Getting Around

Belgrade Maps - Printed maps are available to buy at larger book stores.  A good online map of Belgrade is

Public Transport - Belgrade has an increasingly efficient public transport system.  With its network of buses, trolley buses (these run on routes with electric wires overhead) and trams (these run on tracks) the entire city, including New Belgrade and Zemun is covered. In some places in the center, the tram tracks share the same roadway with cars.  GSP / ГϹП, runs most public transport.  

Transportation Maps - - the website has maps and lines for buses, trolley buses and trams.  Note, that it is not always totally up to date. Maps with bus lines are available in some book shops.

Buses tend to pull away quickly so make sure you are holding on.  People are good at giving up seats for old people/children/pregnant women. On the other hand, it is not typical for a man to give up his seat for a woman who is not pregnant or elderly.

Tickets - Electronic BusPlus tickets have entirely replaced the old paper tickets.  The BusPlus system is similar to the Oyster card system in London, the Octopus card in Hong Kong and systems in other capital cities.

You can buy a plastic credit card sized card valid for three years.  This can be personalized or non-personalized cards and cost a fee of 250 dinars.  Credit can then be added to this card at Štampa outlets which include many of the common street kiosks (selling news, drinks, and cigarettes) throughout Belgrade.  Alternatively temporary paper cards are available and are valid for three months, at a cost of
40 dinars.  Credit needs to be added.

Plastic cards can be credited as many times as you want, with any amount, much like your cell phone, while paper cards can be credited with up to 500 dinars.

When entering the bus you must swipe your card (plastic or paper) against the reader located near the door.  The price of the ride will be deducted from the card's credit.  Currently, 60 dinars to ride within the first zone and 95 dinars for the second zone.  The card reader/validator only works when the vehicle is stationary, so be sure to swipe on entry.  There is no need to swipe your card on exiting.

Citizens who rarely use public transport or tourists will have an option, which is buying tickets for one ride from the driver inside the vehicle, which will cost 120 dinars in the first zone or 145 dinars in the second zone. This is not commonly done and more hassle than it sounds.

There are regular ticket inspectors who impose on the spot fines (3000din at present!) on passengers without validated tickets.  

Private mini buses - operate on the same routes as the GSP, plus some extra routes.  They also accept BusPlus tickets and cost slightly more than normal buses.

Buses, trolleys and tramways operate from 04:30 – 23.30 at intervals of 3-20 min.
There are no specific time schedules.
Night Lines operate at far longer intervals and with slightly modified bus numbers.
For all information on city lines contact: tel. 011/629-019 / 625-582
Transport of handicapped persons: tel. 011/625-582

Metro - There is a limited Metro with just one line at present. The line connects Pančevački Most station with Novi Beograd station in 16 minutes travel time.  The line has 5 stations - Pančevački Most, Vukov Spomenik, Karađorđev park, Beograd Centar and Novi Beograd.  Trains run every 30 minutes; every 15 minutes during rush hour.  An extension of this line to Zemun and Batajnica and also a new line from Resnik is planned.

Taxis - are everywhere in Belgrade, although not cheap they are affordable.  Fares are metered so do ensure that the taxi driver is using his meter and that it is correctly set at the start of the journey.    The official tariff must start at 140RSD. Depending upon the time of day, rates vary per kilometre.  Tariff 1 is within Belgrade, 6am-10pm, 55RSD/km; Tariff 2 is within Belgrade from 10pm-6am , & holidays 70RSD/km; Tariff 3 is for the outskirts of Belgrade , 110RSD/km.

Only use a taxi displaying a sign (usually on the roof) with the name of the taxi company and a separate sign with its registration number (usually 4 digits). Without both of these, your taxi is likely to be unregistered and operating illegally.  Avoid taxis displaying only a ‘taxi’ sign and no company name. These are called “private” taxis. If they happen to be first in a taxi line, it is okay to go to the next taxi and explain that you don’t want a private taxi.

Taxi from Airport - Beware of taking taxis to/from the airport; check in advance how much the fare is going to be as some ‘cowboys’ operate on this route.  This is not so much of a problem since 2011, when the City of Belgrade and the Belgrade Airport adopted a zone system for taxis from the airport to one of five different zones (fares ranging from 1,500-7,000 dinars). Senjak and Dedinje are in Zone 1 which is 1,500 dinars. Passengers arriving in Belgrade can take a taxi receipt at the TAXI INFO desk (located near the exit of the airport building) which states the name of your destination and appropriate price before proceeding to the taxi stand. For complaints, contact 011-32-27-000 or 011-22-89-375.

