Such a lovely country with amazing people and beautiful hidden spots which lay in the ever careful embrace of Mother Nature.
I travelled around Montenegro for almost a month, and here I have collected all the useful tips that would have been pretty nice to know, and also some general information just in case.
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Random tips and things to know before you travel to Montenegro
- Although the official currency is Euro, Montenegro does not belong to the European Union.
- Speaking in German is a jolly joker there, more people speak German than English – according to my experiences. People working in the hospitality and tourism fields also speak English.
- Tap water is drinkable.
- Smoking is allowed everywhere.
- Connectivity – I relied on wi-fi whilst I was there and it was good enough for working (writing, online marketing, including uploads some videos), so I guess you’ll also be fine with that. If you decide to have a local sim card your best options are Telenor and M-Tel but I only recommend it if you stay there for a month at least.
- (It is just my opinion!) This place has the same – or even more – to offer than Croatia especially along the coast but Montenegro is more affordable. I would say you’re gonna meet half prices in most cases.
- Beware of cats and dogs! They are everywhere, and they are so friendly and kind, but their little friends are also very affectionate – fleets. Yes, I had thought the same as probably you do that they won’t go to a human body. Until I had some – read the full story here.
- You can camp almost everywhere.
Prices when you travel to Montenegro
Montenegro is not only affordable but cheap! It is actually one of the cheapest European countries.
There are a bunch of free things to do especially if you are into hiking and being in nature. Montenegro has 6 National Parks. Not all of them have free entrance though, their prices are quite inexpensive, like 3 Euros.
The average price of my accommodation was 10 EUR/person/night – in hostels and private rooms for two as well. All with central locations and they are well-equipped, clean and so welcoming.
Check this website which can reflect real prices around Montenegro very well.
How to get around
Your best option to get around is renting a car which is relatively cheap. It is pretty easy to drive through Montenegro – if you are already used to the Balkan driving style and enjoy a good relationship with serpentines and sharp turns. If you are not, well you will have some great challenges at the very beginning. I can honestly say that it is worth every sweating moments because Montenegro has one of the most stunning landscapes along the road.
Public transport is quite reliable, clean and truly cheap. Timetables and schedules online are more or less correct, but if you want to be sure it is better to use an application like Rome2Rio, GoEurope, or something similar.
Examples for prices:
The most beautiful train trip in Europe is from Bar to Belgrade. If you have a chance to take it, definitely go for it and enjoy the epic view.
If you need more adventure, then try hitchhiking, which is pretty easy everywhere in Montenegro. And yes, it is safe. Don’t do silly things, listen to your guts and voila, you are safe.
Best places when you travel to Montenegro
First of all, I know what is in your head, but please stop panicking! You can find Blue Caves in Montenegro too, like everywhere around the Adriatic- and the Ionian-Sea. Your best options to find them is to go to the bay of Kotor, Perast or Budva and I bet you’ll find a thousand of tours. If you have never visited any of them, definitely go for it, but if you’ve already seen them, they are all just the same – I’m not against Blue Caves by the way but they are all just the same: blue, cave, cold and insanely beautiful.
The scenery is incredible pretty much everywhere. But really. I couldn’t take a photo that wouldn’t be fit for a postcard.
Alright, maybe this one would be a really weird one:
If you pick only one place in Montenegro, go to Kotor. The Old Town is so stunning and hiking trails can be pretty adventurous.
Perast is only a half-hour bus ride, where you can find the beautiful Our Lady of The Rock little island. Budva and Herceg Novi are also quite near.
One of the most hyped National Park is Durmitor.
You can find the Black Lake here, which has a black colour when it’s raining and clear blue otherwise.
There are also a lot of hiking trails for hikers at every level and other adrenalin stuff you can do such as kayaking, canyoning and other outdoor activities.
For more posts and information about Montenegro, please read my previous posts:
Why I skipped Podgorica and Budva?
Budva is probably the most popular place, especially amongst people at the age of twenty-something, thanks to its amazing and very rich nightlife, so it’s ideal for partying.
But that crowd!
Yeah, Kotor is very popular and crowded too, but Budva is totally stuffed. After reading some reviews and talking with some people I decided that I wouldn’t miss too much if I skipped it and instead I spent a little more time somewhere else.
Podgorica is the capital so you might think that this place is full of sights and amazing things to do. Well, not exactly. Highlighting the fact that I really love Montenegro, Podgorica is not a place where you can do a thing. Maybe one or two but not more.
But I’d like to encourage you to experience it yourself because like I said above: I haven’t visited it.
The places why I want to go back
Kolasin is a town in Northern Montenegro and the centre of mountain tourism and hiking tours in the country, all year round.
Virpazar is one of the best places to explore Lake Skadar and the Crmnica region.