Trains in Montenegro: This guide will cover the main aspects and routes of traveling to and in Montenegro by Railway
If you are planning a trip to the Balkans you may want to know what are the options to travel using trains in Montenegro. Despite having a small railway network, the country has some of the most amazing railway scenarios in Europe.
Montenegro is one of the most beautiful countries in Southern Central Europe, and used to be a part of the former Yugoslavia. Due to its mountainous relief and small population, it has a very limited railway network, counting with much less options than most countries in that part of the world when it comes to train travel.
The company that manages passenger transport in Montenegro railways is called Željeznički prevoz Crne Gore and it’s based in Podgorica, the country’s capital. You can check their website clicking here, and it has plenty of information in Montenegrin and English, including timetables and ticket prices.
Buying Train Tickets in Montenegro
Unfortunately, as of 2019, Montenegro is one of the few countries in the world in which you will have a hard time buying train tickets on their network online. So the best option is, once in Montenegro, to buy the tickets directly at the station, or if you are coming from Serbia, buy the tickets directly at some Serbian station.
The only advantage to this is the fact that Montenegro uses the Euro as its currency, so odds are you will lose less on exchange rates than you may in other countries in the region, which have their own currency.
The good news is that you can at least check the prices and timetables on the Montenegrin Railways website.
Why you should travel by train in Montenegro
In my personal opinion, the combination of Montenegro’s seaside and the Dinaric Alps make of this nation one of the most beautiful in the world. Travelling by train in Montenegro will allow you to experience one of the most breathtaking landscapes you have ever seen. Montenegro also has the highest railway viaduct in Europe, called Mala Rijeka, located in the scenic Belgrade – Bar railway, which is definitely worth visiting too.
International Trains in Montenegro
Currently Montenegro only has rail connections to Serbia. If you want to travel from Montenegro to Bosnia, Croatia, Albania or Kosovo, your best choice is travelling by car or taking a bus. Even if Albania has railway lines connecting Montenegro to it, they currently only serve cargo transport.
The situation is unlikely to change anytime soon. Montenegro is highly mountainous and has a relatively low population. Therefore, it is unlikely that the costs of building railways that will involve a complex network of tunnels for a low demand of passengers to become possible in the near future.
If you are traveling to Montenegro the main points of entry are the Podgorica Airport and the Tivat Airport. Another popular point of entry is the Northern border with Croatia, close to Dubrovnik.
Finally, some travelers arrive in the country by sea. Many international cruise ships stop by at the Port of Kotor. There is also a scheduled ferry service from Bar to Bari in Italy.