The official capital is Podgorica.
GMT +1 (-2 hours to Moscow).
Monetary unit of Montenegro from January 01, 2002 is the euro, equal to 100 cents. Coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 centers are in circulation throughout the country. Of the banknotes, banknotes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros are used.
The most favorable rate for currency exchange at the National Bank of Montenegro. You can also use the services of hotels, post offices, or change money at the airport. The opening hours of the National Bank are from 10.30 to 14.00 on weekdays, commercial financial institutions – from 8.00 to 17.00 on weekdays and from 8.00 to 13.00 on Saturday. Banks are closed on weekends. In major resort towns, there are ATMs where you can cash out Mastercard, Diners Club and Visa cards.
The country equally uses 2 alphabets: Cyrillic and Latin. All inscriptions in the cities are made in two versions of writing. It is easy to communicate with the locals, as most Montenegrin words are consonant with Russian. Many people know Russian. German, Italian and English are also spoken in coastal areas, hotels and tourist destinations. See liuxers for Montenegro customs and traditions.
It is best to shop in local shops and department stores. But it is worth remembering that industrial shops are open on weekdays from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 17.00 to 20.00. You can buy food from 6 am to 10 pm, such supermarkets are open daily and without a lunch break. Other trade establishments work from 6.00 to 20.00 daily, some of them do not close until 23.00. In Montenegro, convenience stores are ubiquitous.
The most profitable purchase in Montenegro will be fruits, juices, vegetables, home-made wooden utensils and other souvenirs, icons, lace and national costumes, paintings and musical instruments (shepherd’s pipes, psaltery).
In most cases, payment for services is already included in the cost of the order in hotels and restaurants. In addition, it is customary to give an additional tip in the amount of 10-15% of the bill, or round the amount up.
The voltage in the network is 220 Volts. You need a European adapter.
There is no centralized heating in Montenegro. To heat the room in the cold season, it is enough to turn on the air conditioner to the heat output mode. The water in the tap is clean, filtered, with a high calcium content. If someone does not like it, then you can buy bottled water in the store.
The country has a well-developed transport network. Almost all cities are connected by bus service. There are 2 airports (in Tivat and in Podgorica), they communicate with countries such as Serbia, Hungary, Switzerland, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, France, Macedonia.
The railway branch of the country connects the cities: Subotica – Novi Sad – Belgrade – Bar. The waterway provides communication between all ports of the Adriatic coast.
A network of roads has been laid throughout Montenegro, most of which are paved. They connect not only local cities, but also have international access to Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Albania, Serbia, Kosovo.
You can also rent a car. To do this, you must be over 21 years old, have a license and two years of driving experience, and leave a deposit for a car in the amount of 150-300 euros. It is recommended to take a car with a manual transmission – it will be safer to move around the mountainous terrain.
The telephone code of Montenegro is 382. To call from Russia, use the combination: 8-10-382 – area code – subscriber number.
To make a phone call from Montenegro, dial: 00- country code – area code – subscriber number.
- 92 – police
- 93 – fire department
- 92 – ambulance
- 988 – help
- 987 – roadside assistance
Roaming services in Montenegro are provided by operators: Beeline, Megafon and MTS. You can buy telephone cards of local operators at post offices or in Internet cafes.
- Igalo, Herzen-Novi – 88;
- Budva, Petrovac, Becici, Milover, Sveti Stefan – 86;
- Bar, Ulcinj, Sutomore, Ada-Boyana – 85,
- Tivat – 82.
Until 2003, it was difficult to find a decent hotel in Montenegro. But recently there has been a complete reconstruction of the hotel business. LUX, A, B and C class hotels have appeared in large resort cities. You can rent a villa for accommodation 100-500 meters from the coast.
Medicine in the country is paid. When visiting Montenegro, you must have medical insurance for up to 15,000 euros.