Bus from Kotor to Split
A morning bus on Wednesday, Saturday and Monday travels between Ulcinj and Split.
Kotor - Split
07:10 - 13:50
Split - Kotor
16:00 - 22:35
Bus company: PanoramaBus
Hire a car
Getting to Montenegro is a lot easier if you have your own vehicle, which you are free to do your own without relying on public transport. We hire this car while we are in Croatia and during the booking we requested to cross the border of Montenegro. We have booked this car in advance through a website of HERTZ.
We are searching a rental company who allow us to cross the border, and with HERTZ during the booking process there is a question in the form you have to check if you want to cross the border. So, without any problem we've reserve this car. They added a small fee on the insurance
All roads in Montenegro are two-lanes only, and mostly are curvy mountainous roads, so speeds over 70 km/h (43 mph) are rarely legal, and rarely safe.
The Vrmac tunnel has recently been completed, which significantly shortens the journey from Budva to Kotor. Road traffic was formerly diverted to alternative road over Trojica hill above Kotor. It is still possible to travel via this very curvy mountain road, so you might travel from Budva to Kotor a bit longer. From this hill you can enjoy beautiful views not only of the tiny countryside villages, but also of Podgorica (when approaching from Cetinje), and also Kotor bay.
Be aware that when driving in Montenegro that the locals drive a bit aggressively (although not as much as Italian drivers) and think nothing of overtaking across white lines on steep bends. Be careful. There is also a great deal of road building underway and the safety considerations are a little less onerous than those in more developed countries.
- Historical Travel
If you wanna take a shortcut to get to Kotor there is a car ferry will take you cross over. A ferry line operates between the villages of Lepetane and Kamenari in the narrowest part of the bay the Verige strait. A one-way ticket for car is 4.5€, but pedestrians can cross the strait free of charge. Maximum waiting time for the ferry is 15 minutes, and it runs 24 hours per day.
Taking the car ferry will reduce your time and kilometers you drive around the narrow streets to get to Kotor. You can save about 45 kilometer which is about 1 hours of driving. The ferry departs from Kamenari (Montenegro) to Lepetane (Montenegro) and vice-versa every 15 minutes. The ferry can cope up to a maximum of 30 small cars. The trip is aprroximately 10 minutes only.
When you arrive at the port, buy your ferry ticket before you drove through, they won't allow you without ticket you have to stay in the row. Keep in mind, at the ticket booth no any "credit card" is acceptance
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Hop -on Hop - off Bus
Kotor can be easily seen on foot an apparently is the best way to see the heritage town. But still, there were visitors prefer to take the red bus especially when it's very hot weather. The bus were a good options. This open tour bus is not really cheap, if you are really want to pay for 20 euro and wants to see the town easily without walking this is your other chance
The red bus in Kotor is smaller than normal, comparing to other red bus in bigger cities in Europe. This bus is only one decker which was mostly in double decker bus
Explore the town at their own peace of mind this bus is easy and faster. While you can hop-off anytime and hop-on again whenever it suits you. Besides, the bus stops at all sights around the town
We haven't use the bus, but information center is right in front of the center.
- Sailing and Boating
- Water Sports
Having scoured the internet for bus times and given up, I came to Dubrovnik bus station with crossed fingers. A link I was directed to, and wishfully ignored due to the scarcity of buses, turns out to be correct. There are only a handful of buses to Kotor a day, and we only managed to get a morning one because the 10:00 was late by an hour and a half.
The journey was around three hours long, and part of that was spent sitting at the border. For this one bus, there was no air conditioning (others in Montenegro had it) and it was a full bus. It stops at Herceg Novi, crosses by ferry to Tivat and then continues to Kotor.
The bus cost us €9 (I think including the €1 charge for baggage)
- Budget Travel
If ten minutes easy walk from the bus station to the old city is too long to walk or you might have heavy language with you then you can just take a taxi, no need to look anywhere, they are waiting just outside the bus station.
Kotor has a small international airport which can be very convenience for whoever travel by air or even better if you have your own plane :)
There are only few international airlines flying here from the region (short flight) as well as direct flights from Russia.
The easiest way to get to Kotor, unless you have you own car is by bus. There are some local bus lines that goes all the time, for example I used the line from Budva that goes about every hour to Kotor and the trip took about half an hour. The same easy way I used the bus also on my way back to Budva. Don't expect those buses to be any modern and the air condition might not be working, be happy that your seat is intact :)
Information on buses to Kotor is thin on the ground, but there are direct international buses to Dubrovnik, Sarajevo and Mostar. The Sarajevo bus runs to Ulcinj, and stops at Mostar, Dubrovnik and Kotor en route. There's a night bus leaving Mostar around 11pm, and early in the morning around 7am. It gets to Dubrovnik a few hours later, and Kotor about 6 hours later.
