Hotel Octagon

Akifa Seremeta 48, Sarajevo, 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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    Terrific hotel near the airport


    Sarajevo was just a brief stop on our trip, we flew in on Tuesday night and left very early Thursday morning so an airport hotel made a lot of sense for us. Hotel Octagon is within walking distance of the airport, it took us 5-10 minutes to walk from the terminal to the hotel. We were greeted by a very agreeable young man who was also at the front desk in the morning. When we came down for breakfast at 9:30am and they had already cleaned it up he apologized profusely saying that he was sure all of the guests had eaten. Really, he treated us like personal house guests running back in the kitchen to put the food back out, cooked us some eggs and someone else ran back out to get more bread despite our insistence that it wasn't necessary. He even offered to drive us into town because he felt so bad. When we asked for directions, he gave us incredibly detailed instructions on how to get to the bus stop and what to do in town.

    Unique Quality: The hotel is very good for short stays or people with early flights but it's a bit of a journey into town. We took the public bus for 1.80 and I think it took about 20-30 minutes, other reviews suggest that a cab from the hotel is only about 6€ so it might make sense just to take a cab.

    The room was comfortable, clean and modern. The free wifi worked great. There was a refrigerator and a microwave in the room. We didn't hear any noise from the airport, it's a very small airport so there aren't a lot of flights going in and out. Cable TV with lots of English channels.

    Directions: Cross over the street outside the airport and take the 1st street to the right, just a short walk up that street

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Forum Posts

Airport to city centre by public transport


Hello everybody,

For me it seems to be difficult to find any information about public transportation from Sarajevo Airport to the city centre.

Are there any bus connections? On one page I found the recommendation to walk about 800 m to Brace Mulica and hop on the bus #103 which goes to the city centre. Is this info still up to date or are there any other options?

Also: Is it correct that I can buy bus tickets only from teh driver and not in a kiosk?

How much is a fair price for a taxi ride from the airport to the city centre.

Any info is welcome.

Thank you


Re: Airport to city centre by public transport

by craic

hi - i can't help you much at all but i had friends coming and going from the airport when i was in sarajevo and they indicated the taxis from the airport were not a total rip off - i can't remember exactly how much in konvertible marks - but i know it seemed cheapish to them

i did take taxis a lot in sarajevo and although they were old bombs the drivers always seemed agreeable and prices seemed cheap

i just reply in case no one else does

Re: Airport to city centre by public transport

by mirliya

I paid for it 15 $ from the airport to the city centre last year.
There was nt e big differenz between in a kiosk and from driver

Re: Airport to city centre by public transport

by PlanetB

The bus 103 is still running.
It is near to airport unless you are heavy loaded with languages. Just go out of airport, cross the street and continue between buildings in the same direction until you arrive to wide street. Cross it (to be in the right side for your direction) and find bus station. Buying ticket by driver is slightly more expensive then in kiosk.

You can try to catch taxi immediately on the street when you get out of the airport, often there are taxis there waiting (red ones) which should be cheaper then those on airport. (I hope somebody will post info about price). Airport taxi usually charge at least 50% (sometimes even more) then price should be. I would consider it as a rip off although, comparing price with your country it would not be too bad. I do not know prices know, recently all taxes are increased prices due to rise of gasoline.

Beware of ticket controllers, especially in trams,tourists are often "victims". Always buy ticket and validate immediately after entrance. Machines are on front and back entrance. They wait sometimes in are before validation machine accusing tourists (before day had a chance to approach to validation machine)using tram without ticket.

Re: Airport to city centre by public transport

by craic

very good advice indeed - just one tip - luggage not languages

me - i only speak english so i am in awe of your ability to communicate

what is your native tongue?

and how many languages do you have?

Re: Airport to city centre by public transport

by craic

i was recently trying out my italian and I said testicles instead of cousins

but maybe the cousins are testicles???

Re: Airport to city centre by public transport

by PlanetB

I speak Serbo-Croatian or if you prefer: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and Montenegrin languages... :-) as well as some English and German...
It was just a bit confusion... I apologize to everybody and thanks for advice....

Re: Airport to city centre by public transport

by craic

no need to apologise - we are grateful you make the effort to give good advice

Travel Tips for Sarajevo

The Tunnel Museum

by Rusket

Backpacking has a specific meaning in Sarajevo: During the almost 4 years siege 1992 - 1995 citizens got large parts of their provisions carried into town in backpacks. After the 800 m long tunnel under the airport from Dobrinja on the city side to Butmir, was opened in 1993, through the up to 1.60 meter tall tunnel. At times they had to wade through knee high water seeping through the soil, they had to avoid the high voltage power line and the gas line, and most of them could not walk upright.

The tunnel was dug out with hand tools only, from both sides of the airstrip. The only communication between the two digging teams, was brave people running across the field while avoiding snipers bullits from the hills. On the city side 45 tons of metal from factories was used to support tunnel walls and roof, on the other side 170 cubic meters of wood from the mountains. A total of 2800 cubic meters soil was dug out, and reused to build protection against snipers.

