Relationship between Herceg Novi and Tivat maintains ferry traffic on the line Kamenari - Lepetane and Lepetane - Kamenari. During the summer of 01.06. to 01.09. ferry traffic 24 hours a day. In the period from 01.09. to 01.06. in time 06:00 h - 23:00 h ferry traffic non-stop, and in time 23:00 - 06:00 h ferry traffic for an hour.
From Kamenara: 23:00, 00:00, 01:00, 02:00, 03:00, 04:00, 05:00
From Lepetani: 23:30, 00:30, 01:30, 02:30, 03:30, 04:30, 05:30
"Maritime Transportation" AD KAMENARI
tel. +382 31673522
fax. +382 31681040
GRADSKA LUKA HERCEG NOVI
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tel. +382 31 323 015
During our 5 day stay in Herceg Novi in May 2012, we undertook a day trip to the town of Trebinje in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Having ascertained that there were no buses between Herceg Novi and Trebinje, we popped into the "Trend Travel" tourist office at Herceg Novi bus station and enquired about visiting Trebinje on a day trip.
The helpful staff told us that we could hire a car and driver to take us there for the day for 70 Euros (having a guide would have cost more and we didn't feel that we needed one) and that if they received any more interest in the meantime they would organise a group trip and the price would be less.
We paid a 20 Euro deposit and arranged for a driver to pick us up at our apartment at 9am a couple of days later.
The driver turned up on time and within 20 minutes we were at the Montenegro border. By 9:30am we had crossed the Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina borders and by 9:45am we had arrived in Trebinje. Even with a 10 minute border crossing, the journey only took 45 minutes, so Trebinje is a very easy and worthwhile day trip from Herceg Novi.
Our driver first took us to Tvrdos Monastery and then to the impressive hilltop monastery of Hercegovacka Gracanica, before dropping us off in the centre of Trebinje at 11:15am.
We arranged to meet the driver back at the car at 4pm and then spent the day exploring the town independently.
We left Trebinje at 4:05pm and by 4:50pm the driver was dropping us off at Savina Monastery (at our request) back in Herceg Novi.
Trebinje is a very worthwhile day trip from Herceg Novi – just a 45 minute drive away. We would highly recommend this day trip to anybody visiting Herceg Novi!
There are frequent buses, operated by "Blueline", connecting the town of Herceg Novi with the ferry port at Kamenari.
The ferry port at Kamenari is significant because the ferry that makes the short crossing from there to Lepetane cuts out the need to drive 30km+ around the Bay of Kotor, and so significantly reduces the travel time between Herceg Novi and the towns of Kotor and Tivat.
During our visit to Montenegro in May 2012, we made use of the Kamenari-Herceg Novi bus on our way back from Tivat. It was the final leg of a journey that consisted of a bus from Tivat to Lepetane, the ferry from Lepetane to Kamenari and then a bus ride from Kamenari to Herceg Novi.
The following information was correct as at that time:
Kamenari to Herceg Novi bus
When we alighted the ferry at Kamenari, there was a Blueline bus to Herceg Novi parked up across the road. However, it was not timed to coincide with the arrival of the ferry since it began to depart and only stopped after several passengers ran across the road to flag it down.
We boarded the bus via the rear doors where we found a conductor sitting at a counter selling tickets. The tickets cost 1.30 Euros each.
The bus got busier and busier as we approached Herceg Novi, with passengers boarding at several stops including Bijela, Kumbor and Zelenika. It was standing room only by the time we arrived at Herceg Novi bus station after a journey of around 20-25 minutes.
During our stay in Herceg Novi, we noticed that the buses to Kamenari operated frequently (perhaps every 15 minutes), even late at night.
Herceg Novi bus station is located on the main road above Stari Grad.
Prior to our visit to Montenegro in May 2012, I had difficulty in finding reliable bus timetables online.
We were staying in Herceg Novi and planned to use the local buses to explore the other towns around the Bay of Kotor and further afield. I located an online timetable for buses run by "Blueline" bus company, but was a little concerned that there only appeared to be a few buses each day heading in the direction that we wanted to go.
So, on our first day in Herceg Novi we made our way to the bus station (which is located on the main road above Stari Grad) to examine the timetables. I was relieved to see that there were dozens of buses each day heading, for example, towards Tivat, Kotor, Budva, Cetinje and Podgorica.
We decided to catch a bus to Budva, before working our way back to Herceg Novi via Tivat. The following information was correct as at May 2012:
Herceg Novi - Budva
We caught the 8:10am bus on a Saturday. There were around 30 buses from Herceg Novi to Budva that day; the first one at 4:30am and the last one at 9pm.
We purchased tickets from the driver at a cost of 5 Euros per person. Curiously, if we had purchased tickets in advance from the bus station, and reserved a place on a specific bus, the tickets would have cost us an extra 1 Euro each. I haven't come across this before; I've usually found it to be the case that tickets purchased in advance are cheaper than tickets purchased on board.
