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    Banja Luka -Sarajevo Road

    by neodue Written Jul 11, 2007

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    From Banja Luka to Sarajevo you have to use just one road.Name of the road is 5.Road 5.
    I warn you please drive very slow (fastest 60km) and watch the sign labels .Road is very narrow.Road follows to Vrbas river one side is sometimes 300m or 900m cliff one side is rock.

    There are some tunnels all of them are dark.No lights.Also one tunnel is I was nearly make accident cause when you enter the tunnel after 50m (very dark tunnel,you cant see anything) it turns 90 degree rigth.I do not know excatly where it is ,I think before the JAJCE.

    Also if you are driving a local license plate car( Croatian,Bosnian,Serbian)Local drivers disturb you with horn .They tell you why you are driving with 60km speed)They drive the car very fast in that bad conditioned road.

    Road surface is ok.But it is very busy road (Military Trucks,Cargo trucks).It is very curvery road.
    Very dangerous road.I suggest you , do not drive from Banja Luka to Sarajevo.

    Last thing From The Bosnia Border (I have entered from Bosanska Gradiska) Traffic signs turning in Cyrilic Letters.If you do not know cyrilic alphabets it is really diffucult to know where do you go.

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    Cyrillic alphabet and communication

    by Odiseya Updated Oct 9, 2013

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    The road sign and all kind information in Republika Srpska is on Cyrillic and on Serbian language. But road sings and interpretative maps are also and on English and on Latin.
    Official internet sites City, organizations or institutions in Republika Srpska usually have a three options ЋИРИЛИЦА (CYRILLIC), LATINICA (LATIN) AND ENGLISH.
    Many people here, especially young one and in urban-ish zones at least understand English so it could be helpful for visitors.

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    Take care where you step!

    by Odiseya Updated Sep 1, 2012

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    Monument to defenders on Banj brdo (Banj hill) was been neglect over time began to show signs of deterioration.
    The stone path around the Monument it has some the ravage of time, so watch your step. One piece is moving on, so be careful.
    On the monument is not to climb, there is a warning but, again, the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet. In any case, do not climb the monument. Great view of the city can be seen and experienced from the foot of the monument.

    Watch you step!
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    Dont drink water on Banj hill

    by Odiseya Written Aug 31, 2012

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    Even is Balkan know from clear water, it is not safe drink from every source.
    One of that source is tap on Banj hill in front of cafe on the top of the hill.
    Still, warning is written in Serbian Cyrillic but picture worth 1000 words, right?!

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    Respect the nature!

    by Odiseya Written Aug 31, 2012

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    Beautiful come with price and it is fragile.
    Here is another warning posting on Banj hill.
    Some about preserving nature. Another warnings written in Serbian Cyrillic, I will translate for you.
    On upper paper is written: "Warning! Do not make crime! Forbidden making an open fire! In case of fire call fire department - No. 123 or police - Br.122".
    On lower paper is written: "forbidden to throw garbage".

    Protect the nature!
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    Be informed

    by Odiseya Written Aug 31, 2012

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    Banja Luka have a three different places where you can get information about city, tourist offers for city and whole Republika Srpska.
    Besides that there is on every corner bilingual city sign sign of touristic attractions and city institutions (on Serbian Cyrillic and English).
    In the surroundings of Banja Luka there is various interpretative maps and market trails.

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    No public toilets

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 6, 2014

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    Yes, no public toilets in Banja Luka, but it can be found in bus and train station and it is cost around 0.25 euros.
    On bus station is big and clean toilets. On train station is decent but my advice is to carry around some tissues with you, because may not be any toilet paper. It is also cost 0.25 euros.

    You can go also in bars, cafes, big mall or even official buildings whatever you can go without fees. Usually, the toilets are divided for men and women. There is usually some kind of picture of female or male figurine or head and sometimes is sign for one plane shoe for man or one high heel for women.

    And, there is a mobile plastic toilets that need pay some little amount (I think about 0.50 euros) and there can find on many places such as Park named Mladen Stojanovic and Kastel fortress especially during summer.

