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Active ferry route from Bar (Montenegro) to Bari or Brindisi (Italy)?

  • 5 July 2023
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Hi! I’m currently planning my summer holiday trip, in which I’m taking the train from Belgrade (Serbia) to Bar (Montenegro). From there I’d like to hop over to the other side of the Adriatic Sea into Italy. One small hiccup is that I can’t seem to find if there currently is a ferry service between Bar and Bari (or Brindisi). Does someone have inside knowledge?

So far I’ve come across the website montenegrolines.net, on which I only found a pricing list in Montenegrin (https://www.montenegrolines.net/images/cjenovnik/cjenovnik--putnicki-bar-bari-dubrovnik-bari.pdf). No clue if this is accurate, let alone from this year.

 

Help would be much appreciated!

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Best answer by Mark Herrmann 12 July 2023, 19:16

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Hi WinturMjoet,

You might try contacting the Montenegro national tourism office -- they should know.

But your safest bet may be to take Croatian ferry operator Jadrolinija’s ship “Marko Polo” from Dubrovnik to Bari.  Dubrovnik is a fairly short bus ride from Montenegro. 

I’ve taken the ferry between Bari and Bar several times in past years, but this year the situation is VERY confusing to me.  (I’m in the USA, so not close to the situation). 

For the past few years, the route was being operated by Jadrolinija, with their (very nice) ferry “Dubrovnik.”  However, they reportedly sold the “Dubrovnik” in April, and are no longer operating the Bari-Bar route.

Then there were reports that the Bar ferry port operator “Barska Plovidba” was entering into a contract for the ferry “Ionian Star” to operate the route this summer.  At some point the planned Italian port apparently was shifted from Bari to Brindisi, and a schedule was published in June.  But later in June it was announced that the arrangement with the Ionion Star’s owners had been cancelled.

Most recently it has been said that Barska Plovidba is trying to buy one, or maybe even two, ferries of its own to operate the route.  “A/F Francesca” has been mentioned as a possibility.  However, that sale supposedly won’t take place until the fall, and right now the Francesca is still on the Bari-Durres (Albania) route.

In short, as far as I can tell from thousands of miles away, there is no Bari-Bar ferry this summer.  Unless you can find out definitively that I’m wrong, you should plan to sail from Dubrovnik. 

You can read about the whole saga here:  https://theferryforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=900

I see reports now (September 2023) that Barska Polvidba will not go through with the purchase of the A/F Francesca.  At this rate, I’m worried that there may be no ferry between Bar and Bari again in 2024.

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Have you tried contacting them?

Have you tried contacting them?

I have sent them an email, yes. So far, no luck in getting a response back from them.

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