Find out everything you need to know about Podgorica Airport. Get insider tips on amenities, transport links and more!
Located 11 kilometers south of the city of Podgorica, Podgorica Airport is one of two international airports in Montenegro. This airport serves as the gateway to this underrated country for over 1 million passengers every year.
Podgorica may be the busiest Montenegro airport, but it's not exactly JFK or Heathrow. Don't expect to find the sprawling terminals and abundant services you'll find in the world's biggest airports here.
Still, Podgorica does have the services you need to get you into and out of Montenegro so you can begin enjoying your trip to one of Europe's most exciting and up-and-coming destinations.
Although Tivat Airport is closer to us, we often fly in and out of Podgorica because it has more connections and often has cheaper flights. And I love that it’s so quick to get in and out of. No hour-long security queues here!
In this article you’ll find out everything you need to know about Podgorica airport, including airport services, how to get from Podgorica airport to city center, rent a car in Podgorica, Montenegro and more.
Podgorica Airport (TGD) is one of two international airports in Montenegro. The other is Tivat Airport in the Bay of Kotor.
Podgorica is Montenegro’s main airport because it’s based in the capital city. Although Tivat Airport is more convenient for visitors staying in Kotor Bay, it can’t accommodation night-time landings and has fewer connections, which is why many people fly into Podgorica even if they’re staying on the coast.
Podgorica Airport is served by various airlines, including Air Montenegro (formerly Montenegro Airlines), Air Serbia, Aegean Airlines, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Transavia, and Turkish Airlines. That makes the airport reachable from cities like Athens, Manchester, Istanbul, Barcelona, Paris, and Berlin.
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The most popular route to Podgorica Airport is from Belgrade in Serbia. Both Air Montenegro and Air Serbia fly this route daily, which makes Belgrade an ideal connecting airport for your flight to Podgorica.
Many flights to and from Podgorica are seasonal flights and are only available in the tourist season, from April to November. Here is a current list of Podgorica flights:
Once you've arrived at Podgorica Airport, you'll need to find a way to get into the city itself and begin exploring the Montenegrin capital and beyond.
Unfortunately, Podgorica Airport does not have a direct train or subway line to the city like you'll find at large airports. There is a train station on the Belgrade to Bar railway, about a 20-minute walk from the airport, but the inconsistent train schedules mean it's not a viable option for getting to and from the airport.
There is also no public bus transport from Podgorica Airport to the city. If you are travelling further, you can book bus tickets from Podgorica to Kotor (and Belgrade, Tirana and Sarajevo) on Busbud.
Officially licensed Podgorica Airport taxis operate at the airport and provide access to Podgorica and other cities for a flat fee.
Here are the current rates:
You can also book these luxury transfer services to the coast:
I strongly recommend booking a transfer in advance and having a driver waiting for you on arrival to avoid being scammed.
My mother arrived into Podgorica airport with two friends. They were aggressively ushered into a taxi by a man with some kind of official-looking badge. They were told the fare was €150, not the €100 it should have been and felt helpless to argue and the driver claimed to speak no English.
Once we called, speaking Montenegrin, wanting the dispatcher's number and asking why they were told the price was 50% more than the official price list the driver claimed ignorance but still refused to bring them all the way.
We still paid €100 for him to bring them just past Tivat and accompany them across the ferry, without the car in 35-degree heat. From now on, we will always book transfers online in advance to avoid these problems.
If you prefer to drive, the drive from the airport into central Podgorica usually only takes around 15 minutes, depending on traffic. Driving in Montenegro is very easy and having a rental car will make your stay so much easier and save you money.
Localrent is my preferred supplier for rental cars in Montenegro for several reasons.
First, they’re usually 5-25% cheaper than other car rental companies in Montenegro. A quick search for rental cars in Podgorica on Localrent has brought up prices starting from €280 for a week’s hire. The cheapest car on Discover Cars is €362.67.
That makes Localrent €82.67 cheaper!
Not to mention, a child seat is €20 with Localrent while it’s €96 with Discover Cars. And an additional driver with Localrent is free, while it will cost you another €80 with Discover Cars.
Not only are they cheaper, Localrent are based in Montenegro. They have easy-to-understand, plain English contracts, a huge range of vehicles, including luxury cars and security deposits as low as €100. If you book the cheapest car on Discover Cars, the car rental company will take at least €1,000 security deposit from you!
If you do book with Discover Cars, I recommend avoiding Green Motion because they have terrible reviews.
There is no hotel in Podgorica Airport, but there are plenty of comfortable and affordable accommodation options nearby. If you have an early morning departure or late arrival, staying near the airport can make your trip more comfortable.
