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How To Plan a Split to Mostar Day Trip

Last Updated on January 8, 2024

by Michael Rozenblit

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If you’re embarking on a short trip through the Balkans , you might not have enough time to explore Bosnia thoroughly. And while we wholeheartedly recommend travellers see more of a country than just one city, undertaking a Split to Mostar day trip gives you an opportunity to get a small taste of Bosnia & Herzegovina if you’re spending the majority of your time exploring Croatia and driving down the Dalmatian Coast.

Mostar is a relatively small city meaning that travellers can see most of the highlights within one day. However, if time allows, spending one or two nights in Mostar will allow you to get a deeper understanding of the complicated history of the city as well as see some more of the nearby attractions.

So if you’re considering taking a day trip to Mostar from Split, here’s everything you need to know about how to get there and what to see to make the most of your short time in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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How to Get from Split to Mostar

There are three main transport options for getting from Split to Mostar on a day trip. These are bus, driving or an organised tour. There are currently no trains operating from Split to Mostar.

If your goal is to reduce your Balkans travel cost as much as possible then it is theoretically possible to take a bus from Split to Mostar.

However, you need to be prepared to spend the majority of your day on the bus as border crossings can take time and it makes it more or less impossible to visit any attractions outside of Mostar.

In the best-case scenario, the bus will take 4 hours one way, though our journey ended up being closer to 5 hours as we got delayed at the border.

If you want to take the bus to get from Split to Mostar then I suggest spending a night or two in Mostar rather than doing a day trip. If you’re insistent on only visiting Mostar for a day then I suggest taking one of the two options listed below instead.

Stari Most in Mostar

The best way to do a Split to Mostar day trip independently is by renting a car and driving. This will allow you to enjoy some of the stops on the route, get across the border quicker and have the flexibility to go and leave when you want.

We suggest using Rentalcars.Com to find deals on car hire in Split or Croatia in general. They aggregate results across major car hire brands.

Make sure to pay close attention to your policy when booking to ensure that the company allows you to take the car across borders. You’ll also need a green card when crossing into Bosnia to prove that you have the appropriate insurance coverage — the car rental company should provide this for you.

By Day Tour

If you prefer not to drive, then taking a Split to Mostar day tour with a guide is a great option. This allows you to leave Split early in the morning without worrying about driving and make maximum use of your time in Mostar.

This guided tour or this guided tour is a great choice as it gives you some free time to explore Mostar independently, as well as a guided tour of the town and stops in Počitelj & Kravice National Park.

If you want to combine your Mostar day trip with a stop in the Christian pilgrimage site of Medjugorje, then this day tour or this day tour follows a similar itinerary to the above tour but gives visitors the option to visit Medjugorje instead of Kravice National Park.

There is also this guided tour available which dedicates more time in Medjugorje rather than visiting Počitelj & Kravice National Park. It is also possible to go on a private tour that picks you up in Split and drops you off in Dubrovnik.

If you’re planning to go on a guided tour from Split to Mostar, keep in mind that a lot of tours don’t run in the winter months.

Mostar Old Town is quieter in the evening

Mostar Day Trip Itinerary

If you’re planning to do your Mostar day trip from Split independently, then this suggested itinerary should help you make the most of your time exploring Mostar.

Visit Počitelj

After leaving Split early in the morning and crossing the border from Croatia to Bosnia & Herzegovina, it’s worth stopping in the town of Počitelj.

Built in the 14th century, the walled town combines medieval and Ottoman influences and has historically been an important strategic site. It’s also currently on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status.

It’s worth making a quick stop here on the way to Mostar to walk around the town and see the unique architecture here. Take the time to climb up the steep stairs to the fortress to enjoy great views of the Neretva River and the surrounding area.

The town of Počitelj

Enjoy a Bosnian Coffee

You might be tired after an early morning start from Split so after driving from Počitelj to Mostar, make your first stop in town be for a traditional Bosnian coffee.

While you can get a Bosnian coffee from a lot of places in Mostar, I suggest heading to Cafe de Alma which is located near the Hamman Museum and not far from the Stari Most.

The cafe here roasts and grinds its own beans and the owner will take the time to sit with you and explain exactly how to drink a Bosnian coffee and what makes it unique from other similar varieties of coffee. There is an extreme passion for coffee here, so if you only have time for one Bosnian coffee during your visit to Mostar, make sure that it’s here!

Traditional Bosnian coffee

Explore the Old Town

Mostar’s Old Town is fairly compact so a day will give you enough time to enjoy the highlights of the city.

Your first stop should undoubtedly be the Stari Most – Mostar’s iconic bridge. While it was completely destroyed during the Balkans wars in the 90s, it has since been rebuilt in its original form.

One of the most iconic sites here is to see the local divers ply their craft and jump into the Neretva river. The local divers will spend a lot of the day pretending as if they’re about to jump to collect some money to support their diving club.

However, if you’re lucky, some dives occur a few times per day – we saw one at noon but aren’t sure if the timings are consistent.

If you’re interested in taking the approximately 22-metre plunge yourself, you can visit the diving club located on the bridge and they will put you through your paces to see whether it is safe for you to do so.

Divers jumping from Stari Most

Aside from the Stari Most, it’s worth taking the time to explore other areas of the Old Town such as the Crooked Bridge which is a small version of the Old Bridge and used as practice for diving from the Stari Most. There are also some bazaars in the Old Town on both sides of the bridge where you can pick up souvenirs.

If you want to enjoy great views of the city, there are a few different options including climbing the minaret of the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, visiting the Stari Most Museum, walking over to the Lucki Most which is the next bridge over from Stari Most or enjoying a drink at Caffe Terasa.

Finally, it’s worth taking the time to learn more about the tragic history of Mostar and Bosnia in general during the 90s, particularly if you’re not planning on visiting Sarajevo. Some options include visiting the War Photo Museum or the Museum Of War And Genocide Victims.

If you want to take the time to learn more about Mostar’s history with a knowledgeable guide, then I highly recommend travellers go on a walking tour with Sheva.

Sheva does an incredible job of showing visitors around Mostar, taking time to explore the Old Town as well as break down the complicated history of the Balkans war and the impact it still has on residents living in Mostar today.

Sheva runs free walking tours a couple of times per day during peak season though the timing of the tours might not be convenient if visiting for a day. You can, however, contact him to organise a private tour that will likely be more suitable if you’re only visiting Mostar for a day.

The Crooked Bridge

Taste traditional Bosnian food

All that exploring will undoubtedly leave you hungry, so make sure you leave time to enjoy some traditional Bosnian cuisine while on your Mostar day trip from Split.

One good option for lunch is a restaurant called Food House which is located a short walk from the Stari Most.

They serve both traditional Bosnian food as well as international food with vegetarian and vegan options available. They have a Sultan’s Feast menu option which can be ordered for one or several people and allows you to sample several traditional Bosnian dishes.

Another good restaurant option for traditional Bosnian food is Hindin Han which has a lovely terrace to enjoy your meal and serves authentic Bosnian dishes.

Restaurant Hindin Han

Swim in Kravice Waterfall

After departing Mostar but before crossing the border back into Croatia, it’s worth taking the time to stop at Kravice Waterfall and enjoy a swim in the waterfalls if the weather allows it!

Kravice Waterfall is a smaller version of the waterfalls you’ll find in Krka National Park in Croatia (which is another great day trip from Split! ) and is a refreshing way to end your day in Mostar particularly in the summer months when temperatures are higher.

The waterfall is open until 10 pm in the summer months with entrance costing 20KM (approximately €10).

Kravice Waterfall

Have more time?

If you’re not rushed for time, then I definitely recommend spending at least one or two nights in Mostar to be able to enjoy the town fully and spread your tourist dollars more. Also, crowds thin out in the evening as day-trippers leave and it’s a lot more pleasant to walk around in the evening and enjoy Mostar’s atmosphere.

This will also allow you to take one of Sheva’s free walking tours (though make sure to tip at the end!) rather than organising a private tour as well as giving you more time to visit museums that you don’t get a chance to see on a day trip.

There are also some great places to visit in the evening in Mostar such as the Craft Beer Garden imaimože which has an excellent range of craft beers from their own brewery in Mostar as well as other breweries in Bosnia.

You also have the option of visiting Blagaj which is a small village near Mostar famous for its 600-year-old monastery.

Delicious local craft beer in Mostar

Where to Stay in Mostar

Hostel Majdas   – This is a great hostel to stay in Mostar for backpackers looking to meet other travellers and enjoy some great Bosnian hospitality. The daily breakfast is one of the best you’ll ever have in a hostel and Majda’s brother, Bata, runs a fantastic day tour to Mostar’s nearby attractions as well as explaining the complicated history of the city. 

Hotel Eden – If you prefer to stay in a hotel, this place is a great option located in the centre of the city. They offer a range of clean modern private rooms with breakfast included daily as well as access to a pool, sauna and fitness centre.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other options in Mostar!

View of Mostar from Lucki Most

Visiting Mostar as a day trip from Split is a great option if you’re short on time and want to get an introduction to Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Are you planning a trip from Split to Mostar? Have you been recently? Let us know in the comments below!

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Michael is a co-founder and writer for The World Was Here First. Both solo and with his partner, Maggie, he has travelled to over 50 countries across the globe and has a particular affinity for the Balkans and Eastern Europe. He’s lived in numerous countries worldwide but currently resides in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Read more about Michael

Help please . Taking a day trip from Split to Mostar but wondering how to manage with the different currencies please. Do they take Euro or Kuna or cards. All info appreciated

In Bosnia, the currency is the Bosnian mark (BAM). Some shops might take Euro or Kuna in Mostar but it will typically be at an unfavorable exchange rate.

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Split to mostar day trip itinerary: the best mostar tour from split.

When I moved to Split , Croatia in March, I knew I wanted to take advantage of the country’s shared border with Bosnia & Herzegovina. Despite being neighbours, there are so many fascinating and interesting differences between Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

What appealed to me even more was the ease of the border crossing - thankfully it is very easy to plan a Split to Mostar day trip or a Dubrovnik to Mostar day trip - depending on which city you’re visiting in Croatia .

Whether you’ve hired a car or you’re planning on taking an organised tour, a day trip to Mostar from Split has been in my top 3 favourite day trips from Split so far.

So if you’re wondering about the best way to get to Mostar from Split or how to pick the Split to Mostar tour that’s right for you - read on!

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Where is Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Mostar is a city in the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina that sits on the banks of the Neretva River. It’s around 1 hour north from the Croatian border and around 2 hours south of the capital of Sarajevo, meaning a day trip from Sarajevo to Mostar is another easy option.

The best Mostar tour from Split

view of the old town bridge in Mostar with flowers in the foreground and a green mountain in the background

I’m a huge fan of Get Your Guide tours because they use local tour guides and local expertise to give you the best experience, plus they deal with all the slightly more daunting things like border crossings and driving on the other side of the road in a foreign country!

This full day trip from Split to Mostar is run by a local provider and has departure points in both Split and Trogir.

What I loved about this tour is that you actually get SO MUCH time to explore Mostar. You have a guided tour but they also give you time to explore the city on your own (check out some of my itinerary recommendations below for inspiration).

I also loved this tour because it includes a visit to Kravice Waterfalls. If you’ve visited Krka or Plitvice National Parks during your trip to Croatia, Krka is really similar except less busy and less expensive! I was honestly blown away by Kravice, I thought it was just so beautiful, there’s a small beach area and a couple of small cafes if you need refreshments.

You can also swim there too which isn’t the case now in Krka and Plitvice National Parks!

