Serbia Travel Guide
Country with Enchanting Landscapes
Serbia is a buzzy and boisterous country, compact enough for visitors to sample both Belgrade’s urban hedonism and the gentler pace of the smaller towns or national parks within a few days and it’s one of Europe’s most affordable destinations to boot. Grittier than its blue-eyed neighbor Croatia, it is nevertheless an integral part of any backpacker’s Balkan tour: at the heart of the region, it gives easy access to the cluster of cultures and histories crammed into this small corner of Europe.
Serbia’s young, European-minded population brings a bubbling energy to its bars, cafés and clubs, producing an adrenaline-charged nightlife unmatched anywhere else in the Balkans. The general determination to have a good time confounds the expectations of many a traveler, arriving with memories of the 1990s, when Serbia’s name was not often off war reporters’ lips. Today, it’s just as likely to attract headlines for its crop of world-class tennis players or the annual EXIT festival in Novi Sad.
Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, is a sociable, hectic city that energizes and exhausts by turns. Northwest of the city on the iron-flat Vojvodina Plain sits lovely Novi Sad, window to the Fruška Gora hills, while further north a stone’s throw from the border with Hungary enchanting Subotica is sprinkled with early twentieth-century Secessionist architecture. Deep in the mountainous tract of land to the south of Belgrade are three key struts of Serbia’s religion-cultural heritage Žiča, Studenica and Sopoćani monasteries. East of here, Niš is a pleasant small city to pause in en route to or from Bulgaria or North Macedonia.
Serbia Travel Essentials
WHEN TO GO
Jul/Aug (summer peak season; best for trekking) or Sep/Oct.
HOW LONG IN SERBIA?
1-2 full days for Belgrade; 7 days for the highlights; 2-3 weeks to see everything.
Fly into Belgrade, train from Bulgari, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Hungary, Turkey, or drive/bus from any neighboring country.
Visa-free for most passports (90 days).
Hire a car or use intercity buses.
50-55 USD per person per day (mid-range hotel; restaurant meals; bus fares; museum tickets,