Banja Luka Transportation

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    Bicycle in Banja Luka

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 4, 2014
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    Bicycle are very convenient means of transportation in Banja Luka. Banja Luka is about 8 km in length and about 6 km wide. About 75% of its territory is in a valley and is flat. If a person on a bicycle is secure in your ride and not afraid of traffic, within 15-20 minutes you can get from one end of the city, and most locations in the city center from anywhere in the city can be reached by 15 minutes.

    With wide alleys and new bicycle tracks Banja Luka in last several becomes a more bicycle friendly city. Not quite like in other places I visit, like for example Warsaw but still much more then other towns within country. This is and recreation, sport and tourism and it have a good implication on health and it is a environmental and economic friendly way of life. Still is a long way to go but it get better.

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    Bicycle parking

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 4, 2014
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    Bicycle parking can be a part of urban furniture like in City park Petar Kočić in very heart of Banja Luka. Sadly, this is still the only one bicycle parking build by city government in Banja Luka (2013). But, in Students campus there is new four new bicycle parking spaces with roof, capacity 80 spots.

    Number of cyclists in Banja Luka was increasing in several years, but it is not followed by adequate infrastructure development, bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure. In Banja Luka, more than in 1975 was there about 8 mile bike trails.

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    Hallo, Taxi!

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 4, 2014
    Taxi spots next to bus station

    Banja Luka have developed road transport. Besides very effective (and only) public transporting services by bus there is today development taxi services. New taxi network system is sign of progress in individual public transportation and it is a good addition of bus services.

    I have some personal experience with taxi services here. I find it a very expensive and even convenient not usually best way of transport. I have opportunity to drove one day on suburban area and I have in hurry but not sure where is street and I was surprising that and driver don't know where is it (2011). Sort story, at the end of 10ish minutes drive with taxi cost was 12 KM or BAM instead of 1,60 KM or BAM by bus. Luckily, I was not only one in taxi and we share the price.

    As I find out that today system is better. This type of transport in Banja Luka today is carried by nine registered associations and two companies to perform taxi transport. I will list names of associations and their contact phones:
    1. Bel taxi (tel. 1550)
    2. Banjalučki taxi (tel. 1544)
    3. Euro taxi (tel. 1555)
    4. Mobil taxi (tel. 1566)
    5. Maxi taxi (tel. 1551)
    6. Ideal taxi (tel. 1545)
    7. Hallo taxi (tel. 065/561-955)
    8. Radio Bel taxi (tel. 1550)
    9. Big taxi (tel. 1511)

    Two taxi company are: 1. "Patrol taksi" d. o. o. (tel. 1533) and 2. "Avala A" a. d. (tel. 1500)

    There two major taxi spot, if you don't have a opportunity or number to call a taxi. One is between new bus station and main train station Banja Luka. It is in the aditional to the bus station, in fact at the living terminal. The second used to be on inner side of Petar Kočić Park but in last years it is change and not sure where is now. I suppose to be on big parking area between Museum of Contemporary Art and Hotel Bosna but I am not sure.

    Good news is that price list it is possible find online. The price was per ride, regardless of number of persons, luggage is free of charge and today all vehicles have a modern GPS system. Taxi company, as I find out later, can be make a reservation by phone call, SMS and online after registration. Urban ride is up to the 20 km.
    Prices per start is 2 KM or BAM (1 euro), ride per 1 km is 1,50 KM or BAM, waiting is 15 KM or BAM per 1 hour, some of taxi associations charge special price, usually previous arranged between taxi driver and passengers, for ride on macadam roads.

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    Train station Zaluzani

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 28, 2013
    Train station Zaluzani

    Train station Zalužani is actually a train stop and it is about 30 meters from main road Banja Luka-Trn.
    It is actually a small railway house without waiting room and ticket offices. It is a stop on train line Banja Luka- Novi Grad-Dobrljin (the oldest train line in country).
    It is very high demand road, with high traffic by railway and by cars or suburban buses. It is well connected with City Center.
    The railway cuts through the main street almost at a right angle, when it came down the ramp on both sides of the ramp make a column of cars and sometimes up to 2 km. That regulates bridge over railroad.

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    Neobas Banja Luka

    by Odiseya Written Dec 22, 2013
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    Neobas is company that operates with official bus station in Banja Luka. It is located next to the main train station Banja Luka and it serve for intercity and international transport of passengers.