    I recommend you that always have tissues with you, as there may not be any toilet paper there. Also, small soap or some disinfectant because there will be water but usually nothing more.

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    Upon arriving to City

    by Odiseya Updated Aug 17, 2015

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    Bus and train station in Banja Luka is usually first place you see upon your arriving to Banja Luka. Both stations are very close to each other but also very far from center of Banja Luka.
    You can get to there by local bus, by taxi or even by walking.

    Local bus is in third transport section that is between bus and train station. It is easy to find it! Those buses is behind line of cafe/restaurants on your right side when you leaving train station or on your left side when you leaving bus station. It is simple parking but you cannot miss it. All local buses are with numbers and name of destination and you need to by your ticket from bus driver. It takes about 15 minutes by bus to city center.

    Taxi are comfortable and convenient way of transport trough city. There are many around bus station. All of them have taxi sign. It is more expensive then local bus, of course.

    I prefer walking and it takes about 30 minutes or so. Just follow the street on left side from stations. It can be tricky to cross three streets but when you come to beginning of main street. Then you follow imperial road and enjoy in big platan trees shades.

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    Money issues

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 8, 2015

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    Yes, that kind of problem. But it is not about prices. Banja Luka is budget friendly. But you must have enough cash of local money to start your Banja Luka journey.

    There no cash machine near bus and train station. In fact, you must go to the downtown for that. Also, can't buy local bus tickets with your cards.

    You could recreate this scene with different twist or outcomes. But, there is simple solution. If you come from Zagreb or Belgrade just buy there few KM (BAM). I suggest you to use local city bus - the single ticket bought from bus driver is 1,60 KM (2014). Taxi was more expensive and it could get up to 20 KM (BAM), maybe more it depend of you final destination. I wrote in my tips here lots of relevant information about city transport and how to arranged on your own. Maybe 10 -15 euros exchange prior your arriving. I do that sometimes when I go to the Zagreb or Belgrade.
    Bud side is that city center is far from bus and train station. In that case I would have some local money with me.

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    Parking lots hazards

    by Odiseya Written Dec 21, 2013

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    Find a available parking lots in Banja Luka can be a quite challenge, especially if you visiting the city for the first time.

    Get a local currency in small change because automatic parking meters do not give you a change. On information board you can find a useful information starting from a larger coin denomination that is inserted on the meter. That is 50 pfennig, 1 KM, 2 KM and 5 KM. You can purchase more time on the meter. After inserting the appropriate amount of money into the meter, press the green button and collect the ticket. The acquired ticket placed on the dashboard of your vehicle to prove that the parking spot has been purchased and save to the date of it expires. It is available information on Serbian, English or German language.

    It is available buying a parking ticket by SMS. After you send the SMS you will receive an SMS with the payment receipt and you must retain this message. For about 10 minutes before your parking will receive another SMS with information that your parking stands soon.
    Be careful and not to park on the sidewalk or on the green area as it will spider drag car and you will have to pay a fine of 90KM!

    In Banja Luka is two public parking area: across Sport hall "Borik" and in Vidovdanska street.

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    Taxi hazards

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 4, 2014

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    I personally find a very convenient but risk taking a taxi in Banja Luka. It is expensive then public transport by bus. 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). Short story telling, 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.

    Many operators and taxi drivers speak some English and some German but I will write a name street on paper just in case. Now is better then used to. Official there is no a "wild" taxi drivers but even is there it is a easy to avoid it. Every car has an initial starting price, which is the same for every taxi. The cost for your distance traveled will be added to this initial amount. During the holidays, you must expect of delayed services due to high demand.

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    Electricity

    by Odiseya Updated Jun 11, 2015

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    Like in most European cities, in Banja Luka is in use voltage of 220 volts AC, 50 Hz, and the country uses European two-pin plugs. If your electric devises don't support it I advise you to bring and your adapter. I didn't sure where that you can find here. When I find out - I will let you know.