Booking a Taxi – It is often convenient to call for a taxi by phone for no extra cost.  You can’t book hours ahead of your journey, taxis will arrive within 10 minutes of you making a call.  However, if it’s rush hour or bad weather (rain/snow), it is harder to get a taxi. 
Tips are not expected but rounding up the fare is appreciated.

Beo Taxi                 011/ 970                      SMS: 9700
Beogradski Taxi      011/ 9801
Zuti Taxi                 011/9802
Pink Taxi                011/ 9803
Maksis Taxi           011/9804
Plavi Taxi               011/ 9805
Alfa taksi,               011/9807
Bel Taxi                  011/ 9808
Lux Taxi                 011/ 30 33 123            SMS: 3033
top rated companies

Book by SMS text - Several companies accept bookings sent by SMS – see above for numbers.   Text your location address to the taxi company. You will shortly receive one of the following replies:

Vozilo broj 613, stize za 3 minuta. = Taxi number 613 will arrive in 3 minutes.


Nista slobodno. = Nothing available. 
If you receive this message, wait 2-3 minutes and try again.

Motor Vehicles

Vehicle Registration - Foreign cars must be registered in Serbia within thirty days of clearing customs.  Foreigners can register their cars with the transportation department of the nearest local police station.

Documents required:
            Proof of customs clearance
            Proof of ownership
            Proof of foreign registration translated into Serbian
            Serbian visa, as appropriate
            Work permit (if applicable)
            Proof of temporary residence in Serbia
            Results of technical examination or inspection of the car

Foreign cars used by tourists in Serbia (in cases when the simplified procedure of customs clearance without documentation was applied) do not need to be registered as long as the inspection certificate is still valid.

Car Insurance - You will need third party insurance for the journey out, including a “Green Card”, to cover you once you get across the border.  Some Western European and American insurance companies will cover you in Serbia, but many don’t.  If your company doesn’t, you can buy third party insurance when you come across the border.  There are various kiosks next to the Bureau do Change (“Menjacnica” in Serbian).  Dunav Osiguranje and Generali are good companies.  They normally accept Dinars or Euros.  Get 4-6 weeks worth of insurance to cover you until you get re-registered.

Most embassies recommend purchasing comprehensive and collision insurance from your home country and Third Party liability insurance in Serbia.

For more information about importing a car into Serbia:

Driving - New driving laws came into effect in 2009, in an aim to reduce road deaths in Serbia.  A summary can be seen at the website below.

Most of the laws follow common sense good driving practice, and bring Serbia in line with the rest of Europe. Fines can be issued at the scene of the violation, however these fines will not be payable at the scene of the violation; you will have 8 days to pay them.

Below are a few of the new laws which may be less obvious:

·      Drivers must wear a seatbelt.  Failing to do so incurs a penalty of 5,000 dinars.
·      It is mandatory to have the short/side lights on at all times when driving.  The penalty is 3,000 dinars for no lights.
·      The use of mobile phones is strictly forbidden, if the hands are engaged.  The use of mobile phones is allowed only if the phones are hands-free and/or the Bluetooth is connected.  Failing to obey this rule will result in a 5,000 dinar fine.
·       The speed limit on the highway is 120 km/h.  The speed limit in inhabited areas it is 50 km/h, and 30 km/h in a school zone.  You can be banned from driving for a month for speeding.  Speed cameras are slowly being installed on some routes. 
·      If a pedestrian crosses the street on a red light, the penalty is 5,000 dinars.  If the pedestrian is accompanied by a child that is less than 12 years old, the penalty is 6,000 - 20,000 dinars.
·       No child under the age of 12 is allowed in the front seat. 
·      You are allowed to park only 3 minutes at a non-parking spot, but the driver must remain in the car, or next to it for those three minutes.  The penalty for inappropriate parking is 5,000 dinars.  If the driver doesn't admit the violation, the driver could be fined 6 to 20 thousand dinars if found guilty.
·      When stopped by a policeman neither the driver nor the passengers can leave the vehicle unless permitted to do so.  Doing so will incur a 5,000 dinar penalty.
·       When broken down the vehicle must be marked with a reflective triangle.  The triangle has to be put at least 50m behind the vehicle when outside inhabited areas and 10m when in inhabited areas.  All 4 indicators must be on and the driver must wear a fluorescent vest
·       Mild intoxication is indicated at 0.03% blood alcohol level.  Moderate intoxication is defined at 0.031% - 0.050% blood alcohol level.  This incurs a mandatory 5,000 dinar fine and the driver is prevented from driving for at least 12 hours.  Higher levels of blood alcohol incur increasingly stiff penalties.  Effectively the rules here can be interpreted as "no alcohol for drivers".