I felt like this tour was really great value for money at under £60 for a full day trip, transport included and a walking tour guide in Mostar.

Things to note:

You do need to bring your passport (and a visa for Bosnia if you require one) as UK and US citizens, my partner and I did not require a visa, neither do citizens of EU countries

The Kravice Waterfall ticket is not included in the tour price but it’s only £9.

mist rising from a blue lake as waterfalls crash down around a man on a canoe

Kravice Waterfalls

Other Split Mostar tours to consider:

Another option I had looked at was this Split to Mostar day tour which includes the same as the tour above but also a stop at the medieval town of Počitelj in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The dates just didn’t work out for my availability.

But the ratings for the tour are really positive and the price is similar to the one above.

Dubrovnik to Mostar day tour

If you are looking for a Mostar day trip from Dubrovnik , this day tour is by far the most well-reviewed option.

You’ll have the chance to visit Neum, the only coastal town in Bosnia, Medjugorje, Počitelj and of course Mostar. Although unfortunately, Kravice Waterfalls is not included on this tour.

How to get from Split to Mostar by car

traditional Ottoman buildings and a minaret in old town Mostar, Bosnia

Driving to Mostar is also pretty straightforward if you have your own rental vehicle.

You will need to keep your car rental documents with you and of course bring your passport and any relevant visas for the border crossing which usually doesn’t take too long.

If you are doing the Split to Mostar drive, make sure you head to the Nova Sela border crossing station or the smaller Crveni Grm border crossing, NOT the random country lane at Veliki Prolog as Google Maps tried to take us on our first drive to Mostar!

From Split to the border, it’s just 1 hour 30 minutes drive and you’ll take the A1 toll road most of the way. The toll is based on how long you spend on the toll road, so keep your ticket when you enter and you can pay either by cash, card or in Euros too when you exit the A1.

You might want to visit Kravice Waterfalls first as they’re closest to the border after you cross from Croatia (read more on my itinerary below) otherwise it’s another hour to reach Mostar once you’ve crossed the border.

Alternatively if you’d prefer to travel to Mostar from Croatia independently but don’t have a car, there are great Split to Mostar bus options with Flixbus . Although these do take 3-4 hours due to other stops, so it could be a better option if you plan to stay overnight in Mostar or travel onwards in Bosnia & Herzegovina. There are also daily Mostar to Split return options.

Day trip from Split to Mostar itinerary

Whether you’re planning a Split to Mostar day trip with a tour or independently, this is the itinerary I followed and with my favourite places in Mostar to explore in your own time.

Visit Kravice Waterfall (and take a dip if you fancy!)

As I mentioned in the tour section above, Kravice is very similar to Krka Waterfalls or Plitvice in Croatia but with the big bonus that you can swim there!

It’s a much smaller complex, just a short walk from the car park down to the falls and there’s one shoreline to enjoy, no complex winding paths like Plitvice or Krka!

You can spend as little as 30 minutes here or spend a whole afternoon swimming, sunbathing and grabbing lunch at the cafes here.

Tickets are 20 KM (Bosnian Marks) which is around £9 or $11 USD.

turquoise water in a lagoon with cascading waterfalls all around and blue sky

Wander Mostar Old Town and see the famous Stari Most Bridge

girl sitting on a rock by a river with the famous domed bridge of Mostar in the background

Riverside at Stari Most Bridge

Of course you probably have the famous Star Most stone bridge at the top of your Mostar itinerary - and for good reason! It’s one of the best things to see in Mostar!

This 16th Century bridge was sadly destroyed during the Bosnian War, but afterwards the government pulled the stones from the original bridge out of the riverbed and rebuilt the bridge. It was designated as a UNESCO site in 2015.

Spend some time walking over the bridge but also head down to the water and get some pictures from the vantage points there with the turquoise river and minaret of the mosque in the background.

You will often see people diving off this bridge too - don’t try this yourself unless you’re a professional!

Sample the Baklava

Two white plates with big pieces of Baklava

Even though you’re just 1 hour from Croatia, the Ottoman influence is still so strong in Bosnia & Herzegovina compared to Croatia.

A Turkish coffee and traditional baklava pastry can be found all over the Old Town and baklava is one of my favourite pastries EVER!

Make sure to grab some to sample as you wander around.

Buy traditional souvenirs from the Old Town Bazaar

Again, the Old Town Bazaar feels SO DIFFERENT from the Old Town in Split or Dubrovnik. The Middle Eastern influence makes the Bazaar such a unique cultural experience and an assault on the senses as you hear the calling of the stall holders, the smells of incense and baklava and see the vibrant colours of the traditional robes, tea sets, fabrics and ceramics.

Yes there are plenty of ‘touristy’ things here to buy, but the Bosnian and traditional Turkish influenced souvenirs and items you can buy are so unique and different to any souvenirs you’ll find in Croatia - I recommend a small token at least to take home!

Old Town Bazar

Visit the Koski-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque and climb the Minaret

Over half of the Bosnian & Herzegovinan population is Muslim, with the remainder being Christian. So don’t be surprised to hear the call to pray as you explore the city’s streets.

This 17th-century Mosque was also substantially rebuilt after the war, but still retains its traditional courtyard, and domed roof and you can climb the Minaret for incredible views of the city.

The ticket to climb the tower cost around £5 (I can’t remember exactly!) but the entrance to the courtyard is free, so it’s also a great option for free things to do in Mostar.

entrace to a mosque with the minaret towering into the blue sky

Learn about the Bosnian War at the Museum of War and Genocide Victims

Large white building with yellow trim and a opened black door

Museum of War and Genocide Victims

Depending on how much time you have, this may or may not fit into your Split-Mostar day trip, but if you do have time - I highly recommend visiting the Museum of War and Genocide Victims. We spent about 1 hour here reading all the stories and looking at the items and I’d say it’s one of the best things to do in Mostar.

I know the name sounds depressing, but there’s not a lot about war that isn’t upsetting and sad to learn about. I felt the need to visit this museum particularly because the Bosnian War is such a recent part of European history and yet I feel ashamed and embarrassed that I knew almost nothing about it.

This is not a topic we covered in school curriculum and yet it’s a conflict so recent that the country is still recovering and rebuilding even today.

The Museum shares stories of those impacted, involved and affected by the war, genocide, concentration camps, mass graves and crimes against women and children. It tells the history of the war but through the stories of humans who lived it and through their personal belongings.

Tickets are £4.50 or $6 USD.

Enjoy dinner with a view of the famous Stari Most Bridge at Restorante Kulluk

Prices in Bosnia & Herzegovina are significantly cheaper than other places in Europe. For that reason, it’s a great chance to enjoy a meal with a view and for a great price.

At the top of the Old Town, near to the Mosque is Resorante Kulluk. Their upstairs terrace gives you a view of the Old Town, the river, the mountain and of course the famous Stari Most bridge.

Their menu is provided in a selection of languages and they offer traditional Bosnian cuisine as well as standard pizza, pasta and meat dishes.

We loved the experience here and the views with our meal - highly recommend this as one of the best places to eat in Mostar, although you’ll also find a few other bridge-view restaurants along the river which could also be great alternatives.

View of Mostar Bridge and Old Town in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Visit the Kriva Cuprija bridge - the mini version of Stari Most bridge!

If you're wondering what to do in Mostar with some extra time before you leave, on the west side of the old town, just a couple of minutes from Stari Most is a miniature version of the famous stone bridge!

Kriva Cuprija is actually slightly older than Star Most, built in 1558, some believe it was a trial version before the bigger version was built. It means ‘the crooked bridge’ and is tucked away between charming old town streets and crosses the Neretva River.

a small stone bridge with houses and a mountain in the backgroun

Kriva Cuprija

Summary: Planning your day trips from Split to Mostar

There are a great selection of tour options from Split to Mostar that I highly recommend using if you want to spend 1 day in Mostar.

But whether you plan your Split to Mostar day tour with a company or decide on an independent Split to Mostar day trip, I hope this Mostar 1 day itinerary helps you plan how to spend your time in this beautiful, historic city.

This has been one of my favourite day trips from Split because the culture is so different from that in Croatia and it’s made me want to go back and explore more of what Bosnia & Herzegovina has to offer.

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Split to Mostar Day Trip – All You Need to Know in 2023

If you are spending time in Croatia then consider taking a Split to Mostar Day Trip and check out wonderful Bosnia and Herzegovina .

There are many things you can do on day trips from Split to Mostar such as see the impressive Stari Most bridge, wander the cobbled streets of the old town and see the former front line.

You can also discover some of Herzegovina’s top attractions such as the stunning Kravice Waterfalls, the spring and monastery at Blagaj, and the famous town of Medjugorje.

I have visited Mostar from Split on several occasions and I’d highly recommend doing so (though if you have the time, consider spending longer in this beautiful town). Read on and discover all you need to know about a Mostar day trip from Split.

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How to Take a Split Mostar Day Trip

There are three ways to do day trips from Split to Mostar; drive, take the bus or go on one of the many tours that depart from Split. Below you can find out about each of these in detail.

Take the Bus

The bus journey takes around three to four hours including the border crossing between Croatia and Bosnia. The route hugs the Adriatic before heading up into the mountains and crossing into Bosnia.

As you travel along the coast the views are absolutely incredible, and a little hair-raising at times as the bus goes higher into the mountains. I did this trip in October 2022.

There are three daily buses at 07:30, 09:30 and 17:30. To get the most of your Split Mostar day trip taking the earliest bus is advisable.

Buses return to Split at 06:45 and 17:15.

Tickets cost from €18.00, plus €1.00 for luggage (to be paid to the driver). You can book this bus online with Flixbus .

The bus leaves from Split Bus Station which is located next to the port and a few minute’s walk from Diocletian’s Palace. Read more about how to take the Split to Mostar bus .

Split to Mostar Bus

Take a Tour from Split

There are lots of great tours offering day trips from Split to Mostar. Below is a small selection of the best tours on offer.

Best Tours for a Split to Mostar Day Trip

Tour 1 – Split to Mostar Day Trip including Kravice Waterfalls – 12 Hours

Tour 2 – Split Mostar Day Trip with Kravice Waterfalls & Medjugorje (highly recommended) 11 Hours

Tour 3 – Mostar and Medjugorje Full Day Tour (Small Group) – 12 Hours

Kravice is a lot less busy than Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Park and you can actually swim in the pool beneath the falls unlike in Croatia now.

If you have your own car then driving is easy and you’ll follow one of the most scenic and jaw-dropping roads in the world. If you’re looking for great car rental deals in Croatia, I recommend Discover Cars which are the leading car hire provider in Europe. Click here to check prices .

What to do on a Split to Mostar Day Trip

  • See the famous Stari Most bridge
  • Walk around the charming cobbled streets of the Old Town
  • Shop at Mostar’s ancient Bazaar
  • Go swimming at the stunning Kravice Waterfalls
  • See the source of the River Buna at Blagaj
  • Visit the charming hillside village of Pocitelj
  • Check out Medjugorje, a famous site for pilgrims

FAQs About Day Trip to Mostar from Split

Kravice Waterfalls

It’s easy to visit Mostar from Split with daily buses and tours between the two cities. Journey time is around three to four hours.

A day trip to Mostar is definitely worth it. This is one of my favourite cities in the Balkans with so much to see and do from Stari Most to Kravice Waterfalls and more.

There is lots to do on a day trip to Mostar from Split including exploring the old old town, visiting the old front line, seeing the famous Stari Most and exploring the bazaar.