    If you travel to or from Banja Luka by bus this is a place you find. It is not big space but it is clean, illuminated and adequate equipment for passengers to spend time here. You can leave your luggage here and rest in two cafe bars and small shop. Toilets are clean but you need to pay a some fee. I don't know is there a exchange offices.

    Information about timetable you will find on official office boxes as well on big wall next to the main entrance to bus start. Also, online you can find a timetable on different touristic sites and in some news papers.

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    Public garage "Borik"

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 21, 2013
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    In Doboj we still don't have a public garage and I was very surprising and curious to find it more.
    Public garage are big building and it is equipped with surveillance. It is located in the street call Aleja Svetog Save, in block D and it works 24 hours per day. It has installed fire alarm system and automatic ventilation. In case of power failure automatically turns on aggregate power of 80 KW.

    Public garage "Borik" is build across Sport hall "Borik" and it is easy to find. This is fist public and it was officially open on 18th January 2007, by Banja Luka major Dragoljub Davidović. The value of this property is three and a half million, the value of the equipment is 349,200 KM It has a capacity of 186 parking spaces on three floors all that is available to customers on a fee through vending machines. There is no possibility to pay a fee buy SMS.

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    Parking lots

    by Odiseya Written Dec 20, 2013
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    Parking lots system in Banja Luka (as well in other parts of country) is something that I still learn day by day.
    I found very interesting information about parking lots in Banja Luka. There is two zone of parking location with 2672 in total.
    In first zone is area near: City market ("Gradska tržnica"), Gallery, Shopping mall "Zenit", Hotel "Palas", The price of the parking per hour in the first zone is 1KM. Whole-day ticket in first zone is 5 KM (2,5 euros). The price of parking per hour in the second zone is 0.50 KM (0.25 euros), but whole-day price is 3 KM (1,50 euros). You pay on automatic machines that is positioned on the all parking lots.
    For local users of m:tel mobile network is offered a option to pay for your parking place by SMS message, except for Aquana recreation park and public garage in street named Aleja Svetog Save (literary translated as boulevard St. Sava).

    The parking, on the most parking lots, is for free during working days from 9 pm to 7 am, and during Saturdays after 4 pm, as well as on national holidays and on Sundays, while on some parking lots it is charged even on Sundays from 7 am till 4 pm. I suggest to previous inform about parking lot and you can do that on the the informational boards that are positioned on the parking locations.

    For short visit it is good to use a garage of some big shopping malls.

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    Banja Luka by car

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 20, 2013
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    Banja Luka is today official capital of Republika Srpska, one of two entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also and regional center and major city in region of Bosnian Krajina. That strategic position made the city major confluence of regional roads on the position east-west and position south and southwest. It merged with the regional cities and municipalities such as Prijedor, Doboj, Derventa, Teslić, Jajce and other places.

    Banja Luka is well connected with Central and East Europe as well and Adriatic coast. It is on intersections of main roads since the Roman Imperial time. Today roads is not to bud but it is on planning to build more effective roads. After a period of stagnation in the development of transport infrastructure in the city and the entire Republika Srpska, in the last few years is major attention given to the modernization and reconstruction of roads.

    Banja Luka is on main road M16 (international label E661), new highway Banja Luka - (Bosanska) Gradiška. That is a new connection to the highway E-70 (Belgrade - Zagreb). Also, many asphalt road of local importance that make a transport by car very easy and effective. Especial knowing that Banja Luka is bridge between Dalmatia and Pannonia basin car is definitely best way of transport. Given the limitation of international train and bus lines that is connected only with Central and Western Europe and south of country, Eastern Europe is much closer by driving the car.

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    Train station Vrbanja

    by Odiseya Written Dec 20, 2013
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    Train station Vrbanja is classic train station and you can buy a train ticket here with all discounts but only for domestic lines. It is located 6 km from Banja Luka center on east. It is connected with city center with effective bus service. It cost 1,60 KM or BAM. You can walk to the center but is far away. I used this station when I was in hurry and need to go to Obilićevo, part of Banja Luka. Go to the flowers shop next to the train station, you will find a covered bus stop. The bus line is connected with Zeleni vir. It is a bus line number 3. It different time table during week and on Sundays and national holidays. It runs from 9:05 till 21:05 every hour. More frequent from Zeleni vir terminus.

