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Budva is located on the central part of Montenegrin coast, called "Budvanska rivijera". It has developed around small peninsula, on which the old town is situated. It is by far most visited destination in Montenegro, attracting both domestic and foreign tourists with fascinating old town, great bars and nightclubs, and beautiful sandy beaches. It is base for mass tourism, while it it's near vicinity there are luxury resorts such as Sveti Stefan or Miločer.
Tivat airport is 20km away. During summer, there are daily flights to many European destinations. Throughout the year there are flights from Tivat to Belgrade and Zurich. There are minibuses from airport to Budva.
Dubrovnik airport is 70km away from Budva, and maintains flights to many European destinations during the summer.
Budva is very well connected with the neighboring countries by bus. During the summer, more seasonal lines are introduced. Buses are quite frequent and on schedule. Note that the Budva bus station might be tricky to find if you are first time in town.
All roads in Montenegro are two-laned only, and mostly are curvy mountainous roads, so speeds over 70 km/h (43 mph) are rarely legal, and rarely safe.
If you came to Budva with your own car, use them inside the city only when you have to. Traffic is terribly congested during the summer, and parking space around the old town is almost impossible to find.
Some of the most beautiful beaches are located in the vicinity of Budva, and you can expect that, by car, you will travel to them up to 1 hour! That is especially the case with beaches south-east of Budva, such as Bečići, Miločer, Pržno, Kamenovo...when you get there - you will have to pay for the parking, anywhere from €2 to €5.
Note that the Kraljičina beach in Miločer has the special regime of working that sometimes may prohibit access to the beach. Even if not, it boast the highest prices on Budvanska rivijera, together with Sveti Stefan. Kraljičina and Mogren beaches are the only ones where they can charge you for entrance, all the other beaches are free to access. However, on most of the remote beaches you will have to pay for the parking.
There is no public transportation within the city other than little tourist "train" that operates between Budva and nearby Bečići through main Budva promenade. Taxis are abundant in Budva, but are not cheap - ride anywhere within Budva will cost you around €5, and ride to some nearby town outside Budva - €10 up. There are many tourist boats that dock in Budva harbor which offer rides to nearby beaches, Sv. Nikola island, or one-day trips to various destinations on Montenegrin coast.
Old town is packed with boutiques, but beware of counterfeited variants of world famous brands.
Main Budva promenade has a long string of stands with very cheap clothing, sunglasses, souvenirs, etc.
There is a wide choice of places to eat at Budva. In old town you will find almost anything: from pizza-places, bakeries to seafood and Chinese restaurants. Across the harbor, at the very coast, there are some premium fresh seafood restaurants, notably "Jadran" and "Donna".
Along the entire promenade there are many fast food places, offering barbecue, giros, pancakes, slices of pizza, icecream...with affordable prices. A McDonalds seasonal restaurant is open on the promenade during the summer.
Budva is full of cafes, bars and nightclubs. During the season it is hard to find a place to seat, as cafes and bars in Budva center are crowded all the time. Some of the most popular places in Budva center are "Palma", "Millenivm", "Sole mio" on the promenade and "Ričardova glava"(Richard's head) on the beach of the same name, on the south side of the old town, "Maša" cafe-restaurant on the Pizana beach, near the harbor, as well as many places inside old town and across the harbour.
Espresso will cost from €1.00 to €1.50. Coke and other soft drinks and juices will cost from €1.50 up to €3.50.
You should also try out famous Montenegrin wines, "Vranac", "Pro Corde", "Krstac", "Cabernet", "Chardonnay" and "Nikšićko" beer. Montenegrin brandy, called "rakija" is good choice to "warm up" before going out in the evening, especially grape brandy "Montenegrin loza", "Prvijenac" or "Kruna".
There is variety of bars and clubs to go out in Budva. Usually the night begins at large open bars located at the promenade - "Trocadero", "Miami", "Renaissance" and "Rafaello". They are allowed to play music until 01.00 AM, when the crowds move to some of the nightclubs. Arguably the best nightclub in Budva is newly built closed "Trocadero", which has prices slightly higher than other nightclubs. There are also two remote nightclubs, "Maine" and "Torine, the latter being in Bečići, but those are often too crowded and insist on folk music.
Also the popular option is going from some of the open bars directly to "Secondo Porto" club in Kotor, which is some 30 minutes driving away.
Note: Prices are high as they are, don't let the waiter make extra money on you. Always ask for a bill, as they must provide it by law. If you don't - it's likely that they'll overcharge your drinks, especially if they see you are a foreigner!
Accommodation in Budva is abundant, and varies from renting a room for €10 to handsomely priced five-star hotels.
There are dozens of other mid-range hotels throughout the city...