travelling from Shkodra to Podgorica
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 17, 2013 12:52 PM Last Post By: flumy
May 26, 2013 10:52 AM
May 26, 2013 12:32 PM
1You have, basically, two options:
1. - Take a minibus from Shkodra to the border place called Hani i Hotit. The price is within the range of 2.5 to 3
- Cross the border on foot
- Take a taxi or any car willing to take you to the place called Tuzi, but the price should not exceed 5 EUR
- Take a bus that goes regularly between Tuzi and Podgorica. They have numbers 41, 42 and the price is
around 1.5 EUR
So, the overall price should not exceed 10 EUR in one direction. Of course, you can rely more on taxis, so it will be straightforward, but more expensive. I would say that the taxi (with possible change on the border) would be around 30 EUR for the whole route.
2. - Take a bus that departs daily at 09:00 and 16:00 from Shkodra town center to Montenegrin town of Ulcinj for
around 5 EUR
- Take a bus from Ulcinj to Podgorica at 12:00, 17:25, possibly more of them, but unknown to me. The price is
around 6 - 7 EUR
Here, the overall price would be around 11 to 12 EUR.
Well, now it is up to you to bring a decision and, please, just leave the small update on whatever route you take.
May 26, 2013 1:56 PM
2Last time I passed the Hani i Hotit border a couple of years go, there was no place to try to hitch a ride or find a taxi because there is no longer any need to stop at this border. When I first passed this way in 2004, one still had to buy an Albanian visa form10 euro and there was an opportunity to find a ride because people had to stop. Now there is no reason to stop, you Just show your passport as you drive through. In fact, I am not sure there were even border stops for both Albania and Montenegro.
May 26, 2013 4:07 PM
I am not certain what did you mean by saying that, I will quote you: "I am not sure there were even border stops for both Albania and Montenegro."?
If I am not wrong, you are asking yourself if there is any kind of border crossing or control between Montenegro and Albania? Of course there is. Here is the photo taken less then a year ago and published on the official site of the Montenegrin police: http://www.upravapolicije.com/index.php?IDSP=3942&jezik=lat . So, as you can see, the border called Hani I Hotit from the Albanian side or Božaj from the Montenegrin side is fully functional, old fashion border crossing with both Albanian police and custom and the same from the Montenegrin side. They are still far away from being something like Schengen agreement countries are.
OK, we have resolved it. So, of course there is a reason that somebody stops at the border and the above options that I have mentioned are real and alive on this very day. I don't say that I have exhausted all the options that exist to travel between Shkodra and Podgorica, but I know that the two above mentioned are among the most used.
In case that I have misunderstood you, my sincere apologies.
May 26, 2013 8:22 PM
4What I thought I was saying clearly was that there was no reason to stop, get out of your car and stand around waiting as there had been in the past. You simply drive up to the border guard, show your passport and drive through. As a result there aren't too many people standing around waiting to try to catch a ride.
Wheni passed this border in 2011, there were no immigration folks to exit from Albania, only from Montenegro.
Same went we drove through the crossing to Albania. There were border police from Montenegro but not Albania.
May 27, 2013 1:28 AM
5OK, I understood you.
Anyway, today there is fully equipped border crossing from both of sides, so everybody passing through this border crossing will encounter Montenegrin and Albanian border authorities.
When you speak about "just passing", it would be ok if davidst had its own car, but he is asking how to reach Podgorica from Shkodra without his own car.
So, my explanations that I have mentioned above are the only options, as far as I know, how to reach point B starting from point A.
Unfortunately and I don't know why Podgorica and Shkodra are not yet connected with direct bus or train lines? I know that the traffic flow from both of sides is not so intense, but I am certain that one bus daily would be a very feasible project. In contribution to this, there are several very solidly based intentions that the rail line between Shkodra and Podgorica should be introduced a passenger railway connection.
For the time being, the only options are those mentioned in my first post, of course if you don't have your own car.
May 27, 2013 4:21 AM
May 28, 2013 2:24 AM
7From Shkodra to the border it takes 1 1/2 hours. Then, border crossing can take 1/2 hour. Taxi transfer from the border to Tuzi place 1/2 hour. In case that you catch immediately the public bus from Tuzi to Podgorica, it takes another 1 hour, but it is better to count on 1 1/2 to 2 hours because they are not so frequent. So, it is the best thing to allow 4 1/2 hours for the entire transfer, in order to avoid any disappointment.
Aug 15, 2013 9:14 AM
8One more question. We have our own car and are going to drive from Shkoder to Podgorica. I heard that - at least in 2012 - road conditions were pretty bad on this road only allowing for an average speed of maybe 30 km/h. Can somebody confirm this? Would it be smarter to choose the southern border crossing and then proceed via Ulcinj?
Many thanks in advance!
Aug 15, 2013 11:09 AM
9The fact is that the road conditions between Podgorica and Shkodra are just fine. I could roughly divide the entire route in three segments:
- Podgorica to Tuzi - fair conditions, but relatively narrow and winding road
- Tuzi to border crossing - very good conditions, the road is reconstructed last year
- border crossing to Shkodra - very good conditions, almost entirely new, 4 lane road
So, I recommend that you use this route although if you take the southern border crossing you will not be disappointed.
Oct 17, 2013 9:12 AM
Oct 17, 2013 12:52 PM
11Honestly speaking, you will find a wide range of different and also conflicting informations concerning this issue. For example, you will find the information about direct bus connection between Tirane and Ulcinj, but in reality it is an erratic line, so I definitely don't recommend it at all. Of course, I hope that the connections between Tirane/Shkodra and different locations in Montenegro will improve, but for the time being, the only reliable connection is the twice (sometimes thrice) daily line between Shkodra and Ulcinj.
I am not certain about the exact timings because they tend to change their time of departure from season to season, but generally, one bus departs in the morning and another one between 12:00 and 16:00. In your case, the best option is to catch a bus form Tirane and then change in Shkodra for a bus to Ulcinj. Please, keep in mind to ask to be dropped off at Ulcinj central bus station or at least close to it because these Shkodra buses use or used to have their last station on some different place.
After the arrival in Ulcinj, just catch the first bus toward Budva or any other destination. You can wait for a direct service bus or you can take the first bus for Bar from where there is much wider choice of buses to different destinations throughout Montenegro.
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