Dubrovnik to Makarska

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How to get from Dubrovnik to Makarska?

Makarska is a beach resort town in southern Croatia, on the Adriatic coast. It is the centre of Makarska Riviera, a popular tourist destination for its stunning natural wonders – turquoise waters, lush hills, and panoramic coasts.

In summer, it is bustling with sun-loving vacationers, and you’ll find it fully alive from sun-up to sundown. Outside the tourist season, this small city becomes so quiet, making it a perfect time to enjoy its colourful cultural heritage and Baroque architecture.

2 ways to get from Dubrovnik to Makarska

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus3hrs 10m117 KN (€15.50)Check bus tickets
Ferry3hrs 5m305 KN (€40.50)Check ferry tickets

There are 2 ways you can travel the 150km distance from Dubrovnik to Makarska. You can take a 3-hour-10-minute bus with fares from 117 KN (€15.50) or a 3-hour-5-minute ferry with rates from 305 KN (€40.50).

The bus is the better option for those on a budget. Ticket prices start from 117 KN (€15.50), less than half compared to the ferry ride. Another advantage is that most buses operate between Dubrovnik and Makarska all year round.

Ferries, on the other hand, are only available during the high season (June to September). They are more expensive at 305 KN (€40.50), but they also offer a very scenic journey from Dubrovnik to Makarska.

Itinerary from Dubrovnik to Makarska

Dubrovnik to Makarska by Bus

Duration: 3hrs 10m
Cost: 117 KN (€15.50)
Duration: 3hrs 10m
Cost: 117 KN (€15.50)

The cheapest option to travel from Dubrovnik to Makarska is by bus.

There are 4 bus operators plying this route and most of the buses are available all year round.

Still, we recommend double-checking schedules beforehand so that you can plan your trip to Makarska accordingly.

Ticket prices start from 87 KN (€11.50), but that’s for the midnight trip. Fares for day buses start from 117 KN (€15.50). The bus ride takes a little over 3 hours.

Departure & Arrival station

All buses depart from Dubrovnik Bus Terminal, which you can find 4km north of the fortified town. This bus terminal is just beside the ferry terminal.

They arrive at Makarska Central Bus Station in Makarska city centre. From here, you can easily walk to your accommodation if it’s located in the centre.

Bus Schedules from Dubrovnik to Makarska

Bus OperatorScheduleCosts
Croatia Bus21:00-00:0587 KN (€11.50)
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117 KN (€15.50)
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Cazmatrans Promet11:00-14:15125 KN (€16.50)
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Promet Makarska14:15-17:25135 KN (€17.50)
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Dubrovnik to Makarska by Ferry

Duration: 3hrs 05m
Cost: 305 KN (€40.50)
Duration: 3hrs 05m
Cost: 305 KN (€40.50)

During the high season, the ferry is a great alternative to get from Dubrovnik to Makarska.

Kapetan Luka is the only ferry sailing on this route. They offer 1 trip daily from June to September.

Although a ferry ride is double the price of the bus, it’s a nice way to combine transport with sightseeing. The coastal views from the ferry are truly amazing!

A ticket costs 302 KN (€40) for the 3-hour ferry ride.

Departure & Arrival station

The ferry departs from Port Gruz in Dubrovnik and arrives at Makarska Ferry Port.

Both ports are just within the city centres, where most hotels and restaurants are located.

Ferry Schedule from Dubrovnik to Makarska

Ferry OperatorScheduleCosts
Kapetan Luka*16:00-19:05305 KN (€40.50)
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*UPDATE: The Kapetan Luka ferry is currently (September 2022) not available. Please check the provided link if anything has changed.

Our favourite places to stay in Makarska

Apartments Pivac - Budget Friendly

The apartments are large, spacious and modern. There’s plenty of spaces to relax, whether it be in the sitting area, the balcony or dining area. It’s a perfect choice for both couples or if you’re travelling as a group, as apartments are available for up to 4 people.

Staying here you’ll be close to both the beach and the centre of Makarsa. You’ll also have an amazing stay due to the friendly and helpful hosts, who will do their best to give you an incredible stay.

  • New and modern apartments
  • Fully-equipped kitchens
  • Balcony
  • Great location

Private rooms start from €31 per night

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Apartments Nikolina - Mid-Range

Nikolina apartments is as close as you’re going to get to a 10 out of 10 accommodation. Especially for such a low price! You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an interior design magazine when you see these apartments. They’re ultra-modern, clean and homely.

As if the apartment isn’t enough, the hosts go above and beyond to make your stay perfect. Just sit back and relax as you admire the sea view from your large private terrace.

  • Beautiful and modern apartments
  • Amazing hosts
  • Terrace with sea view
  • Large and comfy bed

Private apartments start from €41 per night

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Boutique Hotel Ani - Treating Yourself

Once you step foot in this hotel, you won’t want to leave. You’ll feel like you’re at a luxury retreat, with the swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and gym! There’s plenty of other places to relax too, like on the sunloungers, in the outdoor lounge area by the bar or on your private balcony.

The exceptional breakfast served every morning will be the only thing that will make you want to get out of your huge, comfy bed.

  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Hot tub and sauna
  • Onsite bar and restaurant

Private rooms start from €111 per night, including breakfast

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