A Split Mostar day trip is a great option if you’re spending any length of time in Croatia. The journey is relatively short, and you’ll get to discover this absolute jewel of the Balkans and one of my favourite towns in Europe.

Whether you drive, take the bus or opt for a tour, you won’t be disappointed with a Mostar day trip from Split! Book your tour today with Get Your Guide.

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About the author: Steve Rohan is a writer from Essex, England. He has traveled to over 60 countries, lived in Armenia, China and Hong Kong, and is now living the digital nomad life on the road.

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Day Trip to Mostar from Split


During a Croatia vacation, there are plenty of epic day trips you can take from the country’s largest cities. One of the best day trips to take is from Split to Mostar . Located around two hours from Split, Croatia , Mostar , Bosnia and Herzegovina is the perfect city to explore, plus you can scratch off another country on your bucket list while you enjoy this great day trip!

Just like Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina is another beautiful country in the Balkans region of Europe. It was once part of the former Ottoman Empire as well as Yugoslavia . It gained independence in 1992 and nowadays, most of the population practices Islam. Other popular religions in Bosnia and Herzegovina are Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholicism.

The beautiful city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The country’s names Bosnia and Herzegovina have nothing to do with ethnic or religious reasons, the difference has to do with geography. Bosnia occupies the northern and central parts of the country and Herzegovina is situated in the southern and southwestern region. Most of Bosnia and Herzegovina is mountainous and there are three official languages – Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian.

In August 2021, I did a memorable Balkans trip with Ashley of World to Wander . We started our journey in Venice, Italy before enjoying a weekend in Slovenia . From there, we made our way back to Trieste, Italy before heading into Croatia where we spent two nights in Istria , two nights in Split , one night in Hvar and four nights in Dubrovnik .

A woman walking over the Mostar Bridge in Bosnia

Ashley and I also did a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Pula to Split (it was out of the way) as well as day trips to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina from Split and Kotor , Montenegro from Dubrovnik . We also enjoyed a lovely day on the island of Korcula from Hvar to Dubrovnik. No matter how you plan your trip and what your itinerary entails, all these spots in the Balkans and the surrounding countries are incredible to adventure around and explore!

In this article, discover the best Mostar itinerary during a day trip from Split .

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A day trip to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina from Split, Croatia

Traveling from Split to Mostar:

Day trip to Mostar from Split

The easiest and most convenient ways to get from Split, Croatia to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina is by renting a car or taking a train or bus . If you’re looking to explore more of the country and stay longer, you can take a flight into Mostar International Airport or Sarajevo International Airport , which is the capital. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner .

During our time in Split, Ashley and I rented a car to get around, which I highly recommend if you’re looking to explore the Balkans. The drive from Split to Mostar is easy and a little over two hours. (Please know that you will need to go through border patrol to get from Croatia to Bosnia and back. The customs line can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. Thankfully, the line was short for us.)

One thing to note about renting a car in Croatia (or anywhere in the European Union) is that you will need to have an international diver’s permit in addition to your regular license. I don’t know how the process works for every single country out there, but for U.S. residents, you could easily obtain one by going to your local AAA office.  

When we first arrived in the city, we easily found street parking near the Aleksa Santic Monument . (It was free the day we went, but I recommend asking around and doing your research to see if you have to pay for parking. There is paid street parking in specific areas of Mostar.) There are also parking garages that you can park at for a fee.

The old town of Mostar in Bosnia

Mostar is a great city to walk around in. The Old Town is small, but if you’re looking to explore outside of it, I recommend renting a bike . You can also haul a city taxi to get around Mostar. Uber does not exist in Kotor.

In addition to visiting Mostar from Split , I recommend paying a visit to the capital of Sarajevo . The capital city is located a little over two hours northeast of Mostar. You can get there with a rental car along with public transportation .

You can also do a private tour from Split to Mostar !

Where to Stay in Mostar:

Beautiful architecture in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Since we did a day trip from Split to Mostar, we didn’t need accommodations in Bosnia , but there are a lot of great hotels to choose from if you decide to stay a night or more. Overall, most of the hotels in Mostar are mid-budget, but you can find a lot of great budget options as well.

Here are the best places to stay in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina:

Luxury Accommodation: Hotel Verso

Boutique Accommodation: Hotel-Restaurant Kriva Ćuprija

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hotel Mepas

Budget Accommodation: Taso’s House

Bosnia and Herzegovina also offers a plethora of Airbnb and Vrbo options.

Day Trip Itinerary from Split to Mostar:

A woman enjoying the beauty of Stari Most during a day trip from Split to Mostar

Learn About the History of Bosnia and Herzegovina:

One of the top things to do during your day trip in Mostar is visit a museum. For a long time through the mid 1990’s, Bosnia and Herzegovina was under an ethnic cleansing where thousands of people were either killed or displaced.

There was international intervention that got in the way of all the Bosnian conflict, which finally led to a peace agreement called the Dayton Accords in later 1995. This agreement is what ended the war, but the country was still decentralized, ethnically divided and in despair.

As you make your way around Mostar, you will find buildings that were bombed, walls with bullet holes in them as well as memorials and artifacts that bring remembrance to the war. It is quite sad and surreal seeing all the destroyed buildings and memorials as you wander around the city. Nowadays, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a great country to visit and the city of Mostar is safe for all!

Mostar is in the Herzegovina part of the country. In fact, it was once the capital city of Herzegovina! Some of the best ways to learn about the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina during your day trip to Mostar from Split is to either enjoy a private walking tour or visit one of the city’s renowned museums:

Learning about the Bosnian War during a day trip to Mostar from Split

  • War Photo Exhibition : During the time of the war in Bosnia, a photojournalist from New Zealand was living in Mostar and captured everything through photos. The War Photo Exhibition later opened up to showcase the pictures taken during that period. Overall, this museum is one of the best spots to learn more about the Bosnian War . Please note that it is a haunting place and will bring the war to life.
  • Bosnaseum : Bosnian culture is fascinating from both its Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian history. One of the top museums to learn about Bosnian culture and history, all in one place, is Bosnaseum . It is a great museum to also learn about the tradition of Bosnian people in Mostar.
  • Museum of War and Genocide Victims : Another museum in Mostar that is both educational and emotional is the Museum of War and Genocide Victims . This museum goes into the genocide, concentration camps and crimes against children that happened from 1992 through 1995. It also shows personal belongings, photos, court documents and more.
  • Museum of Herzegovina : Founded in 1950, the Museum of Herzegovina showcases the cultural and historical heritage of the city of Mostar along with the area of Herzegovina in general. Throughout this museum, you will find archeological and ethnographic exhibits and there is also a library.

Shop through the Čaršija:

Mostar's carsija

A day trip from Split to Mostar would not be complete without walking through and shopping around the čaršija , which is a Muslim bazaar .

Situated right next to Stari Most , which is the popular bridge in Mostar, is where you can find the čaršija. The area that the bazaar is in has always been where Muslims resided in the city. While you stroll around the čaršija, you will be brought back into the Ottoman times and feel like you’re strolling through a market in Morocco .

Some of the top things to purchase as you walk through Mostar’s čaršija is homemade copper items. You can also purchase Turkish rugs, Arabic jewelry, handmade Bosnian blankets and other souvenir items like postcards and magnets.

Walk Over and Under Stari Most:

A woman walking under the Stari Most in Bosnia

The most iconic landmark in Mostar is the Stari Most, which is also known as Mostar Bridge or the Old Bridge. This stunning stone bridge is built over the Neretva River and it was originally built in the 16 th Century during the Ottoman Empire.

Unfortunately, the bridge was destroyed during the Bosnian War in late 1993. Stari Most was later rebuilt and reopened for public usage in 2004. The reconstruction was funded by The World Bank , the United Nations , the Aga Khan Trust for Culture , the Council of Europe Development Bank and the World Monuments Fund . The bridge also received funding from the countries of Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Croatia and Bosnia. It is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site .

One of the epic things that Stari Most is known for is the Red Bull Cliff Diving Competition . Professional cliff jumpers will receive donations and once they reach a certain amount, they will jump from the bridge and into the river. Overall, this event attracts people from all over the world and it is exciting!

Discover All the Beautiful Spots in Mostar:

A woman walking over the Crooked Bridge during a day trip from Split to Mostar

Mostar is a fairytale city that you must explore. It is known for its Islamic architecture, stunning mosques, lovely bridges and more. During your day trip to Mostar from Split , I suggest taking the time to stroll around and admire all the beauty.

A memorable thing to do in Mostar as you make your way around the city is to climb Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque that overlooks the Old Town.

Overall, the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque represents one of the best architectural wonders of Ottoman culture and it is known as the most monumental Islamic Mosque in Mostar . It was built in the 17 th Century and should not be missed, even if you only see it from the outside.

Another beautiful landmark to see in Mostar is Kriva Cuprija , otherwise known as the Crooked Bridge . It is another ancient bridge that resembles the larger Stari Most.

It is unknown who built the Crooked Bridge and when it was constructed, but just like Stari Most, it was destroyed during the war and rebuilt in 2001. The reconstruction project was sponsored by the Grand Dutch of Luxembourg .

Savor Delicious Bosnian Food:

Traditional Bosnian cuisine in Mostar

Food plays a huge role when it comes to travel and even during a day trip, it is best to visit an authentic restaurant and try traditional Bosnian food .

When it comes to Bosnian cuisine , it is like Turkish and Mediterranean food. It is a meat-heavy cuisine filled with delicious flavors and everything is usually served with soft pita bread and vegetables. Desserts are like those of Mediterranean cuisine as well with phyllo dough.

During our day trip from Split to Mostar, Ashley and I ate at Restoran Kaldrma , which is a traditional Bosnian restaurant that includes a rooftop overlooking the mosque, nearby mountains and Old Town.

While we ate at Restoran Kaldrma , I savored one of the best chicken kebab dishes I’ve ever eaten. It came with warm pita bread that was seasoned with incredible flavors. Ashley had the cevapi, which looks like mini sausages and are made with lamb and beef. It was served with pita bread as well. We enjoyed our Bosnian lunch with local wine.

Local Bosnian wine

Other popular Bosnian staples are burek, which is phyllo dough filled with meat, cheese or a spinach filling; begova corba, which is a slow-cooked chicken and vegetable soup; klepe, which is minced meat dumplings and baklava, which is a popular dessert that you will also find in Turkey and Greece.

Another popular thing to do in Mostar is enjoy Bosnian tea or coffee at Café de Alma . It is a cozy café to relax at and enjoy a nice morning or afternoon beverage.

Enjoy a Day Trip from Mostar:

A woman at Plitvice Lakes National Park

Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina is in the perfect location to do a day trip if you decide to stay in the city for a longer period of time. In addition to Split, Croatia, there are plenty of other great cities and locations to explore and enjoy a day trip near Mostar.

Below are the best destinations to visit from Mostar :

  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kravice Waterfalls Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Krka National Park, Croatia
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
  • Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Počitelj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia

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I hope you enjoyed discovering the best things to do during a day trip from Split to Mostar. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected].

Basic Facts of Bosnia:

Currency: Bosnia and Herzegovina Convertible Mark, Capital: Sarajevo, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

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Mostar, Bosnia looks so beautiful ~ the architecture and beautiful waters are so breathtaking. Love the Stari Most bridge. Absolutely beautiful with the river flowing underneath it! The water is an amazing color ~ glad you were able to see all the history of the war. Very sad though ~ thank you for writing this great blog on Mostar, Bosnia. Love you. Mom xoxo 👩🧡💛

It really is such a beautiful city! I loved it so much! Such a great day trip! 🙂

Mostar was a fascinating and memorable destination. The Stari Most bridge was an architectural marvel, and the city itself had a rich and complex history. I enjoyed exploring the old town and trying the local cuisine.

