Travel to Montenegro
Flying to Montenegro
The national airline is Montenegro Airlines (http://montenegroairlines.com). Flights to Montenegro depart from various European capitals (Belgrade, Moscow, Paris, Rome and Vienna) all year round for Podgorica Airport and Tivat Airport. In summer there are additional flights, including a direct service from London Gatwick to Tivat. Alternatively, you can fly from London Heathrow-Belgrade and then Belgrade-Podgorica or Belgrade-Tivat with Air Serbia (www.airserbia.com), known as JAT until autumn. Prices vary dramatically depending on demand and availability.
From London Gatwick to Tivat takes 2 hours 40 minutes.
Travel by rail
Montenegro has direct rail links with Serbia (freight and passenger) and Albania (freight only), but not with Croatia. Trains run from Belgrade, Serbia to Bar (two trains daily; journey time 11 hours; couchettes available on the night train) via Podgorica. Timetables are available from Railway Transport of Montenegro (www.zcg-prevoz.me).
InterRail (www.interrail.eu) offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 30 European countries for European residents of over six months. The Global Pass allows travel across all 30 countries, for 15 days, 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days. However, there is no One Country Pass available for Montenegro, and on this pass, travel is not allowed within the passenger's country of residence. Travellers under 26 years receive a reduction, and children's tickets are also discounted about 50%. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from Rail Europe (www.raileurope.co.uk).
By road note:
There are plans to upgrade the motorways in this part of the world. The Adriatic Highway will one day be incorporated into the long-awaited Adriatic-Ionian motorway, which will run all the way from Croatia down into Greece. However, the building of the Belgrade - Bar motorway, passing through Podgorica and incorporating dozens of bridges and tunnels, is currently a priority for Montenegro.
Getting to Montenegro by boat
Many cruise ships travelling down the Adriatic from Venice to Greece sail into the Bay of Kotor and make a port of call at Kotor.