Hi I thought I would just post this regrading a day trip I went on this week to Montenegro, speaking with others it seems that people are not told/aware of a few things and just thought it could/might be useful for someone.
We booked the trip to Montenegro through Michael at Cavtat travel (highly recommend him he was so informative, generally nice and cheaper than others- including cheapest for the water taxi to Dubrovnik !) Paid around the equivalent to £40 for the trip, very reasonable. Pick up was at 8:30am, it took about 15-20 minutes to get the the boarder, but then around 2 hours (possibly more) to get through this boarder. I understand it was August and busy but equally I believe this is quite common on a daily basis. We were behind a few coaches and it seemed to take forever for each coach. When it was our turn, the police get on the bus take everyone’s passports have a look at everyone and then take the passports, around 10 minutes later the police man comes back the passports return and your free to leave. Next to the Montenegro boarder, we waited here around 10 minutes.. they didn’t even look at our passports just the information the guide had given them. The guide explained that if herself and the driver take them fresh water they are happy and will let you through quickly.
Then we get into Montenegro, quick stop at a shopping centre for a drink, toilet, fag break and back on the road to Budva. So much traffic that it took maybe an hour to hour and half to get here- not ideal. We had 1.5 hours here and went for lunch, which was fine, we had a quick browse about and not much to write home about, actually has some vibes of Benidorm (nightclubs etc) a beach front with restaurants and an old town. Nowhere I would return to. Back on the coach and luckily to drive to Kotor was much quicker although the guide did tell us it can take 2 hours as traffic is so bad at times. Kotor is absolutely beautiful, it included an optional guided tour for 30 mins which was informative. It’s stunning in Kotor, Old town, walls, shops, nice restaurants and bars- we had 2 hours 45 mins here.
On leaving Kotor we went back around the coach which included driving past our lady of the rocks (island with a church on basically) again beautiful scenery. It took a while in traffic to get back maybe an hour or 1.5 hours.
We got back to the boarder (Montenegro), luckily less of a queue but coaches from Albania. The guide explained she would ask if we could go through first as they would be along time checking each passport of these coaches and we wouldn’t want to be behind them at the Croatian boarder. Luckily they let us through which took around 20 minutes. We learnt that they had found 6 people with fake passports on the Albanian coach.
Next Croatian boarder and more Albanian coaches, the driver went through the lorry lane to attempt to beat this and luckily he did. However we still were waiting 45 minutes to an hour. We returned back at around 9pm.
It was a 13 hour day and we had been told we would return for 6:30-7:15.. others had missed dinner reservations etc because of this.
In hindsight knowing this I’m not sure we would have done this trip, which is a real share Kotor was beautiful. It’s a place that is now ticked off my list, but I felt like this might help some of you thinking of doing this trip. :)