The journey to Budva took 1 hour and 50 minutes and so we pulled into Budva bus station around 10am. Our bus took the "long route" via Perast, Kotor and Tivat. Some buses make use of the Kamenari-Lepetane ferry to cut out a long stretch of road around the bay and reduce the journey time considerably. Despite being a lengthy journey, it was also a breathtakingly scenic one; the majority of the route was along the coastline road with occasional ascents and descents along mountainside roads.
Between Kotor and Tivat, the bus made use of a tunnel through the mountains which made the journey far shorter than it would have been had it continued along the coastal road.
The bus station in Kotor was fairly central, just a few minutes walk from the Old Town. We stopped there for 5 minutes or so as passengers alighted, boarded and mae use of the station's toilet facilities.
The bus station in Tivat, by contrast, was little more than a large kiosk in a layby, a couple of kilometres out of town on the road towards the airport. Our guidebook suggested that Tivat's bus station was in the centre of town, so it has presumably relocated to this peripheral location fairly recently.
Our bus was larger than a minibus, but not as large as a coach. It was only half full as we left Herceg Novi and was even less full when we alighted at Budva. The bus was carrying on to Cetinje and, ultimately, Podgorica but there were only a handful of passengers on board as we watched it pull out of Budva station.
Budva bus station is located around 10-15 minutes walk inland from Slovenska Beach and around 20 minutes walk from Stari Grad. It houses several cafes, small shops and toilet facilities.
We flew into Dubrovnik's Cilipi Airport when we visited Herceg Novi in Montenegro in May 2012.
Plenty of pre-trip research online had convinced me that taking a bus from the airport to Herceg Novi was not a viable option for us on this occasion. We arrived in the evening and the next bus from Dubrovnik to Herceg Novi wasn't until the next morning. This wouldn't have made any sense, particularly as the airport is located between Dubrovnik and Herceg Novi and we'd have been travelling 25-30km in the wrong direction, just to travel back again the following morning.
So, what other options did we have? We could either arrange a transfer in advance or we could throw ourselves at the mercy of the waiting taxi drivers.
I searched the Internet and read various forums and in the end I couldn't find anybody offering a transfer for less than the 40 Euros each way that was quoted by www.intravelmontenegro.net. The price was for all passengers (up to 3), not per person, and was to any address in Herceg Novi, so at least we'd be getting door-to-door service in a city that we weren't familiar with.
I filled in an enquiry form on their website and received an automated email reply informing me that I'd get a response within 24 hours. A mere 2 hours later, there was an email in my inbox requesting further details of our transfer requirements. I sent back details of the passenger names, flight number, arrival time and destination (Apartments Milicevic in Herceg Novi) and everything was confirmed. I was told that the driver would be waiting for us outside the arrivals gate with a card showing our names.
I emailed back a day later to ascertain how payment would be made. Should I provide debit card details or would we pay the driver? Another quick reply arrived stating that I should pay the driver in cash at the end of the journey.
All of the pre-trip communication was prompt and efficient.
Dubrovnik Cilipi Airport – Apartments Milicevic, Herceg Novi
Sure enough, when we passed through arrivals we found the driver waiting for us with a sign bearing our names. He took our luggage and guided us to a waiting mini-bus.
We had been expecting a private transfer, but this vehicle would comfortably seat around 10 passengers. There were only 3 of us on board; Emma and I, and another English lady. We sat around for 10 minutes or so, unsure as to whether anybody else would be joining us. In the event, there were still just the 3 of us on board when we set off.
We were a little confused now. We had been quoted 40 Euros for a private transfer of up to 3 people. Our fellow passenger had also been quoted 40 Euros for her transfer, but also had an email stating that the cost would be less if there were more people. Would we be charged 40 Euros each, or 40 Euros in total? The driver asked for 80 Euros in total (40 Euros from us and 40 Euros from the other lady). The other passenger queried this, and the driver made a phone call to his boss. Following a brief conversation, it was decided that the total cost would be 60 Euros; we'd still pay 40 Euros for our transfer, while hers would be reduced to 20 Euros. This seemed to placate our fellow passenger, but Emma insisted on nagging me for a couple of days about how we shouldn't have had to pay 40 Euros for a shared transfer!
The journey time was around 45-50 minutes, including a pretty quick border crossing that took no more than 5 minutes. Instead of joining the queue of private cars at the border, our driver drove to an empty channel with no queue. I can only assume that there is a special express channel for transfer vehicles/buses.
We were dropped off right outside our apartment and we paid the agreed cash sum to the driver. We also arranged for him to pick us up in the same spot at 5pm for our return journey 5 days later. This was confirmed by him in an email a few days later.
Apartments Milicevic, Herceg Novi - Dubrovnik Cilipi Airport
We again shared our return journey to the airport with the same passenger that we had done when we arrived. The driver picked her up first and so arrived a little late (5:10pm) at our apartment. We weren't unduly bothered; the rain had stopped and we had plenty of time to get to the airport for our 8:25pm flight.
Then the journey got eventful!
Just a few minutes after picking us up, we were involved in a crash. Our driver stopped at a pedestrian crossing and another driver slammed into the back of our minibus. Our driver was completely blameless; the other driver seemingly hadn't been paying attention and we didn't even hear the sound of brakes as she crashed into us. We were all a little shaken but, apart from the driver nursing a sore neck, thankfully none of us were hurt.
