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Tips and info before going on a Road Trip in Montenegro

September 13, 2016

 

Doing a Road Trip in Montenegro is not something that we ever thought that we’d be doing – but we sure are glad that we did. It has offered us a great experience on the road. A plus-point is that fuel is -pretty cheap in Montenegro, it’s around €1.07 per litre, so make sure you re-fuel before leaving to Croatia for example which would be most pricey.

 

Do people in Montenegro know how to drive?

 

Montenegrin’s are good drivers but not the most patient ones, and don’t easily give way. They do not respect zebra crossing as much, so when in Montenegro do as the Montenegrins do as it’s easy to get hit from behind by an impatient driver.

 

How are the roads in Montenegro?

Most highways and back roads are very well tarmacked and good to drive on. However the coastal road is single lane making it hard to overtake. Some tunnels in the south are also without lights.

 

How are the speeding regulations in Montenegro?

Police are a bit strict when it comes to speed limits and fines are given. They do not have speed cameras but use radars. Especially when the speed limit exceeds 50km/hr than the supposed limit, this is when a very big fine is given and in case of locals even the drivers licence is revoked.

Keep your lights on. Yes, having the lights on day and night is a must, at least on minimal lights. We were stopped by the police because we didn’t.

 

What are the Road names in Montenegro like?

Nothing. In Montenegro the streets have no names. Bono would surely approve of this place. Only the high ways are numbered. The back roads and village are un-named, so it might be a bit tricky to navigate at times.

 

Are there any roads I shouldn’t miss?

When navigating on Google maps from Kotor to Njegusi for some reason it does not give you the short scenic route from the famous Serpentine 25, a must drive road, from which the whole Bay of Kotor can be seen. So basically do not follow Google maps in this case, go to Trojica and follow the P1, which leads you all the way up the 25 curves of the Serpentine.

Another scenic road is the one leading to Rijeka Crnojevića when you turn off the M2.3, not the best road but by far one of the most scenic ones. 

 

How’s the traffic when doing a Road Trip in Montenegro?

The problem in the Gulf of Kotor is traffic. The roads are single lanes, and when there are cruise ships, which is most of the time, the streets are jam packed with tourists crossing the roads and coaches making the roads a nightmare to drive through. Sometimes traffic can be as bad as an hour for a short road in which you need to just get into the town. Try to avoid using the car in Kotor when you see the cruise ships, or beat them early or leave it to very late in the afternoon.

 

What are the Points of Entry in Montenegro?

Montenegro s highly accessible overland as it borders with Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania. It is also possible to board a ferry from Italy to Montenegro.  

 

Click here for a detailed itinerary about doing a 5 day road trip as part of your Europe Road Trip in Montenegro.

 

 

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