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Podgorica, Montenegro
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Podgorica Airport
Mini
Skoda Citigo or similar
Skoda Citigo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autounion
$13.73 per day
Downtown
Economy
Hyundai I20 or similar
Hyundai I20
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
$14.76 per day
Downtown
Compact
Skoda Scala or similar
Skoda Scala
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$19.68 per day
Podgorica Airport
Mini Elite
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Viaggiare
$32.53 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Downtown
Intermediate
Mazda 3 or similar
Mazda 3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$44.68 per day
Podgorica Airport
Economy Elite
Renault Captur or similar
Renault Captur
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Mobility
$71.59 per day
Downtown
Standard
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
ABBYCAR
$99.94 per day
Podgorica Airport
Full-size Van
Renault Trafic or similar
Renault Trafic
  • 9
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$115.89 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 05:50 on 2024-07-13. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Montenegrin, Serbian, Bosnian, Albanian
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+382
Average car rental price
$52 per day
Average car rental length
7 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h or 50 - 62 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.03%
Rating
9.1 / 10
Average gas price
$1.63 per liter or $6.18 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$1.56 per liter or $5.89 per gallon
Highest gas price
$1.85 per liter or $7.00 per gallon

Why rent a car in Podgorica?

Although Montenegro, one of Europe’s up-and-coming tourism destinations, is best known for its quaint little towns on the Adriatic coast, there’s no reason why a traveler should ignore its capital city, either. From beautiful churches of different denominations and colorful local markets to a wealth of restaurants, Podgorica has plenty to offer. And since the country is quite small, with a rental car, you can still visit the country’s coastline and nature afterwards.

Podgorica

One-Way Car Rentals in Podgorica

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Podgorica and drop off in another city include:

  • From Podgorica to Dubrovnik - 58 offers from $14.30 per day
  • From Podgorica to Tirana - 58 offers from $20.99 per day
  • From Podgorica to Tivat - 110 offers from $6.78 per day
  • From Podgorica to Budva - 30 offers from $18.98 per day
  • From Podgorica to Zagreb - 58 offers from $37.70 per day

Top ways to enter Podgorica

  • Podgorica Airport: Also known as Podgorica-Golubovci, the airport handled more than 1.2 million travelers in 2018. It is a base for Montenegro Airlines and Di Air and is served by 12 other carriers. Located 10km (6.1 miles) south of the city center, the airport can be reached in 10-15 minutes.
  • Tivat Airport: The largest of the two Montenegrin international airports, Aerodrom Tivat serves the coastal city of the same name. Mainly active during the summer months, it offers flights to a number of destinations in both Eastern Europe and Western Europe. Tivat Airport is 83km (51 miles) southwest of Podgorica, a distance that can be traveled in 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • Tirana Airport: Tirana Airport serves the capital of neighboring Albania. Also known as Rinas Airport or Nënë Tereza (Mother Teresa) Airport, it is one of the fastest-growing airports in the region having handled nearly three million travelers in 2018. Tirana Airport is 143km (88 miles) south of Podgorica and can be reached in two and a half hours. Before going, make sure your rental car provider permits crossing the international border. Many won’t, so a better idea could be to travel by public transportation and pick up a rental car after arriving in Podgorica. Also, be sure to know if you need a visa to enter either Albania or Montenegro (each country has its own visa policy).
  • Dubrovnik Airport: Also known as Dubrovnik-Čilipi Airport, Croatia’s third-busiest airport hosts flights by more than 25 different airlines, offering connections to Northern, Western, and Eastern Europe. Located near the border with Montenegro, Dubrovnik Airport is 170km (105 miles) west of Podgorica, a distance that can be traveled in 2 hours and 40 minutes. Before going, make sure your rental car provider permits crossing the border and that you see if you need a visa to enter either Croatia or Montenegro.
  • By rail: If you arrive in Podgorica by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at the Podgorica Central Railway Station.

City facts

  • Located near the Adriatic coast, Podgorica has a humid subtropical climate. The average high temperature is 32°C  (90°F) in July, the hottest month, and 10°C  (49°F) in January. Precipitation is quite high throughout the year, making Podgorica the wettest capital in Europe. It is extremely rainy from November to January.
  • Throughout history, Podgorica has had different names. During the times of Ancient Rome (of which Montenegro was a part), the settlement in the area was known as Doclea. It was later renamed, first to Birziminium and then to Ribnica. It got its present name in 1326. In 1946, upon becoming a part of Yugoslavia, the city was renamed Titograd. It regained name in 1992. ‘Podgorica’ means ‘place below a hill’ in Montenegrin.

