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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a historic and fascinating destination that is both charming and complicated; idyllic and evocative. The first sight of the centerpiece Stari Most Mostar Bridge makes visitors swoon – but seeking out alternative corners of the city reveals intriguing stories and welcoming people.
When we visit Mostar, we like to dig into the history, venture into nature and connect with locals. From our adventures, we have compiled a complete list of Things To Do in Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina so fellow travelers can discover the best of the city as well!
The Best Things To Do in Mostar
Our list of Mostar Thing To Do includes the top attractions and sights. In addition to What To See in Mostar, we provide insider tips on top activities and off-the-beaten-path experiences. At the end of the post, we include pertinent information – like how to get to Mostar, where to stay, what to eat and our pick for the best tour guide in Mostar!
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#1 Walk Across Stari Most: Old Bridge Mostar
When you visit Mostar, standing atop the historic Old Bridge is an essential experience. The bridge, which spans the Neretva River, marks the center of the Mostar Old City.
Built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, the high-arched, stone bridge is a masterpiece. It long stood as a symbol of how the diverse Mostar population co-existed peacefully. Sadly, the original Stari Grad Mostar bridge was destroyed in the Bosnian War in 1993.
However, after the war, the Old Bridge was rebuilt to the same specifications of the original bridge – even using local Tenelia rock and the Ottoman method of construction. Due to the historic reconstruction and the symbolic reconciliation of the community, the bridge was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005.
Pro Tip: While landscape photos from the top of the bridge are stunning, photos of people standing at the top of the bridge don’t fare as well. To get the best photo up on the bridge, the person being photographed should stand on the south side of the bridge and the photographer should cross to the west and immediately turn left onto the small terrace to take the photo.
#2 Visit Koski Mehmet-Pasha Mosque Mostar
Mostar is home to many mosques – just look at the horizon and count the number of minarets piercing the sky. The 17th century Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque Mostar is the second biggest mosque in Mostar and is located on the right bank of the Neretva, just upriver from the Old Bridge.
Visitors are invited inside the Mostar mosque and can climb the 88 stairs of the minaret for 360 degree views of Mostar. For those who fear heights and confined spaces, the views from the riverside behind the mosque are also lovely (but still require a ticket).
The staff at the mosque are open and helpful. Don’t hesitate to ask questions – especially if this is your first visit to a mosque.
Pro Tip: There isn’t just one Mostar religion like there are in many of the cities in Europe. The diverse population of Mostar is comprised of Muslims, Catholics and Orthodox Christians.
#3 Eat Local Bosnian Cuisine at Mostar Restaurants
Meat lovers rejoice: the cuisine in Mostar is meat-heavy…and delicious. At the restaurants in Mostar, visitors can feast (and we mean feast) on platters of cevapi (sausages), japrak (grape leaves filled with meat and rice) and shish kebabs (skewers of beef and lamb).
For quick take-away, indulge in burek – a meat-filled pastry and Balkan specialty that is filling enough to be a complete meal all on its own. Popular for breakfast in Mostar, burek can be eaten for any meal of the day – even a late-night snack!
Pro Tip: Want to know where to eat in Mostar? Find our list of top restaurants in Mostar at the end of the post!
#4 Visit the Franciscan Church and Peace Bell Tower Mostar
The church bell tower is the tallest structure in Mostar, standing at 352 feet. It was completed in 2000 and is a Mostar must see sight.
Next to the bell tower is the Franciscan Church of Saints Peter and Paul – also rebuilt in 2000 – which resembles an airplane hangar more than a church and has a plain façade that is mimicked on the interior, as well.
Visitors can ride to the top of the bell tower via an elevator. From the height of 262 feet visitors can take in panoramic views over Mostar.
Top Tip: There is some contention that the soaring height of the tower is meant to emphasize the presence of the Catholic church in Mostar, fueling the dissonance still lingering from the Croat-Bosniak War. However, many locals in Mostar refer to the tower as the Tower of Peace; as the church assures peace and co-existence.
#5 Get the Best Views of Stari Most, Mostar
While the views from the Old Bridge are phenomenal, views of the Old Bridge are perhaps even better. On the west bank of the river, wind your way through the Old Town down to the riverside, south of the stream.
