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A trip needs to be prepared… we are aware of it! Especially if you are traveling for the first time in Montenegro: it is necessary to always be well informed about a new destination. You will therefore find below some information about this little-known country in the Balkans as well as our travel advice. We answer your questions, and do not hesitate to contact us using the form at the bottom of the page if you need any further information.
Montenegro has an area of 13,812 km² and had nearly 622,500 inhabitants in 2017. Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro while Cetinje has the status of the Former Royal Capital.
1. What currency is used in Montenegro?
The official currency in Montenegro is the Euro. In all major cities you will find ATMs for Visa and MasterCard. It is also possible to exchange currency at banks, as well as withdraw money with credit cards. In some stores, petrol stations and boutiques, it is sometimes possible to pay by credit card, but not yet in each store as in other European countries.
2. What are the road conditions?
There is considerable coverage of tarmac roads of different categories in Montenegro. The most important roads are in good condition. There are a majority of winding roads in Montenegro, usually 2 to 3 alternating lanes. We recommend all drivers to be careful and watch out for possible landslides, slippery roads and tunnels without lights. There are some dangerous areas in Montenegro regarding the terrain configuration. The road conditions in Montenegro are expected to improve continuously.
3. Do I need a plug adapter?
European style plug with two round plugs is the norm. Voltage: 230 V, frequency: 50 Hz, electrical outlets: Type F which also work with outlet C and E.
4. What should I know about security in Montenegro?
Rural areas are extremely safe, and its inhabitants very trustworthy. The crime rate in Podgorica is low and comparable to that found in other small European cities. You must have your passport with you at all times for identification purposes. More information on your Embassy website.
5. What is the time zone?
Central European Time. GMT / UTC +01: 00h, same as Paris and Amsterdam.
6. What to know about climate and temperatures?
What is the climate like in the different regions of Montenegro? Visit the Accuweather website for the forecasts. For those who are in the mountains in summer, it is usually pleasant/hot during the day and cool in the evening/night. Always bring rain/wind/warm gear in case.
7. Are tips welcome?
There is no rule or obligation regarding tips: it depends on your satisfaction with your guide (travelers give on average between 3-10 € per person per day to their guide – for information). For restaurants, it is appreciated to round up the prices (ex: from 26.30 € to 28 – 30 €) depending on your satisfaction with the service and the quality of the food.
My trip in Montenegro
1. How to get to Montenegro ?
We can book your plane, train, bus or ferry tickets for you on request. However, here is some useful information if you prefer to manage your transportation by yourself :
- Montenegro Airlines flies to Podgorica and Tivat (near Kotor) from several European destinations.
- Ryanair also offer very affordable flights from the UK and Belgium (Charleroi).
- TUI Fly now also offer direct flights from Amsterdam to Tivat from May to September.
- Austrian offers daily flights from London Heathrow via Vienna to Podgorica, from £226.59 return (in June).
- Easyjet offers flights from London Gatwick and Manchester to Tivat.
By bus/train :
The country is also easily reached overland from any of its neighboring countries:
- From Croatia, there are buses along the coast from Dubrovnik – also home to the closest budget flights – and there are a couple of services from Split too; some of these will require a bus change after a short walk across the border.
- From Serbia, there are several daily buses between Belgrade and the Montenegrin coast, via Podgorica; daily trains – including a night service – also run from Belgrade to Bar along the same route.
- From Bosnia-Hercegovina there are direct buses to Podgorica from Trebinje and Sarajevo.
By ferry :
Perhaps the most romantic way to arrive in Montenegro is by ferry from Italy. Between April to September, Montenegro Lines (www.montenegrolines.net) runs between two and six weekly services to Bar from Bari (from €50).
2. What do I need to take with me for an adventure trip in Montenegro?
- A visa if required (see section below).
- Your passport or your ID card (check requirements with your airline company).
- Hiking equipment if you have some hikes scheduled (shoes, walking stick, day pack, reusable water bottle, etc).
- Swimming gears if you plan to go to the beach or swimming in a lake (swimming suit, beach towel, beach shoes, etc…)
- Good pair of sunglasses (category 3 or 4)
- Several reusable shopping bags to avoid taking plastic bags at shops
- Your anti-mosquito for stays close to the water Tip! Carry an easy-to-wash change of clothes (and your toothbrush!) in your carry-on luggage in case your airline misplaces your luggage for a few days.
3. Do I need a VISA to enter the territory of Montenegro?
Do not forget to check the requirements criteria for a visa – depending on your nationality – and organize it on time if you need to. No visa is required for citizens of the Schengen zone or the European Union for a short visit: list of countries that do not require a visa.
4. How to identify my (GPS) location once in Montenegro ?
In complement to a GPS, we highly recommend you to download the offline Google Map of Montenegro on your smartphone or tablet and use it during your trip: (check instructions how to do it here): make sure you have a car charger or sufficient battery power for the day! You will find as well here a high resolution map of Montenegro.
5. What is the best way to get around ?
Buses connect the main cities, but the best way to discover the country independently is by car. We work with professional and flexible ECO2 car suppliers. Contact us using the form at the bottom of the page to find out more.
6. What do I need to know about health and hygiene conditions in Montenegro?
No specific vaccinations are required to travel to Montenegro other than your routine vaccinations. Tap water is safe to drink in most cities, but it is recommended that you use an activated carbon filter in your reusable water bottles. Bottled water is also available.
7. What is typical hiking equipment?
– Trekking or hiking boots/shoes that protect the joints, with “vibram” type soles. This is essential as they protect you from sharp rocks (boulders) and wet ground.
– Lightweight hiking pants with amplification on the knees
– Special hiking T-shirt for each tour. It is important to have an extra pair of T-shirt because of frequent sweating.
– Thin sweatshirts with application on the elbow area
– Depending on the season, it is important to have a thin windbreaker, or a jacket made of Goretex material for cold weather.
– Rainproof in case of rain
– Sunglasses category 3 or 4 and summer cap
– Sunscreen, taking into account that the sun’s rays are more intense at higher altitudes.
– Reusable water bottle and reusable fabric bags for storing the day’s snacks
– Headlamp if it is dark, when visits are longer or more difficult and if you visit caves and dark fortresses
– Hiking poles are an infallible part of the equipment (if you are used to them).
– Backpack for day trips with a size of approx. 20-35 liters
– Food and nutrition: do not go hiking with a full or totally empty stomach. You must be somewhere in between. Take snacks rich in carbohydrates with you (bananas, raisins, almonds, hazelnuts, dried fruit, chocolate, yeast-free bread, which doesn’t take up much space but makes you feel full). It is also necessary to bring about 2L of water per person.
8. What about horse riding excursions?
If you have booked a horse outing with us, you will be asked to sign the following declaration on site. Take the time to read it in advance! Horse Riding Declaration
9. Do I need to bring my own linen?
No, all the accommodation we have reserved for you will provide you with sheets and towels.
Developing tourism in Montenegro: yes, but developing it responsibly. This is part of our core values, and to get there, we must all take our responsibilities to our level (as a local travel agency [read our responsibility charter], service or hosting provider and as traveler). That is why we developed the Responsible Travel guide that we encourage you to read and follow during your trip to Montenegro. Please read our recommendation here: Responsible Traveler’s Guide.
How to compensate my CO2 footprint ?
We will recommend you to use ATMOSFAIR if you want to compensate the CO2 footprint of your transportation to Montenegro. Atmosfair is a reputable organization recommended by many NGO’s.
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