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.

  • 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.