How To Get To Belgrade
Planes, trains, automobiles, buses and boats – Serbia is easily accessible from all corners of the globe. Where East meets West, our capital Belgrade is a stepping stone to some of Europe’s most fascinating cities – perfect for a last minute weekend break when the travel bug hits.
The quickest way to discover Serbia is by plane. Belgrade’s International Nikola Tesla Airport has connections to almost every capital in Europe and new direct flights are opening up to exciting long-haul destinations, such as New York.
There are many companies offering flights to and from Belgrade, which helps to keep prices competitive. The national airline is Air Serbia, which has routes to almost every country in Europe, and increasingly to other continents. Many low-cost carriers offer additional services to popular holiday destinations during the summer.
Further information on flights to Belgrade.
Serbia has one motorway connecting the North and South of the country and many smaller roads, with various improvements underway. Belgrade is signalized on every route, making it easy to navigate your way to our capital.
You can bring your own vehicle to Serbia, but it’s important to prepare all your paperwork beforehand. If you’re insured in an EU country you no longer need a green card, but you should check that your policy covers Serbia before travelling. It’s also a good idea to contact the Serbian embassy in your own country for further clarification.
Many of the main border crossings to neighboring countries can become very congested. When driving from Hungary, we recommend avoiding the main Szeged/Horgoš border, instead try the less busy Tompa/Kelebija or the newer Backi vinogradi/Asotthalom. If you’re travelling from Croatia, consider crossing the border at Tovarnik/Šid instead of busier Bajakovo/Batrovci, and from Macedonia, Pelince/Prohor Pčinjski is a better option than Tabanovce/Preševo.
Like many European countries, there are some highway tolls, which you can pay in dinars, euros or with Mastercard/Visa. Fuelling stations are very frequent along the main roads, offering petrol and diesel of EU quality at slightly cheaper rates than Western Europe, but expensive compared to North America.
Further information about driving to Belgrade.
Serbia is well connected to all of its neighboring countries by train, with a range of day and night time services available. Whilst there are not many direct routes from Belgrade to other European capitals, you can reach most destinations by changing trains a few times.
Serbian trains tend to be old and not the most comfortable compared to some other European countries, but they are cheap and safe. The rail network is also far from high-speed, but a leisurely train journey through our country offers some of the best scenery in the Balkans.
The Balkan Flexipass is a cheap way of traveling to, from or around Serbia. The pass includes travel on the following train operators:
Further information about trains to Belgrade.
The national bus service in Serbia has an excellent network, which is actually faster than the railways. There are many services to different European capital cities and whilst the coaches range in age, the prices remain very low and offer the cheapest way to explore the Balkans and beyond.
Below are the main bus companies offering routes in Serbia, but you may also find other services available from your home country:
If you’re looking to arrive at the white city in style, why not sail down the Danube? There are several cruise companies offering routes from nearby capitals such as Vienna, Prague or Budapest. Belgrade cruises are designed for tourists, with relatively expensive ticket prices and long journeys of several days. But for adventurous travelers, travelling along the Danube is a great way to visit other cities and take in the spectacular river scenery.
Further information on boat trips to Belgrade.
Whichever route you decide to take to Belgrade, Serbia’s capital city offers a warm welcome to travelers from all walks of life.