National park Durmitor is the largest of 5 national parks in Montenegro. Durmitor is located in the northern part of the country, partly with the park border running along the border between Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Since 2005 the whole park has been part of the UNESCO world heritage list; prior to that the protection only applied to the Tara River Gorge which has been included in the world heritage list since 1977.
How to get to National park Durmitor?
If you are not part of some kind of an organized tour to the national park, the place you will be going to is Žabljak which is located in the centre of the park, 1450 meters above the sea level (the highest located urban settlement in Balkan region). Here is how you can get to Žabljak using various means of transportation.
By car: driving to Žabljak by car is probably the easiest way of getting to National park Durmitor. The country road P5 which runs from close to Nikšić to the impressive Tara bridge passes through Žabljak. From Podgorica to Žabljak there is a driving distance of 125 km (2 -2.5 hours), from the Adriatic coast, e.g. Budva, there is a distance of 185 km (3 – 3.5 hours). From Dubrovnik in Croatia there is about 170 km to Žabljak which is about 3.5 hours of driving.
By Train: obviously due to the location of Žabljak in the mountains, train is not really an option. The closest train station is in Niksic which is 75 km away.
By Bus: despite its small size and remote location, Žabljak is actually fairly easy to reach by bus, there is a daily bus from the following cities: Podgorica, Nikšic, Pljevlja and Mojkovac.
- From Podgorica to Žabljak there is a handful of daily bus departures; travel time by bus is a bit less than 3 hours and the ticket price is around 10 Euros. You can by a ticket at the bus station in Podgorica; the address is available here.
- From Nikšić to Žabljak there are a few daily buses; travel time by bus is around 1 hour and 45 minutes. Tickets, which can be bought at the bus station in Nikšić, cost around 6 Euros for a one way adult.
- From Pljevlja to Žabljak there is a handful of daily bus departures, ticket price for the 60 km long bus route is about 6 Euros and the travel time is about 90 minutes. The address of the bus station in Pljevlja you can see here.
- From Mojkovac to Žabljak there are only a few daily bus departures; the travel distance of 70 km takes about 2 hours by bus. A ticket price is around 7 Euros, and for the other towns tickets can be bought at the bus station; the address of the bus station in Mojkovac you can see here.
Day trip / excursion: from Podgorica, as well as the coastal towns like Budva, Tivat or Kotor you have various excursion offers to Durmitor. The offer ranges from 1 day trips for unskilled hikers to multi day trips which require a certain fitness level.
Practical information your visit to Durmitor
A ticket for the national park as well as fishing and other licences can be purchased at the national park office in Žabljak. The prices are available here.
Bring good walking shoes because a hike in the park can easily add up to several km. Also bring warmer clothes since the temperatures in the altitude can be quite a bit lower than on the coast.
In Žabljak you have several hotels and private accommodation; another option for sleeping in the area is the campsite and mountaineers huts (reservation might be necessary in the main season) inside the national park. For detailed information visit the information desk.
You can arrange a person guide by contacting the park administration prior to your visit.
Also good to know when visiting National park Durmitor
In National park Durmitor there are 17 glacier lakes (Mountain eyes); the best known is the Black Lake.
There are more then 40 mountaintops higher than 2000 metres; the highest peak is Bobotov kuk (2522 m).
Žabljak is a ski resort during the winter season and there are usually about 120 days with snow.
The Tara river gorge is with 1300 metres the deepest canyon in Europe.
The Tara river is one of the best places for rafting and canoeing in this part of Europe.
In the area of the Eco village Podgora (7 km from Žabljak) you can find some of the most amazing viewing points overlooking the Tara canyon. You can also stay overnight in the eco-village; more information you can find here.