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Everything you need to know about the Kotor Bay ferry, including timetables and where to buy tickets.
Important May 2023 Update: The Kotor Bay Ferry has changed operations. Currently there are just two ferries operating and you may have to wait in a long queue to cross.
I recommend driving around the bay and avoiding using the ferry. Unfortunately, the safety and risk management is not up to scratch, meaning your car (or worse, you!) may be damaged. The drive around the bay takes around 50 minutes and is very scenic.
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 it's a fun 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.
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.
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'll 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.
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.
Between mid-July and mid-August, there can be long wait times for the ferry. 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.
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.
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The ferry can get really busy and a little stressful for visitors. Follow my top tips for an enjoyable trip across the bay:
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:
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 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 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 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!
If you are visiting Kotor, my guide to Kotor old town is an indispensable book to take with you. This guide is like having a local best friend to show you the most interesting sights and hidden gems of Kotor.