Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 6€ up to 35€ per night. A private room in a hostel in Dubrovnik starts from 29€ up to 80€ per night.
The seasonal difference is huge here. And it also makes a big difference if you stay in the Old Town or outside.
This is a rough average to give you an idea. The summer is always much more expensive. As prices always depend on season and holidays. We always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost at the place you are planning to book.
Dubrovnik City Tax: Be aware that the 1.33€ tax is not included in the booking price of any of the hostels mentioned in this article. It’s a requirement to pay this on arrival so make sure you have enough extra coins when you check in.
Hostel Location: Dubrovnik is actually more than the famous Old Town. Yet, this is exactly where the magic happens. We recommend staying inside the Old Town. It is much nicer. You can wake up early to have the city for yourself (before 8am) and at night you can enjoy live music in the pubs and eat out until late at night.
Game of Thrones: Yes, Dubrovnik is huge for GOT fans. You will see a lot of statues, masks, merchandise, souvenirs…even as non-GOT fan, it is quite cool to see. As a GOT fan, you can either join a paid GOT walking tour or do a self-guided tour on all Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik.
The hostels downtown are more pricey, but 100% worth it. A good investment in your experience!
Yet again, make sure you check all the other costs like breakfast or extra transport. The list above highlights our top hostels in Dubrovnik, we will stick with them since you can expect a fun quality stay here.
Here is a map of Dubrovnik (below) to show you the actual size of the city – and the Old town only.
For going to the Old Town from Gruz port Ferry international, you need to take one of the following city buses: no.1A, no.1B, no.3.
A bus ticket for one ride costs roughly $2. A day bus ticket costs roughly around $4.40.
Always check the updated rates.
Also, there is a difference if you buy the ticket inside the bus with the driver or at the kiosk.
You can see the size of the city is much bigger.
BUT: Only the Old Town is the absolute beautiful part you want to visit. The rest…well, skip it and better go to places like Korcula Island.
You see, this is why we insist on the old town and staying central. Skip that mistake and enjoy the actual Old Town! Here is a map of Dubrovnik Old City.
More Dubrovnik hostels worth a mention
Have you thought about where’s the best place to stay Dubrovnik? We have listed the best of Dubrovnik Croatia! Yeah, you read that right. The hostels listed above are our personal favorites.
We know that three might not be enough for you so here are more Dubrovnik Croatia hostels.
These can be valid and cool options. Some are even cheaper. Have a look at:
Hostel And Rooms Ana is an Old Town hostel Dubrovnik has to offer. They provide budget accommodation Dubrovnik backpackers! It is nice, right?
You can choose from their dorm rooms or private room. Staff are welcoming and so accommodating. The only problem is that they are new the bell tower, so if you are a light sleeper, make sure that you have an earplug.
Perks at Hostel And Rooms Ana:
Free City Maps
24 Hour Reception
Location: Located in the old town, 9 minute drive from Ferry Port. It is 27 minute drive from Dubrovnik airport.
You are going to love it hostel! Love Dubrovnik Hostel is cozy and decent. It looks very clean and if you are looking for hostels to stay in Dubrovnik, you must try this one.
Staff are helpful in any way possible and they can arrange your transportation to beaches. So, I guess you won’t be needing Dubrovnik beaches map.
Common areas are great for hanging out and meeting new souls.
Perks at Love Dubrovnik Hostel:
24-hour front desk
Location: Love Dubrovnik Hostel is set in Dubrovnik, 300 m from Porporela Beach and 300 m from Banje Beach. The property is around 500 m from Buza Beach, 2.4 km from Ploce Gate and 2.8 km from Orlando Column. Onofrio’s Fountain is 3 km from the hostel, while Pile Gate is 3 km away. The nearest airport is Dubrovnik Airport, 19 km from Love Dubrovnik Hostel.
If you think you can park your car in the Old Town Dubrovnik, you may also think you can park your car in Downtown Venice Italy; not gonna happen!
Sorry for the confusion: PARKING in the old town is NOT possible. Forget that!
You will need to park outside the old town.
Dubrovnik is actually much bigger than the Old Town. The city stretches even more North.
You see it in the Dubrovnik map Old Town we added above.
There are in the North is less visited, and this is where you can park in Dubrovnik your car – even for free.
The area around Lapad is a good neighborhood to park your car, even for free. You can then take a public bus to the city center and relax.
Cannot find a free parking in Dubrovnik?
Then try the parking at General Hospital Dubrovnik. It is a public parking and it costs 10€-15€ per day.
Check the map below, we marked the parking area for you.
Smart to know: If you were planning to park your car near to Old Town, you should get ready to pay around 10€/ hour in the Zone 0. This zone is a small carpark just outside of the Old City gates and is the most expensive public parking in Dubrovnik.
For that 10€ per hour, better get a delicious Pizza, seriously. Here’s a guide to parking in Dubrovnik.
Backpacking Croatia and How Long to Stay
We have already covered this several times: The Old Town is the #1 reason you are here for sure.
It is absolutely gorgeous, no doubt.
There is even beaches and numerous day trips offered to go around the area.
However, we recommend visiting the Old Town only and then head out to the islands. Dubrovnik is beautiful, yes. The beaches can be great too, but they are not the absolute best in the country; obviously.
The rest of the country will be even more impressive in terms of beaches, landscape, people and food – and less pricey and touristy.
Our recommend for an itinerary in Croatia would be starting in Dubrovnik for 2 days and then take the ferry to Korcula Island.
You will have less tourists, enjoy a richer and more authentic food culture and can kick-back enjoying the island-life. At Korcula you can go snorkeling, take a bike around, and visit many museums too.
After Korcula, it is time to hit Hvar Island.
It is probably the most famous Croatian island and in the Adriatic Sea, located off the Dalmatian coast. Here you can either dive into the fun nightlife or keep exploring the beautiful landscape.
As for cool hostels in Hvar, we have to recommendations:
Not all hostels in Dubrovnik are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run or if they don't have city tax Dubrovnik requires.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Dubrovnik. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
What are the best hostels in Dubrovnik?
You can find the best Dubrovnik hostels in this article!
Many people who land in Dubrovnik, decide to rent a car and drive to Mostar, or Montenegro…
It is a good idea to get a rental car if you need flexibility and you have the budget.
To get the best deals, check out Discovercars, they compare the prices of the different rental companies in a click so you can get the best deal instantly.
Flights to Dubrovnik
Flights to Dubrovnik are very easy to find. You can find many direct flights from Warsaw, Frankfurt, Barcelona and many more.
The Airport is South of Dubrovnik, and there is regular buses bringing you to the old town.
especially when planning for backpacking Croatia, it is a good idea to start in Dubrovnik. It is located at the very Southern point of Croatia. That is very convenient for planning your trip further North. Add Korcula to your list and go for some island hopping.
Anyways, back to the flights to Dubrovnik.
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This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.