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.
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).
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.