Train Belgrade to Podgorica, Kotor, Budva in Montenegro

In this post we will analyze train connections between Belgrade to Podgorica, Bar, Kotor and Budva in Montenegro, featuring prices and travel information

If you are planning to travel by train from Belgrade to Podgorica, Bar, Kotor and Budva in Montenegro, this post will bring all the information you will need to have a comfortable journey. It includes information on how to buy tickets and directions from and to the railway stations in Belgrade, Serbia and Podgorica and Bar, Montenegro.

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Train Belgrade to Podgorica. Photo by Kevin Walls

Traveling from Belgrade in Serbia to Montenegro by train is one of the most unique railway experiences in Europe. The Belgrade – Bar railway crosses the dinaric alps and has unique, scenic views, in a low, yet rewarding journey.

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Belgrade to Podgorica, Bar, Kotor, Budva by Train: Overview
Train Stations in Belgrade
Train Stations in Podgorica, Bar,
Traveling time from Belgrade to Podgorica, Bar
Buy Tickets / Prices from Belgrade to Podgorica, Bar
Train Travel Resources

How to Travel by Train from Belgrade to Podgorica, Bar, Kotor, Budva in Montenegro: Overview

First of all, If you want to travel by train from Serbia to Montenegro, there is basically just one main route. This is the Belgrade to Bar railway, and it also serves several other cities in Montenegro, like the capital Podgorica.

From Bar, you will have to take a road if you want to visit Kotor, Budva, Sveti Stefan or Herceg Novi in Montenegro. The region is highly mountainous and there are many minibuses operating on this coastal route. Alternatively, I recommend you rent a car to visit these different towns at your own pace. In other words, I would recommend a trip to Montenegro mixing both railways and roads.


Mala Rijeka Viaduct by Chico BoombaThe Belgrade – Bar railway construction started in the former Yugoslavia, in one of most challenging infrastructure project in this socialist country. It features the highest railway viaduct in Europe, being currently surpassed by some projects in China.

As the train approaches the Dinaric alps, the route offers numerous bridges with unique views. There are also a number of tunnels, which make this railway travel one of the most interesting in the world.

Train Stations in Belgrade

The old, former main railway station in Belgrade is as of 2018, closed. The new station Belgrade Center Station (Beograd Centar), handles all passenger railway traffic between Serbia and Montenegro.

Its building and infrastructure is considerably better than the old main station. The Belgrade Centar Station became is located slightly to the South of Belgrade’s center, and is often referred as Beograd Prokop.

Train Stations in Podgorica, Bar – Bus Stations in Kotor, Budva

Podgorica and Bar each have one station, and are connect in the Belgrade – Bar railway. From Podgorica you can travel to other destinations, sucha s Shkoder in Albania.

The Bar station is mostly actively during summer, with a route from Moscow to Bar (passing through Belgrade). Moreover, there is also a route to Skopje, in Macedonia due to the high influx of tourists.

If you want to travel to Kotor and Budva however, you will have to continue from Podgorica or Bar by bus. There are many minibuses offering the service with a quite high frequency year round.Traveling Time by Train from Belgrade to Podgorica, Bar

If you take a direct train from Belgrade to Podgorica, in optimal conditions the ride will take 10 hours.

The train ride all the way from Belgrade to Bar takes approximately 11.20 minutes, longer than to Podgorica, yet acceptable.

How to Buy a Train Ticket from Belgrade to Podgorica, Bar

It is currently not possible to buy a train ticket from Belgrade to Podgorica or anywhere in Montenegro online. Through the Serbian railways website, you have to call their customer service to book a ticket.

In the Montenegrin Railways website, you can check prices, but you cannot purchase them online.

The cheapest price from Belgrade to Podgorica on a couchette car is currently of € 25,20 euros for one way.

The cheapest price from Belgrade to Bar on a couchette car is currently of € 27 euros for one way.

Furthermore, you can also click here for more information on Trains in Montenegro.

Hotels in Belgrade

Here is a list of our best selection of accommodation options in Belgrade. The train station is easily accessible from most parts of the center. In addition, public transport and taxis are quite affordable in the Serbian capital. I would however, recommend using the app Bolt to avoid taxi scams.

Budget Accommodation in Belgrade – €

Guest House Centar – an affordable quality guest house in the center of Belgrade. Guest House Centar is at a short walk to both Knez Mihailova and Skadarlija.

White Owl Hostel – Located in the Skadarska Street, this is probably one of the best hostels in the Balkans.

Reasonably Priced Accommodation in Belgrade – €€

Garni Hotel Aleksandar Palas – a great value for the money in the center of Belgrade. High quality rooms close to the Knez Mihaila street.

Luxurious Hotels in Belgrade – €€€

Square Nine Hotel Belgrade – one of the most luxurious hotels in Belgrade, located at the Studentski Trg, next to the Kneza Mihailova.

Hotel Metropol Palace – a sumptuous hotel in the center of Belgrade, with an impressive interior design.

For more information check our page on the best places to stay in Belgrade.

Traveling to Montenegro by train may not be simple, however it is definitely worth the trip. Above all, the country has a lot of attractions an sights worth visiting, regardless of the means of transportation used.

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