Only use taxis from a trusted company (like the Beogradski tax) and stay far away from taxis without a meter! Some taxis have a rigged meter and you'll end up paying much more for the ride than you should.
Ask the hotel, restaurant etc. to call a taxi for you. Official taxis in Belgrade are quite cheap.
I was unable to buy any Dinars at Heathrow Airport's terminal 4 - so I decided to exchange some Russian Roubles at Belgrade airport for Serbian Dinars. The bank details are:
Aerodrom Nikola Tesla
11 180 Belgrade
Sadly they were unable to change my roubles - they had a list of accepted currency and i was really surprised that Roubles were not on that list!!!
We went by 3 taxi's to the first dinner evening may 23th.
We took it at trg Republike as it was raining and paid between 1600 en 2100.
I understood it had to be more something like 400.
The meter of the taxi went wild like in a few seconds went up 100.
So write down taxi number and or licenseplate if you get scammed you can try to contact the company ( if they are at a company)
Well apparently there are no poo police in Belgrade and owners rarely clean up after their pets so watch your step. Stray dogs though not a bother otherwise add thier contribution.
And if you are walking in the old town beware of pieces falling from the buildings waitng for repair.
Otherwise it is a fairly safe city but do try to avoid the taxi sharks! But it was very difficult when you first arrive as we did on the train and as fast as you are asking "how much" he has your bags loaded. I even had cards with words in Serbian...but the driver was too good for us.
One night a bunch of us jumped in 3 taxis at Trg Republik because it was raining. A 20 minute walk, but even so.
Well, fares ranged fro 3.5k to 1.7k dinar. Should have been about 500 dinar tops.
Best to phone a cab from a reputable company, or better still, get your hotel or restaurant to do it and try to find out in advance how much it ought to be.
To be fair, I got a cab from my hotel to a meeting and the price was fair - but I did get the hotel security guy to hail it.
The city of Belgrade's divided into 3 zones, meaning that parking's allowed for 1 (the 1st zone), 2 (the 2nd zone) or 3hours (the 3rd zone)!
So, to avoid any problems (e.g.your car being taken away), watch out for the signs or, even better, find a car-park!
If you travel by car be careful with police officers. In many cases they stop you and traying to find any reason to punish you. It is trick and after some drama pause they expect some money from you to let you go. Prise vary from time to time but it is about 10, 20, 50 euro. Corruption is big problem here. If you in some lokals and bars you can expexted this situation: http://www.pressonline.rs/sr/vesti/hronika/story/124487/Policija+pretukla+goste+kladionice+%28VIDEO%29.html. Some american sitizens find them self at wrong time in wrong place. So if you looking for trouble you are in right place.
Some of Belgrade people are how to say sons and doughters of politicians or just rich ``Bussismen``. They love to park in front of bars to show off their expensive cars. Because money used to buy those are not made by legal way they are paranoid. This is what happened to me. As Belgrade native I was with american lady. I was showing her around and all. At one point she was cheeking out Lincoln navigator car that was parked. 2 guys dressed like hitman were ``teleported`` in front of her telling her to step away from the car. Allthou she tried to explain that she has the exact same car and that was why she was cheeking it guys said again step away from the car. Something like do you know who is the owner stuff. Those cars are easy to spot. Most of our cars have 6 digits on licence plates. Those car have 4. eg like chief of police bg-07-01.
07 is james bond thing and 01 is who is main guy in police.
If you see the sign of Autosaobracaj Kragujevac, try to avoid that bus. There are chances to travel normally, but you can hear a proposal from bus-driver to stand for 10 hours as there are no place to seat down, and the fact that you have reservation for the seat, payed two days in advance, may not help, as they have sold the same reservations to the others. But they care to protect their customers from kittens, so your kitten will not be allowed to enter Autosaobracaj bus.
So, if you want to be sure to have seat in the bus or if you travel with pet, no matter how small it is – avoid Autosaobracaj Kragujevac.
You can read at the Autosaobracaj web presentation: "In our business philosophy, the word 'friend' dominates – it refers to all employees, to all business partners and to all our passengers… Therefore, our motto is JOURNEY WITH THE FRIEND!" – what a hypocrisy!
