Cheap Flights to Podgorica, Montenegro
- Area City & Municipality : 108km² (42 sq mi)
- Area Code : +382 20
- Currency : Euro (EUR)
- Population City & Municipality : 187,085 (2014)
- Official Language : Montenegrin plus Serbian
- Time Zone : CET (UTC+1)
- Airport : Podgorica Airport (TGD)
One of two airports serving Podgorica, ‘TGD’ is the hub for Montenegro Airlines located 11km southwest of Podgorica. To get to the city passengers can pre-book a private transfer, rent a vehicle or take a taxi. Reserving a private transfer affords a driver waiting for you at arrivals. ‘Europcar’, ‘Sixt’ and others are available at ‘TGD’ but it’s recommended to book your rental vehicle in advance. To get a taxi, the stand is located in front of the airport building, negotiate and confirm the price before getting in.
From Cape Town travellers can fly to Podgorica with one plus stops with the following airlines:
- Turkish (via Istanbul) 15h 35m+
- Air France, Montenegro (via Paris, Zürich) 17h 35m+
- Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 17h 50m+
- Ethiopian (via Addis Ababa) 18h 0m+
- South African (via Johannesburg) 18h 45m+
- British, Austrian (via London, Vienna) 18h 50m+
- Emirates (via Dubai) 19h 50m+
- Adria (via Ljubljana) 19h 50m+
- Qatar (via Doha) 20h 0m+
- KLM (via Amsterdam) 20h 10m+
- Alitalia (via Rome) 20h 35m+
Additional airlines operating at ‘TGD’ include:
- Air Serbia
- Air Berlin
- Delta Air Lines
- Etihad Airways
- Wizz Air
Reasons to Visit Podgorica:
- Capital of Montenegro, Podgorica has been inhabited since the Illyrian and Roman periods. As one of the Balkan’s oldest settlements, the city reflects a rich cultural history of Russian, Italian and other influences with an interesting blend of old and new and a wonderfully laid back Mediterranean feeling. Added to this are beautiful verdant mountains and rivers. Sadly much of its historical architecture was destroyed during WWII but it’s still a city definitely worth visiting.
- Visitors and locals have a variety of great restaurants and cafes to enjoy a meal or drink, pleasing picnic and walking locations that include parks, ‘Gorica Hill’ and Mareza and to cool off have a swim in the Morača River or the open-air public pool. Shopping opportunities comprise boutiques on the streets in the city centre and a few shopping malls of which the most notable is the 48,000m² ‘Delta City’ with over 70 shops, a food emporium and a multiplex cinema. Additional smaller malls include ‘Nikić Centre’ and ‘Palada’. For great cheap clothing, stroll through open markets on the outskirts of the city. Relish a meal of the city’s most popular fast food, a ‘pleskavica’ (hamburger), quite different to Western standards. Ideal on a sunny day is relaxing with an espresso or cappuccino at one of many outdoor cafes located in the pedestrian Njegoševa Street in the city centre but for more trendy cafes go to the ‘Vectra’ district in the city’s business area.
- Visitors have a great choice of classy and affordable hotels, B&Bs, Inns, Vacation Rentals and Speciality Lodgings to choose from. For stylish riverside accommodation stay at the 4-Star ‘Hotel Podgorica’. Budget establishments include ‘Hotel Kerber’ in the heart of the city, ‘Hotel Aurel’ with a great spa, wonderful cheap massages and many others. For backpackers there’s ‘Hostel Podgorica’ or ‘Nice Place’.
- For dining out visitors have an array of excellent restaurants. To mention but a few, in the heart of downtown is the stylish ‘Dali’ that bustles virtually every night. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with choices from Italian to Oriental, it dishes up sizeable portions and has a great list of international and local wines that come from the ‘Plantaže’, one of Montenegro’s most reputable vineyards. Dine in the opulent interior or outside in the garden where passing daily life can be watched. For excellent classic Italian cuisine, the elegant ‘Per Sempre’ is undoubtedly an upmarket eatery with a grand piano, Renaissance style art work and an excellent collection of wines. Perfect for seafood lovers is ‘Maša’, specialising in fresh seafood of the highest quality. For hot and delicious spicy fare, the Indian establishment of ‘Mantra’ provides just that including entertainment. Located on the shores of the scenic ‘Lake Skadar’, ‘Plavnica’ is well worth a visit. Choose an excellent meal of either Mediterranean or Montenegrin cuisine that can be relished on its elegant terrace with stunning views of the lake and mountains.
