When planning a trip abroad it is good to be aware of any requirements that the country you are visiting has in place, such as driving regulations and what type of passport or visas you might need in order to enter. On these pages you will find useful information about travelling to Montenegro to help you prepare for your trip.
One of the word's newest countries, having gained its independence from Serbia in 2006, Montenegro is not only rich in living history, it boasts some incredibly spectacular scenery. Rugged mountains, glacial lakes, river canyons, one of the world's most scenic coastline dotted with fortified medieval villages and coastal churches are all within reach in a country that is barely 200 miles from north to south. No wonder Montenegrins are proud. Despite often being in the spotlight as the place to be for tourists, it doesn't have a touristy feel at all and the welcome is always genuine. The official Language of Montenegro is Serbian (similar to Croatian). Some of the most common phrases you may find useful to know when visiting are:
• Zdravo/bog – Hello
• Do viđenja – Goodbye
• Dobro jutro – Good morning
• Dobar dan – Good day
• Dobra večer – Good evening
• Laku noć – Good night
• Da – Yes
• Ne – No
• Molim – Please
• Hvala – Thank you
• Govorite li engleski? – Do you speak English?
• Oтворено (Otvoreno) / Затворенo (Zatvoreno) – Open / Closed
• Mушкарци (Muškarci) / Жене (Žene) – Gents/ Ladies
• Kamp – Campsite
English is widely understood in the capital, Podgorica, and in the coastal resorts. However, attempting basic greetings in the local language will be considered as polite and appreciated. We therefore recommend investing in a phrase book to help you during your stay.
The currency of Montenegro is the Euro.
Monday to Friday: 0800 hrs to 1900 hrs
Saturday: 0700 hrs to 1300 hrs
However hours do vary from bank to bank, and from place to place, so the hours above are a rough guide only.
Credit Cards & ATM
The following credit cards are accepted: MasterCard, Maestro and Visa cards can be used for payment in many shops and gas stations. Other cards are accepted in some of the Banks in Montenegro.
There are cash dispenser machines (ATMs) in almost every city.
Travellers' cheques may be cashed in banks. Make sure you have your passport, also you may be asked to show the receipt from the bank which issued the cheque or another cheque in the series issued to you.