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Dubrovnik - Kotar - Mostar by rental car

I'm not sure which country forum to post this, but I will start with Montenegro. Looking to rent a car in Dubrovnik and drive to Kotor, spend the night, next day drive to Mostar, spend the night, next day return to Dubrovnik. Basically do a 'triangle' rather than in and out from each country via Croatia. Is there any issue with taking a Croatian rental car between Montenegro and Bosnia?(Assuming Croatian rental car company allows that) Is there preferred border crossings? (I saw an earlier post to cross the Montenegro-Bosnia border at Vraćenovići and follow the R427). Should the trip perhaps be done in reverse? Are there days of the week when certain border crossings are very busy? Traveling early May this year. Any help appreciated.

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I would say the seaside road is better.
Rentals allow - surcharge 50 $, somethin like

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Usually you just need to let the car rental company know when you rent the car. Are you sure you can’t swing 2 nights in each city? There are interesting stops along the way - but you won’t have time if you try to drive and then have a few afternoon/evening hours in each place.

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If you only find one extra night, I would start early morning from Dubrovnik and go to Mostar, maybe with a short detour to and stop at Vrelo Bune. Maybe dinner at Restaurant Šadrvan or Urban, Taste of Orient. Then leave in the afternoon from Mostar and drive to Kotor (or Perast or Budva) for 2 nights. That gives you one evening and then one full day for that area. Return to Dubrovnik the following day via the coastal road.

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Thanks for the great suggestions! Is there a specific reason to do Mostar first before Montenegro? Just wondering...

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Just hearsay about the potential length of border crossing Croatia to Montenegro. I don’t get the same hearsay about Croatia to Bosnia. That opinion is worth about what you paid for it. Although I WILL say that my driver in September from Dubrovnik to Podgorica was instructed to take a crossing further north of the nearest one, because of waiting time. But that is a sample of one. She did say the close one is often crowded during high season.

Also I like that area of Montenegro better than Mostar (although I loved my time in Mostar also). So I would save it for last. 🤣 Also unscientific.