How to get from Dubrovnik to Kotor by bus
The Dubrovnik to Kotor bus is an easy and seamless route to take. The journey itself is not that long and it’s the best way to get to Kotor unless you have a car!
Getting a ticket
You can either get a ticket online or get one at the bus station in Dubrovnik. As this is a very popular route, particularly in the summer, I would recommend getting your ticket the day before. The ticket cost about €18 but that will depend on the time and the season you are travelling.
Remember to have €1 handy to store your luggage in the under-compartment if you need to.
Dubrovnik bus station
The bus station in Dubrovnik is relatively far from the old town so you will need to catch a local bus to get there which is a couple of euros, or you can get a taxi which is around €10. If you are getting your ticket the day before you might want to purchase online instead of travelling to the bus station the day before to pick up a ticket. You can purchase them on GetbyBus.com.
Buses leave frequently from Dubrovnik (around 8 times a day). The frequency varies depending on which season you visit too.
The earliest bus is around 7 am and the last is around 3 pm.
The journey to Kotor from Dubrovnik takes around 2 hours but it can take a little more depending on the border crossing. In some cases, it can take nearly 4 hours so always allow time in case this happens! Especially during the summer, the borders can get very busy. I travelled in March/April and the border crossing only took about 15-20 minutes. It’s around 91km from Dubrovnik to Kotor.
The drive is beautiful as for the most part the road hugs the coast. You will get to see some beautiful villages and towns on the water.
Remember to have your passport ready when you cross the border so there are no delays. If you have medicine or need to declare something, then make sure it’s at the top of your bag to avoid hassles. The Montenegro border is usually pretty chilled out.
Arriving in Kotor
Kotor bus station is located just outside of the old city so you can easily walk from the station to your accommodation supplier. Kotor bus station is very small so don’t expect anything fancy. When you leave the bus station, head towards the water and then make a right. You will see the old town in the distance anyway!
Can you do Kotor as a day trip from Dubrovnik?
Technically you could as there are several buses a day, but I would recommend staying in Kotor at least one night. Although the city is small there are lots to see and do in the area. One of the best things to do is climb to St John’s fortress to get an epic view of the city. There are also some great tour companies which can you take you to the main sights within Montenegro (I highly recommend 360 Montenegro).
If you did do it as a day trip you might only have around 5 hours to spend around Kotor so in my eyes the journey is a little long for a day trip.
Driving from Dubrovnik to Kotor
The drive is relatively easy if buses aren’t your thing. It’s very scenic and you have the freedom to stop off at some beautiful places along the way. Make sure you have a green card so you can cross the border.
If you’re hiring a car in the Balkans, you must make sure you have this to be able to visit other nearby countries. Just ask your car hire company.
I hope this post helps you or your Dubrovnik to Kotor travels. If you have any questions, then make sure you leave them below so I can try and answer them for you!
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