Republic of Montenegro Transportation Tips by karenincalifornia Top 5 Page for this destination
Republic of Montenegro Transportation: 35 reviews and 32 photos
Sveti Stefan ferry, Montenegro Lines
The first part of our trip was spent in Italy and we needed to get over to Montenegro. The least expensive way to travel from Italy to Montenegro is by way of car ferry across the Adriatic.
We drove to Bari, Italy on the eastern coast and bought tickets on the Sveti Stefan. Advance reservations were not required, even though this particular ferry, which we took on a Saturday night, was full. The trip is overnight, and the boat arrives in Bar, Montenegro the following morning.
The cost of a seat (not a cabin) on the Sveti Stefan was EUR 62,00 per passenger. We took our rental car on the ferry at a cost of EUR 85,00
This photo of the Sveti Stefan ferry boat was taken at port in Bar, Montenegro as we waited in a 3 hour custom line. The policija promptly approached me and told me to put the camera away because photos were illegal. I guess you could say this is a "hot" picture.
Passing through customs in Bar was long and tedious. Every passenger had his or her trunk and luggage searched, except us. We were the only Americans on the boat, and when the customs officers saw our passports they shouted "Americanska" to each other and simply waived us through. We later learned that Bar was a common conduit for the drug trade in Eastern Europe which explained the Montenegrin customs officers' vigilance. Thankfully, we did not seem fit the profile of the typical drug smuggler, but too bad we hadn't been at the front of the line.
Phone: +39 080 578-98-27
Relaxing in the bar of the Sveti Stefan II
Montenegro Lines has two ferry boats, the Sveti Stefan (older boat) and the Sveti Stefan II (new boat). There is a huge difference between the two boats. Traveling on the older boat was similar to traveling steerage. The new boat was substantially nicer and more comfortable with roomy cabins and much nicer common areas.
The two boats operate on alternating dates during the summer. I highly recommend traveling only on the Sveti Stefan II if you are interested in the ferry and your schedule has some flexibility.
Phone: +39 080 578-98-27
Tivat Airport, Boka Kotorska, Montenegro
Tivat Airport did show up as a destination airport when I was trying to book my travel for this summer. Flights, however, are limited, so I gave up trying to fly into Tivat. For air travel to Montenegro, try Podgorica or Beograd. Both airports are much busier and have more flights.
For my summer 2004 trip, I have had great difficulty booking a flight from the United States to Montenegro. I found out that was due to the fact that the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority does not consider the Civil Aviation Authority of Serbia and Montenegro to be up to international standards of safety. So, direct flights from the U.S are nonexistent, and the U.S. carriers don't have contracts with Montengro Airlines.
We'll still get to Montenegro this summer, but instead of flying direct, we'll fly to Italy and take the ferry across the Adriatic.
Verige at Boka Kotorska, Montenegro
It takes a long time to drive all the way around the Bay of Kotor. You can cut some time off by taking the Lepetani-Kamenari car ferry at the Verige (narrowest part of Bay of Kotor).
There has been talk for years of building a bridge at this location (or a tunnel), but that hasn't happened yet. For now, the ferry is the quickest way from the north side to the south side, and it runs regularly all day long.
Our transportation in Montenegro
The best way to get around Montenegro is to rent a car. So much of the country is accessible only by car, so if you don't have one, you'll miss much of what Montenegro has to offer.
Hopefully, your car will be better than the Zastava we rented. Our Zastava did not have a working reverse gear, so we had to get out and push it, and it died every time we came to a stop.
Type: Car/Motor Home
We tried to make the drive from Kotor to Cetinje on the old serpentine road with its 42 hairpin turns, but didn't have the stamina to stick with it. It was a very interesting drive with fantastic views of the Montenegrin coast. We even ran into a band of gypsies. But, it was the lack of guard rails that did me in. We went back down after only making it about half way, and then drove through Budva and up to Cetinje on a much better road.
Type: Car/Motor Home
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