Serbian currency – dinar
Taxi drivers may accept euros while all other salesmen will ask you to pay in dinars. Already at the airport, bus or railway central station, you can exchange your money. (At the Central railway station there is only a currency exchange machine.) Exchange offices have better exchange rates than banks. For 1 EUR you will get 117,5 dinars.
Serbia country calling code is + 381
Area code for Belgrade is 11
For more information see Wikipedia.
From the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport to the city centre (about 20 km) and back
From the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport to the city centre (Square Slavia / Trg Slavija, in front of the Hotel “Slavija”) you can go by minibus (line A1). The ticket costs 300 dinars (around 2,5 €) and should be bought on the bus. Approximate travel time is 30 minutes. In the same way, you can go back from the Square Slavia (Hotel “Slavija”) to the airport.
To the city centre (to the “Zeleni venac” which is, compared to the Square Slavia, closer to the city centre’s pedestrian zone) you can also go by public city bus number 72 which departs every 35 minutes. Approximate travel time is 30-40 minutes. In the same way, in the opposite direction, you can go back to the airport. Further information about the usage of public transportation is here.
If you would like to take a taxi, please contact the city service TAXI INFO, located in the baggage claim area at Nikola Tesla Airport, and please do not forget to take the taxi receipt at the airport Info Desk specifying the desired destination and the price for taxi service. That way you will make sure the taxi service is in line with the most favorable rate. Charge per piece of baggage in the boot sometimes is free, sometimes is 100 dinars (0,8 €).
The city centre is in the taxi zone 2 (the approximate price of the drive is 1.800 dinars which is around 15 €), and the Faculty of Dramatic Arts is in zone 1 (the approximate price of the drive will be 1.400 dinars which is around 12 €).
When getting from the city back to the airport, make sure that the drive costs the same (around 1.800 dinars or 15 € if you are departing from the city centre; or around 1.400 dinars or 12 € if you are departing from New Belgrade where the Faculty of Dramatic Arts is). You can agree with a driver on a price before you enter a vehicle, or call some taxi association and ask for a fixed price of a ride to the airport.
On the website of the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport you can find more other useful information.
From the Central bus station to the city centre and back
The Central bus station is in the wider centre of the city. The easiest way to reach the city centre would be by taxi, which will cost you around 500 dinars (4 €). It would be very important for you to call the cab or to stop it on a street. As for the cars parked along the Central bus station, use them only after you negotiate the price with a driver. More information about the usage of taxi services is here.
As for the public transportation, you can reach the city centre by tramway number 7 or 9, and the buses number 78 and 83. All four lines have the same stop (aside the Central bus station) called “Ekonomski fakultet” (#10). Tramway no. 9, and the buses 78 and 83 will take you to the Square Slavia, while the tramway no. 7 will bring you to the stop “Robne kuće Beograd – Beograđanka” which is a bit closer to the pedestrian zone. In all four cases, you should get off on the second stop. Further information about the usage of public transportation is here.
From the Central railway station to the city centre and back
From the Central railway station to the city centre you can go by public buses number 36 or 44, as well as by trolleybus number 40.
You can take the bus no. 36 on the stop called “Železnička stanica BGD centar” (#1041) and get off of it on one of the four stops which are in the wider city centre: “Trg Slavija /Bulevar oslobođenja” (#147) which will be your 6th stop, “Trg Slavija /Nemanjina” (#925) 7th stop, “Kneza Miloša” (#1216) 8th stop or “Savski trg” (#1726) which would be your 9th stop and is closest to the river. From these stops you can reach your destination by foot or take a taxi for a short relation which will cost you around 500 dinars (4 €).
On the stop called “Ortipedski zavod” (#274) you can get on the bus number 44 or the trolleybus number 40. The bus 44 will take you to the two stops in the wider city centre (“London” #269 which will be your 3rd stop, and “Pionirski park” #704 which will be your 4th stop) and one in the very centre (“Trg Republike” #533 your 5th stop). The trolleybus number 40 will take you to the stops “London” (#269 which will be your 3rd stop), and “Glavna pošta” (#267, your 4th stop). These two stops are in the wider city centre, 10-15 minutes long walk away from the pedestrian zone.
Further information about the usage of public transportation is here.
Taxi ride from the Central railway station to the city centre will cost you around 700 dinars (6 €). It would be very important for you to call the cab or to stop it on a street. As for the cars parked along the Central railway station, use them only after you negotiate the price with a driver. More information about the usage of taxi services is here.
To the Faculty of Dramatic Arts
The Faculty of Dramatic Arts, which is in Bulevar umetnosti 20 (in New Belgrade), can be reached by the public buses number 71, 94, 67, 18, 88 or 601. You will probably use the buses number 71 and 67 that are departing from Zeleni venac which is very close to the strict city centre.
