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Kotor Bay Ferry: How to Use the Bay of Kotor Ferry in Montenegro

Everything you need to know about the Kotor Bay ferry, including timetables and where to buy tickets.

Kotor Bay Ferry: How to Use the Bay of Kotor Ferry in MontenegroThe Kotor Bay Ferry crossing Verige Strait. Image: Deposit Photos

Taking the Kotor Bay ferry can save you a lot of time when you're travelling between the Herceg Novi and Tivat parts of the Bay of Kotor. It can also become part of a great 'around the bay' day trip itinerary... scroll down to the bottom of this page for ideas.

The ferry, known locally as the trajekt, only takes 5 minutes and is a scenic ride. You'll be treated to some lovely scenery and you'll be able to take lots of photos, especially on sunny days.

Make sure you keep a look out for the two islands of Perast while you're crossing. You'll get a view of them in the distance when you're in the middle of the channel.

Where To Catch the Ferry

Kotor Bay FerryKotor Bay Ferry dock in Kamenari

The ferry runs across the narrowest part of the Bay of Kotor, the Verige Straits. And it docks in Kamenari on the Herceg Novi side and Lepetane on the Tivat side. 

The name Lepetane is derived from the word 'lepote' meaning beauties. Centuries ago, swashbuckling Bay of Kotor sailors would return home to the bay and their families, passing Lepetane on their way. They'd drop their 'beauties', their mistresses, off here and carry on to their homes. Hence the name Lepetane. 

When To Take The ferry

If you're arriving into Montenegro via Dubrovnik airport and you're staying Tivat, Lustica Peninsula, Budva, Bar, Ulcinj or Skadar Lake, you'll probably want to take the Kotor Bay ferry.

You can drive around the bay and in fact I highly recommend it, it's one of the most scenic drives in Montenegro, but you might not want to do it when you've just arrived. 

If you're staying in Kotor, or anywhere in between Herceg Novi and Kotor (like Perast), you should drive around the bay. It will be faster. 

If you're staying in Muo, Prcanj, or Stoliv, you can take the ferry across and then turn left and take the seaside road to your destination.

Kotor Bay Ferry Schedule

Summer Months: May - October

There are 6 ferries running 24 hours a day throughout the summer months. The ferries depart as soon because they're full around the clock. You don't have to wait more than 15 minutes for a ferry to fill up, even if you're the first one on it.

In July and August, there can be long wait times for the ferry because this is peak season. If you can, try to avoid arriving, departing, or using the ferry on the weekends in this period.

If you can't avoid it, the best time to use the ferry is early morning (before 8:30am) and late afternoon.

Winter Months: November - April

6am - midnight daily: The ferries depart when they're full or every 15 minutes.

Midnight - 6am daily: 

Departures from Kamenari: midnight, 1am, 2am, 3am, 4am, 4.50am, 5.20am, 6am.
Departures from Lepetane: 12.30am, 1.30am, 2.30am, 3.30am, 4.30am, 5.05am, 5.40am.

Tickets for the Ferry

You can only buy tickets for the Kotor Bay ferry at the ticket kiosks where the ferries dock. You can pay for your tickets with cash and bank card

Park your car in the queue and go to buy a ticket at the counter. Here is the price list:

  • Pedestrians: Free
  • Bicycles: €1
  • Motorbikes: €2
  • Cars and vans: €5
  • Cars with trailer: €8
  • Commercial vans, minivans (7-20 seats), trucks under 5 ton: €9
  • Trucks over 5 ton, vans and caravans with trailers, trucks under 5 ton with trailers: €12.50
  • Buses: €15
  • Transporters and buses with trailers: €22
  • Oversized vehicles: €25
Kotor Bay Ferry in Montenegro

Visiting Kotor?

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Discover the beautiful sights, hidden gems and authentic experiences that most people miss in Kotor.

  • Top attractions
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  • What to eat
  • Essential visitor tips
  • Bonus self-guided walking tour

Public Transport Links

Public Transport To Kamenari

Herceg Novi - Kamenari Bus

There's a bus that goes from Igalo to Kamenari and back every half hour. Because of Herceg Novi's one way system, it goes along the lower road that passes the old town towards Kamenari and returns via the main road, which is the Adriatic Highway. 

There are two buses running through Herceg Novi, only one goes to Kamenari. Be sure to check the bus you get on has a sign in the front that says 'Iglao - Kamenari - Igalo'.

The bus fare depends on how far you're travelling, but will be €1.50 at most. 

Bus Schedule

Departures from Igalo every 30 minutes on the hour and half past from 5.30am - 1am.

Departures from Kamenari every 30 minutes at 20 past the hour and 10 to the hour from 5.20am - 1.50am.

* On Sundays the buses go every hour instead of every 30 minutes. It departs from Igalo every hour on the hour. It departs from Kamenari every hour from 5.50am.

Public Transport To Lepetane

Tivat - Lepetane Bus

Bus Schedule

1st June - 31st August: Departures from Tivat centre by Magnolia Square (see map below) every hour, on the hour from 6am - 10pm daily.

1st September - 30th May: Same as above except no departures at 10am, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm or 10pm. Service stops at 8pm. 

The trip is 6km and takes approximately 15 minutes in both directions. The bus fare is €0.70. 

Lepetane - Tivat Bus

1st June - 31st August: Departures from Tivat centre by Magnolia Square (see map below) every hour, at half past the hour from 6.30am - 10.30pm daily.

