How does one get from Athens to Dubrovnick?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Dec 13, 2007 2:35 AM Last Post By: neckervd
Dec 10, 2007 6:43 PM
How does one get from Athens to Dubrovnick?Hi all
I know it seems strange but we are finding it hard on how to get from Athens to Dubrovnick. Plane ,train bus or ferry doesn't matter.We are travelling there in May next year, stopping also in Split and surrounding areas then over to Italy.
Any ideas would be much appreciated thanks.
Dec 10, 2007 7:58 PM
1Short answer: It ain't easy. There are no direct transportation options available by either plane, ferry, bus or train. A detailed and informative description of your options can be found at Balkanology.com.
Dec 11, 2007 12:55 AM
2It's not easy as it's a long trip through countries that are just getting their infrastructure in order.
You can make it easy by dropping Croatia... Split and the Croatian islands are all very nice, but have you considered staying in Albania for some city visits and beach time, and taking the ferry from there to Italy? Saves you time and money, and is certainly worthwhile if you don't mind the relative underdevelopment compared to Croatia.
Dec 11, 2007 12:00 PM
A detailed and informative description of your options can be found at Balkanology.com.
But note that I haven't yet updated that page for the new train timetable introduced two days ago - in particular the disappearance of the direct Thessaloniki-Belgrade-Zagreb train, which has made the links between Greece and Croatia even worse than they already were.
Anyway neckervd has given a good summary. I think there may be one other option by air during the summer, flying to Tivat rather than Podgorica (possibly with JAT) - Tivat is closer to Dubrovnik than Podgorica, although the difference is not big enough to worry about.
The fact is that Athens and Dubrovnik just don't make for a good combination, logistically speaking. As Jeroen says, a complete rethink of your itinerary might produce an interesting route with simpler connections.
Dec 12, 2007 2:28 AM
Dec 12, 2007 12:30 PM
5I had the same problem a few years back....but didnt find out until we were in Dubrovnik! What i did (and it may have been the long way to go but was totally worth it) was travel from Dubrovnik up to Zagreb, then through Slovenia (lovely) to Venice (even lovelier) and caught a 30 hour ferry from Venice to Patras, and then a shortish bus ride to Athens....sounds like a marathon, but was an enjoyable one! Moral of the story though: Dont assume you can organize your way once there!
Dec 13, 2007 2:35 AM
6Jeroen: The Corfu - Bar - Kotor - Dubrovnik ferry existed 40-50 years ago. It was operated by Jadrolinija. It was then abandoned in favour of the Dubrovnik - Bari ferry which copes much better with the demand.
The itinerary Patras - Bari - Dubrovnik (or - Bar/Kotor on days whithout direct ferry to Dubrovnik) is very pleasant. The stop in Bari allows to visit the Trullis at Alberobello and/or the Caves at Castellana.
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