The embankment is a great spot to pose for a picture with the iconic bridge in the background.
Pro Tip: Want a view that encompasses the Stari Most Bridge and Old Town? Head south of the the lookout spot to the next bridge, Lucki Most, for an amazing landscape view.
#6 Buy a Mostar Copper Souvenir at the Old Bazaar
One of the highlights of Mostar sightseeing is the Old Bazaar, called Kujundžiluk. The Old Bazaar is found along the cobblestone streets that lead away from the Old Bridge. Now lined (mostly) with tourist shops offering souvenirs, in the 16th century, the area housed workshops where locals produced goods – like copper pots and woven rugs.
Today, visitors can find magnets and scarves are for sale…and one-of-a-kind Mostar mementos. Some of the unique finds are war relics – such as artillery shells, gas masks and bits of Yugoslavia-era memorabilia.
For authentic souvenirs that aren’t tinged with a heavy heart, we suggest seeking out homemade merchandise, like Bosnian coffee pots (called dzezva) or copper jewelry. Locally hand-crafted copper goods are a unique keepsake and make great gifts, too.
Pro Tip: If you hear a tinny hammering sound, it is likely a coppersmith making a new creation. Follow the sound and watch as they work!
#7 Visit the Historic Village of Pocitelj
Located about 30km south of Mostar along the banks of the Neretva River is the village of Pocitelj. With it’s high hills, the land has long held strategic significance.
Although many of the current structures – the mosque, religious school, bathhouse and houses – were damaged in the war and had to be reconstructed, the fortress at the top of the hill was left unscathed. For phenomenal views over the village and river, climb to the top of the tower and peer through the windows.
Pro Tip: Pocitelj is often just one of many stops on day trips from Mostar. We offer our best tips and suggestions for Mostar tours at the end of the post!
#8 Cross over Kriva Cuprija: Crooked Bridge Mostar
While the famous Stari Most Bridge of Mostar garners the most attention, we think it is worth it to seek out Crooked Bridge as well. Resembling Stari Most, the Kriva Cuprija Crooked Bridge straddles the Rabobolja Creek. It was built in the same style as the nearby mill houses (now restaurants, bars and boutique hotels).
The original Crooked Bridge was built in the mid-1500s by the Ottomans; however, a flood in 2000 washed the bridge away and it was rebuilt two years later.
Pro Tip: Two of the best Mostar bars – Old Crew Gastro Pub (formally Black Dog Pub) and Craft Beer Garden Imaimoze – are located just steps from the Crooked Bridge. More on Mostar craft beer later in the article.
#9 See the Partisan’s Memorial Cemetery
Built in 1965 in remembrance of the Yugoslav Partisans soldiers from Mostar who died in World War II, the Partisan’s Memorial Cemetery (Partizansko Spomen-Groblje) is a somewhat hidden – and incredibly unique – monument. It’s one of the interesting places to see when visiting Mostar.
The multi-level tribute features puzzle-piece gravestones, fountains and an elaborate entry staircase.
Unfortunately, the cemetery was heavily damaged during the Bosnian War and left in a derelict condition for years. Renovations were completed in 2005 and, in 2006, it was named as a national monument. While the area is still slightly run down (neither fountain had water in it during our visit), we think it’s one of the most fascinating places to visit in Mostar.
Pro Tip: On the far end of the second level, visitors can hop over the wall onto a trail that leads into the small forested Trimusa Park.
#10 Ponder the Street Art at the Mostar Sniper Tower
The former high-rise bank building that was nicknamed the Sniper Tower during the Bosnian War, now stands as a concrete shell without windows or walls.
Although the entrance is blocked, street artists have gained access to the interior and have ‘redecorated’ it with colorful and expressive street art. Graffiti decorates the outside of the building as well.
While, perhaps, not one of the mainstream Things To Do Mostar, visitors who want a glimpse at the edgier side of the city should seek it out.
Pro Tip: Signs forbid entry, as the building is truly in a state of disrepair.
