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By Plane

 

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is 18km west of the city center, and the home base of Air Serbia, which flies to nearly 40 destinations worldwide. Other major airlines that fly to Belgrade are Aeroflot, Qatar Airways, Turkish, Lufthansa, Austrian, Alitalia and Swiss. Turkish Airlines offers twice daily flights to Istanbul. Discount and no-frills carriers offer modest number of flights. Wizz Air has direct flights from London, Eindhoven, Memmingen, Gothenburg, Malmö, Charleroi, Rome, Stockholm, Dusseldorf and Dortmund to Belgrade. Istanbul-based Pegasus connects Belgrade to Istanbul's smaller airport Sabiha Gökçen with great connections to many European and Eurasian cities. Germanwings does have a number of less expensive flights to cities across Europe and Norwegian Air is another low cost airline operating to Belgrade. easyJet flies from Milan. For travellers from Asia/Middle East, the low cost airline FlyDubai offers cheap direct connections from India, Sri Lanka and other destinations to Belgrade via Dubai.

 
By Train
 

Serbian Railways operates trains in Serbia. The central train station is 1-2 km (steep uphill) from Republic Square - about 15 minutes walk. All national and international trains stop here except for Pancevo, Zrenjanin, Vrsac and Timisoara (Beograd Danube station). It is best to by tickets at the train station.

 

Situation as at 21st March 2015:

  • Budapest: Daily train Avala(leaves at 12:11h from Kobanya Kispet station), another daily train Ivo Andric which leaves at 10:05h from Keleti station and one night train Beograd(leaves at 22:25h from Keleti station). In summertime there is one more train called Merridian which leaves at 13:15h but only twice a week. There are reservation-free seats for all trains. One way ticket is EUR 15 and return ticket is EUR 26 (offer called Beograd special).
  • Ljubljana: One daily train (leaves at 8:25h) and one night train (leaves at 21:05h). Discounted Beograd Special ticket, non-refundable and bound to specified train and day, costs €25 (one way, reservation included in price), only 6 tickets a train.
  • Podgorica and Bar in Montenegro: One daytime and one night train (plus two in summer season). Price to Bar is €21 plus €3 compulsory seat reservation or €6 couchette reservation (6 berth).
  • Skopje: A daily train (leaves at 8:20h) and a night train (leaves at 22:14h). Return ticket costs EUR 32.60 (Serbia special).
  • Sofia: One night train which leaves at 20:30h. One way ticket costs €20.60 and €6 for couchette reservation.
  • Thessaloniki: There is one train each day which leaves at 18:30h. One way ticket costs €33.80, return €54.
  • Timisoara: Daily two trains (6:50h and 15:38h). You'll have to make 2 easy train changes to Belgrade: First, from Timisoara Nord station short train trip to Vrsac station and then you catch a train from Vrsac station to Beograd Dunav station. Return ticket Timisoara Nord - Beograd Dunav is €14, ask for Banat Special. There is no direct train to Bucharest.
  • Vienna: Daily train from Wien HBF at 9:12h. Return ticket 70 EUR.
  • Zagreb: One daytime train (leaves at 11:05h) and one night train (leaves at 23:48h). Regular ticket costs one way EUR 24.40, return EUR 48.80, every additional passenger has 50% discount for return ticket (ask for City star ticket), for example two passengers return ticket City Star EUR 73.20.

By Bus

Belgrade's central bus station is next-door to the central train station, in Karađorđeva street. Whilst coach service to national and international destinations is frequent, departure times are usually reliable, but arrival times may be not. Timetables aren't clearly posted; the timetables that are there are in Serbian only, so ask for information inside the terminal.

When buying a bus ticket, you will also receive a token to enter the platform area, for national travel. For international travel, you will be given a paper stub to present at the platform gate.

Be aware that most coach drivers will charge you a fee of approximately 100 dinar per bag for baggage handling in the cargo compartment, though this is not a uniform practice with international travel. Also be aware that drivers rarely speak English or any other foreign language. Inform yourself about your trip prior to departure as much as you can; if in doubt, ask a fellow passenger for assistance.

Coach travel in Serbia is a hit-and-miss experience; whilst there is a huge number of companies to chose from, not all of them have clean, modern coach fleets, particularly for travel within Serbia or to neighbouring Montenegro. Coaches are more often clean and modern when embarking on trips to Croatia and Western Europe.

For international trips to the rest of Europe, Lasta is the Eurolines carrier.

For long trips, drivers usually stop for 15 min breaks roughly every two hours, though this isn't by any means guaranteed. Pack appropriately with food and bottled water. When disembarking on breaks in the trip, make sure to either secure your belongings, or take them with you.

When you get off the bus, you'll probably be offered a taxi ride or baggage-carrying by some men. Be wary of accepting these offers. They may be illegal and the intention may be to rip you off.

 

 

Obtained from: http://wikitravel.org/en/Belgrade

 

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