Dubrovnik (pronounced [dǔbroːʋnik], Italian: Ragusa, Greek: Ragoùsa) is a city on the Adriatic Sea coast of Croatia, positioned at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva county. Its total population is 42,641 (census 2011).[1] In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik has always been based on maritime trade. In the Middle Ages, as the Republic of Ragusa, also known as a Maritime Republic (together with Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa, Venice and other Italian cities), it became the only eastern Adriatic city-state to rival Venice. Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries.

The beginning of tourism in Dubrovnik is often associated with the construction of the late 19th-century luxury hotels in Croatia, such as Grand Hotel (1890) in Opatija and the Hotel Imperial (1897) in Dubrovnik.[2] According to CNNGo, Dubrovnik is among the 10 best medieval walled cities in the world and among the 10 best places in the world for a fairytale proposal of the Valentine's Day.[3][4] Although Dubrovnik was demilitarised in the 1970s to protect it from war, in 1991, after the breakup of Yugoslavia, it was besieged by Serb-Montenegrin forces for seven months and received significant shelling damage.


Useful Information:

Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa). There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa coins, 1, 2, 5 and 25 Kuna coins and 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Kuna banknotes.

Foreign currencies:
Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies, hotels and camping grounds. Banking hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays banks are open until 1 p.m. In the larger cities some banks are also open on Sundays.

Credit cards:
Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard,
Visa, Sport Card International). Cash dispensing machines are ubiquitous.

Air -
Dubrovnik Airport is about 20 kilometres from Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, bus transport to Dubrovnik is organised for each regular flight. Departures include bus transport from the bus terminal one and a half hours before the flights of Croatia Airlines and Austrian Airlines. For all other regular flights the bus from the bus terminal leaves 2 hours before the flight.

A taxi service is available all day. The price of the drive from the Dubrovnik Airport to Dubrovnik is between 200 and 235 kunas, depending on the part of the city where the hotel is located.
Radio taxi center - 00385 20 970, 0800 0970

Bus - The newly built Dubrovnik Bus Terminal is situated in Gruž, in the vicinity of the harbour.  All city districts are excellently connected with frequent regular bus lines. The public bus time-tables are posted at every bus stop. They are also available at the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Information Offices and at your hotel reception desk.

Bus tickets can be obtained from the bus driver (15 kunas), at kiosks (S ticket - 12 kunas), at the Libertas Company ticket-windows at Pile, Bus Terminal and in Mokošica, at hotel reception desks and tourist agencies.

Please prepare the exact amount for the tickets purchased on the bus, because the driver cannot give you change. The purchased bus ticket, after being clipped for the first time, is valid for one hour for an unlimited number of rides within the city.

The magnet card payment system involves turning the front side of the ticket containing the magnetic strip towards you and inserting it into the ticket-machine, after which you take the ticket out.

If you have a contactless bus ticket, you merely press it against the sensor.

Boat - Dubrovnik has excellent boat connections to other Croatian harbours and to Bari Harbour in Italy. Dubrovnik also has daily boat lines to the nearby islands (Koločep, Lopud, Šipan and Mljet, and seasonal lines to Korčula and Lastovo).

Gruž Harbour is 2 kilometres from the Old City. Jadrolinija Agency, banks, ATM, exchange offices, parking lot, Konzum Supermarket, Srđ Department Store, open-air green market, Petka Hotel, several agencies, Rent-a car and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Information Office are located in close proximity to the harbour. The Old City is about 20 minutes walk from the harbour

Voltage of city power grid - 220V, frequency 50HZ

Tap water is potable throughout Croatia.

Telephone information:
The telephone code for Croatia is +385.

Time zone:
GMT plus one hour in winter and GMT plus two in summer.

Information for Disabled Persons
Disabled persons have access to all public and governmental institutions within city walls. To book the transporter for the stairs at the city museums, churches and other institutions please call 00385 (0) 99 915 2834. The transporter size matches the size of the majority of standard wheelchairs, which can also be rented upon request. The transporter service is free of charge, but you can give a donation to the Dubrovnik Multiple Sclerosis Society. If you are not satisfied with the service please call Tel. No. 020 425 086

To obtain further information visit the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Information Office