1st September - 30th May: Same as above except no departures at 10.30am, 5.30pm, 7.30pm, 9.30pm or 10.30pm. Service stops at 8.30pm. 

Tips for Using the Kotor Bay Ferry

Kotor Bay Ferry

The ferry can get very busy and a little stressful for first-time users. Follow my top tips for an enjoyable trip across the bay:

  • Always use your handbrake: Often one car rolls into another because the owner forgot to use the handbrake. The ferries are moving and your car will move too if the handbrake isn't on.
    If this happens to you and your car is damaged, you'll need to stay on the ferry until the police come to fill in an accident report. This is the only way you'll be able to claim insurance on any damage.
    Obviously it's a major inconvenience for the ferry operation and other travelers, but you must not move the car.
  • Watch your doors: When you get of your car to make the most of the trip and enjoy the scenery, take care not to hit other cars with your doors. The cars are parked close together and it's easy to hit your neighbor if you're not careful.
  • Don't buy two tickets: You might be tempted to buy two tickets, one for your return journey. This is against ferry policy and they might make you buy another ticket if they notice you've done this.
    You're better off taking an extra two minutes on your return trip to buy another ticket.
  • Be patient and follow directions: In summer there can be queues for the ferry and it's relatively chaotic for most tourists. People are pushing to get on and you might feel like you'll never make it.
    Just follow the staff directions and go where they tell you to. The ferries can fit a surprising number of cars and you'll cross without incident. 
  • Exit in order: When exiting the ferry, the center row goes first, followed by the left and right rows, followed by the far left and right rows. People will push and try to skip ahead.
    Just follow the order and go when the staff wave you to go.

Day Trip Itinerary

If you have a rental car (I recommend Localrent.com for the best car hire in Montenegro), taking a drive around the Bay of Kotor will show you some of the most beautiful scenery in Montenegro.

You can incorporate both a drive around the bay and a trip on the Kotor Bay ferry in one day trip. 

Here are some suggested itineraries you can use:

From Herceg Novi: 

  • Drive to Kamenari and continue past the ferry terminal. 
  • Continue to Morinj, stop at Catovica Mlini for coffee. 
  • Continue on and stop in Risan to see the Roman mosaics (€2 per person). 
  • Keep driving until you reach Perast, park in the carpark. Visit the Perast museum and take a boat to Our Lady of the Rocks. Have lunch in Perast.
  • Drive to Kotor. Take a self-guided walktour or Secret City Trail (use code 'montenegropulse' to get a 10% discount!) through the town. 
  • Drive to Tivat and have dinner and cocktail in Porto Montenegro.
  • Return to Herceg Novi via the Kotor Bay ferry.

From Tivat/Budva/Kotor:

  • Drive or start in Kotor. Take a self-guided walktour or Secret City Trail (use code 'montenegropulse' to get a 10% discount) through the town.
  • Keep driving until you reach Perast, park in the carpark. Visit the Perast museum and take a boat to Our Lady of the Rocks. Have lunch in Perast.
  • Continue on and stop in Risan to see the Roman mosaics (€2 per person).
  • Continue to Morinj, stop at Catovica Mlini for coffee.
  • Drive along the coast to Herceg Novi. Turn towards the sea at the traffic lights, follow the one way street and park in town. 
  • After visiting Herceg Novi old town, drive back to Tivat via the ferry. Have dinner and a cocktail in Porto Montenegro.

Top Attractions in the Bay of Kotor

Kotor

Kotor Saint Mary's Church

Kotor is known for its well-preserved medieval old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can explore narrow, maze-like streets, ancient churches and squares, and climb the steep steps to the fortress that overlooks the town for breathtaking views. Kotor is also a popular port for cruise ships and there are dozens of things to do here including walking tours, boat tours and even the Kotor Secret City Trail.

Our Lady of the Rocks

Our Lady of the Rocks boat and island 2

Our Lady of the Rocks is a small island located in the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. According to legend, the island was created by local fishermen who found a picture of the Virgin Mary on a rock in the sea and began placing stones around it. Over time, the tradition grew, and today, a church stands on the island, dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

You can take a short boat ride to the island and explore the church, which is filled with impressive paintings and artwork. Our Lady of the Rocks is a popular pilgrimage site for both locals and tourists and is an essential part of the cultural heritage of Montenegro.

Perast

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Perast is a small town located on the Bay of Kotor. The town is known for its well-preserved Baroque architecture and its stunning natural surroundings. You can explore the narrow streets, sample local cuisine at a seaside restaurant, and enjoy the beautiful views of the bay.

One of the town's most famous landmarks is the two small islets located just offshore, named Saint George and Our Lady of the Rocks. Perast is perfect for a peaceful and scenic escape from the busy coastal cities, and it is also an excellent base for exploring the rest of the Bay of Kotor.

The Blue Cave

The Blue Cave is a natural wonder that lies just outside the Bay of Kotor. It is a popular tourist attraction due to its stunning blue water and unique rock formations.

You can take boat or kayak tours to the Blue Cave, many that include other attractions and beach visits. Once inside, the sun reflects off the water, creating a mesmerizing blue glow. The cave is also home to various marine life, including fish and sea urchins, making it a popular spot for snorkeling.

The Blue Cave is a must-see destination for those visiting Montenegro, as it offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is both beautiful and unforgettable!

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