All you need to know about the Dubrovnik Airport – flights, parking, transfers to the old town and Montenegro. Even a cave under the airport.
- Getting from the airport to Dubrovnik – local bus transfers to Dubrovnik Bus Station
- Airport Bus to the old city of Dubrovnik
- From the airport to Dubrovnik city centre by taxi and Uber
- Dubrovnik shuttle transfers from the airport to Korcula and Peljesac
- Private transfers from the airport to Dubrovnik
- How to get to and from the airport in Dubrovnik to Kotor and the rest of Montenegro
- From the airport in Dubrovnik to Split
- Helicopter transfers from Dubrovnik to Montenegro
- Flights to Dubrovnik – which airlines are coming
- Cheap Flights to Dubrovnik
- Are there still seaplanes from Dubrovnik?
- Airport Arrivals in Dubrovnik
- Airport Departures in Dubrovnik
- A live airport webcam from Dubrovnik
- Are there any hotels near the airport in Dubrovnik?
- What is the airport code for Dubrovnik?
- Airport Parking in Dubrovnik
- Car rental from the airport in Dubrovnik
- Airport facilities in Dubrovnik – food, shopping, changing money
- Airport Map of Dubrovnik
- Flying to Dubrovnik – the bura wind
- Top Destinations to Dubrovnik (2017 numbers)
- Top Airlines at Dubrovnik (2017 passenger numbers)
- How many airline passengers pass through Dubrovnik?
- Expansion of the airport in Dubrovnik
- History of the airports of Dubrovnik
- Cave under Dubrovnik’s airport
- Dubrovnik Airport – useful numbers
The cheapest way to get from the airport to Dubrovnik is by local bus. Lines 11, 27 and 38 connect the two. The ticket price is 28 kuna. More info and the bus timetables here.
A very convenient service to get you into the centre of town quickly and efficiently is the non-stop airport shuttle service. For 55 kuna, it takes the passengers between the Dubrovnik Airport and Dubrovnik main bus station in the Gruž Port. You can also purchase an open return ticket for 80 kuna. The bus also makes a stop at the Dubrovnik Cable Car station, just outside of the Old Town Dubrovnik. It does not pick up passengers at the Pile Gate any more, so don’t wait for it there. The service runs 7 days a week all year. You can buy tickets online. Journey time is about 40 minutes.
Taxis are readily available at the airport for transfers to the old town of Dubrovnik. The price is in the region of 250 kuna, although try and agree the price in advance. Alternatively, Uber is also available in the city, and ordering via the ride-sharing app will set you back 180 kuna.
In 2017, Korkyra travel agency announced a great addition to the transfer scene. They were organising a comprehensive shuttle service from the airport to various locations on Pelješac and Korčula. You can find more info on airport shuttle transfers to Pelješac, Korčula and other destinations here. The Agency last published the schedule for the Korčula service in 2019. As soon as they announde the 2021 schedule, we’ll update the article with the link.
If you would like to arrange a private transfer from the airport to Dubrovnik, further afield in Croatia or neighbouring Montenegro, contact us at [email protected] Subject Dubrovnik Transfer
Dubrovnik is in Croatia, but for tourists heading to Montenegro, the airport at that location has long been an attractive option.
The airport is located less than 30 minutes from the border with Montenegro, and the number of international flights make it a viable option for those planning a holiday in Montenegro. Some people understandably want to check out the country of Wild Beauty, with UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bay of Kotor, a top destination.
While the distance is not great, the main border crossing can be VERY busy in season. Be advised to take that into account when planning your trip. For a more in-depth look at visiting Montenegro from the Čilipi airport, here is a detailed TCN article on the subject which we wrote earlier.
Dubrovnik and Split are two of the most popular destinations in Croatia for tourists to visit, with many flying into one city and out of the other. But there is no scheduled transfer from the airport to Split, and you will have to either have to organise a private transfer (please contact us on [email protected] for more details) or head into the city centre of Dubrovnik and organise onward travel.
Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian coast may have the elite reputation, but the big boats are mooring in neighbouring Montenegro. The arrival of Porto Montenegro and, more recently, The Chedi at Lustica Bay, has put Montenegro ahead of Croatia in terms of luxury tourism. That certainly holds true for the superyacht owners, who enjoy excellent facilities in the hands of Croatia’s southern neighbour.
