As Croatia is part of the EU, citizens of other EU member states can enter Croatia without a visa.
Citizens of EU countries can enter with their identity card instead of a passport. Otherwise, a passport is required for entry into Croatia.
In addition, Croatia intends to join the Schengen Agreement soon, so many of the visa requirements and exemptions that apply to Schengen will also apply to Croatia.
Several countries have entered into visa waiver agreements with Croatia, allowing their nationals to visit Croatia for up to 90 days without a visa. However, other countries still require a valid visa to travel to Croatia.
For more details, see the website of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Getting to Dubrovnik
Regardless of Dubrovnik’s geographical location and its remoteness in the very south of Croatia, near the border with Montenegro, getting to Dubrovnik is not complicated, as there are several ways to reach the city: Flights, buses, ferries, and roads. Note: there are no train connections to Dubrovnik.
For more information, visit the official websites of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and Croatian Nacional Tourist Board
Dubrovnik airport is about 30 minutes/20 kilometers away from the conference venue.
Croatia is located in the Central European time zone. Standard time is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).
Croatian is the official language. English is widely spoken. French, Italian, and German are also spoken in the tourist industry.
General Shopping Hours
Most stores are open all year round from Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 20:00. In summer, the opening hours of most stores are extended until 21:00, and in the historic center of the old town, stores, especially souvenir stores, are usually open until 22:00.
Most stores are not open on Sundays and holidays, except for the souvenir stores and some other stores in the historic center, which are open on Sundays and holidays during the summer months. Grocery stores in all parts of the city are usually open on Sunday mornings until 14:00.
Most pharmacies in Dubrovnik are open six days a week from 08:00 to 18:00 in the low season and from 08:00 to 20:00 in the high season.
There are two pharmacies that are open around the clock and they alternate every week. The pharmacies that are open at night are listed in the daily newspapers.
All parts of Dubrovnik city are well connected by frequent, regular bus lines.
From the hotel, you can easily take public buses to the city center and back. Bus line 6 will take you to the old town. This is one of the most frequent and popular bus lines in the city, as it connects the Old Town with the Lapad peninsula.
USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS
Description / Phone number:
- Police and all emergencies 112,192
- Dubrovnik Airport: +385 (20) 773 377
- Bus station: +385 60 30 50 70
- Dubrovnik General Hospital: +385 (20) 431 777
- Office city tourism, City of Dubrovnik: +385 (20) 351 047
In Croatia, as you would expect, there are two climatic zones – one on the coast and one inland.
Climate and weather in Croatia – coast
On the coast, there is a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry, and sunny weather in summer and relatively mild – though sometimes wet – weather in winter.
Average summer temperatures range from the mid to high 20s, although it is more likely to reach into the 30s or high 80s, or low 90s.
Winters are cooler, of course, although temperatures never really drop below 5 °C. Anything colder than that is considered freak weather, although it’s not technically impossible – in the last decade, parts of Dalmatia, such as Zadar and Split, have had occasional snowfall. Some winters have even seen a light blanket of snow in Dubrovnik (one of Croatia’s southernmost points).
It’s not uncommon for summer weather to continue into the fall, with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees Celsius – which means some hardy souls still head to the beach for a swim.
In general, however, you will still experience some sunny days on the coast even in autumn and winter, although it can get quite rainy at times.
The sunniest island in Croatia is Hvar, where the sun shines over 2700 hours a year. Split, Vela Luka (on the island of Korcula), and Dubrovnik are the next sunniest places in Dalmatia.
Climate & weather in Croatia – Interior
Croatia’s interior has a continental climate, which means that winters can be quite cold, with temperatures often dropping below 0 °C. Snow is very likely and can be quite heavy in winter.
Summer, on the other hand, can be very hot, with temperatures often reaching the mid to high 30 °Cor high 80s or low 90s. If there is not a cool sea breeze (or the sea itself), it can sometimes get a little uncomfortable. Officially, average temperatures inland are around 20 °C, but from personal experience, it’s much hotter there.
VOLTAGE, FREQUENCY AND PLUG/OUTPUT TYPE IN CROATIA ELECTRICITY
The electricity system in Croatia is the same as in the rest of Europe. All installations give alternating current of 220V/50Hz, and the sockets used are type F (so-called “Schuko” sockets). This means that European visitors (with the exception of visitors from the UK and Ireland) do not need adapters, while visitors from countries with a different system or socket standard should use EU standard adapters.
In January 2023, Croatia will adopt the Euro (€) as its official currency, replacing the Croatian Kuna (HRK) at the irrevocably fixed exchange rate of €1 = HRK 7.53450.
All banks operating in Croatia offer foreign currency exchange and provide daily exchange rates of the Euro against all major foreign currencies. Foreign currencies can also be exchanged in hotels and exchange offices. The National Bank’s exchange rates can be viewed daily on its website (www.hnb.hr), but you should keep in mind that commercial banks and exchange offices have their own market rates.
Croatia is one of the leading countries in Europe when it comes to accepting card payments or other types of electronic payments in restaurants, hotels, stores, agencies, and any other place where you can shop or pay for a service. The system is secure, complies with all European standards, and is definitely the easiest and cheapest means of payment in Croatia, as you avoid possible additional costs due to exchange rate differences. When paying with a credit card or any other electronic transaction, you should take the same precautions as in any other part of Europe.
