SJJ is a small airport with two boarding bridges and two gates where they bus you to your plane. Turkish had two flights a day when I wrote this going to Istanbul (1 am and 1 pm flight) with A321 a/c. One word of caution - the airport sits in a valley and the morning we left it was fogged in so our 9 am departure to IST did not leave till 2-3 hours later as it had to wait for the fog to burn off prior to landing so check with the carrier when booking your flight and stay away from tight connections if there is any hint of weather in Sarajevo.
Dear tourists, welcome to Sarajevo.
If you decided to use the public transportation (trams, trolleybusses, buses), please mind the following informations:
- The tickets for the single journey with the trams and trolleybuses can be bought in the ticket shops on many stations, and also at the drivers in the trams/trolleybuses/buses. The bus tickets are sold only by the drivers.
The ticket for single journey costs 1.60 BAMin the ticket shop, 1.80 BAM at the driver.
- There are no ticket vending machines in Sarajevo.
- The ticket for the single journey loses its validity if you leave the vehicle. If you change, you must use/purchase a new ticket.
- IMPORTANT: If you enter the tram either with the ticket for the single journey bought in advance, or you just bought the ticket at the tram driver, you must validate it immediately in the green validating device, otherwise the ticket is invalid.
- If you enter the trolleybus with the ticket for the single journey purchased in advance, you also must validate it in the mechanic validator.
- The tickets bought from the trolleybus and bus drivers does not need to be validated.
- If you wish to travel more frequently within one day, a good option is the daily ticket ("Dnevna karta") which costs XX KM and allows the unlimited travelling on trams, trolleybuses and buses within the city of Sarajevo (fare zone A). The daily ticket can be bouht in the ticket shops on the most important stations and need not to be validated anymore, the seller fills the date of validity on the ticket per hand before you get it.
- If you travel WITHOUT ticket or without properly validated ticket and the ticket inspector appears, you are obliged to pay the fine of 26,60 KM (about 13 €). The ticket inspector is obliged to fill in the proper form and give you a copy of it.
- In case the ticket inspector is behaving suspiciously (asking for a significantly higher fine than 13 €, physically attacking or threatening you), please call the police immediately: 122
We mainly walked around Sarajevo but on a couple of occasions we used the tram. We bought our tickets from a kiosk for 1.60 KM (1.80 from the driver). When you get on the tram you must validate the ticket in the ticket machine. The machines are at each end of the tram. Failure to stamp the ticket will result in a fine. Through away used tickets. When we were ticket inspected, we accidently handed over old ones, then other old ones, before finally finding the new ones. They were quite pleasant about it. If it had been the ticket inspecor we encountered in Sofia, we'd still be in jail.
Tram 1 goes Bašèaršija to the train station and bus station. Tram 3 Bašèaršija to Ilidza .
We defied all the advice and took a bus rather than a train from Sarajevo to Mostar. Everyone says the train journey is great. We choose the bus as there are many a day and we could leave at a more convenient time. We went at 11.30am. The bus was comfortable. At one point people picked up from later stops outside Sarajevo had to stand, but it turned out they were not travelling far. The bus was air-conditioned. The scenery was great. The ticket cost 20KM (10 Euros). The journey took 2 and a half hours.
From our hotel at the airport, we took the public trolley bus to get into the city center. It was 1.80BAM ($1.20US) each way, you can get the ticket from the driver. Our hotel gave us directions to the bus stop which was outside the Mercator grocery store which was our landmark when we were coming back. I didn't time the ride but I'd say it was at least 20 minutes, bus 103 terminated right near the Latin Bridge so when he stops, you know it's time to get off.
We flew from Istanbul to Sarajevo, it was slightly more expensive to fly on Turkish Airlines but they flew from Ataturk (IST) instead of the less convenient airport in Istanbul. Sarajevo's airport is tiny, I think I only saw 5 gates. Immigration only took about 5 minutes, luggage retrieval about the same. When we flew out a couple days later at JAT to Belgrade, we got to the airport at around 5:15am or 5:20am, we were at the gate at 5:30am.
There are five daily buses from Sarajevo Lukavica Bus Station to Podgorica.
I travelled last month of April (2013) from Sarajevo to Nikšic in the first morning bus, at 08:15. I arrived at Nikšic at 13:10. The fare was KM28.50.
20:00 - 03:30
22:30 - Podgorica - H. Novi
One way ticket to Podgorica: 35 KM [May, 2012]
I have to say the landscape, especially in Montenegro, is really amazing. If you consider to travel from Sarajevo to Podgorica or Nikšic, don't hesitate to go during the day.
Lukavica bus station is easily reached from central Sarajevo, Trg Austrije, using trolleybus 103. Go until the last stop and then go ahead about 150 metres.The bus station is located on your left side.
Trolleybus 103 runs between Sarajevo city centre (Trg Austrije) and Dobrinja.
When leaving the airport turn left to the main street, then turn right and go straight until the next large street. Then turn right and go as far as Merkator Market. Trolley stop is just in front of this building, same side.
The ticket may be bought inside the trolleybus and costs KM1.80 (April 2013).
From 05:45 to 23:00
Nine years ago I travelled from Sarajevo to Mostar by bus, but, surely, the trip by train, as I made this year, is more interesting.
The train station is Sarajevo is about 3km from the centre. You can reach it by tram.
