Qatar Airways launches new seasonal route to Dubrovnik
Save up to 20 hours of travel time and get to Croatia faster.
Whether you're a fan of island hopping, a foodie with some serious goals or are still mourning the end of Game of Thrones, Croatia seems to draw in a whole slew of travellers keen to explore this little country that packs a punch.
The good news is Qatar Airways has just announced you'll be able to travel directly between Doha and Dubrovnik starting as soon as 18 May 2020. This is on top of the existing non-stop Doha-Zagreb service, saving some unnecessary travel time.
Despite its popularity, the walled city of Dubrovnik has been a tricky one to get to for Australians. Your journey usually involves having to fly through Singapore or Hong Kong and then London or to Doha then Zagreb, with travel times stretching up to 39 hours each way.
The seasonal flights will comprise of 3 weekly flights from 18 May and expand to 5 times weekly between 15 June and 4 October covering the best time to go to Croatia.
Flights will be on an Airbus A320 and run Monday, Thursday and Friday with Sunday and Wednesday added later on.
Doha-Dubrovnik (QR367) departs 07:00hrs and arrives at 11:35hrs while the return leg (QR368) departs Dubrovnik at 12:40hrs and arrives in Doha at 18:45hrs.
Looking at initial flight prices, these time-saving fares are more expensive than if you bumped through the standard two stops (Doha then Zagreb). For example, at the time of writing flights from Perth-Doha-Dubrovnik return from 20-25 May cost $2,380 on Qatar. Meanwhile, flights from Perth-Doha-Zagreb-Dubrovnik on the same dates start from $1,857 return.
Ready to escape to Dubrovnik? Head over to Qatar's website to pick out your ideal travel dates and book.