Serbia is in Southeast Europe and bordering with many countries including Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Hungary and Romania. I visited Serbia for the first time in October 2017, and today I’m writing my travel report on this beautiful country in the Balkan region of Europe. The capital city is Belgrade (which I visited) and currency is “Serbian Dinar” and 1 USD is equal to 102 Serbian Dinar (Nov 2017).
How to obtain Serbia visa?
The first thing is visa to Serbia, around 80 countries’ citizens don’t require visa to Serbia including all European countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. and those who have a valid US visa or Canada visa or Schengen visa also don’t require a visa to visit Serbia. all other countries’ citizens are required to apply for a Serbian visa at an embassy or consulate in their respective countries.
I luckily have a valid US visa on my passport, so I didn’t 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.
Flight to 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 arrival in Serbia
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 was in hurry, so I took the taxi, otherwise for budget travelers I suggest the bus which is just outside the terminal waiting for passengers.
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 than the Airport.
Accommodation & Transport in Belgrade?
Belgrade is a beautiful city divided on two parts, the one which is called Downtown, OLD City and also City Center. that’s the touristic place in Belgrade. And there is also “the New Belgrade” which has big wide roads, big shopping malls and modern infrastructure.
In Belgrade city, there is a very good transport system. buses and trains running throughout the city all the day and night. and the pricing for almost everything is very reasonable. I stayed only for $20 a day in Belgrade. For first two days, I stayed in a hostel room which costed me $25 per day, and then I moved to a hostel (dormitory room) bed space which only costed me $10 per day in October 2017.
The hostel I stayed in was “Hostel Inn Downtown” which I booked through AGODA.com and I always use this website for booking my hotel rooms. and I get wonderful deals most of the times. And I think, AirBNB will also work great for Serbia, because people offer nice facilities in Europe through AirBNB.
What to see 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.
And for the rest of the story, please watch my travel video on Belgrade. and happy traveling.