Fortunately, the accident happened on the main road through Herceg Novi, close to the transfer company's offices, so another car and driver were with us in just a few minutes and we were able to continue our journey with little delay. As we set off again, our original driver was remonstrating with the driver who had crashed into us in front of a watching police officer. Luckily, we didn't need to hang around and give witness statements.
When we arrived at the Montenegro-Croatia border, our driver again ignored the long queue of private cars (and it was a fairly long queue that would have delayed us significantly) and drove up to a kiosk on an empty lane. The lady at the counter appeared to be telling him to turn back and join the queue, while our driver was resolutely thrusting our passports towards her. This continued for a couple of minutes. I'm not entirely sure what all the fuss was about, but I suspect it was due to the fact that our replacement car didn't have company logos on that marked it out as being a transfer company vehicle, so the border guard was telling the driver to join the line of private cars. She soon relented though and let us through.
At the Croatian border, another official stopped the car and asked the driver a few questions. One of which was our nationalities (I know this, because he borrowed my passport to check!) and another was “where were we going?”. I heard the driver tell him that we were going to Cilipi (i.e. the airport) and the border guard seemed to loosen up at that point and wave us through with little concern.
We arrived at the airport at 6:15pm; just an hour after the crash had taken place, and in plenty of time for our 8:25pm flight.
As before, we paid 40 Euros for our transfer and our fellow passenger paid 20 Euros for hers.
If we were ever in the position of needing transport from Dubrovnik Airport to Montenegro again, we would be happy to use InTravelMontenegro. I must stress that our driver was completely blameless for the road accident and I wouldn't want anybody to be put off from using the company because of it. The efficiency with which a replacement vehicle was provided and our journey re-started with minimum delay was very impressive.
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Although in Croatia and called Dubrovnik Airport, it is actually closer to Herceg Novi in terms of distance. Now, considering that Montenegro is the up-and-coming destination of 2008, I had somewhat optimistically expected there to be some sort of transport direct to the airport, especially as it lies just on the main road between Herceg Novi and Dubrovnik. There are indeed buses to Dubrovnik, passing the gates of the airport. But guess what? the Montenegrin bus company running these buses is not allowed to stop anywhere in Croatia!
So, to get to Dubrovnik Airport, you have to zoom past the airport for another 25 kilometres into the centre of Dubrovnik and take another bus back out to the airport. There is another catch. Montenegro uses the Euro, a currency that will get you far in Dubrovnik Airport too...but, you cannot pay for this airport bus in Euros, only Croatian Kuna. An exchange booth at Dubrovnik bus station was closed while the girl in charge was on a coffee break, so I had a mild panic running out of the bus station looking for an ATM. Panic over, and armed with a mountain of kuna, I boarded a bus to the airport. At least I did get to see the old centre of Dubrovnik from the bus, so there was a bright side, but I did still feel ripped off, especially when arriving at the airport to find that everything is sold in Euros. No need to get that mountain of kuna...and no way to change it back.
My flight left at 2pm, and that was just enough time for me to get there from Herceg Novi, taking the 9.30 bus from H Novi. If you have an earlier flight, you'll either have to fork out for a private taxi, or spend the previous night in Dubrovnik.
The best way to go around is on foot as the distances are not to long. There is also a round trip bus, Igalo-Herceg Novi-Meljine. All of this places are part of the town. The bus tickets are about 0,50 euros one way.
To use a car can be a bit tricky since the most of the roads are one way, so if you miss the right turn, you would have to go all the way around again.
There is a ferry across the bay, for the shorter ride to and from H. Novi. They run in about every half an hour, but still, it may take you much more time to reach your destination than by the road. The reason is very big rumple during the high season and you gain only about 30 km. On the other hand if you still decide to take the ferry, you miss the oportynity to see the most beautiful part of the Kotor Bay. So please, choose the road, that is the right decision, belive me.
If you are coming from Croatia or Bosnia and Hercegovina it is very close to the border. The road from Croatia is good. However, if coming from BiH there is abut 12 km of very nerrow road ( it is not too scary) but it is worth it since it shortnes the trip significantly. When you are coming from Podgorica, the shorter way is to take a ferry from Lepetane to Kamenari. More about that in the next tip.
There are a 3 airports that are close to H.Novi. The closest ones are Cilipi ( Croatia-Dubrovnik) and Tivat airports. They are abut 40 minutes ride from H.Novi. Little further is Podgorica airport about an hour and a half ride in distance.
The best and easisest way to get to Miriste and Heceg Novi is by plane.
Daily flights from Belgrade to Tivat and then by minibus to Herceg Novi (30 mins, including a ferry ride). Charter flights from various European cities during summer.
Daily flights from Zagreb to Dubrovnik and then by bus/taxi to Herceg Novi (20 mins, including crossing of Croatia/Serbia-Montenegro border). Charter flights from various European cities during summer.
Take the plane from Belgrade to Tivat, and then bus.
Herceg Novi is relatively small town, and just using your feet you can get anywhere. For excursions, rent a car, Fiat Uno rents for 70Dm per day.