During our visit to Montenegro in May 2012, we found ourselves looking for public transportation from Tivat to Herceg Novi.
We had two options; we could either catch one bus all the way from Tivat to Herceg Novi (around the bay via Kotor, Perast and Risan), or we could take the shorter route which involved catching a bus from Tivat to Lepetane, hopping on the ferry across to Kamenari, and catching a bus from there to Herceg Novi. The latter option would cut out some 30km+ of road around the Bay of Kotor and save us a considerable amount of time.
We had taken the longer bus route that morning, on our way from Herceg Novi, so we always had the intention of taking the shorter route back; particularly as it would include a scenic ferry ride across the bay.
The first leg of this journey involved getting from Tivat to the ferry at Lepetane. The following information was correct as of May 2012:
Tivat to Lepetane bus
Our Bradt guidebook suggested that Tivat's bus station was located in the centre of town. However, we had arrived in Tivat by bus and knew that the station was a couple of kilometres out of town on the road towards the airport (it had presumably been relocated there recently, either temporarily or permanently). As the bus station was located south of the city and we were heading north to Lepetane, it didn't make sense to walk back to the bus station, especially as we didn't know if the local Lepetane buses would even stop there.
So instead, we began to walk along the main road out of Tivat in a northerly direction, hoping that we'd soon find a bus bound for Lepetane. On the other side of the bay, we had seen frequent buses heading between Herceg Novi and the ferry port at Kamenari, so we assumed they'd be equally frequent between Tivat and Lepetane.
We found a bus stop next to a general kiosk on the main road. There were no timetables displayed, but we figured it was a good bet that the buses to Lepetane would stop there. Another girl was waiting at the bus stop, so we figured a bus would probably be along soon. However, I was starting to have a few doubts after we had been standing there for 30 minutes with no sign of a bus, until a "Blueline" bus pulled in and the driver confirmed that it was heading to Lepetane. It seems that the buses between Tivat and Lepetane are not as frequent as those between Herceg Novi and Kamenari.
We purchased tickets from the driver at 0.70 Euros each and the 10km journey took a little under 10 minutes.
The bus dropped us off just a few metres from where the ferry departs at Lepetane.
The ferry crossing from Lepetane to Kamenari took just 5 minutes (and was free of charge for pedestrians!) and when we alighted at Kamenari there was a Herceg Novi-bound bus waiting.
During our visit to Montenegro in May 2012, my girlfriend and I made use of the local bus network to explore the towns around the Bay of Kotor and further afield.
Prior to our trip, I had struggled to find comprehensive bus timetables online. I managed to locate an online timetable for buses operated by "Blueline" from Herceg Novi, but only a few daily buses were listed. Thankfully, there were numerous other companies running buses and so we found that there were dozens of buses each day linking the various towns.
On a Saturday, we caught an early morning bus from Herceg Novi to Budva (see separate tip). We then caught a bus from Budva to Sveti Stefan and then a taxi from there back to Budva. In the afternoon, we decided to return to Herceg Novi via the town of Tivat.
The following information was correct as of May 2012:
Budva to Tivat
We paid 3.50 Euros each for the one way journey between Budva and Tivat. We purchased our tickets from a counter at Budva bus station (they weren't available from the driver) and caught a bus that was operated by Krivokapic Turs.
We arrived at the station just in time to catch the 15:44 bus on a Saturday afternoon. The previous bus had left at 14:25 and the next bus, had we missed this one, was due to leave at 16:20. There were around 20 buses from Budva to Tivat that day; the first one left at 07:40 and the last one at 21:15. I have attached a photo of the timetable to give an indication of the frequency of the buses, but this will likely be outdated within a few months.
The bus that we caught had begun its journey in Bar at 14:30 and was due to arrive in Herceg Novi (via Tivat, Kotor and Risan) at 17:45. The bus was therefore taking the long route around the bay (i.e. via Risan on the northern coast) rather than crossing the bay on the Lepetane-Kamenari ferry.
The journey from Budva to Tivat took around 40 minutes. However, this included about 10 minutes where we were pulled into a layby, 5km outside of Tivat, while the driver and conductor examined an apparent fault with the bus. After this short interruption to the journey, it was decided that passengers travelling onto Kotor, Risan and Herceg Novi would be transferred to another bus, while the few of us travelling to Tivat would stay on board and complete the short journey to Tivat where the bus would then terminate to be repaired.
We were dropped off at Tivat station, which is actually located close to the village of Zupa, a couple of kilometres out of town on the road towards Tivat airport. It was a flat and straight 20 minute walk from the station to Tivat town centre.
Tivat airport is very small, if you are going to Herceg Novi you will drive about 1h, to dubrovnik about 2h, to Cavtat about 1.40h. If you wont to make reservation for those transfers you can do it by internet, just visit www.intravelmontenegro.net and you would see price list for these relations and you can make reservation by e-mail.
Its really the smallest airport I have been in Europe so far! )) Situated quite not far from city. It serves mainly ukrainian, russian, and serbian flights. Waiting zone avalaible only after passport-security controll! Before it, you can wait for your flight in little self-service cafe near the airport enter. Also there lots of taxi drivers, who offer to drive you to any part of Montenegro (Budva - 50 euro).