thanks!

  • Charlie Watkinson

    Hi Heitung, my partner and I are doing a similar trip in September. Starting in Dubrovnik and heading up to Split. I desperately want to visit Plitvice, but we are only going to a week and all reviews say to get there at 7am – thus limiting our plans. Do you have a rough itinerary mapped out? Would be great to hear your ideas! 😀

  • Sarah Mazdon

    Thank you.

  • You’d first need to get a local bus from Mlini to Dubrovnik – see the bus map at (middle bottom map) for which lines go from Mlini to Dubrovnik. You’d need to get off at a stop just before the Old Town for Lokrum – then make your way down to the Old Town harbour from where there are regular taxi boats across to Lokrum. (Timetable for boats to Lokrum can be found here: – scroll down to find ‘timetable’).

    To reach Korcula by public transport, you’d need to take a bus from Mlini to the *main* bus station in Dubrovnik. This is adjacent to the main port in the city. You can then make use of either the G&V catamaran ( ) or the Jadrolinija one ( ) – OR a combination of the two i.e. use one there and another company back – to travel to Korcula and back in the same day.

    Half a day certainly long enough for Lokrum. Okay-ish for Korcula, although how long you spend there will be dictated by the catamaran times!

  • Sarah Mazdon

    We are considering visiting Lokrum and Korkula during our weeks stay in Mlini. Is there public transport available to get us there? We would like to spend half a day in each would this be long enough?

  • 1) I’m afraid I don’t have any recommendations for a tour group company – I’d suggest checking out locally, once in Dubrovnik, what kind of tours local agencies can offer you. (Or check TripAdvisor to see reviews!) I don’t believe tours of both (some of the) Elafiti islands *and* Mljet are offered because of the time they give you to explore each island/place (meaning you’d hardly have any time on the islands). 3) Well Lokrum is certainly wonderful (they all are), but it’s only about 15 minutes away by water taxi from the Old Town harbour, so is easier to get to and perhaps you won’t want to spend that long on there exploring. (i.e. It’s more of a ‘half-day’ or ‘afternoon’ trip kind of place.) Of the Elafiti islands, I don’t think you could go wrong with any but Lopud probably has the ‘biggest’ (though still, obviously, not that big) town, and Lopud is also famous for the sandy Sunj beach.

  • Christynne

    My husband and I will be in Dubrovnik the first week in July and are looking to explore a few islands with a boat tour. A few questions: 1) is there a tour group you would recommend for a day long tour? and 2) is it possible to do Mljet in addition to a few of the smaller Elafiti islands in the same trip? 3) Out of Kolocep, Lopud, Sipan, and Lokrum, which would you recommend?? Thanks for your help!!

  • You probably won’t go wrong with many places in Croatia – although I’d probably stay away from the party hotspots of Novalja on Pag island and Hvar Town on Hvar! You’ll generally see families right up and down the coastline – beaches (which are mostly pebble-y) are practically all safe and can be quite shallow with still waters (so, great for kids to play and splash about in). But for specific areas popular with families with kids, how about places on the Makarska Riviera (Makarska, Brela, Baska Voda); the island of Brac; or places in Istria. The Istrian tourist board has a great guide to attractions for families/kids too –

  • Maureen

    Going to Croatia with my daughter and her 2 children( Age 4 & 7) in July for 2 weeks. Any suggestions for good safe beaches and other child related visits. We are open to any areas as we are now looking at air bnb to book.

  • You may well be thinking of Plitvice Lakes National Park ( – famous for its waterfalls and lakes – and that’s definitely too far to visit as a day trip from Dubrovnik. There are some tours around, but it’s five hours each way of travelling…making it a 15 hour excursion! Krka National Park ( is a bit closer to Dubrovnik…but even that, I feel, is too far for a sensible day trip option as you’d be spending so long travelling just for a few hours in the park. The closest National Park to Dubrovnik is the lush Mljet ( which is definitely very do-able as a day trip. No waterfalls! (But there are some lakes on the island.)

