Montenegro - General Information
Montenegro (Crna Gora)
National railway system
National Railway Operator
Železnice Crne Gore (ŽCG) / Жељезница Црне Горе
Euro, though the country is not in the Euro zone.
Numeric 62, alpha MNE.
The Montenegrin railways website www.zcg-prevoz.me/en provides a point to point search facility
Departure times from the main stations for local services are shown here
Departure times from the main stations for international trains are shown here
A summary of all services on a single page is here
A full PDF Timetable does not seem to be available, but a single download containing departure sheets for the main stations and which shows all intermediate stopping points for services is available here
A useful site is BalkanViator
- European Railway Atlas (All-Europe Edition) by M.G. Ball.
- European Railway Atlas (Regional Series - The Balkans) by M.G. Ball.
- Mapa Kolejowa Serbii, Kosowa, Czarnogóry (Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro) by W. Kolondra.
- Thorsten Büker's Map of Serbia and Montenegro.
- Refer to the Annexes of the most recent Network Statement for some useful diagrammatic maps.
ŽCG requires passengers on the international trains to Beograd to purchase a seat reservation, irrespective of how short a journey they are making. This applies also to those on passes. However, ŽS has no such requirement on trains from Serbia, resulting in the bizarre situation of effectively requiring a reservation in one direction only. It is not known what applies on southbound international trains for journeys wholly within Montenegro, but is suspected that reservations are required. The compilers would appreciate information on this.
The Network Statement page gives access to the latest network statements.
25 kV 50 Hz
Rule of the road
The entire network is single track.
Refer to Annexe 4 of the most recent Network Statement.
Recent and future changes
All of the current rail network in Montenegro is of comparatively recent construction, largely due to the mountainous terrain; the route between Beograd and Bar only fully opened in 1976, replacing a 760mm gauge route to the Adriatic coast via Sarajevo.
The branch from Podgorica to Nikšić (table 51), which had not operated for several years, was reopened on to passenger traffic on 2 October 2012, having been electrified.
The cross-border route from Podgorica to Albania did not open until 1986 and the treaty concerning its construction limited it to freight use only. See Border Crossings: Albania - Montenegro for more information.
In June 2006 Montenegro became independent of the former combined "Serbia and Montenegro", which on 4 February 2003 had replaced the former name "Federal Republic of Yugoslavia".
The Mala Rijeka viaduct, between Kolašin and Podgorica on the Beograd - Bar line, was the highest viaduct in the world (198m from rail level to river level) until 2001, when it was superseded by the Beipan River Shuibai Bridge in China.