It really is beautiful there! I loved it so much. Would love to go back and explore more of Bosnia and Herzegovina! 🙂

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Split to Mostar Day trip with Kravice Waterfalls

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Split to Mostar Day trip with  Kravice Waterfalls

Experience the beauty and cultural richness of the Dalmatian Coast and Bosnia and Herzegovina on a Split to Mostar day trip. This full-day excursion takes you from the historic city of Split to the charming city of Mostar, with a stop at the stunning Kravica Waterfalls along the way.

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Group discount Free Hotel pickup and 10% discount for groups of 4+ people

Covid-19 precautions Special health and safety measures are in place.

Duration 8 hours Check availability to see starting times. Skip the line through a separate entrance

Live tour guide English, Other languages upon request

Pick up included Pick up is available from your hotel in central Split. 

Private or small groups available This is a great option for those who want a more tailored and personalized experience, and for those who prefer a smaller and more intimate setting.

Tour price: 120,00 EUR

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  • Kravice Waterfall Nature Park entry fee – 20,00 KM (10,00 EUR)

Split to Mostar Day Trip with Kravice Waterfalls

This Split to Mostar day trip is the perfect way to see the best of the region in just one day. The trip starts in Split, where you will be picked up from your hotel and begin the journey to Kravica Waterfalls. Here, you will have free time to explore the stunning natural beauty of the falls and take in the breathtaking views.

From Kravica, the tour continues to Mostar, where you will join a guided city tour and have free time to explore on your own. During the tour, you will visit the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and learn about the city’s rich history and culture.

After the tour, you will begin the journey back to Split, arriving in the evening.

About Kravice Waterfalls stop on Split to Mostar Day trip

The Kravice Falls are some of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Europe, and swimming in them is a truly unique experience.

They are located on the Trebizat River, about 25 km from Mostar. Kravice Falls is one of the most beautiful and largest waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina, measuring about 100 meters wide and 30 meters high. It’s a great place for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, or just relaxing!

The Kravice Falls are some of the most picturesque waterfalls in all of Europe, and swimming in them is a truly unique experience.

About Mostar

Mostar is a beautiful and unique city located in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is one of the most popular destinations in the country, with cobblestone streets, old stone buildings, and a stunning bridge spanning the picturesque Neretva River, making it look like it was plucked from the pages of a fairytale.

Mostar Attractions

The highlight of a visit to Mostar is, of course, the breathtaking Stari Most bridge. It is not only a beautiful sight but also a great place to take photos and watch the divers leap from the bridge into the river.

The Old Town is also well worth exploring, with cafes and souvenir shops lining the cobblestone streets.

Other attractions include the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque, the Crooked Bridge (Kriva Cuprija), the Old Bazaar Kujundziluk, and the Museum Of War And Genocide Victims.

What to expect on your Split to Mostar Day trip

This Kravice Falls Tour is a great opportunity to see some of the most beautiful places in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our experienced guides will take you on an amazing journey, and you’ll get to swim in the majestic Kravice Waterfalls – something that you won’t forget anytime soon! Kravice Waterfalls are some of the most picturesque waterfalls in Europe, and swimming in them is a truly unique experience.

What to bring

Please bring your swimsuit, towel, sun cream, and a hat! Please bring a bottle of water.

What to wear

We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes that you can easily move around in. Kravice Falls is a natural area, so there are some stones and rocks, so please wear appropriate shoes.

Swimsuits and towels are not included in the Kravice Falls tour so make sure to bring your own if you want to take advantage of this opportunity!

Sunscreen is highly recommended as Kravice Falls gets very hot during the summer months (and it can be cold in winter too).

Don’t forget to bring a hat for extra protection from UV rays!

Change of clothes is also recommended as you will be wet after swimming in Kravice Falls.

What and where to eat in Mostar

After the walking tour in Mostar, you will have free time for lunch and exploration. If you want to try some traditional Bosnian food in Mostar, Mostar restaurants are a great place to start.

Some of the most popular dishes include dolma (stuffed peppers) and Japrak (a type of stuffed chard leaves). Both dishes are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and they’re both absolutely delicious. Ajvar is another popular Bosnian dish, and it’s a type of roasted pepper and eggplant salsa that goes great with lepina.

Split to Mostar with Kravice Waterfalls Day Trip Itinerary

07:00-07:40 Hotel pick up 07:40-10:30 Drive to Kravica Waterfalls 10:30-11:30 Free time at Kravica Waterfalls 11:30-12:30 Drive to Mostar 12:30-15:00 Guided city tour and free time in Mostar 15:00-18:00 Drive from Mostar to Split

Please note that times are approximate and may vary depending on traffic and weather conditions.

We will inform you during the booking stage if we will organize a hotel pick-up or if we will meet you at an easily accessible location in the center of Split.

What is included in Split to Mostar Day trip:

  • Hotel pick up and drop off in Split
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guided city tour of Mostar
  • Guided tour of Kravice Waterfalls
  • English Speaking guide
  • Visits to Kravice and Mostar
  • Free time to explore Mostar on your own
  • Free time to explore Kravice on your own


  • Entrance fees to any attractions (such as Kravica Waterfalls)
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses

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The Beautiful City of Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

One of the reasons we chose Split for our home base in Croatia is because it is the perfect launch point for tons of day trips! Last week, I posted about our day trip to Dubrovnik . This week, I’m posting about a Day Trip across the border to a country I never thought I’d ever visit – Bosnia. (While most people just call the country Bosnia for short, its full name is technically “Bosnia and Herzegovina”. I’m going to refer to it as Bosnia in this post.)

My love of doors continues. Sometimes wear and tear makes a door even more beautiful. There is so much to look at in Mostar, it is overwhelming.

Our destination was the small city of Mostar, a beautiful little town that still has plenty of very visible scars from the terrible war of the 1990s. I’ve never been somewhere where the scars from a war were still so raw. Buildings were pockmarked from bullets, some high rises still had gaping mortar blast holes, and ruined abandoned buildings seemed to be around every corner.

On our Day Trip from Split to Mostar, we learned a lot about the war, enjoyed some good food, and learned a thing or two about how people from different cultural and religious backgrounds live together peacefully now in Bosnia.

Armed with a self-guided walking tour on my Kindle, we explored Mostar.

I hope you enjoy seeing Mostar through our eyes! Happy travels, friends.

Lessons on War

Mostar has been a very diverse city for hundreds of years, dating all the way back to the Ottoman occupation which brought a strong Muslim influence to the area. Leading up to the war in the 1990s, Mostar was home to three main ethnic groups: the “Bosniaks”, the “Croats”, and the Serbs. Bosniaks practice Islam while the Croats are Catholic, but both groups have mostly Slavic ancestors.

For years and years, Mostar took pride in the fact that these three ethnic groups lived together peacefully in their beautiful city. In fact, Mostar had one of the highest rates of mixed-ethnicity marriages in all of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before the war in the 1990s, Mostar was about 35% Bosniak, 34% Croat, and 19% Serbs, and everyone lived in harmony.

Then everything fell apart. In April of 1992, Bosnia & Herzegovina declared its independence from Yugoslavia, which threw the country into chaos. The Yugoslav People’s Army, mainly dominated by Serbs, moved to take control of Mostar and began occupying the mostly-Bosniak East side of the city. Bosniaks and Croats took refuge together on the West side. A few weeks later, when the Serb forces withdrew from Mostar, some extreme factions started gathering up the Serbs left in town, torturing and murdering them.

War Ruins in Mostar.

Most Bosniaks moved back to the East side of town, while many of the Croats stayed in the West, sometimes even moving into apartments that used to house Serbs. A tentative calm fell over the city until May 1993, when the Croat military began bombing the city. Any Bosniaks left on the West side of the Neretva river were forced to move to the East side. Bosniak men were sent away and forced to work in concentration camps. The Bosniaks left in Mostar were forcibly confined in what amounted to a ghetto on the east side of the river.

An abandoned, ruined building in Mostar.

In a City that previously saw past a person’s ethnicity, it was a drastic change to this place where neighbors were fighting neighbors, friends against friends, even cousins against cousins. Families were torn apart. The Mostar siege of 1993 and 1994 was terrible, and at times strange. The Croats laid heavy siege to the Bosniak side of town, sometimes blaring annoying music and propaganda speeches from loudspeakers. Bosniaks avoided venturing out during the day time, and were in constant fear of sniper fire. If people were killed on the street, their bodies were sometimes left to rot for months for fear that someone would be killed if they tried to recover them.

This fence marks the site that the city donated to Mostar’s Jewish families so they could build a Synagogue. The land was donated in recognition of the courageous work they did during the war as aid workers and intermediaries between the Croats and Bosniaks.

Nowhere in Mostar is damage from the war more evident than the East side of the Neretva river. We wandered past a park-turned-cemetery called the New Muslim Cemetery, where every grave holds someone who was killed during the siege in the 90s. The park was covered by trees, so it was relatively safe to venture out at night-time to bury soldiers and civilians killed by shells or sniper fire.

The New Muslim Cemetery, which used to be a park, now holds graves of soldiers and civilians killed in the war.

On the Bosniak side of Mostar, we wandered past abandoned buildings pockmarked with holes from bullets. It’s hard to believe the war ended 20 years ago when there are still so many visible scars on buildings. Just uphill from the New Muslim Cemetery stood this abandoned structure:

Further North, we ventured through the town’s hopping cafe scene where lots of young people were out smoking and drinking coffees. Looming high above the cafes was a building that had huge mortar holes in it. Seeing it was like getting kicked in the stomach; it just takes your breath away.

Huge holes from mortar fire. These holes are over 20 years old now.

Why is there so much damage on the Bosniak side of the river? We learned that there are still so many ruins standing here because of some confusion over who owns what building. The Yugo Bank held mortgages on many of these properties before it went out of business, and no one wants to invest in any construction on these buildings until clear ownership is established. Until ownership gets figured out, many abandoned structures with giant mortar holes gouged in their walls tower above the coffee shops in this side of Mostar.

The juxtaposition of new buildings against old, condemned ones is enough to give a tourist whiplash. Here’s a new construction next to a building that needs demolished:

This building would’ve been on the front lines of the war. It sits right up against the Neretva River.

It’s hard to wrap your head around what the people of Mostar have been through. But they are rebuilding. New Mosques have been rebuilt all over the city:

A new Catholic Church named the Franciscan Church of Saints Peter and Paul was built in 1997:

Mostar’s new Catholic Church

It feels like Mostar is slowly healing from the awful year in the 1990s, putting itself back together again.

Graffiti on a new building in Mostar.

Mostar’s Famous “Old Bridge”

Mostar’s Old Bridge, spanning the Neretva River.

In spite of the terrible scars left in Mostar from the war, it is still a beautiful city. It’s situated in the gorgeous green Neretva river valley, surrounded by mountains. No landmark in Mostar is more beautiful or more loved by the city’s residents than the Old Bridge, spanning the Neretva river. Because the East side of Mostar is predominantly Muslim “Bosniak”, and the west side is mostly the Catholic “Croats”, the bridge is considered to be a powerful symbol of the point where East meets West, a metaphor that very different cultures and religions can live in peace together.

