Day Trips from Dubrovnik to Montenegro

Due to Dubrovnik’s location right on the thin, southern tip of Croatia, it is relatively easy to pop over the border further south into Montengro. (In fact, many of those who are holidaying in one of the Montenegrin coastal towns find it easier to fly into Dubrovnik.) Here’s a guide to some of the day trips from Dubrovnik to Montenegro that you can make!

Just over the border into Montenegro are a number of coastal towns – and you may like to see what other Adriatic seaside towns are like. Amongst those that are relatively easily reachable from Dubrovnik are Herceg Novi, Budva and Kotor. The majority of these towns don’t really have many beaches to speak of, so if that’s the kind of thing you’re after it’s probably better to plan a different daytrip.

Renowned tour and activity company Viator offer a 12-hour Montenegro Day Tour from Dubrovnik, that includes stops in Kotor, Cetinje and Budva if you’d like an organised tour with a few stops, as well as an 11-hour Private Tour: Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik or the Small-Group Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik, both of which have stops in Perast, Kotor and Budva. They also have a 10-hour Ancient Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik that includes sightseeing tours of Roman artefacts in the towns of Risan and Kotor. Or if you’re after something a little more active, why not try the Montenegro Day Trip: Tara River White-Water Rafting (from Dubrovnik).

Remember, as you’re going into a different country, do double-check if you require a visa for Montenegro at the Montenegro Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik to Montenegro – Kotor

Kotor is probably the most worthwhile Montenegrin town to make a day trip from Dubrovnik to, as it’s a wonderfully preserved costal town with numerous sights. The bus journey to Kotor takes around 2 hours. Bus companies Autoboka and Bozur both operate routes between Dubrovnik and Kotor, and you can also see some times on the Dubrovnik Bus Station website (we’d suggest enquiring at the bus station for the most up-to-date times) and you can also try and find your way around the Kotor Bus Station website as well – although this isn’t in English.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik to Montenegro - Kotor

Kotor

Kotor is set on the beautiful Bay of Kotor (along which a number of towns are situated – you could equally stop off at any of them) and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amongst the sights to see are the well-preserved Old Town and its city walls (along which you can walk) and the Cathedral of Saint Tripun (built in 1166).

More at Visit Montenegro – Kotor and Montenegro.com.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik to Montenegro – Herceg Novi

The bus journey to Herceg Novi only takes around 1 and a half hours, and Herceg Novi is the first larger town you come to after you cross the border into Montenegro. See the Dubrovnik Bus Station website for times to and from Dubrovnik; routes are run by the companies Autoboka, Bozur and Blue Line.

There’s plenty of sightseeing opportunities in Herceg Novi, including several fortresses (such as Forte Mare), churches (St Michael Archangel Church and St Jerome Church, both in the Old Town), monasteries and galleries.

More at Herceg Novi website.

Day Trips from Dubrovnik to Montenegro – Budva

Budva is further south along the coastline, and although it only takes approximately 2 and a half hours, it’s not really suitable for a self-planned day trip as there’s no late afternoon return options.

If you do fancy visiting and staying a night (or more), you’ll be rewarded with sights including Budva’s Old Town, with its city walls and churches. Budva is more famous, however, for its sandy beaches in the city and around it. It is this that makes the place a popular tourist destination – the most popular in Montenegro, in fact. This also means that the city has a bustling nightlife scene.

More at Budva.com.

  • Yes, you would – you cannot visit Montenegro using a Croatian visa.

  • Sujit Mehta

    If we have a valid croatian visa then do we need a separate visa to enter motenegro for a day tril from dubrovnik??

  • I don’t quite understand – you are wanting advice on a day trip to Montenegro from Dubrovnik? Really, it would be advisable to join an organised excursion as public bus times don’t quite work out all that well to make a day trip feasible. But do you really want a day trip to Montenegro with a 1 and 3 year old?? Day trips can be very long (10-12 hours!) because they obviously try and cram in as much as possible so visitors can make the most of the day. I have a 1.5 year old and I couldn’t think of anything I’d like to do less than do such a long day trip! (But then, my child is very lively and can’t sit still for a minute!)

  • Shanto

    Hi we will be Dubrovnik in july, 2017 4 adult and 2 kids 1& 3 age. We have plane to Day tripe to Montenegro. Looking forward good advice !!1

  • Duncan

    Many thanks for the guidance.

