Since Montenegro became an independent country, tourists started coming to this area to explore ancient cities like Kotor or Budva and fantastic beaches along the Adriatic coast. If you are looking for something like Croatia but not overcrowded (yet) and less expensive, then travel to Montenegro is a thing for you. This country has everything: thick forests, big lakes, tall mountains, wide beaches, old stone forts, and cities with nice people.
The national currency of Montenegro is the Euro. Currency rate (as of publication): $ 1 = 0,93€.
Montenegro is not a part of the European Union (they are trying to get in) therefore they cannot print Euros themselves, so the money inside the country comes from outside investors and tourists.
Time zone: GMT +1;
The best time to come to Montenegro is the end of spring – beginning of summer (May to June) and the beginning of fall (September to the end of October).
I would not recommend going to Montenegro from July to August. The temperature during these months is very high and it is the high tourist’s season. People from post-Soviet countries are coming to have beach vacations in July and August.
The official language of Montenegro is Montenegrin. It is a Slavic language and if you know one of them chances are you will understand some of what Montenegrin people say.
Many people know Russian as well as English, so there should not be a problem with communication.
There are various religions in Montenegro. The dominating religion is Orthodox Christians, but Catholic Christians and Islam have sizable numbers of followers.
Montenegro is a very safe country but as a tourist you should be aware of pickpockets in crowded places. Otherwise people in Montenegro are very sweet and friendly.
The restaurants accept foreign credit cards with no problems (don’t forget to inform your bank for a trip abroad, so they won’t block your card due to suspicious activities).
There are ATMs and money exchange places all over Montenegro and you will not have any discomfort with getting cash.
Montenegro is a country with a good bus system. You can take a bus or train pretty much everywhere. There are no problems to get from one city to another or even from Montenegro to other countries (usually people are going or coming from Croatia by bus. You can also get to Serbia by train.
The procedure for renting a car is vey easy. You just need an international driver’s license (valid of course), passport, and money to pay for a deposit. Usually you can pay with a card or cash.
You can rent a car if you are over 21 years old and have a minimum of 2 years driving experience.
Compared to other European countries Montenegro is not expensive. There are a few luxury hotels that cost over $150 a night, but you can find a decent hotel or an apartment for $30 – $50 a night. Hostels go lower of course.
For a good dinner with drinks at a nice restaurant be prepared to pay around $15 a person.
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Restaurants: as a general rule, you are expected to tip 10 – 15% in cash and it should not be added to credit card payment.
Hotels: at the hotel for room service 1€ as a tip is acceptable.
Taxi: you are not expected to tip but rounding up the fare is a nice gesture.