A Travel Price Comparison for Montenegro Podgorica vs. Kotor for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Podgorica or Kotor?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Podgorica or Kotor, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Podgorica or Kotor?

Podgorica

Podgorica is Montenegro's capital city, and also its largest. Dating back to the Ottoman Empire, World War II destroyed much of this history, but there are a few Turkish remnants worth visiting. Podgorica's central location often makes the city a good starting point for day trips to coastal cities or mountain resorts.

Kotor

A coastal town of Montenegro, Kotor is also a beautifully-preserved fortified, medieval town, featuring a labyrinth of cobbled streets, lively piazzas, historic churches, and a spread of bars and restaurants throughout its historic Old Town.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Budget Tours to Montenegro, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Montenegro, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Montenegro, and The Best Adventure Tours to Montenegro.


Which place is cheaper, Kotor or Podgorica?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Podgorica is €105, while the average daily cost in Kotor is €100. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Podgorica and Kotor in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Podgorica 46
    Kotor 49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Podgorica 92
    Kotor 98
Compare Hotels in Podgorica and Kotor

Looking for a hotel in Podgorica or Kotor? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Podgorica


Hotels in Kotor


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Podgorica Hotel Prices and Kotor Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Podgorica 20
    Kotor 9.26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Podgorica

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Podgorica:

  • Podgorica Airport (TGD) to Kotor Cruise Port - Arrival Private Transfer: $47
  • Podgorica Airport (TGD) to Kotor Cruise Port - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $95
  • From One-Way Private Transfer to/from Virpazar: $57
  • Kotor transfer to Virpazar Skadar Lake / Tivat airport /Podgorica: $57
  • Podgorica airport: Private Transfer to/from Budva: $76
  • Podgorica hotels to Kotor Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $47
  • Private Transfer to Budva: $39
  • Private transfer to Kotor: $54
  • Private transfer to Tivat: $54
  • Private Transfer from Podgorica Airport (TGD) to Bar : $98
  • Private Transfer from Podgorica Airport (TGD) to Dubrovnik: $216
  • Private Transfer from Podgorica Airport (TGD) to Herceg Novi: $157

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kotor

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kotor:

  • Private Transfer from Tivat Hotels to Kotor Cruise Port: $17
  • Private Transfer from Tivat Airport to Kotor Cruise Port: $17
  • Private Transfer from Kotor Cruise Port to Tivat Airport TIV: $17
  • Tivat hotels to Kotor Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $17
  • Kotor Cruise Port to Tivat hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $17
  • Tivat Airport Shared Arrival Transfer to Hotel or Accommodation : $22
  • Private Transfer from Tivat or Porto Montenegro to Tivat airport: $28
  • Kotor Cruise Port to Tivat Hotels Round-Trip Private Transfer: $33
  • Tivat Airport (TIV) to Kotor Cruise Port - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $33
  • Transfer from Tivat airport to Kotor Old Town: $42
  • Enjoy Private Transfers by Car or Van from Tivat Airport to Kotor or Budva: $44
  • Private Transfer from Kotor Cruise Port to Podgorica Hotels: $47

Is it cheaper to fly into Podgorica or Kotor?

Prices for flights to both Kotor and Podgorica change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Podgorica 41
    Kotor 43

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Podgorica

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Podgorica.

  • Hard Rock Cafe Podgorica with Set Lunch or Dinner: $18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kotor

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Kotor.

  • Kotor City Tour and Cooking Class : $206
  • Kotor private cooking class with lunch and Old town guided tour: $229
  • Cooking class in a local home & old town walking tour: $310

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Podgorica 21
    Kotor 8.32

Tours and Activities in Podgorica

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Podgorica are as follows:

  • Skip The Line: National Park Skadar Lake - Tickets: $8.28
  • Skadar lake - Falcon kayak tour: $13
  • Lake Skadar Grmozur Fortress and Monastery Cruise: $17
  • Lake Skadar: Guided Sightseeing Boat Tour with Refreshments: $17
  • Podgorica City Walking Tour: $22
  • Lake Skadar: Guided Panoramic Boat Tour to Kom Monastery : $22
  • Lake Skadar: Early-morning Birdwatching and Photography Tour: $28
  • From Virpazar: Guided Lake Skadar cruise and Crnojevića River: $33
  • Book Your Tour Podgorica by walk: $36
  • Private Podgorica City Walking Tour: $39
  • Podgorica 1 hour Private walking tour : $66
  • Book Your Tour Ostrog Monastery: $66

Tours and Activities in Kotor

Here are a few actual costs in Kotor for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Private Walking Tour in Kotor : $22
  • Kotor Old Town - City Walking Tour: $24
  • Kotor Old Town Walking Tour: $24
  • Panorama and Semi-Submarine Underwater Experience: $24
  • Boat Tour to Perast Old Town & Our Lady of the Rocks: $27
  • Tour Kotor - Perast Old Town - Island Our Lady of the Rocks - Every 2 hours: $30
  • Whole Boka Bay Cruise with Ship Knez Lipovac: $33
  • Kotor Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour: $33
  • Shore Excursion - Handwoven Carpet Workshop, Local wine and Kotor Old Town tour : $34
  • Blue Cave Speedboat Tour from Kotor: $35
  • City Kickstart Private Tour in Kotor: $38
  • Blue Cave speedboat tour from Kotor: $38

