Is Podgorica worth it? We say yes!
You are wondering if is Podgorica worth going to. Is the Montenegrin capital really as ugly as everyone says?
We say it’s absolutely worth going to Podgorica! Montenegro is a small country making Podgorica an easy stopover or day trip destination!
Is it worth seeing Podgorica? We say yes! While it’s nice to visit the beach towns like Budva and Kotor or the mountains in Durmitor National Park, you only get the full picture of Montenegro by visiting the capital Podgorica.
Podgorica is known for its long history starting in Illyrian and Roman times, continuing during the Ottoman Empire and extending to former Yugoslavia.
You can still find plenty of architectonic evidence from all eras around town.
Why you need to visit Podgorica when you’re in Montenegro:
With only 200000 inhabitants, Podgorica is a small capital. One day is enough to see the major sights and get a taste of the vibe.
We would personally recommend to staying one night as well because we enjoyed the nightlife.
There are plenty of Podgorica hotels:
We chose to stay 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.
For more of a Hostel vibe, we can recommend Hostel Q.
Podgorica is located in the southeast of Montenegro, close to Lake Shkadar, Albania, as well as the Adriatic Sea.
As Montenegro is a small country, Podgorica is the ultimate day trip base.
Podgorica is well connected to its neighbouring cities. You can take direct buses from Tirana, Albania, Belgrade, Serbia, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegowina, and many more destinations.
There is one daily train from Belgrade to Podgorica.
Podgorica airport is well connected to other European destinations – also by low-cost carriers like Ryanair or Wizz Air.
The easiest way to go from Podgorica Airport to the city centre is by Podgorica airport taxi. Expect to pay around 15€.
If you are on a budget, there is also a train. You have to walk around 15 minutes to the Aerodrom train station. Don’t worry if it looks a little (ok a lot) shabby – a train did eventually come for us. It should cost around 1-2 €. Here is the timetable.
We always felt safe in Podgorica – also walking around at night. Locals confirmed that they feel like they live in a very safe capital city.
Podgorica is much cheaper than the seaside destinations in Montenegro like Budva or Kotor!
Things to see in Podgorica include:
We love to take a free walking tour in every city we can.
In Podgorica, we tried something new and did a free e-bike tour by discover.podgorica. It was super interesting to get out of the city centre and explore some places we would have never found on our own!
Pod Volat is amazing for Montenegrin food.
Itaka Library Bar is hands down the best bar in Podgorica – plus the craft beer is delicious.
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