ON THE GO
Traveling by plane
There is no national air traffic.
On the way by car / bus
Car : The road network is around 5,175 km long. The main routes run on the Adriatic highway from Igalo to Ulcinj and on the highway that connects the south with the north of the country with Pertovac via Podgorica, Kolasin and Bijelo Polje. The toll road tunnel Sozina forms an important connection between the capital airport near Podgorica and the southern coastal region around Bar. Information about the traffic situation as well as help in emergencies are available at Tel: 987.
Since January 1, 2012, road use in Montenegro is no longer subject to the road user fee. All vehicles can now use the 7,000 km long road network in Montenegro free of charge.
There are petrol stations in all cities and on all main roads. All of them offer unleaded petrol.
Bus: An extensive long-distance bus network connects all major cities and towns in Montenegro. Depending on the season, there are also special bus routes. In summer there are additional bus connections to Montenegrin coastal towns.
Taxi: Metered taxis are available in larger cities.
Rental Cars: Available at airports and in major cities. Documents: The national driver’s license is sufficient. Vehicle registration and the international green insurance card must be carried.
– Compulsory seat belts and helmet.
– Blood alcohol limit: 0.5.
– Drivers must drive with dipped headlights around the clock, all year round.
– The use of a hand-held cell phone or car phone is prohibited while driving, the use of hands-free equipment is permitted.
– It is compulsory for drivers to wear fluorescent safety vests if they leave their vehicle outside of built-up areas and are on the road – which is the case in the event of a breakdown or accident. The safety vest must always be stretched to hand over the back of the driver’s seat.
– It is a duty to call the police after every traffic accident. You should get a written confirmation of the accident (Potvrda).
Within built-up areas: 50 km / h,
120 km / h on motorways,
80 km / h on country roads.
Traveling in the city
Bus connections are good in larger cities.
On the go by train
According to top-medical-schools, the railway network of the Montenegrin Railway (Tel: (081) 23 34 98) covers around 250 km. The main line of the railway network runs from Podgorica to Bar on the Montenegrin coast with a junction from Podgorica to Niksic. There are also train stations in Mojkovac, Sutomore, Bijelo Polje and Kolasin.
Out and about by ship
There are ports in Bar, Budva, Kotor and Herceg Novi.
Overview of Montenegro
advice from the Federal Foreign Office: As of: January 19, 2017
Unchanged valid since: January 16, 2017
Country-specific safety instructions
There are currently no politically justified security problems in Montenegro. Occasional tensions in some neighboring regions (e.g. Kosovo) do not affect Montenegro.
Everyday crime (petty crime) tends to be lower in Montenegro’s cities than in some other European metropolises. Nevertheless, tourists should also exercise the usual care here. European driving licenses and travel documents as well as travel documents with European residence permits are sought-after stolen goods.
Travel over land
There are higher risks in road traffic, where there is an above-average number of accidents due to difficult mountain routes, sometimes poor road conditions, missing road signs and frequently undisciplined driving style. People who are unfamiliar with the country are advised not to drive outside of cities at night. The following routes are particularly risky:
Budva – Cetinje – Podgorica. Podgorica – Kolašin – Belgrade and Podgorica – Danilovgrad – Nikšić.
The traffic police are increasingly checking vehicles with foreign license plates. Fines should only be paid if a receipt is issued.
In the summer months, bush and forest fires occur again and again in Montenegro due to the prevailing climatic conditions. Travelers should pay attention to corresponding reports in the media and, if necessary, information from the local authorities.
1 euro = 100 cents. Currency abbreviation: €, EUR (ISO code). There are banknotes in the values 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros, coins in the denominations of 1 and 2 euros, as well as 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.
Credit cards such as Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club are increasingly being accepted, but you should take cash with you when traveling outside of the larger cities.
ec / Maestro card / Sparcard
With an ec / Maestro card and PIN number, cash in the local currency can be withdrawn from ATMs across Europe. In many European countries it is also possible to pay with the ec / Maestro card in shops, in Montenegro they are rarely accepted for cashless payments. ATMs are available in larger cities and tourist areas. Raising money outside of the tourist areas and in rural areas could be a bit problematic, here you should provide with enough cash.
Attention: Travelers who pay with their bank customer card abroad and want to withdraw money should find out about the options for using their card from their bank prior to departure.
Bank opening times
- General Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Foreign exchange regulations
The import of local and foreign currency is unrestricted, from an equivalent value of € 10,000 (including travelers’ checks) there is a declaration obligation (keep the receipt in a safe place, otherwise there is a risk of foreign currency confiscation when leaving the country). The export of local and foreign currency is permitted up to the declared amount.
Money can be changed in banks, in exchange offices at the airport, in train stations, in post offices and in larger hotels (usually at a less favorable rate).