Kotor Open Tour: Kotor's Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour

Only got a day in Kotor? See the highlights with Kotor Open Tour, Kotor's hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Kotor Open 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:

  • It’s a good option for people who only have a short stopover in Kotor and want to see the highlights around Kotor. It's perfect for cruise ship guests.
  • Riding around in the open top bus, your experience of the bay is more intimate and vivid that if you were looking at from behind the windows of a tour bus. You feel the sun on your face, the wind in your hair and smell the sea air.
  • There's an audio guide accompanying the ride in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian and Montenegrin. The guide tells you about the local history and sights of both the bay and Montenegro in general.
  • At €20 per person, it's the best value tour option in Kotor. Group walking tours of Kotor start from €18 per person and a Kotor and Perast excursion sold on cruise ships is priced at around €59 per person.
  • Because you can hop on and hop off wherever you like, you can see what you want to see. You can choose to see the attractions or spend some time on the beach!
  • The bus guides are some of the friendliest people you'll meet and you can ask them anything you want about Montenegro. 

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Kotor Open Tour Bus Route

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:

Risan - Mandatory Stop

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.

Local's Tip: Bring a jacket or scarf because it can get chilly in open-top buses when you're not in the sun. 

Perast - Optional Stop

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 personand 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.

Read more about Perast >

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. 

Bajova Kula - Optional Stop

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. 

Local's Tip: For the best sea views (and photos!), sit on the left side of the bus when departing Kotor and on the right side when departing Risan. 

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. 


Schedule

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.

2018 Schedule

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.


Tickets

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:

  • Bus tour with stops at Risan, Perast, Bajova Kula and Kotor.
  • An audio guide which is available in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian and Montenegrin.
  • Entrance to the Roman Mosaics in Risan.
  • Entrance to Perast town museum.
  • A 45 minute walking tour of Kotor.
  • Discounts at many shops and restaurants in Kotor and Perast.

Reserve Your Seat

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:

  • I can make your reservation no less than 48 hours in advance. If you're arriving within the next 48 hours, you can buy your tickets on arrival. 
  • You don't have to pay in advance, you pay for your tickets on arrival. This means if the tour is not running due to rain, you don't have any hassles getting a refund. 
  • These are firm bookings, so please only fill in the form if you want to do the tour. 
  • The form asks for an arrival time to help give an ideal of your arrival time. You can do the bus tour at any time during the day though.

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.
 


Buy Tickets on the Day

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.


Special Needs

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. 


Kotor Open Tours Special Charters

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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