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Parking in Montenegro

There are free and paid parking spaces in Montenegro. They are designated with the relevant signs and markings.

Unpaid parking is treated as illegal and is punishable by a fine.

Free parking

Free parking is available along the roadsides, in special bays, and unequipped areas. You can park your vehicle free of charge wherever it will not cause an obstruction to traffic and wherever there is no paid parking sign. Illegally parked car, e.g. causing an obstruction to traffic, may be towed. Tow truck operators work hard, especially in summer when the traffic increases.

Free parking spaces are available nearly in every town or city (with few exceptions, please see below). They are usually some distance away from the historic downtown and highly visited cultural monuments. If you don’t mind walking for 15 minutes, you can save on parking.

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Paid parking

There are two types of paid parking lots in Montenegro:

  • Parking spaces on the side of the street
  • Car parks with boom barriers.

You'll find on-street paid parking zones in the downtown. They are signposted with a paid parking sign, i.e. a "P" sign that specifies the time limit, parking rate, etc. The road surface is lined out, and all cars must be must be parked only within the bay markings.

There are fewer on-street parking spaces than car parks with boom gates. It is more difficult to find an empty parking spot here, and the time limit is 2 hours. The parking rate is from €0.5-2.0 per hour. You can pay at the parking meter or via SMS.

Parking facilities with boom barriers are more numerous with more available bays and no time limit. However, the parking rates are 30-50% higher.

Using car parks with a boom barrier is easy. Just drive up to the entrance gate and push the button. Take the ticket. After you take the ticket, the boom barrier will open. Enter the parking lot and park your vehicle. Keep your ticket safe because it contains the time when your parking started, and you will need it for payment. If you lose your ticket, you'll have to pay the fine of €10 or even €30. You pay when you drive out of the car park. Drive up to the exit gate, show your ticket, and pay.

Paid parking facilities charge on an hourly basis. If you used a parking bay for 3 hours and 5 minutes, you'd have to pay for the whole 4 hours. Please keep it in mind when planning your parking time.

Payment for parking

There are two ways to pay for on-street parking spaces:

  1. Parking meter. Look around, and you will see it nearby. The parking rate is specified in the signage. Drop the necessary number of coins and remember that meters do not give change. Push the green button and take your ticket. Put the ticket under the windscreen so that the traffic warden could see it.
  2. SMS. If you have a local SIM card, you can quickly pay for your parking with your phone. You'll see a panel with instructions under the "P" sign. The process is straightforward — just send your vehicle's license plate number (without spaces) in a text message to the number specified in the signage. The one-hour rate will be charged from your phone, and you will receive a confirmation in a text message stating the expiration time. It will be in the Montenegrin language. If you want to extend the time, you should pay via SMS for one more hour after the first hour ends. Unfortunately, you can't pay via SMS for a half-hour or fifty minutes.

Please take the parking time seriously. The parking inspectors are vigilant, and an unpunctual traveller can find a parking ticket or become a pedestrian for a while because the car has been towed.

Some cities have different rate zones marked with different colours in the parking signage. It is very convenient. The red zone is the most expensive, yellow zone is less costly, and the green zone is the most affordable. The closer to the downtown, the higher the parking rate.

Parking violation fines

The amount of parking fine depends on the violation and the town or city where you committed it. You can face a penalty of €15 to €150. In addition to the fine, you will pay the towing and storage costs. 

Thus, you had better not violate any parking rules.

How to pay the fine and consequences of non-payment

What to do after committing a traffic offence:

  • If the fine amount is stated in the penalty charge notice (PCN), you can simply pay it at the post office.
  • If the exact amount is not specified, it is best to contact the rental company as soon as possible. They will explain where and how you can get a ticket for payment.
  • If your car has been towed, your actions will depend on the town or city where it happened. You might be able to pay the fine on the spot and get your car back immediately. Or you might need to pay the PCN at the nearest bank or post office and come back with the receipt and PCN tear-off slip before your car can be released.

If you have been issued a fine without an exact amount, you will first need to collect the PCN at the police station in the town or city where the traffic offence was committed. And then you can pay it.

If you can’t or don’t want to deal with the fine yourself, ask your rental company for assistance. The rental agent will drive to the town or city where the offence was committed, collect the PCN, and pay it. You will have to pay the rental agent’s travel costs, hourly rate, and post office commissions.

Parking rates in Montenegrin towns and cities

Budva: €1.00-2.40 per hour. There are many free parking zones, mainly on the side of the street, in special bays, etc.

Pržno, Bečići, Rafailovići, Petrovac, Sveti Stefan: mainly free parking facilities with a shortage of parking spaces in summer.

Bar: €0.50-1.00 per hour. Numerous free car parks.

Šušanj: only a few parking lots (both paid and free). Choose a hotel or guest house with a car park if you plan a vacation in Šušanj.

Tivat: €0.50-2.00 per hour.

Tivat Airport: €0.80 per hour. There are no free parking facilities at the airport, the drivers can only stop for a short time to pick up or drop off the passengers.

Kotor: €0.80-1.20 per hour. Just a few parking spaces.

Herceg Novi: €0.50-1.00 per hour. Be sure to ask if your hotel has a car parking facility when planning your vacation in Herceg Novi. The town is built on hillsides, and there's no place to park a vehicle.

Podgorica: €0.40-0.80 per hour.

Podgorica Airport: €0.60 per hour.

This is one of the towns with different rate on-street parking zones:

  • Green – €0.40 per hour.
  • Yellow – €0.50 per hour.
  • Red – €0.60 per hour.

There’s a free car park on the edge of town, along the sides of roads, in special bays, and in yards.

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