The Mala Rijeka viaduct
 

Spectacular scenery between Belgrade & Podgorica or Bar as you travel to Montenegro comfortably by train. No airports, no flights.

See photos & video of this amazing train ride.

To Montenegro's Adriatic coast by train...

It's easy to travel by train all the way from London or Paris to Podgorica, Bar, Kotor or Budva in Montenegro.  Leave London mid-morning, travel via Paris and either Zagreb or Budapest, and you'll be in Belgrade by early evening the next day, with modern high-quality air-conditioned trains throughout, see the video guide.  You can then take the amazing Belgrade-Bar railway to Montenegro, one of Europe's most scenic train journeys.  Alternatively, travel by train to Italy then catch a ferry across the Adriatic to Montenegro.  It can cost little more than flying, yet it's a memorable travel experience not a soulless flight.  This page explains how to plan, book and make a train journey from the UK to Montenegro.

Train times, fares & how to buy tickets...

  London to Podgorica, Bar, Budva, Kotor by train via Belgrade

  The fabulous Belgrade to Bar railway - one of Europe's most spectacular!

  General European train travel information

  Luggage   Taking bikes   Taking dogs   Hotels & accommodation

  Useful country information - visas, currency, time zone, dialling codes

Route map:  London to Montenegro by train...

Route map:  London to Montenegro by train

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Useful country information

Train operator:

www.zcg-prevoz.me.

Eurostar times & fares.  All-Europe online train times:  www.bahn.de

     

Railpass:

Beginner's guide to European railpasses    Buy a rail pass online

Time zone:

GMT+1 (GMT+2 from last Sunday in March to last Saturday in October).

Dialling code:

+382

Currency:

Montenegro uses the euro, 1 = approx 1.15   Currency converter

Hotels:

Find a hotel anywhere in Eastern Europe

Tourist information:

Tripadvisor Montenegro page

Page last updated:

20 February 2017.  Train times valid 11 Dec 2016 to 10 June 2017.


London to Montenegro

There are two basic ways to travel from the UK to Montenegro, both have their own appeal - feel free to go out one way and back the other.

Option 1, London to Podgorica, Bar, Budva by train via Belgrade...

This option involves comfortable modern trains all the way to Belgrade, then a ride on the famous Belgrade-Bar Railway, recognised as one of Europe's most scenic.  Flood damage blocked the northern part of the Belgrade-Bar line back in May 2014, but I'm glad to say that the line reopened in March 2015 and normal service has resumed.

London ► Montenegro

Montenegro ► London

Fares & how to buy tickets...

The journeySee the Belgrade to Bar page for times, fares, video & photos...

High in the mountains of Montenegro

The Adriatic, seen from the train leaving Bar

Option 2, London to Podgorica, Bar, Budva by ferry from Italy...

Sadly this is no longer possible.  It seems Montenegro Lines have ceased trading in 2017...

Montenegro Lines ferry from Bar to Bari

The Montenegro Lines ferry to Bari at Bar ferry terminal...

Bar ferry terminal, Montenegro Lines   View of Bar ferry terminal, across the marina

Bar ferry terminal...

 

Bar ferry terminal, from across the marina...


The European Rail Timetable & maps

Thomas Cook European Timetable -  click to buy onlineTraveller's Railway Map of Europe - buy onlineThe European Rail Timetable (formerly the Thomas Cook European Timetable) has train & ferry times for every country in Europe plus currency & climate information.  It is essential for regular European train travellers and an inspiration for armchair travellers.  Published since 1873, it had just celebrated 140 years of publication when Thomas Cook decided to pull the plug on their entire publishing department, but the dedicated ex-Thomas Cook team have set up a private venture and published the first edition of a reborn European Rail Timetable in March 2014.  You can buy it online with worldwide shipping at either www.stanfords.co.uk or www.europeanrailtimetable.euMore information on what the European Rail Timetable contains.

A Traveller's Railway Map of Europe covers the whole of Europe from Portugal in the west to Moscow & Istanbul in the east, Finland in the north to Sicily & Athens in the south.  On the back are detailed maps of Switzerland, Benelux & Germany, plus city plans showing stations in major cities.  Scenic & high-speed routes highlighted.  Buy it online for 14.50 + postage worldwide (UK addresses 2.80) at www.stanfords.co.uk/Continents/Europe-A-Travellers-Railway-Map_9789077899090.htm or (in the Netherlands) for 13 + 5.50 postage from www.treinreiswinkel.nl.


Guidebooks

Lonely Planet Eastern Europe - buy online at Amazon.co.ukTo get the most from your visit, you should take a good guidebook.  For the independent traveller, I think this means one of two guidebooks, either the Lonely Planet or the Rough Guide.  Both series are excellent.  You can buy a guide covering all the countries in Eastern Europe.  Lonely Planet Eastern Europe.

Click to buy online at Amazon...

 

 

 


Find hotels in Montenegro, Serbia & the Balkans...

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel without proper travel insurance from a reliable insurer with at least 1m or preferably 5m medical cover.  It should also cover loss of cash & belongings (up to a limit), and trip cancellation.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheapest even for just 2 or 3 trips a year - I have an annual policy myself.  However, don't expect travel insurance to bail you out of every missed connection, see the advice on missed connections here.  Here are some suggested insurers, Seat61 gets a little commission if you buy through these links, and feedback from using insurance for rail & ferry travel is always welcome.

In the UK, use www.confused.com to compare prices & policy features across major insurance companies.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get an EU health card, it's free...

If you're a UK citizen travelling in Europe, you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, which entitles you to free or reduced rate health care if you become ill or get injured in many European countries, under a reciprocal arrangement with the NHS.  This replaced the old E111 forms as from January 2006.  The EHIC card is available from www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx.  It doesn't remove the need for travel insurance, though.

Carry a spare credit card, designed for travel with no currency exchange loading & low/no ATM fees

Taking out an extra credit card costs nothing, but if you keep it in a different part of your luggage you won't be left stranded if your wallet gets stolen.  In addition, some credit cards are better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.

 


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