by Mark Albert
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Cetinje (old royal capital)
National Parks (and 117 beaches)
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Most major transportation services are available, including trains, rental cars, tour groups, and drivers for hire.
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Intercity bus service is available and can be booked online, as well.
Cruise ships dock in Kotor (Boka) Bay.
Many visitors to Montenegro will not need a visa for a stay of up to 30 days. Citizens of the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, or any European Union countries may enter without a visa. For citizens of other countries, check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The currency is the Euro.
The roads in Montenegro are not for the timid! Around the Bay of Kotor, two-way traffic jostles to pass on tiny roads that are barely wide enough for one vehicle in some places. We ended up on a road that was more like a goat path when part of the highway to Lovcen was closed for construction. The few main highways get backed up and Budva can be a total traffic jam in the summer.
Timing is everything when crossing the border into Croatia. Early morning: no wait. Afternoon: an hour or more. Bring your passport and all your rental car documents.
Be very careful when parking your car on the street. Although it looks pretty casual, the police won’t hesitate to write you a ticket. You’ll get a first-hand brush with Balkan bureaucracy to pay it—or get a bigger bill from the rental company when you get home. Safest option is to pay to park in a lot.
Internet can be hit or miss. The manager of our rental unit blamed the slow wifi on government regulation, but most cafés in Kotor seemed to have free and fast internet access.
The emergency number (equivalent to 911 in the United States) is 112.
To find affordable restaurants, avoid areas like Old Town Kotor, which are geared toward cruise ship crowds.
Also, if accommodations are too expensive in Old Town Kotor, try surrounding villages, such as Muo, or apartmanis, which are single rooms available for rent from homeowners. First time Airbnb users can save up to $40 with our referral link. Thank you for supporting our journalism and original content.
A self-catering accommodation will allow you to savor meals or drinks on your own balcony if you stock up on supplies at one of the many local grocery stores or big-box superstores along the highways.
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What did you do on your visit to Montenegro? Share your favorite tips and tricks in the comment section below!
Terry Anzur is a journalist, author and former college professor. She has hosted a national TV talk show and anchored the news in major U.S. markets. She now travels the world as a blogger and media trainer, teaching journalism and coaching on-camera presentation skills for news and public relations. Read more about Terry’s travels on her website, Strangers in the Living Room.
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