The best time of the year to visit Belgrade is during spring and summer (April-October. In these sunny months, Belgrade is delightful: everything is in blossom, the streets and squares are lined with outdoor cafes, the floating Belgrade clubs are opened on Sava and Danube rivers. Moreover it is also the time when festivals take place one after another, and the city is ready to rock!
But which is the best way to reach Belgrade?
Belgrade is a crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe that's why it is well connected to these regions in several ways.
As for travelling by car, there are two main European highways, the E-70 and the E-7 but Belgrade is also well served by coaches. The two coach stations (BAS and Lasta) have more than 80 departure platforms and 20 arrival platforms, with a daily turnover of more than 1,400 coaches.
Belgrade railway is an important intersection of 7 main railway lines carrying international traffic and 5 local lines meet. If you prefer travelling by plane, Belgrade is served by Nikola Tesla International Airport (BEG), situated just 18 kilometers from the city centre. The airport receives various flights from European cities and also receives a number of transatlantic flights as well as flights from the Middle East and Africa. Lastly, it is possible to reach Belgrade by boat: with the construction of the artificial lake and the Đerdap power station, Belgrade came to the center of the most important sailing route for boats in Europe: The North Sea - Atlantic - Black Sea route.
If you prefer driving yourself to and around the city during your vacation in Belgrade you can drive your own car or rent one.
Foreign drivers in Serbia to have a valid international driving license and an international insurance, which can also be bought at the border.
The two main international roads going through Belgrade are the E-70 and the E-75. They are in relatively good conditions but you will have to pay on several pay tolls to Belgrade. Meanwhile local roads may lack of sufficient road signs so it is better to bring always a detailed map with you. Speed limits are in accordance with international standards (e.g. on a highway the maximum speed is 120km/hour) and the alcohol limit is 0.5 ml.
Distance from Belgrade to the main European cities:
- Amsterdam 1760 km
- Athens 1090 km
- Vienna 621 km
- Berlin 1489 km
- Budapest 383 km
- Istanbul 928 km
- Copenhagen 2018 km
- London 2073 km
- Munich 1020 km
- Moscow 2211 km
- Oslo 2577 km
- Prague 901 km
- Rome 1280 km
- Stockholm 2622 km
Belgrade is well served by coaches and they are the cheapest mean of transportation within the city and all towns in Serbia. Belgrade is connected by bus to almost every European. Regular bus lines connect Belgrade with all parts of Serbia meanwhile international bus lines operate to all Belgrade’s surrounding areas and most European countries. The two major coach stations are located one next the other, in the city centre, near the Central Railway Station. Tickets can be purchased at the main bus station (Glavna autobuska stanica).
Belgrade Bus Station www.bas.rs
Belgrade Central Railway Station is centrally located and offers a well developed network of railways that connects Serbia’s capital with all the main cities of Europe, by daily, as well as overnight trains.
Remember to check if you can get commercial discounts such as: Inter Rail, Euro Domino, Railplus, Balkan Flexipass, Easy Travel Card, Euro 26, City Star and the Unified Balkans Tariff.
Serbian Railways www.zeleznicesrbije.com
Nikola Tesla Airport is connected via regular routes to nearly 40 destinations worldwide. Unfortunately there are few no-frills companies that offer low-cost flights to Belgrade or from Belgrade. The national air transport company is Jat Airways, along with numerous international air carriers.
The Nikola Tesla airport is located in Surčin, only 18 km from Belgrade city centre.
Nikola Tesla airport : www.beg.aero
The airport is well connected with the city centre through public transportation (GSP) bus line number 72 and taxis. The average taxi’s price is approximately 1,000 Dinars (10 Euros).
- Aeroflot - www.aeroflot.org
- Aerosvit - www.aerosvit.com
- Air France - www.airfrance.rs
- Alitalia - www.alitalia.com
- Austrian Airlines - www.aua.com
- Aviogenex - www.aviogenex.com
- British Airways - www.british-airways.com
- Czech Airlines - www.csa.cz
- Emirates - www.emirates.com
- Lufthansa - www.lufthansa.com
- Malev - www.malev.com
- Montenegro Airlines - www.montenegroairlines.com
- Olympic Airlines - www.olympicairlines.com
- Qantas Airways - www.qantas.com.au
- Qatar Airways - www.qatarairways.com
- Swiss International - www.swissair.com
- Tunisair - www.tunisair.com
- Turkish Airlines - www.thy.com
Low cost carriers:
- Air Berlin - www.airberlin.com
- Cimber Air - www.cimber.dk
- Germanwings - www.germanwings.com
- Norwegian Air Shuttle - www.norwegian.no
- Wind Jet - w2.volawindjet.it
- Wizz Air - www.wizzair.com
Belgrade is par excellence the city of rivers: the Danube and the Sava. It is an important waterway connecting Western and Central European to the countries of south-eastern and eastern Europe. Beograd Harbor on the Danube is an essential travel and transport hub in Central Europe, at the intersection of two pan-European transport corridors.
The number of tourists arriving to Belgrade by boat is constantly increasing, as well as the number Danube cruises to Belgrade.
Usually sailing is possible from March 1 to December 25.
Beograd Harbor - www.port-bgd.co.rs
CUSTOMS AND VISAS
The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Serbia and they have the possibility to stay in the country up to 90 days:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Holy, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, U.S.A. , Vatican.
Meanwhile people from other countries should get in touch with the Serbian Embassy or Consular Office in their own country and apply for an entry visa. The details of the procedure can vary, but you may be asked to provide some of the following documentation: invitation letter from a Serbian resident or organization, voucher from your accommodation provider (e.g. Hotel, BandB) medical insurance, proof of sufficient funds for the trip (bank account or credit card), proof of employment or student status, copy of a return ticket, photographs.
On their arrival in Belgrade, foreign citizens need to register at local police station within 24 hours (If you are staying in a hotel, the hotel performs this registration for you automatically). Registration is free for the first three months of staying, regardless of the purpose of the visit., but if you want to stay in Serbia for a longer period for the purpose of education, scientific research, employment, tourism, engagement in a professional activity, medical treatment, or marriage, you are obliged to apply for a temporary resident status before the three-month period expires.