Dubrovnik continues to be a huge draw for those tourists. The helicopter service from Tivat Airport is very busy in the high season, with its 15-minute transfer across the border to the airport in Dubrovnik. Tivat Airport is close to both Porto Montenegro and Lustica Bay. For more information, and to book, contact us at [email protected]
The traffic at the Dubrovnik Airport depends significantly on the season. During the winter, there are relatively few carriers flying to Dubrovnik. The number increases significantly during the high tourist season in the summer – of course, with the exception of the summer season of 2020. Last year was, understandbly, remarkably bad in terms of traffic and the number of carriers flying to Dubrovnik.
The Dubrovnik Airport website has the updated schedules available. Currently, the winter schedule (the link opens the .pdf file) is available. In 2021, the winter schedule is planned to last until March 27th. As soon as the summer schedule becomes available, we’ll link to it. As you can see from the schedule, there are relatively few carriers operating currently: Croatia Airlines, Trade Air, British Airways, and Vueling.
We’ll just have to wait and see how many carriers will return to Dubrovnik for the 2021 summer season.
One BIG addition to the airport was the American Airlines, who started connecting the Pearl of the Adriatic with the United States with direct flights from Philadelphia in 2019. It was the first time Dubrovnik and the USA have been connected directly since the Homeland War. It’s unclear whether and when the service might return.
For the latest on flight news to Dubrovnik and the rest of Croatia, follow the designated TCN flights page.
After the national carrier, Croatia Airlines, Dubrovnik used to belong to easyJet, who used to be the number 2 airline at the airport in terms of passenger traffic. They were followed by Jet2 and Vueling, and there are several low-cost carriers in the top 10 (see below).
One interesting addition was Ryanair, who announced in December 2018 that they would be commencing operations in Dubrovnik with flights from Dublin in June 2019. After many years of discussions and a full decade after the Irish carrier put Zadar on the map, they didn’t have a long run at the airport before the pandemic hit.
It remains to be seen which of the budget airlines will return to the Dubrovnik market, and how many passengers they’ll be able to get to the town.
There was an aviation revolution in Croatia on August 27, 2014, as the first scheduled seaplane operation in modern European aviation history took off from Resnik, close to Split Airport, arriving just 15 minutes later in Jelsa on the island of Hvar. An ambitious plan to connect Croatia’s Adriatic coast and islands included flights from the airport in Dubrovnik (some of the planes were amphibious) to destinations such as Korčula and downtown Split.
The service was discontinued in 2016, however, after the operator, European Coastal Airlines, was grounded. There have been rumours of new companies entering the Croatian seaplane market, but nothing concrete at time of writing. In addition, TCN recently interviewed an industry expert on the viability of seaplanes in Croatia.
For the latest information on arrivals to Dubrovnik, here is the link for scheduled incoming flights.
For the latest information on departures from Dubrovnik, here is the link for scheduled outgoing flights.
Want to keep up with the latest from the airport in Dubrovnik? Check out the live webcam.
There are no hotels at the airport itself. However, if you prefer not to take a transfer from the city centre, the closest hotel option is the 3-star Hotel Konavle in Čilipi. It is located just 2km from the airport.
The airport code for Dubrovnik is DBV.
Parking at the airport in Dubrovnik is much cheaper than Zagreb Airport, for example. There are some 200 parking spaces in total, and you can find the prices below:
The first 15 minutes are free, and after that the first two hours are 10 kuna each (for the first two hours, you’ll pay 20 kuna). After that, every additional hour is just 2 kuna. The lost airport parking ticket will cost you an even 1000 kuna.
As one would expect, the airport is well served with car rental options, and there are several car rental options in the airport terminal. Find your favourite below. One-way car rental options are an efficient and cost-effective method of onward travel. If you are heading to Montenegro, also check that the green card insurance is included in your rental agreement.
Dubrovnik is not the best-equipped airport in the world for food, shopping and other facilities, but it covers the basics – cafes, duty-free, newsagents, money exchange services and OTP bank. In early 2021, the strict pandemic-management rules are enforced at the airport. That means that you will have to have your masks on at all times in the terminal building, maintain distance and the cafes will be closed or just giving you food and/or beverages to-go.
One of the disadvantages of the airport in Dubrovnik, particularly during winter, is its susceptibility to the famous strong northern wind of Dalmatia – the bura. When the bura blows, life changes, and while I personally love it and happily walk around in t-shirt to blow away the cobwebs, life comes to a halt for many.