·       Starting in 2011, from the 1st November, it will be a legal requirement to have winter tyres on all four wheels of your car during the winter months (1st  November - 1st  April).  This is strongly recommended anyway for driving in the snow, as very few residential roads are plowed.

List of equipment that everyone should have in their vehicles:

Mandatory equipment (at all times):

1.    Spare tyre

2.    Safety triangle

3.    First aid kit size "B" (standard SRPS Z.B2.001)

4.    Reflective safety vest 

5.    Towing rope

6.    Set of reserve light bulbs and reserve fuses

7.   The European Damage Report is mandatory to have in your vehicles. The paper will give the driver an opportunity to make an agreement with the driver of the vehicle they had collision with, without involving police. That will be possible only with minor car damages and with no human casualties/injuries.

If you do have an accident, cars are to be left in the position they collided (do not remove from the road).  Police are then called to the scene.  It is worth taking photos of the accident with your phone/camera for future reference.

Be aware of motorcycles overtaking you on the right or left, and between lanes of traffic. They appear to have different rules than cars.

Parking - Parking is cheap, but not plentiful.  There are few car parks and most parking is on the street. 

There is a list of some car parks/ garages on this website.

In the city centre parking on the street is divided into zones (red, yellow,green).

Zone 1 (red), parking for 1 hour maximum.
Zone 2 (yellow), parking for 2 hours maximum.
Zone 3 (green), parking for 3 hours maximum.

Parking, text to:
Zone 1 (red):        9111
Zone 2 (yellow):  9112
Zone 3 (green):    9113

Parking can be paid by text from your mobile phone. 
·       Check which zone you are parked in on the street sign;.  It costs between 30-50din/hour.
·       Send a message with your car’s registration number (without any spaces or dashes) and the last two digits (which are the year of registration) eg. BG123YZ13

For diplomatic plates you must add the BG, so if your car registration number is for example BG 30-A-031, you should type BG30A03113 (for those who have no. 13 at the end of their plates).

You will immediately receive a message back saying “Za vozila broj BG123AB123 vi ste kupili carte…” which means you have successfully paid for parking until the date and time noted in the message.  If you get a different message, check that you have correctly entered your registration number and try again. 

·       You will receive a reminder SMS, 5–10mins before your parking expires.  You may then send another message to renew your parking up to the parking time limit.  If you know you will be parked for 2 or 3 hours, you can send 2 or 3 messages (in Zones 2 and 3 respectively) all at once to avoid missing the reminder and possibly paying a ticket (about 1500 dinars!).

TOP TIP – make a text message template on your phone with your registration number, and save the zone numbers; then you can quickly pay for your parking with only a few clicks.

In other areas including Zemun you may need to pay & display from a machine for your parking, check on the parking sign.  Phone number for SMS payment is displayed on the sign.

If you do receive a parking ticket, it is advisable you verify the time it was issued.  Some have found that tickets were issued in error and were able to call the parking ticket office to contest this. Others have noted that the parking official entered the license plate incorrectly. Keep saved in your cell phone the SMS messages which you received which say you are allowed to park until such-and-such time as proof that you are legally parked.

Car Towing - There is a fleet of tow trucks which tow illegally parked cars.  This seems to happen rapidly and regularly in certain hotspots, especially at Maxi supermarket at Pink TV and Sveti Marcovi church near Tašmajden Park.  The trucks are known as the ‘spider’. 

The fine for a towed car is approximately €120.

There are several locations where they take towed cars, and annoyingly they may not know in which one your car is located. Ada Cingalija, Slavija, Vidin kapija, or  Staro sajmiste.   You can use the following website to find the location of your car:

You can also call the tow truck to tow a vehicle blocking your property/car.  Tel:  011/303 5400.
Car rental

Avis, Obilicev Venac 25,  tel. 011/629-423, 620-362
Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 94,  tel. 011/433-323

Budget, Nikola Tesla Airpot   tel. 011/311 3050

Europecar, Hyatt Regency Hotel   tel. 011/137-703

Masters, Hotel Slavija   tel. 011/450-842

Putnik Rent-a-Car, Hotel Putnik, Palmira Toljatija 9, New Belgrade    tel. 0695-225, 319-3805

Sixt, Airport Nikola Tesla,  tel.  011/2286-356
Zorza Klemansoa 19,  tel. 011/3286654

Unis, Cara Uroša 10,  tel. 011/634-766

VIP, Humska 1,  tel. 011/369-1890

Yu hertz, Jugoslavija Hotel,  tel. 011/2692-339

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