Dubrovnik Cruise Port & Nearby Activities
Dubrovnik Cruise Port
Known for its rich history and striking scenery from its perch along the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik draws cruisers with its massive fortress towers, orange-tiled roofs and elegant bell towers. Most ships dock in Gruž Harbor, located about 1 1/2 miles north of Old Town. Once you've disembarked, take a quick taxi, shuttle or stroll into the Old Town, the easily navigable epicenter of Dubrovnik that houses wealth of historical sites, including the City Walls and the Dubrovnik Cathedral. And if you have a day or two to spare in Dubrovnik, take a historic tour that stops by the Franciscan Monastery or a daytrip to Lokrum Island, which features less-frequented beaches. Here are the essentials you need to know to decide how to spend your time at port and whether Dubrovnik should be on your cruise itinerary.
What You Need to Know
- Rely on public transportation You can easily travel from one end of the city to the other within an hour – and the best way to do that is by public transit. A bus transports passengers to each part of town every 10 to 20 minutes.
- Purchase a Dubrovnik card If you're planning to visit numerous sites or rely heavily on public transit, purchase a Dubrovnik card at the tourist information office, located across from the cruise terminal. Choose a one-, three- or seven-day card that grants free entry to five museums, two galleries and the City Walls, along with 24-hour use, 10 or 20 public bus rides, depending on the card selected.
- Dubrovnik uses the Croatian Kuna The only currency used in Dubrovnik is the Croatian Kuna (HRK). A U.S. dollar is equivalent to about 7 HRK. Though most places accept credit cards, you can find an exchange office at the cruise port terminal.
How to Spend Your Time in Dubrovnik
Things to Do Near the Port of Dubrovnik
- Island Hop (< 0.5 miles) If you're eager to explore neighboring islands, you'll find plenty of local ferries just steps away from port. Take your pick between a four-hour ride to Kor?ula, an island known for its traditional sword dances and distinguished white wines or a three-hour ride to Hvar, a sun-drenched island in the Adriatic Sea.
- Old Town (< 2.5 miles) This UNESCO World Heritage site, set within the stone City Walls, offers numerous shops, restaurants and historic sites such as the Dubrovnik Cathedral and Rector's Palace. During your visit, make sure to walk the wall — past cruise visitors say the admission price is worth the view.
Read On: Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik
Popular Tours in Dubrovnik
Have a few hours to spare in Dubrovnik? Book a tour through your cruise line, explore the city on your own or check out tours available from independent outfitters.
- Cable Car Don't miss out on the best views of Dubrovnik, provided by a cable car ride to Srd Hill. A variety of companies, including Royal Caribbean and Holland America, offer shore excursions that include the scenic ride, and a guided walking tour of Old Town. Prefer to explore on your own? Make your way to the station and purchase a round-trip ticket for 108 HRK (about $16 USD).
- Kayak From Pile Square in Old Town, you can kayak along the City Walls toward Lokrum Island and enjoy the sapphire waters of the Adriatic Sea. Row along your fellow cruisers on a Royal Caribbean adventure or book a tour with Outdoor Croatia Sea Kayaking, a reputable independent outfitter.
- Cavtat Many cruise lines, such as Royal Caribbean and Cunard, offer excursions to Cavtat, a picturesque former Greek settlement known for its striking shoreline and blend of old and new architecture. Alternatively, you can discover the best of the town on your own by bus or boat.
- Historic Tour If you're a history buff, you can't skip checking out storied sites like the Dubrovnik Cathedral, Sponza Palace and the Franciscan Monastery. To explore the city's historical landmarks with a knowledgeable guide, tag along a tour led by a trusted independent outfitter, such as Dubrovnik Walks.
- Beach Breaks Though the beaches in Dubrovnik are pebbly, the waters are clean and the ambiance can't be beat. Numerous cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean and MSC, offer beach-focused expeditions. Alternatively, you can make your way to Sveti Jakov (St. James) beach, a scenic spot located less than 4 miles southeast of port that boasts a seaside bar, umbrellas and chair rentals.
- Game of Thrones Tour Fans of the hit HBO series "Games of Thrones" can visit memorable film locations across the Old City. A variety of cruise lines, including Cunard Line and Celebrity Cruises, and independent companies, like Dubrovnik Walking Tours, offer Thrones-themed excursions.
Restaurants near the Port of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik's signature dishes include green menestra, a smoked meat and cabbage stew, Dalmatian octopus salad and kotonjata (quince pudding). Be sure to sample Croatian staples and enjoy the area's diverse culinary influences, including French and Japanese gastronomy, during your visit. Here are top recommended places to eat near the port of Dubrovnik:
Dubrovnik's cruise port is located about 15 miles northwest of the Dubrovnik Airport (DBV). The airport offers a shuttle bus that transports travelers at the main bus station in Gruž, which sits within walking distance of port. A one-way ticket costs about 40 HRK (about $6 USD). If you'd like to get around in your own set of wheels, you can find rental agencies, like Avis, at the airport and port. Thanks to the port's convenient location, less than 2 miles north of the City Walls, it's easily accessible via public transportation.
The parking lot at the port is open 24 hours a day.
- Cost: Standard vehicle parking costs 80 HRK (about $12 USD) per day; caravans cost 100 HRK (about $15 USD) per day
A taxi from the airport to Dubrovnik's cruise port should cost around 270 HRK (about $40 USD). Taxi stands are available at the airport and port. Dubrovnik taxis start at around 25 HRK (about $4 USD) and every half-mile costs around 2 HRK (about $1 USD). A taxi ride from port to Pile, the western entrance to Old Town, should cost around 70 HRK (about $10 USD.)
City buses run to through town every 10 to 20 minutes. Tickets can be bought at the main bus terminal, located less than a half-mile north of the port, for 12 HRK (about $2 USD) and are valid for one hour after the first use. Purchase tickets on the bus for 15 HRK (about $2.50 USD). If you're planning on riding the bus frequently throughout the day, then invest in the day pass, which costs 30 HRK (about $5 USD) and can be bought at the main bus terminal.
Read more about Getting Around Dubrovnik»
Which cruise companies sail to/from Dubrovnik?
- Azamara Club Cruises (2 ships)
- Carnival Cruise Lines (1 ship)
- Celebrity Cruises (2 ships)
- Costa Cruises (2 ships)
- Crystal Cruises (2 ships)
- Cunard Line (2 ships)
- Holland America Line (4 ships)
- MSC Cruises (6 ships)
- Norwegian Cruise Line (3 ships)
- Oceania Cruises (3 ships)
- Princess Cruises (2 ships)
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises (2 ships)
- Royal Caribbean International (4 ships)
- Silversea Cruises (4 ships)
- Hotel Bellevue
- Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Hotel
- Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
Nearby Cruise Ports