How To Get To Mostar

After spending a week in Sarajevo, we decided to visit one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Herzegovina – Mostar.

If you want to know how Mostar looks from above click here and it will take you to my drone video! Or go to my drone page to see drone videos from many cities I’ve been to.

An Introduction To Mostar

Neretva river in Mostar. View from the Old Bridge
Neretva river

Mostar is located south of Sarajevo and lies on the banks of the Neretva River. The word “Mostar” means old bridge, hence the name of the city. The main attraction is the crescent-shaped bridge built during the Ottoman Empire and it divided the Muslim and Christian parts of the city.

The old town in Mostar  near the Old Bridge
Historical center in Mostar

With the advent of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans, Mostar became a city of three religions: Muslims (Bosnians), Catholics (Croats) and Orthodox (Serbs). And until the 1990s, when the military conflict between Croats and Bosnians began, the people of this city managed to live peacefully. Unfortunately, during the war, the old bridge was completely destroyed, as were 90% of the old buildings.

The view on the bombed building from the drone
Bombed building during the war in 1992-1995

People tried to save the pearl of the city as best they could. They made various coverings over the bridge, but it did not help, the Croatian army fired at the bridge and destroyed it, leaving nothing.

After the war, the International Tribunal accused the leadership of the Croatian organization of crimes against humanity and other war crimes including the destruction of the Old Bridge.

The view of the Old Bridge in Mostar at night
The Old bridge in Mostar

At the end of the war in 1997, reconstruction of the city most precious bridge started. Architects worked with old documents to accurately rebuild the old bridge. The stones for the bridge were lifted from the bottom of the Neretva River, and missing stones were extracted from the old quarry.

The view from the Old Bridge on the river Neretva
Neretva river

Countries such as Italy, Croatia, France, the Netherlands, Turkey and such organizations as the World Bank and UNESCO have donated money to rebuild the bridge. In 2004 the bridge was completely renovated. The entire Old Bridge area has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The main industry of the city is the production of aluminium, hydroelectric power, and the more recently developing tourism.

How To Get To Mostar

There are two easy ways to get to Mostar:

1. Train

The train from Sarajevo to Mostar departs twice a day. It takes two hours to get from Sarajevo to Mostar. After years of using the old trains, Bosnian Railways now have the modern Talgo trains. And it is a great pleasure to travel by these carriages, since the old trains were quite old and sometimes you would have to stand the whole way unless you found a free chair.

The view on the river from the train to Mostar
The view from the train

Remember that there is 20% discount on the tickets if you are buying round trip. You can buy the tickets at the train station if there are available places, or online at www.zfbh.ba (the website has English). You will have to pick up your tickets at the train station before you travel.

The view on the river from the train window. Train from Sarajevo to Mostar
The view from the train

Sarajevo – Mostar

Ticket price: 11.90 BAM for the 2nd class and 16.80 BAM for the 1st class

Departure time: 7:15 AM or 4:49 PM

Train station address: Put Života 2 

Mostar – Sarajevo

Ticket price: 11.90 BAM for the 2nd class and 16.80 BAM for the 1st class

Departure time: 6:39 AM or 5:05 PM

Train station address: Marsala Tita (right behind the Bus Station) 

2. Bus

The bus system is quite developed in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The road between these connections is repaired, so the path will be pleasant and not bumpy at all. Besides, the buses are new and often have free Wi-Fi. The journey will take about two and a half hours.

The view on the river from the bus to Mostar
The view from the bus

The road runs through the mountains and you will enjoy amazing views of the Neretva River Canyon and the mountainous expanses.

How to get to Mostar by bus. The view on the river from the bus
The view on the river

If you decide to take the bus to Mostar, be prepared that there won’t be any bathroom stops for the full two and a half hours.

The amazing view on Neretva river from the bus to Mostar
View from the bus to Mostar

You can buy bus tickets online here or here. But you will have to print the tickets yourself, and on arrival at the bus station you will be sent to the box office to receive a bar code, for which you’ll pay another 2 BAM per ticket, so the price is slightly higher than just buying a ticket at the bus terminal.

The best option is to just choose the suitable bus departure time online here or here, arrive at the bus terminal a half hour before the departure and buy tickets at the ticket office. It will save you nerves and money.

Where To Print Your Tickets

You can print your ticket at this place
Fotocopirnica, Sarajevo

If you have already bought a ticket online and are looking for where to print it, there is a print shop in the middle of the old town. The name is Fotokopirnica Morica Han, the address is Sarači 77 (it is located inside the historical Morica Han complex), working hours are: from 9 AM to 6 PM. Be sure to print tickets the day before, since the store sometimes opens late (that is what happened to us) or if you are staying at the hotel just ask at the front desk, I am sure it won’t be a big deal for them to print few pages.

Historical place in the hart of Sarajevo - Morica Han
Morica Han

Be sure to check the timetable in advance since the bus companies sometimes change the schedule!

Sarajevo – Mostar

Ticket price: from 5€ to 11€ dependent on the departure time and the bus company (check the ticket prices here or here)

Departure time: from 5 AM to 8 PM (every half hour to 45 minutes)

Bus station address:  Put Life 2

Mostar – Sarajevo

Ticket price: from 5€ to 11€ dependent on the departure time and the bus company (check the ticket prices here or here)

Departure time: from 6 AM to 8 PM (every half hour to 45 minutes)

Bus station address: Trg Ivana Krndelja bb

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