Dubrovnik, also known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, is just one of the destinations in Croatia, a small European country that has burst onto the tourism scene with its sunny vistas and literally over one thousand islands to explore. The city is located in the southern part of Croatia on the Dalmatian coast on the Adriatic Sea. It is sometimes referred to as Čilipi Airport by locals for the name of the town it technically resides in.
Dubrovnik is known for its public beaches, the Arboretum Trsteno, the oldest in the world, the Sponza and Rector's palaces, and the Franciscan Church and Monastery. It has also served as a filming site for the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, which has helped to massively increase tourism to the city, resulting in a busier airport. Many people also use the Dubrovnik Airport as a starting point to travel to the nearby countries of Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, or elsewhere in the Balkans.
Despite Dubrovnik being one of the busiest tourism cities in Croatia, its airport is only the third busiest after Zagreb and Split.
Airport Code, Location, and Contact Information
It takes about thirty minutes to drive from Dubrovnik's Old Town to the Dubrovnik Airport (DBV), which is located about 12 miles (20 km) away.
Know Before You Go
The airport is served by more than 30 European and international carriers, like Croatia Airlines, Turkish Airlines, American Airlines, and others. The terminal building is brand new and divided into three buildings: A, B, and C. It was recently rebuilt to increase passenger capacity to 2 million passengers per year, and future plans are in place to add more commercial amenities in the airport and to add a new runway. Although it's a small airport and the current construction might make it feel even smaller, it is still very modern, clean, and easy to navigate.
It can get busy sometimes, so grant yourself extra time for passing through security.
The airport offers 200 parking spaces, which are available in front of Building B, and accepts cash and credit cards at the tolls. The first 15 minutes are free, but after that, you will be charged by the hour. After you park, make sure you keep your ticket in a safe place. If you lose your parking ticket you will have to pay a fee of 400 Croatian kuna, which is equivalent to about $60 USD.
To get to the airport from the Dubrovnik city center, get on Highway D8 and travel south along the coast towards Močići. Follow signs for the airport, which will also be posted in English. If you are coming from Montenegro, which is less than 70 kilometers away from Dubrovnik, you can take Highway E65 north and continue onto Highway D8 after you cross the border at the roundabout in the town of Herceg Novi.
Public Transportation and Taxis
If you are not renting a car and your hotel does not offer a shuttle service, there are a number of bus lines that you can use to travel from the airport to the Dubrovnik city center. Common drop-off points include the bus terminal and the city gate, as well as the ferry terminal, which is helpful if you are visiting any of the nearby islands. Bus tickets can be booked in advance online or at the airport. Use the following busses travel to the city center:
- The airport bus leaves frequently and will drop you off at the Pile Gate or the main bus station outside the Old Town. It costs 40 kuna ($6 USD).
- By local bus, also known as Libertas, you can take lines 11 or 27 for the price of 12-15 kuna ($2 USD).
The taxi stand is located in front of Building B and rates will be posted in the terminal. Ride-sharing apps, such as Uber, are also available to get around Dubrovnik and are convenient for getting from the airport to the Old City.
Where to Eat and Drink
The airport doesn't offer much in the way of food and there are really only three coffee shops, one on each floor, where you can find a bite to eat. These typically offer pre-made sandwiches, coffee, and a small selection of alcoholic beverages. You might also be able to find a snack at the newspaper and tobacco store, but your best bet is to eat something in town before heading to the airport if you think that you will get hungry before your flight.
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations
Wi-Fi is available at the airport, but you will have to pay for it unless you visit the business lounge where the Wi-Fi is complimentary. There are few charging stations throughout the gate areas, so if you a see a free wall outlet, grab it. If you really need to charge your device, you might get lucky and find something at one of the three cafes.
There is one business lounge at the airport, which can be accessed if you are a member of a lounge loyalty program, such as Priority Pass. The Airport Business Lounge offers free Wi-Fi and basic refreshments. It is located on the third floor of the international departures area past security. It's nothing fancy, but it's quiet and suitable for relaxing or getting some work done away from the busy gates.
Airport Tips and Tidbits
In terms of other travel essentials, the airport has the bare necessities available. If you need cash, there are ATM machines across from the car rental booths and smoking areas for domestic and international flights.
Probably the most unique thing about the Dubrovnik Airport is that it sits on the site of a geological landmark: the Đurović Cave. Unfortunately, the cave is temporarily closed for the duration of the airport's expansion, but it is normally open to visitors and will likely re-open again one day. Nearly 700 feet long, the cave is a wonder to explore and a great touristic diversion.