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Arriving by car

Arriving to Dubrovnik by car gives you the opportunity to see other beautiful parts of Croatia, even when driving on the highway. The highway to Dubrovnik isn't complete; it ends in Ploče from where you have around 100 kilometers more to get to Dubrovnik. Traffic jams on Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina border are not big and very quickly you go through the 15 kilometer strip of land that gives Bosnia access to open sea.


Arriving from North Italy via Rijeka


By highway


If you choose to take the highway from Rijeka to Dubrovnik, you will first have to drive towards Zagreb, to Bosiljevo junction, from where you continue towards Split and Ploče where the highway ends, and then further towards Dubrovnik. If you're tired from a long journey, you can leave the highway for a while and visit the Krka National park near Šibenik (traffic signs will show you where to turn). Unlike the Krka National park, Plitvice lakes National park isn't close to the highway. If you like climbing, you'll be passing near the beautiful Biokovo mountain that you can visit as well. Paklenica National park also isn't far from the highway. When you go through the six kilometer long tunnel of St. Rok, you'll see traffic signs telling you where to turn.


Regular road


If you decide to take the regular roads from Rijeka to Dubrovnik your journey will take longer and will be more strenuous, but ultimately cheaper and you'll get the chance to enjoy the beauty of the Adriatic coast. The journey follows the route Rijeka-Senj-Karlobag-Maslenica-Split-Makarska-Ploče-Dubrovnik. Of course, along the whole way you can combine the highway with the regular roads. If you don't like traffic jams and slow driving, we recommend you take the highway for the Split-Makarska-Ploče route, but if you don't mind slow driving and if you like sandy beaches along the way where you can pause and rest, fell free to take that route. Makarska riviera is full of sandy beaches and the road passes just next to the sea.


Along the way you can stop in any seaside town. We recommend Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Trogir and Makarska.


Arriving from Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland via Zagreb


By highway


Take the highway from Zagreb to Split and Ploče and then continue towards Dubrovnik. If you get hungry along the way and want to try something unique and authentic, it's best if you stopped in the Neretva valley where you can enjoy some frog and eel specialties.


Regular road


It's best to take the highway from Zagreb to Karlovac and then get off the highway in Karlovac and continue with regular roads towards Knin, Sinj and then Split. By taking this route you'll drive through the Plitvice lakes National park. Make sure to stop and enjoy what is probably the most beautiful Croatian national park. Along the way you'll see Rastoke, a place that looks as if it came from a fairy tale, the beautiful scenery of Velebit and the interesting old Croatian town of Knin. If you get hungry along the way, it's best to try meat specialties in the hinterland of Split. Places like Klis, Trilj and Sinj offer fresh lamb at affordable prices. When you get to Split you can continue on the highway or take the regular roads depending on how much time you want to spend to get to Dubrovnik. If you choose to take the coastal road, you'll travel slowly, but you'll enjoy the view of the islands and the blue sea.


Arriving from Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland via Osijek


This way, instead through Croatia, will take you through the neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina. From Osijek you should continue to Sarajevo and then through Mostar to Metković and then you continue towards Dubrovnik. For those of you coming from central Europe, this is the longest route but also the most exciting. Bosnia is a European country with an oriental twist. If you take this road, make sure to try ćevapi and mixed meat in Sarajevo, and don't forget to visit Mostar.


Arriving from Romania and Bulgaria


It's easiest to take the road to Leskovac in Serbia and then towards Peć and Podgorica where you continue towards Budva and then follow the coastal road to Herceg-Novi and the Croatian border. There is also a continental route through Montenegro but it's best to get to the coast to see the beautiful bay of Boka Kotorska, the town of Kotor and St. Stefan.

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