Here's a little list of tips we've compiled for living on the road in Montenegro.
Montenegro’s official national language is Montenegrin, which is a variety of the Serbo-Croatian group of languages. You will not find it on Google Translate; Serbian is your closest bet.
Montenegro’s official currency is the Euro. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted.
Supermarkets are generally open from around 7am to 10pm every day of the week. DHL and Franca are among the cheapest.
Despite being a primarily mountainous country, water can be hard to find in Montenegro. They can occasionally be found in the form of a stone font usually by a main road, but your best bet may be to ask at a petrol station.
Voda za piće means drinking water.
You can view our map of water points in Montenegro here.
You can get post delivered to any Pošta Crne Gore post office by addressing it as Poste Restante. It is unclear how long your post will be held for and you will most likely need ID to pick it up. There are very few post offices in Montenegro as it is a sparsely populated country, so you may not be able to get post delivered to where you're staying exactly and may need to travel some distance to collect it.
The address format is as follows:
Post office names, addresses and postcodes for all 52 of Montenegro's post offices can be found www.postacg.me/.
Petrol: Eurosuper 95/98
LPG: Autoplin, Autogas, LPG
Fuel prices are the same all over Montenegro; EKO and Lukoil are the two most prevalent companies. Fuel will usually be provided by an attendant, and most fuel stations are open until midnight, if not 24 hour.
LPG is widely available even at the smaller stations. It is unknown whether they will fill up gas bottles or not.
Despite being a fairly modern country, Montenegro lacks in any street side recycling facilities, however bins are fairly easy to find in towns.
It does have a slight problem with fly tipping but not too bad compared to its neighbouring Balkan countries.
Built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h)
Outside built-up areas 49 mph (80 km/h)
Highways 56 mph (90 km/h)
The minimum legal age of driving in Albania is 18 years old. Visitors should supposedly hold an International Drivers Permit, although we weren’t once asked about this during our stay. Montenegro supposedly accepts Green Card insurance although we among other travellers have experienced difficulties at the border. They only accept original versions of the Green Card.
When driving, you must have on your person at all times a valid driving license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration document.
You may use your horn to alert other drivers you are trying to overtake, particularly in built up areas.
Montenegro 's drivers are noticeably calmer than those from other nearby Balkan countries.
Police checkpoints are common in Montenegro where you may be asked to provide your documents.
Snow chains are recommended in the winter as most of the country is affected by heavy snow.
Montenegro is one of the few countries in Europe where it is possible to purchase a local SIM card without needing a local address or bank account; you will just need a photo ID such as a passport. After reading up on prepaiddatasimcard.com, we decided to go for Telekom, who were offering a deal of unlimited internet up to 200GB for €9.99 valid for 10 days. This was possibly the best network deal we got out of any country we'd visited.
Compulsory items to carry in your vehicle at all times:
Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
First aid kit
Set of spare bulbs
Snow chains or winter tires are compulsory between 15 November to 1 April.
Wild camping in Montenegro is technically illegal, although this is widely debated and largely unenforced. There is not much wild coastline to choose from and away from the seaside and the capital the population is very low, so it is fairly easy to find a quiet spot. The only place wild camping is apparently not tolerated is in the National Parks, so be careful about where you stay, and always take your litter with you.
We spent a couple of weeks in Montenegro, partly owing to the fact that we broke down, and spent most of that time around Kotor as the inland was almost totally inaccessible to us due to the snow, including Durmitor National Park in the North. The best time of year to visit is definitely the spring or summer, when the country is warm and sunny.
The landscape is very dramatic, as most of the country is mountainous right up to the sea. The best place to view the incredible Kotor Bay is from the top of the Kotor Serpentine, an intense road leading straight down a mountain boasting 26 hairpin bends.
There is a lot of wild space and very few people living in the country, with a quarter of Montenegro's tiny population of 622,000 living in the also tiny capital, Podorica. The coastline however, is unfortunately very built up and extremely busy in summer.
We hope to visit again when the weather is warmer and explore more of this beautiful country.