Only got a day in Kotor? See the highlights with Kotor Open Tour, Kotor's hop-on hop-off bus tour.
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I loved doing this tour. It's a great way to see the highlights of the bay and if you're only going to be in Kotor for a day, this is definitely the way to get the most out of your day.
Here are some of the reasons I'm such a fan of Kotor Open Tour:
The bus tour departs from central Kotor, just 100m from Kotor old town and Kotor Port.
It takes you from Kotor to Risan and back again and you can hop on and hop off at any of the stops along the way. If you don't get off the bus at any of the optional stops, the round trip to Risan and back takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes.
The stops are:
This is the oldest settlement in the Bay of Kotor and used to be the seat of the Illyrian ruler Teuta until it was invaded by the Romans.
The bus stops at the Roman mosaics here. You'll have time to see the Roman mosaics from the second century B.C, which have been preserved from an ancient Roman palace. One of the mosaics is of the Roman god Hypnos, the god of sleep and it's the only mosaic representation of this god ever found.
As you walk around the site, you'll see the intricate mosaic designs, pieces of marble pillars, a display about the site and there's a short talk about the site.
Your entrance fee for the mosaics is included with your bus ticket.
The bus will wait for you to visit the mosaics for about 20-25 minutes. Then you'll board the same bus and return back towards Kotor.
Perast is another UNESCO Heritage protected town and is perhaps the prettiest town in the whole bay. This is where the wealthy rulers an seafarers used to build their palaces and the town has been painstakingly preserved.
From here you can take a boat over to Our Lady of the Rocks church island (€3 per person) and visit the church and museum (€1 per person).
You can also walk the town, visit the churches, try one of the excellent waterfront restaurants and visit the town museum. Your Kotor Open Tour ticket includes entrance to Perast museum.
When you've finished visiting Perast, you'll return to the stop where you got off and wait for the next bus to take you back to Kotor.
If the weather's hot, which it's likely to be in summer, Bajova Kula is great place to cool off and enjoy a break from sightseeing.
Bajova Kula (Bajo's Tower) is a tower built by you guessed it, a guy called Bajo. Bajo Pivljanin was a local hero who built the tower in 1670 as a place to rest when he was taking a break from being a hero in the non-stop battles that were waged in this area.
Today it's still a rest stop and there's a beach where you can hire loungers, swim and get a bite at the restaurant.
Last time we were here there were dolphins jumping just 100m off shore!
Like Perast, you can get off at this stop and grab any of the next buses to return to Kotor.
The tour finishes back in Kotor where you can join one of the walking tours that are included with your bus ticket. There are guided walking tours of the old town starting at the main gate at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
Kotor Open Tour runs between April and December and coincides with the arrival of certain cruise ships. If you're not arriving on a cruise ship you can still do the tour. The buses will be running during the times below.
Buses depart every 30 minutes between the start and finish times below.
In case of heavy rain, the buses don't run because they're open top. In the summer months, rain is very rare and if it does rain it usually doesn't last more than an hour, so you could join the tour when it stops.
You can reserve a seat exclusively through Montenegro Pulse here.
April: 21st 7am-1pm, 22nd 8am-6pm, 24th 8am-5pm, 25th 7am-6pm, 28th 7am-2pm, 30th 11am-6pm.
May: 3rd 7am - 9pm, 5th 7am-1pm, 9th 8am-6pm, 10th 2pm-9pm, 11th 11am-7pm, 12th 7am-6pm, 16th 7am-6pm, 17th 8am-9pm, 19th 7am-1pm, 21st 10am-7pm, 22nd 7am-5pm, 23rd 7am-6pm, 24th 10am-9pm, 26th 7am-1pm, 28th 7am-6pm, 29th 7am-5pm, 30th 10am-6pm, 31st 8am-5pm.
June: 2nd 7am - 6pm, 3rd 1pm-8pm, 4th 11am-7pm, 5th 8am-2pm, 9th 7am-1pm, 11th 7am-8pm, 12th 7am-5pm, 13th 9am-6pm, 14th 8am-5pm, 15th 7am-2pm, 16th 7am-1pm, 17th 1pm-8pm, 18th 2pm-8pm, 19th 7am-5pm, 20th 7am-6pm, 23rd 7am-1pm, 25th 7am-8pm, 27th 10am-6pm, 28th 8am-7pm, 30th 7am-7pm.
