A quick guide to Dubrovnik airport in Croatia

Dubrovnik airport in Croatia (IATA Code: DBV) serves the city of the same name and its surrounding areas. Being one of the main bases for Croatia Airlines within the country, it primarily handles seasonal routes to and from cities in Europe and the United States, as opposed to Zagreb airport in the capital which draws a considerably higher volume of passenger traffic. This contrast can be easily explained by the fact that Dubrovnik is widely seen as a tourist or holiday destination, whereas most business travellers visiting Croatia fly into Zagreb airport before touching down anywhere else.

Most low-cost European airlines as well as those operating the majority of holiday routes within the continent offer flights to DBV; American Airlines flies directly from Philadelphia airport in the USA. If you are planning to fly to this airport for the first time, continue reading to learn further about how to get from its facilities to your accommodation in Dubrovnik upon arrival, how many terminal buildings it has, how to navigate them and what other services are offered to passengers.

Travel from Dubrovnik airport to the city

DBV is located about 16 kilometres away from central Dubrovnik, and so commuting to the downtown should take arriving travellers no longer than thirty minutes. Ground transportation options from Dubrovnik airport are varied: for instance, the cheapest way to get to the heart of the city is the Libertas bus route 11, or alternatively lines 27 or 38, also linking it to the airport. Official taxis can be found outside the terminal B building, and Uber services are available, too. For greater comfort or independence, you may hire a private shuttle or rent a car from Avis, Budget, Last Minute or Sixt, to mention but a few of the rental car offices present at Dubrovnik airport.

Terminals of Dubrovnik airport

DBV used to have two terminals: A and B. In 2017, a newly-built terminal became operational (terminal C) and started to handle all domestic and international departures, including the check-in process and security controls. As of today, terminal B is used for domestic and international arrivals only, and terminal A has been permanently closed. Since buildings B and C are adjacent, they function as a single passenger terminal.

What to do before boarding your plane

While basic passenger services, such as currency exchange counters, are concentrated on the arrivals area, the shops and cafés are located on the airside of the departures zone, as is the case with the Duty Free in the international departures concourse, where you will find gifts, luxury items, food, wine, fine chocolates and premium brands like Calvin Klein, Pandora and Tommy Hilfiger.

Can passengers use WiFi in Dubrovnik airport?

Yes, WiFi is available in all areas of Dubrovnik airport.

Other passenger services

If you travel for work purposes or simply feel like waiting to board your plane in style, you can purchase access to the Business Lounge in Dubrovnik airport, located after security on the third floor of the international departures zone. Note that working hours for this lounge may vary subject to the scheduled flights on a particular day. Alternatively, and taking into account that the premises of the airport are smoke-free, you may head over to the smoking area should you need it.

This city in Croatia offers a perfect blend of history and modernity, and visitors often come back in order to be able to enjoy everything it has to offer: from exploring the Old Town to scuba diving, not forgetting the ferry rides to nearby islands. Even if you just have the time to go see the old fortresses and city walls and watch the sun set from the terrace of a nice restaurant, it will have been worth it. Do you need some ideas? Take a look at our recommended holiday hotels in Dubrovnik.