Budva is a coastal tourist resort in Montenegro. It is often called "Montenegrin Miami", because it is the most crowded and most popular tourist resort in Montenegro, with beaches and vibrant nightlife.
Budva is 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 an old town, bars and nightclubs, and beaches mostly consisting of small rocks. It is base for mass tourism, while in it's near vicinity there are luxury resorts such as Sveti Stefan or Miločer.
There are as many as 35 beaches, mostly rock and a little sand (8 beaches are marked with blue flags). There are 84, mostly three- and four-star hotels (capacity of over 13,000 beds), about 100 private villas and bed and breakfast inns and private accommodation (60,000 beds) of various options. The day- and night-life offers opportunities to enjoy theatre plays and performances, music events and entertainment programes. Many nightclubs use half prostitutes to attract customers, and families might be offended by the open display of almost naked girls in the street. There is mainly one street where all the action happens. Many tourists might find it quite dull and cheesy because there is so little to do and the high prices for poor or average food.
To understand and to get to know the local people – Pastrovices, Mains, Grbljans and others - and their culture better, you are welcome to try traditional cuisine in a warm and hospitable environment. A visit to the walls of the Old Town of Budva is a must.
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.
Podgorica airport is 65km away (Taxi €50 to €100 - fix a price beforehand, do not just accept meter), and has flights throughout the year to Belgrade, Budapest, Zurich, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Paris, Rome and Vienna.
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.
Bus station might be tricky to find if you are first time in town.
You can easily get to Budva also from Dubrovnik. There are daily buses during the summer at 10.30. The journey takes around 3 hours. The bus will be mostly fulled with foreigners so you should come early to get a ticket. You will be given a spectacular view from the bus during this route.
Rent a car
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.
Olimpia Express serves the route Budva-Sveti Stefan-Budva for 1 €.In summer the busses are leaving every 30 minutes.You can also get into Inter-City-Busses,for example Igalo-Bar etc. 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.
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.
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 big differences in prices of accommodation.
During the summer it is easy just to come to the bus station and the people will give you some offers. There is a problem with water in Budva, you should prefer the accommodation that gives you possibility to use the water. The prices range from €7 to €15 for a person/night/private room. The lowest price is usually with shared bathroom and kitchen, for €15 you can have an apartment with private kitchen and shower.
There are dozens of other mid-range hotels throughout the city...
There are bus connection from Budva to many other cities and countries (Subotica, Sarajevo, etc.)
The bus to Sarajevo goes daily at 8:10 (Balkan express minibus) and the journey takes about 7 hours and stops at Podgorica and other cities. The price ticket is €16.5 one-way ticket.
Almost every 30mins there are buses going on the way from Herceg Novi to Podgorica and vice versa. The journey to Podgorica takes 1,5 hour and costs around €6 one-way.