How long to spend in Montenegro? We have written a no fluff Montenegro 4 day itinerary for backpacking Montenegro with public transport to cover all of the countries highlights efficiently.
We visited the small Mediterranean country to answer the question of how many days should you spend in Montenegro in our Montenegro travel blog. Even if you want to travel Montenegro by public transport, i.e. without a rental car, our efficient Montenegro 4 day itinerary is enough to cover the basics.
First and foremost: How many days do you need in Montenegro? We think four days in Montenegro is the bare minimum – if you like fast-paced travel itineraries like us.
Even if you want to go backpacking in Montenegro without a car, you can see a lot of the small country – especially if you use tours the smart way.
As Montenegro is a small country, the best area to stay in Montenegro is hard to tell. Theoretically, it is small enough to cover everything with day trips but we still recommend you to change base a couple of times. We liked staying in
Many travellers rent a car in Montenegro. Let us tell you that it’s super easy and budget-friendly to go backpacking in Montenegro with public transport (and tours).
We always just turned up at the bus station and bought a ticket. If you want to check schedules or book tickets online, you can check out busticket4.me.
We stayed at House with a garden in Podgorica Center and couldn’t be happier with our choice. The location was amazing, the room comfy and the hospitality of the owners through the roof.
Morning: We would recommend spending the morning doing a free e-bike tour to get a guided overview of the city.
Afternoon: Check out some of the sights you have missed on the tour like Skaline, the Clock Tower, or Podgorica Old Town.
Evening: Have a traditional Montenegrin Dinner at Pod Volat. Enjoy a nightcap at the amazing Itaka Library Bar.
The bus from Podgorica to Budva leaves at least every hour throughout the day, often more. It takes around 1.5 hours and should cost around 6€.
If you’re looking for a cheap place to stay in the old town of Budva, check out Freedom Hostel.
Morning: The old town of Budva is charming but small. Even if you stroll through all the alleys and visit all the churches, it should not take you more than an hour.
If you’re more of a history buff, you can visit the archaeological museum or the citadel.
Don’t miss the beaches. Plaza Ricardova Glava has the stunning backdrop of the old town. If you walk further along the coast past the statue of the ballerina, you reach the even more beautiful Mogren Beach.
Afternoon: Make your way to the Sveti Stefan Peninsula for a perfect picture spot. It’s only 10 km from Budva. Buses from Budva to Sveti Stefan depart every 15 minutes and cost around 2€. Warning: The buses don’t leave from the bus station but from the main road!
Evening: Restoran Vista Vidikovac is the best place for (sunset) views. For some authentic Budva food, go to Rivijera Restaurant and order the Makaruli.
The bus from Budva to Kotor leaves at least once per hour during the day, oftentimes more. It costs around 3.50€. Direct buses take around 30 minutes.
We stayed at Old Town Youth Hostel. The location was super central in the old town but you can definitely find cheaper options.
Disclaimer: We actually did all this in one day and so can you!
Morning: Start your morning while it’s still cool by hiking up to Kotor Fortress. You can take the official way which will cost you 8€. Or you can do the “Ladder of Kotor” hike which we did. It leads you to a back entrance.
Afterwards, take some time strolling the alleys of Kotor Old Town. Visit some churches and don’t miss out on circling Kotor on its city walls while it’s still free.
Afternoon: A Boka Bay boat tour will be the highlight of your trip.
Evening: Konoba Scala Santa is great for some more Italian-inspired Kotor cuisine. Bastion 3 satisfies your cravings for Balkans cuisine.
While a North Montenegro Tour is not the most thorough way to see this part of the country, it is definitely the easiest and most time-efficient – especially if you don’t want to drive on these crazy mountain roads. Trust us, we have been on them and we would not recommend.
On this tour
This is the exact tour we did.
The quickest, easiest, and most convenient way to visit Northern Montenegro is by day trip!
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