How To See Dubrovnik for Less than 80 Euros!

By on November 19, 2018 in Backpacking, Budget Travel Ideas, CROATIA, Europe with 0 Comments

How To See Dubrovnik for Less Than 80 Euros

There’s simply no denying – Croatia is crazy expensive when it comes to budget travel in Eastern Europe and Dubrovnik seems to top the bill as the most expensive city in this part of the world.

Thanks to its Game of Thrones popularity and the seemingly never-ending stream of cruise ships that dock in this Adriatic city, prices have sky-rocketed in recent years and heading here after travelling in almost any other destination in Eastern Europe can prove a nasty surprise!

But there is hope – this city is absolutely gorgeous (despite the crowds) and with my budget travel hat firmly in place I’ve been a woman on a mission to discover how you can visit this city for less.

So look no further peeps, here’s the full lowdown on how to see Dubrovnik for less than 80 euros!

Croatia, Dubrovnik, Me and Feet


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Why Visit Dubrovnik?

Croatia, Dubrovnik, Me Outside Church

I have to admit, when I was travelling in Eastern Europe, I almost disregarded Dubrovnik.

I’d heard awful things about crowds for miles and sky-rocketing prices – neither of which ever make me want to visit a place!

And FYI: I’ve never seen Game of Thrones in my life and give zero f*c*s about it!

But then, suddenly, when I was in Mostar in Bosnia Herzegovina, travelling through to Kotor in Montenegro, I realised I was basically going to pass through Dubrovnik on the way.

And you know what?

I’m a sucker for FOMO – I mean who knows when you’ll be back in a certain part of the world right?

So rather than miss out, I decided to bite the bullet and swing past Dubrovnik in a flash.

And you know what?

I’m so glad I did.

For while this city is every bit as full of tourist madness as you’d expect, it’s also utterly incredibly, absolutely stunning.

Honestly, I was blown away by the beauty of this ancient walled city.

Perched above the blue Adriatic sea, with views to die for and more instagammability than you can shake a stick at, I was instantly sold.

What a sucker!

Croatia, Dubrovnik, Bay

 

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When to Visit Dubrovnik?

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And because I was travelling in Eastern Europe in the summer, I ended up hitting Dubrovnik in peak season, which pretty much runs right through from June to September.

For a complete winter-phobe like me, this was literally the only choice, as there is no way I can deal with Europe in the winter and also the photos I got as the bright, hot sun bounced off the crystal clear water were amazing.

I just don’t think you’d have that opportunity outside of the summer months.

That said, if you really want to see Dubrovnik on the cheap, then avoiding summer is a must, when prices literally double!

Hitting up this city during the shoulder seasons of early Spring and late Autumn (but also avoiding any European school holiday weeks!) is going to give you the best prices without you having to wear 50 layers to keep warm!

Exaggeration much?!

 

How Long to Spend in Dubrovnik?

Croatia, Dubrovnik, Pink Sky

That said, if you’re a normal person and want to see Dubrovnik when the weather is warm (because let’s be honest, half the joy here is enjoying the coastal setting), then the key to seeing this city for less is to get in and get out!

Yes as a walled city, Dubrovnik is quickly navigable on foot and you really can see the whole historic centre in a fairly short period of time.

As such, I’d advise passing just 1 night in the city if you want to equal my record of spending less than 80 euros for the pleasure.

Croatia, Dubrovnik, Sunset Walls

 

6 ESSENTIAL PACKING ITEMS FOR DUBROVNIK

#1 Good Camera – You will be pretty much snapping non-stop during your time in Dubrovnik and will need a good camera to do this gorgeous destination justice. I highly recommend the Sony A6000, which I use for all my travels and love, not least because it’s light, compact and robust!

#2 Good Walking Shoes – You’re definitely going to want to walk the streets and walls of Dubrovnik a lot, it’s as simple as that! Make sure your feet are comfortable therefore with a pair of New Balance Trainers. Perfect for stylish city strollling, I love mine.

#3 Good Guidebook – I’m still a massive fan of the Lonely Planet Guidebooks and think their Croatia edition is particularly well put together.

#4 Good Water Bottle – All the city sightseeing is thirsty work, so make sure you have a metal water bottle that you can refill as you go, because Croatian tap water is drinkable… and free!