#11 Find the Mostar Bruce Lee Statue in Zrinjevac Park
Definitely one of the quirkiest Mostar attractions, a statue of Bruce Lee stands in the middle of Zrinjevac Park. The seemingly out of place Kung Fu fighter monument actually has a story…and it’s a good one.
Martial arts have long been a popular sport in the region; however, during the Yugoslavia era, residents could only access Bruce Lee movies via pirated video tapes. And, it seemed, everyone loved him.
Fast-forward several years to post-war Mostar when the youth were intent on reestablishing a unified city. They turned to long-time favorite Bruce Lee, who they saw as a symbol of loyalty, skill, friendship and universal justice.
The statue, which depicts Bruce Lee ready to fight and holding nunchucks, faces north – a neutral-facing direction in a town that is still somewhat divided into east and west.
Pro Tip: Have a little fun! Strike your best imitation pose for a hilarious photo op.
#12 Watch a Mostar Sunset from the Terasa Bar
Perched above the shops on Kujundziluk Street on the east side of the river is the small and simple Terasa Bar.
The rooftop patio provides patrons a view of the Old Bridge, river, and mountains. With drinks costing slightly more than in other cafes in Mostar, snagging a front row seat at sunset can’t be beat.
Pro Tip: The patio tends to fill up right before the sun goes down. Get there early to get a good spot!
#13 Hike Mostar Mountains
The mountains surrounding Mostar are an ideal escape for some nature and fresh mountain air. Trails cut through pine forests and lead to high peaks.
Hum Hill Millennium Cross
The cross that stands on Hum Hill to the southwest of town is part of the Mostar landscape (although, it is also a source of contention). Visitors who want to climb Hum Hill to the large cross can negotiate their way on a trail from the city center. We have yet to do this hike, but many hikers say it takes about two hours each way.
Fortica and the Zipline
Rising to the east is a rocky hill that was once topped with a fortress. On the hillside are the words, “BiH Volimo Te,” which means: Bosnia and Herzegovina, I Love You. The fort is long gone, however, there is a trail that zigzags to the top. From the viewpoint, hikers can see the Old Town and Stari Most Bridge. Visitors seeking a thrill can take a ride on the Fortica Zipline or venture out on the Mostar Skywalk.
To really get a good dose of nature, visitors should drive into the mountains and then hop on a trail outside of the city. Rujiste Mountain – which stands 5,587 feet – is best known for its ski resort, but in the summer, there are hiking trails through the forest. After hiking Ruijiste Mountain, stop at Snjezna Kuca-Rujiste for a traditional Bosnian mountain meal.
Pro Tip: Not up for a hike? All three places can be reached by car!
#14 Reflect at a Mostar Cemetery
At times it’s almost hard to believe that Mostar’s quaintly rebuilt Old Town could have been exposed to such tragic events. However, you won’t have to look far to see the scars of war. To better understand the conflict and reflect on the reality of it, wander into one of the many cemeteries in Mostar. You will find the many of the gravestones date to the early 1990s.
Pro Tip: Interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the war that raged in Mostar? Join the popular Mostar War Tour, which is led by a local who shares personal stories. Visitors can also learn by at one of Mostar’s war museums – which we detail at the end of the post.
#15 Drink Local Mostar Craft Beer
Mostar is not missing out on the craft beer revolution, and there are a few local breweries making unique beers. The best place to taste what is brewing locally is at Craft Beer Garden Imaimoze.
Craft Beer Garden Imaimoze
Just a few steps from the Crooked Bridge is Craft Beer Garden Imaimoze, the tasting room for locally produced OldBridz beers. In addition to offering their brews on tap, they also feature beers from other small brewers in the region and have bottled beer to-go, as well. Guests can sit in the main bar or in the Beer Garden that overlooks the creek.
Pro Tip: Calling all non-smokers: Craft Beer Garden Imaimoze is smoke-free!
Pub Beer Ti & Ja
Located north of the Old Town by Mepas Mall, Pub Beer Ti & Ja is one of the best craft beer bars in Mostar. The casual sports bar has heaps of local craft beer on tap. What we like best, however, is that it is a fun local hangout for Mostar nightlife.
