The train is the perfect way to explore Serbia, and its capital Belgrade. Serbia is known for its beautiful scenery, historical heritage, curative spas and attractive flora and fauna. Step aboard and experience a land unlike any other.
Serbia by train
Train types in Serbia
Eurail pass validity
From Belgrade (or Beograd), travelers can take a day or night train to beautiful cities on the Adriatic coast, such as Bar (in Montenegro), covering one of the most interesting and picturesque routes through the mountains, traversing 276 tunnels and numerous bridges.
The capital city, Belgrade (or Beograd), has regular and direct rail connections with capital cities in Central and Eastern Europe. International passenger trains include a regular day and night train, the ‘Avala’, which circulates on the route Belgrade – Budapest – Vienna, and offers customers, exiting in Budapest (Hungary) and Vienna (Austria), connections to the rest of Europe.
There are also day and night trains running from Belgrade to Zurich (Switzerland), Munich (Germany), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Bucharest (Romania) and Thessaloniki (Greece) running in both directions. A reservation may be required.
See the website Belgrade Eye for info on international trains to and from Belgrade.
Reservations are not required for domestic trains but are recommended for international trains.
Read more about train reservations.
Bikes are not allowed on trains in Serbia, except when dismantled and carried as hand luggage.
Eurail aid office
For questions about Eurail, you can go to the international ticket office at the Beograd railway station (Belgrade), open daily: 24 hours. See the page Eurail aid offices for detailed information and more aid offices in Europe.
Airport station links
From the International Airport Nikola Tesla you can continue your journey to the capital Belgrade with bus 72 to the bus station Zeleni venac (about 500m (0.3 mi) from Belgrade‘s railway station). Eurail passes are not valid on this connection.
Places to visit in Serbia
Bustling, busy Belgrade
Belgrade (Beograd) is the heart, soul and capital of Serbia. A vast array of museums, sporting events, cultural and historic monuments await you. Stroll down historic Skadarlija Street and take in the restaurants, pubs, strolling gypsy musicians, artists, shops and antiques. Stop at the National Museum of Serbia to see everything from medieval to modern art. Pick from a plethora of pubs and cafés.
From Belgrade Central Station it's a 15-minute walk to the historic Skadarlija area.
The city and the citadel
With a busy city center and six official languages, Novi Sad easily competes with Belgrade as a top destination. It also has the impressive and imposing Petrovaradin Citadel, one of the largest fortresses on the Danube. In the city itself, check out the frescoes in Almaska and Saborna churches, and take the winding stairway up to the Clock Tower and enjoy the panoramic view of the city, river and Fruska Gora mountain.
Step out of the bus at Bulevar Mihajla Pupina to visit the fascinating Vojvodina Museum, before continuing on to the Citadel.
The formidable fortress
This impressive, 14th century Golubac Fortress features 7 imposing towers and has been the scene of many battles. The lowest levels of the fortress actually dip into the Danube, making its preservation all the more remarkable. It stands as one of the finest medieval fortresses in the country. It sits at one of the entrances to Djerdap gorge, another must-see on your rail adventure through Serbia.
7 buses per day leave Belgrade and arrive at Golubac.
The gorgeous gorge
This breathtaking park along the banks of the Danube is one of the most spectacular natural features in the country. The Djerdap Gorge rises as high as 900 feet (300 m) above the Danube, and provides some spectacular sights. For one of Europe’s best ski resorts, visit the peaks around the village of Kopaonik. You can relax in the wonderful Josanicka Banja spa after a day on the slopes.
Take a bus to the park entrance at Donji Milanovac. You can explore on foot from there.
Events in Serbia
Held in Novi Sad’s spectacular 18th century Petrovaradin fortress, this 4-dayer is quickly becoming one of Europe’s favorite summer music festivals. The line-up for Exit Festival includes a number of international names.
From Novi Sad train station pick up a bus to the festival grounds.
Belgrade Beer Festival
5 days, 80 types of beer, 400 music performances, and more than 900,000 visitors makes this a substantial celebration of the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage. Best of all, entrance is free of charge.
The festival is a 10-minute walk from Ušće train station.
More about Serbia
Capital: Belgrade (local spelling: Beograd, written as Београд)
Population: 7.2 million
Currency: Serbian dinar (RSD)
Dialing code: +381