How to Make the Most of the 1-Day Dubrovnik Pass (and is it worth it?)

Dubrovnik is the most expensive city in Croatia… Maybe in the Balkans! It’s famous of Game of Thrones, Medieval architecture, and unparalleled beauty. It’s not called “The Pearl of the Adriatic” for nothing! 

So, thankfully, there’s the Dubrovnik Pass! It’s a one-, three-, or seven-day pass that gets you into a dozen sites, bus privileges, and other discounts for tours, restaurants, and experiences. It’s still on the pricey side, but as long as you visit the City Walls, it will have already paid for itself. Keep reading for more details about how to make the most of the 1-Day Dubrovnik Pass!

Your Dubrovnik Pass is the best way to save during your trip!

*This is not a sponsored post. I did not receive complimentary passes or other compensation. It’s just the best deal in town, and I knew my readers would want to know about it!

Why the 1-Day Pass?

We chose the 1-Day Dubrovnik Pass for our trip, at 250 HRK each because we felt it was the best deal for us. It would pay for itself with just one visit to one site (The City Walls), and there weren’t that many other sites included in the pass we wanted to see anyway. So, even though we had three days to explore Dubrovnik, we thought we’d be able to see what we wanted to see with the pass in just one day. 

Honestly, I was surprised at how few sites were included. If more of the churches, unique museums, or nearby attractions at Mount Srd or Lokrum Island were included, we would have chosen the three-day pass, no question. Be sure to take that into consideration when planning your trip, before you choose which pass you’d like to buy.

Most Sites are in the Old City.
More here: What to Know Before You Visit Dubrovnik

The Sites We Chose

There are 12 sites included in the Dubrovnik Pass, plus bus privileges and a variety of discounts. And while there were three sites we definitely wanted to see, the other nine were lower on our list. For us, as long as we got to see those three sites, the rest were just icing on the cake! Here are the sites we chose, and whether or not we thought the pass was worth our while!

The City Walls (250 kn)

If you only do one thing in Dubrovnik, make it this! The City Walls have the best views in town, and walking the perimeter is the best way to get the lay of the land (and Adriatic Sea). This is the most expensive item on the list of sites you can see with the Dubrovnik Pass, and in fact, if this is all you do, it covers the cost of the pass–everything else is icing on the cake!

The City Walls is the #1 must-do!
All the details: Your Ultimate Guide to the City Walls of Dubrovnik

Fort Lovrijenac (100 kn)

Even though it is considered part of the City Walls, you would still pay separately for this site without the Dubrovnik Pass. It’s quite a climb, but the views of the Old City and the Adriatic Sea are worth it. Forts are always fun to visit because there are usually massive cannons around, as well as the best vantage point around. It was also a filming location for Game of Thrones, so fans of the show will definitely want to pay a visit, too!

Fort Lovrijenac looms over the Adriatic.
Also helpful: What to Know Before You Visit Croatia

Maritime Museum (40 kn)

Did you know that Croatia once had the third most prominent shipping industry in the world? I didn’t know either! I learned that at the Maritime Museum. Located in St. John’s Fort on the City Walls, they have artifacts dating back to the first century, including the glass pictured below. It’s worth stopping in, especially since it’s included in the Dubrovnik Pass!

Glass from a first century shipwreck
Check out some of Dubrovnik’s historic trading routes!
Put this on your list, too: How to Spend a Day on Lokrum Island, Dubrovnik

Rector’s Palace Cultural History Museum (100 kn)

The Rector’s Palace is one of the most beautiful buildings in town. The building itself dates back to the 14th century, and it’s been a history museum since 1872! It’s a little light on signage, but still worth a visit. There are docents in each room in case you have questions as well.

Rector’s Palace is one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
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Friars Minor Franciscan Monastery Pharmacy Museum (40 kn)

There are two things to clarify here: 1. You cannot visit the actual monastery, since a working priest still resides there! 2. Also, no photos are allowed in the Pharmacy Museum located here.

That said, it’s still worth a visit. The Pharmacy Museum is small, but I think antique pharmacy artifacts are always interesting! There is an actual pharmacy here, too, which you are also welcome to visit. The grounds are very beautiful, as are the architectural details you can see on the ground level. Just take a look below!

The small part of the monastery you can see is quite stunning!
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How Much We Saved

In total, we saved 530 kn each, and saw almost everything on the list! After the price of the Dubrovnik Pass, we still saved 280 kn, so yes, it was worth the cost for us. The price of the City Walls alone is the same as the price of the Dubrovnik Pass, so even if that’s all you plan to do, you’ve already gotten your money’s worth! 

The beautiful views on the City Walls are worth the cost!
Spend that savings on food: The Best Places to Eat in Dubrovnik

Tips for Using Your Pass

Using the Dubrovnik Pass is pretty straight-forward, but there are still some tips that will help you use it most efficiently!

  • The 1-Day Dubrovnik Pass is good for 24 hours from the time of activation, not only one calendar day. If you activate your card at 10:00am, it will be valid until 10:00am the following day. 
  • You can only use the Dubrovnik Pass once at each location. Sorry, no going back to the City Walls in the afternoon!
  • If you buy the pass online, you can use your phone to scan your ticket at each location. If you purchase in person, you’ll get a printed pass on a full sheet of paper to scan at each place.
I would definitely get the Dubrovnik Pass again!
Keep reading: The 10 Best Things to Do Your First Time in Dubrovnik

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