  • There are no ferries between Dubrovnik (or anywhere in Croatia) to Montenegro, and I don’t believe any companies organise excursions by boat either. (I suppose a very pricey private excursion might be possible!) You would have to travel by bus (or hire a car) if you wanted to visit Montenegro from Dubrovnik.

  • Duncan

    I will be in Dubrovnik at the end of September and would like an outing to Montenegro, but if possible by boat not bus. Are there any ferries running down this stretch of coast?

  • martianw

    Hi, I need to travel from Dubrovnik to Cetinje on 5th September and then from Kotor back to Dubrovnik on the 13th September. Could you offer some advice on travel options please?

    Thank you

    • I don’t believe there are any direct bus options from Dubrovnik to Cetinje – you’d have to travel to Herceg Novi first and then take another bus to Cetinje. There should be four buses to Herceg Novi on 5th Sept – check out https://globtour.getbybus.com/en/. (Not really my area, but I believe there’s many buses per day from Herceg Novi to Cetinje.)

      From Kotor, there are a few daily buses to Dubrovnik – check them out on the above link as well.

  • Holly Warren

    Hi there I’d like to do a day trip from Dubrovnik to Mostar on Thurs 11th of June, departing early in order to maximise my time in Mostar, leaving late afternoon ideally. I’m having real trouble making sense of the bus timetables though! I’m not going to get stuck in Mostar am I?! Would really appreciate some help.. Thanks

  • Sophia

    I’m going to Dubrovnik soon so if you could please help that would be great 🙂

    Do you reccomend booking these tours with Viator and do you have any info on quality of service for these companies – Adriatic Explore (they have great online prices), Dubrovnik day tours (they have great reviews on TA), Amico tours (heard about them from my friend who just got back from Dubrovnik)?! Please any info would be great so we can choose the best day trips in Dubrovnik.

    Thanks,
    Vera

    • HI Vera, I haven’t personally had any feedback about those companies, but I’m sure if they have good reviews online on TripAdvisor then that can generally be trusted. What did your friend have to say about Amico Tours? I always think a personal recommendation is one of the best ways of finding out about things!

  • ina

    It actually says on the timetable you linked to that the latest bus from Kotor doesn’t depart at 5pm, it ARRIVES in dubrovnik at 5pm. So I’m guessing it departs Kotor then around 3pm? Very confusing timetable..

    • Hi there, you are correct that the Dubrovnik Bus Terminal website says that the bus arrives in Dubrovnik at 5pm – which would put its departure time at about 3pm (or just before/after) – so I’ve amended what’s written above. However, the plot thickens…having cross-checked with the timetables posted on the actual bus company websites (Autoboka – http://www.autobokasaobracaj.me/images/stories/Red%20vo%C5%BEnje%20Ulcinj-Split.jpg and Bozur – http://www.bozur.net/) there *is* a 5pm bus departure…but it only runs on Fridays. And I can’t find any departure that’s around the 3pm time. (Oh for the Dubrovnik bus terminal website to actually give out useful and accurate information!) If you are looking to undertake this trip, I would suggest checking the times at the Dubrovnik Bus Terminal when you’re there.

  • BR

    Does the bus from Dubrovnik to Kotor travel through and stop at Mlini? Any help would be great.

    • Hi there, I’m afraid I don’t know for absolute certain, but I suspect not (it terms of stopping) – however, you could contact the bus operator, Autoboka (http://www.autoboka.com/kontakt.html), to see what they say.

      If you’re staying in Mlini and thinking about a trip to Kotor, I would either ask locally at an agency when you’re there, or travel to Dubrovnik (an easy local bus ride away) to catch a bus to Kotor.

  • Fi

    Hello. Is it possible to travel from Dubrovnik to Kotor on a Sunday? The bus timetables seem to suggest it isn’t?

    • Hi Fi, take a look at the timetables on the Dubrovnik Bus Terminal website at http://www.libertasdubrovnik.com/voznired.pdf (direct link to timetables). A few of the buses don’t travel every day (as denoted by the *) but there’s a daily 10am bus that you could take, plus a 5pm return bus (that’s the departure time) if you wanted a day trip.

  • Mathys Clarysse

    this information has been really helpful for my upcoming trip to the balkan.Thanks alot !