Tourists in Belgrade are advised to use the taxi. The Tourist Information Centers at the Belgrade Airport and the Central Train Station will gladly call a taxi for you so you can be sure you pay the regular fare. There are many unlegal taxi drivers, so be careful and allways call taxy by phone
If you are a foreigner in Belgrade and you need a taxi, here are some numbers for taxi and most of them will give you 20% discount for call:
Beogradski taxi: +381 11 9801 (20% discount for call)
Beo taxi: +381 11 970
Pink taxi: +381 11 9803 (20% discount for call)
Zuti taxi: +381 11 9802 (20% discount for call)
Lux taxi: +381 11 3033 123 (20% discount for call)
If you go around by car, I must tell you that the car will not be a clever option, traffic is chaotic and parking almost impossible. In the center you can live your car in the parking only for one or two hours. Alway go on parking places. (The majority of Belgrade streets is payed parking) And if you find a place where it is not allowed to park, police will surely give your car a wheel clamp.
From Belgrade to Timisoara I used gea tours service. This is a private transport company which takes you from Belgrade to Podgorica, Sarajevo or Timisoara. The service is pretty good as they do a door to door service so you do not need to take other transports once you arrive at destination.I did not find them so reliable in comunication and booking. Infact I emailed them the details of the transport I needed and they never confirmed anything, so I needed to go to their office in Belgrade to book the trip(they claim to be able to book service by email). They told me that 10 minuts before the pick up the driver would call me and this never happened, I had to do several international calls to their offices from Timisoara before understanding that I would have been picked up 2 hours later than expected.The return ticket from Belgrade to Timisoara is 40 euros so, all in all a convenient rate, just do not expect them to be so punctual.
INTERNATIONAL BUS LINES
I flew to Belgrade from Rome with alitalia that now has some kind of good prices for this route: 200€ return tiket. If you want to use a low cost company you can fly with wizzair to Timisoara airport which is about 200 kilometers from Belgrade and from there use a private minibus company, Gea, that takes you to the city in 3 hours for 25€.
From the Belgrade airport to the city centre I decided to book an airport pick up as I needed to be in the downtown at a certain time and did not want to mess up with abusive drivers usually present outside airports.
I used the auto transfert and it was expensive for Belgrade standard but the service was good, price was 20 € and it took more than one hour to arrive downtown, probably cause of the rush hour.
You can easily book the pick up at their web site.
Marko is a good taxi driver I got to meet in Belgrade, he speaks an excellent english and italian.
He also likes to talk about history of his countries and its cultural tips and show you details not advised by guide books, I really had a good time with him, not to mention his theory of Tito's body being buried inside vatican, that story itself is worth a taxi ride.
Beograd lies at the crossing of the European main corridors E-70 and E-75.
Foreign drivers in Yugoslavia need an international driving license, an automobile registration card and an insurance policy.
For passenger vehicles no customs declaration needs to be filled out.
Insurance policies from countries that have signed the "Vehicle Insurance Convention" are fully valid, and citizens of other countries must purchase an insurance policy when entering Yugoslavia.
In case of a traffic accident the Traffic Police (Saobraæajna policija) should be summoned using the Phone: 92. The police officers shall write an accident report. For vehicles with foreign license plates a certificate on damages should be requested. It is to be shown at the border crossing when leaving Yugoslavia.
Road Assistance Service (Služba "Pomoæ-informacije") - Phone: 987, of the Yugoslav Automobile Association (Auto-moto savez Jugoslavije - AMSJ) is available for all tourist assistance and towing/transport of damaged vehicles.
In case that the owner is permanently abandoning a vehicle with foreign license plates, this should be reported to the customs authorities or to the local AMSJ unit that will carry out the necessary procedure. In both cases, it is imperative to secure a certificate on having handed over the vehicle, to simplify formalities in the country where the vehicle was originally registered.
If a foreign tourist enters Yugoslavia driving a vehicle with damaged bodywork, he must contact the authorities at the border crossing to have the damage evaluated and to receive a certificate about it.
For passenger vehicles with foreign license plates the following toll rates are applicable on roads through Serbia:
Subotica - Novi Sad: 5 EUR
Novi Sad - Belgrade: 5 EUR
Šid - Belgrade: 6 EUR
Belgrade - Niš: 13 EUR
Niš - Peèenjevce: 3 EUR
There is one airport in Belgrade, it is situated in Surcin, about 20 km from the center.
There are more than 20 daily international flights, and about ten domestic ones.
You can check the airport website for all the information and flight status:
"Aerodrome location indiactor and name: LYBE Beograd
Aerodrome geographical data
1. ARP coordinates WGS-84 and site at AD: 444909, 78N 0201825, 44E 122° GEO / 1500 m from THR 12
2. Direction and distance from city: 275o GEO, 18 km from main railway station in Belgrade
3. ELEV / Reference temperature: 98 m / 27°C (Aug)
4. MAG VAR / Annual change: 3° E (2000) / + 4.7'
5. Type of traffic permitted: IFR / VFR
Time reference: Summer (Mar / Sep) UTC+2, Winter (Oct / Feb) UTC+1
Aerodrome operational hours: 0500 - 2300 LT
Structure of airport services
The Belgrade Airport enterprise is registered for the following: ground handling of aircraft, passengers, cargo and mail in domestic and international traffic; maintenance of the runway, maneuvering areas, aprons and parking stands, equipment and insltallations that enable aviation activities; catering services, domestic and foreign trade; tourist services; leasing business premises; leasing advertising space and display of advertisements and propaganda material; representing foreign firms and consignments; shipping; maintenance of the airport and of the public-utility and energy infrastructure; market research, designing and engineering; running of bounded warehouses, cargo storage and handling; joint use of equipment and installations: leasing motor and other vehicles and machines; transport; cleaning the airport and garbage removal; leasing land; airport security service; special requests and other services as well."
