I'm going to budget, backpack travel to Croatia. First off I was wondering if any one has any recommendations or tips for my travel plans. I have an eurail select pass for Swiss, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovenia/Croatia. I am currently with friends in Bern, Switzerland and want to get to Croatia. I plan on staying in hostels or sobes but am a little apprehensive because I will be alone, a woman and Asian American. The travel on train from Bern to Split looks like it's 20 hrs of travel. I could also travel from Bern to Ancona by train (7hrs) and then take a overnight couchette ferry (10hrs, 50Euros) to Split. Next I plan on going to Korcula then on to Dubrovnick. After Dubrovnick I am curious about Mostar and Sarajevo. I'm not sure though. After that I was planning on going to Prague and then on to Berlin and northern Germany.
Questions: Is going the Bern-Ancona-Split ferry route advisable? Should I gamble on finding a decent sobe in Split when I arrive or should I reserve ahead. What areas are recommended for sobes? How about places in Korcula and Dubrovnick. Ideally I don't want to spend more than 85 Kuna for a room. What about travel in Bosnia and Sarajevo?
Sorry for so many questions. Thanks so much for any help! I plan on hitting the road in a few days.
Finding decent accom in some parts of croatia is notoriously hard to find, esp in dubrovnik! There is also a lack of cheap accom, in split, i ended up staying in a hotel. Of course, the time of year you are going will definately help, as it isnt peak season. I would recommend having a look into accomm and seeing if there is stuff that looks of interest to you. When i was there in Sept a couple of years ago, got accosted at the train station by people offering accom. Personally, i would never take them up on it, but i know people that havre and said they ended up with really nice rooms for really good prices. Just make sure that u dont give them any money until you have actually seen the room.
If you do a search on google for private acom in Croatia you can normally find plenty of websites offereing it, as this is what i did when i was there.
I took a ferry from Ancona to Split and then one from Dubrovnik to Bari. The ferry from italy is very expensive, even more so if you opt for a bed on the boat. I didnt and ended up with a very bad bacl and a lack of sleep!!
Both Split and Dubrovnik have beautiful islands off them, so make sure you go on one of the hundreds of boat trips offered - the lunch alone is worth the money u pay for the trip. Also, if u can, take the bus from Split to Dubrovnik - the bus network in Croatia is much more extensive than the rail network, esp in southern croatia. You travel along the coast and the views are outstanding.
Hope this proves somewhat useful.
travel in Bosnia is very cheap and mostly by buses. you have buses for Sarajevo and ostar all the time from Split or Dubrovnik. Or you can take a train from Ploce....
I've been indicisive about accomodations. I've looked on line for places but am kind of overwhelmed with what's out there. Do you have any recommendations of area's in Split and Dubrovnick that I should look for a place to stay?
Also I looked into ferries crossing from Ancona to Split. There appears to be 3 ferries of different prices. I'm not sure what difference they are. Two of the ferries leave at 21:00 and arrive at 7:00 the next day.
These prices are in Euros
The Blue Line prices are:
4 berth inside cabin - 45,00
4 berth inside cabin (washstand)- 60,00
and it goes on to apartment prices.
These prices do not include taxes which is 3,00Eur per person
The Jandrolinja Lines prices includes taxes and breakfast, are:
Recling Seat- 42,00
2/3/4 berth Couthette - 50,50
3/4 berth inside cab.run. water - 57,00
Then there is Snav Ferries. But they seem only to run in the summer june to september.
The prices for this ferry is 63,00 and runs daily departing 11:00 and arriving 15:30.
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Thanks so much Nina,
I do want to visit Bosnia. I've heard good things about the people there. Do you have any recommendations on what I should see in Mostar and Sarajevo? I am interested in history and culture and coffee breaks here and there. Also I need to make it back to Germany at some point. Do you have recommendations on which route to take after Sarajevo? I do have my eurail pass and I want to stop by Prague before ending up in Germany.
When i travelled it was with SNAV and i paid the 63 Euros. However, i found that i didnt actually get an option of what seat i wanted, it was just 1 price. Generally the boats are so big, that there isnt such thing as a deck area. Both times i sailed across the adriatic i was in large ship.I looked into details of the boats before i left the UK, but it didnt help in the slightest. When we got to the ferry place (the day before we were due on the boat) it all got mixed up and i ended up taking adifferent boat than initially planned. I think your best bet is to be as flexibile as possible. The likely hood that things will be booked up are slim, so decide where you want to go from, head there the day before u want to travel and plan on spending 1 night there and then head down to the ferry port as soon as u can. The staff mostly speak english, so you should be fine.
In terms of where to stay, most places in Dubrovnik will be inside the city walls. I stayed in a place called Petra guesthouse. it was literally a 2 bedroomed place that was part of a womans house that she just let out. I found it online, just by typing dubrovnik accom into google. As long as u are inside the walls, you cant go wrong. Think it cost less than £10 a night. In spit i stayed in hotel Dujam - a not great located hotel, but it was fairly cheap. Again, i found it online.
If you are having trouble deciding where to stay go to hostelworld.com and type in when u want to be somewhere and for how long and it will give u a list of places that have spaces. Should give u some idea of what is out there, even if u decide not to book.
If you have time on ur way back up to Germany, swing by Cesky Krumlov. Is a lovely little town in the south of the Czech republic, 3 hours to the south of prague. Lots of travellers and a nice laid back atmosphere, but still with stuff to do.
Think that is all for now. If you have ne more questions, just holler.
Ideally I don't want to spend more than 85 Kuna for a room.
Forget about that! Hostels cost about 100 Kn, private rooms at least 150 Kn.
I'm getting that idea. When I stayed in Prague and Morocco I was able to negotiate less expensive deals but I'm not aware of prices in Croatia. Thank You.
you could take a bus from split to mostar on the way to Sarajevo....you can find maps all over with sight seeing places, it is pretty easy there to find some old monument....i don't think there is train that you can use with euro rail pass, but Zagreb in Croatia is not that far away on your way back....