The route is priced route (10 - 22 EUR) and only takes around 3 hours, so I'm thinking we can do it. The catch is we are in our late eighties. (Yes, old but energetic). No real mobility problems, if we walk slowly!) Traveling with one medium bag. Is it realistic, safe, comfortable? Or would a private driver be better? Has anyone done this? Thanks.
Is it realistic, safe, comfortable?
Of course to all three. Older people take buses in the Balkans too. Buses are typically safer than private cars - I don't see a need to hire a private driver for this trip.
It will be fine. The only problem will be your getting to the station in Mostar and to your accommodation in Sarajevo.
In 2014, we were going to take the bus from Mostar to Dubrovnik, on Oct 30. The bus had ended for the season. So, just make sure that the bus is running. You don't say when you are doing this trip.
Thanks for the tip on the bus schedules. We'll be going from Mostar to Sarajevo on September 26. I'll double check the schedules when we get to Mostar to confirm our options.
There are buses almost every hour, it takes cca 2,5 hours. Main bus company is Autoprevoz and their ticket is cca 20 KM (10 euro) one way plus 1 KM per bag for bigger bags that are not hand luggage. There is also a train once a day which is more comfortable and costs less (11 KM), but takes also around 2,5 hours. Also the view is not so spectacular as from the bus (especially from Mostar to Jaablanica). Bus usually stays in Konjic (half way) so that passengers can stretch their legs for 5 minutes or buy something. The only thing I don't like is that in summmer air condition is sometimes on when it is not really necessarry. Sometimes not always. Taxi from station to most places in central Sarajevo is less than 7-8 KM.rather cheap in comparison with the rest of Europe. However someone may charge you more just because you are not local. Taxi from Mo to Sa would cost you cca 150 KM.
Well, despite everyone’s views (thanks BTW) we ended up with a private transfer, and I’m glad we did. Several en route stops, including Jablanica, for the museum of the WW II Battle of Neretva, and Konjic, which we never would have seen any other way. Worth the extra $$, no doubt.
How was the road? I was speaking to a guide in Sarajevo today and she said it could be a 3 hour drive or a 6 hour drive depending on the traffic on the 2 lane road. She encouraged the train.
I hired private transfer from Sarajevo to Kljuc (fishing trip) about 4 hours away. Worked out good. Prices reasonable too. Lots of great stops along the way. Interesting and beautiful country. So good that I think April I do Kljuc, Sarajevo and Mostar.
The road was great, no problems at all. Took 5 hours with a couple of stops. I can see where traffic could be a problem, but it wasn’t for us. The train looks wonderful—inexpensive, clean, reliable. But, it leaves Mostar at 0630, which was too early for us.
I try not to do 6:30 on holiday too. In April I will have to figure out a route. Mostar to Kruje to Sarajevo might work. But how to get to Mostar? Maybe from Podgorica.... I'm looking for a links to Budapest at each end. Sarajevo to Budapest is 25€. Podgorica, not much more. But this country is worth the effort.