The view under the bridge to the cute row of shops on the East side of the river known as Coppersmiths’ Street. It gets its name from the many vendors who sell hammered-copper decorations. You can also buy old things from the Yugoslav Army, like spent bullet and shell casings.

A closer view of Coppersmiths’ Street.

Sadly, the bridge did not escape the horrors of the war. It was repeatedly caught in the crossfire, then in November of 1993 the bridge was hit directly by a shell and collapsed into the Neretva river below. The river turned red after the collapse because of the color of the mortar used in between the stones; locals said the bridge was bleeding.

Kevin’s out there in the center of the bridge, if you can spot him!

After fighting ended, the bridge was rebuilt exactly the way it was before. The huge project was funded mostly by private donors (costing over $13 million!) and was overseen by UNESCO. They built the bridge using old-fashioned methods (wooden scaffolding and old iron hooks to fasten blocks together), and even went so far as to hand carve blocks from the same exact quarry used for the original bridge.

Beautiful buildings next to the Old Bridge.

Finally, in July of 2004, the reconstruction of the Old Bridge was finished and opened to foot traffic once again.

Here’s Kevin on the pedestrian-only bridge. Interestingly, we met a guy on the bridge from Missouri who was currently stationed over here in Sarajevo for the U.S. Army! Small world.

Fun fact: there is a Mostar diver’s club of folks who daringly jump from the bridge into the Neretva river 75 feet below! There was no one diving when we were in town because it was February, but it’s a big thing in the Summertime. Divers will solicit money from passersby until they get about 30 euro, then they’ll make the jump!

Eating and Drinking in Mostar

Hindin Han Restaurant in Mostar.

By the time we reached Mostar, I was at hunger emergency level Orange. That is near crisis level, and comes with grumpiness, mood swings, and a big fat frown. Luckily, we wandered past Hindin Han, one of Mostar’s top reviewed restaurants. It’s located a very short walk from the Old Bridge and has a fun outdoor deck that looks down on the Neretva River. We lucked out with a warm, sunny February day and sat outside

Enjoying some warm February weather on the deck at Hindin Han!

We ordered a Balkan specialty that we’ve seen on menus in Croatia and Bosnia – Ćevapčići. It’s sort of like kebab, but the minced meat is instead shaped into small sausages then grilled. It was only like $3, but it came with TEN little sausages, all hiding under a delicious somun flatbread. It also came with fries which were sprinkled with what I’m prrrrrretty sure is knock-off Red Robin seasoning. Delicious.

Ćevapčići at Hindin Han. DELICIOUS.

We also ordered the dish recommended by our waiter called Sarajevsko Točendo. It was a veal cutlet stuffed with smoked meat and cheese, covered in a mushroom sauce. Because every steak deserves to be stuffed with cheese and more meat, right?

Sarajevsko Točendo at Hindin Han

Bosnian Coffee

When in Bosnia, one must try Bosnian coffee. Sure, it might feel like you’re drinking battery acid. The bitterness of the incredibly strong coffee is only made worse if you oversweeten it with a whole sugar cube.

So what is Bosnian coffee, anyway? Similar to Turkish coffee (though definitely different – never call it Turkish coffee unless you want your barista to hate you), it’s unfiltered and strong. It’s made by pouring hot water over coffee grounds, and is served in a cute metal cup. The metal cup has a handle so you can pour it into your ceramic drinking cup once the grounds start to settle!

Bosnian Coffee!

If you take your coffee with sugar, you’re supposed to put the sugar cube in your cup before pouring the coffee over it. As a bonus, it usually comes with a piece of Turkish delight!

Bosnian Coffee 101

We didn’t know it came with turkish delight, which is the sweetest thing I’ve ever eaten in my life. Had we known that, we might have skipped the Baklava:

Baklava with our Bosnian Coffee. TOO MUCH SUGAR.

I was so hopped up on sugar and caffeine that I couldn’t stand still! Luckily, Bosnia has a cute little bar known as the…

Black Dog Pub

Nothing helps you come down from a sugar/caffeine induced high like a pint of beer. We wandered over to Black Dog Pub, a little dive bar that serves locally-brewed Mostar beer. We enjoyed a couple beers:

A Hefeweisen and a Red Ale at Black Dog Pub, brewed locally in Mostar.

The beers weren’t that great, but you go for the scenery. The pub sits right on the small Radobolja River, with a view of the Crooked Bridge.

The view of Mostar’s Crooked Bridge from Black Dog Pub.

The Crooked Bridge is a miniature version of the much bigger Old Bridge. It was supposedly built to practice for the construction of the big bridge! It was damaged in the war, but wasn’t destroyed. It wasn’t until severe flooding in the late 90s that the bridge was destroyed and swept away. So the bridge in the photo above is a newer reconstruction. Hard times for bridges in Mostar.

A Stopover in Počitelj

Počitelj, a fun stopover en route to Mostar.

If you’re driving to Mostar, it’s fun to make a quick stop in the tiny town of Počitelj. Since we were making our day trip in February, Počitelj was nearly deserted, but we hear that it’s a popular stop for tourist buses in the Summer. If it looks crowded, it’s skippable. But if you have the town all to yourself, it’s amazing.

A quick hike in Počitelj.

The cute, nearly-vertical town of Počitelj is built right into the hillside. Getting to its most worth-visiting sight, the fortress on the top of the hill, is a bit of a hike up uneven cobblestone paths. Fair warning: these cobblestone paths would be deadly in the rain. We hiked up, passing an old hammam:

An old hammam (bathhouse) in Počitelj.

The fortress that looms high above Počitelj was built by a Hungarian King in the 15th Century, and used to help push the Ottomans out of the area for a brief time.

Here’s the fortress behind Kevin.

There’s not a whole lot to see inside the Fortress – I think it’s used mostly as a hangout spot for teens in Počitelj now. But it’s worth the hike for the gorgeous views of the Neretva river valley.

The other sight in Počitelj is its Mosque. Unlike most Mosques in Mostar, this one is free to enter.

The view of Počitelj’s Mosque from a window high up in the Fortress.

How to Get to Mostar from Split

I would never make this trip without renting a car. It’s especially worth it if you’re not a solo traveler. Buses to Mostar run about $17/person each way, so you’re looking at round trip bus fees of almost $70 for two people. The buses also take 3-4 hours depending on the route, while driving takes less than 2.5 hours. If you take a bus to Mostar, it’s not worth making the trip unless you spend the night because it involves 6-8 hours round trip on a bus. If you drive, you can leave in the morning, have lunch in Mostar, and easily be back in Split in time for dinner.

Here we are in our Renault Compact Rental Car!

We rented our car (an automatic) from Oryx . We recommend them because they don’t charge a fee to take the car across the border into another country. Many companies really ding you for this! Their rates were the lowest we could find; we booked directly through them, not a third-party website like Priceline/Expedia.

Look out for tractors on the road.

Here’s how our rental car costs broke down:

*Manual cars are MUCH cheaper!

Beautiful views on the drive to Mostar.

Ok, so we clearly spent a little more than the bus fees would’ve cost us, but we saved $25 by not staying in a hotel. Also, we rented the car for a second day (extra $48 plus $12 more dollars in gas) to visit nearby Krka national park. It’s damn near impossible to bus to Krka, especially in the winter. Save yourself some heartache and just rent a car while you’re in Croatia. Better yet, learn to drive a stick shift on hills before coming over. If you can parallel park a manual on a hill, you can handle Croatia and it’ll save you a ton of cash.

The sunset view on our drive back to Split.

Traveler Tip: You’re legally required to have an International Driver’s License to drive in Bosnia. (There is currently no requirement for one in Croatia.) It’s easy to get an International License, just contact AAA to obtain one, it only costs $15. We did not have an International Driver’s License, which prrrrrobably would’ve been bad news if we’d been in an accident or had trouble at the border crossing.

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Hi, Thank you very much for the wonderful info. I will be flying from London to Split . I could have my passport stamped at Split right? What about in Mostar and later to Bosnia , i could stamp my passport on these two places too? Please kindly advice. Thank you

Your passport should be stamped in Split when you arrive to the airport. I haven’t flown in there, but I got a stamp when I arrived on boat from Italy, so I’m sure you’ll get one at the airport when flying in from London.

Mostar is in Bosnia, so you’ll get one stamp when you cross the border into Bosnia.

Happy Travels! -Melanie

Dear Melanie ,

Thank you very much for the prompt reply.

Have a blessed day.

Hi Melanie! Thanks for the great article! I’m planning on doing this day trip from Split as well! How was parking while in Bosnia? We plan to drive from Split in the morning, spend most of the day in Bosnia and depart after seeing the Mostar bridge lit up the evening. Then driving on to Dubrovnik. Just worried parking is a bit difficult. Going in late September! Thanks!!

Parking in Mostar was a piece of cake. We were glad we had small Euro bills with us. I can’t recall how much parking was, maybe 5 Euro? I vaguely remember that only euro currency was accepted and you had to have exact change. But the parking lot we found was nice and safe, we had no issues. It has been years now, though (we traveled in 2015), so things may now be a lot different. If you have time, leave us a note after your trip so others can know what to expect.

Safe & Happy travels! Melanie

what currency did you use in Bosnia ?

Hi there! Gosh, I wish I could remember better at this point. We had Euros with us which we used for parking in Mostar, and I can’t remember if we used them also at restaurants. I think that restaurants accepted Croatian Kuna and euros, but I vaguely remember that it was a terrible euro exchange rate that was offered. Does anyone reading have better info on this?

Thank you so much for you great summary of Mostar! I went there two years ago and I am coming back with my boyfriend again this year just because I loved it! do you know by any chance there is public transport in the evening to Dubrovnik, we are doing Split-Dubrovnik with a stopover in Mostar but I couldn’t find any late (ish) buses to Dubrovnik, many thanks!!

Hi Melanie,

What a great blog with lots of useful information.

We are going to Split at the end of the month and will be travelling (driving) to Mostar.

Apart from Počitelj, is there any other sights that we can stop to spend some time?

Best Regards, Sarito

Hi Melanie, are the roads from split to mostar difficult country roads or more like motorways?

Hi Aneela – all the roads we traveled were major motorways, a lot nicer than many of the highways I drive regularly now in the US.

Hi Melanie, what was the border crossing like and was it easy to find parking in Mostar? Did you feel safe making the drive? My sister and I are planning a trip, to drive from Split to Mostar, to Dubrovnik.

Hi Christine! The border crossing was easy and straightforward, and we easily found a parking lot. Oddly enough, they preferred to take euros for our parking in Mostar, so it’s a good idea to have some small Euro bills/coins on hand. I felt a bit on edge during the whole drive, probably because of the war stories I had heard in middle school. But I think that was totally irrational – everyone we ran into in Mostar was more than friendly.

How was your trip? Did you find the border crossing to be ok?

One thing that would’ve made me feel safer is if we had an international driver’s license. Next time around I’d be sure to have that before traveling.

Hi Melanie, Loved your info. We’ll be in Split for two nts on the way to Dubrovnik (coming from Plitvice and Zagreb. We are having trouble deciding whether to go to Mostar, stay 1 nt, then to Dubrovnik or stay in Split one more nite to visit Trogir, or 3rd option, go to Hvar or another island for 1 nt. It’s a difficult trip to plan. I’ve read Mostar is much more magical at night so thought, if we go, we stay overnight. Any thoughts on these choices? Thanks, Robyn

Hi Robyn! I’m sorry I’m only just now responding! Took a blog break to start a family. What did you end up choosing to do for your travels?

