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Terracotta roof tiles, historic architecture and sweeping sea views; there’s no denying that Dubrovnik is a magical city. Book a getaway here and you can walk along the imposing city walls, marvel at Fort Lovrijenac, watch the sunset from Mount Srd and treat yourself to a traditional Dalmatian dinner. What’s more, if you hire your own car in the city, you’ll have the freedom to get out of the busy centre and explore the wonders of the surrounding region at your own pace.

Hire a Car at Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)

Most visitors find that the easiest way to get to Dubrovnik is to fly into Dubrovnik Airport, which is located 12 miles southeast of the city centre. If you enter the city this way, you will find it easy to pick up a vehicle at the airport. Also known as Cilipi Airport, this travel hub is home to several car rental agencies, including Goldcar and Europcar (browse your rental options today using the Expedia search tool). From the airport, you can drive into the centre of Dubrovnik in just over 20 minutes.

Hire a Car in Dubrovnik

If you are not flying into Dubrovnik Airport, or if you’d prefer not to rent a car there, you might consider hiring your vehicle in Dubrovnik itself. There are several car rental companies based in the city, with many clustered close to the Old Town. If you choose to do this, you will be able to get into the city from the airport using the airport bus service or via taxi, though the buses are usually more affordable.

Driving in Dubrovnik

One thing to be aware of when hiring a car in Dubrovnik is that the Old Town is car-free and parking near to it can be difficult. For that reason, it can be wise to book nearby accommodation with free parking, or stay in an area such as Gruz, where there is ample space for cars. If you do this you can make the most of the public transport. The Old Town is also quite small and very easy to get around on foot. With so many galleries, museums and historic buildings to duck into you’ll be spoilt for things to see and do.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik

Once you’ve exhausted the delights of Dubrovnik's Old Town, you can make the most of your rental vehicle by taking road trips to the outskirts of the city and beyond. Drive north to the suburb of Gruz and you can hop on a ferry to the island of Kolocep or Lopud. Continue northwest and you can follow the scenic Adriatic Highway, which hugs the coastal route and can be followed all the way to the border with Bosnia & Herzegovina (and beyond!). On the way you can pass though the picturesque towns of Trsteno, Slano and Zaton Doli, the last of which nestles on the edges of a large nature reserve.




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