  • Jo

    Hi.. myself and my family are visiting Durbrivnik in September this year. We would love to visit some Waterfalls/Lakes and Natiinal Parks. will this be possible to do any day trips.. I think we may be struggling for Waterfalls judging from what I have been reading. Thanks

  • Heitung Lo

    Thank you very much for your information 🙂
    No, indeed Plitvice is our second last stop. We are kind of travelling from the south to the north. So we will be going to Dubrovnik, then Split, and after that Plitvice. And from there we will go to Zagreb and fly back to the UK. Any recommendations on restaurants in these places? As both and my friend and I are foodie 😀

  • Are you intending to visit Plitvice from Dubrovnik?! That’s really not a great idea for a day trip – it’s not possible by public transport, and few agencies organise excursions. For those that do, the excursion is 15 hours long as it’s five hours each way in travel!! But maybe I misunderstood and you’re actually going many places, as well as potentially Mljet from Dubrovnik?

    To answer your actual question, no, Mljet is very different to Plitvice (one’s a largely forested island with all that has to offer, the other’s famous for it’s amazing waterfalls and lakes). I would absolutely visit Mljet – if it’s possible on your itinerary – as well as Plitvice!

  • Heitung Lo

    Hi! My friend and I are visiting Croatia this summer. We are planning to visit the Plitvice National Park (for sure) and we have another day for a day trip from Dubrovnik. I am considering The Island of Mljet, but also wondering if the national park will be kind of similar to the Plitvice? Thanks!

  • Taking the waterfalls bit of your request first, you’ll find that at Plitvice or Krka National Parks (the latter you can swim in). Neither or these are easily reachable at all from either Porec or Dubrovnik, so I would reconsider where you go if you really want waterfalls! How long are you planning on going for? Do you want just one location, or could you travel around a bit? (E.g. You could fly into Split, visit Krka or Plitvice from there, then move on to other places and end up in Dubrovnik and fly out of there.) By June, most places will have at least *some* nightlife to cater for holidaymakers, and some places (the really party destinations) more than others. I don’t really understand the ‘not too westernised’ criteria – what do you consider westernised?

  • Emma

    My husband and I are planning a trip to Croatia next June and are looking for some tips or pointers please… we are late 20’s so want somewhere that has at least a bit of nightlight but not too westernised but we also want to visit a national park which has waterfalls…. after reading up I was thinking maybe Dubrovnik or Porec…. any tips would be greatly appreciated.

  • Hmm, this is quite a lot to do in just 6 or 7 days – I would downgrade your itinerary substantially! Pick out maybe 3/4 places that you really, really want to see and save the rest for another trip to Croatia at another time. 🙂 To maximise your time, I would suggest flying into one place (e.g. Split) and out of another (Dubrovnik) so you don’t have to double back to where you started. Also, doing a day trip to the islands with a car is a *little* bit tricky because of the routes that exist between the mainland and the islands and how you would get onto and off an island whilst still travelling down the coast. Jadrolinija are the company that run most of the car ferries in Croatia – you can see their car ferry routes in Dalmatia here: (the blue lines are the car ferries) whilst timetables are here: So to get onto Hvar, you can take a ferry to Stari Grad and then tour the island (and then stay on it too?). Then to get off, it would be advisable to drive to the eastern tip – Sucuraj – and then take the car ferry to Drvenik on the mainland. But as you can see from that map, then getting on to Korcula is tricky as you’d need to drive down the coast and up the Peljesac Peninsula, or take the Ploce-Trpanj ferry and then the ferry from Orebic! Do you definitely need to hire a car? You could utilise the catamarans that sail Split – Hvar – Korcula – Dubrovnik.

  • JIll

    HI I am looking to go to Croatia for 6-7 days in june. I would like to visit the Plitvice National park, Zadar, Trojir and Dubrovnik possibly either travelling from Split to Dubrovnik via the islands (Hvar, Corcula) or driving down the coast and doing a day trip to the islands. Any suggestions of how I would achieve this route? Self-drive. Thanks.

