Getting Around Dubrovnik
The best way to get around Dubrovnik is on foot. In fact, the entire historic center is only open to pedestrians. To reach the city, many travelers fly into Dubrovnik Airport (DBV), located less than 15 miles southeast of the city. To get to Dubrovnik from the airport, travelers can rent a car, take a taxi or hop on a shuttle bus, which costs 55 kuna (about $8).
If you're arriving to Dubrovnik via cruise ship, you can take a taxi from the port to the Old City for about 70 kuna (around $10.50) or reach the area by bus. The main bus station is located at the port. Bus tickets cost between 12 and 15 kuna (about $1.50 to $2.25), depending on if you purchase tickets on the bus or at a kiosk.
Since the whole historic center is a pedestrian zone, you'll have to hoof it. However, it's a pretty compact area, with lots of alleys and winding streets. From anywhere in the city, it will never take more than 30 minutes to walk to Pile and Ploce, the western and eastern gates of the historic center.
When your feet need a break, you can make use of the city's bus system, which is operated by Libertas. Buses runs from the Pile Gate of the Old City to areas outside of Old Town like Babin Kuk (known for its luxury hotels) and Lapad, another popular area full of accommodations. Tickets cost 15 kuna (around $2.25) and are valid for one hour.
If you plan on exploring more than just the Old Town, you'll probably want a car and you can pick up a rental easily enough at the airport. When you do visit the city, though, you’ll have to park at a public car park. Ilijina Glavica car park is about a 10-minute walk to the Old City and charges 15 kuna per hour (about $2.25) or 180 kuna (about $27) for the day. Your U.S. driver's license will suffice.
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