Montenegro - General Information

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Country Name

Montenegro (Crna Gora)

National railway system

National Railway Operator

Železnice Crne Gore (ŽCG) / Жељезница Црне Горе

Language

Montenegrin/Serbian

Currency

Euro, though the country is not in the Euro zone.

UIC code

Numeric 62, alpha MNE.

Timetable

Journey Planner

The Montenegrin railways website www.zcg-prevoz.me/en provides a point to point search facility

Downloadable Timetable

Timetable information is given in in departure list format on the ŽPCG website. A full PDF Timetable does not seem to be available.

A good unofficial timetable in German Linien- und Tabellenfahrpläne is available for 2017, but should be verified against local information.

Printed Timetable

None known.

Engineering Information

None.

Bus Information

A useful site is BalkanViator

Maps

Printed Maps

  • European Railway Atlas: Scandinavia and Eastern Europe by M.G. Ball (1993) (ISBN 0-7110-2072-4)
  • European Railway Atlas by M.G. Ball (2008 onwards)

Web-based Maps

Ticketing

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.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Authority

Željeznička Infrastruktura Crne Gore

Network Statement

The Network Statement page gives access to the latest network statements.

Gauge

Standard

Electrification

25 kV 50 Hz

Rule of the road

The entire network is single track.

Distances

Refer to Annexe 4 of the most recent Network Statement.

Other Railways

None.

Tourist Lines

None.

Metro

None

Trams

None

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.

Special Notes

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.

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See also