BUS, TRAIN, AND FERRY SCHEDULES AND TIME TIMETABLES IN MONTENEGRO
BUS, TRAIN, AND FERRY SCHEDULES IN MONTENEGRO
TRAVELING BY BUS
Being the only link to most of the towns and villages, the bus network of Montenegro is comprehensive. Podgorica's bus station has departures for every town several times a day. Some bus companies operate with coaches and others with minibusses. The quality of coaches and minibusses is variable, from the very comfortable new ones to the standard ones with basic facilities. Large items of baggage carry an extra charge and are stored in the trunk.
To get to the furthest point reachable by public transport to villages off the main roads use the local transportation. Each town has local bus lines operating to the villages that have any kind of road leading to them. If you cannot see the timetable it could be that there isn't one but the locals at the station should know it well. If the ticket counter is closed (or there isn't one) it is usual to buy the ticket on the bus. If the counter is open buy the ticket there since the bus could be overcrowded. Additional care is needed because on some buses they will sell you a ticket even if they don't have any seating space left.
BUS SCHEDULES AND TIMETABLES IN MONTENEGRO
Look at bus schedules at the most important bus stations in Montenegro
BUS SCHEDULES IN PODGORICA (UPDATED on the 1st of March 2023)
BUS SCHEDULES IN BUDVA (UPDATED on the 1st of March 2023)
BUS SCHEDULES IN KOTOR (UPDATED on the 1st of March 2023)
BUS SCHEDULES IN BAR (UPDATED on the 1st of March 2023)
BUS SCHEDULES IN ULCINJ (UPDATED on the 1st of March 2023)
BUS SCHEDULES IN HERCEG NOVI (UPDATED on the 1st of March 2023)
BUS SCHEDULES AND TIMETABLES IN TIRANA, MOSTAR, TREBINJE, AND DUBROVNIK
To organize the itinerary you can look at the bus schedules in some of the bus stations close to Montenegro
BUS SCHEDULES IN TIRANA (Albania) (UPDATED on the 1st of March 2023)
BUS SCHEDULES IN MOSTAR (Bosnia and Herzegovina) (UPDATED on the 1st of March 2023)
BUS SCHEDULES IN TREBNJE (Bosnia and Herzegovina) (UPDATED on the 1st of March 2023)
BUS SCHEDULES IN DUBROVNIK (Croatia) (UPDATED on the 1st of March 2023)
TRAVELING BY TRAIN
Though it exists on the map, the train line from Podgorica to Shkoder in Albania has been abandoned for decades. Nowadays, Serbia is the only country where you can come to Montenegro by train. There are daily departures from Belgrade to Podgorica and the city of Bar as well as in opposite directions. The ride from Belgrade should last around 10 hours but due to delays, it can easily prolong 1-2 hours. Therefore it is highly advisable to travel during the night and book a sleeping car. From mid-June to mid-September booking could be tricky as all the trains are packed full and you should try to do so well in advance. Note that the usual procedure is for the conductor to take your ticket in order to know when to wake you up in the morning and when he will give it to you back. In order to be sure that you will have a seat during your whole trip to an ordinary 2nd class compartment in the high tourist season, you should make the reservation (rezervacija). The same goes for the trip in the other direction from Podgorica towards Belgrade. During the summer season, the evening train from Belgrade also carries cars.
Look at train schedules at the most important railway stations in Montenegro:
TRAIN SCHEDULES IN PODGORICA AND BAR
(UPDATED on the 1st of March 2023)
BAR-BELGRADE (SRB): departure at 19:00, arrival in Belgrade (Topčider) at 06:14
PODGORICA-BELGRADE (SRB): departure at 20:05, arrival in Belgrade (Topčider) at 06:14
BIJELO POLJE-BELGRADE (SRB): departure at 22:43, arrival in Belgrade (Topčider) at 06:14
BAR- POGORICA-BIJELO POLJE-NOVI SAD (SRB): no departures
BAR- POGORICA-BIJELO POLJE-SUBOTICA (SRB): no departures
BELGRADE (SRB)-BAR: departure at 21:10, arrival in Bar at 08:12
BELGRADE (SRB)-PODGORICA: departure at 21:10, arrival at 7:00
For all other information, please call:
The train station in Bar tel: +382 30/301-622, +382 30/301-615
The train station in Podgorica tel: +382 30/633-663
TRAVELING BY FERRY
The regular car-ferry line operates from the only ferry port in Montenegro located in the city of Bar (Montenegro) and to the port of the city of Bari (Italy) as well as in opposite directions. Their frequency depends on the season but there are at least two departures per week during the year. The usual time of departure for both ferries is in the evenings. The journey takes 9 hours. The cheapest seats are about 70 euros, bed in a cabin approx. 90 euros, while the cheapest fare for the car is around 80 euros. Embarkation taxes are charged extra. If you plan to return the same way, the return ticket will save you a good deal of money.
