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Cost of Vacation in Montenegro 2020 Tourist Centers and Extra Details

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Cost of Vacation in Montenegro 2020 Tourist Centers and Extra Details.

Vacation in Montenegro – Is a Balkan country with rugged mountains, medieval villages, and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline. The Bay of Kotor, resembling a fjord, is dotted with coastal churches and fortified towns such as Kotor and Herceg Novi.

Cost of Vacation in Montenegro

Durmitor National Park, home to bears and wolves, encompasses limestone peaks, glacial lakes, and 1,300m-deep Tara River Canyon.

Montenegro is a nation-best characterized by its rugged mountains, medieval villages, and a narrow strip of beaches along its Adriatic coastline.

The nation also hosts several National Parks and historic towns. This article reflects on the costs of living alone in more prominent cities and towns like the capital Podgorica and popular tourist destinations like Kotor and Budva.

If you are coming as a couple or a family, you can do the necessary multiplications to figure out how much money you need for your specific situation. Also, keep in mind that smaller and less touristy towns will have a lower Montenegrin cost of living.

Accommodation Cost in Montenegro

For a studio apartment or a one-bedroom, the price should be around 150-250 euros per month. Naturally, cheaper apartments will be smaller, not as renovated or outside of the main towns and city centers.

Also let me remind you that if you live in the center of town, apartments will be pricier than those further away from the city center.  For Kotor, a cheaper apartment might be a 5-10 minute cab ride (30-40+ minute walk) outside of the old town in a neighboring town like Dobrota. The same goes for Podgorica. But hey… there’s always the bus!

Utility Cost

Basic utilities (electricity, heating, water) are of course cheaper in the summer and more expensive in the winter. If you are paying for the phone, internet, and TV (which will be about 15-25 euros), as well as heating in the winter months, and you don’t have central heating, utilities could be 60-80 euros for a studio or 1 bedroom apartment.’

If you have central heating, it could be more, especially if you are also paying for trash, parking, and any other building facilities. The summer’s utility bill total is usually about half the winter’s or less. 

Transportation Cost

For a month-long bus pass, you can expect to pay about 15-20 euros depending on which town you are living in. A one-way bus ticket will be less than 1 euro. 

Social Activity Cost

Social life varies from person-to-person of course. And beware of tourist traps in Kotor. I have fallen for one that got me good. I can’t even talk about it; that’s how embarrassed I am. A nice club in Podgorica or Kotor might cost you 15-20 euros by the end of the night.

If you stick to a pub or a small bar, you could spend 10-15 euros the whole night. Restaurants as well vary. If you go to the trendy restaurants in the city center, you could spend 15-20 euros for some sort of main dish and a couple of drinks.

In places like Kotor and Budva though, some restaurants could cost at least 30 euros for one person because there are many fancy places in these towns, so just make sure you read some of the menus correctly if you don’t want to fall for any tourist traps. You can also just as easily find restaurants where you can spend no more than 10 euros for a meal and some drinks, especially if you are just drinking beer. 

Healthcare Cost in Montenegro:

As an expat, you can’t receive free public healthcare. Be prepared to pay 10-30 euros to see a doctor privately. General physicians will be cheaper than a doctor who specializes in specific or advanced treatments for certain disorders and diseases.

In regards to pharmacies, most antibiotics should be less than 5 euros. Other prescription medications for disorders and diseases could be 15-25 euros.

Total Cost for a Month in Montenegro

You can get by on as low as 500-600 euros a month in Montenegro.  But to live more comfortably as a one-person expat, ideally, you want at least 650-700 euros a month.  

Tourist Centers in Montenegro:

1. Our Lady of the Rocks:

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Our Lady of the Rocks is another of the must-see Montenegro attractions. The island church is one of two islands that lie in front of the town of Perast.

Our Lady of the Rocks is a man-made island with a beautiful blue-domed Catholic church. The other island is a natural island that’s home to an Orthodox Christian monastery.

Of the two, only Our Lady of the Rocks is open to the public. Part of the church is a museum and for €1 per person, you can get a guided tour through both the church and museum.

2. Tivat:

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Once, Tivat was an unattractive town full of grey apartment blocks. The arrival of Porto Montenegro and its beautiful architecture, palm trees and glittering super-yachts have transformed Tivat into one of the hottest destinations in Montenegro. Tivat has good international restaurants, plenty of events and it’s close to Kotor, Budva, and Lustica Peninsula.

Not only that, but Tivat international airport is also just 5 minutes from town so you can get off the plane and be kicking back with a cocktail within half an hour of touching down.

Tivat is also very easy to get around. Street parking in the town is free and it’s so compact you can get around it on foot easily.

3. Kotor:

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Kotor is one of Montenegro’s most popular attractions. If you see just one thing in Montenegro, it has to be Kotor, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Venetian fortress town is walled and dates back to 168 BC.

It’s a fascinating rabbit-warren of alleyways, churches, palaces, souvenir shops, and eateries.

Wander the town’s ancient streets, snap photos of the historic buildings and sip espresso in one of the town squares. You can also explore the maritime museum, visit the churches and hike San Giovanni Fortress to get breath-taking views of Kotor Bay.

4. Budva:

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Budva is Montenegro’s most popular tourist resort. The main attraction is Budva’s old town which is one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast. Inside the old town, you can visit the citadel and the town museum, which holds a lot of artifacts from the town’s history.

5. Sveti Stefan:

Sveti Stefan

Sveti Stefan is a tiny islet and a former town connected to the mainland by a small land bridge. It was a small town but was turned into a hotel and it rapidly became a favorite spot for Hollywood stars and royalty.

It fell into disrepair but it’s been completely renovated and it’s become popular again with the likes of Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic. It’s undeniably a beautiful spot and a must-see Montenegro attraction.

The most popular place to photograph it from is a lookout point on the main road above. Unfortunately, you can’t visit the island because it’s a hotel belonging to the Aman Resorts chain.  Nights there start at around €800 per night.

CSN Team.

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