That includes the Dubrovnik airport, which is affected by the strong Northern winds. The most notable and the most tragic example of the mayhem bura can create at the airport happened on April 3rd, 1996, when an aircraft carrying the United States Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown and 34 more passengers crashed just before landing, killing all 35 of them (you can read more about that in an article on TCN). Because of the danger bura poses, it is not an uncommon occurrence for flights to be either cancelled or diverted to Split. Check the weather before flying and prepare yourself accordingly.
The latest statistics from the airport show both the seasonality of traffic, as well as the rapid growth of passenger traffic.
For true stats geeks, here are the numbers from 1962, and you can see the devastating effect of the Homeland War, how well Dubrovnik recovered and what the current pandemic has done to the traffic.
The openings of the new runway in 2019 and of the new terminal at Dubrovnik in 2017 are the two major latest developments of an airport which is undoubtedly showing the ambition to match the quality of the destination it serves. Currently, all other plans have been halted for further improvements or expansions of the airport, but follow the TCN dedicated page for any news.
The current airport is located in the Konavle region, close to the village of Čilipi, some 20km from the centre of Dubrovnik, and 6km from another popular destination – Cavtat. But it is not the first airport for the city. That accolade goes to Gruda, closer to Montenegro, where the first airport was built in 1936.
Construction on the Čilipi airport started in 1960, and commercial operations began in 1962. The airport gradually expanded until it was occupied, plundered and devastated by the Yugoslav army in 1991.
Reconstruction and recovery have been impressive and the new terminal building opened in 2017. In the same year, Dubrovnik subsequently handled more than 2 million passengers for the first time in history. This number was soon surpassed in 2018. With ongoing expansion, the sky is literally the limit.
And you thought everything of interest at the airport was above ground…
Under the runway and apron is Đurovića Cave, located under Močići village, which is also part of the airport these days. The cave is 199m long and was regularly visited until the 1960s, when construction of the airport began. It is currently (temporarily) closed due to the ‘Dubrovnik Airport Development Project’.
Flights from London to Dubrovnik are easily the most popular route to the Pearl of the Adriatic. Here are the 2017 top ten destinations connecting to the airport in terms of passenger numbers:
London 342454, Zagreb 175036, Paris 129518, Manchester 101194, Amsterdam 66356, Barcelona 65944, Helsinki 59496, Dublin 57260, Rome 56300, Madrid 54292, Stockholm 54248, Frankfurt 51468, Oslo 45922, Birmingham 46056, Vienna 42196
Croatia Airlines may still be the most popular carrier, but easyJet flights to Dubrovnik are on the increase. They head the list of options of cheap flights to Dubrovnik. Here are 2017’s top ten, by number of passengers and market share:
Croatia Airlines 428489 18,44%, easyJet 306791 13,21%, Jet2Com 142782 6,15%, Vueling Airlines 115317 4,96%, Thomson Airways 99449 4,28%, Austrian Airlines 88678 3,82%, Lufthansa 87921 3,78%, Norwegian Air Shuttle 87278 3,76%, Norwegian Air International 84543 3,64%, Monarch Airlines 84024 3,62%, Eurowings 81931 3,53%, British Airways 81915 3,53%, Turkish Airlines 55340 2,38%
AIRPORT PASSENGER’S SERVICE Phone
Passenger’s Service Coordinator +385 20 773 243, Station Manager +385 20 773 300 [email protected]
AIRPORT SERVICES Phone
Airport Police Office +385 20 444 039, Airport Police – International departure +385 20 773 913, Emergency (First Aid) +385 20 773 215, Fire Department + 385 20 773 366, Security Service +385 20 773 926, Customs – for passengers +385 20 773 158, Customs – Cargo +385 20 773 157, Customs – International departure +385 20 773 159
AIRLINES – AIRPORT OFFICE Phone Fax
Croatia Airlines – Sales/Ticketing desk +385 20 773 232 +385 20 772 240, British Airways – Sales/Ticketing desk +385 20 773 212, Turkish Airlines – Sales/Ticketing desk +385 20 773 960
Other airlines (Atlas-desk representative) +385 20 773 332
For more information about Dubrovnik Airport, visit the official website.
For the latest from Dubrovnik Airport, follow the dedicated TCN page.