When to Visit Podgorica:
The best months for good weather are April through October with the hottest months generally being July and August that experience highs of 32°C and 33°C respectively. For cooler weather April has highs of 19°C, May 23°C, June and September 28°C and October 22°C. Rainfall during July is around 69mm, August 37mm, September 102mm and October 183mm.
Places to Visit Podgorica:
- To experience a typical old Turkish ‘kasaba’ meander along narrow winding streets in ‘Stara Varoš’ (the old town) and stop at ‘Bećir Beg Osmanagić Square’ to view the 16m high Sahat Kula (clock tower) built in the 17th century in typical Ottoman style. The clock tower was damaged when the city suffered invasion from Prince Eugene of Savoy but later restored and was used for various purposes including a prison. It’s an imperative landmark denoting the city’s resilience and victory over adversity.
- A world popular pilgrimage site is the 17th century ‘Ostrog Monastery’ dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog. It’s an extraordinary structure carved into the Ostroška Grede mountainside with the monastery having an almost vertical exterior, a phenomenal endeavour of human and natural providence. Its gripping history captivates visitors and also affords splendid views of the lush countryside.
- The working Serbian Orthodox Christian ‘Dajbabe Monastery’ founded in 1897 is located in a cave on Dajbabe Hill, above the Zeta Valley.
- The small Orthodox ‘St George’s Church’ is Podgorica’s oldest, built between the 4th and 6th century, it’s located at the foot of Gorica Hill. Its interior shows off century old frescoes, original guild-work and complex iconography including numerous other remnants of the church. Stroll through the small graveyard and attempt to decipher words and symbols carved into the stone.
- One of the city’s most interesting structures is the modern ‘Church of the Holy Heart of Jesus’, the city’s only Roman Catholic church located close to the train station that amazes visitors once inside.
- The ‘Millennium Bridge’ connecting the city over the Morača River is an impressive sight and one of the city’s most exceptional examples of modern architecture.
- Podgorica’s oldest bridge ‘Sastavci Bridge’ is thought to have been built around the 15th century by the Turks and is considered to be the only remaining structure of the town Nemanja, that centuries ago was once part of Podgorica. It’s an ideal picturesque spot for romance and is included in many walking tours.
- Located next to the ‘Millennium Bridge’ is the ‘Vladimir Vysotsky Monument’, a gift from Russia to Montenegro in honour of the Russian singer and songwriter who loved Montenegro’s natural beauty and culture.
- Not to be missed with indescribable natural beauty is ‘Tara River Canyon’ with the Tara River forming one of the deepest canyons on the globe. It’s one of Montenegro’s most popular outdoor attractions for hiking and rafting that affords spectacular views from the river.
- A definite must experience is the fresh water ‘Lake Skadar’, the largest of the Balkans, that straddles the borders of Albania and Montenegro. It has rocky shores, beaches, wetlands and is home to numerous species of wildlife including a rich history. Surrounded by striking karst mountains there are traditional fishing villages and islet monasteries.
- ‘King Nikola’s Castle’ built in 1885 on the seashore was a gift from the king to his daughter Princess Zorka. It has an interesting history and is surrounded by a park with numerous species of Mediterranean foliage and a lovely flower garden. A monument to ‘King Nikola’ is in the park across from the city’s parliament.
- ‘Petrović Palace’, formerly the summer home of the Petrović-Njegoš family clan who ruled the country from the close of the 17th century until 1918 is a beautiful structure of classical architecture with pleasant park grounds. Visitors can view original works by artists from the former Yugoslavia and experience the feeling of being in the home of one of the most important dynasties in Montenegro.
- The ‘Duklja Ruins’ are remnants from Duklja, once a Roman city.
Visitors staying in hotel accommodation located close to the city centre or the Preko Morače district can get to most attractions comfortably on foot.
Public buses are unfortunately not that frequent and route maps not user-friendly. Tickets can be purchased on board from the driver.
Taxis are reliable and cheap making them the best option for getting around. With more than 20 taxi companies, taxi stands are located just about everywhere in the city. Taxis can also be telephonically booked.
Rental companies comprise ‘Delta’, ‘Mtl’, ‘Rent a car PERFECT’ and bookings can be made for vehicles from ‘Avis’, ‘Budget’, ‘Hertz’, ‘Enterprise’ and other international brands.