#5 Good Backpack – And to carry your water bottle, camera and guidebook, you’re going to need a decent backpack that will help you balance the weight as you walk the city streets. In my opinion you can’t go past the Bobby Anti Theft Backpack, which is also perfect for helping you avoid pickpockets too.

#6 Travel Insurance – And finally, I wouldn’t backpack anywhere without coverage and have personally found travel insurance from World Nomads to be great for travel in Croatia and beyond.

 

Getting to Dubrovnik on a Shoestring

Croatia, Dubrovnik, Square

Getting to Dubrovnik is actually and amazingly, pretty cheap – if you want it to be!

There are many budget flights available into Dubrovnik’s international airport and, as always, my go-to for bagging a bargain is to check out Skyscanner, where you can compare hundreds of different airlines and grab the best deal.

Dubrovnik can also be reached cheaply by bus from other Eastern European cities, including Zagreb, Kotor, Mostar and slightly further away Belgrade, Podgorica and Sarajevo if you’re looking for a real adventure!

I travelled to Dubrovnik from Mostar in Bosnia Herzegovina and used the excellent online service www.busticket4.me to book my tickets in advance for peanuts.

This is a great website for budget travellers across the Balkans in general, so check it out.

If you set off early in the day from any of these closer cities, you can reach Dubrovnik by lunchtime, spend the afternoon looking around, spend the night and then the next morning there, before heading onto your next city after check out time.

 

Where to Stay on a Budget?

Croatia, Dubrovnik, City View

So now we come to the crux – where to sleep in Dubrovnik on a budget.

If you want to see this city for less than 80 euros, you’re going to have to limit yourself to just 1 night here, but as I said, that’s totally do-able.

And if you’re only spending 1 night, then I suggest coughing up a bit extra and staying in the Old Town itself.

While this is going to cost you a few euros more – especially in the summer season – it’s going to save you bags of time, which really are key if you’re on a limited timeframe.

In my opinion, it’s well worth it.

I stayed in Hostel Angelina – which is perfectly located in the Old Town, meaning you can run down the stairs to the Main Square in just a few minutes – ideal if you want to get some pics early in the morning before the crowds descend!

A dorm room here isn’t cheap – setting you back around 40 euros in peak season – but this is pretty standard for Dubrovnik dorms in the summer (told you there were some CRAZZZY prices) and this place does have a guest kitchen and nice terrace which makes it a good option for saving money on drinks and food.

 

Free Things to Do in Dubrovnik

Croatia, Dubrovnik, Inside Church

So, after having spent half your budget on accommodation what else is left?

Well, my number one tip is to ensure you see ALL the free things you can in Dubrovnik.

Top of the list is wandering the Old Town which you can do for nothing and which is amazing.

Check out the Jesuit Church of St Ignatiou of Loyola, which is free to enter and while you’re at it, snap the Bell Tower and do some people watching in the plaza.

After you’re sightsee-ed out, I strongly suggest heading to the hidden Buza Bar, which perches out on the cliffs beyond the city walls.

While you can pay for an expensive drink here to enjoy the view, I’d honestly suggest descending the steps to the cliffs below where you can watch mad people jumping into the water, take in the Adriatic views, sunbath and swim for FREE!

And if it’s more of this you’re after, then heading to the nearby Banje Beach, which sits outside the City Walls is another great free thing to do in Dubrovnik.

If you’re looking for tours or day trips from Dubrovnik, then check out this great list.

 

Budget Tips for Dubrovnik

Croatia, Dubrovnik, Sunset Sky

Outside of free things, there are a couple of other bits you should spend the remainder of your budget on.

#1 Food – you’ve got to eat after all right! I highly suggest buying food at a supermarket outside of the Old Town – possibly when you arrive by bus if that’s your plan – and then cooking in the Hostel Angelina.

#2 Walking the Walls – this is a Dubrovnik rite of passage and you should definitely splurge on this one attraction if you want to spend money on anything. My top tip is to avoid going in the daytime – the walls are literally packing with cruise tourists then – and instead head up there after 5pm / 5:30pm and walk them at sunset. Not only do you get amazing views and colours, but there’s literally half the number of people at this time too!

#3 Fort Lovrijenac – it’s also worth pointing out that with your walls ticket, you then get free entry to Fort Lovrijenac. As it’s free, why not head over here to make your budget in Dubrovnik go even further!

 

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So there you have it, my guide to seeing Dubrovnik for less.

Honestly, if I saw this city for under 80 euros, so can you!

Have you visited Dubrovnik?

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