How to Day Trip to Kravice Falls, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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by Kristin Young | Updated On: June 15, 2020
The incredibly gorgeous Kravice Waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina are a must visit day trip from the any of the nearby cities such as Mostar, Dubrovnik, or Split. There are beautiful waterfalls all over the Balkans, but Kravice Falls was by far our favorite. Although they are no secret, they are less visited and overrun with tourists than the ultra popular Plitvice or Krka in Croatia.
WHEN TO GO TO KRAVICE FALLS
Summer is the perfect time to visit Kravice Waterfalls if you’re hoping to spend some time swimming in the pools. The water is a bit chilly, you want the summer heat to tempt you in. Summer is also dry season, the water will be a little calmer for the kids to splash and play.
If swimming isn’t your thing, you may want to plan your trip for spring when the falls are at their fullest and the landscape is a lush and vibrant green.
GETTING TO KRAVICE WATERFALLS
You may read elsewhere online that it’s hard to find and not many tourists go there. Well, the locals must have caught on because there are now billboards all along the way, and there were plenty of people there. Thankfully, it still wasn’t overrun.
There’s no public transportation to get to Kravice Falls, so you will have three options.
This is probably the easiest and most common way to get from Split or Dubrovnik to Kravice Waterfalls.
- Hire a taxi. You can often ask your apartment owner or hotel front desk to arrange or recommend a driver. From Mostar, for approximately 100€ your driver will take you to the falls, wait there, and return you to your hotel.
- Rent a car. This is my favorite route to take, as I love the independence of making my own schedule. Plus, I think it’s generally easier to have a car when traveling with children. It’s only a 30-40 minute trip to get to the falls from Mostar, about 2 hours from Dubrovnik, and an hour and a half from Split.
Make sure you have data or a saved map though, so you can follow Google Maps to get right to the falls. If you aren’t sure your SIM will work in Bosnia, SAVE THE DIRECTIONS. In fact, save them anyway – we came from Croatia, and were told that our Croatian sim would work in Bosnia. No such luck. Once we crossed the border, we were on our own.
Also remember that if you’re coming from Croatia, you will be crossing a border. Depending on which border you cross and when, this can be a VERY time consuming process. Plan plenty of time to get across.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
It’s really called Kravica Falls. I’m assuming that’s just the difference in language (like the whole Roma/Rome thing), but I’m honestly not sure. Anyway, look for the signs that say Kravica.
- Currency: 1km = approx. $0.60 USD (so basically just divide everything in half)
- Parking fee: According to their website there is a parking fee of 2km per hour, or a 6km day pass for personal vehicles. This is news to me though. We parked near the entrance to the lot and did not see any signs indicating a fee, nor was there anyone collecting fees. We didn’t get a ticket, so I’m not sure if they haven’t implemented this yet, or we were just lucky.
- Entrance fee: June 1-Sept 30 10km (adult); 5km (children ages 7-18); children under 7 are free
Oct 1- May 31 8km (adult); 4km (children ages 7-18); children under 7 are free
Fee also includes entrance to Kocusa Falls and the museum of the monastery of St. Anthony in Humac (both about 20 minutes north).
- Accessibility: There’s a little trolley/train that takes people up and down the hill. We didn’t take it, as the hike is short and pretty easy, but from what we heard it was 1 euro each.
- Food: There’s a restaurant and a couple of little food stands at the base of the falls that are open in the summer. We had cevapi for 3 euros each. It’s kind of THE local dish in the Balkans, so make sure you try it at some point. Soooo good!
- International Driving Permit: I’ll be the first to admit that I usually (and by usually, I mean always) skip the IDP. But I did a decent bit of studying up before we left and apparently in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, the IDP is technically REQUIRED. So, I coughed up the $20 and made the trip to my nearest AAA office to pick one up. No one asked for it, but I figured better safe than sorry. I do know a few other bloggers that have said they were asked for theirs at the border.
Although they are growing in popularity, Kravice Falls are still WAY less crowded than the falls in Croatia. They ended up being our favorite waterfalls in the Balkans, and are definitely worth the trip.