Montenegro Transportation Tips: Trains, buses, and taxis

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The city of Kotor in Montenegro. Photo by Audrey Sykes.
The city of Kotor in Montenegro. Photo by Audrey Sykes.

Lovely Montenegro, with its mountainous landscape and outdoor terrain, is a Southeastern European jewel worth visiting. Due to its cheap prices, the country is experiencing a boost in tourism and a revamping of its transportation options.

However, there are a few key things to keep in mind when planning how to get around Montenegro:

Avoid trains, unless you’re heading for the mountains

Unlike Western Europe, the local train system in Montenegro doesn’t cover much ground and makes rail travel difficult. The line is from northeast to southwest, starting in Bijelo Polje and ending in the coastal town of Bar. Trains are a good option when heading into the mountains, but pointless when staying on the seaside. Cheaper than the buses but not as efficient (and some would argue not as safe), railways are to be used at your own risk.

The wheels on the bus go ’round through town

Planes fly in and out of the capital of Podgorica and the touristy town of Tivat, though the most common way to enter is via bordering countries (Croatia or Serbia, for example) by bus. What the train system lacks in broad coverage, the country’s bus system makes up for in frequency and destination choice.

Buses in Montenegro, like in many countries in Southeast Europe, are not the newest, but they are reliable and get travelers from Point A to Point B in a timely manner (around 80 kilometers per hour on the highways). Smaller shuttle buses are also available at bus stations and sometimes cost less.

We didn’t find the bus stations to be terribly confusing or too large, although the local language doesn’t make things simple for foreigners. It’s quite easy to figure out which bus goes where and when, so make a match and stay alert for the departure call. When people begin to board your bus, that’s a good notion for you to do the same.

Avoid taxis

In short, buses are the best way to get from town to town, and travelers won’t have to deal with fretting over fair prices. This is not the case with taxis, and it won’t be easy to find a driver willing to give you a “local price.” Montenegro runs on the euro, and bus transit prices run cheap at €5 to €10 for a two to five-hour journey. A taxi driver will easily ask for twice as much without blinking an eye, so either be smart when bargaining with private transportation or hop on a bus and enjoy the ride.

About the author

About the author: Audrey Sykes hopped across the pond from the US eight years ago for a Masters degree in global journalism. Since then, she’s lived all over Europe, reporting and editing for music sites, snowboard mags, and travel media. She’s also the Amsterdam author for Party Earth, a guide to nightlife across Europe.

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6 thoughts on “Montenegro Transportation Tips: Trains, buses, and taxis”

  1. For cheap taxis you could try the Red Taxi Company with it’s rather distinctive and suitably coloured red taxis. They run on a meter and can be called locally on 19719. From Prcanj to Kotor Old Town they charge a very reasonable €3.50

  2. We just wonder if this article does not quite do justice to the railways of Montenegro. True, the country’s rail network is sparse but to assert that “railways are to be used at your own risk” is possibly to overstate the dangers of rail travel in a country that has a dismal record of road traffic accidents.

    Little Montenegro, tucked away on Adriatic coast between Albania and Croatia, happens to be peculiarly well connected with the outside world by train – and Audrey’s article glosses over that fact. Both the Montenegrin capital at Podgorica and the country’s principal port at Bar benefit from direct train services during the summer season from eight other European countries. The only Adriatic port that can trump Bar for rail connectivity is Venice which has direct trains to nine other countries.

    Montenegro’s modest rail network includes some fabulous feats of engineering, among them the highest railway viaduct in the world which bridges the great chasm carved by the Mala Rijeka. Our view is that while buses and taxis certainly have their place in Montenegro travel, a visit to the country should certainly include a journey by train. Nor should ferries be neglected. The Kotor Bay ferry crossing, which is a critical link in the country’s domestic transport network, happens to be one of the most engaging short hops on a boat that we know.

    Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
    hidden europe magazine
    Berlin, Germany

  3. I was able to spend a day in Kotor and near by Prevast last October, and fell in love! I would really like to return for a stay of several days (at least). The Bay of Kotor, a large body of water shaped like a bow-tie, is very beautiful. The town is ancient, all made of stone, very picturesque. At Prevast there’s the most beautiful church (two actually) in the bay on man-made islands. And as our guide told me, “in our country we have no McDonald’s.” Our plans to go to Budva were rained out, but I know it’s just as beautiful.

    Perhaps I should say Montenegro is ugly so everyone won’t go there and spoil it, but I can’t. It’s a lovely place.


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