Look at ferry schedules in the ferry port in the city of Bar (Montenegro) and the city of Bari (Italy):
FERRY SCHEDULES IN PORT OF BAR (Montenegro)
(UPDATED on the 1st of March 2023)
BAR-BARI (ITALY): no departures
FERRY SCHEDULES IN PORT OF BARI (Italy)
(UPDATED on the 1st of March 2023)
BARI (ITALY)-BAR: no departures
For all other information, please call:
The port in Bar tel: +382 30/ 303-469
Montenegro Hostel Team
TRAVELING BY AIRPLANE, CAR, BICYCLE, AND HITCHINKIG IN MONTENEGRO
TRAVELING BY AIRPLANE, CAR, BICYCLE, AND HITCHHIKING
TRAVELING BY AIRPLANE
Montenegro has two international airports. One is in the capital, Podgorica, and the other is at the seaside in the city of Tivat. Dubrovnik airport in Croatia is also very close to the Montenegrin border and many tourists use this route as well.
PODGORICA AIRPORT “GOLUBOVCI” after a nearby village, is located 12km southwest of the city center. This is a small airport but here one can find all the tourist amenities such as a car-hire desk, a bank, a duty-free shop, souvenir shops, two restaurants, and the offices of airlines. From this airport, there are regular direct flights to Belgrade, London, Rome, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Zurich, Vienna, Frankfurt, Paris, etc, as well as many low-budget and charter flights. The airport’s working hours are from 6:00 to 23:00. There is no public bus from the airport to the city of Podgorica. The only option is a taxi, which should cost 15 euros to the city center. Be sure to agree or negotiate on the price before getting in the taxi since overpricing can occur. Taxi costs from airport Podgorica to Kotor are up to 80 euros and to Budva up to 60 euros.
TIVAT AIRPORT lies in the Gulf of Kotor, 3 km from the town of Tivat, and 4 km from Kotor. The airport is small and basic but has all facilities like the one in Podgorica including rent-a-car desks, a bank, and a restaurant. There are regular flights to Belgrade while other international flights are concentrated in the summer season only. Taking the taxi should cost you up to 40 euros to Budva and up to 20 euros to Kotor.
DUBROVNIK AIRPORT “ĆILIPI” is just 24 km away from Herceg Novi, the closest Montenegrin town. Transfer by car from the airport in Dubrovnik to Herceg Novi costs 60 euros, transfer to Kotor 150 euros, and transfer to Budva 160 euros.
TRAVELING BY CAR
By far the swiftest way to move around the country and reach all of its corners is by car. However, driving in Montenegro can be very demanding. Due to the mountainous landscape, most of the roads wind endlessly above the deep abysses of the canyons and at the same time, some of them are in not-so-good conditions. Furthermore, the local drivers are renowned for their perilous driving and care little for signs, restrictions, and rules. All of this means that one should not engage in the adventure of driving in Montenegro if you are not an experienced driver, or you should be extremely careful and always expect the unexpected from other drivers. Motorized tourists should have valid international driver’s licenses. If not in possession of a Green Card and if your insurance is not valid in Montenegro you will have to buy short-term insurance at the border crossing.
Seat belts are obligatory in all seats. If not signposted differently, the speed limit is 80km/h on main roads and 50 km/h when passing through populated areas. The blood-alcohol level tolerated is up to 0,03% which is equal to a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a shot of brandy. The use of mobile phones while driving is forbidden although you will rarely see anyone sticking to this rule. The car headlights turned should be on at all times. On unmarked crossing, you should give way to the vehicles joining from the right. The flashing of the lights by on-coming drivers is almost always a warning of a police speed control but could also be a warning of some other approaching danger.
