How To Get To Montenegro

Montenegro is a country that enjoys the reputation of an attractive tourist destination. Since reputation is not given but earned, it is safe to assume that many tourists who came to Montenegro left very satisfied with what the country had to offer. Of course, a huge part of the whole experience that a tourist goes through is actually the easiness of getting into the country. Many exotic islands can offer a lot to a tourist, but they don’t really have the infrastructure to allow the tourist to smoothly arrive and leave. Getting to Montenegro is as easy and smooth as any other popular tourist destination.

The most popular way of getting into the country is by flying in — there are two main airports: Podgorica and Tivat. Podgorica Airport is Montenegro’s main airport which is located about 10 miles from the city of Podgorica, country’s capital. It is also the main hub for Montenegro’s national carrier Montenegro Airlines. The other airport is located near the city of Tivat, which is closer to the coast.  The airport is around 20km from Budva and Herceg-Novi and 60 km from Bar. Both airports are relatively small, but very compact and can handle high traffic. Montenegro Airlines connects both airports with numerous cities across Europe throughout the year. During the summer, there are many charter flights from many European capitals. Another way of getting to Montenegro via air is by flying in to Dubrovnik, Croatia. The Montenegrin border is just 30 minutes away, and since many international carriers fly to Dubrovnik, it is a viable option.

An alternative way to get to Montenegro is by train — there are 2 trains daily from Belgrade (one during the day and one during the night). The train passes through several cities — Bijelo Polje, Kolašin, Podgorica and ends in Bar. This is probably the cheapest way to travel to Montenegro, but it’s not really comfortable and quick — it takes 11 hours to get from Belgrade to Bar! The ticket from Belgrade to Podgorica costs 20EUR.

Arriving by bus is also an option. Tickets are relatively cheap and connections with neighboring countries are very strong. However, the usual downsides apply: it isn’t really comfortable or fast.

Getting to Montenegro by car is also an option. Many European routes (including E65, E80, E762, E763 and E851) pass through the country, which means that you can easily enter Montenegro by road from neighboring countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Albania. The roads aren’t really as quality as in Western Europe — they are mostly curvy and mountanous. Driving with the headlights on is obligatory, 24/7. Every car that enters the country has to pay a 1-year ecological licence which costs 10EUR.

Bar is the main Montenegrin seaport, so arriving by ship/ferry is also possible. Regular routers to Ancona and Bari in Italy are operating on a daily basis. It takes around 8 hours to get from Bari to Bar.

It is also important to note that holders of a valid travel document (without a visa) from the following countries are allowed to enter Montenegro and stay for 90 days:  Andorra, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Greece, Holy See, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, El Salvador, San Marino, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States of America and Venezuela.

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