Top sights and activities

  • Old Turkish town. Known as ‘Stara Varoš’ in Montenegrin, the Turkish Town is a unique neighborhood in Podgorica. A remnant from when the Ottomans ruled the area, its mazy, narrow streets and stone mosques create a special atmosphere. Some of the area’s landmarks include the Sahat kula clock tower, Ribnica fortress, and the bridge over the Ribnica River.
  • Roman Square. The beating heart of Podgorica, Roman Square, or Rimski trg, is home to many shops, restaurants, cafeterias, and galleries. If you’re visiting the city on a Friday or Saturday night, this is where most of the life is going on. The area is also close to a number of Podgorica’s landmarks like the orthodox Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ and the city’s busiest boulevards.
  • Vranjina Monastery. One of the oldest monasteries in Montenegro and the region, Vranjina is a calm and serene place. Built in the early 13th century, it was dedicated to Saint Nicholas. Located on the green Vranjina island south of Podgorica and surrounded by a lake, the area is easily reached by car and is the perfect place for a long and relaxing walk. 
  • Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. Although one of the newest in the capital, this church has become a popular tourist attraction and is definitely worth a visit. Belonging to the local Serbian Orthodox Church, the cathedral is a stunning piece of architecture. Inside, you’ll find mosaics, frescoes painted in a traditional style, and other ornate interior details. 

Traffic and parking

  • Montenegro drives on the right hand side of the road.
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 130km/h (81 mph) on highways, 100km/h (62 mph) on motorways, 80km/h (50 mph) on all other roads outside built-up areas and 50km/h (31 mph) within populated and built-up areas.
  • It is illegal to use the mobile phone while driving.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.03% for all drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, a licence ban, or even imprisonment. 
  • Although Montenegro uses both Cyrillic and Latin alphabets, most road signs are written in Latin. 
  • Very few gas stations in Montenegro are open after 10:00 p.m. You will find some in Podgorica, but there are almost none in the more rural regions. 
  • Montenegro is a very mountainous country (it has the third-highest average elevation in Europe, after only Andorra and Switzerland). Even though most of the roads are in good shape and the country is generally catching up with Western European standards, it’s very important to exercise extra caution when driving the curvy and steep mountain roads. 
  • It is forbidden to overtake standing school buses if passengers are getting in or out.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The police number in Montenegro is 122, the fire brigade number is 123, and the ambulance number is 124.

Toll roads

As of August 2019, there are no toll roads in Montenegro. There is one tolled tunnel, the Sozina Tunnel, in the southeast part of the country. The toll is € 5,00.

The Belgrade-Bar Motorway which is currently under construction and will connect the Montenegrin coastline to Serbian capital Belgrade (passing the western outskirts of Podgorica along the way) is planned to be a toll road when it is completed. 

The Adriatic-Ionian Motorway, connecting Trieste in Italy to Kalamata in Greece, is another highway that is currently under construction and might be tolled in the future. The motorway will cross Montenegro from the border with Croatia in the west to the border with Albania in the southeast. It will go through Podgorica’s suburb Čevo.

Ideas for day trips

  • Cetinje. The old capital of Montenegro and still the residence of the country’s president, Cetinje is a small, but charming destination. The city has plenty to explore, from churches and monasteries to the Cetinje Ethnographic Museum and a beautiful old town. Located 36km (22 miles) west of Podgorica, Cetinje can be reached in 40 minutes.
  • Morača River Canyon. Montenegro is not short of stunning places, but Morača is the one that truly stands out, and not just because it is so close to the capital city. A wild and pristine area, the views of Morača’s deep ravines and rapid mountain river are second to none. The drive from Podgorica to Morača is just as spectacular, although some stretches of the mountain road can be quite tricky, so drive carefully. Just about 25km (16 miles) north of Podgorica, the canyon can be reached in about 30 minutes.
  • Doclea. Only ruins of old monuments and stone columns now remain of Doclea, but for centuries the city was a regional powerhouse ruled by the Illyrians, Romans, and Byzantines. Even if you’re not a history buff, the archaeological site is fascinating to visit. Known as Duklja in Montenegrin, it is just 6km (3.7 miles) north of Podgorica’s city center and can be reached in about 10 minutes.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Podgorica is the Fiat Panda, although many travelers also go for the VW Polo and the Hyundai i20. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact. If you plan to drive in the mountains and away from the main roads, it’s a good idea to get a powerful rental car; on the other hand, smaller cars are better for navigating the narrow streets of small coastal towns and villages.

