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Suggestions on Getting to and from Montenegro (specifically from Italy and to Greece)

Hi everyone,

I will be taking a trip at the end of May into June visiting several European countries and along the route I'm hoping to travel from Naples, Italy to Kotor, Montenegro to Athens, Greece. I know that is a little obscure, but I'm hoping to find a way to make it happen without having a car. I'm open to flights, trains, buses, or ferries. However most flights seem to be on the more expensive range considering the distance and take very long layovers in various other cities. Also I looked into a ferry from Bari, Italy to Bar, Montenegro and it seems to not be operating anymore. Due to its location I assumed it would be more convenient to reach Montenegro from Italy and then head on to Greece, but if I need to do them in a different order I am open to that as well. I am also open to traveling to and from nearby cities that will then grant me relatively easy and affordable access to these cities. Basically I need help in sorting out the best way, convenient and most affordable, to get to and from these cities. I've done tons of online research and I'm still at a loss on the best way to handle this portion of the trip, so if anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

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If you don't find any decent flights from Naples, then try Rome-Podgorica or Rome-Dubrovnik. Between Croatia/Montenegro and Greece, flying is the only practical option, again from Dubrovnik or Podgorica.

The main ferry service from Italy to Greece is but you can fly to a few points in Greece from either Naples or Rome.

The larger ferry company operating between Italy and Croatia is They ran this schedule in 2017. However, so far for 2018, the only international route they have published is Split-Ancona. If they don't reinstate service at least from Dubrovnik, that will be a major change. I'd wait a month before checking again, or perhaps our recent correspondent with the same question will email them.

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Once you go beyond Italy ground transportation can be very slow, though there are good buses running between Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik. There's also more than one bus a day from Dubrovnik to Kotor. If you're planning to hit off-the-beaten-path places in Croatia, Montenegro or Greece, check bus schedules ahead of time to be sure you have enough time for the desired itinerary.

Podgorica, unfortunately, is not a particularly interesting place compared to Kotor, Budva, Ulcinj, Hercegnovi and Cetinje, but it is the transportation hub for international trips to and from Montenegro (except for the Dubrovnik-Kotor buses).