Kotor travel guide

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You're Going to Love Kotor

Kotor is a coastal city within Montenegro, a small Balkan country famed for its medieval structures, lush scenery, and rich nautical history.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Kotor

1. The Island Gospa od Skrpjela

One of two artificial islands located in the Bay of Kotor, Gospa od Skrpjela honors the city's seafaring past and the many captains who have been shipwrecked in the area, according to local legends.

2. Castle of San Giovanni

Hike up the mountain to this old 9th-century fortress with stunning views of the fjord below.

3. St Tryphon's Cathedral

Take in the Romanesque-Gothic architecture of this 11th-century cathedral, located in the heart of Old Town.

4. Krstac

Follow the many forested switchbacks of this looming mountain hike for a 3.5 hour excursion terminating in the village of Krstac.

5. Maritime Museum

Pay tribute to Kotor's naval history and visit this museum of reconstructed galleys, captain's portraits, and navigational instruments.

Where to Eat in Kotor

Cesarica in Old Town serves traditional Dalmatian coast cuisine, such as fresh sea food and risotto. A meal for two including drinks costs EUR40.

When to visit Kotor

Kotor in December
Estimated hotel price
$88
1 night at 3-star hotel
Kotor in December
Estimated hotel price
$88
1 night at 3-star hotel

Visit Kotor during the summer months between May and September when temperatures allow for more outdoor sports like hiking, sailing, fishing, and swimming.

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How to Get to Kotor

Plane

Tivat Airport (TIV) is located 4.9 miles outside of the city center and services mainly regional airlines. Most travelers fly into the capital at Podgorica Airport (TGD) and then connect by bus or private car to Kotor.

Boat

During the high tourist season, ships will call at the Port of Kotor while making their way along the Adriatic Coast. There are regular daily ferries between Italy and Kotor throughout the year, which cost EUR50 one way.

Car

Take the M2.3 from the capital city Podgorica to reach Kotor in 1.5 hours.

Bus

The Kotor main bus station is a 10-minute walk from Old Town. Globtour offers regular connections to cities in Bosnia, Albania, Italy, Serbia, and Croatia. A one-way ticket from Split, Croatia to Kotor costs EUR15.

Airports near Kotor

Airlines serving Kotor

Lufthansa
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Austrian Airlines
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Emirates
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Ryanair
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LOT
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ITA Airways
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easyJet
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Aegean Airlines
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Eurowings
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Norwegian
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Air Serbia
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Wizz Air
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Luxair
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Transavia France
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flydubai
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Where to stay in Kotor

Hotel Amfora Kotor is a 4-star hotel overlooking the Bay of Kotor, with good amenities. Hotel Marija is a boutique hotel with comfortable rooms located in Old Town.

Popular neighbourhoods in Kotor

Old Town - the city center of Kotor offers many restaurants, bars, and hotels, and is within walking distance to tourist museums, churches, and fortresses.

Perast - this charming town on the bay just outside of Kotor is a popular day-trip location.

Upper Town - here you can hike up to the Old Fortress and take some amazing pictures of the bay and city below.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kotor

Most booked hotels in Kotor

Regent Porto Montenegro
Excellent (9.5, Excellent reviews)
$432+
Boutique Hotel Astoria
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
$128+
Hotel Monte Cristo
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
$165+
Hotel Palma
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
$131+
Hotel Astoria
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$131+
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How to Get Around Kotor

Public Transportation

There are many intercity buses in Kotor allowing you to travel between neighborhoods. A single ride ticket costs EUR1.30.

Taxi

Taxi tariffs start at EUR1 and cost around EUR5 for a ride within the city center.

Car

Rental cars can be picked up from the Port of Kotor, Tivat Airport, or in downtown Kotor. Daily rates start at EUR25.

Car hire agencies in Kotor

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The Cost of Living in Kotor

Shopping Streets

Shopping Centar Kamelija is the most traditional shopping mall. Cats of Kotor Art and Handicraft Gallery on Stari Grad Kotor is a cat-lovers utopia with many souvenirs and local art pieces available.

Groceries and Other

Euro Casa and IDEA Market are the two main food shopping stores. A dozen eggs costs EUR1.50.

Cheap meal
$9.45
A pair of jeans
$73.38
Single public transport ticket
$2.12
Cappuccino
$2.12