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Budapest-Belgrade/Novi Sad. Train or bus?

by matisl

So I am going to Serbia again in August and I figured its cheapest to fly to Budapest and take a train or bus to Novi Sad or Belgrad. I cant decide whether to take the train or the Gea Tours minibus.
Im currently leaning towords the bus, because they would pick me up at the Budapest airport and I've heard it only takes 4 hours to get to Novi Sad (where I would meet up with my Serbian friends and continue the journey to other parts of Serbia with them).
Is there a reason why the train would be better, apart from the price? I have never taken a train trip thats longer than 2 hours.


Re: Budapest-Belgrade/Novi Sad. Train or bus?

by MacedonianUK

Many people use the minibus,it is more convinient,than train.
With train, you will need to get to the train station in Budampest, than take the Belgrade train,& get out at Novi Sad wich makes complicated as if you pressed for time, I think bus/minibus is better option.
www.bas.rs is website of belgrade Bus station, just in case if you need it.
Happy travels.

Re: Budapest-Belgrade/Novi Sad. Train or bus?

by matisl

Thanks for the reply! I will most likely stick to the bus.
I wonder whats the chance of the bus being full on the day/time im going (3rd of august)

Re: Budapest-Belgrade/Novi Sad. Train or bus?

by chuburko

Awoid trains and chouse minibus for sure!Problems with trains could be blocades coused by strike.Still,no metter of strikes,at your place,i would chouse minibus anyway !!!

Re: Budapest-Belgrade/Novi Sad. Train or bus?

by Andrew_W_K

Had no problems with the train but it takes a long time.

Re: Budapest-Belgrade/Novi Sad. Train or bus?

by chuburko

Oh,yes,and you had luck.In time i was writing about trains,one part of railways was blocked couse of strikes.Anyway,it`s take to much time.

Re: Budapest-Belgrade/Novi Sad. Train or bus?

by Andrew_W_K

If you take the night train though it doesn't matter as you can sleep.

I much prefer train travel than 4 hours in a minibus.

Just my personal preference.

I just checked the prices too. The bus is 70 Euros return and the train is 28.

Re: Budapest-Belgrade/Novi Sad. Train or bus?

by chuburko

That`s truth,but guess what,from yesterday,part of railway is blocked again by strikers!Long as metter with workers union not solve,i would rather choise a bus ;)

Re: Budapest-Belgrade/Novi Sad. Train or bus?

by Andrew_W_K

Yeah, but when they stamp your passport on the train you get a little picture of a choo choo train. Much better than a picture of a car ;)

Re: Budapest-Belgrade/Novi Sad. Train or bus?

by chuburko

Thanx for a coment :) Well,in that metter,by trains,that oldy,romantic wiev on trains,here in Serbia, would feel much better with train line "Romantica" and so call Shargan 8 that`s runing old locomotive at cox and woods,then by regular train lines ;)

Re: Budapest-Belgrade/Novi Sad. Train or bus?

by matisl

Thanks for the replies guys!
Train ticket is 28 euros, yes, but once I add the cost of getting to and from the train station, plus some money for food etc, it will add to around 60 euros.
I'm also traveling alone, so I think i will get bored in a train.

Though I havent booked the bus yet, ao anything could happen.

Travel Tips for Belgrade

Those Communist Era Apartment Complexes

by xeberus

These buildings have a bum rap. Are they pretty? Not really. But one has to take their history into account to appreciate them. The post-war period was marked by huge social change in Yugoslavia. Destruction during the war created a massive shortage of housing and industrialization was rapid creating an exodus from village to city. This meant that lots of cheap housing was needed in Belgrade and other cities in the country.

Most of the apartments in these buildings are small and there are hundreds and hundreds of units in areas like Novi Beograd (New Belgrade), Cerak and Medakovic. Though they may not be really pretty, they serve a purpose and the lower levels have shops and often caffes. There are usually parks and playgrounds withing easy walking distance. Additionally, almost every one of these apartments has a balcony. Novi Beograd is withing walking distance of the city center of Belgrade. Given the choice, I would prefer to live in one of these buildings than in some soulless suburb U.S. suburb where you have to drive to get anywhere away from your house any day.

The Cyrillic alphabet

by georeiser

The cyrillic alphabet is hard to understand for foreigners. How to pronounce...

А = a
Б = b
В = v
Г = g
Д = d
Е = je
Ё = jø
Ж = zh
З = z
И = i
Й = j
К = k
Л = l
М = m
Н = n
О = o
П = p
Р = r
С = s
Т = t
У = u
Ф = f
Х = h
Ц = ts
Ч = tsj
Ш = sj
Щ = sjtsj
Ъ = _
Ы = y
Ь = '
Э = e
Ю = ju
Я = ja

King Petar I vs Kaiser Wilhelm II...

by KonstantinII

The gallant sacrifice of the 233 Belgrade volunteers in 1915 gave the bulk of the Serbian army enough time to retreat, regroup and eventually win the war

By the time WW I ended, over one million Serbs had perished, a quarter of the country's prewar population About 55% of the nation's male population died That's as if over 70 million American males were to lose their lives defending their country. No wonder Secretary Lansing paid Serbia such a tribute
Nor was he alone Even the enemies of Serbia and America paid the Serbs a grudging tribute:

Having been informed that Bulgaria had capitulated and signed an armistice agreement in US in September 1918, the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, sent a telegram full of bitterness to his ally in World War I, the Austro-Hungarian Emperor, Karl:

"62,000 Serbs have decided the outcome of this war Shame on us!"


by Aurorae

Pure heart of Belgrade! This is where all the roads are taking you to. There is an old fountain and the most famous and oldest hotel in the city - Moskva (Moscow). And naturally, the inevitable McDonald's! GRRRRR! Yuk! But, c'est la vie... Anyway, wherever you go, especially if you cross from one side of the town to the another, somehow your road will take you to Terazije...

internet cafe

by elsebeth

This is the place I went to check my emails the first couple of months before i discovered better places.

It's in the same building as the childrens library in a street off Knez Mihailova street.


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