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Dubrovnik and Montenegro

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Dubrovnik and Montenegro

We are thinking of going to Dubrovnik for 3 nights and then on to Montenegro for 7 nights in mid September 2012. We will have to take public transport or cab for transfer from Dubrovnik. Does anyone have idea of cab fare? I heard it's expensive but we are don't want to hire a car from Dubrovnik. We will then probably stay just outside Kotor and hire a car a few days during our week stay.

Does anyone know what the weather is usually like in mid/late Sept?

It's our first trip to Montenegro.

We are looking for some quiet and relaxing time as well as a few places of interest to visit.

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1. Re: Dubrovnik and Montenegro

September (May also) is the best time to visit Montenegro.

Because the high season is over, so you will have enough space at the beach, no overcrowded streets, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets... weather is still great (25-27C°, hot just enough), and the best thing is that everything is cheaper then. ;)

Accommodation is much cheaper than in July/August, and it is much better to come in September than in July/August, so do not worry about the fact that you are coming in September, you are picking the best time to visit Montenegro!

Have a pleasant rest...

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I went in late September last year and had very good weather. Why don't you want to hire a car from Dubrovnik? It's likely to be cheaper to hire a car for a week than the pay for a taxi from Dubrovnik to Kotor and back.

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Regarding the weather and the general conditions - September is the best time for a trip to MNE.

Tip: a round trip by bus shouldn't cost more than 20-25€, I'd recommend it as a mode of transport from Croatia to Montenegro and vice-versa.

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We're trying to do almost exactly the same - going to Dubrovnik then Perast in early August.

Only want a car for a few days rather than a whole week and also saves the hassle of driving across border - with either long queues the main route or apparently a passable but 'uncompleted' road on the lesser known route.

We're finding it quite tricky to book a transfer, so definitelyt best to do well in advance. Going rate seems to be about 80 Euro for a one way transfer from ther airpoirt, or 110 Euro from Dubrovnik city. A lot more if you don't book in advance.

We've been told that (some?) Montenegro transfer firms can only pick up from airport and do transfers on the day of your flight in - which seems stupid - but has meant we've had a couple of can't do's so far, so trying Croatian firms now...

Good luck!

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I agree with apt22, think about renting a car.

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the price is 50 or 60e www.transfers-montenegro.com/transfers/ from dubrovnik to herceg novi (first town after you cross the border)

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You can find another pricelist here:

cheapdubrovniktours.com/transfers.html

Best regards from Dubrovnik!

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We hired a car from Dubrovnik last year end of Aug and stayed in Perast for 11 nights. There was about a 15 minute wait at the border, but otherwise traffic free roads. If you're relying on transport you're going to have a struggle trying to get bus times & routes in advance of your stay. You may have more luck at the bus station in Kotor. Kotor is simply a gem of a place as is Perast 20 mins away. Not to be overlooked though [which most tourists do] is Prcanj and Stoliv on the West side of the inlet. They are very quiet sprawly villages with no outstanding sights as such but very pleasant and unpoiled, always with nice mountain scenery wherever you look. Beware, Budva is very touristy and a bit commercialised and lots of high-rise everywhere, apart from the relatively small old town. Also, be warned you cannot visit Sveti Stefan. It's been taken over by a posh hotel and all you can do is admire it from the shingle beach. Good luck. Barry L.

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We took the bus from Dubrovnik to Kotor last month with Blueline and it cost us €17 each for a single journey. Taxi was going to cost us €120

A massage in the Meridan Hotel, Becici is well worth it. They were doing specials for €45 per person.

Skada lake is another relaxing day out and the small village that services it is a joy to walk around.

Have a good time. It's a wonderful place.

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We've now just come back from 2 nights in Dubrovnik and 7 in Montenegro with transfers and car hire involved. Some pointers that you may find helpful from our experience are:

We stayed in Perast - a lovely base with a relaxed feel, 5 or 6 decent restaurants (Armonia was our favourite - not the most showy but, a wide good value menu), and good swimming in a calm, warm sea encircled by mountains (if from platforms - like most of Kotor Bay). Not many shops. Car free in the village but parking either end and a free open air shuttle bus/taxi. Less busy than Kotor, which suited us, esp. in blistering heat.

We got a pre-booked taxi from Dubrovnik to Perast for 4 of us for 100 Euro. A lot of places ask for 120 upwards. One offered 90 but replied very late. Good to book early.

Good to avoid Saturdays for border crossing which can be very slow, although probably not quite so bad in September as August.

We hired a car from Amis rentacar in Montenegro based in Kotor. Mazda 3 automatic at 55 euro per day seemed better priced than most. And they could drop off and pick up the car from wherever we wanted. They were quick to respond, flexible, spoke good English and we got our deposit back, so I'd recommend them.

Feel free to ask if there's any other specifics you'd like to know.