How To Choose the Right Montenegro Airport for your Trip

Wondering which Montenegro airport to fly into for your trip to Montenegro?

There are three commonly-known international airports you can use to get here:

But did you know there’s a fourth?

It’s forgotten more often than not, but Tirana Airport in Albania is also a valid option for a trip to Montenegro.

How to choose the right Montenegro airport. We cover the 3 best known and the 4th option that everyone forgets about.

You can fly into any of these airports, but it’s easiest to choose a Montenegro airport - either Tivat or Podgorica, whichever is closest to where you’re staying. Because Montenegro’s such a small country, you don’t need to worry about flying between these airports to get to the closest one to your accommodation. Although they might look far apart on the map, in reality it’s only a two hour drive between Podgorica and Tivat.

If you can’t find good flights to a Montenegro airport, then look at Dubrovnik and Tirana airports. It pays to remember that these involve extra border crossings that will add time to your trip.

Here's a table which shows you the distances (in km) from each airport to each major town:

Town

Tivat Airport

Podgorica Airport

Dubrovnik Airport

Tirana Airport

Kotor

7.7

86.7

70.8

192

Tivat

3.7

88.7

48.2

194

Perast

19.7

98.7

58.7

204

Herceg Novi

22.9

153

28.9

214

Budva

20.3

64.9

71.7

170

Sveti Stefan

29.9

56

80.4

161

Petrovac

38.4

47.3

88.9

153

Bar

59.2

46.3

110

133

Ulcinj

85

72.1

135

127

Podgorica

83.7

10.1

171

150

Virpazar

63.2

23.4

114

156

Zabljak

171

133

190

275

Kolasin

156

81.4

236

220


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Tivat Airport

Tivat airport is the best Montenegro airport to fly into if you’re staying anywhere in the Bay of Kotor or the Budva Riviera. It’s a short and easy drive to any of the main coastal towns.

It’s really small, so there’s no walking for miles from one end to the other. And you can usually get through customs and get your luggage in about 20 minutes.

There are some things to consider when flying to Tivat:

No night landing faciliities

If your plane is delayed and it’s already dark when you come to land, you’ll be diverted to Podgorica and then you’ll have to get a 2 hour transfer back down to Tivat. This is organized by your airline, but it can make things complicated for you if you’ve arranged to hire a car from Tivat, booked a transfer or are late for check in at your accommodation.

Airport Code: TIV

Address: Adriatic Highway, Mrcevac, Tivat, Montenegro

Passenger Information: +382 (0)32 671 337/ +382 (0)32 670 930, info.tivat@apm.co.me. 

Arrival and departure Information

Flights can be more expensive

Until recently no low-cost airlines were flying into Tivat, so it was cheaper to fly into Podgorica or Dubrovnik. Easyjet has started flying into Tivat from the UK and we expect more low-cost airlines and cheaper tickets in future.

If you can’t find competitive fares, you’ll have to work out whether it’s worth the extra transfer time/border crossings flying into Podgorica or Dubrovnik instead. And don’t forget to get car hire quotes first too! Car hire is generally more expensive in Dubrovnik than in Montenegro.

Seasonal

The flights are very seasonal so you won’t find as many flights in winter as summer.

Facilities:

  • Free WiFi throughout
  • Bag-wrapping
  • VIP Lounge - this is more like a room with some chairs, desks, printer and kitchenette than the luxurious lounges you’ll find in big airports like Dubai. But you can get refreshments and some work done.
  • Parking: €0.80 per hour.
  • Duty-free for departures (none for arrivals) There’s no duty-free shop for arrivals. If you want to buy duty-free, you’ll have to get it at your departure airport. There’s a small duty-free shop in the departure lounge at the gate.

Click here to search for flights to Tivat

There’s no café after you pass security to the departure lounge. There’s also nothing for kids to do, so bring your own entertainment if you’re travelling with kids. Our toddler had a blast running back and forth through passport control. Lucky for us Montenegrins are exceptionally tolerant of kids!

Local’s Tip: Skip the hideously overpriced coffee at the café in the airport and head over to the one by the car park. It’s about half the price and you can sit outside and watch the planes.


Car Hire

All major car rental companies in Europe have car rental from Tivat Aiport and you can usually pick a car up at the airport and drop it off at any of their other depots around Montenegro.

Find out about car hire from Tivat airport >


Taxis and Transfers

There are taxis available in front of the terminal. My advice is to book a transfer in advance to avoid being ripped off on arrival. Kiwi Taxi has well-priced transfers from Tivat airport.

See transfers prices from Tivat Airport >


Podgorica Airport

Podgorica is Montenegro’s capital city and it’s where you’ll find the main Montenegro airport. It’s not much bigger than Tivat airport – there’s still no duty-free for arrivals and just one overpriced café - but you’ll find lots of direct flight connections, mainly with European centres like Vienna, London and Istanbul.

