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    Flying to Montenegro

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Montenegro is not the easiest place to reach by airplane. There are two airports in Montenegro, Tivat and Podgorica. Both airports are small. Tivat is the more convenient one to use if you are traveling to the coast or the Bay of Kotor region. Almost all of the flights into both airports are provided by the two state-controlled arlines JAT and Montenegro Airlines. You generally have to connect through Belgrade (Serbia), although there are also some direct flights on Monenegro Airlines from Frankfurt, London and Zurich into Tivat and from Rome, Vienna and Budapest into Podgorica. However, those flights do not run every day. Belgrade seems to be the one route that is available seven days per week.

    For travelers from the US, beware that many of the US airlines do not have reciprocal agreements with JAT and Montenegro Airlines, which means that they can't ticket your connection onto those airlines and can't deal with baggage transfers. It will make your life much easier to use a European Airline, such as Air France, for the US to Europe leg of your trip.

    An alternative is to fly into Dubrovnik, which is about 30 miles over the border into Croatia and has more frequent air service from other European countries. However, if you fly into Dubrovnik and then go to Montenegro, beware that there are some quirks with the border crossing between the two countries (they don't seem to like each other). If driving a car, you must have a green card certifying that you have insurance for both countries. If taking a bus or cab, you may need to get out at the border, walk about 1/4 mile between the two individual passport/customs stations, and then transfer to a separate bus/cab on the other side, which you will have to have prearranged.

    The terminal at the Tivat Airport
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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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    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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    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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    Rental cars

    by mikelisaanna Written Jul 9, 2005

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    Montenegro has a beautiful coastline and plenty of mountains. The best way to see them is by car. We rented a car from a small rental car company in Budva called Terrae Car. They delivered the car (a Toyota) to us when we landed at the Tivat airport.

    Three things to remember about renting a car in Montenegro:

    1. Most rental cars in the country have manual transmissions. You have to request automatic transmissions in advance.

    2. If you want to cross over the border into any of the neighboring countries, you need to state that up front to the rental agency so that they can arrange for you to be insured in those countries.

    3. If you are driving into Croatia, be careful where you park your car. We heard numerous stories warning us about Croatians vandalizing cars from Montenegro.

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    Car Ferries

    by mikelisaanna Written Jul 2, 2005

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    If you are trying to go North/South and do not want to drive all the way around the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska). there is a car ferry service that crosses the narrow part of the bay near Kamenari. The crossing takes about 15 minutes and saves you about an hour of driving. You just drive your car onto the ferry and drive off on the other side. It runs continuously, 24 hours per day.

    On board the Boka Kotorska ferry
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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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    Buses and 'Taxi-Buses'

    by peterdhduncan Updated Dec 24, 2005

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    Our experience of the buses along the coast was that they provide a frequent, efficient and cheap service, although some of the vehicles are somewhat ancient and lacking in comfort! The fares from Perast to Kotor and from Przno to Budva were only one euro each way.

    As we discovered when we went to Petrovac from Przno, they are supplemented by 'taxi-buses', which seem to take you wherever you want to go, looking and calling out en-route for other people wanting to go in the same direction. (We discovered them after realising from the timetable that the regular buses through Przno village to Petrovac had finished running the previous weekend. Having just set off to walk up to the main road to see if we could get one there, a minibus with a taxi sign in its windscreen, which was already full of people, pulled up along side us. When we asked if it would take us to Petrovac, everybody squashed up and on we got to travel to Petrovac, dropping people off and picking others up as we went!). When we wanted to return to Przno, we found a vehicle-park on the edge of Petrovac where another taxi-bus was waiting and asked the driver to take us back to Przno which he duly did. The fares for this journey were two euros each way.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    By car in Montenegro

    by barryg23 Written Aug 23, 2009

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    We hired a car in Dubrovnik before crossing the border to spend a week exploring Montenegro. If you're only planning to visit the Adriatic coast in Montenegro, then having a car is useful though probably not essential as there are reasonably good bus services up and down the coast.

    If, on the other hand, you plan to explore more of the country inland then hiring a car is worth the expense as the transport links are not as good and you'll be able to visit the more difficult-to-reach sights.

    Crossing the border from Croatia was no problem, though make sure you mention to your car-hire firm that you're planning to take the car across the border and they'll give you a required form. Most car hire firms don't charge extra for this though if you don't have it at the crossing you may have to pay a fine.

    There is no motorway in Montenegro, but the roads connecting the main cities and on the coast are in a reasonable state. Further inland, especially in the mountain areas, the road quality is not so good, so make sure you allow plenty of time for trips in this area. It's also worth your while buying a map - these were on sale at the border crossing from kids knocking on car windows.

    Our hire car above the Bay of Kotor

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    The train

    by Rusket Updated Apr 21, 2005

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    There is only one operable train line in Montenegro; the main line from Bar to Beograd. The branch from Podgorica to Nikšic is not in use. I took the train from Sutomore to Mojkovac, appr. 3 hours, at a cost of 5€. A lot of people tried to convince me that it would be much better to go by bus. I don't agree. The train climbed up, along and through the mountains, the view was spectacular and it is much easier to start a conversation in a train than in a bus.

    I love trains!

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