July: 1st 1pm-8pm, 3rd 7am-5pm, 5th 10am-6pm, 7th 7am-4pm, 9th 7am-2pm, 10th 7am-6pm, 11th 9am-6pm, 14th 7am-1pm, 18th 7am-6pm, 21st 7am-1pm, 22nd 11am-7pm, 23rd 7am-8pm, 24th 7am-5pm, 25th 10am-6pm 26th 8am-6pm, 28th 7am-1pm, 29th 1pm-8pm, 30th 2pm-8pm, 31st 7am-5pm.
August: 4th 7am-1pm, 6th 2pm-8pm, 7th 8am,-10pm, 8th 9am-6pm, 9th 7am-5pm, 10th 9am-8pm, 11th 7am-1pm, 12th 2pm-8pm, 13th 2pm-8pm, 14th 7am-5pm, 15th 7am-7pm, 17th 10am-7pm, 18th 7am-1pm, 19th 8am-4pm, 20th 7am-8pm, 21st 7am-5pm, 22nd 10am-6pm, 23rd 8am-5pm, 25th 7am-1pm, 26th 7am-8pm, 28th 8am-8pm, 29th 7am-6pm.
September: 1st 7am-1pm, 2nd 7am-6pm, 3rd 7am-8pm, 4th 7am-5pm, 5th 10am-6pm, 6th 7am-5pm, 8th 7am-8pm, 9th 1pm-8pm, 10th 2pm-8pm, 11th 7am-5pm, 12th 7am-6pm, 15th 7am-1pm, 17th 2pm-8pm, 18th 8am-6pm, 19th 7am-6pm, 20th 7am-5pm, 22nd 7am-1pm, 23rd 1pm-8pm, 25th 7am-6pm, 27th 7am-5pm, 29th 7am-1pm.
October: 1st 7am-8pm, 2nd 11am-7pm, 3rd 9am-6pm, 4th 6am-7pm, 6th 7am-1pm, 7th 1pm-8pm, 8th 2pm-8pm, 9th 8am-5pm, 10th 7am-6pm, 11th 2pm-9pm, 13th 7am-8pm, 15th 7am-8pm, 16th 8am-5pm, 17th 7am-6pm, 18th 7am-9pm, 21st 8am-8pm, 23rd 8am-5pm, 25th 8am-9pm, 29th 7am-8pm, 30th 8am-6pm, 31st 7am-6pm.
November: 1st 7am-9pm, 4th 8am-8pm, 5th 7am-5pm, 6th 8am-6pm, 8th 2pm-9pm, 11th 10am-8pm, 12th 7am-5pm, 15th 2pm-9pm, 16th 7am-6pm, 18th 7am-8pm, 22nd 2pm-9pm, 26th 7am-5pm, 29th 2pm-9pm.
The bus ticket is €20 for adults and €10 for children up to 14 years old and you can use the buses as much as you like in one day. Your ticket includes:
The buses are very full and when there's more than one cruise ship in port, they often have to turn people away.
Because I was so impressed with the tour and didn't want my readers to miss out, I arranged to make reservations for the tour on your behalf. This is a Montenegro Pulse exclusive and the only way you can make a booking in advance.
If you'd like to reserve your seat and have priority boarding, you can just fill in the form below and I'll make a reservation for you. You'll receive an automatic confirmation email with the details you've submitted and directions for getting your tickets when you arrive in Kotor.
Some important things to note:
You can buy tickets for Kotor Open Tour from the sellers in red t-shirts that you’ll see around the entrance to Kotor old town.
There are two wheelchair-accessible buses. One departs 1 1/2 hours after the first departure of the day. The second departs 2 1/2 hours after the first departure of the day. Because the buses go round in a circular route, the wheelchair-accessible buses will depart Kotor several times throughout the day.
The best way to get on one is to find out when the next one will be leaving when you arrive in Kotor. Ask one of the ticket sellers and they'll be able to find out for you.
The buses are available for charter on request. If you’re interested in hiring a bus for a special event, please fill in the booking form above and we'll forward your enquiry.
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