Amsterdam 1760 km
Athens 1090 km
Vienna 621 km
Berlin 1489 km
Bern 1361 km
Brussels 1702 km
Budapest 383 km
Bucharest 619 km
Istanbul 928 km
Copenhagen 2018 km
London 2073 km
Ljubljana 528 km
Munich 1020 km
Moscow 2211 km
Oslo 2577 km
Prague 901 km
Rome 1280 km
Sarajevo 325 km
Skopje 440 km
Sofia 380 km
Salonika 700 km
Stockholm 2622 km
Warsaw 1115 km
This is a list of flights of our national company "jat"
The speed limit in populated areas is 60 km/h, unless otherwise specified by road signs.
On open roads the speed limits are:
motorcycles, passenger vehicles, motor homes
passenger vehicle with camping trailer
on main roads
on other roads
Persons affected by alcohol and children under 12 years of age are not allowed to sit in the front seat.
Maximum permissible presence of alcohol in the blood of the driver is 0,05%.
The driver and the front seat passenger must use seat belts.
Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear a protective helmet while driving (in the city as well). During the ride, day or night motorcycles must have their lights on.
Camping is permitted in camps only.
Foreign vehicles must also bear the appropriate sticker indicating the country where they are registered.
The gas stations along the main roads and in the major cities are open non-stop, 00-24 every day.
In Serbia, fuel is sold for dinars, and in Montenegro for hard currency only.
Nearly all fuel stations have all types of fuels and domestic and foreign engine oils:
- 95-98 octane (super)
- unleaded 95 octane
- 86 octane (premium)
- diesel D2
At fuel stations in major cities and tourist centers liquid-gas for vehicles is also available.
FUEL STATIONS IN BELGRADE (00-24)
JUGOPETROL, information 311-3311
AUTOKOMANDA, Bulevar JNA, 367-2631
AVALSKI PUT, 655-633
VELIKI MOKRI LUG, Niš highway, direction south, 488-8332
DEJTON, Bulevar Mihaila Pupina, 311-4712
ŽARKOVO I, Ibarska magistrala - exit, 507-700
ŽARKOVO II, Ibarska magistrala - entrance, 501-706
LIPOVAÈKA ŠUMA, exit, 830-0399
LIPOVAÈKA ŠUMA, ulaz, 830-0699
ZMAJ I, autoput Beograd-Zagreb - entrance, 605-854
ZMAJ II, autoput Beograd-Zagreb - exit, 600-777
ÈARLI ÈAPLINA, 761-335
MIJE KOVAÈEVIÆA, 764-140
PANÈEVAÈKI PUT, 712-604
JAPANSKI CVET, Zrenjaninski put bb, 8182-072
BEOPETROL, information 642-462
AVALSKI PUT, 465-182
KALEMEGDAN, Donjogradski bulevar, 627-623
STARO SAJMIŠTE, 139-915
PIONIR, Džona Kenedija, 601-667
CYCLON, Lazarevaèki drum 163, 547-494
CYCLON, Obrenovac, 872-1552
SUNCE, Jurija Gagarina 198a, 157-180
UNIVERZUM II, Vojislava Iliæa 97, 403-392
UNIVERZUM III, Vojislava Iliæa 312, 468-499
Thanks to the Danube, Serbia has an international river corridor which is navigable for 588 km. Along with the Danube, the rivers Sava and Tisa are also partially navigable. However, there are no regular passenger lines on the rivers, although tourist and individual lines are run occasionally.
The ships should send the word of their arrival at least three days before they enter the river of Danube on the territory of Serbia and Montenegro. At least 3 days before the arrival of the ships to Serbia, precise and SEPARATE lists of passengers and crew should be delivered to police and custom department through their Serbian partners. PASSENGERS and CREW are excluded from paying new taxes for entering Serbia and Montenegro. The procedure of entering and leaving the country is the same. THE MOST IMPORTANT- members of the crew must have legal and correct identity card for working on ship, and confirmation that they are engaged to work on a ship as a part of a crew.
Belgrade Port Director's Office (Kapetanija Pristaništa "Beograd")
Karaðorðeva 6, Phone: 625-977
Yugoslav River Company (Jugoslovensko reèno brodarstvo)
Kneza Miloša 82,
Port of Belgrade (Luka Beograd)
Phone: 751-255, Fax 764-764
Nautical Club "Zemun", Kej osloboðenja 29, Phone: 617-257
Nautical Club "Beograd", Ada Ciganlija 9
Nautical Club "Doræol", Donjogradski bulevar bb
Marina "Sava", Novi Beograd, Blok 70
Splav "Stenka", Èukarièki rukavac
Ship "Mag", near Hotel "Jugoslavija"
Driving thru Serbia can be fun as much as it can be irritating because of occasionally bad roads and rude drivers.
But, before hitting the road, you have to know this important rule that nobody will remember to highlight because it is so common here:
while driving on the 3 lane road note that you always have to keep to your right, because in Serbia middle lane is for faster cars passing by the slower ones IN BOTH DIRECTIONS! So, keep to your right and use the middle lane only for passing by the slow cars in front of you...