What and where is Neum Corridor? Neom Corridor is a 9 km long stretch of Bosnia-Herzegovina territory that stands between Central and South Dalmatia.
Many tourists traveling by car from Split to Dubrovnik don’t take into 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, whether they need a visa, car insurance, or just what to expect when entering into Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Neum agreement was signed in 1998 between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The agreement guarantees a free passage from the port of Ploce and through the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Essentially this means there is no border control for 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 either lines the traffic can be heavy, particularly in summer period when wait lines can stretch a couple of kilometers.
If you are trying to find some legal information about driving across Bosnia’s corridor, information is often incomplete and unclear. Free passage agreement between our countries has been signed but never ratified by either side. Here you can find some basic information.
In spite of that in 99.9% of cases you will experience no trouble or problems driving through Neum.
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 (about €7) 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 212 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 countless scenic stops is only for those who enjoy a full-day road trip and appreciate the magnificent scenery.
In both routes you have to pass the Neum corridor depending on time you have at your disposal.
The Way To Skip The Neum Corridor
If you are still skeptical 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.
There are seven daily crossings from 05,00 PM to 19,30 AM during the high season (July and August). Here is the ferry schedule with timetable!
Alternatively you can take a passenger-only ferry ran by Krilo which takes you directly from Split to Dubrovnik.
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.
On my Dubrovnik County page you can find a bit more about a new project of building a bridge across the mainland to Peljesac peninsula, bypassing Bosnian territory completely. Bosnia and Herzegovina disagrees with this idea, of course. Construction should begin in summer of 2018. The bridge should be completed in 2022 if all goes according to plan.
Until the completion of the bridge, traveling to Dubrovnik inevitably includes passing through the Neum corridor. Bring your passport, extra bottles of water, and lots of patience (especially in summer). Other than that, passing through Neum will be easy and painless.