Montenegro Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Montenegro

Montenegro drives on the right and official guidance is that you need your own photo licence plus a 1968 convention International Driving Permit to drive here. I have however, rented a car in the country without an IDP. to be safe, I would recommend checking with the company you plan to use before travelling to the country whether they require an IDP. Speed limits range from 100kmh on dual carriageways to 80kmh on other roads and 50kmh in urban areas.

Montenegro currently has no official motorways, though one has been under planning/construction for a number of years which will eventually link the port of Bar on the Adriatic sea to Bolijar on the Serbia border, then continue to Belgrade.The new motorway will follow the route of the current main route in the country- the M-2 highway. It runs from Budva to the border of Serbia near Bijelo Polje and through capital city of Podgorica, Kolašin and Mojkovac.

Roads are generally in good condition but some drivers can be reckless and overtake on bends etc. Dangerous areas for road travel include a road through the Moraca Canyon, north of Podgorica. This twisting, two-lane road is especially overcrowded in the summer, and is the site of frequent rockslides. In the winter, the Moraca Canyon and northern parts of Montenegro are often covered with snow, which may slow traffic and make the road hazardous. If you want to visit Albania from Montenegro check with the car rental company that you’re allowed to do that. Driving in Albania is generally more dangerous than Montenegro so the possibility of accidents is higher.

Montenegro has some well known scenic drives within its borders such as – the P1 road between Lovcen National Park and Kotor which boasts 26 switchback bends as it climbs above the Bay of Kotor; The P14  from Plužine to Žabljak which winds its way through mountainous Durmitor National Park; and the Kotor-Mrčevac road which follows the Kotor Bay along the Adriatic coast.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Montenegro Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo,Avis, Budget, have outlets here.Also usually features on Car rental broker sites.

We currently have no local car rental partners in Montenegro. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Montenegro Self Drive Rules-
Sixt allow cars to be taken to most mainland Europe countries but don’t allow cars to be taken to Albania and Kosovo. They may allow one way rental depending on the country for an additional cost .Hertz only allow cars to be taken to Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. Europcar and Avis hint that they will allow cross border rentals but don’t provide any details.

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