MONTENEGRO

Along for the tide.

SOUND ON! Inside Huma Kotor Bay Hotel & Villas

Bay of Kotor is the southernmost fjord in the world.

Montenegro is in Central European Standard Time, which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 1.) This means that if you are on the East Coast and it’s 12:00 p.m., it’s 6:00 p.m. in Montenegro.

For U.S. citizens: you do not need a visa to enter and stay in Montenegro for 90 days. This “stay of 90 days” can be split over a 180-day period, starting from the traveler’s first entry date.

For Europeans: Montenegro is a non-Schengen country but you can enter with a Schengen visa. Montenegro is also not yet part of the European Union.

For other passport holders: check your resident country’s policy regarding the necessary documents to stay in Montenegro. For more information, visit the Government of Montenegro‘s official website.

Podgorica Airport and Tivat Airport are the main international airports in Montenegro. Travelers staying near the coast will land at Tivat Airport, while those who would like to be closer to the capital will fly into Podgorica Airport.

You can arrange for a shuttle to meet you at the airport to drive you to your hotel.

Coastal cities are located 1-2 hours outside of the airport, renting a car / taxi, or arranging for a driver is crucial.

The best way to travel around Montenegro is either renting a car or hire a driver. Most towns are an hour away, ie: Budva – Kotor. There are also buses available from Podgorica to other touristic cities. The best way is still to rent a car, so you can reach more remote places.

Since Uber or other ride-sharing apps are unavailable in Montenegro, noting a few taxi drivers’ phone numbers can be very useful. You can ask for them at the hotel, villa, or Airbnb host should be able to provide a few. Other apps available are: Nas Taxi Podgorica (available only in Podgorica city,) Monte Taxi (its free,) TeslaGo (more luxurious and eco-friendly.)

Montenegro is generally considered to be a safe destination for solo/female travelers. Tourism is a large contributor to the country’s economy, so there are great efforts to protect tourists and avoid panic.

If you find yourself in an emergency and need help, the emergency number is 112.

There are two weather patterns in Montenegro. The non-costal regions have a sub-alpine climate, which means the region experiences warm summers and freezing winters.

The coastal region has a Mediterranean climate. During the winter, the temperature drops to around 4-11°C (39.2-51.8°F.) Summers are hot, with average temperatures reaching 25-30 °C (77-86°F.) For the best weather to enjoy the beach and other outdoor activities, plan to visit during summer months.

Montenegrin is the country’s official language, but you will also find that Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian, and Croatian are spoken there as well.

Locals in tourist-friendly areas commonly speak English.

Since Montenegro only gained independence since 2006, be considerate of local history and many local’s points of views about their country’s politics. Despite that Montenegrins are proud of their nation’s independence, not everyone has extremely harsh feelings against Serbians.

Since you’ll be visiting Orthodox churches, be sure to dress appropriately and modestly.

Euro (€) is the official currency of Montenegro.

Tipping culture is growing in Montenegro, so leaving up to a 10% tip is more or less expected by the staff.

For Montenegro, there are two plug types, C and F. Plug type F is the plug that has two round pins with two earth clips on the side, and plug type C is the plug that has two round pins. The standard voltage is  230V, and the frequency is 50Hz. Local outlets look like this:

It’s considered safe to drink tap water in Montenegro.

The Wi-Fi in Montenegro is decent and reliable. Most tourist places will have service available for free.

Although LGBTQIA+ travelers are welcome, only same-sex civil partnerships are explicitly recognized in Montenegrin law. Anti-discrimination laws protect gay and lesbian couples, but you may encounter stares or comments if you engage in PDA.

You can find LGBTQIA+-friendly hotels and other destinations to make your travels easier.

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WHERE TO STAY:

Try to look for lodging options in Budva or Kotor Bay.

CITY GUIDES

Skadar Lake is the largest lake in the Balkans.

A TIMELINE OF MONTENEGRO'S HISTORY

The indigenous people of the land were cave people who lived in present-day Montenegro during the Paleolithic (Stone) Age.

Prehistoric

Indo-European speaking Illyrians occupied the land as part of the larger Illyria.

Antiquity

Romans overran Illyrian settlements, defeated their king, and annexed them into Illyricum, a Roman province.

229-219 BCE

The Roman Empire was split into eastern and western halves in an attempt to stabilize the realm. This separation was marked by a line than ran through modern-day Montenegro

286 CE

Montenegro is formally recognized as an independent state by the Ottoman Porte

1799

The first railway (from Antivari to Virpazar) in Montenegro was opened.

1908

The states of Serbia and Montenegro are united.

1918

The Republic of Montenegro declared independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.

2006

Government declared Montenegrin was a separate language from Serbian and the official language of Montenegro.

2010

Montenegro formally became a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO.)

2017

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