Welcome to the Montenegro Motorcycle Travel Guide. This detailed article from our Montenegro touring expert is packed with info and tips and lists three of the best biking routes throughout the country so you can get the most out of your adventure.
Montenegro is a small Balkan country with a population of around 600,000 people. The little gem is surrounded by nature, has a stunning turquoise coastline and has huge national parks with gorgeous Alpine views – Montenegro has a lot to offer. But for motorcycle tourers, it’s made even better with the country’s excellent road connections between the north and south. Most of the roads are paved and winding and that makes it perfect for discovering local cultures and untouched nature.
Everything is concentrated into a tiny territory – that’s why it’s called a boutique country. You can ride through mountains in the morning and soak in the sun on the coast in the afternoon. You’re going to love riding in Montenegro and this guide will show you how.
The two main road border crossings into Montenegro for motorcyclists are from Croatia and Albania as Montenegro is on the highway between central Europe and Greece. It’s also possible to enter Montenegro from Italy using a ferry which arrives into the city of Bar.
The best times to ride a motorcycle in Montenegro are spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-October). Both seasons are beautiful times to see the landscapes in Montenegro thanks to the extreme greenery in spring and orange and reds through Autumn.
Accommodation in Montenegro
There are plenty of three and five-star hotels across the country. The coastal and central areas are well developed for tourism in terms of hotels. In the north (mountains) you’ll mostly find guesthouses where you can experience living with the locals. The coastal region is a bit more pricy and the mountains are more affordable. The prices vary from 50 to 500 Euros per night – dependent on the season and location.
Set in Podgorica, 3.9 km from Church of the Holy Heart of Jesus, Hotel Lazaro offers accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking and a restaurant. Built in 2019, this 4-star hotel is within 4.1 km of Natural History Museum and 4.5 km of St. George Church. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi throughout the property. At the hotel all rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a desk, a terrace with a city view, a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV, bed linen and towels.
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You can camp with your motorcycle in Montenegro in registered camp sites. You may also be able to wild camp if exploring TET roads in the north of the country. But remember, it is prohibited to camp in national parks.,
have possibility to camp in specific areas which are registered as camping sites. Also sometimes you can camp in tent in nature if you are exploring TET roads in the north of the country. It is prohibited to camp in national parks.
Montenegro is a safe country. Crime levels are extremely low, especially in non-touristy places. It’d be extremely rare to have your things stolen. People are very friendly here, but as a tourist you should always pay attention like anywhere in the world.
Don’t exceed the speed limits by more than 10kph as speeding fines can be high. And the process of paying them is complicated too. Your driver’s licence will be retained while you travel to the nearest city to find a post office, pay the fine, then you’ll have to return to collect your licence or collect it the next day.
Montenegro has excellent roads connecting the entire country and the government is continuously improving it even further.
You can even reach remote regions via pristine asphalt roads. It’s only if you decide to explore the TET (Trans Euro Trail) that you’ll find off-road tracks. But a road going motorcycle is fine for riding to all of Montenegro’s key destinations.
Set in Berane, 41 km from Plav Lake, Hotel Berane offers accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, room service and a 24-hour front desk, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Certain units at the property feature a balcony with a city view. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a continental breakfast. Hotel Berane offers a barbecue.
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For your reference, you need three hours to cross the country from south to north. Spring, summer and autumn are all warm on the coast and the temperature fluctuates between 15-25C, while the north is 5-7 degrees lower during those seasons and 15 degrees lower in winter with an average temperature of -5 to -0C.
Here are my top three routes and roads to ride a motorcycle in Montenegro. You’ll find a one-day, two-day and up to five-day tour here dependent on how much time you have. But do make sure you put a little extra time aside to relax and not just ride, it’s a beautiful country with so much to offer.
Lovcen National park and Kotor Cerpentine
This is one of the most popular routes in Montenegro for motorcyclists. The road is new, full of twisties and is an excellent route for a one-day ride. It’s also easily accessible from the most popular cities along the coast such as Kotor, Tivat, and Budva.
This route is excellent as it provides stunning views of Montenegro and Croatia all wrapped up into a single day’s ride. You can ride mountain curves and along straight panoramic roads, take amazing pictures and enjoy the local cuisine along the way.
The great thing about this road is that you can reach it from each of those cities mentioned above, make a circle and come back. This is a great brand-new road with twisties and will be your choice if you have just one day to ride in Montenegro.
