Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport
) is 18km west of the city center, and the home base of Air Serbia (IATA:JU), which flies to nearly 40 destinations worldwide. Other major airlines that fly to Belgrade are Aeroflot, Qatar Airways, Turkish, Lufthansa, Austrian, Alitalia and Swiss.
Serbian Railways operates trains in Serbia. The central train station is 1-2 km (steep downhill) from Republic Square - about 15 minutes walk. All national and international trains stop here except for Pancevo, Zrenjanin, Vrsac and Timisoara (Beograd Danube station). It is best to buy tickets at the train station, credit cards are accepted and 11 and 12 are the international tickets counters
Belgrade's central bus station is next-door to the central train station, in Karađorđeva street. Whilst coach service to national and international destinations is frequent, departure times are usually reliable, but arrival times may be not. Timetables aren't clearly posted; the timetables that are there are in Serbian only, so ask for information inside the terminal.
By bus: GSP Beograde (ГСП in Serbian Cyrillic) operates extensive public transport network of buses, trolleybuses, and trams in the city and suburbs. Maps are available online.
Rent a car: the principal ones have branches at the airport. As in most of Europe you must keep to the right side of the road.
Taxi: taxis are cheap by European standards, though far more expensive than anywhere else in Serbia.
The Belgrade area code for domestic calls is 011 and for international calls ++381-11.
Belgrade is in the Central European Time(CET) zone (GMT+1 hour). Summer time (GMT+2 hours) lasts from the end of March until the end of October.
Banks and Currency Exchange
The official currency is the dinar (RSD), but Euros can be exchanged freely. Currency exchange is performed by all the banks, all the post offices and great number of exchange offices '(Menjačnica' in Serbian) which are always marked in English. With them you can get slightly better exchange rates than in the banks. Never change money with someone in the street. It is illegal and completely unnecessary. Changing money in Serbia is fair, transparent and there are no hidden expenses.
The electric current in Serbia is 220-240 Volts, frequency is 50 Hz, with C and F type plugs of two round pins.
Tipping is not obligatory in Serbian restaurants, but if you are satisfied with the service then leave a 10% to 15% tip. At bars and with taxis leave a tip by rounding off the amount.
Work Hours and Holidays
Banks and post offices:
- weekdays 08.00-19.00
- Saturdays 08.00-15.00
- Sundays, only 24-hour duty branches
- weekdays 06.30-20.00 (in some cases up to 21.00)
- Saturdays 06.30-18.00 (in some cases up to 21.00)
- Sundays closed (in some cases 07.00-13.00)
Markets are open every day 06.00-17.00
Shops in shopping malls are open 09.00-20.00
Emergency Medical Assistance (00-24), Bul. Franše D'Eperea 5, phone: 94
Emergency Medical Centre Pasterova 2, tel. 3618-444