Montenegro is a small country with a lot to show. In recent years, it has gained a reputation as a prime destination for adventure tourism. From speed boat trips and scuba diving to rock climbing and paragliding – if you are into outdoor activities, Montenegro travel tours are for you.
But that’s not all that this gem of the Adriatic has to offer. Those looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday (high-end or on a budget) won’t leave disappointed.
If you are considering visiting Montenegro for the first time, this guide is for you. We’ve put together a list of practical tips that cover everything you need to know before you visit.
Although it is close geographically, Montenegro does not belong to the EU. In most cases, a visa is not required for a short touristic stay. Citizens of the EU, USA, and many other countries can stay in Montenegro for up to 90 days with a valid passport, with no visa required.
For up-to-date information on visa requirements by country visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Additionally, visitors must register their stay with the local authorities within 24 hours of entering the country. This involves a ‘tourist tax’ you might have heard of (approximately 1 euro per day).
In practice, this is usually not something you need to worry about. If you stay at a hotel or any other registered accommodation facility, the tax is already calculated into the price and they will register your stay. If staying at an Airbnb make sure to ask the host about this.
The main language spoken in Montenegro is Montenegrin. It is influenced by Slavic languages like Serbian and Croatian. If you travel to Montenegro you will find most young people do speak English, and more so in the coastal regions. Russian is also widely spoken.
Money and Currency
Although it’s not a member of the EU, the currency in Montenegro is Euro. This makes life a lot easier for many travelers as there is no need to deal with mystery banknotes.
ATMs can be found in every town. Currency exchange and money transfers can be done in banks, which are generally open until 4 PM during the week and until 1 PM on Saturdays.
Cards are accepted in many places, but it is still advisable to carry some cash as some smaller establishments might not yet accept cards.
Mobile and Internet
When using a foreign SIM card, roaming charges apply in Montenegro. If coming from the EU, keep in mind that Montenegro is not part of EU roaming agreements, hence the prices of mobile services can be very high.
It is much more affordable to buy a local SIM card. This can be done at any kiosk, and there are affordable data plans too.
Geography and Climate
Montenegro shares a border with Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo in the north. In the west of the country is the Adriatic Sea and Lake Skadar forms part of the border with Albania to the south.
The country can be divided into two regions in terms of landscape and climate: the coast and the mountain region to the north. Near the coast, you’ll be able to enjoy a true Mediterranean climate. During the summer it’s sunny and can get quite hot. The winters are mild and often rainy.
During the hot summer mounts, the higher mountain regions can offer a dose of refreshment. During the winter, the mountains are covered with snow and there are even opportunities for skiing at a couple of resorts.
When Is the Best Time to Visit Montenegro?
The best time to visit Montenegro is late May, early June, and September. During these times, the weather is warm but mild, and the country is not overrun by tourists.
July and August are peak seasons for tourists from the Balkans and the world. During this time, it can get quite crowded near the coast and the weather can get sizzling hot.
Is Montenegro Expensive?
Just like most of the Balkans, Montenegro is not overly expensive. In general, the prices are lower than in Croatia and perhaps a bit higher than in Serbia.
In terms of accommodation, the prices will depend on what you are looking for. You can find mostly anything – from cheap hostels to luxury hotels and apartments. Food prices are rather reasonable. You can get a meal for less than 10 euros if you are looking for cheaper options, but be aware that in tourist hotspots the prices can get quite high.
Getting Around Montenegro
You have two main options when it comes to getting around Montenegro: using the intercity bus network or renting a car.
The bus service is affordable and quite reliable. During peak season you will have to book tickets in advance for the bus as it is always busy. The GetByBus website is a good guide to bus services in Montenegro.
Car rentals in Montenegro can get a bit expensive. Driving in Montenegro will be a good test of your driving skills. The roads are narrow and winding, through the mountains. It’s best to get an automatic car.
Is Montenegro Travel the Right Destination for You?
Definitely visit Montenegro if:
- You want to enjoy a true Mediterranean vacation. The weather in Montenegro is mild and the coastline is one of the most beautiful in the world.
- You like the outdoors. From hiking to diving to speed boat tours and pretty much anything else you can imagine – Montenegro is the land of outdoor adventure.
- You are interested in history. The coastal towns in Montenegro like Kotor, Perast, and Herceg Novi can make you feel like you traveled backward in time – in a good way. Medieval walls, Roman churches, and Venetian palaces are practically everywhere.
Montenegro might not be right for you if:
- You are looking for city tourism. Although Montenegro has lots of activities to offer, you won’t find the urban vibe of big cities here. The population of the whole country is a bit above half a million people.
- You are terrified by narrow mountain roads. Driving around Montenegro is an adventure in itself. The roads are narrow and scary for many tourists, but they are also amazingly scenic.
Despite the small surface area, Montenegro packs a stunning coastline, beautiful mountains, and rich history all into one! Not sure where to start? If you are staying in Kotor, let Limitless take care of that. Book a guided tour of your choice, sit back, and enjoy the ride