Old Crew Gastro Pub (formerly Black Dog Pub)
Black Dog Pub was once our favorite spot for Mostar craft beer. Unfortunately, it has permanently closed – and recently reopened as Old Crew Gastro Pub. We do not believe they have craft beer (let us know if you find out otherwise), but we still love the location!
Hanging over the Radobolja creek that flows into the Neretva, Old Crew is just upstream from the small Crooked Bridge. While the interior exudes the feel of a cozy bar, the outdoor riverside terraces are a relaxing retreat. We are also waiting to hear if they will continue the tradition of live music and Quiz Night.
#16 Swim and Swoon at Kravica Waterfalls
As fascinating as it is to learn about the history and culture of Mostar and the surrounding villages, it is equally enchanting to immerse yourself in the region’s natural wonders.
At Kravica Waterfalls, the Trebizat River spills over tufa rocks, cascading 80 feet down into pools of glowing cerulean water. Visitors to the Kravica Waterfalls can wade right in for a swim next to the Bosnia waterfalls or stay dry on the shoreline and enjoy a beverage at one of the cafes.
Taking a Kravice Falls tour from Mostar is one of the most popular day trips!
Pro Tip: Follow the dirt trail along the flow of the river for a peaceful stroll or rent bikes from the café and ride to more waterfalls downstream.
#17 People-Watch at Caffe Stari Grad, Mostar
Find a seat at one of the outdoor tables at Caffe Stari Grad and watch the endless stream of people as they make their way to and from the Stari Most Bridge. You’ll likely see tourists eating ice cream, couples strolling arm-in-arm, shopkeepers chatting and families assisting toddlers learning to walk on the slick stones.
Pro Tip: Try the Mostarsko Pivo produced by local Hercegovacka Brewery – and then taste test it against Sarajevsko Pivo made in Sarajevo and see which one you like best!
#18 Tour the Dervish Monastery at Blagaj
Built in 1520, Blagaj Tekija (or Tekke)– a Dervish monastery – stands at the base of a high cliff at the mouth of the Buna River karstic spring, Vrelo Bune. The house, which has been used by various orders, is a place to pray – although, today, it also functions as a tourist site.
After touring Blagaj Tekija, find a place along the river to enjoy a Bosnian coffee or meal and enjoy the peacefulness.
Pro Tip: For the best photos of Blagaj Tekija, cross the bridge to the opposite side of the river and follow the dirt path to the clearing.
#19 Drink Bosnian Coffee
Bosnian coffee delivers a caffeine jolt that is steeped in tradition. Similar to Turkish coffee, the thick liquid is served in a dzezva – a small (usually copper) pot with a long handle.
The drink is served with a tiny ceramic cup, two sugar cubes, a glass of water and a gummy, sweet Turkish delight – all of which is situated perfectly on a tray.
If you have never had a Bosnian (or Turkish) coffee, how to consume it can appear a mystery at first. The waiter can help, but we will fill you in with a few of the basics.
First, scrape the foam from the top and stir it gently into the coffee, but be careful not to unsettle the grounds that sit in the bottom of the pot. Put one sugar cube in the ceramic cup and slowly pour the coffee over the sugar until it is covered.
Use a spoon to help dissolve the sugar, then add more coffee without letting any grounds spill into your cup. Sip and enjoy…and finish with the Turkish delight!
Pro Tip: If you want a local guide to help you with your first Bosnian coffee experience, join a food tour!
#20 Walk in the Marshlands at Hutovo Blato
The Hutovo Blato Nature Park is a preserved wetlands area – which was once used as hunting grounds. Declared a nature reserve in 1995, the park covers 28 square miles and has one of the largest wintering bird populations in Europe.
Some of the activities at the park include bird watching, fishing, biking and taking a boat ride through the marshy waters.
Pro Tip: The nature park is not far from Pocitelj and can be added to a customized day tour from Mostar.
#21 Watch Mostar War Film
At the east end of the Old Bridge is a bookstore and souvenir shop, Old Bridge Gallery. In the back of the store, they play a short documentary on the Bosnian War – and, more specifically, on the destruction of the Old Bridge – on a continuous loop. Visitors can watch the historic footage when the Mostar bridge destroyed.