The tunnel was used for military purposes by night, and by day to let citisens through to buy supplies on the country side. At the beginning everything was carried on their backs or in their hands, but after a while metal tracks were laid down, and different kinds of wagons built. Wounded and sick people were brought through, too. Only the first 20 meters of the Butmir side of the tunnel is preserved. The preservation and establishment of the museum is done by father and son Bajro and Edis Kolar. Digging of the tunnel started in the back yard of their bombed house in the village Donji Kotorac. Both father and son were enrolled in the Bosnian army, and were after a while assigned tasks concerning the tunnel. The grandparents of the family moved back to the house, father and son made themselves a shack in the remains of the garage. Grandmother Šida was regularly seen providing tired tunnel wanderers with water and sometimes bread, and she also invited people into her house to get warm during winter.

One day maybe a larger and more up to date museum will be built, and more of the tunnel preserved. But if it wasn`t for the Kolar family, all of it would have been lost by now.

Pic. 2: Tunnel
Pic. 3: Map with front lines
Pic. 4: Backpacks and pictures from the tunnel
Pic. 5: Tools used to dig the tunnel

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the Emperor's Mosque

by picek

Although it doesn't look, but it is... the oldest mosque in Sarajevo is Careva dzamija, the Emperor's mosque. Original construction was build in 15th century, in 1462 when it was financed by city planner Isa Beg Isakovic. It was then set on fire in 1480 by invaders fire, and after that they built new one from the ashes and got the present shape in 1566. Conservation works found layers of former wall decorations from its earlier times.
The mosque had survived turbulent history - with logical consequences: sometimes damaged, then re-built and re-shaped for what was destroyed... things a lot to mention so if you're interested more about it, it's not bad idea you take a few books from library (interent sources are little limited) to study.
Its graveyard contains some very old graves, nishans - the oldest one dating to 1623, but burying people had been conducted here already earlier and had graves of important Sarajlije ever since. It descends right upon Miljacka river, and it impresses with its size. Although for practical reasons most people will see it by daytime, it appears nicer when it's dark. Of course, that's my personal opinion only.

BUREK - the receipe


THERE ARE ZILLION SORTS OF BUREK - its like a rolled pie - there is a photo on main page Sarajevo

Burek is very similar to the Greek spinach and cheese pie called Spanokopita. In this case, however, the pie is prepared in a casserole with layers of phyllo pastry. Don't be intimidated by the phyllo pastry. It is actually quite flexible and forgiving. You can find it in the frozen pastry section at most supermarkets. If you don't like the spinach, just leave it out, and you have Cheese Burek.


1 bunch of spinach, stemmed, washed, dried thoroughly and chopped
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup of crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 cups 1% cottage cheese
4 full sheets of phyllo pastry, cut in half to make 8 rectangles
olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 oF. Grease a 9x13x2 inch casserole with olive oil or non-stick spray. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, eggs, feta cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese. Place 1 sheet of phyllo in the casserole and brush with olive oil. Top with another sheet and brush with olive oil.

Spoon half of the spinach-cheese mixture on top of the phyllo and spread to make a smooth surface. Place two more layers of phyllo on top, brushing each with olive oil, and spread the remainder of the spinach-cheese mixture on top. Finish the casserole by adding the remaining three layers of phyllo, brushing each one in turn with more olive oil.

Place in the oven and bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes, until the eggs have set and the phyllo on top is golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes, then cut into squares and serve warm.

Makes a great appetizer!


Stadion "Grbavica"

by Dirim

Starting the construction in 1930s, the construction of Grbavica Stadium had finished in 1953 and enlarged and modernized in 1980s.

Since then, the stadium have been used by FK Zeljezniczar.

During the 1992-1995 siege it was burnt and heavily demolished and renovated after the war.


by mikey_e

Perhaps I made the wrong choice, but I decided, on the last afternoon I had in Sarajevo, to take a trip out to Ilidza, which is the very end of line 3 on the street car. I got this idea because of a woman I met on the train into Sarajevo, who suggested that one of the prettiest natural beauty spots was where the Zeljeznica River met the Miljecka, so naturally I thought that the best way to get there would be to simply go out to Ilidza and search around with my map. Needless to say, it would have taken a lot of walking to get there, and I ended up not making it to the confluence of the rivers. Instead, I got to see a less glamorous, but still pretty and interesting, part of the city. Ilidza is a sort of residential and industrial area that is actually much cleaner and nicer than suburbs in a lot of other Eastern European capitals. In fact, as I later learned, this is a part of the city that is renowned for its tranquility and beautiful surroundings, not least because the absence of many tall buildings allows for views of the mountains and forests that surround the area. The area has long been inhabited, in part because of the Vrelo Bosne spring, which I didn’t get to visit, and which was visited by Saints Cyril and Methodius on their trip through Bosnia.


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