Belgrade is one of the largest and most populated cities in Europe without metro. That, combined with common Serbians' perception of a car as status symbol No. 1, is the cause of enormous number of cars on the streets of the city. It is not exaggerated to say that rush-hours in Belgrade are between 7 am and 9 pm. With its highs and lows, of course.
The only advice to those who are about to use car in Belgrade is to prepare for psycho-torture. But, it gets easier with time.
Explanation of Zone parking system in Belgrade on the web page of Belgrade Parking servis begins with the following sentence: "Lack of parking places and traffic congestion are traditionally annoying problem of all metropolises." Indeed. But the lack of the parking spaces in Belgrade is very hard to compare with the lack of parking space in other metropolises. Belgrade is one of the largest and most populated cities in Europe without metro. That, combined with common Serbians' perception of a car as status symbol No. 1, is the cause of enormous number of cars on the streets of Belgrade and almost constant rush-hours. In such mass it is not easy to find parking spot, although Belgrade has quite a lot public garages and car parks.
Here is the short copy-pasted explanation of parking system in the center of Belgrade: "Parking places in the city center are divided into three zones by priority: red, yellow and green. […] Parking time in the red zone is limited to one, in the yellow to two and in the green to three hours. This means you can park your car for the limited period of time […] Payment can be made through five different methods – parking tickets, 'parkomats', SMS messages, electronic tickets (from parking attendants) and chip cards. […] The tickets for all the zones can be bought at the kiosks."
For more information check very useful Parking servis web page.
Although Kalemegdan is generally very safe, there are some unprotected places from which a fall could be lethal. Such – a fatal accident occurred in summer of 2007, and opened numerous discussions and polemics on safety…
Most of dangerous spots in Kalemegdan are very unaccessible, such as tops of the fortress walls, others are not on the main tourist paths, all are marked with signs, and not a single one reasonable person would approach without being aware of a danger, no matter how slight it could be. But some extra care is needed, especially for those with small children, and those whose perception is disturbed by something previously consumed.
Similarly to the most of the major cities – Belgrade is hometown of vast homeless population. Besides some spots, many of them can often be seen in the tram #2.
The route of the tram #2 is the only circling around the center of the city, without any point in which all the passengers have to leave the tram, except late in the evening, at the end of day regime of public transportation. That makes the tram #2 a homeless shelter which offers possibility to escape from the streets, especially in cold winter days, to take a nap, or even long sleep, and all of that legally, for the price of one-drive public transportation ticket.
It is not the tip about any real danger – homeless people are not violent, it is here to prevent surprise and anxiety which is possible sometimes in the tram #2.
When I came to the tourist office on the train station searching for some map of the city or something similar, I was shocked. In the hall was terrible stench like someone pissed and puked there... eeeew gross.... I decided I'll rather take my chances without a map.
What happened to us was a mere fluke,
fate, 1% chance from 1% but it happened...
I have been on my way to Belgrade for almost 7 years
invited by my friend Mladen whom I know from Budapest.
But what happened on our return trip begs hard to be believed.
There are several players involved.
Myself a Brit who considers himself quite well seasoned from past
travels across the globe, but maybe becoming a bit rusty after
settling down in Hungary.
Olga, Russian by birth with Swedish citizenship,
whom I have known since when I lived in
Russia back in St.Petersburg and now works and lives in Sweden
for a major Swedish corporation where she works and has lived
for over 12 years, also a seasoned traveler.
LOCATION: Hotel Romantika
DATE:10th September 2008
2 Belgrade policemen (Maybe station police)
1 Hotel Receptionist
1 train sleeping car attendant
3 sleeping car Serbian cleaners
2 British Embassy staff
THE STORY WILL CONTINUE SOON
WATCH THIS SPACE
Attempted RAPE, Extortion,
Crooked police...a big scam
involving hotel staff and some
VERY BAD COPS..
What happened to us will not
happen to 99.9% of tourists
visiting Belgrade, but it did happen!
TO BE CONTINUED