Honestly, I would stay in Dubrovnik one night, especially if you’re traveling during the crazy busy high season. That way you can experience the city in the evening a little bit after the tourists go home from the day trips. We didn’t get to visit any of the islands because they effectively close down in the low winter season, but I wish we could’ve. I don’t wish we had stayed in Mostar for 1 night, though. It is a very charming, small town that I think you can experience pretty fully with a long day trip.

Hi, just curious about the border crossing — is it easy? fast? We drove from Poland to Lviv, Ukraine and the lines at the border crossing are notoriously long! Thanks for any insight!

Hi Meg! I know my response comes way too late to help you, but I’ll comment just in case it’ll help other travelers. The lines were so short! In fact, the major motorway we were on for most of our trip was nearly deserted. I think that it has to do with the relatively expensive tolls. Border crossings always make me nervous for some reason, but this one was no sweat.

This piece is fabulous. The storytelling is enhanced with interspersed photos. Feels like I’ve already visited Mostar, even though I’m visiting Slovenia, Croatia, BiH in September. Thanks for this!

Hi, Terrific information. Would you recommend a ond-day self-drive for a solo (older, female) traveler? I’m pretty savvy, but I’m thinking it may be best to take an organized tour from Split.

Hi there! My response may be coming too late – but yes, if you’re travel savvy, I’d say you could definitely handle the trip on your own! The roads were really wonderful and clearly marked – we had no trouble. Border crossings always make me nervous for some odd reason, but that was the only thing that ruffled my feathers at all.

Hi! Wonderful blog. Flights to mostar or any part of Bosnia current so pricey from london so looking to drive from Croatia. How was the weather like during your visit?

It was surprisingly sunny and gorgeous on our trip! I couldn’t believe our luck – a light jacket was all we needed.

Hi Melanie.Thank you for great information. We are going to Mostar from SpIit this October. I wonder about paying at gas station in BiH. Did you pay in Euro cash or did you have to exchange euro to BEM ( their local money)?If so, where do you recommend for exchange ? Thanks.

Hi Chamaree,

We didn’t get gas in Bosnia since we just did a day trip. If I had to guess, I’d think you would need to pay with Euros, though. But they also probably take credit cards.

Cheers, Melanie

Sorry. I mean Bosnian Mark BAM.

Hello. Did you have to pay a “border crossing fee” when you rented a car?

We did not pay a border crossing fee with our rental car company, Oryx. We specifically chose that company because at that time they did not charge a fee. (I don’t know if they charge one now or not – it’s been a few years.)

Cheers! Melanie

Gosh, great question. We didn’t have kids yet when we traveled to Europe, so I didn’t even notice things like changing tables. I will say that having a stroller in Mostar would be a nightmare because of the cobblestone streets. So if you travel there with your 8mo old, bring a carrier to schlep them around in. I would travel there with my daughter – we felt very safe while we were there. If you’re renting a car, I recommend calling to ask about car seats, or just bringing your own.

I should also note we didn’t stay overnight in Mostar, so we weren’t there after dark. But I’d happily go there nowadays during the daytime with my 3 year old.

Hi, Melanie. Great informative blog here. Just want to ask if the Mostar city centre is accessible by foot when checking scenes around or do you have to take some kind of transpo to see the nice locations? Also, what’s the level of English that people speak in Bosnia?

Planning to visit together with Croatian cities on Sept this year. Needed to make more commitment to my own travel blog where I want to complete visiting 30 countries before I turn 30 —

We walked throughout all of the places in Mostar we wanted to see, and I don’t recall it being tricky. One note for travelers with small children, though – the cobblestone streets would make it very unpleasant to bring a stroller. Also, we do have a higher tolerance for walking than some people – we’ve been known to walk 10+ miles a day while traveling just because we enjoy seeing the cities we visit by foot. However, Mostar has a fairly compact tourist area so it was one of the easiest to view by foot.

Safe & Happy travels to you! Melanie

Great article. Just visited Mostar today and I’m especially glad for the history lesson!

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How to Spend One Day in Mostar: 24 Hours in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Most Captivating City

Only have one day in Mostar? Follow my curated Mostar itinerary to see the best of the city in 24 hours.

Mostar is the fifth-largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the most popular destinations in the country, if not the entire Balkans region . Most people know Mostar because of Stari most, the UNESCO-Listed Old Bridge that gives the city its name.

Stari most, Mostar Old Bridge, the perfect place to start a one day in Mostar itinerary.

Stari most is an icon of BiH and a powerful symbol of peace and resilience. Seeing it up close in person is difficult to describe – it’s an emotional, heart-wrenching, full-body experience. Beyond the bridge, Mostar is a sparkling city with a beautiful river, an old bazaar, Ottoman houses, countless viewpoints, mosques, and restaurants that serve truly amazing local cuisine .

While many people only have time to visit Mostar on a day trip from Sarajevo or from Dubrovnik/Split in Croatia , it’s well worth spending a full day and night at least. I guarantee you that Mostar will turn on the charm and invite you to stay longer than planned – I ended up spending a whole week in Mostar during my travels through Bosnia, I just couldn’t bring myself to say goodbye.

My one day itinerary brings together all the best things to do in Mostar to help you make the most of a short visit. I’ve also included travel tips, restaurant recommendations, transport info, and day trip suggestions.

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Mostar quick links

Buy your Mostar bus tickets: From Sarajevo (2.5 hrs; 13 USD), Dubrovnik (4 hrs; 15 USD) or Split (4.5 hrs; 18 USD) → Browse routes & pre-purchase tickets online through Bookaway .

Where to stay: Taso’s House (hostel); Hotel Kapetanovina (mid-range hotel); Hotel-Restaurant Kriva Ćuprija (boutique hotel); Apartment Light De Luxe (apartment).

Hiring a car in Mostar: Use Discover Cars to find a rental . Prices start from 22 Euros/day with pickup in downtown Mostar.

Mostar day trip from Sarajevo: Full-day tour with stops in Konjic, Pocitelj and Blagaj and a full afternoon in Mostar. → Book it on Get Your Guide .

Mostar day trip from Dubrovnik: Full-day tour with stops in Pocitelj, Medjugorje and Mostar. → Book it on Get Your Guide .

Is one day in Mostar enough?

Honestly, Mostar deserves more than a day – but if it’s all the time you have, it’s better than nothing. It’s not that there are a particularly huge number of attractions in Mostar. I say that because it’s a relaxing, very beautiful city that captures your imagination and draws you in. It’s easy to get swept up in the history and nostalgia of the Old Bridge and the romance of the Bridge Jumpers.

A sign in Mostar reads Don't Forget, a tribute to the Bosnian war.

There is a lot to see and do around Mostar, including the Dervish House at Blagaj, the Ottoman town of Pocitelj and Kravice Waterfall (I’ll share more recommendations later). It makes sense to use Mostar as a base for exploring southern Herzegovina region.

I had the luxury of time and spent a full week in Mostar. I was there during shoulder season in the first week of April, so I didn’t experience the full-on summer crowds. (Actually, spring is a wonderful time to visit Mostar.) If it had been more crowded, I might have been inclined to cut my visit short. But then again if the weather had been warmer, I might have done more outdoor day trips.

Where to stay in Mostar

Taso’s House : This popular hostel has two dormitories plus a private room, all with mountain views. Breakfast is included, and host Taso offers a great program of day tours for those looking to explore the area with new friends. → Check prices & availability on .

Hotel Kapetanovina : The star of this comfortable mid-range hotel is the rooftop terrace that looks down over the Old Bazaar and Stari most. Rooms are nicely furnished and a buffet breakfast is available. → Check prices & availability on .

Hotel-Restaurant Kriva Ćuprija : Set in a historic UNESCO-Listed stone building just footsteps from the Old Bridge, this boutique hotel has bright rooms, outdoor spaces with bridge views, and a wonderful onsite restaurant. → Check prices & availability on .

Apartment Light De Luxe : This modern self-contained apartment has a full kitchen and sleeps up to five adults. It’s located in the heart of the UNESCO area, with bridge views from the windows and balcony. → Check prices & availability on .

Perfect Mostar 1 day itinerary

With 1 day in Mostar you can see the city highlights, view Stari most from multiple perspectives, and fit in a few terrific meals. Here is my suggested itinerary, starting and ending with the Old Bridge.

Start your one day in Mostar at the Old Bridge (Stari most)

A bridge diver waits to jump off the Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Stari most is the star of Mostar, the city’s namesake, and its most prominent landmark. As soon as you set foot in Mostar you’ll feel an invisible force pulling you towards the stone arch.

Designed by Ottoman architect Mimar Hayruddin and commissioned by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, Stari most was built in 1566 to replace a wooden bridge that spanned the same section of the Neretva river. Stretching out for 29 metres and soaring 21 metres above the summer water level, it was an incredible feat of engineering at the time it was built.

When violence enveloped Mostar during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s, not even Stari most was spared: On November 9th, 1993 the bridge was hit by an onslaught of shells and folded into the river. In 2004, it was reconstructed using original stones salvaged from the riverbed below.

The name Mostar comes from the bridge keepers ( mostari ) who guarded the walkway in medieval times from twin stone towers at either end. Today, the bridge has different stewards: the Mostar Diving Club, who wow crowds by jumping off the bridge’s highest point.

A bronze sign marks the entrance to the Mostar Diver's Club.

The daredevils only the plunge when conditions are just right – we were lucky enough to see one jumper early in the afternoon. You know a jump is about to happen when then men sporting swimmers (or clad in wetsuits in the cooler months) start collecting money from the crowds. Once they have enough KMs, they take the leap. Run down to the beach for the best views.

Stop for a Bosnian coffee inside the Old Bazaar

Mostar Old Bazaar viewed from above.

Mostar Old Bazaar or Bazar Kujundžiluk is a much smaller version of Sarajevo’s Old Bazaar but with similar wooden shops and cobbled streets. It stretches out from either end of the Old Bridge, with most shops on the eastern side of the river.

Early mornings in the Old Bazaar are very pleasant indeed. You can walk the rows and watch the stallholders setting up for the day without having to jostle with crowds. Most shops sell cheap souvenirs such as bronze trays, coffee sets and magnets.

Mostar Old Bazaar.

This is a great place to grab a morning cuppa. In Bosnia, coffee is so much more than just a beverage – it’s part of the social fabric and a precious element of the country’s culinary heritage . It has Ottoman roots, but Bosnian coffee is prepared and drunk in a way that’s different from Turkish coffee.

A traditional Bosnian coffee set.

Black coffee is served in a džezva , a special metal pot with a long handle, which is placed on an etched bronze tray along with a ceramic cup called a fildžan , sugar cubes, and a small glass of room-temperature water. First, you should pour the coffee into the cup then take a sugar cube and dip it into the coffee so that it softens along the edge. Nibble the sugar or rub it on your tongue, then take a sip of coffee. The sugar offsets the bitterness and mellows the flavour. This process is repeated for every sip, with a gulp of plain water in between to cleanse the palate.

Cafe de Alma on the western side of the river is one of few cafes in Mostar that roasts its own beans. They serve coffee the traditional way and will run you through the ritual if it’s your first time.

Head up to the Koskin Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque & Tepa Market

Koskin Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, a must visit place in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Located on the river’s edge adjacent to the Old Bazaar, the Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque is one of six remaining mosques in Mostar. Before the war, there were 13, but the majority were lost along with one of the city’s Orthodox churches.

The mosque dates back to 1617 and is very beautiful inside, with colourful wall paintings, Islamic calligraphy along the dome, and lavish carpets on the floor of the main prayer hall (including one carpet gifted to the congregation by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1910). Visitors are welcome to visit the mosque outside of prayer times. Photography is permitted.