    The train station itself is simple building, usually design for region. Recently, workers decorated the station yard with train model and miniature of Ostrog monastery complex with rock where it is located. Nice place to visit as well whole area of Vrbanja.

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    Train station Incel

    by Odiseya Written Dec 20, 2013
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    Train station Incel is not official train station only stop and you cannot buy train ticket here even you can find a conductor. It is named after industrial zone Incel where it is located. It is best choice if you need to go to Banja Luka University campus (so call "Students city") or Aquana recreation center.
    It is easy to walk up to the city center from this place, it take up to 30 minutes. If you choose to walk you can choose two paths: longer - from train station/stop Incel straight across track or follow train track along railway building and right on road across bridge and go straight forward to the center.
    I used this path frequent and don't worry you cannot lost here. No recommendation at night because is not all parts of path illuminated.
    If you don't wont to walk you can use public bus service. It is bus station with Incel sign and indicated time table. Price for urban line is 1,60 KM or BAM.

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    Banja Luka main train station

    by Odiseya Written Dec 20, 2013
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    Banja Luka have a main station and it serve for international rides and all domestic lines along with other Banja Luka train stations: Incel, Vrbanja and Zalužani. It is located across the main bus station (Neobus) and next to the bus lines for urban and suburban Banja Luka bus lines. Good starting point to get to know with Banja Luka. From this area you can complete your Banja Luka itinerary with combined transportation: train, bus and taxi.

    The main train station Banja Luka is very big and wide building. It constructed on steel, black window glass and classic concrete and tiles as I see this construction. It have a three levels. Ground floor is main level and it is used as main station for passengers, you must walk trough on arriving and departing from Banja Luka by train. There is also ticket offices, several windows shops and offices.
    Upper floor is build for restaurant Željo but it closed for some time for an indefinite. I hope it would change soon. Underground is used for public toilet. It is paid, not sure how much cost it. It is probably 1 KM or BAM. You can used only local currency as for other services too: tickets and products on available shops. Not sure for luggage storage. I dint find it, but there is one on main bus station.

    It is open non stop all year long. On main facade on both side are a clocks. Trains are arranged on two tracks. They are connected by underpass. It is recommended to always use when needed. The enter space of train station is worm and illuminated with benches in and out of building. It have and interesting architecture decoration within building.
    I used trains always and feel safe here. It is very comfortable, often and cheap means of transport. In fact, trains within country is cheaper then bus transport.

    Use official web site Railway of Republika Srpska (no English version) under section "Red vožnje". Banja Luka have two domestic lines: up to north to Prijedor-Novi Grad (Bosanski Novi)-Dobrljin and up to south Doboj-Sarajevo and international line: Zagreb-Sarajevo and all vice verse. Time tables is indicated on main entrances of main train station. And check on daily papers, online resources or touristic office of Banja Luka.

    Address: Prote Nikole Kostića bb, about 2-3 km from city center. Good connection with it with urban bus lines (max 10 minutes) or walking (about 25 minutes).

    NB: It is not allowed to take a photo indoor and on tracks without special notice from management. I am member of Photo club Doboj and I take photos in additional to this review on official trip in organization of Railways of Republika Srpska.

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    Banja Luka on foot

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    Banja Luka is for many of travelers a small, semi-urban town ideal for exploration by foot. And town-city Banja Luka itself has by tradition very welcoming and try always to share its natural and cultural attractions with visitors.

    By walking, visitors will have the chance to meet the raw limestone mountains, rich valleys, ancient forests, crystal clear rivers, lakes and green mountainous region.
    By the way, discover the'' traditional'' highland settlements emerged in the Middle Ages, enjoy a clean source, tranquility and unique forest and hear bird whose singing.

    Popular pedestrian zone is in very heart of city - Gospodska street and area call "Parkić" (literary translate: little park) that connect square of Krayina and National Theater and following main street (Imperial road). Also, alleys along Vrbas river from city bridge call "Venice" (Venecija) and bridge on Rebrovac (rebrovački most).

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    Banja Luka by train

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 14, 2013
    Main train station Banja Luka

    Traveling by train to Banja Luka is the popular and cheap means of transportation to and from city. By train Banja Luka is connected with south (via Doboj and Sarajevo to Ploče on Adriatic coast) and on north (via Zagreb and Ljubljana with West and Central Europe).
    Banja Luka have a main station (for international rides, next to the bus station) and four suburban stations: Incel (industrial zone and close to the University campus) and Vrbanja and Zalužani (rural parts).

