If you were asking yourself what is the best way to get from Sarajevo to Belgrade or vice versa it will be very easy to manage and to decide the best suitable way after reading this article.
“They looked at the paper and saw nothing in those curving lines, but they knew and understood everything, for their geography was in their blood and they felt biologically their picture of the world.”
― Ivo Andrić, “The Bridge on the Drina” book was inspired by Višegrad Bridge which is seen on Meet Bosnia’s transfer tour from Sarajevo to Belgrade
You decided to take a tour in the Balkan region? Great! You somehow got to Sarajevo but you want to go to Belgrade next? Look no further…This is absolutely the best place that provides you with important information that are crucial for your traveling. Your safety, comfort and happiness are our top priority!
So here are a few ways to get transferred from Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) to Belgrade (Serbia).
BUSES FROM SARAJEVO TO BELGRADE
For those who look for experience trains could be a fun way to get transferred from one place to another. But here’s a thing with trains in Balkans, in general they aren’t the most reliable way of transport. Sometimes they work, sometimes they just don’t.
You don’t need to book your ticket in advance, most of the time there are available tickets when you get to the bus station.
Lets say that we do the opposite and that we start with a bus from Belgrade to Sarajevo. In that case, a bus may arrive on a different bus station. As for the price…they can be quite high. Even more than 100 euros. They aren’t the most reliable in this story.
But let’s say that you do get transferred to Sarajevo from Belgrade., there’s still a catch. You will be at the station “East Sarajevo” and that’s basically another city. Therefore you will need to get yourself to the city. There are a few ways.
TAXI IN SARAJEVO / CAB IN SARAJEVO
Taxies can be a comfortable and fast way of transport, but here in Balkans, there is always a catch. There are a lot of taxi companies and they don’t always work the same way and the prices aren’t the same. For example, you can choose one of the most popular companies and the fact that you just sat in the car will cost you 1.90 KM. At first, it doesn’t seem a lot but as you travel price can reach 40 KM from the bus station to the city. In some other companies, you have a price of 1.50 KM. But, of course, there is still a big issue with so called “wild taxi” and taxi scam. Wild taxi are all taxi drivers that use their personal car and aren’t related to one company. They don’t pay tax and in case of a scam, you can’t file a complaint or do anything about it. When it comes to taxi scams a lot of taxi drivers don’t turn on their taximeter when driving tourists and later they can say whatever price they want. Another tip is that you go off the bus station or airport runway, cross the street and then catch a taxi. Be sure that Taxi in Sarajevo has TA letters on a car plate, that makes them Official and legal taxi company in Sarajevo. So be careful and choose wisely.
TRAMS IN SARAJEVO
Okay, this is for people who want the experience. You can always drive in trams since you can catch one every 5-10 mins and tickets are cheap, 1.80 KM for one ticket. You buy tickets from the driver and don’t forget to validate the ticket in the machine which is located in every tram in Sarajevo. When I said people who are looking for experience, keep in mind that trams here are quite old. A lot of Bosnians will make jokes and say that they are even from the Austro-Hungarian period. They are noisy and often packed with people because it’s a cheap way of transport. Besides the noise for a lot of people, they shake way too much.
So now that you know how to get from Sarajevo to Belgrade you might be a little puzzled and wonder if you should come at all. Well, good thing I saved the best for the end.
The BEST way to get a transfer from Sarajevo to Belgrade (safety and experience included) would be via tour. Meet Bosnia agency provides a wonderful tour that includes a full-day guided tour from Sarajevo to Belgrade. On this Meet Bosnia’s full day tour you will visit Visegrad, Andricgrad and Drvengrad.
Ethno Village Drvengrad is a very interesting and peculiar place. Drvengrad means wooden town and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. Everything is made of timber from conifer trees. It is located in the Zlatibor region in a nature park Mokra Gora, in Serbia. This town would be visited on this tour.
“I lost my city [Sarajevo] during the war. That is why I wished to build my own village. It bears a German name : Küstendorf. I will organize seminars there, for people who want to learn how to make cinema, concerts, ceramics, painting. It is the place where I will live and where some people will be able to come from time to time. There will be of course some other inhabitants who will work. I dream of an open place with cultural diversity which sets up against globalization.” -EMIR KUSTURICA
Visegrad is a town on the Drina river in eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in the valley of the Drina, in the hilly slopes gently rising high into the mountains. Besides the numerous small alleys and streets, what’s truly breathtaking in this city is the The Old Stone Bridge. Ivo Andric, Winner of the 1961 Nobel Prize for Literature, wrote the famous novel “The Bridge on the Drina”. It is a historical novel. The story spans about four centuries and covers the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian periods of the region, with a particular emphasis on the lives, destinies and relations of the local inhabitants.
“For a man filled with a great, true and unselfish love, even if it be on one side only, there open horizons and possibilities and paths which are closed and unknown to so many clever, ambitious, and selfish men.”
― Ivo Andrić, The Bridge on the Drina
Just nearby this famous bridge is another tourist attraction – Andricgrad (Andrictown) also known as Kamengrad (Stonetown). Andricgrad is a project of a famous film director Emir Kusturica, inspired by works and characters of mentioned famous writer, nobel prize winner, Ivo Andric. It is a tourist, cultural, administrative and educational complex, situated on a peninsula between the rivers Drina and Rzav in Visegrad. It is actually a vision of how Visegrad would have looked like if the Renaissance and other historical periods had not gone by it.
If You are interested in old architecture, or You travel across Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia You should definitely visit Visegrad, Andricgrad and Drvengrad at least for one day. This tour would be the best way to get from Sarajevo to Belgrade. Tour from Sarajevo to Belgrade will last full day. You will be picked up from your hotel in Sarajevo and taken to a hotel in Belgrade at the end of trip. The price of this tour is 99€ per person.
Meet Bosnia offers a daily tour from Sarajevo to Višegrad, Drvengrad and Andrićgrad as well. You can check that tour on this link.
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