How Safe Is Podgorica for Travel?

Podgorica, Montenegro
Safety Index:
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Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro and the country’s largest city, mostly because it’s a small country altogether, and it’s comprised of small seaside towns.

An important thing to note is that most other cities in Montenegro are more popular and even, according to some, more attractive than Podgorica, mostly because Podgorica isn’t located on Montenegrin riviera.

However, even though Podgorica is not ‘the best of Montenegro’, it also depends on how much you’re staying and when you’re coming.

For instance, if you have some spare time, it might be interesting to see Sastavci (the place where river Ribnica flows into Moraca), remainings of old town Duklja, waterfalls on river Cijevna, etc.

Warnings & Dangers in Podgorica

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Overall, Podgorica is a safe city to visit. Its crime rate is fairly low and as a tourist, you should only be worried about petty theft in destinations frequented by tourists. Otherwise, Montenegrin people are very warm and friendly.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Public transportation in Podgorica isn't as reliable as you'd expect it to be in a European capital, you might find yourself waiting for a bus that has been scheduled to arrive half an hour ago. You can use taxis, though they will probably try to overcharge you for a ride.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is a risk of pickpockets, though less so in Podgorica, since it's not such a huge tourist destination. Still, keep your valuables locked in a safe place and never bring all your money with you. If you see a child running towards you, move out of the way and keep your purse tight in your hands.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Podgorica is exposed to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes (with floods being the bigger risk), but they aren't very common and their consequences haven't been devastating in the recent history.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

Cases of muggings and kidnapping are rarely, if ever reported. If kidnapping does happen, it is usually a part of a conflict between several crime organizations. Violent crime doesn't affect tourists in this city.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

There haven't been any terrorist attacks in Podgorica in its recent history, but attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : LOW

Scams exist in Podgorica, as in every tourist destination. Mostly, you should double check every change you get because they might try to trick you and give you the wrong change. Negotiate everything in advance to prevent taxis from overcharging you, and that applies to all other types of services, especially along the coastline.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Podgorica is very safe to travel to if you are a solo female. Montenegrin people are very friendly and warm. You might attract some unwanted attention at night near clubs and bars with local men, so avoid walking alone near those areas. Use common sense and your trip should go smoothly.

So... How Safe Is Podgorica Really?

Podgorica is generally a safe place to live in and visit.

It is, overall, a safe city to visit. It is actually known for being filled with friendly people, ready to help, much like the capital of its neighboring country, Serbia.

However, having said that, occasional shootings between criminal clans are known to happen in broad daylight and throughout the city.

This goes for car bombs, too. But these attacks are rare and usually highly targeted.

There were some explosions recently that were a part of clash of criminal gangs, but they were targeted towards certain crime members, and there was little collateral damage.

As far as minor crimes are considered it mostly depends on the neighbourhood you are in – and there aren’t many dangerous ones in Podgorica.

The only type of crime you should be concerned about is petty theft, which can also easily be avoided if you just apply rules of common sense, such as not leaving your valuables in plain sight and keeping your money in a safe at your hotel.

If you’re driving be wary since luxury vehicles attract the attention of criminals and are popular targets for smash-n-grab theft or occasionally car-jacking.

Useful Information

  • Visas - For most nationals, a visa is not required in order to enter Podgorica. EU nationals may enter with a national ID card and stay for up to 30 days. Your passport needs to be valid during the duration of your stay. No additional validity is required. However, if you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Montenegrine embassy for further information.
  • Currency - Currency in Podgorica is euro. ATMs are widely available, so you can collect your money there, and it is recommended that you exchange your money at the national banks. Credit cards are accepted in larger hotels and restaurants, and usually accepted elsewhere too. Tipping isn't expected although it's common to round up to the nearest euro.
  • Weather - Podgorica has continental climate where temperatures can drop down to as low as -3°C during winter. In the surrounding mountains, snow is often present even during spring.
  • Airports - Podgorica Airport is an international airport located in Podgorica. It is one of two international airports in Montenegro, the other being Tivat Airport, located in Tivat, a city in the coastline region of Montenegro.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Podgorica, since it covers not only medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Podgorica Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 5° C
Feb 7° C
Mar 11° C
Apr 14° C
May 18° C
Jun 23° C
Jul 26° C
Aug 26° C
Sep 22° C
Oct 16° C
Nov 11° C
Dec 6° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
91115192328323227211510
Low
°C
126913172019161162
High
°F
485259667382909081705950
Low
°F
343643485563686661524336

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