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Kotor from Dubrovnik: What are Your Best Options?

Want to go from Croatia to Montenegro and wondering about Kotor from Dubrovnik?

Two countries that I really love are Montenegro and Croatia. So, have you ever thought about combining Dubrovnik with Kotor? If you do, what are your best options to get to Kotor from Dubrovnik?

I know that many travelers end up in Dubrovnik and wonder if it would be worth it to take a side trip to Kotor. If this is you, I would suggest to keep reading!

This post will tell you everything you need to know about your options, benefits, and the wonders of beautiful Kotor.

Let’s dive in!

How do I get from Dubrovnik to Kotor Montenegro?

So, what are your best options? I can tell you that it’s not too hard to get from Dubrovnik to Kotor, and that there are some good possibilities. Here are your best options:

1. By Bus

One of the most popular ways to get from Dubrovnik to Kotor is by bus.

  • How it works: Buses leave Dubrovnik’s main bus station several times a day and drop off people at Kotor’s main bus station. The trip will take you around 3,5 hours.
  • Benefits: It’s a simple way to travel, and you can enjoy the pretty views as you look out the window. You’ll get good value for your money.
  • What to remember: Remember to bring your passport because you will need to cross a country and double-check the time-tables.
  • Cost: A one-way ticket will generally cost you between €15 and €20.

2. By Car

If you like being in charge of your trip, you might like the option of driving.

  • How it works: From Dubrovnik, you can rent a nice car and drive it all the way to Kotor.
  • Benefits: You can choose when to leave, where to stop, and which songs to listen to on the way. You’ll be flexible all the way!
  • What to remember: Have your passport ready for the border, and make sure you can drive to Montenegro from where you rented the car.
  • Cost: Prices for car rentals vary, but you can expect to pay between €30 and €50 per day, plus the cost of petrol, which could be between €15 and €25 for the whole trip.

✅ Check prices and book your car at your desired destination by clicking here!

3. By Boat or Ferry

This is a fun choice if you like being on the water.

  • How it works: You can take a boat or ferry from Dubrovnik right to Kotor.
  • Benefits: It’s good because it’s like a mini-adventure at sea! The water, the wind, and you might spot some dolphins at times.
  • What to remember: The weather affects trips on the water. When the sky is clear, it works best. It’s good to check the forecast upfront.
  • Cost: Your one-way trip on a boat or ferry can be more expensive, generally between €50 and €70.

4. Taxi or a private transfer:

If you feel uneasy by driving yourself, you can also make use of a taxi.

  • How it works: To get from Dubrovnik to Kotor, you can hire a taxi or a private car.
  • Benefits: It’s easy and straight to the point. You’ll be dropped off exactly where you want and it’s less stressful.
  • What to remember: What you should remember is that you should always agree on the price before the trip begins.
  • Cost: This is the most expensive choice, and a one-way trip generally costs you between €100 and €150.

5. By Bike

For those who like to take risks and adventure!

  • How it works: You can ride a bike from Dubrovnik to Kotor if you like riding your bike and have a lot of energy.
  • Benefits: It’s a lot of fun! You’ll get some exercise, see a lot, and have a story to tell.
  • What to remember: What you should keep in mind is that it’s a long ride, and some parts can be hard. Make sure you have enough water and that you know the way.

Each of these ways to get from Dubrovnik to Kotor is a unique way to see the area. Choose what works best for you, and have a good trip! Prices may change depending on the time of the year.

Is it worth going to Montenegro from Dubrovnik?

Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which means that it’s a special place. So, yes, for sure it’s worth going! I’ve been here twice and it has a really nice vibe with beautiful views.

It’s definitely less crowded than staying in Dubrovnik, so you can enjoy its beauty with less people around you. The mountains are pretty impressive, and the sun makes the sea shine nicely. Old towns like Kotor have a lot of stories from a long time ago.

Kotor from Dubrovnik - The Port in Kotor
The Port in Kotor

There are stones on the streets that have been there for hundreds of years, and you’ll find a nice mix of old and new houses . The people of Montenegro are also very nice. They love a chat and may even tell you a tip or two about the best places to go.

And what’s best? Yes, Dubrovnik is so close! So, if you’re already in Dubrovnik and wondering if you should go to Montenegro, my answer is a big yes. It’s like getting more of your favorite ice cream. So why not take the adventure?

