If you’re considering Montenegro as your next destination, it’s important to know that it is worth visiting. Maybe you think about where to go and what to do in Montenegro, it’s time to think about how to get there.
Well, there are many ways to do it. I described the most popular once:
Get to Montenegro by plane
In the period from June to September, Wizz Air offers lots of cheap flights. As well, as Ryan air and many other low-cost air companies and national carriers like Turkish Airlines, LOT, Air Montenegro, etc.
Charter flights can be a good option as well, by attaching to a travel agency you can get the best price, but of course, you need to be lucky.
I would like to reassure all those who are deterred by jet lag from traveling by plane. The direct flight takes about 2 to 4 hours from almost all EU countries.
When flying by plane, it is worth renting a car in Montenegro. Probably the most popular rental location is Podgorica Airport car rental. I would highly recommend a local company with many great reviews, Tara-Car rent a car Podgorica. Renting from local agencies, you can save some money on a budget and be relaxed as they are usually very flexible compared to international brands.
Driving car to Montenegro
Driving a car to Montenegro from European countries is a very popular choice. Montenegro is considered to be one of the most popular road trip destinations. With many adventurous and panoramic roads, driving should be for you very enjoyable. However, be aware in summer some roads are very crowded and traffic is slow.
The journey from central Germany takes about 24 hours, so it’s worth a stop somewhere along the way. You can travel to Montenegro via both Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina or Serbia.
I recommend going through BiH. Why? Because we lose tolls for motorways in Croatia, because the fuel in BiH is much cheaper, and above all because Bosnia and Herzegovina is great and worth seeing.
Practical notes for the road trip
What should you do when driving to Montenegro?
- Refuel carefully.
- Avoid Slovenia. It is a tiny country through which you pass for a while, and the price for the vignette is horrendous.
- Through Bosnia and Herzegovina when it is light. The reason we will not miss the fantastic views outside the window.
- The day travel advice also applies to Montenegro in the hinterland.
- Do not cross the border in Herceg Novi. Because it’s a crowded passage and in the season we will wait a long time there
- To drink a beer.
When to go to Montenegro?
If someone cares about warm weather, he should plan a trip between May and October. I would advise against July and August, because once it’s hot as hell, and two people are like… hell too.
The best months to visit Montenegro are June or September.
I will not write here about renting a car in Montenegro, because I have no experience in this area.
For the same reason, I will not say anything about traveling by bus and train. In Montenegro, I only drove my car, and only on this subject do I have anything to say.
How does it drive to Montenegro?
Well, the ride is average. There are no highways here and often, really often, you have to stand in traffic jams many kilometers long. The route along the coast is in good condition, but in summer it is crowded. In the interior of the country, traffic is much slower, but the condition of the roads leaves a lot to be desired.
Local drivers drive quite dynamically, not to say that they sometimes completely unfasten their roller skates and screw them up at breakneck speed.
Foremost, before the trip, it is worth checking my note, where I wrote down everything worth knowing about Montenegro, especially for you. In addition, remember that:
- Theoretically, you can enter based on an ID card, but I would suggest taking your passport with you because the local border guard can be unpredictable. If you are traveling with a child, they must have a passport with them.
- Theoretically, you can’t bring meat to Montenegro, but to be honest, the baby had a ham sandwich and nobody stopped us at the border for that reason.
- The local currency is Euro. Payment cards are widely accepted, and there should also be no problems with finding an ATM.
- Montenegro is not a member of the European Union. In order not to pay for treatment if necessary, you must take out travel insurance before departure. I recommend doing this, especially since the prices are not particularly high.
- If you like to feel at home, you will surely be pleased to hear that the electricity plugs look the same as in other Eastern European countries.
- The Montenegrin language is one of the four variants of the Serbo-Croatian language. On the coast, especially in more tourist places, there should also be no problem with the English language.
- As Montenegro is not in the EU, roaming prices are quite high. I recommend using the free Wi-Fi that most hotels and restaurants provide or buying a tourist prepaid SIM card from Telekom, Mtel, or Telenor.
Is it worth going to Montenegro?
Of course! The whole Balkans are beautiful, let alone Montenegro. I had a lovely time in Montenegro and enjoyed every minute of my vacation. Montenegro is cheaper than Croatia or Italy, so this can be considered a budget travel destination. However, in recent years many investments from Dubai, Russia, the USA, and Turkey, pushed Montenegro into the luxury resort segment.
So, if you consider Montenegro, do it as soon as possible, as will become a very expensive destination in the next years.