It depends with what you travel. If you look at the buses timetable and see long travel time, it is probably not a direct bus but includes a change and thus waiting at some bus terminal.
Waiting times of 30 min to 1 hour at the border crossings in mid-season are not uncommon.
You can check the waiting times here: http://www.hak.hr/en#border-crossings
It’s a distance of about 60 miles along a coastal road. The only significant congestion you are likely to encounter is in the final 3 miles or so in Budva - depending on when you get there. There can be waits at the border which can be between 10 minutes and an hour, again depending on how busy things are and the staffing levels at the border checkpoints. Delays of more than an hour at the border can happen but are not the norm.
We can not predict the time, but 3-8 hours is rather unlikely. I would estimate 10-30 minutes depending on traffic. That is just a estimation on my personal experience in the summer. But even an hour would be rather unusual
I take my boat sometimes back to Germany and even with all the paperwork I have to present, I am thru in 15 minutesEdited: 09 May 2018, 06:39
Thank you for your helpful replies. I can see the bus is a 3 hour journey and the taxi company quoted 3.5 to 8 hrs. I thought it might be the other way round, longer by bus. I think I may take the bus.
it is mainly to do with the border crossing and congestion on the small coastal road.
The main border checkpoint has been known to have long long delays of 5+ hours hence the unspecific time.
If you can find some others to split the taxi fare I would try and do that at least your guaranteed air-conditioning.
There is A/C in the bus and they take the same road. I do not see the difference, only that a taxi is way more expensive. If there is a hold up on the border, what difference does it make if you take the bus or a taxi? It takes the same time.
I take that border crossing every year in the summer, never had to wait over 30 minutes, 5 hours sounds crazy to me, sure it can happen, but in 4o years I have never experienced it
With à car or possibly taxi there is an alternative border crossing on a small road nearer to the coast
A bus usually you will get privilege access, they collect your Passport, scan them and you move on. As I mentioned before, I never had big problems in the summer at the border, but some post horror stories here, guess I was lucky
there were long delays at the border crossing last summer, specially on peak weekends as there were problems (power cuts) on the small border so all cars went through the main one. At the moment small border is closed as the new border crossing is under construction on Croatian side - if it doesn`t open on time (scheduled for July 1st) you can expect again huge delays. That is why so unspecific travel time
You know it will not open on time, nothing ever is in that part of the World,lol.
I would not worry to much. I have not experienced 5 hours wait, more like 30 min. I am sure it can happen, but that would be rather rare