Further destinations

  • Lake Skadar National Park. Surrounding the largest lake in the Balkans, this national park is a beautiful and relaxing area. Home to many species of fish, aquatic bird, mammal, and reptile, the park can be explored either by walking along its many trails or via a boat trip. Located just 28km (17 miles) southwest of Podgorica, the visitors center and the entrance to the park can be reached in just 30 minutes.
  • Budva. A resort town known for its wild nightlife and many restaurants, Budva attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Those looking to balance partying with some culture will be delighted to find that the city also boasts a well-preserved fortified old town and architectural gems such as the Budva Citadel and several historical churches of various styles. The drive from Podgorica only takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Bar. Known for its large and important port, Bar, like many other coastal Montenegrin destinations, has successfully reinvented itself as a popular tourist hub. Arguably quieter than some previously mentioned destinations like Budva and Kotor, it is known for its lovely beaches and the views from the many hotels and lodges that can be found in the nearby hills overlooking the coast. The drive between Podgorica and Bar takes an hour.
  • Albania. Similar to Montenegro, but with a more untamed feel to it, Albania is one of Europe’s undiscovered gems. Impressive beaches, spectacular mountain ranges, delicious food, and extremely friendly locals are just some of the attractions of this Southern Balkan nation. Tirana, Albania’s capital, is 160km (99 miles) south of Podgorica and can be reached in less than three hours. You’ll have to cross an international border, so make sure your rental car provider permits it (if not, you can go by public transportation and pick up a new rental car when arriving in Albania). Also, be sure to know if you need a visa to enter Albania or not as the country has a different visa policy than Montenegro.
  • Bay of Kotor. Located in the southwestern corner of the country near the borders of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kotor Bay is arguably the most scenic part of Montenegro. The area is characterized by idyllic coastal towns, many popular beaches, ancient sites left by the different empires that used to rule the area, and even some impressive coastal mountains. The drive from the capital takes just above two hours. 

Car rental prices in Podgorica

  • Convertibles - from $116 per day
  • Station wagons - from $40 per day
  • Large cars - from $30 per day
  • Medium cars - from $17 per day
  • Vans - from $93 per day
  • Premium cars - from $159 per day
  • Small cars - from $14 per day
  • SUVs - from $43 per day

Money-saving tips

Follow these tips to land a great rental car in Podgorica:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Podgorica is the cheapest in December when renting a car is about 65% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 80% cheaper than renting a car in July. Come visit the Adriatic Coast in winter time!
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Top 4 cities near Podgorica

  1. 30.3 km / 18.8 miles away
  2. 34.1 km / 21.2 miles away
  3. 40.2 km / 25 miles away
  4. 43.7 km / 27.2 miles away

Top 3 locations near Podgorica

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What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Podgorica?

Car rental prices in Podgorica vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Podgorica
$11.49
January
$9.62
February
$10.17
March
$17.57
April
$20.49
May
$31.30
June
$53.13
July
$57.65
August
$34.08
September
$15.26
October
$11.22
November
$11.03
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Podgorica is February (when prices average $9.62 per day). This is 59% cheaper than the yearly average and 83% cheaper than renting in August (when prices average $57.65).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Podgorica?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in September, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in March, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Podgorica
6
January
6
February
5
March
6
April
6
May
7
June
7
July
7
August
8
September
6
October
5
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Podgorica?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Podgorica is September, and the least popular is January.
Monthly searches in Podgorica by pick-up date relative to the average
29%
January
53%
February
50%
March
124%
April
106%
May
135%
June
144%
July
172%
August
189%
September
124%
October
39%
November
37%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 5
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Surprice, GreenMotion, Carwiz, SIXT, ABBYCAR
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans
Lowest price $14 per day
Cheapest supplier Autounion

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Surprice Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Carwiz Toyota Yaris 5 2 Small cars
Surprice Skoda Rapid 5 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion Hyundai i10 3 1 Small cars
Surprice Fiat Panda 4 1 Small cars
Viaggiare Hyundai i10 5 1 Small cars
SIXT Skoda Fabia 5 1 Small cars
ABBYCAR Hyundai i10 4 1 Small cars
AddCar Hyundai i10 5 1 Small cars
Carwiz Skoda Rapid 5 2 Medium cars

