Last updated 12 December 2017
You can say that 243 days of visits by cruise ships is quite a lot and makes the port of Dubrovnik pretty busy, especially in July, August and September.
The main port with its 1200m long quay is located in Gruž district. All intercity and international ferries run from this port as well as most of the local ferries with exception of the Lokrum island ferry and Cavtat boats which run from the old town port. Ferries leave from the pier at the southern point (to the left of the port building) while the cruise ships usually berth to the north (right of the port building).
The distance from the port to the old town is approximately 3.5km - a 45 minute walk. Buses 1A and 1B run back and forth every 10-15 minutes until past midnight during summer.
Among the services for cruise ship passengers are the following:
car parking for 300 cars, shuttle bus service to the old town and back, information offices, newsstands, food and beverage areas, luggage deposit and a lost and found service.
In the past several years Dubrovnik has become one of the major cruise ship destinations on the Mediterranean and due to a big interest from cruise companies, it also has to limit the number of cruise passengers.
In most cases the number of cruise passengers is limited to up to 8.000 per day, a number which is still discussed about as many of the ships arrive at the same time and leave at the same time, causing a floating congestion zone in the whole city.
Just imagine 10,000+ cruise ship guests, about 3,000 guests and 40,000 inhabitants on a bit over 21.35 km2. Point made.
We truly hope Dubrovnik will do its best to avoid being a one-stop (3-hour) destination and concentrate more on the guests overnighting and exploring its beauties. (those who actually know where they are)
Ferry timetables for boat connections from Port Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik City Bus Map
Even though you can get from one part of the city to the other within an one hour walk, Dubrovnik has a really good public transport service. There is a bus heading to each part of the town every 10-20 minutes. The Dubrovnik Main Bus station where all international and intercity busses arrive and depart is located in Gruž (New Harbour)
Dubrovnik main bus station
All intercity and international buses depart from the main bus terminal located in Gruz port.