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1 week in Serbia

Serbia is a beautiful country with vast historical importance. It is also perfectly set up for travel by train. If you only have 1 week in Serbia you may want to focus it around the big cities and get a taste of what the country has to offer. If Serbia is part of a bigger Eurail journey, you have easy connections to both Budapest and Sofia.


Itinerary highlights

History and parks of Niš; nightlife, shopping and fortresses of Belgrade; architecture and river views of Novi Sad; multicultural attractions of Subotica.

Day 1: Niš

    Medieval mosque built over Roman ruins inside fortress of Niš
Medieval mosque built over Roman ruins inside fortress of Niš
  • Niš is a fantastic stopover option if you're coming by rail from Bulgaria.

  • Learn about Serbian history at Čegar, the location of the Battle of Čegar Hill, and take in the panoramic views from the tower.

  • Explore Niš fortress, once an important stone fortress, now a park with monuments, cafes, and shops.


Niš is in the southeast of Serbia, making it an easy stopover into the Balkans. Though the city has an airport, most international flights arrive in Belgrade, which is less than 4 hours away by train.

Days 2 - 4: Belgrade

    Kalemegdan fortress
Kalemegdan fortress
  • Spend some time walking the grounds of the Belgrade Fortress - the views are beautiful and historically fascinating.

  • Soak up the atmosphere on Knez Mihailova Street, the capital’s main shopping street.

  • Visiting in summer? Head down to the river for an all-night party on board one of the many floating clubs.


There’s a train going from Niš to Belgrade at 03:30 AM which will give you an early start of your day. If that's a little too early, wait for the train shortly before 5 PM - the journey to the capital is just over 4 hours.

Days 5 - 6: Novi Sad

    Petrovaradin fortress in Novi Sad
Petrovaradin fortress in Novi Sad
  • Head to Danube’s Park for some fresh air. You'll find a pond, lots of trees, and tranquil walking paths.

  • Looking for a museum to visit? The Museum of Vojvodina is an art and history museum with thousands of items on display. 

  • Don’t miss the Petrovaradin Fortress in the nearby town of Petrovaradin - it has a famous clock tower and beautiful views of the Danube river.

Getting to Novi Sad by train from Belgrade is quick and easy. There are three daily trains between the two cities and the journey time is less than 90 minutes! The day trains don’t require advance reservations, but if you opt for the 9:50 PM train you need to reserve a seat in advance.

Day 7: Subotica

    House of architect Ferenc Raichle in Subotica
House of architect Ferenc Raichle in Subotica
  • Spend some time exploring the town of Subotica on foot.

  • The nearby lakeside town of Palić is also beautiful and easy to reach by public transport.

  • Visit a winery or sample local delicacies at Palić before heading back. Locals love the region’s famous fish stews.


There are three easy train connections to Subotica every day. The journey takes just over 2 hours, and you don’t need to reserve seats for the daytime journeys.

Is 1 week in Serbia enough for me?

1 Week in Serbia is ideal if you’re looking to get an overview of the country’s biggest cities. Serbia may not have the most advanced rail infrastructure, but with a Eurail Pass in hand you'll be able to travel between most attractions with ease!