Carpets and stained glass Inside the Koskin Mehmed Pasha's Mosque in Mostar.

As lovely as the prayer hall is, that’s not the main reason to visit Koski Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque. The highlight is climbing the minaret for a sweeping view of the city, including a picture-perfect vignette of the nearby Old Bridge and the rooftops of Bazar Kujundžiluk.

This is the only time in my life I’ve climbed a mosque minaret. The staircase is tight and steep, but it’s worth every cautious step for the views from the top.

View of Stari most from the top of the Pasha's Mosque minaret.

When you descend the staircase, linger in the mosque’s yard for a while. You can find more outstanding views of the Old Bridge from the back of the garden. Most tourists seem to miss this spot but it’s one of my favourites. A small cafe operates here too.

A woman sits on an old stone wall at Mehmed Pasha's Mosque in Bosnia, with Mostar Old Bridge in the background.

While you’re in the area, visit the nearby Tepa Market, a covered bazaar that’s been buzzing since Ottoman times. In late summer and autumn you’ll find figs, pomegranates and local honey for sale.

The entrance to the mosque is a bit tricky to spot: duck through the archway amidst the row of shops. Entrance to the mosque and minaret costs 12 KM. Head coverings are available for women to take at the door, but it’s recommended to bring your own scarf. Remember to take off your shoes before going inside.

Visit one of Mosar’s museums

An ethnographic display at the Mostar museum.

There are several noteworthy museums in Mostar that are worth the ticket price. With one day in Mostar, you will be limited to visiting just one or two. I recommend the Old Bridge Museum , which focuses exclusively on the history of Stari most, and the War Photo Exhibition inside Tara Tower, which displays moving images from the Balkan Wars by Kiwi photojournalist Wade Goddard.

If you have more time (or perhaps the weather isn’t great so you’re looking for things to do in Mostar in the rain), other indoor attractions include the Biscevic and Muslibegovic museums, two gorgeous Ottoman-era houses styled as ethnographic museums.

Having recently visited similar houses in Gjirokaster and Berat in Albania, I decided to skip them this time – but from what I have seen both are very interesting.

Lunch at National Restaurant Tima-Irma

Traditional decor at a restaurant in Mostar.

After a big morning of sightseeing, it’s time to refuel. Calorie-rich, tasty Bosnian food promises to satiate any appetite. It’s definitely one of my favourite cuisines in the region.

There are dozens and dozens of restaurants up and down both sides of the river in Mostar. I had a particularly memorable meal at National Restaurant Tima-Irma , a budget-friendly aščinica near the Old Bridge. They do a mean rostilj mixed grill platter with veggies, feta and local sudzuk beef sausages. For something lighter, sogan dolma , onions stuffed with spiced meat and rice, is a Mostar specialty.

For something more up-market, we also ate a wonderful meal next door at Restaurant Šadrvan . The outdoor terrace with its big, shady trees is a particularly nice place to pause in the middle of the day. This is where I ate klepe for the first time and developed my Bosnian dumpling addiction!

Another option is Hindin Han , set inside a historic building near a tributary of the river.

Walk by the oldest stone bridge in Mostar, Kriva cuprija

Tucked behind Tima-Irma and Restaurant Sadrvan on the meandering Radobolja creek, Kriva cuprija is very easy to miss. A much smaller version of Stari most, this bridge predates the Old Bridge, having been built as a ‘dry run’ in 1558 by Ottoman architect Cejvan Kethoda to test out the engineering.

Its name means ‘Sloping Bridge’ or ‘Crooked Bridge’, so maybe it wasn’t all that successful – but all these years later, it’s still standing proud.

Cross Lučki most for the best Old Bridge views

View of Stari most old bridge in Mostar from Lucki most bridge.

I know what you’re thinking: another bridge! But Lucki most isn’t one to miss. Built in 1913, it’s a reminder of a very different period of Mostar’s history, when the city was under Austro-Hungarian control.

Lucki most is the first bridge south of Stari most – a part of the city we’ve not yet ventured to yet. While the views of the Old Bridge from the mosque minaret and the Old Bazaar were beautiful, my favourite outlook is actually from this direction, peering square-on at the bridge from the middle of Lucki most.

From the south, you get a great look at diving platform, the beach, the stone towers, and the mosque’s minaret rising up behind the bridge like a whisper of white smoke from a fire. On a clear day you can see all the way out to the Blidinje mountains beyond.

Wander through ‘New Mostar’

After crossing Lucki most, walk up along the western bank of the river through the new part of Mostar. This area is very different to the Old Bazaar and has a couple of noteworthy landmarks, including the gorgeous canary yellow Mostar Gymnasium ( Gimnazija Mostar ), designed by architect František Blažek, and the adjacent Plaza de España.

Mostar Gymnasium (Gimnazija Mostar), a yellow building in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Just across the road, there is an abandoned building that was used as a sniper tower during the Bosnian War. Formerly the Ljubljanska Bank, it served as a station post for snipers who preyed on people trying to cross the boulevard.

The building is abandoned with street art murals inside and panoramic views from the top. It’s often closed off for safety reasons, however, so don’t be disappointed if you can’t get in.

Climb the Peace Bell Tower

View of Mostar city from the Peace Bell Tower.

Also on the western side of Mostar, the Franciscan Church of St. Peter and Paul was similarly rebuilt in the post-war years following its complete destruction in 1992. If you look closely, you can see bullet pockmarks on the walls of the nearby buildings. Next to the church, the Peace Bell Tower takes the accolade of tallest bell tower in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the tallest in Southeast Europe. It’s a bit ostentatious and out of place, but it’s very much worth visiting for the views from the top.

The 107-metre tower has a viewing platform roughly two-thirds of the way up. An elevator is on hand to whisk you up – but you do have to climb around 150 stairs at the end. There are photo exhibits along the way to keep you entertained. Just pray you don’t find yourself near the top of the stairs when the bells toll – the sound is deafening! They ring every 15 minutes.

The viewing platform is glassed in, but that doesn’t detract from the 360-degree panorama of the city, mountains and river. Sadly you can’t quite spot Stari most, though – it’s hidden by the rooftops.

The belltower is open from 9am until 5pm and costs around 6 KM per person.

Hike up Hum Hill to the Millennium Cross

A great way to spend the afternoon in Mostar is by heading up to the Millennium Cross on Hum Hill. Just like the Millennium Cross above Skopje , this monument is both a powerful religious symbol and a popular destination for panoramic views.

You can find a taxi to take you up for around 20 KM return, or you can take the scenic route and hike. The route starts from the area behind St. Peter and Paul Church, so you can quite easily add it onto your Mostar itinerary at the end of the day – perhaps even for sunset .

The hike is around 6 kilometres in total and takes 3-3.5 hours return, plus time at the top for photos. There is a risk of landmines in this area so it’s very important you stick to the road and don’t wander off into the brush.

A good compromise is to take a taxi to the top (10 KM) and walk back down via the road. See this guide for detailed instructions.

Pivos Mostarsko & dinner on the river

Riverside restaurants in Mostar lit up at night.

Finish your day in Mostar with another hearty meal and a bottle or two of Pivo Mostarsko, the local beer. I highly recommend finding a table at one of the riverside restaurants so you can look out over the twinkling city lights.

Cevapi in Sarajevo.

Urban Grill is a popular budget choice for cevapi and mixed grill plates. It has a wonderful open terrace directly overlooking the river and bridge.

Finish your Mostar itinerary by Revisiting Stari most at night

View of Mostar Old Bridge at night.

Use that last ounce of energy for one final lap around the Old Bazaar and across Stari most. The bridge is even more enchanting at dusk, when flood lights illuminate the stone towers and highlight the curving stone. Watch your step, the bridge can be quite slippery!

The cobbled streets of the bazaar shimmer, and the gentle lights set the wooden tables of bronze and silver souvenirs aglow. Then, the lights come on in the old Ottoman houses along the riverside – pure magic.

Mostar Old Bazaar and bridge at night.

As soon as you see Mostar at night, you’ll thank yourself for spending a full day in Bosnia’s loveliest city and not leaving when the day trippers make their exit.

More than 24 hours in Mostar?

While you could very easily spend another full day or more in Mostar visiting the other museums, hiking around the city or just relaxing by the river, you could also go on a day trip from Mostar.

Herzegovina region is brimming with natural and cultural attractions, many of them very easy to get to from Mostar either by using public transport or by joining a day tour.

This day tour , for example, visits the Dervish Monastery, Blagaj Tekija, Kravice Waterfalls and the old Ottoman town of Pocitelj.

Blagaj Tekija, the Dervish House near Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Catholic pilgrimage site of Medugorje, Bosnia’s seaside town of Neum, and even Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia can all be visited in a day from Mostar.

How to get to Mostar

Sarajevo to mostar.

There are daily trains to Mostar from Sarajevo taking around 2 hours and costing approximately 17 KM per person. Take the morning train if you can – the scenery is quite beautiful, especially if you’re sitting on the left-hand side of the carriage. Book online here , then head to the information counter at the railway station with your passport to get your tickets printed.

Alternatively, a bus from Sarajevo to Mostar takes around 2.5 hours and costs 7-25 KM per person. Check times and reserve tickets online through Bookaway .

A great way to travel to Mostar and do some sightseeing along the way is by joining a one-way day tour from Sarajevo. This is exactly what we did on our visit. This one goes to Konjic, Blagaj and Pocitelj.

Dubrovnik to Mostar

Arriva and Globtour run coaches from Dubrovnik to Mostar. The journey takes just under 4 hours, and tickets cost 25-30 KM per person. Check times and reserve tickets online through Bookaway .

If you’re looking for a day tour option, this itinerary includes Mostar plus stops in Pocitelj and Medjugorje. Book it on Get Your Guide .

Split to Mostar

Coaches from Split to Mostar are operated by Centrotrans and Globtour. The trip takes 4.5 hours, and tickets cost around 33 KM. Check times and reserve tickets online through Bookaway .

Alternatively, book a full-day tour to Mostar from Split with Kravice Waterfall included.

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Tour Overview

  • Split to Mostar Day trip of Bosnia and Hercegovina
  • Discover the Modro and Crveno Lakes - two pearls of nature in Imotski town
  • Visit the unique town of Mostar and the Old Bridge area
  • Enjoy in the unspoiled nature of Kravice Waterfalls

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At your place: Villa, Hotel, Apartment

Departure Time

Flexible: Anytime you want

  • Private Van - 500€

Price Includes

  • Private driver / tour guide
  • Private Car/Van
  • Fuel, Road tolls and parking

Optional costs (Book in Step 4.)

  • Private guide in Mostar - 50€
  • Entrance tickets for Kravice - 10€ per person

Price Excludes

  • Lunch or snack
  • Any private expenses


  • Swimming suite and clothes to change
  • Good walking shoes


Split to mostar day trip.

Why not go for an inland tour from Split to add another country to your map and enrich yourself with a unique experience. Our private Split to Mostar Day Trip gives you the chance to explore Bosnia and Herzegovina’s rich culture, mixed architecture, stunning scenery and complicated history. One of the most popular Private Tours Split will start with sightseeing of natural beauties of Modro and Crveno Jezero ( Red and Blue Lake ) before exploring the mesmerizing medieval town Mostar. This is optional stop and requires additional ticket charge if needed by Red and Blue Lake authority (entrance ticket around 7€ per person).

