Montenegro is a beautiful country with many natural and cultural attractions in 2018 was included in the list of the most popular destinations, where most vacationing Russians, and the total number of tourists in the country increased by 45% compared to last year.
The popularity of Montenegro has arisen not on an empty place. A small country but it has sea and mountain views, a beautiful old town and some of the most scenic roads in the world for traveling by car. In addition, it is one of the most inexpensive European countries. As it is best to travel?
In Montenegro, well-developed bus service, and sometimes even trains, but the journey on their own or a rented car is probably the only affordable way to see more beautiful places and gain more experiences. Traveling by car, you are not bound to timetables of public transport or a tour Desk and fully manage my time well.
In this article — 7 reasons to travel to Montenegro by car.
1. In Montenegro you can use the national driver’s license
Yeah, that’s not a typo. Travel to Montenegro by car driver’s licence of the international sample is not required. You can travel with the national including Russian. All you need is a valid passport.
2. In Montenegro many car rental companies, and relatively cheap rent, and cheap gasoline
The company is international (Europcar, AVIS, Hertz, Alamo…) and local. Prices are typically higher in the first than the second. International companies are also taking high deposits — of the money blocked on the credit card. Some large local companies, for example, “I Sat down and Went” not only offer the machines at competitive prices (from 9 Euro/day), but do not take a Deposit, saving you from unnecessary expenses.
That can be rented for € 9? For example, Nissan Micra 2012 on the website of the same rental company. It’s a small car-economy class 5 with automatic transmission, 1.2-liter engine and air conditioning. Popular among the travellers of the Toyota Yaris costs a little more — from 13 euros per day. Class cars — from 30 euros. SUVs and convertibles from 40 euros.
A car in Montenegro you can fill three types of fuel: 95-th, 98-th gasoline or diesel. The cost of fuel is the same everywhere — an average of 1.2–1.4 Euro per liter. The price depends on oil prices and may fluctuate during the year.
The car is better to book in advance at least a month before you travel — especially in the summer season. Each year Montenegro is becoming increasingly popular and, despite the fact that car rental companies a lot, quickly dismantled the machine and find something not always turns out — you can stay without a vehicle. In addition, advance rental allows you to save money as before the beginning of the tourist season the prices are lower.
3. The car can be rented at the airport, and rent in any city of your choice
Montenegro has two airports: Tivat, which is open during the tourist season and serves mainly Charter flights; and the capital Podgorica — there the airport is open year-round. In both airports there are offices of international car rental companies, but local firms easily take the car to the moment of your arrival, you will meet friendly, with a sign in his hands on which your name will execute all documents and give you valuable tips about traveling.
To take the car there, in the airport or in another city — this service can be paid, but usually it is at most local car rental companies.
4. Montenegro is a very small country and you can drive the car for a week
Probably the main reason to travel to Montenegro by car — it’s compact. The total area of Montenegro a total of 13 812 square kilometres. It 155th out of 200 countries in the territory. It can be circled in just a week.
In the South Adriatic sea, to the North of the mountains up to a height of 2500 meters. The largest mountain ranges: the Mountains on the border with Serbia and Albania, Durmitor, komovi and Visitor forming the Dinaric Alps. Morning swim in the sea after a noisy night of partying, three or four hours by car to reach the mountain tops, to enjoy the peace, to recover and to return to relax on the coast!
However, you will hardly want to leave the “Black mountains” (so translated the name of the country with the Italian — Montenegro) — there is a completely different world: coniferous forests, mountain streams and glacial lakes, canyons. Open in winter and are very popular ski resorts.
5. In Montenegro many routes for traveling by car
Montenegro is not only a beautiful nature and cities and beautiful roads in between. Here are five of the most beautiful and interesting:
Tivat — Herceg Novi, 63,4 km
The road along the coast of Boka-Kotor Bay is worth the drive at least once in your life. Here the mountains meet the sea in the literal sense of the word — two natural elements, through which the famous Montenegro, at the time, was complemented by the Venetian architecture of the towns of Kotor, Perast and other lesser known (but no less beautiful).