Just 10 metres from the beach in Prčanj, Art Hotel Galathea is housed in a stone building dating back to the 18th century. Combining traditional-style with modern amenities, it offers a bar and fully equipped rooms with free Wi-Fi. All rooms and suites are decorated in rustic style with stone wall elements and feature a flat-screen satellite TV and a fully equipped bathroom. Amenities in each unit include a safe, a fridge and a minibar. Some rooms come with a seating area, a furnished patio and a bathroom with a spa bath.
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Durmitor National Park – Tara Bridge – Biogradska Gora – Skadar Lake
Pivsko Jezero is an artificial lake in the mountains filled with turquoise water and Durmitor national park has breath taking views right in the thick of nature (you won’t have mobile reception up here!). Next to the city of Zabljak, you can visit Crno Jezero, another beautiful lake surrounded by mountains – this is a must see and make sure you stop here for a cup of coffee.
Then you can ride to Tara Bridge and follow the old road through its tunnels down to Biogreadsko Jezero national park. From there, you can return the coast. On your way, you’ll pass Kolasin town with its great mountain resorts and the capital of Montenegro – Podgorica.
After Podgorica, ride through Shkodra Lake – a national park protected by UNESCO with its vibrant wildlife. This is a good two or three day riding tour if you don’t want to rush and want to explore all of Montenegro’s culture from the south to the north.
Dream House Hotel & Spa has a garden, shared lounge, a restaurant and bar in Kolašin. This 4-star hotel offers a ski pass sales point and a concierge service. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi throughout the property. The rooms at the hotel are fitted with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Dream House Hotel & Spa provides some rooms with city views. At the accommodation rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Breakfast is available each morning, and includes à la carte, continental and vegetarian options. The area is popular for skiing and cycling, and ski equipment hire is available at this 4-star hotel.
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Durmitor National Park – Prokletje Natioanl park – Plav Lake
This is an extended loop from the route above. This one requires 3-5 days, depending on your pace and how much time you want to spend in each location. You will see all of the above – plus visit Prokletije national park and Plav Lake (a remote area in central Montenegro). On the way, you’ll ride beautiful twisty roads, through local villages and places where traditional tourism is almost non-existent.
Hotel & Restaurant Ada features free bikes, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden and terrace in Gusinje. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a water park. The accommodation offers room service and currency exchange for guests. The units at the hotel come with a flat-screen TV. With a private bathroom equipped with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at Hotel & Restaurant Ada also provide guests with a mountain view.
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Joining an organized motorcycle tour in Montenegro can be a good idea as it will help you save time on research, planning, finding the best roads and hidden gems and you won’t have to spend loads of time and motorway miles riding your own bike there. You’ll see all of the scenic routes and national parks while also learning more about the country and its culture with a professional who knows the country inside out.
If you’re planning on renting a motorcycle in Montenegro, the most important thing to consider is which roads you want to ride. Finding the right motorcycle will make all the difference to your experience.
If you want to ride winding asphalt roads and see all of the key destinations in comfort and safety – then a touring motorcycle will be the best choice. If you’re looking for more of an adventure and are heading off-road, then an adventure bike will be your best bet. Just remember that 95% of places people visit in Montenegro have good road connections.
The best scenario is to fly in and stay in the Boka Bay region in cities such as Tivat, Kotor or Lustica Bay. From these locations you can easily access all of the mountain roads with minimal traffic. The best airports to catch a flight to reach this region are Tivat or Dubrovnik airport.
My main addition to this is (in my experience) that most people think of Montenegro as an undeveloped region and they’re surprised when they come and see the country. Instead, think of it as an average developed country with good services and road connections. Most motorcycles and travellers will be fine here if you are riding your own bike.
Hotel Astoria is a sea-front hotel located on the Tivat promenade, at the heart of Kotor Bay. It offers views of the sea and features free WiFi. The elegantly decorated rooms are equipped with air conditioning, minibar, flat-screen satellite TV and a work desk. The private bathrooms include a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers. Guests can enjoy local specialities and international classics at the hotel’s restaurant that includes a terrace. Wide range of drinks is available at the hotel’s bar.
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Follow the speed limits and don’t exceed them
Avoid the coastal roads in summer
Plan for 2-5 days to fully explore the country (if you don’t want to go full on camping and on off-road trails)
Take your time experiencing local culture and food
Spend at least a day by the sea as the water is incredible