As it is standard in the Balkans, accessibility is still being improved, but Montenegro has room for it all.
By air, Ryanair has just started operating new routes to/from Podgorica.
By sea, many cruises choose Kotor for a memorable day-stop.
By land, good connections and safe buses or minibuses are the easiest way to explore this special country. Check here for the most up-to-date information.
If you're feeling adventurous, the best (and most memorable) way to explore Montenegro is by car. The tight curvy roads go around bays, up and down mountains, and through national parks for breathtaking views.
If you venture a bit off the main roads, you may even encounter friendly cows crossing the street. It’s an experience like no other.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Kotor’s Old Town was built as an almost vertical maze for protective purposes. Climb 1,350 steps up ‘Montenegro’s Great Wall’ for priceless views of the city and its bay.
Insider’s Tip: about half-way up the walls, an almost hidden hole-in-the-wall will take you away from the crowds of tourists and into a bucolic scenery of free-running cows, abandoned churches, and goat cheese wonders.
With a gorgeous Old Town that breathes history, and known for its vibrant nightlife and beach resorts, Budva is Montenegro’s main destination – and tends to be crowded during summer.
Insider’s Tip: a €2 bus ride away lies Sveti Stefan, an old town built on the cliff of a rocky island, connected to the mainland by a narrow path of sand. Sunbathe on the two beaches overlooking the island, and snap some of the best pictures you’ll take in the Balkans.
Built to honor one of the most important figures in the region’s history, the Mausoleum at the top of National Park Mount Lovćen is otherworldly.
With very unusual architecture and 360 degree views to Podgorica, the Bay of Kotor, and the Adriatic Sea, a picnic feels like brunch-with-the-Gods at a Montenegrin Mt. Olympus.
Almost unknown by non-religious tourists, Ostrog is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Europe. Carved in an almost completely vertical cliff, this Orthodox pilgrimage site showcases no English signs, but incredible paintings on the mountain walls, divine views, and a surprising vine growing out of the rocks. It feels peaceful, holy, and powerful.
Podgorica may be the most convenient landing point in Montenegro, but the city is quite unappealing and does not deserve an overnight – unless you’re visiting Ostrog.
Stay either in the seaside or by the peaceful Bay of Kotor.
Some good options include: Freedom Hostel Budva, Bocche di Cattaro Apartments, and Hostel Old Town Kotor.
Even though Montenegro is not part of the EU, the national currency is the Euro.
Much like the rest of the Balkans, the country is famous for being inexpensive, although you may find slightly inflated prices compared to its neighbors.
Expect to spend around €9 for a good meal, and in terms of accommodation, €6-12 for a shared room, or €15-30 for a private room.
Little is needed in the way of warnings for Montenegro. This young Adriatic state, tucked between Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Albania, enjoys a reputation for being safe and friendly.
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