If you’re staying anywhere south of Budva ie. PetrovacBarLake SkadarUlcinj or anywhere in the north, Podgorica Airport is closer than Tivat. 

Airport Code: TGD

Address: Golubovici bb, Montenegro

Passenger Information: +382 (0)20 444 244/ info.tivat@apm.co.me.

Arrival and Departure Information 

Facilities:

  • Free WiFi throughout
  • Bag-wrapping
  • Business Lounge: There’s a business lounge for business and first class travelers.
  • VIP Lounge: There are three VIP loungers available that can accommodate up to 11 people. They’re priced from €150 per hour and you can book them on +382 (0)20 444 242 or dispatch.podgorica@apm.co.me.
  • Parking: €0.60 per hour and the first 15 minutes are free - this is perhaps the cheapest airport parking I've ever come across!
  • Duty-free for departures only. There’s no duty-free shop for arrivals. If you want to buy duty-free, you’ll have to get it at your departure airport. 

Click here to search for flights to Podgorica


Car Hire

Like Tivat, all the major car rental companies have cars available from Podgorica airport.

See car hire options from Podgorica > 


Transfers

There’s a taxi stand in front of the arrival terminal but I recommend booking your onward transport in advance to avoid haggling on arrival. 

Click here to see where to find the best airport transfers >


Getting to the Coast

If you’re flying into Podgorica and staying on the coast, there are two ways you can come down to the coast:

  • Via Cetinje to Budva
  • Via the Sozina Tunnel – costs €2.50 each way

Since the airport is on the Tranzit road, a two-lane highway that bypasses Podgorica centre, the easiest way to get down to the coast is via Sozina Tunnel. It’s also much more scenic!

All you do is turn left out of the airport road and head straight until you hit the coast. Along the way you’ll drive over Lake Skadar and get some great views of the lake. You can also stopover in Virpazar, and if you’re wanting a meal when you touch down, I’d recommend heading this way and stopping on the lake. Our top picks are:

You can also start your intro to Montenegro off with a wine and food tasting… although not if you’re driving. Montenegro has a zero alcohol tolerance policy!


Dubrovnik Airport - Croatia

Your third choice is Dubrovnik airport in Croatia.

Since it’s a different country, you’ll have to contend with two border crossings – one to exit Croatia and another (5km away) to enter Montenegro. As this border is now the entrance to the EU (Croatia is part of the EU, Montenegro is not), it’s tightly controlled which means it can take a long time to get through when you're heading back into Croatia.

But Dubrovnik has lots of connections and you can find some of the most competitive fares flying to and from this airport, which means you should definitely check flights to Dubrovnik before you book.

Airport Code: DBV

Address: Zracna Luka Dubrovnik, 20213 Cilipi, Croatia.

Passenger Information: +385 20 773 100

Arrivals

Departures

Facilities:

  • No free WiFi
  • Bag wrapping
  • Duty free shopping for departures
  • Cafe in departure lounge
  • No playground/kids entertainment - but you can see the runway which provides some entertainment. 
  • Parking is 5kn per hour (about  €0.80)

Click here to search for flights to Dubrovnik


Car Hire

There are lots of choices for car hire at Dubrovnik airport. You can drive a rental car in Montenegro, just make sure you tell your rental company so they can issue you with border insurance. 

Click here to find car rental options in Dubrovnik >


The Border Crossing

This can be CRAZY busy in July and August. You can expect to spend a minimum of 30 minutes getting through each checkpoint and the wait could be hours long. If you’re flying out of Dubrovnik at the end of your holiday, I recommend leaving very early. The queues are worst in the afternoons, so cross early in the morning and spend the day in Dubrovnik to be safe.

Outside of these peak months the traffic is manageable and there are virtually no queues between October and May.

There are actually two border crossings you can use. The main one at Debeli Brijeg or the smaller crossing around Njivice.

Debeli Brijeg is the main border crossing and you'll come to it by just staying on the Adriatic Highway.

To use the alternate border crossing, turn left after Igalo and take the road to Njivice. One you pass through the borders you'll drive through some small villages and then meet up with the Adriatic Highway again.


Transfers and Taxis

If you don’t want to hire a car, make sure you book a transfer to bring you to Montenegro. There will be taxi drivers waiting at the airport and they might offer to bring you across, but we’ve heard stories of people being dumped at the Croatian exit border with all their luggage. As I mentioned, it’s 5km between checkpoints and if you can’t get anyone to take you to the next one, you’ll be forced to walk - with all your luggage – to the Montenegrin checkpoint. At least it's downhill! Obviously this doesn’t happen often, but I’d rather not take the risk.

Find a transfer from Dubrovnik airport >


Catching The Bus to Montenegro

There’s no bus connecting Dubrovnik airport and Montenegro. The only way is to go to Dubrovnik and get one of the two daily buses (9am and 3pm) to Herceg Novi. From there you can connect onto a bus to anywhere else in Montenegro.


