Mostar might only be the fifth biggest city in the country in terms of population, but there is no doubting that the Herzegovinian heartbreaker is a definite podium-straddler when it comes to tourism. The city is fairly well-connected as a result, with a number of buses, trains and planes heading in and out of the city to other towns in the region, with connections to Germany and Croatia dominating the latter. The times of the trains can be a little less than convenient, but that is also something that is improving all the time. Mostar’s stations are also fairly well-equipped with information, kiosks and ATMs.
We never thought we’d see the day, but Mostar’s airport is now a fully functioning international airport. The airport is found in the village of Ortiješ just 7km outside the city centre, and that is about as good as it gets when connectivity is taken into account. There are no public buses to and from the airport, with the only option on that front being a bus to Ortiješ and a polite request to the driver to drop you off close to the airport. Private transport is the only real option, and taxis remain about as inexpensive as it is going to get (1km is generally 1km). The airport has bi-weekly flights to and from Zagreb, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf.
Mostar’s railway station is found above its bus equivalent, although the range of lines is nowhere near as complete. There are two daily trains to and from Sarajevo, leaving early in the morning (07:01) or in the early afternoon (14:26). The scenery between the two cities is absolutely gorgeous, fully deserving of its standing as one of the most picturesque train rides in the world. The station doesn’t have a huge amount of facilities, but the nearby bus station should cover any issues there.
Bus Station East
We always thought Mostar’s bus station was strangely long, but most of the action takes place around the ticket office and platforms 1 through 5. The main bus station in town is on the east and has a couple of cafes to compliment its kiosk and waiting room. The centre of town is just a short walk away too, simply head to the left down Maršala Tito and take a right whenever you feel most comfortable. There are hourly buses to Sarajevo, along with multiple morning transfers to the Croatian seaside. The journey to Sarajevo is particularly stunning.
Bus Station West
There is also a small bus station on the western side of the city, with many buses stopping here directly after leaving the east. There is a small ticket office and a nice cafe nearby, although that is about all you need to know about this one.