Mostar

Old town of Mostar

Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, formerly one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country, and today suffering geographical division of ethnic groups. The city was the most heavily bombed of any Bosnian city during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina following the breakup of Yugoslavia. At the beginning of the war, air strikes destroyed many important buildings and structures, including the cultural and spiritual icon: The Old Bridge (Stari Most).

Mostar has been most famous for this beautiful historic Ottoman-style bridge, which spanned the Neretva river in what is considered the historic center of the city. Through combined efforts with the international community, rebuilding of The Old Bridge was completed in 2004, almost 11 years after its destruction, using some of its original pieces recovered from the Neretva river. A significant portion of the city has been rebuilt and visitors might be surprised to see that this formerly war-torn city is a lively and beautiful destination once again, particularly the area within and around the old town. However, many visible signs of Mostar's troubled recent history remain.

Get in

By bus

From Sarajevo

There are many buses (first at 06:00, last at 19:55 - approx. 1 per hour) from Sarajevo to Mostar. There are also many buses from Mostar to Sarajevo (first at 06:00, last at 18:15 - approx. 1 per hour). Journey takes 2,5 hours and costs 17-20 BAM (depends on bus company). Timetable is available here, but not all buses are listed.

Other destinations

Bus timetables are online, but not all connections are listed. Frequent buses run between Mostar and Ploče, Dubrovnik (2 per day, 3-4 hours, BAM30), Split (4 hours, HRK125), Zagreb, Podgorica, Jajce (3.5-4 hours, BAM19 ), Banja Luka, Belgrade (2 per day) and most cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Note that the stop in Mostar for the bus from Podgorica, which continues to Banja Luka, is several kilometres from the city center on an expressway. A taxi from there costs BAM10.

By train

From Sarajevo

There are two trains daily from Sarajevo to Čapljina via Mostar (07:15 and 18:57). There are also two trains from Čapljina to Sarajevo via Mostar (07:06 and 19:19). Journey takes 2,5 hours and costs 11 BAM. Schedule can be found here. The scenery on the train ride between Mostar and Sarajevo is stunning, passing through rugged terrain with a series of tunnels, U-turns and viaducts. It is much more picturesque, as well as cheaper, to travel between these cities by train rather than by bus. However, the facilities of the train stations and most of the trains, a donation from the Swedish government, are rather dated, so the bus provides a more comfortable journey.

From Croatia

There is no longer connection between Ploce and Mostar. There is also no more direct connection between Zagreb and Mostar - you need to change in Sarajevo.

By car

Mostar is easily reachable from Western Europe via Croatia. From, Zagreb take the A1 (green signs for Karlovac, Split and Dubrovnik). There is a border crossing Nova Sela - Bijača, and the motorway continues in Herzegovina until the end at Međugorje. Then just follow the signs to Mostar on the remaining 30 or so kilometres of two-lane road. There are plans build a motorway all the way to Mostar, but this might take several more years.

From Sarajevo it's a two-hour scenic drive through the Neretva river valley. This route is also planned to be upgraded to a motorway.

By plane

See

The old town in Mostar
A smaller (Crooked) bridge in Mostar's old town
Muslibegovica House

Do

Buy

The Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark (BAM) is pegged to the euro at a rate of €1 = BAM1.95583. Shops and restaurants will accept euros at a 1:2 rate with the Bosnian convertible mark. Croatian kuna are also widely accepted in Mostar though at a unfavourable exchange rate.

Eat

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Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

Many of nice lounge bars are located in the Old Town.

Sleep

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Mid-range

Splurge

Go next

Ancient Stjepangrad fort near Mostar

Day trips

Many of these areas are hard to reach with public transport; however, several agencies such as Herzeg Day Tours offer guided tours.

Further destinations


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