Pluzine — Zabljak, 49,9 km
The road through the national Park Durmitor (in Montenegro of all five national parks!), which is also a world heritage site by UNESCO. The Park is famous for its 48 mountain peaks and glacial lakes. A short distance, rather a plus than a minus — it is possible not to hurry up and make more stops in the most beautiful places and spending more time photographing the scenery and just relaxing.
Kotor — Lovcen, 78,3 km
The road to the famous mountain Lovcen Montenegro and around the famous 26-th turns, each of them offering increasingly impressive views of the Bay of Kotor. Switchbacks repeatedly flashed in the television program Top Gear and commercials of different cars. The road also runs through the village of Njegusi, the birthplace of Petar II Petrovic — ruler of Montenegro and the playwright that made it a modern state and wrote many poems.
Opsenica — Mojkovac, 46,6 km
The road through the Tara bridge — the longest bridge in Montenegro (365 meters) via the eponymous mountain river in the deepest in Europe canyon (170 meters). The bridge is not only to drive, but be sure to come out and pass the bridge on foot in both directions, to enjoy the views.
Danilovgrad — Ostrog monastery, 22.3 miles
The road to the famous Orthodox monastery, named after St. Basil of Ostrog, built into the rock at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level. In fact, two roads and both offer magnificent views.
It is important to remember traveling by car to Montenegro, you can almost everywhere to go camping and enjoy the wildlife, having spent the night in the tent. The mountains are full of springs of fresh water. It is possible to go Hiking for a few days, leaving the car in the Parking lot at the entrance to the national Park. In Montenegro laid some of Europe’s best Hiking trails. They are marked, and there are cards hard to get lost.
6. From Montenegro you can go to the neighboring Balkan countries, and to Italy by ferry (!)
Montenegro is one of 12 Balkan countries. This is another reason to travel on their own or rented car — you can go to the neighbors. According to the Russian rights it is possible to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Greece and Serbia. International: Albania.
In any cases, you must have a valid passport and a valid visa of the country where you are going, if you need it. Visa will definitely come in handy for traveling to Italy where from Montenegro can be reached by ferry.
Italy as a whole, though not among the Balkan countries (only part of it — region North of Trieste, on the border with Slovenia), but often associated with them. The nearest neighbour of the Balkans can offer the traveler even more opportunities for budget and interesting holiday.
The ferry goes from may to December of the Montenegrin town of Bar Italian Bari. The car, of course, you can take with you! Double cabin with window, plus a car or jeep in the season will cost from 300 euros there and back.
Why go to Bari by car? It is a beautiful port city in southern Italy, the capital of the Puglia region and the administrative center of the homonymous province. One of the most ancient and famous cities of the region. The town itself is small — it can be visited on foot. The machine will be useful for visits to other interesting places of Puglia. Less than 100 km from Bari, in Alberobello are the famous Trulli, karstic cave complex of Grotte di Castellana, the ancient rock city of Matera.
7. Montenegro is slowly but surely moving into the era of electric vehicles, but it’s interesting
In the fall of the most famous guide in the world Lonely Planet has published its annual list of travel trends for next year. It has five points, one of which is traveling on electric vehicles. Experts believe that soon we will travel to them as easily and just as usual, and even borrowing them. In fact, this is already happening, including in Montenegro, which is slowly but surely moving into the era of electric vehicles. Here are three real examples:
In October of this year the company Parking Tivat Service (PST) announced that it plans to install in Tivat charging stations for electric vehicles. The program is part of the city project called Smart-e-Mobility. Soon in Tivat can be recharged even “Tesla”, and they charge the Golf cart.
Earlier in Montenegro launched the first elektroavtomat! It is now used to transport tourists in the Durmitor national Park during the summer and in the winter during ski season.
In early autumn in Montenegro has opened an office of the company Eco Tuk Tuk Tours. It offers a trip on an electric tuk-tuks — small three-wheeled vehicles prevalent in Southeast Asia. They are popular with tourists who rent them for trips around Boka Kotorska Bay.
And, by the way, this is another route to travel to Montenegro by car.