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Podgorica 20
    Kotor 8.51

Sample the Local Flavors in Podgorica

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Podgorica:

  • Private Wine Tasting Activity at Lipovac Winery: $28
  • Podgorica Car Trip - Architecture, History, Wine tasting, Churches, Doclea city: $94
  • Podgorica Car Trip, Doclea city, Wine tasting, Niagara falls: $107
  • Wine tasting in the family winery, feel the spirit: $121
  • Montenegro: Nature, Locals & Wine Tour: $130
  • Full Day Private Podgorica Wine Tour Experience: $160
  • National parks and wine tasting (NP Lovcen, NP Skadar lake, Cetinje, Njegusi): $161
  • Skadar lake boat ride through "Montenegrin Amazon", wine tasting & Niagara falls: $199

Sample the Local Flavors in Kotor

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Kotor:

  • Private tour: Homemade food and wine tasting at my family home: $127
  • Private National Park Lovcen with food and wine tasting: $138
  • Wine tasting and magical tour from Kotor, Budva, Tivat (Lovcen,Skadar lake): $255
  • National Parks Skadar Lake and Lovcen+Wine tasting (Private tour): $264
  • Skadar Lake National Park with Wine Tasting: $433


When comparing the travel costs between Podgorica and Kotor, we can see that Podgorica is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Podgorica Expensive? and Is Kotor Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Podgorica or Kotor?

Podgorica has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Kotor. When comparing the sizes of Podgorica and Kotor, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Podgorica or Kotor?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Podgorica or Kotor in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Podgorica and Kotor. Furthermore, the summer months attract visitors to Kotor because of the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the small town charm, and the family-friendly experiences.

Podgorica is around the same temperature as Kotor in the summer. The daily temperature in Podgorica averages around 26°C (80°F) in July, and Kotor fluctuates around 26°C (80°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Kotor this time of the year. In Podgorica, it's very sunny this time of the year. Podgorica usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Kotor during summer. Podgorica gets 341 hours of sunny skies, while Kotor receives 341 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Podgorica usually receives less rain than Kotor. Podgorica gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Kotor receives 47 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Podgorica 26°C (80°F) 
    Kotor 26°C (80°F)

Should I visit Podgorica or Kotor in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Podgorica as well as Kotor. Additionally, the hiking trails, the small town atmosphere, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Kotor this time of year.

In the autumn, Podgorica is around the same temperature as Kotor. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Podgorica in October average around 17°C (63°F), and Kotor averages at about 17°C (63°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Kotor. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Podgorica this time of the year. In the autumn, Podgorica often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Kotor. Podgorica gets 203 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kotor receives 203 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Kotor. Podgorica receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Podgorica usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Kotor. Podgorica gets 166 mm (6.5 in) of rain, while Kotor receives 174 mm (6.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Podgorica 17°C (63°F) 
    Kotor 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Podgorica or Kotor in the Winter?

Both Kotor and Podgorica are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Also, many travelers come to Kotor for the cuisine.

In January, Podgorica is generally around the same temperature as Kotor. Daily temperatures in Podgorica average around 6°C (42°F), and Kotor fluctuates around 6°C (42°F).

Podgorica usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Kotor during winter. Podgorica gets 121 hours of sunny skies, while Kotor receives 121 hours of full sun in the winter.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Kotor. It's quite rainy in Podgorica. In January, Podgorica usually receives around the same amount of rain as Kotor. Podgorica gets 192 mm (7.6 in) of rain, while Kotor receives 186 mm (7.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Podgorica 6°C (42°F) 
    Kotor 6°C (42°F)

Should I visit Podgorica or Kotor in the Spring?

Both Kotor and Podgorica during the spring are popular places to visit. Also, many visitors come to Kotor in the spring for the beaches, the small town charm, and the natural beauty.

Podgorica is around the same temperature as Kotor in the spring. The daily temperature in Podgorica averages around 14°C (58°F) in April, and Kotor fluctuates around 14°C (58°F).

In the spring, Podgorica often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Kotor. Podgorica gets 194 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kotor receives 194 hours of full sun.

Kotor gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Podgorica. Podgorica usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Kotor. Podgorica gets 144 mm (5.7 in) of rain, while Kotor receives 154 mm (6.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Podgorica 14°C (58°F) 
    Kotor 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Kotor and Podgorica

Podgorica Kotor
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (42°F) 192 mm (7.6 in) 6°C (42°F) 186 mm (7.3 in)
Feb 8°C (46°F) 167 mm (6.6 in) 8°C (46°F) 172 mm (6.8 in)
Mar 11°C (51°F) 159 mm (6.3 in) 11°C (51°F) 173 mm (6.8 in)
Apr 14°C (58°F) 144 mm (5.7 in) 14°C (58°F) 154 mm (6.1 in)
May 19°C (67°F) 89 mm (3.5 in) 19°C (67°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 23°C (73°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Jul 26°C (80°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 26°C (80°F) 47 mm (1.8 in)
Aug 26°C (79°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 26°C (79°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 121 mm (4.8 in) 22°C (72°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Oct 17°C (63°F) 166 mm (6.5 in) 17°C (63°F) 174 mm (6.9 in)
Nov 11°C (53°F) 239 mm (9.4 in) 11°C (53°F) 224 mm (8.8 in)
Dec 7°C (45°F) 217 mm (8.5 in) 7°C (45°F) 215 mm (8.5 in)