Red vožnje - Timetable - Horário
Sarajevo - Mostar
06:51 - 09:26
Mostar - Sarajevo
18:40 - 21:13
Return ticket - 17.4 KM (April 2013)
Odalazk - Departure - Partida
Dolazak - Arrival - Chegada
There are buses leaving to Srebrenica from both central and Lukavica bus stations in Sarajevo
Lukavica Bus Station
Central Bus Station
07:10 - 10:35 (09/2012)
Srebrenica - Sarajevo
16:30 - 19:55
KM 35.5 (central station, 09/2012)
All tram lines passing Bašèaršija pass the train station. Only Line 1 goes directly to this station.
If you use one of the other lines, you have to get off at the National Museum stop. Then walk about 1 minute towards the Avaz Twist Tower. The train station will be on your left side.
Fare on board
The capital is linked to the second major city by train two times a day.
The trip takes about 4h and 30min.
Sarajevo - Banja Luka
11:17 - 15:41
15:54 - 20:19
Banja Luka - Sarajevo
05:31 - 09:48
13:37 - 18:12
Odalazk - Departure - Partida
Dolazak - Arrival - Chegada
Naziv Stanice - Name of the Station - Nome da Estação
Broj Voza - Train Number - Número do Comboio
Vrsta Voza - Type of train - Tipo de comboio
Relacija - Route - Itinerário
Vrijema Dolaska - Time of Arrival - Hora de Chegada
Vrijeme Polasla - Time of Departure - Hora de Partida
An overnight train links Sarajevo to Zagreb. Sleepers were not available when I made the trip, so I shared a cabin with a few backpackers and we did our best to sleep seated. A second-class seat costs about thirty euro. The train departs nightly at 21:27 and is scheduled to arrive at 6:44, though I don't believe it ever hits that arrival target. Don't plan for a tight train connection.
Although Sarajevo is a very walkable city, those wishing to explore further afield (such as Novo Sarajevo) may wish to use public transit. It's also an easy choice for moving between the train station and the historic center. The easiest thing to do is to buy a ticket for about 1.6 KM at one of the many kiosks located near the tram stops. The tickets are then validated in the machines on board the trams. Riding for free isn't worth the risk as ticket inspectors are on the lookout for cheats (plus, it's stealing!). I've heard rumors of fake ticket inspectors scamming tourists. To safeguard yourself make sure your ticket is validated (some validation machines don't work- move down the cabin to find one that does) and never hand over your passport to any "supposed" ticket inspector.
An interesting thing to note during your tram rides is the origin of your tram. After the Bosnian War many European nations donated their old trams to Sarajevo, so you may find yourself riding on a tram with all of the posters in Swedish or Portuguese!
Here are Time tables for Sarajevo Bus station
Sarajevo - Paris: Friday 9.00
Sarajevo - Berlin: Thursday 8.00
Sarajevo - Dusseldorf & Cologne: every day except Fri 8.00
Sarajevo - Frankfurt i Stutgart: every day 8.00
Sarajevo - Hamburg i Hanover: Sat 17.00
Sarajevo - Minhen: every day 8.00 , Sat 17.00
Sarajevo - Vienna & Graz: every day 8.00
Sarajevo - Ljubljana: Tue,Thu & Sat 20,40
Sarajevo - Dubrovnik: every day 07,15 14,30 i 22,30
Sarajevo - Split: Every day 7.00 10.00 i 21.
Sarajevo - Makarska: every day 7.00 7,45 10.00 21.00 i 22,15
Sarajevo - Zagreb: severy day 6,30 12,30 i 22.00
Sarajevo - Korcula, Orebic: Tue, Wed,Fri, Sat 11.00
Sarajevo - Herceg-Novi: every day 11.00
Sarajevo - Ulcinj, Budva, Bar: every day 19.00
Sarajevo - Beograd: every day 6.00
Sarajevo - Novi Pazar, Sjenica: every day 7.00 15.00 21.00 & 22.00
Sarajevo - Pljevlja: every day 16.00
Sarajevo - Bijelo Polje: Tue, Fri, Sun 8.00
Sarajevo - Skoplje: Tue,Fri 18,30
Sarajevo - Brcko: every day 6,30 i 15,35 & every day at 14.00 save Sat
Sarajevo - Banjaluka: every day 9,15 14,30 & 15,30
Sarajevo - Bijeljina: every day 5.00
Sarajevo - Zvornik: every day 15,30
Sarajevo - Srebrenica: every day 7,10
Sarajevo - Bihac: every day 7,30 13,30 & 22.00 , and very day at 15.00 save Sat & Sun
Sarajevo - Bugojno: every day 10.00 14.00 17,30 & 19.00
Sarajevo - Goražde: evry day 8.00
Sarajevo - Gradacac: every day 8,30 & 17.00
Sarajevo - Novi Travnik: every day 13.00
Sarajevo - Orašje: every day 6,30
Sarajevo - Sanski Most: every day 15,30
Sarajevo - Tešanj: every day 7.00 13,15 17,15
Sarajevo - Tuzla: every day7,30 9,15 10.00 13.00 13,30 14.00 17,30 19 &
22.00 & every day at 15,30 save Sat and Sun
Sarajevo - Travnik: every day 7,30 9,15 10.00 13.00 13,30 14.00 15,30 17,30
19.00 & 22.00
Sarajevo - Zenica: every day 6,30 8,30 10,30 12,30 14,30 16,30
18,30 & 21.00
Sarajevo - Visoko i Kakanj: every day 6.00 8.00 8,30 9,30 11,30 12,30
13,30 15,30 16,30 17,30 19,30
Sarajevo - Fojnica i Kiseljak: every day 7,30 9,30 11,30 13,30 15,30