Pro Tip: Although images and video of the war can be found on the internet, there is a profound impact of watching the film in the store and then moments later stepping onto the very bridge you just witnessed crumbling into the river.
#22 Explore Streets Beyond Mostar Old Town
Many tourists never leave the confines of the Old Town – and by doing so, they miss the neighborhoods where most locals live and work. Crisscross the bridges up and down the Neretva River or explore the lanes that crawl into the Mostar neighborhoods.
Walk a stretch of Bulevar, the front line that divided the opposing sides during the Bosnian War. On the parallel street to the east of Bulevar, seek out street art and abandoned buildings. Venture into the western suburbs and you may feel as if you’ve walked all the way to Croatia.
Notice the mix of new and old buildings – and a smattering of structures destroyed in the war that have been left with only a shell and are still waiting to be renovated.
Pro Tip: Be sure to pass through Spanish Square (Spanski trg), where the Mostar Gymnasium (Gimnazija) is located. The striking yellow building, which was rebuilt in 2009, houses Mostar’s only integrated school, which is attended by both Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats.
#23 Visit Mostar Fortress of Herzog Stjepan
Dating to the 15th century, the crumbling remains of the medieval Fortress of Herzog Stjepan stand atop Buturovice Hill near the town of Ljubuski (southwest of Mostar). Built as a residence for Herzog Stjepan Vukcic Kosaca, the structure was later occupied by the Ottoman army.
The fortress once marked the Croatian border; however, it was left abandoned in 1835. Easily accessible via an inclined path, visitors can freely explore the ruins and take in the landscape views.
Pro Tip: The 360 degree views are astounding – and especially stunning bathed in late-afternoon light. Time your visit to coincide with sunset for a particularly breathtaking scene.
#24 Taste Bosnian Wine
Many visitors may not realize that Mostar is in a wine-growing region, but just outside the city center the land is covered with vineyards. The two main grapes that are used to make wine in Bosnia and Herzegovina are Blatina (for red wine) and Zilavka (for white wine).
Wineries that are close to the city – like Hercegovina Vino Mostar – offer tastings on-site. Visitors without a car can join a tour to explore nearby wineries (like this one!)
Pro Tip: Visitors who want to just get a taste of local Mostar wine without leaving the city center should go to Vinoteka Wine Shop. At the small, classy wine shop, they offer local wine by-the-glass, in the bottle or can even accommodate group tastings.
#25 Watch a Mostar Bridge Jump
For more than 400 years, divers have been leaping from the Mostar Old Bridge into the swift waters of the Neretva River. The plunge from the bridge – the Mostar bridge height is 24 meters (78 feet) – used to be a rite of passage, but more recently, the divers of the Mostar Diving Club have become entrepreneurial.
Now members of the club only dive from the bridge when enticed by tips from tourists (we’ve seen them earn up to 100 Euros for one dive).
In 2015, the inaugural Cliff Diving World Series sponsored by Red Bull took place on the Old Bridge. The event included a diving competition and other stunts – and due to popularity, it has become an annual occurrence.
Pro Tip: The best place to watch the divers is from below the bridge…but be patient. They tease the crowd by standing on the edge of the bridge, but don’t jump until they’ve agreed on a price.
#26 Meet and Mingle with Mostar Locals!
To get a real feel for Mostar, strike up a conversation with a local. English is well-spoken – especially by the younger generation and those in the tourist industry.
The people tend to be open and honest – and conversations can cover a wide range of subjects from Yugoslavia to the war to bridge jumping to current politics.
Top Tip: Be sensitive when asking questions about the Bosnian War. Anyone over the age of 30 most likely has firsthand memories of the fighting…and anyone younger surely grew up hearing personal stories about the conflict.
#27 Stroll through Old Town Mostar at Night
After the sun sets and the shops close their doors, take a stroll through the quiet streets of the Mostar Old Town at night. Without the buzz of activity, the streets transform into a place of peacefulness.
The stones on the Old Town streets, polished by thousands of footsteps, glow under street lamps and the sounds of the babbling river rise on a light breeze.
For those who are early-to-bed-and-early-to-rise, the stillness of the Old Town Mostar can also be experienced at dawn.
