Are you looking for the best ways to get from Dubrovnik Airport to Montenegro?
If this is your first visit to Montenegro, you're in for a treat, and getting there from Dubrovnik couldn't be easier.
There are several ways to get to Montenegro from Dubrovnik Airport:
In this article, I’ll go over each option so you can decide which option is best for you. From essential travel documents to various transport options and costs, I've got you covered.
Whether you're looking for the most budget-friendly way to reach your destination or prioritizing comfort and speed, this guide will offer you a clear roadmap.
Let's make your trip to Montenegro an effortless and memorable experience!
You might be wondering why you should consider flying into Dubrovnik when your final destination is Montenegro.
Dubrovnik Airport serves as a convenient entry point for several attractive Montenegrin destinations like Herceg Novi, Kotor, and Budva because it's so close to Montenegro.
Dubrovnik Airport is well-connected and you can find a lot of convenient and affordable flights to Dubrovnik from all over the world.
The distance from Dubrovnik Airport to Montenegro is just 21 kilometers (13 miles)and getting to Montenegro is generally straightforward and scenic.
Renting a car at Dubrovnik airport and driving yourself is one of the easiest ways to get from Dubrovnik airport to Montenegro. And you have the added convenience of having a car during your stay in Montenegro.
If you do hire a car, you’ll need to let your car rental company know you plan to drive to Montenegro, for which they’ll charge a cross-border fee. This fee can be anywhere between €10-20 per day depending on the rental company, so it pays to compare the cost of different cars before you book.
One of my favorite car rental companies is Localrent because they work with small local car rental agencies to bring you the best prices and easy-to-understand contracts. With Localrent you can always see the cross-border fee before you book.
Discover Cars is another good car rental aggregator that allows you to compare cars from different car rental companies in Dubrovnik. They usually work with more international companies like Sixt and Avis. If you scroll down on the booking page you’ll be able to see how much the cross-border fee is before you book.
It’s only a 30-minute drive from Dubrovnik Airport to the Montenegro border. There are two border-crossing options to choose from:
Debeli Brijeg is the main and larger border crossing. It’s a straight drive along the Adriatic Highway from Dubrovnik Airport to the border crossing.
Kobila is a small border crossing and to get to this checkpoint you turn off the highway towards Molunat and follow the road to Vitaljina, which is where you come to the Croatian checkpoint. After passing through that you come to the Montenegrin checkpoint at Kobila.
If you’re not planning to hire a car for your stay, getting a taxi from the airport or booking a transfer is an easy and comfortable way to get to Montenegro.
You can easily book a taxi at the airport; the taxi stand at Dubrovnik Airport is right in front of the terminal. A taxi ride to Montenegro starts from €70. Look for the official taxi stand to avoid scams and make sure to agree on the price before starting the journey.
Booking a transfer is a great way to make your trip from Dubrovnik Airport to Montenegro seamless. You book your transfer online in advance, and a driver is waiting for you in the arrivals hall and drives you to your destination in Montenegro.
When we fly in and out of Dubrovnik airport we always arrange a transfer to take us. It’s especially good in the summer because it can take hours to cross the Montenegro-Croatia border in peak season and the transfer companies know which border to use to get you across the fastest.
Not only that, but if the borders are especially busy and you are in a rush (for example you need to get to Dubrovnik Airport to catch a flight) they sometimes take an alternative route through Bosnia and Herzegovina and cooperate with Croatian transfer companies so that you get to the airport on time.
There is no direct bus from Dubrovnik Airport to Montenegro, however, you can still get a bus from the airport to Montenegro. To do it you’ll need to take a bus from the airport to Dubrovnik and from there to Montenegro. This route takes longer but it is an affordable option if you’re on a tight budget.
There is an airport shuttle bus to Dubrovnik. It departs the airport 30 minutes after every flight arrival and stops at the old town and the main bus station in Gruž. It costs €10 for a one-way ticket or €14 for a return ticket.
The public bus lines 11, 27, and 38 also run between the airport and Dubrovnik and you can buy tickets for this route online for €4.90 (enter AIRPORT or ZRAČNA LUKA for the departure station and DUBROVNIK for the destination).
You can get a bus from Dubrovnik’s main station to Kotor, Herceg Novi, Budva, or Podgorica. Here are the approximate travel times for each:
Be aware that it can take longer in summer when the border crossing is busy. One of the advantages of traveling by bus is that there are bus lanes at the border crossings, so you don’t wait as long as the general traffic. But if there are several buses crossing, it can take a long time to get through both checkpoints.
Crossing the border between Croatia and Montenegro is generally straightforward. However, it can be time-consuming, especially during peak season (July and August).
There are two checkpoints at each crossing, one Croatian and one Montenegrin. Make sure to have your travel documents (passport and visa if required) ready. Waiting times can vary but expect at least 30 minutes to an hour.
Flying into Dubrovnik Airport and traveling to Montenegro is very easy and there are several ways to do it.
Hiring a car and driving yourself to Montenegro gives you ultimate freedom both on your journey to Montenegro and during your stay. And having a rental car for your stay in Montenegro comes with the advantages of convenience and being able to see more during your trip.
Booking a transfer to take you across the border is a stress-free and comfortable way to travel and make sure you make your return flight from Dubrovnik Airport.
Taking the bus is a slower but economical way of getting from Dubrovnik Airport to Montenegro.
Remember to have all your necessary travel documents in place and be prepared for the border crossing.
This guide aims to equip you with all the essential information, from costs to pro tips, for a hassle-free travel experience. Now that you're armed with this knowledge, you're all set to explore the awe-inspiring beauty and rich culture that Montenegro has to offer.