Petrol stations are mostly situated at the exits of towns while in rural areas they are few and far between. Check your gasoline meter when going deeper into the countryside. Some petrol stations work 24 hours and other stations open at 7 am and close at 8 pm. In the summer many petrol stations extend their working hours to 10 o’clock in the evening. All of the stations sell premium super, unleaded, diesel, and eco diesel while autogas you cannot find at every petrol station.
The circular road through Boka Kotorska is of good quality but curvy and passes through many towns and villages in some of which (such as Muo or Prčanj) the road narrows to just one lane. During the summer half of the year is congested, with lots of cars parked on its edges and pedestrians crossing it frequently. If in a hurry, you can shorten the route from Kotor to Herceg Novi by taking a Kamenari –Lepetani Ferry that connects the shores of the Gulf at the narrowest point.
The Adriatic Highway (Jadranska magistrala) from Tivat to Ulcinj is in decent condition but the traffic on it is always heavy and taking a left-hand turn from the road and getting back onto it can be problematic. The part passing through Budva is jam-packed in the summer season and don’t be surprised if you stop for some minutes or move at a snail’s pace. From Bar, the road allows faster driving, and the jams are less frequent except when in the late afternoon the bathers from other beaches start to come back to the cities Ulcinj or Bar. The main road Budva-Cetinje is used as the main route towards Podgorica and further on Serbia and is therefore packed with buses and sometimes even with heavy goods lorries. The road has alternatively the third line which makes overtaking buses and lorries easier.
The modern Sozina tunnel (charged 2,5 euros per car) connects the coast with Skadar Lake. The tunnel drastically shortened the route from the city of Bar to Podgorica. Tunel starts from the city of Sutomore to the village Virpazar and onwards to the capital the road is mainly straight and clear but still bears a lot of traffic, especially near Podgorica. The road from Podgorica to Nikšić passes through the valley of the Zeta River and is mostly wide and undemanding. Keep to the speed limit as there are frequent speed traps along the way. The road leading from Podgorica to Bijelo Polje (and further to Belgarde in Serbia) carries a huge volume of traffic with lots of trucks and buses. The part from Podgorica to Kolašin passes the spectacular canyon of the Morača River with many tunnels and curves. The brand new highway from Podgorica makes the distance between cities lasts 30 minutes instead of 90 minutes by the current road next to the canyon.
From the two approaches to Žabljak the one from Mojkovac is very popular because drivers are able to enjoy the scenery of the Tara River canyon despite many curves. The road to Zabljak from Nikšić is of good quality and passes by an attractive Durmitor plateau. The road from Biljelo Polje to Berane and further on to Plav follows the flow of the River Ibar. The road is mostly clear and has only middle curves. The Berane-Rožaje road is somewhat more demanding.
Traffic signs follow the usual European pattern. Though many signs need renovation, the main roads are marked decently enough to keep your information on the driving conditions and your position but definitely less than the quantity of information that should be.
In recent years much has been done to improve tourist signalization and their brown and white signs can be seen regularly. However, most of them will show you only the first turn that you need to take, leaving you afterward with standard signs. To carry on to your destination, you will need to study up a map or consult the locals which are often the only solution to find one’s way. If you need roadside assistance call AMCG ( Auto Association of Montenegro) at telephone number 9807.
TRAVELING BY BICYCLE
Cycling is not a usual activity in Montenegro and there are no such things as cycle lanes on the roads. It is not recommended to cycle along major roads as they are narrow, and bumpy and the drivers pay little attention to cyclists and pedestrians. Minor roads provide safer conditions but they are mostly full of potholes and bumps so additional care is needed. Bicycles can be carried onto the train provided that is not packed full and that you can find a place in which they won’t be a nuisance (usually by the entrance, facing the toilet). Conductors are usually tolerant of this but on some occasions, they might consider it a problem.
In Montenegrin car-loving culture hitchhiking is far from the usual method of traveling but it is also not unheard of. It might take you some time and patience but in the end, it will get you to the desired location. The number of people willing to stop is proportionally opposite to the number of cars passing by so fetching a ride in the middle of nowhere is usually more effective. Don’t be surprised if, in a place like this, you are offered a lift without asking.
Montenegro Hostel Team