  • Susan

    Hi, I only have time for one day trip from Dubrovnik, besides montenegro. Can I ask your choice between Lokrum, Mjlet and Korcula. I know Lokrum is closest but am looking for best experience. Also,ll be on my own so either need it to be easy to get around island or a good daytour. Thank you.

    • Hmm, it’s hard to say what would be the ‘best experience’ as it depends on your interests, the kind of thing you’re looking for etc. Lokrum is indeed the closest, so that would be suitable for quite a relaxing day trip that doesn’t involve much travelling, and you could easily just go for a short time if you don’t want to do too much in one day. (Especially if you’ve been busy on a Montenegro day trip.) Korcula is a bit like a mini-Dubrovnik and has a gorgeous little town to explore – but maybe you’re looking for something a little different than that. (Part of) the gorgeous island of Mljet is a nature park, so you could do things like hiking or cycling, or swimming in the lakes… But you can’t really go wrong with any island! What time of year are you visiting? Mljet or Korcula might best be visited on a day trip (again, depends on time of year) – whilst you’re there, perhaps pop into a local agency to discuss tours and what they can offer you for either island to see what you like best.

  • Stella Eyres

    I will be in Dubrovnik in September. Does anyone do a boat trip to Kotor — I really don’t want so sit for a long time on a bus

    • I don’t believe anyone offers a trip to Kotor by boat…unless you hired a private boat (with ‘driver’!) to take you but this would obviously be rather expensive. It’s around 2 hours by bus, not too bad.

  • Amanda Buffington

    I am currently backpacking Europe and looking to get to Croatia (Split and Dubrovnik) from Italy, do you know if any of the ferries are still running in November? Trying to find the cheapest way to visit Croatia and Montenegro. We are currently in Naples, IT. Thanks!

  • Ewurm

    Hello, I am travelling to Dubrovnik from November 26-29th and we are looking at day trips. Do you have any information on what is available at that time?

    • As it’s off season, there’s unlikely to be too many trips offered by local agencies, I’m afraid. However, you could of course take public transport for your own trips – e.g. a ferry to the Elafiti islands or a local bus to Cavtat, for example. It might be best to just enquire locally when there to see what’s being offered – or you could also email Dubrovnik Tourist Office ( to see what they say.

      • Ewurm

        Thank you for the quick reply! I have contacted them and I appreciate your suggestions!

  • Ellie Holland

    Hi, i’m going to the dubrovnik area in september, and it looks like the ferry times are fairly limited to/from the various islands. Are these ferry times accurate? They seem fairly limited as it implies that some places are impossible to visit for a day as the times do not work? Thanks

    • I’m sorry, I don’t know whether that site keeps the ferry times listed up to date – you would really have to ask them.

      I would always rely on the times posted on the websites of the actual ferry companies (rather than third party website) as these are most up to date. Routes from Dubrovnik are run by:

      – Jadrolinija:—27-09-2015 (Day trips possible to Elafiti islands of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan with their ferries)
      – G&V Line: (Day trips possible to go Sipan or Mljet with their catamarans)
      – Kapetan Luka: (Day trips not possible)

      Where I’ve said ‘day trips possible to…’ I mean the timings of the sailings allow you to take day trips to these places. You can of course also take organised day trips to these places too, although it would be best to ask locally once you’re actually in Dubrovnik for prices and so on.

      • Ellie Holland

        Thank you so much for your help, that’s really useful! One thing, on the second link ‘G&V line’, it has a column that reads ‘luka’ which i believe means port, but I cannot identify the names listed ‘Ponedjeljak’, ‘Utorak’ and so on. Are these ports in Dubrovnik, as I cannot find them on the map?

        • You’re welcome!

          That’s strange – I though I had linked to the English version of the timetable, but now see something funny’s going on with that website and it doesn’t properly load in English…?! Not so helpful for travellers!

          But no problem! Yes, ‘luka’ means port, that that’s actually referring to the column headings – so referring to where it says Dubrovnik – Luka Sipanska – Sobra (Mljet) – Polace (Mljet) i.e the destinations.