There are also buses to places all over Montenegro, but these tend to be more run down contraptions lacking air conditioning.
The station is a little walk outside of the old town. Walk south along the coast, and then take a left after the Planto supermarket.
Bus from Dubrovnik to Kotor
If, like us, you are travelling to Kotor from Dubrovnik, you will need to take a bus as there are no trains between Dubrovnik and Kotor.
There is one daily bus from Dubrovnik to Kotor at 10.30, which goes on to Budva. There is also an additional bus on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, which leaves at 20.30. Buses leave from Autobusni Kolodvor Dubronik and leaves you off at the main bus station in Kotor. The bus passes through Herceg Novi, the closest major town to the Montenegro/Croatia border.
You can also get a daily bus to Herceg Novi at 15.30 but note this bus does not continue on to Kotor so you would have to catch another local bus to Kotor.
I travelled with Globtour Medjugorje from Mostar via Dubrovnik to Kotor april 2006. Globtour was a large tour operator in former Jugoslavija, established in 1968. I don't know whether the Hercgovacko based Globtour has any cooperation with the Slovenian one, or if they today operate as independant companies. Their buses are comfortable and airconditioned, and they have toilets. BUT the toilet on the bus I travelled with was closed! The reason, I was told, was that there is nowhere to empty it along the route. And the stops are short and few. That is a big problem for people like me, who have an active bladder :-(
There is a long stop in Dubrovnik. Lucky for me I had a few croatian coins from a previous visit to pay for the toilet. There is an ATM at the bus terminal in Dubrovnik, but that was no help: It was Easter, everything was closed, there was nowhere to change notes obtained from it. Nowhere to buy food, either.
From Dubrovnik there are a couple more departures to Kotor. You can check on the linked site: "Polazni grad" means departure city, "dolazni grad" means arrival city. But don't take the result for granted, my departure from Mostar was at 07:00, half an hour later than the search result said. It is ALWAYS wise to check at the bus station a day ahead. And in the peak season it is advisable to buy the ticket ahead, too.
Fare: 24 KM / 12 Euro from Mostar to Dobrovnik, 25 KM / 12,5 Euro from Dubrovnik to Kotor.
Note: These buses do not stop by Cilipi airport!
- Road Trip
There is an international airport just 3-4 km from Kotor: Tivat airport. Unfortunately it only serves a few airlines and destinations. Most go to Russia, but one flies to the UK with Thomson Airways. The former Yugoslavian airline, JAL, also flies here from Belgrade.
Alternatively you can fly to Dubrovnik or Podgorica airports, and then take the bus/drive from there. Neither are very convenient, however.
geting from dubrovnik airport to kotor
from/to airport dubrovnik-kotor, there is one travel agency from herceg novi (montenegro), there are making transfers from and to airport dubrovnik, you can reserved transfer without payment before, really good services
- Historical Travel
Crossing the Border
Crossing the border between Croatia and Montenegro is generally painless and hassle free, although you could be in for a wait...depending on who and what is in front of you. Going through to Montenegro our first time, we were held up for over an hour while the bus in front of us was given a thorough going over by the border police. Our turn took less than 10 minutes so don't know what they were looking for on the bus in front of ours...could be something to do with the Albanian plates and stereotypes unfairly surrounding them!
You won't need to get off the bus. The driver will collect your passports, get them stamped and return them to you on the bus.
Coming from Croatia
Kotor is a popular day trip from Dubrovnik. If driving yourself isn't an option, there are day tours available - a long day but still quite do- able. Using public transport will require a night's stopover as the bus timetables between the two cities do not allow enough time to make the trip and see the sights on the same day as there's only one bus a day in each direction. The bus from Dubrovnik leaves at 11am, the one from Kotor to Dubrovnik leaves at 1.15pm - so unless you're planning to stay the night, you simply cannot do it this way.
Our hire car arrangement allowed us entry to Montenegro without any additional paperwork, insurance, etc - all we needed was the Croatian hire car documents and our passports. The border crossing took just a few minutes, coming and going, on both sides. As we crossed into Montenegro we were greeted by a local tourist officer who presented us with an excellent English-language guidebook and waved us on our way with a smile.
We took the narrow, twisting road all the way around the Bay to Kotor through Perast; the scenery is magnificent and on a Sunday in June, the road was all but deserted. We were able to find parking right outside the main gate though I would imagine that may not be quite so simple later in the season! There are other carparks dotted around outside the walls however.
- Road Trip