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Dubrovnik to Mostar

Hi, looking for suggestions to get to Mostar from Dubrovnik. There is a train but it gets in later than we want. What other methods has anyone used? If you have used private transport and were happy with them, can you supply a name?

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I had a great experience with Taxi Pajo on a trip from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik via Mostar. The owner and primary driver, Mili Pajo, was outstanding: excellent behind the wheel, really knowledgable about the history and culture of the area, good conversationalist (but also fine with quiet if that's what you prefer), timely, and very aware of the best routes, traffic patterns, border crossings, etc. We had a little extra time, so he made some stops along the way for us to quickly explore a few small towns. He also took us to an amazing cafe in Mostar run by his brother in law and encouraged us to walk around for as long as we wanted. Highly recommended!

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https://www.facebook.com/mostartaxi/ or https://taxipajo.com/en/home/

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We rented a car and drove there. The roads were excellent and it was an easy drive. After that we drove to Split - again....great highway, toll road, and easy to navigate.

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When I needed transportation from Dubrovnik to Mostar (about 5 years ago), I signed up for a day trip with a private company, Select Dubrovnik, which used a large van that held about 20 people. I researched day trips and found Select Dubrovnik which was willing to let me leave the tour in Mostar. (Another company said that their license required that their passengers had to return to Dubrovnik.) The van picked us up in a piazza a few steps outside the Pile Gate to the old city of Dubrovnik. The trip's name was "Mostar and Kravica Waterfalls with Turkish house." and cost approx. $50 US. I didn't see the waterfalls because that was part of the return trip to Dubrovnik. When we got to Mostar, I went with the tour group to see some of Mostar with the guide, then I returned to the van, retrieved my luggage, and walked a few blocks to my pensione. This arrangement worked well for me because I was traveling alone and the distances to pull my luggage from Dub. apt. to van and then from van to Mostar pensione, were short and manageable.

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I highly recommend Petar Vlasic for any transfers or tours in that area. He is very professional and a wealth of knowledge.

Bus for sure. It's annoying as it crosses the border a bunch of times but it's fine. Check out busticket4me or the other agregators. It's quite easy, albeit a bit of a rip-off. But that's Dubrovnik.

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Thanks to everyone for responses. Great idea about checking out a tour group that would let us jump off at Mostar. Never thought of that one!

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We wanted to visit Mostar from Dubrovnik. I am looking for suggestions of rental car companies names. I've read there are high fees when you cross the border and you have to pay for gps. It seems like we could drive to Mostar and hire a guide there for a lot less than taking a guided tour. I'm trying to weigh to weigh the pros and cons.

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Sarajane, from what we are finding and have been told by others, the fee is not driving into other countries but dropping the car off in another country. That's when there are very stiff fees. That's why we are trying to find alternative methods to Mostar. We're going there for a few days and then on to Sarajevo so we don't want to drop a car there that we picked up in Croatia. If you are just turning around and coming back to Dubrovnik and dropping the car back there, you should be find.

We've been searching for alternative transportation because the bus gets in late in Mostar so we will probably just hire a driver that can get us there earlier or do the recommendation above, going with a tour group and jumping off in Mostar

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Thank you so much for the clarification. Have a wonderful trip and I hope you'll find your answer soon.

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Regardless of the method you choose, remember to carry your passport and any necessary visas, as you'll be crossing the border between Croatia (EU) and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also, it's always a good idea to start your journey early to make the most of your day in Mostar, where you can explore its rich history, visit the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), and enjoy delicious Bosnian cuisine.

Bus Service: Buses are a popular and convenient way to travel between Dubrovnik and Mostar. There are several daily bus services, and the journey takes approximately 3-4 hours depending on the border crossing time. Buses typically offer a comfortable ride with scenic views along the way.

Private Transport or Taxi: Hiring a private car or taxi is a more flexible and comfortable option, though it's also more expensive. Private transport allows you to leave at a time that suits you and can also offer the opportunity to stop at interesting places along the route. Unfortunately, I can't provide specific company names, but a quick online search or inquiry at your accommodation in Dubrovnik should give you several reputable options. Make sure to check reviews and compare prices.

Car Rental: Renting a car gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace and explore off-the-beaten-path destinations. The drive from Dubrovnik to Mostar is straightforward, with clear signs and well-maintained roads. However, remember to check the rental company’s policy on cross-border travel and any additional insurance you might need.

Guided Tours: There are various tour operators in Dubrovnik that offer day trips or multi-day tours to Mostar. This option combines transport with guided sightseeing, providing a structured yet insightful experience. Tours often include stops at other points of interest, such as Počitelj or Kravica Waterfalls.

Shared Rides or Carpooling: Platforms like BlaBlaCar might offer shared rides from Dubrovnik to Mostar. This can be a cost-effective and sociable way to travel, though availability can vary.

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Thanks for your reply and the plethora of info. We are looking at private transport at this point. While there are two buses a day, one we can't make because we are coming from Korcula and the other we simply arrive too late for us to enjoy the extra time in Mostar. Renting a car is insane. Drop off fees are steep because of different countries which makes the private transport more affordable. For us at this point, private transport seems more doable and easier. We have some recommendations (some listed above) about wonderful drivers who will stop for sites and also give us history. While we typically in Europe love public transportation, "splurging" on a private transport seems to make sense.

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Daniel, thanks again! When I reread your info, I realized it never occurred to me to look at ride sharing. I'm going to investigate that right now and see if that might be the best of all worlds!