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    INFORMATION AND HELP ON ROAD

    by Oris Written Mar 30, 2005

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    AMSCG (Automobile Association of Montenegro) offers: help on roads, towing service, car service in all bigger towns and information concerning road conditions.
    For help on road call 987
    Tel: +381 (0)81 225493, 244467, 9807, 225-635

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    Airport Tivat

    by Drphoto Written Sep 30, 2004

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    Distances :
    -4km from Tivat
    -20km from Budva
    -80km from Podgorica
    -58km from Bar

    Services at the airport :
    -caffe bar
    -bus and taxi stations
    -public phones
    -tourist office
    -duty free shop
    -souvenir shop

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    Montenegro Lines - Bar Bari Ferry

    by karenincalifornia Updated Aug 26, 2004

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    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

    This photo of the Sveti Stefan ferry boat was taken at port in Bar, Montenegro as we waited in a 3 hour custom line. The policija promptly approached me and told me to put the camera away because photos were illegal. I guess you could say this is a "hot" picture.

    Passing through customs in Bar was long and tedious. Every passenger had his or her trunk and luggage searched, except us. We were the only Americans on the boat, and when the customs officers saw our passports they shouted "Americanska" to each other and simply waived us through. We later learned that Bar was a common conduit for the drug trade in Eastern Europe which explained the Montenegrin customs officers' vigilance. Thankfully, we did not seem fit the profile of the typical drug smuggler, but too bad we hadn't been at the front of the line.

    Sveti Stefan ferry, Montenegro Lines
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    Montenegro Lines - Bar Bari Ferry

    by karenincalifornia Written Aug 25, 2004

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    Montenegro Lines has two ferry boats, the Sveti Stefan (older boat) and the Sveti Stefan II (new boat). There is a huge difference between the two boats. Traveling on the older boat was similar to traveling steerage. The new boat was substantially nicer and more comfortable with roomy cabins and much nicer common areas.

    The two boats operate on alternating dates during the summer. I highly recommend traveling only on the Sveti Stefan II if you are interested in the ferry and your schedule has some flexibility.

    Relaxing in the bar of the Sveti Stefan II
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    Tivat Airport

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jan 27, 2004

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    Tivat Airport did show up as a destination airport when I was trying to book my travel for this summer. Flights, however, are limited, so I gave up trying to fly into Tivat. For air travel to Montenegro, try Podgorica or Beograd. Both airports are much busier and have more flights.

    For my summer 2004 trip, I have had great difficulty booking a flight from the United States to Montenegro. I found out that was due to the fact that the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority does not consider the Civil Aviation Authority of Serbia and Montenegro to be up to international standards of safety. So, direct flights from the U.S are nonexistent, and the U.S. carriers don't have contracts with Montengro Airlines.

    We'll still get to Montenegro this summer, but instead of flying direct, we'll fly to Italy and take the ferry across the Adriatic.

    Tivat Airport, Boka Kotorska, Montenegro
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    A short cut when traveling around Boka Kotorska

    by karenincalifornia Written Jan 27, 2004

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    It takes a long time to drive all the way around the Bay of Kotor. You can cut some time off by taking the Lepetani-Kamenari car ferry at the Verige (narrowest part of Bay of Kotor).

    There has been talk for years of building a bridge at this location (or a tunnel), but that hasn't happened yet. For now, the ferry is the quickest way from the north side to the south side, and it runs regularly all day long.

    Verige at Boka Kotorska, Montenegro
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    Rent a car

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jan 27, 2004

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    The best way to get around Montenegro is to rent a car. So much of the country is accessible only by car, so if you don't have one, you'll miss much of what Montenegro has to offer.

    Hopefully, your car will be better than the Zastava we rented. Our Zastava did not have a working reverse gear, so we had to get out and push it, and it died every time we came to a stop.

    Our transportation in Montenegro
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    Old (Scary) Serpentine Road from Kotor to Cetinje

    by karenincalifornia Written Jan 26, 2004

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    We tried to make the drive from Kotor to Cetinje on the old serpentine road with its 42 hairpin turns, but didn't have the stamina to stick with it. It was a very interesting drive with fantastic views of the Montenegrin coast. We even ran into a band of gypsies. But, it was the lack of guard rails that did me in. We went back down after only making it about half way, and then drove through Budva and up to Cetinje on a much better road.

    Montenegrin Coast
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    To Montenegro by air

    by Nykaenen Updated Nov 12, 2003

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    You can fly to Podgorica, Tivat or Dubrovnik (Croatia). See my previous tip for connections Dubrovnik-Montenegro.
    Podgorica and Tivat are small airports with few daily connections, mainly to Belgrade and Ljubljana. Other destinations include Budapest, Zurich, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Rome and Paris.

    Montenegro Airlines, the official carrier, is a small airline with just 2 aircrafts. My friend Przemek has flown with them and was satisfied. He jokes about being one of the few people in the world who's flown with them (as planes are usually half-empty)!

