What and where is Neum Corridor? It’s a 9 km long stretch of Bosnia-Herzegovinian territory that stands between Central and South Dalmatia.
Many tourists traveling by car from Split to Dubrovnik don’t take in consideration that Croatia’s territory is interrupted by this short corridor, discovering that there is a border to be crossed.
Many are wondering how to go through this corridor, do they need a visa, car insurance or just what to expect when entering into Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The answers on these questions are rather reassuring when crossing this corridor, on the way to Dubrovnik and Southern Croatia.
Neum agreement signed in 1998 between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, guarantees a free passage from the port of Ploce and through the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Practically there is no border control for the foreigners who are transiting without stopping using the green track through the corridor.
At the border, there are two lines, one for travelers into Bosnia and another for travelers in transit to other parts of Croatia. (Dubrovnik County).
In ether lines, the traffic is heavy, particularly in summer period when even bumper to bumper traffic is possible.
If you are trying to find some legal information about for driving across Bosnia’s corridor, information are incomplete and unclear as the agreement between two countries has been signed in 1989 but never ratified, by either side. Here you can find some basic information.
In spite of that, so far in 99.9% of cases there will be no problem driving from one to another side of Croatia.
Split To Dubrovnik
Reaching Dubrovnik from Split by car (I recommend to hire a car with Croatian license plate), tourists can choose one of two roads.
If you don’t mind spending 50 Kuna highway toll you should take a faster way, heading from Split for highway from Dugopolje, driving 142 km to Ploce. From there you are a short way to Croatian and Bosnia Herzegovina corridor. See the map!
The other way is taking the longer route along the breathtaking Adriatic coast (Route D8), driving for 2012 km, twisting among the high limestone mountains dipping into the endless blue of the Adriatic sea. Find more on the map!
Many compare this road with the famous highway between San Francisco and LA. This route with many curves and endless “stop-the-car” view is only for those deciding to take a full-day road trip, enjoying the magnificent scenery.
In both versions you have to pass the corridor depending on time you have at your disposal.
The Way To Skip The Neum Corridor
If you are still skeptic about driving through the corridor, there is a way to avoid it.
The only way is to take a car ferry from Ploce port to Trpanj on Peljesac peninsula. This ferry is run by Jadrolinija company. The crossing takes about one hour by ferry line N° 633.
During the high season (July – August) there are seven daily crossings from 05,00 PM to 19,30 AM. Here is the ferry schedule with timetable!
On my Dubrovnik County page you can find more about a new project of building a new bridge across the mainland to Peljesac peninsula, bypassing Bosnian territory. For now it’s only a future project as Bosnia and Herzegovina disagrees with this idea.
Driving across the Neum corridor is quicker than taking the ferry but you’ll have a chance to visit this beautiful peninsula and some most famous places like Ston.
Arriving to Trpanj on the Peljesac Peninsula, you have another 106 KM drive to Dubrovnik.