It doesn’t matter where you decided to spend your vacation in Montenegro, here is some useful information on how to continue your journey after landing at Dubrovnik airport.
From Dubrovnik Airport to Montenegro Border
On the way from Dubrovnik airport to Montenegro, wherever in Montenegro you are heading to, we have to pass a major or minor border. The main border Karasovici (CRO) – Debeli Brijeg (MNE) is only 15 minutes drive and follows the sea all the way long, and most tourists use it even it is busier. In July or August ride to the first Montenegrin town, Herceg Novi can take two and a half hours. To reach the most visited Boka Bay town Kotor you will need around 4 hours. Do not be disappointed, it is worth every single minute, the scenery will pay it all! Minor border Njivice (MNE)-Konfin (CRO), is usually used for tracks or local people who want to avoid huge crowds. Waiting at the border crossing in the season has been known to be up to half an hour. This border doesn’t provide such a nice passage.
As you cross the border, we will prepare a short trip throw-out Montenegro and we are quite sure you will not stay indifferent.
Around Bay of Kotor
Montenegro is a small country located in Southeastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. It is a coastal, continental, and mountainous country. In only an hour of driving, you will pass from the Mediterranean to the mountain zone.
In Kamenari there is the first decision to be made: with a ferry to Tivat like a shortcut to central Montenegro, or if you have time to explore scenic Boka Bay (Bay of Kotor) first, you can just continue the road along the bay to visit all those small villages before Kotor. Our recommendation would be to make a stop in Perast where we can wait for you until you take a boat to two beautiful islands ‘Lady of the Rock’ and ‘St. Đordje’ that are part of every Montenegrin postcard.
If we continue on this path we will come across Kotor, where the time has stopped and captains built magnificent villas that even today capture with our eyes. Kotor is a city of traders and famous sailors, with well-preserved urbanization and typical medieval architecture. Numerous monuments of cultural heritage have made Kotor a UNESCO listed ’World Natural and Historical Heritage Site’. Throughout the entire city, buildings are crisscrossed with narrow streets and squares.
Mountainous (northern) Montenegro
We would like to spice this trip by discovering the beauties and charms of continental Montenegro as well. Njegusi is a very special place because of its well-reserved folk architecture, but also because it continues the tradition of Montenegrin cuisine bringing it to new heights, like smoked ham – Prsut and cheese. That is the place where Petar Petrovic is born. There is a story behind the road we are going now, as you can is it seams like a big M. The legend says that one Croatian architect from Trogir fall in love with princess Milica and build that road in her honer.
After Njegusi, we can not afford not to visit the old royal capital-Cetinje that is on our way. It is the spiritual and historical cradle of Montenegrins. It is a town located in the valley, between Budva and Podgorica. Another name of Cetinje is Valley of Gods. Not avoidable is Rijeka Crnojevica, a small village in the heart of Skadar Lake, where you can feel the peace of the past times. Charming canoes and abandoned houses with a great view of the Ottoman triple-arched bridge builds a magnificent atmosphere. We can continue the trip through the magic scenes of the Skadar lake to the capital of Montenegro – Podgorica, and make a break in Biogradska Gora. The ancient park is one of the very few European forests in which the rotting trunks of the old colossal trees are not removed when they fall. The other beautiful national park is Durmitor, full of glacial lakes and amazing cuisine of the north that you can try in Zabljak – the best “kacamak” (traditional cheese porridge dish) in the region.
Sveti Stefan and Budva
If you think it is the end, we would say no. We will return on the other way to visit beautiful St Stefan and Budva on the coast. Old Town of Budva lies on a small peninsula and represents a treasure chest of cultural heritage, crossed with narrow streets, squares, and famous buildings. After visiting Tivat and yacht luxury marina, we will cross the border and you will be in Dubrovnik Airport again.
2023 prices per vehicle, include tax, tolls, parking and ferries (DBV to Montenegro)
|Route - one way||Distance||Standard car||Standard 7 seats van||Luxury 6 seats van|
|Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) to Tivat (including Tivat Airport TIV)||49 km||169 eur||189 eur||229 eur|
|Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) to Kotor||71 km||169 eur||189 eur||229 eur|
|Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) to Budva (including Sveti Stefan)||72 km||179 eur||194 eur||219 eur|
|Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) to Podgorica (including Podgorica Airport TGD)||135 km||209 eur||239 eur||289 eur|