In the direction from Zeleni venac (city centre) to Bežanija / Ledine, stops on the bus line number 71 are called “Fakultet dramskih umetnosti” (#1098), and “Bulevar umetnosti” (#2324). In the opposite direction, the stops near the Faculty are called “Blok 28” (#1101), and “Fakultet dramskih umetnosti” (#1099).
In the direction from Resnik (Edvarda Griga) to New Belgrade / Blok 45, the stop on the bus line no. 94 is called “Bulevar umetnosti” (#2324). In the opposite direction, the stop is called “Omladinskih brigada” (#2322).
In the direction from Zeleni venac (city centre) to New Belgrade / Blok 70А, the stop on the line no. 67 is called “Bulevar umetnosti” (#2324). In the opposite direction, the stops on this line are called “Omladinskih brigada 1” (#2322), and “Bulevar umetnosti” (#2323).
The stops of the bus lines no 18, 88, and 601 are on the high-way. In the direction south-north, the stop is called “Omladinskih brigada” (#399). In the opposite direction the stop is called the same but has a different number – “Omladinskih brigada” (#400).
Further information about the usage of public transportation is here.
If you would like to reach the Faculty of Dramatic Arts (Bulevar umetnosti 20) by taxi, choose one of the numerous taxi associations and expect that the ride will cost you around 700 dinars (6 €). More information about the usage of taxi services is here.
To the Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment
The Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment is situated in the very centre of the city, at the Studentski trg (Student Square) number 5.
Usage of public transportation
When buying a ticket for a ride by public bus, tramway or trolleybus in kiosk, first you need to by a non-personalized BusPlus plastic card (which costs 250 dinars which is almost exactly 2 €), and then one or more tickets which cost 89 dinars (0,7 €) each. When you validate the BusPlus card on the bus, you can ride for the next 90 minutes, and in that period change different lines and types of transportation if necessary. When you are buying a ticket from a driver of a public vehicle, the price is 150 dinars (or 1,25 €), and you don’t need a non-personalized BusPlus plastic card.
During nighttime (from midnight to 4 AM) buses run at 1-hour intervals from special stops in the Kolarčeva street towards other parts of the city. The ticket costs 150 dinars and can only be bought in a bus.
In Belgrade public transport the official controllers board the bus quite often and ask you to present your validated card. If you do not have valid card the fine is 2000 dinars (16,5 €).
If you are planning to use public transportation more frequently, in every kiosk you can buy the BusPlus daily tickets valid for 1, 3 or 5 days (except for night time traffic, from midnight to 4 AM). A ticket that lasts for one day costs 250 dinars (2 €); a ticket that lasts for two days costs 700 dinars (6 €); and the one that lasts for five days costs 1000 dinars (8,3 €). In all three cases you will need to buy a paper card which costs 40 dinars (0,3 €). These daily cards have to be validated every time when you change a vehicle.
Although the website of Secretariat for public transportation of the municipality of Belgrade is only in Serbian, foreigners can also use it quite easily. Ín the drop-down menu “IZABERI LINIJU” you can choose some of the lines (i.e. 71 or 67) and a direction, and you will get an interactive map of a ride with names of all stops.
Other useful information about the Belgrade public transport can be found at http://www.belgrademaps.com/en/.
Here you will find the list of taxi associations in Belgrade.
There are three prices per kilometer, depending on the time of a drive (during the day), day, and destination. Tariff 1 is applied during the working days from 6 AM to 10 PM, and the price of a ride per kilometer is 65 dinars (0,5 €). Tariff 2 is applied during the working days from 10 PM to 6 AM, on Sundays as well as the state holidays, and the price of a ride per kilometer is 85 dinars (0,7 €). Tariff 3 is applied on a rides to destinations which are out of the city zone, the price of a ride per kilometer is 130 dinars (1,1 €), and a driver can charge extra for a transportation of a client’s personal luggage. In all cases, a start-up fee is 170 dinars (1,4 €). (This doesn’t aplly only in cases of taxi rides from the airport, when a service is charged upon a receipt about the price of a taxi ride which is given to a passanger at the airport information desk TAKSI INFO after he/she specifies the desired destination. In that case, a driver doesn’t have to turn on a taximeter.)
The price includes transport of passenger’s personal luggage, but for big luggage a driver can charge extra 100 dinars (0,8 €).
Tips are not required but are appreciated, and 100 dinars (0,8 €) is quite enough.
If you ask for a stop and a driver to wait for you, that will cost extra. Waiting fee for 1 hour costs 750 dinars (6,25 €).
Upon arrival on the desired destination, a taxi driver has to stop a taximeter, charge the exact amount of money as a taximeter is showing, and give clearly filled out bill for his service.
If you think that a taxi service is not provided properly, you can complain to the Belgrade City Transportation Corps by calling + 381 11 330 97 60, or to the Communal police by calling 0800 110 011. In that case you should provide details about the name of a taxi association, number of a vehicle, name of a driver, relation, etc. Penalty for a taxi driver can go from 200 to 1600 euro and his/her working licence can be detracted.