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How To Travel To Serbia

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By plane

Serbia’s major airport is the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG), which is just 15 kilometers from downtown Belgrade. Belgrade is served by major European airlines. Air Serbia, Serbia’s national airline, serves all major cities in Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. The following airlines provide flights to Belgrade:

  • Aeroflot (Moscow -Sheremetyevo),
  • Aegean Airlines (Athens),
  • Air Serbia (Abu Dhabi ,Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin-Tegel, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dubrovnik, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Istanbul-Atatürk, Larnaca, London-Heathrow, Milan-Malpensa, Monastir, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Ohrid, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Podgorica, Rome-Fiumicino, Sarajevo, Skopje, Split, Stockholm-Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Tivat, Vienna, Zagreb ,Zürich),
  • Alitalia(Rome),
  • Austrian (Vienna),
  • Belavia Belorussian Airways (Budapest,Minsk),
  • Easyjet (Geneva),
  • Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi),
  • Gazpromavia (Sochi),
  • Germanwings (Stuttgart),
  • LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw),
  • Lufthansa (Frankfurt, Munich),
  • Montenegro Airlines (Podgorica, Tivat),
  • Norwegian (Oslo),
  • Dubai (Dubai),
  • Pegasus Airlines (Istanbul – Sabiha Gokchen),
  • Swiss International Air Lines (Geneva,Zürich),
  • TAROM (Bucharest)
  • Tunisair (Enfidha, Tunis)
  • Turkish Airlines (Istanbul-Atatürk).
  • Wizzair (Basel, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Gothenburg-City, Larnaka, London-Luton, Malmö, Memmingen, Paris-Beauveis, Rome-Fiumicino, Stockholm-Skavsta),
  • Qatarairways (Doha)

You may easily go to the heart of Belgrade from the airport by taking city bus number 72, which stops directly in front of the departure hall.

There are also express minibuses (line A1) that run between the airport and Slavija plaza. The cost of a ticket is RSD 250 (€2.50).

The cost of a licensed taxi ride from the airport to the city is RSD 1500 (€15). The journey to the city center takes around 20 minutes.

Incoming cabs maintain continuous radio contact with airport officials. This provides passengers with a better option.

If you have trouble locating a cab, you could ask the Tourist Organization of Belgrade employees in the Arrivals Hall to summon one for you.

All taxis at the airport are luxurious limos in excellent condition.

Using taxis to go to places outside of Belgrade is a bad idea since the costs are exorbitant. Every licensed taxi driver wears a badge, an oval blue license plate with a serial number, and the Belgrade Coat of Arms on the top. Licensed taxis should have the letters TX as the final letters on their registration plates.

Unless you have agreed on a fixed price, make sure the taximeter is turned on. Tariff 1 is the right one Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The meter should not move more than one dinar each click on Tariff 1; moving three or four dinars per click is a clear indication that the driver is trying to rip you off. Tariff 3 is the ‘trick’ fare used to defraud people out of large sums of money, shifting 50 or 60 dinars every click.

Niš Constantine the Great International Airport is Serbia’s second international airport (INI).

By train

Several international trains link Belgrade with Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, and Bulgaria (both day and night). Trains to Romania, Bulgaria, and Macedonia are often late (approximately an hour), and they are said to be made up of outdated, uncomfortable cars. Trains are generally extremely safe. Consider that many sleeper trains cross the border in the middle of the night, and customs officials will have no hesitation in waking you up.

There is no rail link from Greece since Greek Railways stopped all international services in January 2011. The former Greek trains now leave from Skopje, Macedonia.

Check the website of Serbian Railways for schedules and other information.

The Balkan Flexipass is an inexpensive method to travel to or from Serbia.

For railway fans

The Beograd-Bar line is one of Europe’s most beautiful railroads, with many tunnels and bridges (including Mala Rijeka, the world’s highest railway bridge) and breathtaking views of the Dinar mountains. It is unquestionably worthwhile to take a train here throughout the day.

By car

You do not need a green card if your vehicle is registered and insured in an EU nation. Otherwise, ensure that the “SRB” box on your Green Card is not cancelled. Coming from Hungary, the Szeged/Horgos border crossing is renowned for its traffic jams. If you’re coming from Hungary, try the Tompa/Kelebija crossing location, which is approximately 20 kilometers west.

Please keep in mind that vehicles overtaking will often utilize the unofficial “middle-lane” on the two-lane E75 between Szeged, Hungary and Novi Sad. To allow them to pass safely, use care and move over to the hard shoulder on the right. To minimize this danger, the dual carriageway should be finished by the end of 2011. Since of construction work (as of September 2010), caution should be used because trucks are leaving construction sites and entering the roadway at moderate speeds. These portions have a speed limit of 40 km/h, although vehicles frequently go through them at full speed.

To regulate traffic and speed, police are usually stationed at key intersections or underpasses. Drivers often alert other drivers of a police presence by flashing their high-beams two or three times. All main roadways are patrolled by police interceptors. Drivers that are speeding and/or driving aggressively are pulled over. Speeds of up to 140km/h are generally allowed in 120km/h zones, although not always.

It should be noted that the traffic laws are stringent. No one under the age of 14 is allowed to sit in the front seat, all passengers must wear seat belts, blood alcohol concentration is restricted to 0.03 percent, and penalties range from €30 for minor infractions to 60 days in jail and €5,000 for causing a major traffic accident (both locals and foreigners). Keep in mind that if you kill someone in an accident, you will very certainly face a jail term. IMPORTANT! Pay alert to bicycle riders, tractors, and other large agricultural equipment while traveling on rural and local roads, particularly at night! They may be difficult to detect at night if appropriate light signalization is not used, therefore slow down.

The roadway is tolled, although the toll for foreigners is no longer greater than for residents. Highway tolls are 0.03€/km on average and may be paid in Serbian dinars or Euros. They are charged by road segment, therefore you may have to pay extra if just a portion of the route is utilized. Main highways and populous regions are well served by gas stations that provide a diverse variety of common fuels (eurodiesel, non – leaded petrol, etc). LPG stations are not plentiful, although they are plentiful on key highways and in large cities.

The phone number for the Serbian Auto – Moto Association (AMSS) is 1987, and they provide a variety of services (info, tows, repairs…). It should be noted that private towing services may be costly, with some being outright extortionate. The majority of the main automobile manufactures have appointed services in Serbia.

By bus

Vienna – Almost every day, buses depart from Vienna International Busterminal (Erdberg). For locations south of Belgrade, Zoran Reisen coaches depart around 3 p.m. on Friday and cost about €45 for a one-way journey.

By thumb

Hitchhiking throughout Serbia is still permissible, and most drivers will treat you as if you were a friend. However, appropriate measures must be taken. In general, it is considerably easier to hitchhike across Vojvodina than it is to hitchhike from Belgrade to the south, to Kosovo, or to Macedonia and Montenegro. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Serbia is a compilation of hitchhiking advice for a variety of Serbian cities and municipalities. It was created by members of the Serbia Travel Club, a Serbian organization of independent travelers, and is accessible in both English and Serbian.

By bike

The EuroVelo 6 bicycle route, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea, passes in Serbia by following the Danube River. The majority of the recommended route follows small paved roads, and instructions are clearly marked with EuroVelo 6 signs.

Despite the fact that too few cities have enough cyclist-friendly infrastructure, cycling is gradually gaining popularity among the general public as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative mode of transportation for touring and commuting.

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