With more than 250.000 inhabitants Nis is already one of the biggest cities in Serbia.
Nevertheless, most touristic sights are situated in and around the compact city centre, where many streets are pedestrianised.
Even the Skull Tower and the Red Cross Concentration Camp Museum can be reached on foot within a walk of 30 minutes.
In case that you are tired from walking you can still catch a local bus. Tickets are usually sold from a conductor on the bus.
In general Nis is a very walkable city. However, if you have a lot of luggage you might want to take a bus from the train station to the city centre.
For our sidetrip to Niska Banja we used the local bus #1 which also stops near the Skull Tower (Cele kula).
Bus tickets can be bought from a conducter, who is usually on the bus. A ticket for a journey within the city limits sets you back 30 RSD, whereas the trip from Nis to Niska Banja costs 40 RSD.
We arrived in Nis by direct train from Sofia in Bulgaria. The trip took just less than 4 hours and cost about 11 Euro, including a seat reservation.
We left Nis by train to Belgrade, which also took 4 hours. The price for the ticket was 1236 RSD (about 13 Euro, 2009).
Just keep in mind that Serbian trains usually leave on time, but often have long delays on arrival. For example, both above mentioned trains were about 30 minutes late at their destinations.
The train station of Nis is situated a 20 minutes walk southwest of the city centre. International trains serve routes to e.g. Belgrade (SRB), Sofia (BG), Skopje (MK) and Thessaloniki (GR).
Moved on from Niš to Skopje by bus. Large and busy bus station just out of the town centre, Bulevar 12 Februar is the address, easy enough to buy a ticket, be ready to write down the depstination and time though.
Used Niš express, comfortable enough journey with a delay on the Macedonian border of around an hour (roadworks)
No trip to Nis should be completed without taking a ride on the city's buses. They're rather antiquated, but its a lot of fun given that they feel like a return to pre-1990 Eastern Europe (like many things in Nis). They cost is 40 denara per person and perhaps the most fun is the way everyone stares at you because you're the first foreigner to take a public bus in 4 years.
For a trip from Sofia to Montenegro's coast, Nis is the ideal connection. The train from Sofia, even with a two hour delay is in a position to connect to the night train from Nis to Bar, Montenegro. The train cars are not spring chicken but still quite comfortable. They are usually the six-person variety. In my case, in January, I had the compartment to myself all the way to Bar. No need for a sleeper!
These cuties can be seen inside the fortress only, though they used to run trroughout the town. Now they mostly transport kids, but anyone is welcome for a ride! The price is, expectedly, ridiculous :)
Btw, the name of this train, "Trucko", means "the bumpy one" Ouch! :)
As it is not a big place, Nis is best seen on foot. Still, if you are bothered to walk, there are regular busses that connect major parts of the city. They are inexpensive, but can be crowded at times. There are also taxis, of course, and an average ride through town shouldn't cost you more than 2 euros
This picture shows the distance between Nis and other major cities of the region, and should give you a vague idea about where Nis actually is- in case you didn't have one :)
You can reach it by road (bus, car...), by train, or, since recently, by airplane (yap, Nis has got its own airport now!)
used the local bus service to travel around Niš, buy your ticket from the conductor on board, cost 30 dinars (5/2009).
A 4 hour trip from Belgrade on an old, slow but fairly comfortable train.
Station about a 15 minute walk to the centre. Plenty of buses or taxis available though. See website for timetables.
If you're inside the fortress, you can rent this funny vehicle - it's a lot of fun!! And it's quite cheap!