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

Turkey
Fiat 500
April 24, 2024
Very good
Turkey
Toyota Yaris
February 24, 2024
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Italy
Skoda Fabia
September 2, 2023
Wonderful Montenegro, nature and towns
Saudi Arabia
Hyundai i10
August 17, 2023
Sea Activities
Turkey
Volkswagen Polo
July 25, 2023
Staff was very helpfull and constructive but the car was old and was not the one I expected
Spain
Ford Fiesta
July 17, 2023
Amazing montenegro nature
Czech Republic
Skoda Fabia
July 3, 2023
Go for panoramatic roads, the views are 100% worth it! And ask locals for tips, they are happy to help you and tell you the best things to see/do in neighborhood :) We recomend Stari Bar, Skadar lake and Dodoši.
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United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
June 14, 2023
Beautiful scenery and old towns in Kotor Bay. Lovely restaurants by the water. Swimming and kayaking in the Bay.
Israel
Peugeot 208
September 27, 2022
Hard to drive roads, but very scenic view
Israel
Skoda Rapid
July 13, 2022
Montenegro is a combination of beautiful nature sites and activities with impressive Medival towns and sea resort. Most of the main roads are good and easy to drive. The mountains roads, though, gives a good driving challenge and to those who like to drive, it paradise...
Israel
Skoda Rapid
May 29, 2022
Montenegro National Parks are well worth a visit in May
Brazil
Skoda Fabia
January 12, 2022
Pay security to not use your value blocked in your card. Don't pay the the tyres of snow obligatoriness. Just if it's really necessarily
Spain
Hyundai i10
December 13, 2021
Montenegro is a perfect destinatioon for a road trip. Quiet roads (in winter), in general good road condition, interesting places to visit, short distances involved.
Belgium
Renault Grand Scenic
August 4, 2021
A car is needed in Montenegro, because of the mountains all over it is better to drive with a automatic gearbox
United Kingdom
VW Touran 5+2
November 12, 2019
I would definitely recommend renting a car for a chance to see the country which probably would be difficult on public transport
United Kingdom
VW Touran 5+2
September 16, 2018
Take a drive to Durmitor national park! So beautiful.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
AddCar
9.3 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Ok Mobility
5.8 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
50
Total rental companies
24
Average daily price
$51.60
Lowest daily price
$13.73
Total cars available
704

Top 24 suppliers in Podgorica in 2024

AddCar
AddCar
Exceptional 9.3 / 62 reviews
1 location
$34 - $190
Carwiz
Carwiz
Exceptional 9.1 / 196 reviews
3 locations
$103 - $213
OTOQ
OTOQ
Exceptional 9.1 / 16 reviews
1 location
$49 - $359
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.9 / 16 reviews
1 location
$68 - $138
Viaggiare
Viaggiare
Very good 8.7 / 83 reviews
2 locations
$33 - $238
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.5 / 102 reviews
3 locations
$122 - $270
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.4 / 9 reviews
2 locations
$85 - $269
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.2 / 15 reviews
2 locations
$17 - $85
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 8.1 / 338 reviews
2 locations
$116 - $117
Autounion
Autounion
Very good 8 / 8 reviews
3 locations
$14 - $235
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8 / 6 reviews
1 location
$73 - $147
MTL Rent a Car
MTL Rent a Car
Good 7.8 / 4 reviews
1 location
$58 - $139
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7.7 / 9 reviews
2 locations
$68 - $115
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Good 7.7 / 6 reviews
1 location
$94 - $261
WheeGo
WheeGo
Good 7.7 / 2 reviews
1 location
$37 - $162
Budget
Budget
Good 7.7 / 1 review
2 locations
$46 - $90
National
National
Good 7.7
1 location
ABBYCAR
ABBYCAR
Good 7.6 / 115 reviews
2 locations
$70 - $190
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Good 7.5 / 1 review
3 locations
$46 - $421
United Rent A Car
United Rent A Car
Good 7.5 / 1 review
1 location
$108 - $414
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.3 / 13 reviews
2 locations
$14 - $78
Avis
Avis
Satisfactory 6.8 / 41 reviews
2 locations
$45 - $238
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Satisfactory 6.6 / 306 reviews
3 locations
$26 - $617
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Poor 5.8 / 20 reviews
1 location
$65 - $119
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