    Flying to Dubrovnik means more connections (especially in high season) and cheaper tickets (check Croatia Airlines). Dubrovnik airport has regular bus/taxi connections with the central bus station in the city where you can catch the bus to Montenegro. See my previous tip for details.

    Photo: Dubrovnik early in the morning from a shuttle. This view was worth waking up at 4 am to catch the 5:10 flight Zagreb-Dubrovnik!!!!!!!

    Dubrovnik early in the morning
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    Traveling by train part 2

    by Nykaenen Updated Oct 24, 2003

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    Railway stations are, to my surprise, at quite some distance from the city center (unlike in Croatia or central Europe where they're in the very center).
    In Podgorica it will take you about 20-25 min on foot to the center. Same goes for Bar. Needless to mention, directions to the center are almost non-existent.

    Bar railway station
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    Traveling by train

    by Nykaenen Updated Oct 24, 2003

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    Main train route is Bar (coast) - Podgorica - Belgrade.
    I traveled Podgorica - Bar - Podgorica and personally would advise against trains. True, ticket was dirty cheap (return ticket 4 Euros) but so was the train. I could not believe my eyes how dirty seats were. To see trash under seats was even more shocking!
    Don't get me wrong--I know the country was under embargo and is rather poor so I did not expect new modern trains, but to have bags of chips and apple stubs under seats is unforgivable.

    Inside train Bar-Podgorica
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    Dubrovnik-->Montenegro by bus

    by Nykaenen Updated Oct 24, 2003

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    There is just one bus connection from Dubrovnik to Montenegro. It runs daily at 11 am from Dubrovnik main bus station. In high season the bus is often late (anything from 30 min to 2 hrs) because its starting point is Vukovar in the east of Croatia and it goes via Bosnia & Herzegovina.
    Tickets can be bought from a ticket office or on the bus. It would be a smart idea to buy them in advance and secure a seat. I traveled on Wednesday and the bus was pretty full. There were many backpackers who were going to Montenegro for 1 or 2 days and some people whose plan was to make it to Albania.
    If you buy tickets on the bus, you can buy them only up to Debeli brijeg where you'll have to buy new ones for the Montenegrin part. I think I paid 70 or 80 kn for Dubrovnik - Debeli brijeg. Another thing to bear in mind: on the bus you can pay only in kunas!!!

    The bus you mount in Dubrovnik will take you as far as border crossing DEBELI BRIJEG where you'll have to get off the bus and walk through check points.
    The journey from Dubrovnik to Debeli brijeg takes about 45 min.
    Debeli brijeg is not a place or village. There's nothing there, just a regular road and two newsstand like constructions, one on Croatian and another one on Montenegrin side. Although I felt like I was at some God forgotten place, police and customs officers of both countries were very nice and made no fuss.

    Once you walk through both checkpoints, there will be a bus waiting for you. That bus always waits for passengers from Croatia as it's actually the same line, but allegedly the Croatian bus does not have the license to serve the whole route so the Montenegrin bus takes over after the border. The Montenegrin part of the route goes via Herceg Novi, Budva, Kotor and Bar to Ulcinj. You need Euros for purchasing ticket on the Montenegrin side (note: Euro is the official currency in Montenegro).

    Local transportation in Podgorica
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    Plain is the best choice

    by vesna04 Written Sep 19, 2003

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    There are two international airports in Montenegro. We don't need more, only 600.000 inhabitans in the republic. But from most countries, you will have to fly to Belgrade first and then to Podgorica or Tivat. If you are looking for other places it is just couple of hours from the airports, no metter where are you going.

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  • Bus from Montenegro to Croatia

    by bart_warreyn Written Sep 6, 2003

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    This is at this time the only bus-possibility from Montenegro to Croatia.
    A Montenegrin bus leaves from Ulcinj and drives along the entire coast : Bar-Budva-Kotor-Herceg Novi-Debeli Brijeg.(=border)
    Departure time from Herceg Novi is 14.15 - price from Herceg Novi to the border : EUR 3,00 - this is relatively expensive for a mere 15 km.
    The bus arrives at the border at 14.45 and does not run any further.
    You have to go through the border on foot.
    A Croatian bus starts from the border at 16.00 and arrives in Dubrovnik at 17.00. This means you are stuck at the border for more than an hour... and there's nothing to do but wait.
    Price of the Croatian bus : 8 EUR... Again, this is quite expensive for 44 km.

    I don't think this situation will last much longer... As the number of people wanting to cross the border will rise, more bus companies will ply the route and the rates will be less high... Until that time, cabs will continue to make a lot of money...

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    Road Bar

    by Aurorae Written Mar 19, 2003

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    In case your bus does break down, nothing to worry about, you might get lucky to find yourself by one of the road bars (probably made for that purpose). Don't be repulsed by the poor conditions, enjoy the nature and fresh air (if it's not 40º C, in the shadow! :))

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Republic of Montenegro Hotels

  • Radomiri Palazzo Hotel

    Dobrota 220, Kotorskogo Kotor Bay, Kotor, Montenegro

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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