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    Banja Luka or Banjaluka

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 8, 2015

    Well, funny enough but Banja Luka (Serbian Cyrillic:Бања Лука) could be also spelling as Banjaluka (Serbian Cyrillic: Бањалука) and both versions are correct! I check during my study here with professors. I don't know how it happens but that is how it is.
    There no much hassle or trouble with it! Just interesting. Online search for seriously travelers can offer both versions and I state this only to clearing confusion if is there any of that. Even here in our linguistic area can cause spelling mistakes.

    Next, little precisely, for seriously philologists there is different in declination of noun "Banja Luka" and "Banjaluka". I will try to make this "problem" simple. I am not expert in this!!!

    First to know that Serbian language have 7 cases (N - Nominative; G - Genitive; D - Dative; A - Accusative; I - Instrumental; V - Vocative and L - Locative).

    Banja Luka
    N Banja Luka
    G Banje Luke
    D Banjoj Luci
    A Banju Luku
    I Banjom Lukom
    V Banja Luko
    L Banjoj Luci

    Banjaluka
    N Banjaluka
    G Banjaluke
    D Banjaluci
    A Banjaluku
    I Banjalukom
    V Banjaluko
    L Banjaluci

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    Public transport

    by Odiseya Written Jun 21, 2015

    Banja Luka had very efficient public system by bus.

    The organization of the public transportation in the city works with two modes of maintaining the timetable: the winter and the summer scheduled.

    The summer scheduled for 2015 started from 22 June and last till 16 August.

    In determining the duration of the summer schedule or driving mode important data and information were collected on the end of the current school year, classes that have to be reimbursed, preparations for the start of the new school year, the beginning of a new school year and the holiday season.

    I wish you safe trip!

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    Public beaches

    by Odiseya Updated Jul 2, 2015

    Swimming season on all rivers (mostly Vrbas and Vrbanja) in Banja Luka start with first warm days. There are many warnings about it!

    There is numerous warning about public beaches as places not hygienic enough. Those warnings covers whole area from the entrance to the city, until the beginning of Laktaši municipality. On this area river Vrbas serves mainly as a sewage outlet.
    There are official sings of warning there. There mention following beaches: Sitari, Abacija, Zelena, Borik on the river Vrbas and Zeleni vir and Žuti most on the river Vrbanja.

    Despite all odds, most citizens still decided to swim at least upstream of the fortress. Unfortunately, on nice little river call Crkvena (meaning: churchs river) next to Kastel fortress are several jets sewage flow from the City to Venice bridge (most Venecija), next to Old students campus.

    Still, walking around riverbanks are still hazard free. But there are few warnings too. In the lower level, especially during hot summer days, but the promenade on the banks of river Crkvena is not good even for walking, because of intolerable stench.

    There no lifeguard service on public beaches. Only on beach next to Zeleni most, popular beach there are guards.

    No adequate service on beaches like public toilets. Alternative is nearby cafe.

    While upstream from the city of a different situation. I found out that beach Slap on Vrbas river is recommended. Some people recommend beach Liman in Srpske Toplice (former Šeher) suburb, river Suturlija on outskirts of city and some little rivers in nearby villages.
    The swimming areas on Suturlija is quite crammed. Even there water is not tested it's not dirty, as they say that the summer is here began long time ago. The canyon Suturlija is quite long, and rocks at the entrance of the canyon attract many divers. The water is slightly warmer than when it comes to others rivers, but because the sun goes down a few hours earlier, because of the terrain.

    Although in recent years there are many plans, announcements and projects to protect the Vrbas and collectors at least prevent spills of raw sewage directly into the river, since all that remained were just stories. There are some progress too! When it comes to project planning watercourses and flood protection in the area of city that is so far completed, like the repair of embankments on the Vrbanja area of Česma and embankment in the village, which was damaged in floods in 2014.
    But you will not probably find any signs of warnings because people don't like them and they destroyed so you will find only warnings in media.

    People do swim, enjoy in despite all of warnings and they are happy. Popular is beach Zeleni vir on river Vrbanja at the entrance of city. If you see bunch of swimmers you decide will you join them or just relax, socialized and sunbathe.

    Enjoy in summer!

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Banja Luka is not typical European city. 

It still widely touristic undiscover and exotic, so it is many warnings (non-English spoking and non-Latin writing area). There is not...

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