7 important things to know when driving to Kotor, Montenegro

When you’re driving to Kotor there are a few important things you want to know. Both about the driving conditions, about the city itself, and general stuff about the country.

It’s pretty obvious that you would do some research about Things to do in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro before making your way to this beautiful city, but there is also some general stuff that is good to know before driving to Kotor in order to make your trip easier, safer, and more fun!

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Here are 7 important things to know when driving to Kotor, Montenegro

1. Get there early

If you’re coming for a day trip (from Dubrovnik) try leaving before 7 am as you’ll have the city to yourself before the influx of tourists come in from the cruise ships and busses and flock the Old Town. The busses from Dubrovnik leave around 7.30 so you want to beat them and the rest of the traffic towards Kotor.

2. The drive is a little sketchy

Allow extra time as the entire road is a single-laned road curving around the coast. The extra time will allow both for slow traffic, the border control, and photo stops. This is another good reason to leave early as the road is definitely nicer when it isn’t as busy.

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3. Renting a car might be pricey

One thing that is definitely good to know if you’re thinking about renting a car from Croatia is that it might be pricey! We rented one (with Goldcar) and it was really cheap. UNTIL we got the fees.

Car rental fees include:

  • Under 25 drivers fee (9 Euro per day ish. Note that you need to have held your driver’s license for at least a year).
  • Cross-border fee (27 Euro – unavoidable).
  • Car insurance (25 Euro per day, ish).
  • A fee for non-credit card holders (the main driver needs to have a credit card – if not, there’s a big fee).
  • Car-hire security deposit (minimum 130 Euro. Hopefully you get this back).

What we thought would be a cheap day trip turned out to cost us almost 180 USD. Just something to keep in mind if you’re planning on driving to Kotor.

4. You can find free parking

If you’re traveling by car we definitely recommend to park on Njegoševa Street as the parking is free. If you come early enough you should be able to find a spot. It’s only about a 5-minute walk to the Old Town from there which is perfect.

5. It’s touristy

Beautiful places have a tendency to be packed with tourists. Kotor is no exception. With multiple cruise ships coming in daily, this little city easily gets full! We traveled during shoulder season and we definitely still noticed the tourism. So just be aware of that when planning your trip.

6. Currency

The currency is Euros. Most places do accept card but just to be sure, bring some € with you to avoid steep ATM fees. There’s also a market outside the Old Town so if you want some fresh fruit, having cash is probably a good idea.

7. Drinking water

You can drink the water from the tap in Kotor, Montenegro. Why not bring a reusable bottle that you can fill up over and over again?! This saves you a few € and it’s better for the environment. Win-win!

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We hope you’re going to enjoy Kotor just as much as we did. Fortunately, you’ll be well prepared after reading this list and getting anything unexpected out of the way so you can have the best day possible.

We’d love to get some feedback after your trip as well to see if there’s anything we’ve missed or could add to the list! And if you haven’t checked out our blog post, Things to do in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, you can check it out here!

Safe travels and have fun!

Dom & Jo

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4 thoughts on “7 important things to know when driving to Kotor, Montenegro

    1. Same here! It was such a beautiful gem. We didn’t know what to expect when we went and we got such a positive surprise! 🙂
      And yes, the view from the top is the best! Happy travels <3
      - Jo

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