Bay of Kotor Ferry

How to choose the right Montenegro airport. We cover the 3 best known and the 4th option that everyone forgets about. You'll also need to know about the ferry crossing in Kotor Bay.

If you fly into Dubrovnik and stay anywhere except the coastal area between Herceg Novi and Kotor or inland around Zabljak, you'll have to cross the ferry between Kamenari and Lepetane. 

The ferry costs €4.50 per car and although it runs 24/7, it runs on a schedule at night.

Read More: Kotor Bay Ferry


Tirana Airport - Albania

Tirana would never be my first pick of airports to fly into if you’re visiting Montenegro, but if you’re staying in Ulcinj, want to save a few dollars (flights to Tirana from European centres are around €60 cheaper per person) or you’re having trouble finding flights to the other three airports, it’s worth checking the flight options to Tirana.

Tirana is a two hour drive from Ulcinj, while from Podgorica it’s an hour and half to Ulcinj. And you have to add extra time for the border crossing, which makes Podgorica a better option. But if you're staying in Ulcinj, Tirana airport would still be a better option than Dubrovnik.

Airport Code: TIR

Address: Tirana International Airport, Rinas, Tirana.

Passenger Information: +355 4 2381 800

Arrivals and Departures


Car Hire

All the major car rental companies like Hertz, Avis and Sixt have cars available in Tirana airport. You can drive one into Montenegro, you just need to return it to them in Albania again. Like when you rent a car in Dubrovnik, you need to get cross-border insurance from your rental car agency or buy it at the border. Click here to see car hire information for Tirana.


Taxis and Transfers

There are registered yellow taxis in front of the terminal that will take you to Tirana for about €18. You can book one in advance here. www.atex.al.

Kiwi Taxi offers transfers from Tirana to Montenegro. Click here to get a price.


Catching the Bus to Montenegro

There is just one direct bus that links Tirana with Shkoder (Albania), Podgorica, Budva and Kotor. You can buy tickets here and a ticket between Tirana and Kotor costs €25.50.


Search for flights To Montenegro

I love Kiwi.com because you can search multiple airports at the same time and see the cheapest days to fly. By the way, are you seeing a trend here? Kiwi.com for flights and Kiwi Taxi for transfers... You'd be forgiven for thinking my New Zealand heritage has influenced my choices but it's just a coincidence! It seems it's cool to be Kiwi these days!

Because you can fly into multiple airports when you come to Montenegro, you can search flights from all of them simultaneously instead of doing three separate searches. You can also see the cheapest days to travel - a great way to save money when you're flexible.


Car Hire

Most people hire a car for their stay in Montenegro. It makes getting around and seeing the sights so much easier.

When you book your flights, my advice is to hire a car from the airport you'll fly into. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that you'll have to return the car to the country you picked it up in. So if you fly into Dubrovnik airport and hire a car from there, you'll need to return it in Croatia or pay a €350 fee for an international drop off. This isn't a problem for most people, but if you're planning on flying into one airport and out of another, you'll need to keep this in mind.

The prices of rental vary, with Dubrovnik being the most expensive. He's a general price guide for high season:

Car Size

Montenegro Airports

Dubrovnik Airport

Tirana Airport

Small

€215 per week

€253 per week

€133 per week

Mid

€244 per week

€265 per week

€185 per week

Family

€333 per week

€407 per week

€273 per week

Van

€1023 per week

€784 per week

€556 per week

You can use the search box below to get pricing for any of the four airports we've talked about here. I like rentalcars.com best because:

  • They show you what car you're booking.
  • Have options from all the reputable rental agencies so you know you can compare cars from different agencies without having to go to each of their sites.
  • Tell you how much luggage you can fit... you'd be amazed how many people arrive and then realise four suitcases won't fit in their rental car!
  • Give you free collision damage waiver insurance.
  • You can read reviews from previous customers.
  • They have super-sharp prices - more money for you to spend on Niksicko beer and Vranac wine ;-)
  • They also have non-standard options like convertibles and SUVs.

Just pop your details in below to start searching.


Montenegro Airport Transfers

If you don't want to hire a car for your stay, you can book airport transfers in advance to take you to and from your accommodation. You can get a taxi on arrival at the airport, but you're likely to pay more - it's hard to negotiate a good price when you're standing in front of the airport with all your bags! And we know drivers who ask for €50 for a 3km ride from Tivat airport to Tivat town. That's 3x what it should cost but they know you don't have much choice!

When you book in advance you can search and book the best option and relax knowing you won't have to do any haggling as soon as you touch down. The best places to search for Montenegro airport transfers are here on our Viator partner page and with Kiwi Taxi. Kiwi Taxi have really good prices like €20 from Tivat to Budva, where hailing a local taxi for the same trip will set you back €75 in high season.


So there you have it - everything you need to choose which Montenegro airport (or Croatian airport, or Albanian airport!) you should fly into and getting to and from that airport. If you have any questions, you can ask me in the comments below or on my FAQ page.

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