The first part of our trip was spent in Italy and we needed to get over to Montenegro. The least expensive way to travel from Italy to Montenegro is by way of car ferry across the Adriatic.
We drove to Bari, Italy on the eastern coast and bought tickets on the Sveti Stefan. Advance reservations were not required, even though this particular ferry, which we took on a Saturday night, was full. The trip is overnight, and the boat arrives in Bar, Montenegro the following morning.
The cost of a seat (not a cabin) on the Sveti Stefan was EUR 62,00 per passenger. We took our rental car on the ferry at a cost of EUR 85,00
You'll probaly arrive in Bari...
You'll probaly arrive in Bari via the Port or the train station. See the comments below on how to get from one to the other.
Train to Ferry: Exit the train station and across the street you should see a bunch of buses. Buy a bus ticket from the yellow huts, or from a newstand in the station, and get on the 20/ (yes, the / belongs there) but be sure to ask the driver for 'porto'. Validate your ticket in the yellow box on board. Once at the port you may be required to show your passport so have it ready on the bus. Next the bus should (ours didn't) drop you at the terminal of whatever ferry you're sailing with [I recommend reserving tickets ahead of time via web]. Once you've checked in or bought your ticket there should be a small shuttle van to transport you and your luggage from the terminal to the boat itself. Bon Voyage!!
Ferry to Train: I only went the other direction but I'm assuming it's the same procedure backwards. You may have to ask at the terminal when you get off the boat where to catch the bus... [if you've gone from port to train in Bari, let me know]
The railway station is THE hub...
The railway station is THE hub for Southern Apulia. The Intercity train is roughly 8 hours from Bologna and reservations are strongly recommended as the long distance fast trains are usually jammed. DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER driving to Bari. You may be able to handle the driving habits of the Southern Italians, but you won't find any place to park and a rental car is a prime target for theft and break ins.
Bari is easily walkable if you can tolerate the traffic, and is a good base for daytrips. The fascinating city of Matera is about 90 minutes away by train, and Lecce is a couple of hours to the South.
Take the ferry in Patras
It is the best way to get to Bari from Greece. The service is daily, in the evening, so you sleep and save one night hotel at the same time that you gain time and money!
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FERRY VIA CORFU ISLAND
Since I'm coming from East (Greece), I took a ferry via Corfu Island (Greece) and landed to Brindisi.
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