Pro Tip: Nightlife in Mostar isn’t nearly as lively as it is in Sarajevo and other Balkan cities, but visitors looking for a unique club experience should check out Ali Baba Cave Disco Club.
More Things To Do in Mostar, BiH
Our list of things to do in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina includes our favorite sights and activities. There are, however, more to see and do!
Visit Mostar Museums
Visitors can gain a much better understanding of the region, people and culture by visiting one of the many museums in Mostar.
Museum of War and Genocide
Learn about the brutal war that took place in Bosnia at this highly rated museum.
Mostar War Photos Exhibition Museum
At the west end of the Stari Most Bridge is a small museum that features Mostar photos from the war. The harrowing pictures of Mostar in the war photo exhibition provide a glimpse into what the city looked like in the 1990s.
Museum Stari Most
At the east end of the Old Bridge, visitors can learn more about the bridge construction and collapse in the Stari Most Museum.
Listed as a national monument, the Muslibegovic House doubles as a museum and a hotel. Once the residence of a noble family, the Ottoman house has been preserved with original details and furnishings.
Turkish House Mostar – Biscevic House and Kajtaz House
Both Biscevic and Kajtaz were typical residences during the Ottoman period. The Ottoman houses are open for visitors who want to learn more about that time in Mostar.
Turkish Hamam Museum
The Turkish bathhouse dates to the 1500s, although it is no longer used as a public bath. Instead, it has been renovated and transformed into a museum.
Mostar Rafting on the Neretva River
Watching the Mostar Diving Team plunge into the water from the Old Bridge isn’t the only way to have fun on the Neretva River. Adrenaline-fueled travelers can go white water rafting down the Neretva on a full day trip from Mostar. Find out more!
Walking Tour Mostar
Mostar is a city that is easy to explore using your own two feet. Rambling through the city without a specific destination can reveal parts of Mostar that are less-often seen by tourists. For a more engaging and educational walk through the city, however, join a local for a Mostar Old Town Walking Tour.
Pro Tip: Use our guide of Mostar Things To See and create your own Free Walking Tour Mostar!
Day Trips from Mostar
Some of our recommended Things To Do in Mostar require taking a trip outside of the city center. Not all sites are reachable via public transportation and will require a car or organized tour.
In our list of Things To Do in Mostar, we included a few top day trip destinations – like Blagaj Tekija, Kravice Waterfalls and Pocitelj village. However, there is one place to visit near Mostar that we didn’t include: Medjugorje.
Medjugorje and the Herceg Ethno Village
We have yet to visit Medjugorje, but it is one of the top destinations in the region. The area is a popular Catholic pilgrimage site after local girls witnessed the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1981. A tour from Mostar to Medjugorje can be combined with a visit to Etno Herceg, a resort complex featuring traditional style stone homes, handicraft shops, a restaurant and so much more!
Mostar Day Tour with Guide
While it is possible to explore the sights on your own (as long as you have a car), we think it is beneficial to go with a local Mostar tour guide. Tours from Mostar can easily be organized for individuals and small groups. Because of the close proximity of many of the destinations, day tours from Mostar can include multiple stops for a full day adventure.
Recommended Mostar Tour Guide
We have taken multiple day trips from Mostar with Tarik, owner of Happy Apartments. He can customize any tour (at prices that are more affordable than big group, pre-planned tours) – and he offers excellent insight to his country. Visitors can contact him direct by email.
There are so many amazing restaurants in Mostar! And, not only is the food in Mostar incredibly delicious, it is also very affordable.
Best Restaurants in Mostar
While it is difficult to pick a favorite Mostar restaurant, we have a few recommendations based on our personal experiences.
Cevabdzinica Tima Irma
Popular with both tourists and locals, Tima Irma specializes in preparing local cuisine. Their most iconic dish is their meat platter, which comes piled high with a variety of grilled meats and roasted vegetables. Believe us: two people can easily share a Meat Platter for One!
Urban Grill, Mostar
The menu at Urban Grill features classic Bosnian fare (try the cevapi!), but the real treat is the outdoor terrace that overlooks the Stari Most bridge.
