Montenegro is not a very well-known country, even for those who travel a lot. Many won’t even be able to tell you the main reasons to visit the country. If you are over 30 years old, you might remember the country as one that resulted when Yugoslavia broke up after the Bosnian war. However, it has much more including adventurous activities in the peaks in the western region of the country as well as beautiful coast lines and UNESCO sites around Kotor in the eastern part of the country. To its north is Croatia, which is costs much more money to visit, and to its south is Albania which is of a similar price.
However, the country feels much different than any of the other surrounding countries. This is mostly a result of the people in the country and their relationship with Moscow. In fact, they are more similar to Russia than Europe mostly due to same religion, alphabet, and not requiring a visa to enter the country. In addition, Russian people invest heavily in Montenegro and also are the biggest tourist population during the summer. Lastly, the people from both countries share the same unfriendly manner and sense of fashion.
Montenegro Travel Prices
How Much Does It Cost To Eat And Drink In Montenegro
Even though the country is a big beach vacation spot, it is very easy to get cheap meals for less than 5 euros. In addition, the grocery stores are very inexpensive. For just 2 euros at the grocery store, I was able to get a large loaf of bread and a bottle of wine. In addition, it only costs 1.30 euros for a yogurt and a burek. Don’t forget, the farther away you get from the tourists, the cheaper everything gets. In fact, you will eat till you are full and drink as much as you want for prices similar to Southeast Asia.
Below are some prices for food at the grocery store:
- Seasonal fruit, potatoes, squash, onion, cucumbers, carrots: 0.5 euro per kilo
- Cookies is a large box: 0.40 to 1 euro
- Wine bottle: 1.5 to 7 euro
- ½ liter beer in grocery: 0.60 to 0.90 euro
- ½ liter beer in bar: 1.5 to 2.5 euro
- Wine: 1.25 to 4 euro for a glass
- Brandy shot: 0.30 to 0.75 euro
- Milk 1 liter: 0.65 to 1.25 euro
- 1 kilo of sugar or flour: 0.40 to 0.85 euro
- Coffee at coffee shop: 0.50 to 1 euro
- 1 gelato scoop: 0.50 to 1 euro
- Bar of Chocolate: 0.20 to 0.75 euro
- Normal meal at restaurant: 3 to 6 euro
Prices For Accommodations In Montenegro
The prices for accommodations is not expensive in Montenegro. However, it can get very crowded in the summer from people visiting the beaches. The best deal is getting a guesthouse apartment with a room and even a small kitchen.
Traveling In Montenegro
There are trains in the Balkans; however there aren’t trains in Montenegro. So you either have to rent a vehicle or ride the bus. Fortunately, the bus is quite nice and not expensive. In addition, you won’t have many trips longer than 100 km. However, be prepared, as some buses charge around 1 euro for each of you bags. The prices for a ticket are:
- The bus from Kotor to Podgorica – 5 to 7 euros
- The bus from Kotor to Ulsinj – 4 to 7 euros
- The bus from Ulcinj to Tirana – 11 euros
- Kotor Bay ferry – 1 euro
- Renting a Car – between 40 to 60 euros for a car with manual transmission
- Renting a bike – around 10 euros per day and cheaper if you rent it for several deays
- Getting a taxi – around 1 euro and 0.60 to 0.80 euro per kilometer
Prices For Traveling
- Boat tour of Kotor Bay: 15 euros
- Round trip ship tour starting in Kotor: 2 to 6 euros
- Sim card: 3 to 6 euros
- Museums: 2 to 6 euros
- Movie ticket: 4 euros
- Gas: same as Europe, 2 times more expensive than US
Similar to the rest of Europe, you can only stay in the country for 90 days. The only way to increase this is with a visa that allows you to stay between 180 days to 1 year.