Visiting Montenegro soon? Or are you sat on the tarmac about to disembark the plane?
Here’s your 7 point Landing Guide to help you get the most out of your trip to Montenegro.
Things you need to know when you land in Montenegro
- Capital: The capital is Podgorica
- Religion: The most prominent religion in Montenegro is Orthodox Christinaity
- Size: The size of the country is 13,812 km squared and the population is approx.
- Celebrity export: Some sources claim that Novak Djkocovic is of Montenegrin descent, others suggest he is Serbian.
- Sport: Water Polo is considered to be the national sport, with football as the second most popular. Basketball is also followed in Montenegro and is regularly broadcast to crowded bars.
What money does Montenegro have?
- Currency: The currency in Montenegro is Euros
- ATMs: Readily available in built up areas
- Card: Visa and Mastercard are accepted in most supermarkets, bars and restaurants especially in built up areas. But it would be wise to check first in more remote areas, or to carry cash.
- Price in general: In Budva, Kotor and other touristy areas, the prices are higher than elsewhere. In Budva an average coffee will be 2 Euros, glass of wine in a bar 5 Euros, dinner for two without drinks around 30 euros.
What sim cards and plugs does Montenegro have?
- Phones: If you have an EU activated mobile phone deal, then be aware that it will not work in Montenegro as it is not currently in the EU.
- Wifi: Wifi is plentiful in Montenegro and normally good connections in Airbnb and restaurants/bars too.
- Plugs: Plugs in Montenegro are the standard European double round pin (type C).
What language does Montenegro have?
The official language of Montenegro is Montenegrin. You’ll notice that it’s not available on Google Translate! Albanian, Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian are also spoken. In tourist towns, most locals working in the tourist industry will speak some English.
- Dobar Dan (do-BAR dan) / Zdravo (ZDRAH-voh) — Good Day / Hello (Although Ciao is also frequently used for Hello or Goodbye)
- Hvala (HVAH-lah) Thank you
- Molim (MO-leem) – Please
- Da (DA) / Ne (NE) — yes / no
- Izvini (EEZ-vee-nee) — Excuse me
- Račun (RAH-choon) — Bill
- Muškarci (MOOHSH-kahr-tsee) / Žene (ZHEH-neh) — Men / Women – Useful one for toilets
What food and drink does Montenegro have?
- Good Value Items: Local Beer, Local Wine (sold by the 1 Litre Bottle), Seafood in restaurants, Food on the Go such a slice of pizza or gyros, baked goods.
- Expensive Items: Imported Cheese, Fruit and Vegetables, Imported Wine.
- Specialities: Burek (cheese or meat filo pastry pie), Black Risotto made with Squid Ink, Cevapi (sausages made from pork.)
- Drinking Water: I’ve been unable to find a definitive guide to whether you can drink the water in Montenegro. But the majority of guidance available online suggests that you are advised not to drink the tap water.
How is the transport in Montenegro?
- Taxis: Taxis at the airport are readily available and organised. Taxis are also available in other major towns. Make sure you ask how much the taxi will cost up front and have a rough idea of how long the journey is/how much you’d expect to pay before riding.
- Buses and trains: Trains operate from Bar as a hub and also travel through Podgorica. Some international trains run from Bar, for example to Belgrade. Buses run from Podgorica Airport into the centre of town or the bus station. Tourist buses are available between Budva and Kotor, as well as other tourist towns. Public buses are few and far between, private companies run buses between big cities such as Budva and Kotor.
- Getting from the airport: From Podgorica airport, you’ll need to take a taxi or local bus to get into Podgorica bus terminal, if you’re travelling onwards from there. There is a desk inside the airport to help you find a taxi and ensure that you aren’t ripped off. It’ll cost about 12 euros to get into town.
Customs and Regulations when travelling in Montenegro
- Tourist tax: Any town or city you stay in within Montegro will require you to pay Tourist Tax. This is 1 Euro per day and must be paid within 24 hours. Most Hotels will arrange this for you, but should you stay in an Airbnb you may have to arrange this yourself. Between 0900 to 1700, you can pay this at the Tourist Information Office, after 1700 you can pay at the Post Office. You must do this within 24 hours, and you need to re-register in any new town or city in Montenegro. Take your passport or identity card.
- Dress codes: Montenegro is not conservative when it comes to clothing and dress code.
- Tipping: Its considered customary to tip, especially in restaurants and bars. 10% as a minimum unless you’re unhappy with the service, more if you’re happy.