Situated on the creek near Crooked Bridge, Konoba Taurus has a cozy and inviting atmosphere. There are tables overlooking the creek, but we opted to eat inside by the fireplace. Try the japrak!
Buregdzinica Musala: Fast Food Mostar
Burek is a must-eat when in the Balkans – and the burek at Buregdzinica Musala is amazing (and amazingly affordable). Guests can sit inside, outside or take it to go!
Megi Italian, Mostar
Need a break from traditional Bosnian fare? We recommend dining at Megi – an Italian restaurant with a Bosnian influence that is heavily favored by locals.
Mostar Travel Information
Now that you know what to do in Mostar, we have some practical information and a few more tips for your Bosnia trip!
The population of Mostar is 114,000 (est. 2022).
The currency in Mostar is the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM) Check current rates.
Weather in Mostar
The temperature in Mostar varies by season. Summers are typically hot, with average temps in the 80s Fahrenheit. The wettest month is November. Check the current weather for Mostar on Weather.com before your trip!
Shopping in Mostar
Mepas is the most popular Mostar shopping mall – complete with name-brand retailers, a bowling alley, restaurants and the CineStar Cinema Mostar. The Piramida Shopping Center Mostar is another city mall, but it doesn’t have as many shops.
Tourist Information Mostar
The Office of Tourist Info Mostar has limited hours – open only from May to October in the mornings from 9am to 12noon. Map.
There are many tourist agencies in Mostar that can offer advice, but we depend on Tour Guide Mostar as a central source of reliable Mostar info. Their website has a wealth of tips and recommendations – direct from Mostar locals – that can enhance your trip to Mostar.
Mostar Travel Guide Book
While our list of Things To See in Mostar is comprehensive, we always think it is a good idea to travel with a guide book. The Rick Steves’ Croatia and Slovenia guide book includes a section on Bosnia and Herzegovina that travelers might find helpful.
Planning a Trip to Mostar
Travelers planning a Mostar trip can use our list of things to do, restaurant recommendations and top tips.
Visitors coming from abroad can also get our best advice for Planning a European Vacation. We share need-to-know tips for traveling overseas.
Organization is key when planning a big trip! Our printable Travel Planner will help keep you organized and on top of all the necessary details!
More Balkans Travel Tips
Travelers visiting Bosnia-Herzegovina often plan on seeing more of the Balkans region. We have traveled extensively through the Balkans – and with our insider tips, you can plan your perfect trip!
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How To Get to Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Travelers who want to visit Mostar can arrive via car, bus, train or plane. Visitors in nearby destinations – like Sarajevo, Dubrovnik or Split – can visit on their own or join a Mostar day trip excursion. Below, we detail all of the options for getting to Mostar.
Day Trip to Mostar
We don’t think one day in Mostar is enough…but visitors short on time should make the most of it! While it is possible to create your own Mostar itinerary, we recommend that visitors coming from nearby destinations join an organized Mostar day trip – or coordinate with a local guide, like Tarik, to make the most of the day.
Sarajevo to Mostar Day Tour
Discover more of Bosnia and Herzegovina on a full day trip from Sarajevo that includes multiple stops. Highlights include Konjic, Pocitelj, Blagaj and Mostar. Find out more!
Dubrovnik to Mostar Day Trip
A Mostar day trip from Dubrovnik is a great way to get an introduction to the region. Visit top sights, including the Mostar Old Town, Pocitelj and Kravice Waterfalls, on a full day of exploration. Get the details for a highly-rated Mostar tour from Dubrovnik!
Split to Mostar Day Trip
Travel on a day trip from Split into BiH and spend the day seeing top sights! Tour the Mostar Old Town and visit the famous mosque in Mostar and the Biscevica Turkish House, then head to the Kravica Waterfalls – one of the most beautiful natural spots in the country! Book it now!
How To Get To Mostar By Public Transport
Mostar is connected by train or bus. That said, the train only connects Mostar to Sarajevo (but reviews from other travelers say it’s a very scenic ride). Every time we have visited Mostar, we have taken a bus from Croatia.
