While I was traveling through Eastern Europe in April of 2017 I decided to take a bus from Mostar to Dubrovnik. The experience was fairly straight forward but I found very little info on the bus system between Bosnia and Croatia while I was researching for the trip. I'm here to fix that. Here are all the questions I had when trying to figure out if it was possible to take a bus from Mostar to Dubrovnik.
Where is the bus station in Mostar?
The bus station is right on the edge of the city. About a 15-minute walk from the old bridge (Stari Most). I walked there easily from Muslibegovic Hotel, where I stayed while in Mostar.
Where is the bus station in Dubrovnik?
The bus station in Dubrovnik is on the outside of the city. Once you are dropped off you can take a local bus to the main walled city or a flat-rate cheap ($10) taxi to the walled city.
How much is a bus from Mostar to Dubrovnik?
My bus ticket was about $16. I bought the ticket in Mostar but luckily they accepted Euros.
Should I book a ticket ahead for a bus from Mostar to Dubrovnik?
I didn't and don't really see a reason to do so. Or a way to be honest. The bus I boarded was less than a third full.
How long is the bus ride from Mostar to Dubrovnik?
Long. I looked up the route on google maps and saw it was around 3 hours. That is also what it said online. But that doesn't take into account that you have to go through customs THREE times. Yes, you read that right...three times.
The bus rides south into Croatia (checkpoint one), then back into a tiny portion of Bosnia (checkpoint two) and about 5 kilometers later back into Croatia (checkpoint three). Why they go this way I have no idea but each checkpoint takes between 30 mins to an hour to get through. Altogether, the bus from Mostar to Dubrovnik took almost 5 hours.
Of course, you can always do this route in reverse and take a bus from Dubrovnik to Mostar! Just don't try to visit the city of Mostar in one day via bus. That would be a long and hard day.