Note: During the winter season in Croatia, ferry services run less regularly. You can visit the booking websites discussed in this article to check the updated availability.
How to get from Makarska to Dubrovnik
Dubbed as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, the striking Dubrovnik will enchant you with its ancient, walled medieval city. Almost like it is pulled from a book, Dubrovnik’s baroque architecture and limestone streets, backdropped by the ever-glistening Adriatic, are a sight to behold.
If you’re a fan of the hit TV series Game of Thrones, then you’ll find most of its streets familiar. Dubrovnik was the main location for the show’s King’s Landing. And yes, that includes the alley where they shot Cersei’s iconic walk of shame!
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The distance from Makarska to Dubrovnik 150 km. The trip takes 3 hours by bus and also 3 hours by ferry. Rates are 87 KN (€11.50) and 304 KN (€40) respectively.
On a budget? The bus is the cheapest way to get from Makarska to Dubrovnik. This option is also available all year round. You can get a ticket for around 87 KN (€11.50) and the travel time is 3 hours.
The ferry is more expensive, but a very scenic alternative. You’ll be rewarded with lovely coastal views throughout the 3-hour journey. A ferry ride from Makarska to Dubrovnik costs 304 KN (€40). This option is available only during the tourist season (June to September).
The bus is the cheapest option when travelling from Makarska to Dubrovnik. There are at least 4 operators for the Makarska to Dubrovnik route all year round, so this option is available even outside the tourist season (June to September).
Trips are scattered throughout the day. As all of these buses receive good reviews, you can simply take a bus that departs at your desired schedule.
Tickets costs start from 87 KN (€11.50), and travel time is around 3 hours.
You will be dropped off at Dubrovnik Bus Terminal. This terminal is about 4 km from the Old Town of Dubrovnik. From here you can get a taxi to your accommodation. We recommend checking the Bolt taxi app for the best prices.
Another way to travel from Makarska to Dubrovnik is by ferry.
Kapetan Luka is the lone ferry sailing from Makarska to Dubrovnik. This ferry is available only during the tourist season from June to September. This option is a scenic but more expensive alternative if you run out of bus tickets.
A ticket costs 304 KN (€40) for the 3-hour ferry ride. That’s more than double the price of the bus, but we think it’s worth it if you want some extra sightseeing. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the Croatian coast throughout the journey.
Departure and arrival station
You can board the ferry at Makarska Ferry Port in the city centre. If you’re staying in the city centre, you can easily reach the port on foot.
The ferry docks at Port Gruz, which is just beside the bus terminal in Dubrovnik.
We recommend booking your tickets via BookAway in advance to secure your seat on the ferry.
Our favourite places to stay in Dubrovnik
Important: Tourism in Croatia is very seasonal. Much of the available accommodation in Croatia is fully booked in the summer, but many sites are closed in the winter months. With July and August being the peak season, rates can rise 3 times as high as compared the low season or shoulder months. We recommend booking your accommodation at least 1 month in advance to lock in better rates.
Rooms Franica is a great choice if you’re travelling on a budget. The rooms are surrounded by gardens flourishing with flowers, plus your own patio. The beach is within walking distance and the Old Town is only 10 minutes away by bus.
The bonus of staying in a guesthouse is that you’re instantly made to feel at home. The hosts are super helpful and the rooms are comfortable and clean, offering everything you need.
This guesthouse is a magical blend of the old and the new. It boasts a modern flare, whilst still celebrating its origins with its exposed stone walls.
The hotel is located within Dubrovnik’s UNESCO- listed Old Town. You can’t really get a better location than this. Plus, the beach is also only 130 meters away! The owners treat you like their own family offering you apples, coffee and other treats.
If your heart is set on staying here, make sure to book it straight away as this Villa gets booked up fast! And for good reason.
Everything is at your doorstep, as you’ll be situated within the Old Town. This means that any window you look out of, offers you stunning views of Dubrovnik. The star of the show has to be Villa Four’s host. She takes the hotel to another level!
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