If you're looking for a comfortable place to get a night's sleep before or after a long flight, Hotel Aria has rooms and suites that sleep up to 5 people.
You can choose from twin rooms that sleep 2, deluxe suites with a king-size bed and pull-out sofa and a junior suite that has a king-size bed and 3 singles.
This a great place for families because it has a fantastic play room, lots of outdoor space for kids to play and a pool! It also has a lovely outdoor terrace restaurant which serves reasonably-priced meals throughout the day.
The 24-hour front desk makes it easy for late check-ins and early check-outs and breakfast is included with every stay. If you have to check out before breakfast, they'll pack you one.
The hotel has plenty of free parking for your rental car and they have a free airport shuttle if you don't have one.
If you're looking for a comfortable place to get your Montenegrin trip or trip home off to a great start, look no further than Hotel Aria.
Nestled in a tranquil neighborhood, these ultra-clean and roomy apartments offer complimentary Wi-Fi, private parking, and en-suite bathrooms, ensuring a comfortable and convenient stay.
Just 1km or 15 minutes' walk from Airport Podgorica, these apartments make an ideal choice if you have a late-night arrival or early morning departure from the airport.
Located just 8 km from Podgorica, the apartments are also a stone's throw away - only 1 km - from the nearest train station.
The amiable host is always ready to assist, providing free airport transfers to make your journey smoother. The self-contained studio apartments have king-sized or twin single beds and can sleep up to 3 people.
Apartments Aerodrom has been a popular stopover for travellers to Podgorica Airport for many years.
Set in a quiet area of Podgorica, near the airport, Apartments Aerodrom has affordable apartments that sleep up to 5 people.
You can choose between studios and one-bedroom apartments with balconies and you can upgrade with an optional breakfast for just a few Euros per person.
People love the garden with a table tennis table and helpful hosts here. With soccer/football nets and a quiet neighbourhood, this is another great place for families.
Some of the apartments aren't suitable for people with mobility issues because there's a ladder to get to the mezzanine floor. If you have any issues climbing ladders, keep in mind the Apartment with Terrace (sleeps 4) has the 4th person sleeping on the mezzanine floor and the One-Bedroom Apartment is a better option.
This is a great place to stay if you're looking for a warm hosted experience where you feel like you're at home.
Don't expect to find the shopping opportunities here you would at larger airports. Podgorica Airport isn't a place where you going to spend a lot of time browsing the shelves.
However, it does have a duty-free store that takes advantage of the fact that Montenegro is not currently part of the European Union. A couple of tobacco shops also function as newsagents and souvenir stores, so you can pick up drinks, snacks, and something to read on your flight.
If you're hungry, there is also a coffee shop and bakery that can provide you with something tasty to enjoy while you wait for your flight.
Podgorica Airport has a business lounge open to first or business-class passengers, frequent flyers, or those with airport lounge benefits offered by their credit cards.
The airport also has two VIP lounges which are accessible by booking the airport's VIP service ahead of time. The lounges provide a private waiting area with a capacity for up to eight people, and they offer free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a private bathroom.
It costs €150 an hour to rent these lounges or €200 an hour to rent the Presidential VIP lounge, putting it out of the reach of most travelers. Still, it's something to consider if you're a visiting head of state or celebrity.
Montenegro is not part of the Schengen area of free travel within Europe or the European Union, and so no matter where you're going from here, you can expect to encounter passport control.
I recommend you arrive at Podgorica Airport at least two hours before your flight is scheduled to leave. That should give you enough time to get through security and customs control and still make it to your flight on time.
Make sure that you have all your travel documents, including a valid passport with at least six months left before it expires.
If you’re travelling alone with your children ie. without the other parent, make sure you have a notarised permission document from the other parent. In the case you have sole custody or the other parent is deceased, it pays to carry proof of this too. I’ve been asked for this at many borders including Montenegro, Canada and the USA.
There is plenty of parking at Podgorica Airport and unlike other international airports, it won’t cost you a fortune!
Parking at Podgorica Airport costs just €1 per hour, €6 per day or €60.50 per month. And the first 15 minutes is free!
If you have a late flight out of Podgorica, but need to check out of your accommodation in the morning, Bounce luggage storage the ideal place to leave your bags while you spend some more time in the city.
Bag storage with Bounce starts from €5 per day and leaves you baggage-free to take a Podgorica walking tour, visit Šipčanik wine cellar, go kayaking on the Zeta river or even solve a Sherlock Holmes murder mystery before your flight!
Podgorica Airport may not be the biggest airport in the world, but it is a useful hub to get into and out of this fascinating country. It's centrally located, so fast and easy to get through and there are lots of connections to other centres around Europe.
Podgorica Airport is the ideal place to begin your Montenegrin adventure!