Should you hire a car in Dubrovnik?

Should you rent a car in Dubrovnik Croatia > Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is perhaps the best-known of Croatia’s Adriatic resorts, and the attractions are obviously visible in the delightful old city itself and the warm climate that attracts millions of tourists each year.

So is it worth picking up a hire car at Dubrovnik airport to explore the surrounding area, or is it best to stick mainly to the city, and perhaps make a few excursions by bus?


Dubrovnik Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings

Why should you rent a car in Dubrovnik?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Dubrovnik?

Dubrovnik Car hire summary

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Free parking score

Total 1348 - of which 94 have free parking. [full notes - parking]



  • Terrible public transport – there is no railway station in Dubrovnik, and that is never a good start.
  • There is a reasonable local bus service, but bus stops only provide timings from where the bus starts, and there is no real time information.
  • Freedom and flexibility
  • Mostar by car (always check terms).
  • Surrounding islands – easier by car.

Why not? Visiting Dubrovnik without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Dubrovnik public transport quick facts

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Walking and Cycling Overview

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  • Get your trip off to a dramatic start by taking the ferry from the airport (short taxi ride to Cavtat).
  • The walled city is worth a second look at night – don’t just move on!
  • It’s still best to walk around at any time!
  • Islands by boat and bus.
  • Multiple city trips – onwards to Split, Zadar and beyond by coach.


Car rental in - Dubrovnik Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Dubrovnik?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Dubrovnik?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Dubrovnik?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Dubrovnik if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Dubrovnik if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Dubrovnik if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Conclusion – as with any city, the longer you are planning on staying in Dubrovnik, the more useful a hire car is going to become.

The historic walled city of Dubrovnik is an amazing place to visit, but depending on your tolerance for crowds, you will either want to leave as soon as you can once you have seen it, or you will want to come back and see more details the next day. Needless to say, a hire car in this historic car is worse than pointless due to the naturally strict parking and access rules that only allow local residents in.

I have always been someone who likes to see multiple cities on the same trip, so I took the bus to split and then onto Zadar. From here, I went to the Plitvice national park, which I think must be the highlight of any visit to the whole Balkan region.

However, if you are simply doing as most visitors do, and just staying in around at Dubrovnik, then I would certainly advise getting a hire car if you are staying for anything longer than a weekend.

Should you hire a car in Dubrovnik?

Verdict – yes

Would you hire a car in Dubrovnik?

Have you driven in Dubrovnik? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Dubrovnik?
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Suggested links which may be of interest.
Absolute Croatia parkingParking informationhttp://www.absolute-croatia.com/dubrovnik-region/dubrovnik/parking
Adriana ShippingCavtat - Dubvrovnik / Lokrum ferryhttp://www.adriana-cavtat.com/rbl.php?lang=E
Croatia ExpertCroatia Expert on motorway tollshttp://www.croatia-expert.com/toll-croatian-highway/
Croatia ferries infoGeneral information websitehttp://www.croatiaferries.com/dubrovnik-kolocep-ferry.htm
Dubrovnik airportOfficial websitehttp://www.airport-dubrovnik.hr/index.php/en/
Mlijet visitorGeneral info, including boats & buseshttp://www.travel-file.com/mljet-island-buses.htm
Rick Steves Croatia drivingForum threadhttps://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/croatia/rental-car-restrictions-croatia-to-mostar-or-through-bosnian-strip-of-coast
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