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Ferries to Montenegro

Found in the Balkan Peninsular in south-east Europe, Montenegro boasts a short, picturesque coastline where dramatic mountains meet the Adriatic Sea.

Perhaps the most noteworthy feature is Mt Lovcen, nicknamed ‘The Black Moutain’ due to its dark complexion. It is a national park in the southwest to which the country owes its name, with ‘Monte’ as ‘mountain’ and ‘negro’ as ‘black’ in Italian.

The park offers fantastic cycling and hiking along the winding mountain paths, with the vast wooded area teaming with wildlife. It is home to over 85 species of butterfly, various reptiles, brown bears and around 200 species of bird. In fact, Montenegro has the highest levels of biodiversity in Europe, with over half of the continent’s bird species regularly seen there.

Cycling along the 295km coast is a great way to enjoy the charming towns and historic landmarks.

Some notable stops include Herceg Novi in the Bay of Kotor, a popular spa and health centre with healing sea mud and mineral water springs nearby. It’s also home to Forte Mare, built in 1382 and an impressive 19th Century clock tower.

The Old Town of Kotor is laced with 9th Century walls and offers unbeatable views across the mountainside. At night, it becomes spectacularly lit up and glistens in the water, making the perfect romantic setting.

The Old Citadel in Konoba Stari Grad is another fine example of the nation’s unique architecture, a 19th Century castle offering more stunning views and a fascinating library full of rare literature.

Venturing slightly inland, you’ll find a small historic town called Stari Bar nestled in the wooded mountainside. It has church remains, an 11th Century fortress, foundations of St George’s Cathedral and a 17th Century aqueduct, so remember to bring a camera.

The National Museum of Montenegro in Cetinje comprises two galleries and four museums and is definitely worth a visit. It provides a comprehensive insight into the country’s tumultuous past, namely the many conflicts with the Ottoman Empire.

There are four sailings every week departing from Bari in southern Italy, which arrive in Bar on the south coast and last around ten hours. If you are travelling to northern Montenegro, sailing from Bari to Dubrovnik, Croatia, then crossing the border would be a more time efficient journey.

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Montenegro reviews

  • "Please be aware"

    The ferry was great but, people need to be aware that the ticket they buy online is not the ticket that gets them on the ferry. Don’t wait to board and find out at 8:30 you don’t have a ticket only a confirmation to get a ticket. Go early to the ferry and ask for the shuttle to take you to the ticket office. Make sure they are open early. When we went in September they had changed from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm opening the day of your ferry trip. Granted the ferry does not leave until 10 pm it would have saved us a trip over in the morning. Also good to know there is a luggage storage at the pier and they kept our bags till we left, just check there times also. Ferry is clean and had good food for purchase on board. We had a cabin with a sink, but bathrooms are down the hall. Just wish they would post something for people about getting ticket and make mention on the website, that it’s only a confirmation not your ticket

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  • "Very nice experience "

    I was very skeptical to take a 11 hr ferry to Italy. But this was just a pleasant surprise. Very comfortable and good facilities. Will choose it always again

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  • "Enjoyable way to travel between Croatia & Italy !"

    We had a lovely journey from Split to Ancona on the ferry & highly recommend it to anyone deciding which way to travel. Friendly staff + ok food ( would have preferred it a bit hotter) & a cabin for the night.

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  • "Efficient, friendly and helpful "

    I travelled with Jadrolinija yesterday from Dubrovnik to Bari. I'd done my research/ read reviews beforehand so knew my printed ticket wasn't the actual ticket, and I'd have to go to an office across the street from the ferry port to collect it. The whole process of asking staff at one location as to where to collect it, picking it up, boarding the Ferry, directions and help from the staff/ crew, was extremely great! They were friendly, helpful, forthcoming and situated at the different places on the Ferry to tell the passengers where to go. We left on time. It wasn't busy or rushed. Just a calm relaxed atmosphere throughout. I bought my own food, so cannot comment on what was provided. I bought the seated ticket, so also cannot comment on the cabins situation. But I can say I slept Well, and there were order on the pFerry, as in passengers who bought the non cabin and seated seats, didn't come into the seated area to sleep. When departing the Ferry, it was just as I wrote above. I think it was the captain (wished I asked), was just so lovely, friendly and helpful. Carried my suitcas down the stairs, as well as helping other passengers. He took the time out to say bye to us, shake some of our hands etc. Overall, I'm really impressed with my experience, and would have no problem at all booking Jadrolinija again. Many thanks to the all the staff!

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