    Resale of tickets can be made in advance for two months prior to departure for international trains and one month for domestic lines. The validity tickets is one month. The validity of the ticket begins from 0:01 pm the date set by the traveler, and the treasury issuance to enroll in the ticket. The traveler can begin your journey any day of the period of validity of the ticket, but it must end the last day of the period of validity of the ticket by 24:00 hours. There is no necessary of reservation seats especial on domestic lines but it can be arrange on train stations.

    Valuable of individual one-way ticket is one day for one day for distances up to 100 km, two days for a distance of 101-400 km. You can also buy a individual return ticket on personal request with 20 % off. Valuable of return ticket varies due the length of route from 1 day up to 50 km, two days from 51 till 100 km till 6 days from date of purchase for length of rides from 101 till 400 km.

    Discounts are available for passengers with RailPlus, FIP, InterRail, ISIC (till 26th year old), for group of 6 person (K-16 form) and many more but mostly for B&H citizens.

    Save your ticket till your final destination and presented to conductor upon request.
    On Incel and Zalužani there no possibility to buy a ticket on train station. If you departure from this stations let the conductor know and him will issue a ticket on the train (write) with regular prices without a penalty fee.

    With a ticket to travel in one direction is allowed one trip interruption, and with the return ticket is allowed one end of the outgoing one end with the return of mandatory certification of interruption of the journey to the station break trip. If the layover is not verified, a ticket is not valid for travel continued to departure. Ending travel does not extend the period of validity of the ticket.

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    Through Banja Luka by bus

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 14, 2013

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    Banja Luka is not big city but when you in hurry there is very effective public transportation by bus.

    Within the city there is a urban and suburban bus lines.
    Banja Luka have two start point for orientation. First transport point is next to train station, but I don't think about main bus station because they serve for intercity and international transport. It is arrange several bus stop in huge line in front of several cafe and shops next to main train station. If you coming to the city by train and wont to go to the city center or any other destination within Banja Luka then from train station go to your right side behind several cafe bars. Every destination is mark with different number e.g.:
    8. Novoselija - Centar - Autobuska stanica
    10. Obilićevo - Centar - Autobuska stanica
    Second transport point for bus is in very center - in front of square of Krayina (see photo in addition).

    First transport point in Banja Luka (next to main train station) is also start point for traveling to several suburban and villages around City. There post in last line section from main train station building and bellow to the road across big parking space and several kiosk. So, if you wont to explore surroundings of Banja Luka this is the place where you find right bus. There is a big sign on bus windows in Latin.

    Price bus service charge per ride and is 1.60 KM the city for whole route no mater where you planing to go (first or last station or somewhere in the middle). Prices for suburban traffic are from 1.50 to 2.20 KM, depending on the length of the route. Tickets for urban and suburban transportation can purchase from the driver on the bus. The price is same for whole bus line that is indicate on front window of bus within city. Usually is on glass behind the window is map wit sign of bus station. You can always ask the number of bus by name of station/place in city where you need to go. English is the main second language here. If you considered that bus driver is not to helpful with explanation ask some passengers preferably students. Save your ticket till the end of your journey. Ticket is not necessary to cancel but you must present ticket to the conductor on the request. The enter for bus is next to bus driver and there is not much possibility for a free ride. I never do that. Even the control is not frequent. The price in that way, if the conductor find out that you don't have a ticket is high. How it will be charged - don't know and don't planning to find out.

    You can get small book with timetable in touristic office of Banja Luka in the center, near Academy of art and science of Republika Srpska or ANURS or downland from touristic site.

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    Banja Luka and rest of world by bus

    by Odiseya Written Nov 16, 2013
    New bus station

    For intercity and international transportation there also two focus center.
    First at the main bus station in nearby to main train station. Locals also calling "Nova stanica", in meaning "New station". It serve for intercity and international travels.

    Second is behind building Museum of contemporary art of Republika Srpska. The locals call it "Stara stanica", meaning "Old station". That station is only for organized tours like day trip excursion and every other traveling for up to 2-3 bus. Popular is a pilgrimage and adventures trips usually during weekends.

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Banja Luka has good conection within country and abroad via bus and railway.

City public transport is good organised via bus.

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