Surrounded with steep mountains and vivid nature, Mostar is a town where architecture and different cultures have met and left their mark through history. With a local tour guide, you will visit the Old Bazaar filled with old-fashioned shops and workshops, the Mosque and the magnificent Stari Most (the Turkish Old bridge ), the town’s most famous landmark which is dating from the 16th century and is the. You will have free time for a leisure walk, shopping or tasting some authentic Bosnian specialties.

Driving through Bosnia and Herzegovina’s wild scenery along the Neretva River you will arrive to the picturesque Pocitelj town. You will discover the tiny hillside town of oriental style with a local tour guide who will make sure you enjoy in its remarkable historic sites such as  Haji-Ali Mosque and Sahat-kula. The final destination of our Mostar tour will be beautiful Kravice Waterfalls , one of the most fascinating natural landmarks in this region. You will have a free time to relax or to swim in this popular swimming and picnic area.

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Flexible itinerary - Custom tour

From pickup to dropoff, our private tours have flexible itinerary to make the most of your time, needs and wishes. Whether you are a family with small children or a group of friends ready for an adventure, our professional guides will customize the itinerary to offer you the best possible experience according to your preferences.

Suggested itinerary for Mostar and Herzegovina highlights private tour : 08:30 Pick up at your place 08:30 – 09:30 drive to Imotski 09:30 – 10:00 sightseeing of Blue and Red Lake in Imotski 10:00 – 11:30 drive to Mostar 11:30 – 14:00 exploring Mostar and free time for shopping / lunch 14:00 – 14:30 drive to Pocitelj 14:00 – 14:15 short stop for photos and sightseeing of Pocitelj 14:15 – 15:00 drive to Kravice 15:00 – 16:30 Kravice waterfalls – free time for swimming 16:30 – 18:30 drive back to Split


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Split to Mostar day trip: Is it worth it?

A Day Trip to Mostar from Split

Are you going to Split, Croatia? Make sure to take a day trip to Mostar. Mostar is a pretty town in Bosnia and Herzegovina, not far from Split.

This guide will help you plan your day trip from Split to Mostar. It tells you how to get there, what to see, and where to eat.

Getting There

The best and easiest way to go from Split to Mostar is by bus. Many bus companies run trips between two cities every day. Some of them are Flixbus, Globtour, and Promet Makarska.

The trip usually lasts from 2.5 to 3 hours, and the cost of a bus ticket is around 15-20 USD, depending on the traffic.

What to See

A Day Trip to Mostar from Split

Mostar is well-known for its beautiful Old Bridge (Stari Most) which is recognized by UNESCO as a valuable world heritage site. The bridge was made long ago in the 1500s but it got ruined in the fighting called the Bosnian War, which happened in the 1990s.

The landmark in Bosnia and Herzegovina was destroyed and then fixed up again in 2004. Now it is very famous. You can go on the bridge, swim in the Neretva River, or see people jumping from the bridge into the water.

Another place you need to go to in Mostar is the Old Town. The Old Town has streets made of small round stones, buildings that look like they’re from a time long ago, and outdoor markets with lots of colors. You can walk through the small streets, buy gifts, and have a traditional Bosnian coffee at a café.

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If you like learning about old times, make sure to visit the Muslibegović House. It used to be a house that was built like the ones in Turkey in the 1600s, but now it is a museum. It shows how rich Ottoman families lived and how traditional crafts were made in Bosnia.

Where to Eat

Mostar has yummy traditional food from different places like Turkey, the Mediterranean, and central Europe. This kind of food is called Bosnian cuisine. You must try some popular dishes such as cevapi (grilled minced meat), burek (savory pastry filled with meat, cheese, or vegetables), and pita (pie filled with spinach, cheese, or meat).

A great place to eat these foods is a restaurant called Hindin Han. It’s in the middle of Old Town. The place is comfortable and has a nice garden, the food tastes good and isn’t very expensive.

Q: Do I need a visa to visit Mostar from Split?

A: If you’re a citizen of the European Union, the United States, Canada, or Australia, you don’t need a visa to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina for up to 90 days.

Q: Is it safe to visit Mostar?

A: Yes, Mostar is a safe city to visit. However, like in any other city, you should be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to avoid pickpocketing.

Q: What is the best time to visit Mostar?

A: The best time to visit Mostar is during the spring or fall when the weather is mild, and the crowds are smaller. Summer can be hot and crowded, and winter can be cold and snowy.

The best way to see the pretty and unique customs of Bosnia and Herzegovina is by going on a day trip to Mostar from Split. Mostar is a great place to visit because it has a beautiful old bridge, a pretty old town, and yummy food. Make sure you go there.

Get your things together, get on a bus, and be prepared to discover this amazing place in the Balkans!

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Hire a private driver, licensed tour guide & vehicle for your Split to Mostar Private Guided Tour with Kravice Waterfalls. We provide you with door to door service as well as with luxury vehicle to make your day trip care free. Being door to door service, your driver will be meeting you at your hotel/private accomodation address in Split. In case of your hotel/private accomodation is located in strictly pedestrian zone, we will coordinate meeting point with your host or provide you with nearest possible meeting point, same is true return to Split. Distance between Split and Mostar Town is 100 km. Duration of Private Guided Tour, Split to Mostar with Kravice Waterfalls is approx. 8 hours. Upon arrival back to Split, Mostar & Kravice Waterfalls Private Guided Tour from Split is finished.

Suggested Itinerary

  • 09:00 Departure from Split
  • 11:00 Visit Mostar Town
  • 12:30 Free time for lunch 
  • 14:00 Departure from Mostar Town
  • 14:50 Visit Kravice Waterfalls
  • 18:20 Arrival in Split

Private Tour Includes

  • Split to Mostar & Kravice Private Tour
  • Premium car/minivan
  • Professional English speaking driver
  • Licensed Tour Guide for Mostar
  • All cost related to the vehicle & driver
  • Available Wi-Fi in the vehicle
  • 0.5l bottle of water per passenger

What to expect on Split to Mostar with Kravice Waterfalls Private Guided Tour?

Your journey begins with meeting your driver at the given hotel / private accommodation address. Little over 2 hours in to our drive, our first stop will be historic town of Mostar.

Mostar Town (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

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Mostar is not only considered capital of Herzegovina, but moreover cultural, financial and political centre of Herzegovina. It is a place where you will feel diversity and soul of Mostar. In fact, for centuries this city is home where two major religions meet (Christianity and Islam). City is firstly mentioned in 15th century, however, Mostar started to grow in 16th century, when Turkish army established a military garrison. Mostar famous landmark is undeniable Stari Most ( Old Bridge ). In 16th century, Turks replaced old wooden suspension bridge with stone arch bridge over Neretva river. Furthermore, you can explore surrounding area which is along with bridge under UNESCO World Heritage list (since 2005.). On our private tour of Mostar from Split, our second stop is at Kravice Waterfalls.

Kravice Waterfalls (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

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Near town of Ljubuski, explore this beautiful natural gem built by water of river Trezibat. After visiting Kravice Waterfalls, our 2 hours journey back to Split begins.

City of Split

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Upon arrival in Split and your driver dropping you off at previous starting point of the tour, your Split to Mostar Private Tour is finished. Enjoy Split and the rest of your vacation.

What about tickets for Kravice Waterfalls?

Tickets for Kravice Waterfalls are not included in the price of the tour and can be purchased at the entrance of Kravice Waterfalls .

Tour Guide for Mostar Town

Tour guide for Mostar Town is included in the price of the tour.

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What is Split to Mostar Private Tour?

Split to Mostar Private Tour, is Pre – Booked Private Chauffeur Service in Croatia offered to our clients.

Starting destianation and end destianation are previously agreed as well as the pick up time. Price that is agreed upon is final and there are no additional fees or hidden fees. For any further information we are at your disposal 24/7.

How do I book my Split to Mostar Private Tour?

For your convinience there is a simple 3 – Step Booking. 

After filing up basic transfer / day trip information you will be able to choose payment method. If you choose to have, wine tasting and/or oyster tasting, contact us for pricing and further information .

What kind of vehicles can I choose from for my Split to Mostar Private Tour?

For your Private Tour you can choose between Mercedes E class (up to 3 persons) & Mercedes V class (up to 7 persons).

For larger groups in need for a minibus, contact us for offer.

The best way to visit Mostar Town from Split?

The best way of visiting Mostar is by using a Private Transfer Service.

Our Professional and Knowledgeable Drivers will ensure that you experience your Private Tour in best possible way.

If you don’t want to drive, a guided day trip from Split to Mostar is a good option. If you are planning your own day trip from Split to Mostar, this suggested itinerary should help you make the most of your time while exploring Mostar.

If you want to combine a day trip to Mostar with a stop in Medjugorje, a Christian pilgrimage site, this itinerary will follow a similar itinerary to the one above, but allow you to visit Medjugorje instead of Pochitel and Kravice National Park . From Medugorje you can quickly reach Mostar, where you will see its famous bridges. After showing you the jewel of the Old Town of Mostar: Stary Mostar Bridge, our guide will be waiting for you in Mostar during your free time. We’ll visit an old bazaar full of quaint shops and workshops, a mosque, and walk along the famous 16th century Old Turkish Bridge, from which Mostar takes its name (the bridge itself).

In your free time, you will have the opportunity to explore Mostar on your own. The local guide will impress you and you will have a guided tour followed by 2 hours of free time to experience the rich culture of the amazing city of Mostar. Mostar’s old town is quite compact, so a day trip from Split will give you plenty of time to enjoy the highlights of Mostar.

One of Split’s most popular private tours will begin with a visit to the natural beauty of Modelo and the Crveno Jezero (red and blue lakes), before exploring the charming medieval city of Mostar.

On a day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar, you will have a few hours to explore the charming city of Mostar, take a quick dip in Kravis Waterfalls and visit the ancient Turkish city of Pochitl , and learn a little about war. One stop on a day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar will be Potsitel, a charming medieval and Ottoman-Mediterranean walled village full of nature and interesting (but deteriorating) architecture.

During a day trip to Mostar from Split, I suggest you take the time to walk around and admire all the beauty. Apart from Split in Croatia, there are many other great cities and places near Mostar to explore and enjoy on a day trip. Apart from visiting Mostar from Split, I recommend visiting the capital Sarajevo.

If you’re considering a day trip from Split to Mostar, here’s everything you need to know about getting there and everything you need to know to make the most of your short stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our private day trip from Split to Mostar will take you to some of the best places in Bosnia and Herzegovina, our guide will give you information about Mostar and Its expertise in famous bridges. On our day trip from Split to the small town of Mostar, we learned a lot about the war, enjoyed delicious food, and learned how people from different cultures and religions coexist peacefully in Bosnia . We made this amazing day trip from Split to Mostar so that travelers can visit the most famous places in many different cities in Croatia.

From the World to Wandering Ashley and I also did a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Pula to Split (which is off the beaten track) and from Split to Moss in Bosnia and Herzegovina Tal and day trip from Dubrovnik to Kotor in Montenegro. If you want to learn more about Bosnia and Herzegovina and stay longer, you can fly into the capital Mostar International Airport or Sarajevo International Airport. If you decide to stay at least one night and can split Mostar and its surroundings into two days, you can also visit Bragaj, one of the most sacred and oldest places in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As mentioned above, if you can stay overnight in Mostar, then you can also visit Blagai (there is simply not enough time for a short trip to Dubrovnik or Split). If you come to Mostar from Dubrovnik, you will probably stop at Kravis Waterfall and Pochitel Pochitel before your last stop of the day: Mostar. 

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