Just before the season starts we have prepared an overview of all the types of transportation in Montenegro for your convenience.
Montenegro has two main airports, Podgorica Airport, the heart of Montenegro, and Tivat airport, gate of the Adriatic. There are direct flights to these airports from many European destinations. The airlines are controlled by the “Airports of Montenegro” company. Airlines that operate from Tivat Airport include Air Serbia, Montenegro Airlines, Globus Airlines and Aeroflot.
Podgorica is the larger airport and additional airlines like Alitalia, Wizair, Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Ryanair and Adria Airways operate from there as well as all of those that operate from Tivat.
You can fly into Montenegro from Rome, Milan, Vienna, Beograd, Paris, Ljubljana, Istanbul, Moscow and Belgrade. During the summer season there are additional flights to and from Brussels, Copenhagen and London.
Podgorica boasts all the facilities you would expect from a world-class airport, although on a smaller scale. There are 7 four and five star hotels within 10km of Podgorica airport. There are also many hotels close to Tivat airport. They are located in Tivat, Kotor and Budva.
The third airport, Dolac Airport, is not currently in use for commercial passenger travel but does still service general aviation and aviation clubs.
Trains are operated by the national railways of Montenegro. Transportation by main routes run between Bar, Podgorica and Belgrade in Serbia; these trains also stop at Bijelo Polje and Kolašin. There’s a line between Podgorica and Nikšić and between Podgorica and Skadar in Albania. Reservations are not required for the local trains, but might be required for international routes. Montenegro is also a destination that you can visit using a Eurail Global Pass or a Eurail Select Pass which combines Montenegro, Serbia and bordering countries. The Balkan Flexipass will allow you to travel in Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Greece, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and surrounding areas. Discounts are offered for younger and elderly passengers. Check the schedule and tickets Europerail and Eurail.
The trains cross the Mala Rijeka viaduct, which is the world’s highest railway bridge, and is located in Montenegro.
More information, including information on night trains can be found here.
It is possible to travel around Montenegro by bus. The main bus station is in Podgorica and has facilities like a restaurant, an ATM machine and storage. In the smaller towns you have to wait at a bus stop and wave for a bus to stop.
You can also take an international bus to and from Montenegro and it’s connected to most of its neighbors and even countries like Germany, Slovenia, Luxemburg and France. Using these services will require a valid passport and visa if applicable.
Locally, the quality of the busses will vary and because this is a local service rather than a tourist offering the bus drivers might not speak English, however, they are known to be friendly and helpful. Using this service is probably the cheapest way of getting around Montenegro. You can check the schedule here.
#4.Taxis and Transfers
Taxis in Montenegro are expensive unless you’re able to negotiate a local rate with a taxi driver, but not many are willing to negotiate those rates with tourists. Unfortunately, transportation with Uber is not yet available in Montenegro, however, you can book transfers between hotels and airports and other destinations online with the companies that operate there so that you’ll know exactly what it costs ahead of time. You can also book a limousine although this might end up being a luxury car rather than a proper limousine as used in Hollywood. Search in the web for more options.
There are a variety of car rental transportation companies in Montenegro with every possible car or van for hire. You can also hire a driver. The duration of the car hire is entirely up to you, with daily, weekly and even monthly rentals available. Such global car rental companies like Europecar, Sixt and other local companies provide their services just at the airport.
The main roads in Montenegro are in good condition, however, keep in mind some of the roads are dangerous, curvy mountain roads and some are single-lane roads. Roads can be closed due to rockslides or snow and the roads in rural areas might not be well kept. Drinking and driving is not allowed and Montenegro has a very strict permitted blood alcohol level of only 0.03%. The roads are generally very busy during the summer months.
There is a regular ferry between Bar in Montenegro and Bari in Italy. This fully-equipped ferry operates once a week and takes approximately 9 hours to complete the transportation.
There are additional ferries from Ancona in Italy to Montenegro that operate during the summer months.
One more ferry you cannot miss if you’re entering Montenegro from Croatia is Bjela. Located just outside of Herceg Novi, Bjela is the only ferry connecting the two sides of Kotor Bay. This ferry is crowded during summer with a lot of cars from visiting tourists and the queue might be a few hours long. The route takes only 5 minutes and costs 4.5 Euro one direction. If you don’t want to wait in the queue, you can always take the road around Boka Bay to arrive at the main land. This will save you about 1 – 1 ½ hours in getting to Tivat.