Is Kotor worth visiting?

Yes, for sure! Montenegro, which is often called the Pearl of the Mediterranean, isn’t as crowded – and expensive – as its neighbor, Croatia.

The town of Kotor has a unique mix of natural beauty, history, and lots of friendly people. Plus, it’s close to Dubrovnik, so it makes a great side trip.

Best Tours in Kotor

There are many great tours to help you see the beauty of Kotor. The ones below are my favorites. You can book your tour by clicking on one of the links below.

If you’re looking for some great adventure combined with some beach time, I would recommend the following tour:

Blue Cave Adventure & Beach Time

Kotor is also a great place if you’re into walking. It’s a great way to explore Kotor’s old town. I therefore recommend the following tour:

Kotor Old Town Walking Tour

If you’re into food and would like to combine this with a very nice experience in Kotor, I would recommend the following tour:

Private Shore Excursion With Organic Lunch

These two tours are great even when you only have 1 or 2 days to spend in Kotor! It’s a great mix of adventure and taking in culture.

How many days do you need in Kotor?

Kotor is a beautiful place with a lot to offer. If you only spend here one day, it might not be enough and you might regret this later on.

During one day, you can see the most important places, like the pretty streets of the old town, and you might even be able to climb a bit of the mountain to see the town from above. But Kotor is so much better if you take 2 or 3 days!

Kotor from Dubrovnik - View on Kotor
View on Kotor

You can walk around at your own pace, sit in a cute café, and watch people go by. You can go up to the fortress at your own pace, and the view from the top is like something out of a dream.

And that’s not all! If you have an additional day or two, you can take a boat ride in the bay, visit small towns nearby, or just relax by the water. So, a day in Kotor is nice, but spending 2 or 3 days there is just right in my opinion.

It lets you feel the heartbeat of the town and gives you extra time to create some nice memories.

Kotor from Dubrovnik: FAQs

The information below is related to Kotor from Dubrovnik and will give you some more great insights when you plan your trip!

Is Kotor a good base to explore Montenegro?

Yes, Kotor is a great place to start your trip around Montenegro.

When you stay in Kotor, you are in one of the most popular places in the country. But that’s not all! From Kotor, you can easily get to other beautiful places that are relatively close by.

To start off, Kotor is near the water. So, you can take boat trips to see other beautiful places like Perast that are on the water. It’s a small place with cute houses and a couple of small islands you can visit.

Then, if you like mountains and wildlife, you won’t have to go far to get to the Lovcen National Park. Impressive mountains, green trees, and maybe even some wild animals can be seen here.

Lovcen National Park
Lovcen National Park

Also, Budva is close by if you want to go to the beach. There are beautiful beaches where you can relax, and at night the town comes alive with music and people. One of my favorite places in the Balkans!

Kotor is also nice because there are many places to stay, from big hotels to small, friendly guesthouses. Also, busses and good roads connect Kotor to other parts of Montenegro, making it easy to get around.

So, Kotor is a great place to stay if you want to see the best of Montenegro and have a comfortable place to sleep every night.

Can you use euros in Kotor Montenegro?

You sure can! Montenegro doesn’t have its own currency like some other Balkan states, to put it simply. They use the euro (€) instead as the official currency. So, you’ll pay for things in Kotor and the rest of Montenegro in euros.

It’s very useful, especially if you’re coming from or going to other European countries that also use the euro (like Croatia for example). Just keep some cash on you, especially in smaller towns. But a lot of places will also take credit cards.

So, the best way to pay in Kotor and the rest of Montenegro is with euros!

The Wrap-Up: Kotor from Dubrovnik

Going to Kotor from Dubrovnik isn’t just a great chance to see another lovely city. It’s a trip to a place with beauty and charm that hasn’t changed over time.

From the beautiful views of its bay to the rich tapestry of its past, Kotor promises you a unique experience.

Whether you stay for a day or a week, I’m sure you’ll have a great and fun time.

If you want to know more about Montenegro, check out my other posts about safety in Podgorica or about the Budva Riviera as well as things to see in Montenegro!

If you plan to make the trip by car, check out my post about driving in Croatia.

Your restless voyager,


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