All major credit card companies are present in Croatia, and payment by credit or debit cards is possible, while the number of retail stores accepting electronic payment methods such as Google Pay is increasing every month. There are no additional or hidden costs for customers. Do not worry if you stumble across a shop that does not yet accept card payments – ATMs are everywhere, especially in popular tourist destinations.
Credit cards are widely used, but not accepted everywhere. Visa, Mastercard and Diners are most commonly accepted; American Express is accepted less frequently.
All stores and hotels accept credit cards, and they are also increasingly accepted in restaurants – at least in larger restaurants.
Not all restaurants accept credit cards. If you are eating at a small family-run establishment or a konoba off the beaten path, take cash just in case.
You will also need to bring cash for public transportation. On intercity buses, tickets can be purchased in advance and paid for with a card. Local buses only run with the cash.
Parking is only possible with cash.
Remember that most banks charge a 2% fee when using your credit card abroad, over and above the 1% fee charged by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express for currency conversion of credit fees. In addition, foreign transactions are often subject to a service fee. Still, the credit card is the better choice, considering things like the high fees charged by ATMs and the higher exchange rates for travellers checks (and service fees).
Tipping is a sign of respect and gratitude and is considered a nice tradition, but is not “mandatory” as in some other countries. In Croatia, there are no special charges for services, so prices in cafes, restaurants, hotels, and other accommodations and hospitality establishments are clear and definitive for the customer. This makes tipping a personal decision of the customer, based on his impression of the services received and the commitment of the staff. The tip is a bonus to the staff’s income and does not constitute a large portion of their salary.
City bus schedules are posted at all major bus stops, and you can also get them in Dubrovnik Tourist Office information offices, Libertas bus company kiosks, hotel reception desks, and similar places.
Bus tickets can be purchased directly from the bus driver (HRK 15.00 / EUR 2.00), at the Tisak kiosk (S-ticket – HRK 13.00 / EUR 1.73), at the kiosks of the Libertas bus company in Pile, at the Central Bus Station, at the Pošta Lapad stop and in Mokošica, at hotel receptions, and in travel agencies.
It is possible to buy a ticket on the bus with exact change of 15 HRK / 2,00 EUR.
The bus ticket is valid for exactly one hour from the time of first use for an unlimited number of trips in the city.
It is also possible to buy a ticket (exclusively at the kiosks of the Libertas bus company), which is valid for 24 hours from the first use. The price is 40,00 HRK / 5,31 EUR.
The local bus lines have the following numbers: 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 17. You can find a map of the bus stations and the city bus network on
following website or in the brochure “Dubrovnik Riviera”, which you can get in the information offices of the Dubrovnik Tourist Office and at the Libertas kiosks.
Upon arrival at Dubrovnik Airport, there is a bus transfer to Dubrovnik 30 minutes after each regular flight, which takes passengers to the Pile at the entrance to the Old Town and then on to the central bus station in Gruž.
On departure, the bus leaves the central bus station in Gruž 1.5 hours before each domestic flight within Croatia, while for international flights it leaves the central bus station 2 hours before the flight. When leaving Dubrovnik, the airport bus stops in front of the Grawe building on Dr. Ante Starčević street and in front of the cable car station in Petra Krešimira street IV.
The exact departure times of the airport bus can be found on the airline’s website (www.platanus.hr) and in tourist information centers and hotel receptions.
You can buy bus tickets at the central bus station or from the bus driver. The one-way ticket costs 65 HRK / 8.63 EUR, and the round-trip ticket costs 90 HRK / 12.00 EUR.
Public cabs are always available at the airport. The cab station is located in front of the passenger terminal of building B (domestic and international arrivals). The service is available daily during airport opening hours.
Notices and prices are available to the public at the cab terminal in the Passenger Terminal, Building B (domestic and international arrivals) or by calling +385 (20) 640100
After the trip, the driver is obliged to issue an invoice at the request of the customer
Taxi stands are located in the busiest parts of the city and have signs and cab fares in a conspicuous places. The taxi meter must be running from the beginning of the trip; if it is not, the customer is not obligated to pay the fare. A cab usually has room for a maximum of four people.
You may want to take a cab for an unforgettable panoramic tour of the city and its surroundings. Such a tour usually includes a ride to the new bridge, from which you have a view of the Gruž harbor, Lapad, the Dubrovačka of Rijeka, and the islands. You can continue the tour along the Adriatic Highway, overlooking the entire city, and drive to the top of Mount Srdj (415 meters) above the city and enjoy the magnificent view of Dubrovnik and its surroundings. In agreement with the driver, you can also take a full or half-day excursion to the surroundings of Dubrovnik.
• Dubrovnik Airport
• Dubrovnik Public bus transport
• Dubrovnik Tourist Board
• Dubrovnik and Neretva Country Tourist Board
• Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
• Croatia Tourist Board
• The Dubrovnik Times
• Dubrovnik Pass
• Dubrovnik Cable car
• Island of Lokrum