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Border Crossing - Driving from Budva to Dubrovnik

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Border Crossing - Driving from Budva to Dubrovnik

Hi,

Around the 10th July, I'll be driving to Dubrovnik from Budva. I keep seeing that the border crossing takes ages? i have to get the rental car back to Dubrovnik airport by 4pm. is there a best time to try and avoid the queue? i plan on leaving Budva early but don't want to under estimate it.I alos need to get a ferry while in Dubrovnik.

Also, looking at google maps it looks like i need to take a ferry just after Tivat on the E65, is this correct?

Any advise would be appreciated.

Cheers,

england
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1. Re: Border Crossing - Driving from Budva to Dubrovnik

There is an alternative border crossing just a few Km Inland from the main one on the coast road. You could take that one. It is less busy and will be quicker.

London, United...
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2. Re: Border Crossing - Driving from Budva to Dubrovnik

Thanks Shaun1967.

Are you able to advise which way to head to go through this one? I'll be using a sat nav.

thanks,

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3. Re: Border Crossing - Driving from Budva to Dubrovnik

Nobody can really predict the border crossings. Some days you blast thru, other days you are in a epic traffic jam. It is what it is unfortunately. Usually only that short part in Bosnia(something like 4 miles) is a mess, the rest works pretty good. I would start early, it does not guarantee you can cruise thru, but after sunrise(so you can see some of the beautiful landscape) it should be fine

england
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4. Re: Border Crossing - Driving from Budva to Dubrovnik

If you look at google maps, I think the road is the 516. You take a left towards the coast just after you leave Herceg Novi and then follow that road along the coast where it rejoins the main highway not far after the main border crossing on the main highway, well before Dubrovnik. Your alternative is just to stick with the main route and leave plenty of time. In my experience the delay is seldom more than an hour.

London, United...
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5. Re: Border Crossing - Driving from Budva to Dubrovnik

Thanks all,

Is google maps right that there is a ferry crossing too, coming from Budva?

england
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6. Re: Border Crossing - Driving from Budva to Dubrovnik

Ignore that

London, United...
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7. Re: Border Crossing - Driving from Budva to Dubrovnik

Thanks Shaun1967 :)

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8. Re: Border Crossing - Driving from Budva to Dubrovnik

The ferry is actually quite convenient if you would want to cut across the Kotor Bay, it saves you easy a hour or two. I take it always when driving to/from Budva and the views are spectacular. So, I would not dismiss it. Of course it is nice to drive around the bay too, but it takes time.....

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