Want to know how to get from Dubrovnik to Mljet? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the three ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Mljet
Mljet is the southernmost of Croatia’s islands in the Adriatic. A third of the island is a National Park — a panoramic display of natural beauty. Best explored on a bicycle, Mljet is perfect for those looking for a slow and serene holiday.
Among the island’s highlights are the Small and Big Lakes, St. Mary’s Island and its Benedictine monastery, as well as Odysseus’ Cave (named after the Greek hero who legends say took shelter here after a shipwreck!). It’s easy enough to explore all these in a day, but we recommend that you stay overnight at least to fully appreciate the magic of Mljet.
3 ways to get from Dubrovnik to Mljet
There are three ways to travel the distance of 80 km (50 miles) from Dubrovnik to Mljet: by ferry (1h15m-1h25m), car ferry via prapratno (2h20m) and day trip (11 hours). The journey takes between 1h15m - 11h and the quickest way is by ferry. The lowest priced tickets start from 90 KN (€11.50) for the car ferry via prapratno.
If you’re travelling by car from Dubrovnik to Mljet, then you won’t be able to take the direct ferry.
Car ferries can only enter Mljet via Prapratno, a village located about 60 km northwest of Dubrovnik.
Foot passengers can also take this route, but it’s less convenient than the direct ferry since Prapratno is a 1-hour drive from Dubrovnik.
Step 1: Dubrovnik to Prapratno by Car or Bus
Costs: 63 KN (€8.00)
Costs: 63 KN (€8.00)
Depending on the traffic, the drive from Dubrovnik to Prapratno takes about an hour. Expect a scenic journey via the D8 highway.
Hoping to take this route as a foot passenger? You can take a bus, but note that there are no direct buses from Dubrovnik to Prapratno. Buses are available only up to Ston, which is still 4 km away from Prapratno.
Arriva is the only bus operator for the Dubrovnik to Ston route. A bus ticket costs 63 KN (€8.50) for the 1-hour journey.
Car Ferry via Prapratno options from Dubrovnik to Mljet
*This quoted price is excluding the fee of [eur 134 KN] per car.
Step 3: Sobra to Pomena by Car
Duration: 35 minutes
Duration: 35 minutes
Sobra is a port village in central Mljet. If your destination is the main tourist area at Pomena, then you’ll have to drive around 30 km to the island’s west coast. The journey takes around 35 minutes.
If you don’t have a car, you can simply take a bus. Bus 18 should take you straight from Sobra Port to Pomena in around 55 minutes.
Dubrovnik to Mljet by Ferry
Starts from: 125 KN (€16.00)
Cost: 125 KN (€16.00)
The cheapest and most direct way to travel from Dubrovnik to Mljet is by ferry. Kapetan Luka and TP Line operate on this route during the tourist season (April to October).
Prices start from 125 KN (€16.00). The travel time ranges from 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on the port where you will arrive at.
Departure and arrival station
Both ferries depart from Port Gruz in Dubrovnik. This port is around 4 km away from the Old Town.
Meanwhile, there are two major ferry ports in Mljet:
Pomena Port is already part of the National Park, and it is the best choice for tourists.
Sobra Port is an alternative option if your hotel is located in central Mljet or if you’re visiting somewhere around the area.
Many tourists prefer to visit Mljet for just a day. If you’re one of those, then you have the option to join a worry-free day trip from Dubrovnik to Mljet.
GetYourGuide offers an 11-hour tour of the island (including transfers to and from Mljet). This tour features a hike to the National Park, a visit to Big and Small Lake, a boat ride to the little island of St. Mary, as well as some free time to swim or explore further on foot.
This day trip kicks off at 08:00 and you can expect to be back at Dubrovnik in time for dinner around 19:00. Day trip rates start from 745 KN (€97.00) per person.
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