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 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. 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 here and gives you 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.
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.
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!
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 one of the cruise ships listed below you can still do the tour. You just need to make sure you do the tour on one of the days on the schedule below and take note of the first ship's arrival time. The buses will be running from that time onwards.
Ships usually arrive very early in the morning and the first bus departure of the day is at 9am. They depart every 30 minutes until 5pm. When a ship arrives in the afternoon, the first bus will depart shortly after the ship arrives and there'll be no buses in the morning.
In case of heavy rain, the don't run. In the summer months, rain is very rare and if it does rain it usually doesn't last more than an hour.
You can reserve a seat exclusively through Montenegro Pulse here.
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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