Are you planning a trip to Serbia and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! In this article, we will talk about what to do before you visit and where to go when you arrive to Serbia. Let’s go!
Best time to visit Serbia
If you want to have the best time of your life when visiting a country, it’s always important to plan when exactly you want to visit; therefore, we recommend that you visit during the summer months or winter months. Summer in Serbia is the time for relaxation, cold drinks, and fun at various festivals held around this time. Relax on the beaches of Silver lake, Ada Ciganlija, and Zaovine lake, or go dancing at the music festivals like EXIT or Love Fest; we believe you’ll have a memorable experience.
If you are more of a colder climate kind of person, January or February is the best time for your vacation. Enjoy hot tea near the fire in one of the wooden cabins on Tara mountain, or go skiing on Kopaonik mountain.
Are there Visa requirements and how to travel to Serbia
Before you decide to visit Serbia, make sure to check whether you need a visa to enter the country. You can do that by simply checking the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but holders of foreign passports that have a Schengen, citizens of the UK, and the United States of America are able to stay in Serbia for up to 90 days without a visa.
Serbia is well connected to the rest of the world when it comes to air travel. The busiest airport is Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, and it has non-stop flights to 36 counties. For those who prefer ground transportation, you have buses in almost every city and town and a train that connects Serbia to the neighboring countries.
Where to stay
Serbia offers plenty of accommodation for every budget, even in the capital. The housing prices depend on the place you want to stay, but knowing that the most popular cities in Serbia are Belgrade and Novi Sad, we will recommend hotels and hostels in that area.
For those on a budget, in Belgrade, you can find unique places like Green House Hostel or Balkan Soul Hostel, but if you’re looking for something more luxurious, Amsterdam Hotel or Square Nine Hotel are perfect for you.
For those who like a place for themselves, it’s probably best to opt for an apartment to rent, as there are many in Serbia. Prices can be as low as $10 per day.
Plan a visit to iconic landmarks
Serbia is full of gorgeous landscapes and historical buildings in almost every town and village. If you’re unsure what to see in Belgrade, we believe the Belgrade fortress and Skadarlija will blow your mind.
Go to Novi Sad and up the Petrovaradin fortress for a fantastic view of the city and the river Danube.
Go far south and visit Devil’s town in Kursumlija: according to the local legend, it is believed that the stones are actually newlyweds and the wedding guests that committed a sin, so God petrified them.
Not so far from there, in the city of Nis, stands a grotesque-looking tower made of skills- Cele kula.
Danube river flows through several major cities, so we recommend you disvover the unique beauty of this country on a cruise on the Danube.
Bring some cash
Yes, we live in a fast and modern era, but people still prefer the old way in some places. The currency that is used in Serbia is Serbian Dinar, so make sure to have some cash on hand. Exchange offices in Serbia change many currencies, from euro and dollar to Turkish lira and Russian Rubles.
Many places, especially in smaller towns, don’t accept credit cards, so always have some cash with you. We also recommend you break notes down so you will have some change. When it comes to tipping, it’s not mandatory to tip a waiter, but it is accepted and appreciated.
Learn some basic Serbian
People in Serbia are welcoming and kind, and you won’t have trouble asking for directions. Even though younger generations have a pretty good knowledge of English, especially in bigger cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, or Nis, we recommend you learn some basic Serbian words before you visit.
This is preferable if you are visiting smaller towns or villages, as people don’t really speak it that well; some don’t even speak it at all. To help you with that, we’ve got some phrases for you to learn:
Dobar dan - Hello/Good day
Dobro vece - Good evening
Hvala - Thanks
Da - Yes
Ne - No
Izvinite - Excuse me/Sorry
Da li pricate Engleski? - Do you speak English?
Dovidjenja - Goodbye
Ne znam - I don’t know
Ne pricam srpski - I don’t speak Serbian
We hope that this article helped you plan a trip to Serbia. Serbia is a small country, but there is a lot to see and experience, so plan wisely, and we wish you a great trip.