Quick Facts about Mostar
- The most important city in the Herzegovina region, its cultural capital, and the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation
- Fifth-largest city in the country
- Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge)
How to Get to Mostar and the Old Bridge in Mostar
Tour Group: Mostar is about 130 kilometers south of Sarajevo and 130 kilometers north of Dubrovnik. If you want to quickly visit the bridge and don't want to stay in Mostar for the night both are great starting points for day trips. There are many companies that coordinate tours of Mostar from both towns. Do not worry about booking in advance.
Sarajevo to Mostar Tours: I suggest Bestination Tours. I worked with Halid to tour the countryside and transport from Sarajevo to Mostar and had an amazing experience. You can read more here. Contact Bestination Tours by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rental Car: It is possible to drive yourself and renting a car is possible in both Croatia and Bosnia. Google maps works great in both countries and the roads are very easy to drive on.
Train: There is a train from Sarajevo to Mostar that is very cheap but only take this if you are traveling in a decent sized group. There are gypsy's on the train who rob tourists if they are alone. I'm not kidding. Yes, gypsy's.
Bus: The bus station in Mostar was right on the edge of town, about a 15 minute walk from the old bridge. There are buses frequently from the surrounding cities including Sarajevo and Dubrovnik. I took a bus from Mostar to Dubrovnik for about $16. You can read more about taking a bus from Dubrovnik to Mostar here. LINK
How to get around in Mostar
Mostar is extremely small and you will be able to walk around the whole town quite easily. The main bridge is in the center of the city.
Things to Do in Mostar
Stari Most - Old Bridge in Mostar
Obviously, the main reason most make the trip to Mostar is to see this gorgeous bridge. Stari Most is a 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects the two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed in November 1993 by Croatian forces during the Croat–Bosniak War. The bridge was reconstructed using original stones they found in the river and reopened in July 2004.
The Neretva, also known as the Narenta, is the largest river of the eastern part of the Adriatic basin.
Karagöz Bey Mosque is a mosque in the city of Mostar. Its big dome and high minaret it is the largest in the region.
Best Day Trips from Mostar
I went to the waterfalls on a private tour with Bestination Tours. You can read all about that tour here. But the waterfall is super close to Mostar and I highly suggest you visit the watering hole for a bit of swimming if the weather is nice.
Read on: How to get to Kravica Waterfall
If you want to stay in the actual city of Mostar (not on the cliff above the city) there aren't many options. I stayed with Muslibegovic Museum and Hotel and LOVED my stay there. The hotel is furnished and true to Ottoman Empire days and quite beautiful.
You can read my full review here.