Travel: Day trip from Dubrovnik to Lokrum Island

Lokrum island day trip Dubrovnik Croatia

Escape the crowds in Dubrovnik with a trip to Lokrum

Lokrum island is just off the coast of Croatia, considered a nature reserve and special forest vegetation reserve, it’s a short ferry ride from the town of Dubrovnik which can get VERY hectic during the summer when the cruise ships dock so take the ferry across to Lokrum and relax among the trees away from the throng of tourists. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan then you can tick off another GoT filming location in addition to Dubrovnik itself!

Getting there

A small passenger ferry leaves Porporela, Dubrovnik’s Old Port, from April to November and is roughly every half hour. The trip lasts 15 minutes each way and cost a mere 45 Kuna for a return (about £5) when we visited, however, it looks like an increase in tourism and the current exchange rate has resulted in the return ferry ticket (and access to the island) costing 120 Kuna (around £15) per person! Make sure to catch the last ferry back as there is no other transport available and note that the boat does not run during bad weather.
Click here for the ferry timetable. 

Like un island day trip Dubrovnik Croatia

What to do in Lokrum

For a small island there’s lots to see. You can visit the botanical gardens which are heavenly on a hot day, walk all around the perimeter of the island then get some rest from the sun in the many shaded areas. There’s even a nudist beach should you feel so inclined!

Lokrum island day trip Dubrovnik Croatia
Map of Lokrum with attractions

The botanical gardens doubled as the city of Qarth in TV’s Game of Thrones. Inside and outside you may find peacocks wandering around freely as well as plenty of interesting plants to admire. If ruins are more your thing there is also the remains of a Benedictine Monastery, which was also used for some shots as the city of Qarth. See if you can find the incomplete quarantine hospital (Lazaret) hidden among the trees too…

Lokrum island day trip Dubrovnik Croatia

The highest point on the island is Fort Royal, where you can head to for the views but bear in mind that the view looking back towards Dubrovnik is partially obscured by trees!

If you are looking to top up the tan, there are lots of areas to sunbathe and swim. Look out for the FKK sign – this means the area is for naturists!

Lokrum island day trip Dubrovnik Croatia

Food and Drink

You can buy drinks and ice cream on the island as well as have a sit down meal.  We would recommend bringing snacks and water, as it can get very hot wandering around.

Images of Lokrum island

Lokrum island day trip Dubrovnik Croatia

This is the pier where the ferry drops you off and picks you up again.

Lokrum island day trip Dubrovnik Croatia

If the sun gets too hot then seek solace in the shade!

Lokrum island day trip Dubrovnik Croatia

Check out the beautiful clear water, and if you look up close you will see fish!

Lokrum island day trip Dubrovnik Croatia
View towards Dubrovnik

Getting a clear shot of Dubrovnik old town can be tricky as the island is full of trees!

Lokrum island day trip Dubrovnik Croatia

The water looks lovely here!

Lokrum island day trip Dubrovnik Croatia
Men’s toilet sign, lokrum island

Find out more on the official Lokrum island website.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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  1. Lesley Maguire

    Fantastic, one to add to the list, thanks x

    1. Emma

      It was a lovely day out, so peaceful.

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