          The column directly under ‘luka’ – with Ponedjeljak, Utorak, Srijeda, Cetvrtak etc – these are days of the week. Ponedjeljak is Monday, Utorak is Tuesday etc etc.

          Do also make sure you have scrolled down the page to the section under

          “Red plovidbe za rujan 2015
          Vrijedi od 31.08.2015 do 27.09.2015”

          which means

          “Timetable for September 2015
          Valid from 31.08.2015 to 27.09.2015”

          as the first two tables (which mention Korcula) are valid until the end of August only.

          I hope this makes sense – if not, just let me know and I’ll be happy to translate/explain some more!

  • Marie

    Hi there,ill be in Dubrovnik on a Saturday and Sunday! Hoping to visit Korcula and Mostar on day tours! Although not ideal is visiting Mostar on a Sunday worthwhile?

  • Ante Primorac

    Try this: the best excursions at reasonable prices

  • Stephen

    Hi there, we are interested in going to Montenegro for a day on a low budget and do not want a private tour. Is there a reasonable way to see kotor by public transport? There are 2 of us

    • I’m afraid public transport to Kotor doesn’t really work out any more for day trips – the times of buses mean that you’re left with only about 2.5 hours in Kotor before you have to return to Dubrovnik! Globtour – – have a daily bus at 10am (11am on Tuesdays and Fridays) that gets in at 12.30pm; their return bus is then at 3pm.

      I’d actually look into hiring a small car for a day – making sure that you can take it into Montenegro, of course! A return bus ticket to Kotor costs 216 Kunas per person; for two of you, you might actually be able to hire a car for a day for a very similar price if you pre-book. (Assuming you don’t mind driving, that is!)

  • Margaret Jones

    Is it possible to visit Albania while in Dubrovnik please. We were only wanting to have a day there. We are going to Dubrovnik in September for 10 days.

    • It’s around 200km from Dubrovnik to the Albanian border (through Montenegro, of course) and it’s not possible by public transport (well, technically it’s possible – you could change buses somewhere in Montenegro). I suppose you could drive it if you rented a car – assuming the car hire company would let you take the car into Albania – but that’s quite a long round-trip drive just for one day. Essentially, I would say the answer is no – sorry!

      • Margaret Jones

        That’s not sounding good for us. Does anyone know of a reliable travel agent who does any trips that could take us

        • I initially didn’t think so as I thought agencies would be quite reluctant to undertake the trip – given the distance, and also because you’re going through two borders!

          However, I found this Dubrovnik agency that do offer a trip to Albania –

          We are not affiliated with them in any way, and I’m afraid I don’t have any feedback on them from other travellers. However, you can look them up on TripAdvisor or Facebook – they do seem to have pretty good reviews.

  • Valerie

    Thank you for your response we are travelling in 2 weeks (beginning of October)

    • I am sure you will be fine to just book when you’re there. You can also always use public transport options (bus) to visit places in both Bosnia and Montenegro as well!

  • Valerie

    We would like to visit Bosnia and Montenegro whilst in Dubrovnik is it better to book these trips before you go or to book whilst you are there?

    • If you are happy to leave it to book whilst you are actually there, that shouldn’t be a problem – you can also chat with the agency you go with and they can explain what each tour consists of, and so on. However, what time of year are you travelling? If it’s peak season (July/August), you might want to think about booking in advance, just to be on the safe side.

  • Spohie

    If I may just add visit Montenegro and Mostar. In my opinion it’s great experience!

  • lotty1151

    I am coming to Cavtat 29th May for 2 weeks. The cruises to The Elaphite Islands sound great, any idea how much they cost?

    • Hi there, click on the links of the cruises and you can find full details of what they entail, how to book and so on – the first one (Elafiti & Green Islands) is £37.59, whilst the second (on the historic galleon) is £21.32. Alternatively, if you click on the links, it should also display in your own local currency (if it’s not pounds!). Hope this helps.