Belgrade Serbia Travel Guide is my personal experience which I want to share with you in this post. I have visited Serbia to get a clue of what it offers and how expensive is it for backpackers like me. In my other blog posts, I also share my experience about Skopje, North Macedonia. Let’s get started.
Belgrade Travel Guide: How to Obtain Serbia visa?
The first thing is visa to Serbia, citizens of around 80 countries do not require visa to Serbia including all European countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. and those who have a valid US visa or UK visa or visa or Schengen visa also do not require a visa to visit Serbia.
All other countries are required to apply for a Serbian visa at an embassy or consulate in their respective countries. Serbian visa requirements are similar to the Schengen visa.
I luckily have a valid US visa on my passport, so I did not need to obtain Serbia visa in advance. Therefore, I just booked the ticket and reached Serbia. my passport was stamped at the airport, and was allowed to remain in Serbia for 90 days. I came to Serbia from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
What are Flight Options for Serbia?
There are direct or connecting flights to/from Serbia to most of Europe and Asia. I was going to Serbia from Dubai, so I booked my flight with “FlyDubai” which is a low-cost Airline, and that has direct daily flights from Dubai to Belgrade. the return flight from Dubai to Serbia cost me $400.
After You Arrive in Belgrade
Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. it has a big Airport, I arrived there and found the immigration counter at the down flower of the airport. the immigration procedure took 20 minutes to complete. after coming out from the airport, you’ll find currency exchange, shops, official taxis and buses going to the city.
I booked a taxi from Airport to my hostel in downtown Belgrade. it cost $18 which is fixed rate by government. the Taxi driver was a nice man who gave me so much information about the city and Serbia.
He couldn’t speak English properly, but we tried to communicate. You can also take the official bus which will cost only $3. but since I arrived late, so I took the taxi. Otherwise, I would suggest to wait outside the terminal for local bus which goes to the city center and costs less.
You can also buy a SIM Card at the airport, but I recommend buying Sim card and exchanging currency in the city which will be at a good rate. Exchange or withdraw money at the airport only when you need it in urgency.
Accommodation & Transport in Belgrade?
Belgrade is a beautiful city divided in two parts. The main part is old Belgrade city which has many historical and cultural places. The other part is the New Belgrade city which has big shopping malls and skyscrapers.
In Belgrade city, there is a very good public transport system. Buses and trains are operating throughout the city all the day and night. Roaming around the city using public transport is not expensive. You can go from one place another by spending 1 and half Euro only.
I spent only $20 a day in Belgrade for everything. I stayed in a hostel near downtown Belgrade which cost me $10 per night. It was a nice place just in the heart of old Belgrade city and I could go anywhere by walk.
Tourists Attractions in Belgrade
Belgrade city has beautiful scenic views at the Belgrade fortress, which is just a few minutes walk from Republic Square. from Belgrade Fortress, you’ll have a great panoramic view of the Belgrade New City as well as the SAVA river. and by the way, Republic Square is located in downtown which is a beautiful location to explore most of the touristic spots in Belgrade.
The SAVA River has amazing views of the water. There are boats and cruise tours which you can take, and it’ll give you a taste like a beach. Serbia has no sea, but the River works as a beach for them. on the side of the river, there are restaurants, cafes and bars. all the nightlife also exist on the river side.
There are historical places in OLD city including Parliament of Serbia, Nikola Tesla Museum and many other Museums including the wonderful European architecture. I recommend visiting Nikola Tesla Museum who was a Serbian-American scientist.
I visited the following places in Belgrade without spending any money because all the places I visited were just by walking. I loved walking in Belgrade city because I can explore the inner side of the city. You can also visit these places in Belgrade if you have time. I recommend 3 to 4 days for Belgrade.
Tourist Points in Belgrade:
- Belgrade Fortress
- Nikola Tesla Museum
- Kalemegdan Park
- Temple of Saint Sava
- Republic Square
- Knez Mihailova Street
- Old Belgrade
I personally visited above sites and all of them are located in near by places. I hope you liked my Belgrade Serbia Travel Guide. Do not forget to watch my travel vlog on Belgrade below which will show you these all places in action. Happy Traveling!