Road Tripping through Montenegro went down in the travel diary as one of my all time favourite trips. The famous bay of Kotor and the beautiful coastline might be edging their way into the spotlight on the world travel stage but there is plenty more to discover.
I hope this overview of my one week Montenegro road trip itinerary can help you plan an equally amazing trip through this special country. Start with this quick film before getting into the tips and bits.
What to do in Montenegro, The Two Minute Video…
The Basics: Map, Need to Know and Questions…
Get a Car!!! I can’t stress this enough, a car hire in Montenegro IMO is essential. You can take tours and some public transport but the beauty I found of self-driving was being able to stop every time something took your breath away, which is a regular occurrence here. Also, due to the mountainous terrain, it really did make exploring so much easier. If you are crossing the Balkans then one-way fees and insurance can be high so consider taking a bus, or a Croatia transfer from Dubrovnik and then picking your car up in Montenegro.
Is it safe… Many people have a strange perception of the Balkans being the wild west (or, east) of Europe which is certainly not the case. I actually found it felt like one of the safest places I have ever visited and the hospitality and warmth never faltered.
Getting there… Crossing from either Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania or Croatia is possible by car with bus from Dubrovnik also a popular option. With its own airline and other carriers serving two airports on opposite sides of the country in Podgorica and Tivat flying is possible. Cruises and day trips here are popular but I urge you to spend longer here and really explore it. You can also take a ferry from Italy into Bar on the coast.
If you don’t have a car… Day tours to places such as Durmitor park are possible and getting along the coast and main sights simple enough with public transport. Montenegro is a lot more developed than most people believe and taxis also aren’t overly expensive.
Lets talk about Money… Montenegro uses the Euro unlike most of its neighbours, even though it is still not officially part of the EU. This does bring prices up and cocktails in Budva can be like most major western cities where as a delicious in land meal might be a few dollars and a perfect wood cabin can come in at $25 bucks for three people in the peak of summer.
Where to stay… There are plenty of hotels in the most popular destinations as well as some more quirky options. Two places that really stood out to me was the charming Holiday Bungalow in Pluzine where we were welcomed with home-made Rakia and the Rafting lodge in Piva right on the river.
Language… The official language is Montenegrin which is very similar to Croatian/Serbian. English is widely spoken along the coast and much of inland. As always, get studying some words before you arrive.