Flying from London to Dubrovnik

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Dubrovnik is one of the world's most beautiful tourist destinations (Here's a tip: you know a place is a bit special when it has been listed as a World Heritage Site for over 30 years).

Besides gorgeous scenery and some of the best coastline in the Med, this historic Croatian city also happens to be liberally sprinkled with the remnants of its medieval beginnings - including the wonderfully preserved Walls of Dubrovnik.

Participating airlines

Gatwick: British Airways, Thomson Airways, easyJet

Stanstead: easyJet

BA do not currently run a service directly from Heathrow, so those travelling to Dubrovnik are left with the choice between Britain's (distant) second and third airports. In fairness, Gatwick does have a generous range of facilities and passenger flow has improved a lot in recent years - even if further expansion is still desperately needed.

The better option is probably flying with easyJet from Stanstead. There's only one airport in Dubrovnik which means you won't have to worry about being dropped more than a stone's throw from the city. On top of this, it's such a small place that you probably won't need to take too much luggage with you at any rate (although you might find yourself without too much room for souveniers).

Touching down

Like Gatwick, Dubrovnik Airport could probably use an extra terminal. The number of visitors to the city has soared over the last few years and this means getting out the other side once you land can slow (and the same applies when you are boarding for your return leg).

The airport is about 10 miles from the city centre, which can be reached via bus, taxi or car if you're prepared to fork out on a short-term rental. A lot of tourists are inclined to experience Dubrovnik by car because it gives them the opportunity to explore the beautiful surroundings in all their breathtaking glory.

But this doesn't come cheap: the recent expansion of tourism has made the city more expensive to holidaymakers - so if you're conscious of spending too much on travel, your best bet is getting the bus (which shouldn't take more than 20 minutes).

Price guide

Dubrovnik has a warm climate through most of the year, so its tourist season is by no means confined to the traditional summer months. In fact the most expensive tickets are generally found around Christmas and the new year, when temperatures cool to the high teens and low twenties.

If you fly with BA or Thomson Airways, a standard return fare will probably set you back around £80 to £100 depending on when you book your flight. Smarter travellers have reported fees of only £60 with easyJet though - your decision comes down to how much you value comfort, and how much luggage you need for your trip.

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