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Basic info and car hire in Dubrovnik Airport

  • IATA airport code: DBV
  • ICAO airport code: LDDU
  • Full name: Dubrovnik Airport also known as Čilipi Airport or Zračna luka Dubrovnik/Čilipi in Croatian
  • Location: Čilipi, Croatia
  • Hub for: Croatia Airlines
  • Website: Dubrovnik Airport
  • Contact: +385 20 773 100, informacije@airport-dubrovnik.hr
  • Elevation:  527 ft/ 161 m
  • Number of runways: One
  • Wi-fi: 15 min free Wi-fi

About Dubrovnik Airport

Dubrovnik Airport is an international airport located approximately 9.5 miles/15.5 km from the city center of Dubrovnik, Croatia. It is a very busy airport during the European summer months, as it is a popular tourist destination. It is the third busiest Croatian airport, right after Zagreb Airport and Split Airport. In February 2017, the airport opened a new terminal that, once operational, will be the largest in Croatia. The completion of the work is expected in 2019.

Drive your rental car around Dubrovnik Airport

There is so much to see in the city of Dubrovnik (its city walls in the city centre) and its surroundings once you’ve hired a car. To drive your car from the airport to Dubrovnik, turn right at the airport exit and take the main motorway and just follow the signs when approaching the city (it takes about 25 minutes to get there).

You can choose to continue your trip on the same coastal motorway towards Split (155 ml/250km), as it is a beautiful scenic journey through small villages and with a constant view of the Adriatic sea. The road can get quite crowded in the summer months, so it might take several hours more than planned. Keep in mind that the road crosses the Bosnian border (ask at your car hire agency if there are any restrictions on that), which can be quite jammed in the crowded summer period.

A number of destinations within Croatia are easily accessed from Dubrovnik, including Plitvice Lakes National Park (280 miles/450km) and Zagreb (383 miles/617 km). However, you might decide to drive beyond the Croatian borders and visit famous sites like Mostar (96 miles/154km) and Sarajevo (152 miles/244 km) in Bosnia, as well as visit Kotor in Montenegro (44 miles/ 71 km). 

Another possibility is to get on a car ferry and cruise around the spectacular Croatian islands.

Services in Dubrovnik Airport

Dubrovnik Airport gets very busy during the European summer holidays, so if you’re travelling between June and August, expect to see long queues and crowded facilities. In February 2017, a new passenger terminal opened to the public with the aim to improve services.


A business Lounge is available in the Terminal B, where you can seek some peace and quiet from the busy airport facilities. Here you can enjoy the lounge’s amenities including basic snacks and drinks, Wi-Fi, printers and copiers, etc.


Outside the terminal is a playground for children, located between the car park and bus parking zone.


The airport provides an exchange office, luggage wrapping service, several coffee shops and a bank.

History of Dubrovnik Airport

The first air traffic to Dubrovnik dates back to 1936 with an airfield in Gruda. However, the current location began operations in 1962. In 2005, the airport saw more than one-million passengers. A new terminal opened in February 2017.

Petrol stations near Dubrovnik Airport

There is an Ina petrol station between the airport’s two exits. If you are arriving from the car hire parks (the western exit), turn left. If you drive past the car parks first and exit the airport via the eastern exit, then you should turn right. 

However, there are other petrol stations when approaching Dubrovnik, so no worries on getting petrol for your car hire from Dubrovnik airport.