Belgrade is served by the International Airport Nikola Tesla which is about 12 miles from the city center to the west. The airport is the operational base for the national airline Jat Airways and the port for about 30 other global airline companies, including Air France, Swiss and Lufthansa. The airport achieves over 44.000 landings and departures on a yearly basis. Airlines do not offer discounts, similar to most European cities. But even so, during the promotional period, it is possible to purchase tickets at reduced prices. The cheapest way to get from the Belgrade's "Nikola Tesla" Airport to the city centre is by bus No 72. A single ticket costs 170 RSD and you can buy it from the driver in the bus. The bus leaves every 30 min from the airport to Zeleni venac station (every day from 5:20am to 00:00). Ride lasts for about 40min.
For more comfortable transfer to/from Belgrade airport, JAT Airways offers shuttle bus service – JAT Airport Express – A1. The bus serves the route between Belgrade "Nikola Tesla" airport and Slavija square in the city centre. If you prefer a taxi, we advise you to order a taxi vehicle by phone or by sending an text message. Price for the taxi service from the airport to most locations in the city center should not be higher than 1600 RSD (Start is 170 RSD, and every km 55-70 RSD.). If you are unable to call a taxi, use the escalator to go upstairs, leave the terminal from which you came and come to the exit. Pay attention to the taxi drivers who offer their services at the airport. Most likely it comes to illegal carriers whose services cost several times more than standard pricing. If possible, use taxis whose vehicle has a license plate with the suffix -TX.
The Main Bus Station (BAS) in Belgrade is located near the main railway station in Karađorđeva street. Over 800 buses daily use 40 platforms and carry up to 15,000 passengers. You can reach nonstop service from about 20 countries. Information on the platforms is mainly in Serbian. For international destinations, there are separate counters where you can find information in English and often also in Hungarian, German and Russian.
The bus services are mostly on time, and the delay is usually only a few minutes. Buses are mostly modern, air conditioned and clean. Keep in mind that Serbian drivers usually talk only in Serbian. Luggage carriers charge for their services. Ticket can be booked by telephone and it is enough to give your name and destination. After getting off of the bus, taxi services or luggage carrier will be offered to you. Remember not to fall for their insistence. They are illegal workers, whose services cost many times more than normal.
Train infrastructure in Serbia is not in enviable situation. Its reconstruction began in recent years. But even so, the average speed of trains is below the European average. Serious work on the railways is yet to come. The advantage of "slow" driving is that you'll have more time to enjoy the panoramic picture of Serbia - even at night.
The Main Railway Station is 10 minutes of walk from the center. All international and trunk trains stop here. There are direct trains from Moscow, Kiev, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Istanbul, Budapest, Venice and Belgrade. Prices are reasonable, ranging from 15 € as needed for transportation to Budapest or 69 to Venice. Surcharge for bed is good. Delay of the arrival of international trains is on average 5 to 15 minutes. If you are coming from Skopje, longer delays are possible. Overloading of wagons which run between Budapest and Belgrade is a common occurrence during the summer months.
European roads E70 and E75 pass through Belgrade. If you are coming from the north (Subotica), you'll need about two and a half hours from the bordercrossing to Belgrade. Arrival from Slovenia and Croatia is carried on modern roads highway E75. The most famous main road connecting Belgrade with Montenegro and Albania in the „Ibar highway“ (Ibarska magistrala). Certain sections of this road share the route of the European roads E763 and E761.
The most important routes are:
From the north of the border within Hungary, on E-75: Horgos - Subotica - Novi Sad - Belgrade - Niš - Vranje - Preševo and Macedonian borderFrom the West, from the Croatian border, on E-70: Batrovci - Sremska Mitrovica - Belgrade - Pančevo - Vršac - Vatin continues to RomaniaFrom the east, from Bulgaria, E-80: Gradina - Dimitrovgrad - Pirot - Niš - Prokuplje - Priština - Kosovska Mitrovica - Mehov Karst continue to MontenegroOn some sections there are toll booths. Toll rate is affordable and one of the lowest in the region. The network of petrol stations and gas stations is extensive and prices vary from 125 RSD per liter of Premium MB 95 to 130 for diesel fuel. Auto gas price is 65 RSD.
Toll are collected on the following roads:
- E-70 Subotica - Novi Sad
- E-75 Novi Sad - Belgrade
- E-70 Šid - Belgrade
- E-75 motorway Belgrade - Niš
- E-75 Niš - Leskovac
To enter Serbia, drivers of motor vehicles with foreign license plates are required to have: - National driver's license - transport vehicle permit (with a license for someone else's vehicle, if necessary) - the insurance (green card)
In case of breakdown or accident on the roads, call the Automobile Association of Serbia (AMSS) on number 987. In case of an injury, call the ambulance at 94. Police service can be obtained by calling number 92.
(Please check the map above and see if there is any visa requirement for your country - if so please contact us)
Serbia is located in the Central European time zone region – GMT +1 or GMT +2 during Daylight saving time. As in most cities of Continental Europe, the electricity voltage in Belgrade is 220V. Electrical outlets are standard European. The electric socket used is the European CEE7/7 "Schuko" as well as its non-grounded equivalent, the European CEE7/16 "Europlug". If your equipment uses different sockets, make sure that you bring appropriate adapters.
In Serbia, mobile telephone services are provided by three companies. National MTS, Austrian VIP Mobile and Norwegian Telenor.
- MTS - basic information
- Telekom Serbia (MTS) is licensed for the GSM system in a frequency range of 900 MHz since August 9th 1997.
- Roaming is possible in 129 countries and for 279 networks in foreign mobile operators.
- the commercial use in the UMTS network
- UMTS technology provides high speed data transfers, TV broadcast and video call services
- Identification code for (IMSI) MTS network is 220-03GSM prefixes are 064 (international: +381 64), 065 (International +381 65) and 066 (International +381 66).
- Telenor - basic information
- Telenor has a license to operate GSM networks in the range of 900 MHz and 1800 MHz for UMTS / IMT-2000 network in the range of 2100 MHz.
- Identification code for (IMSI) Telenor is 220-01, and Telenor prefixes are 062 (International +381 62) 063 (international: +381 63) and 069 (International +381 69).
- Roaming is possible in 158 countries and for 369 networks in foreign mobile operators.
- There is also 3G and 3.5G service
- Vip - basic information
- Identification of the network is 220-05, GSM network prefixes are 060 (international: +381 60) 061 (International +381 61) and 068 (International +381 68).
- Vip Mobile GSM - 900 MHz and 1800 MHz, and UMTS (3G) 2100 MHz network in several locations in Serbia, mostly in major cities and main roads.
- Roaming is possible in 52 countries and for 76 foreign mobile network operators.
Help & Emergency
In any case of emergency you may call this numbers:
- Police +381 (0)11 192
- Medical +381 (0)11 194
- Fire department +381 (0)11 193
- Road assistance +381 (0)11 1987