Mostar Bus Stations
There are two Mostar bus stations: East and West. Some long-haul buses make stops at both terminals, but not all. Bus Station Mostar East is located on Marsala Tita (map). Bus Terminal Mostar West is located north of the Piramida Shopping Centar (map).
For a Mostar bus timetable, travelers can begin a search on GetByBus.com, but we recommend confirming schedules and purchasing tickets at the actual bus station closest to your accommodations.
Dubrovnik, Croatia to Mostar
Getting to Mostar from Dubrovnik is fairly simple using the bus. There are multiple Mostar-Dubrovnik buses that depart daily. Travel from Dubrovnik to Mostar takes at least 3 hours, but can be up to 4 hours. Remember to keep your passport handy, because the trip includes a border crossing.
Staying in Dubrovnik? Use our guide to the Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik!
Split, Croatia to Mostar
How to get from Split to Mostar is nearly as easy as from Dubrovnik…except that it takes a little bit longer. The Split to Mostar bus takes about 4 hours (sometimes 4.5 hours) and there are multiple daily departures. Just don’t forget your passport! Note: There was once a Split to Mostar train, but the route is not currently available.
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Top Tip: Travelers can plan a trip from Split to Dubrovnik via Mostar using a private driver. Book it here!
Sarajevo to Mostar
The Sarajevo-Mostar bus is an efficient way to get between the two cities. There are several daily departures and the ride takes just about 2.5 hours.
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Train Sarajevo to Mostar
However, using the Train Sarajevo-Mostar is a more unique and scenic way to travel. The train takes about 2 hours. Find out more here.
Top Tip: Going on to Dubrovnik from Sarajevo? Book private transport from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik with a stop in Mostar! Find out more!
Kotor, Montenegro to Mostar
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Flights to Mostar
Travelers who want to fly to Mostar have few options. Seasonal commercial flights to Mostar are possible from Zagreb, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart. Start your search for a flight to Mostar on SkyScanner. Update: Unfortunately, for 2022 there are no scheduled flights to Mostar, only organized group charters.
Where To Stay in Mostar
There are so many things to do around Mostar that visitors can easily spend at least 2 days in Mostar…which means, you will need to find a place to stay. When searching for accommodation in Mostar, there are several options – from holiday apartments to hotels to hostels.
During our visits to Mostar, we have always stayed in Happy Apartments owned by the Super Host, Tarik. Not only are his Airbnb Apartments clean, comfortable, well-decorated and very close to the Old Town, he goes a step further and organizes tours for his guests – like the full-day tour mentioned above. We highly recommend booking with Tarik!
Hotels in Mostar, Bosnia and Heregovina
Visitors who prefer staying in traditional accommodations can find a hotel in Mostar. There are many hotels in Mostar that are in – or close to – the Old Town. Check out these top-rated hotels for your upcoming trip:
- Hotel Kapetanovina (which has three viewpoint rooms each with their own terrace) – Get rates!
- Hotel Kriva Cuprija – Check availability!
- Hotel Eden Mostar – Book it here!
- Hotel Bristol Mostar – Book it now!
Budget travelers looking for less expensive accommodations can book a room (or bed) at a Mostar hostel. Two that are highly rated by fellow travelers are Mostar Downtown Hostel and Hostel Backpackers.
What To Pack for your Mostar Trip
The Mostar Old Town is paved with small, smooth rocks…which are beautiful, but can be difficult to walk on! We recommend packing comfortable travel shoes – like these Columbia shoes for women or these Merrell shoes for men.
The city of Mostar is a stunning sight! Rather than relying on your phone camera to capture the beauty of the city, upgrade to a real camera for your trip. We use a Canon Rebel with an everyday 18-135mm lens, which takes incredible photos. However, we also us a smaller Canon Powershot – which is a great budget camera, small enough to fit in a pocket and takes great pictures, too!
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Bosnia Herzegovina Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is a necessity for travelers – not only can it help with trip delays, cancellations or lost luggage, but also with unexpected illnesses or injuries abroad! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip to Mostar, travel protected with World Nomads.
We want to know: Is there anything you would add to our list of things to do in Mostar? Tell us your favorite Mostar things to do, see and eat in the comments below!
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