How to do Montenegro on the cheap!

A lot of the questions we get from people involve costings and they’re usually along the lines of

Wow. You must be rich to afford that…

Nope, we’re definitely not rich!

What many people forget is that we have NO financial responsibilities like mortgages/rent, utility bills, local councils, car repayments, loan repayments or anything else else associated with a permanent base (house furnishings etc).

Whilst we’re not rich, we’re definitely not poor but we do like to do things on the cheap.

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Imogen on a beach

 

How much money do I need?

Another question we frequently receive is:

How much money do I need to save to have X time in ****……?

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Rich photographing the sunset

So we have collated some of our costings here to give an idea of how much a month in Montenegro has cost us.  Please leave me a comment below and let me know if this is helpful.

How much did a month in Montenegro Cost a family of five?

 

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The view over Kotor

Flight costs

We booked flights for five from London to Tivat  with Easyjet for £233.45.   Easyjet often don’t come up on searches such as Skyskanner and Cheapflights but they’re a great no frills line with a good reputation.

Leaving Montenegro with AirSerbia cost £200, flying from Tivat to Belgrade.

Total Flight costs: £433.45

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Catching at boat on Lake Skadar: How much did Montenegro cost us

Car hire

Our best tip for hiring a car is: Use a company which offers an incentive

RentalCars.Com offer loyalty points which give discounts to future bookings.

£304.54  – 2 weeks (We originally only booked two weeks in Montenegro as we were unsure whether we’d like it)

£557.68 – 3 weeks (Second booking as we decided we really did quite like Montenegro).

From this I acquired 2500 loyalty points, which has given me £35 off a future booking.

Total cost for hire car: £862.22

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Sveti Stefan: How much did Montenegro cost us

How much does petrol cost?

1,500km cost £60 for a (nearly new) VW Polo.

Total cost for petrol: £60

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Finding hidden coves: How much did Montenegro cost us

Booked accommodation through Airbnb

Top tip for booking accommodation: Book a month’s accommodation and negotiate a reduction

£367 – 13 nights in Becici

£309 – 6 nights in Ljuta, Kotor

£300 – 5 nights in Prcanj, Kotor

£207 – 4 nights in Ulcinj

£248 – 4 nights in Rijeka Crnojevica

Total cost for AirBNB: £1431

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Canoeing on Kotor: How much did Montenegro cost us

Booking.com

2 nights in Tivat (before catching the plane to Belgrade) cost £65.

Total cost for booking.com: £65

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Perast: How much did Montenegro cost us

Food budget

Top tips for buying food: Supermarkets stock a good range of dried food but the cheapest foods can be bought in fresh markets and roadstalls.

Buying food in Montenegro is relatively inexpensive.  For example: Fresh fruit and vegetables are plentiful and quite cheap. 900g of cherries cost €3 and six peppers cost €1.

On average weekly food costs were £100-£150.

Total monthly cost for food: £500

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The view over Kotor from the windy road: How much did Montenegro cost us

How much to budget for guided activities

£110 canoeing in Kotor

£70 river trip on Rijeka Crnojevica

£90 boat trip to the Blue cave

£100 Hike around Lake Skadar

Total cost for activities: £370

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Lake Skadar

Can we afford meals out

Because the cost of food is relatively inexpensive, eating out was more affordable.

Top tip: Eat out for lunch rather than dinner as menus are often fixed price for multiple courses. Eat in local restaurants not chains.

£20 lunch – Petrovac

£33 lunch – Budva

£35 lunch – Kotor

£25 lunch – Podgorica

£25 lunch – Rijeka Crnojevica

Total cost for eating out: £200

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Vegan sushi in Budva

Analysis of costings

In the beginning we weren’t sure if we would like Montenegro so we booked the first two weeks for a very small price, approximately (£230 flights, £300 car, £300 accommodation).  When we realised that we liked it and wanted to see more we only booked shorter accommodation and the price increased significantly.

Accommodation in the east of Montenegro can be found for £12 p/night HOWEVER we discovered that Montenegrin budget accommodation often means that the house is incredibly basic.

Some accommodations don’t feature kitchens and if they do, they’re so basic you can only cook with one saucepan at a time. Whilst this is fine for couples, we just cannot manage like that.  If you’re happy to rough it a bit, it is possible to find very cheap rentals and camp sites are even cheaper!

We thoroughly enjoyed our excursions but these were a big expense and you don’t need to do these to enjoy Montenegro.

I do really recommend renting a car though. Montenegro has a reputation for terrible driving but I disagree and I found it quite good (certainly in comparison to Hungary!).

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Mamula Island

Top tips

Flight search engines are a good tool but they often don’t show budget airlines. Easyjet are a great no frills line with a good reputation.

When hiring a car, look for a company which offers an incentive.

Montenegro is a small country,  book a month’s accommodation and negotiate a reduction. You can visit the rest of the country on day trips.

If you buy food, the cheapest food can be bought on road-stalls and in fresh markets although supermarkets stock a good range of dried food.

For eating out, eat out for lunch rather than dinner as menus are often fixed price for multiple courses. Eat in local restaurants not chains.

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