Main entrance to Belgrade station, east side.
 

Belgrade's historic station...

This page explains how to travel by train from Belgrade to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets.  Click here to for journeys starting in another city.

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       Train information is current for 2017.

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...


Belgrade to Zagreb & Ljubljana from €25...
2nd class seats in a Serbian air-conditioned train   The train from Belgrade to Zagreb & Zurich, about to leave Belgrade

The Belgrade to Zagreb train about to leave Belgrade.  Above left, 2nd class seats.


Belgrade to Sarajevo & Bosnia...

Belgrade to Sofia for €22
Morning train from Belgrade to Skopje   1st class compartment on day train from Belgrade to Skopje

The morning train from Belgrade...

 

An old but comfortable compartment.


Belgrade to Istanbul for €50

Belgrade to Skopje for €24
Morning train from Belgrade to Skopje   1st class compartment on day train from Belgrade to Skopje

The morning train from Belgrade to Skopje...

 

Old but comfortable 1st class compartment.


Belgrade to Thessaloniki & Athens...
The Macedonian couchette car on the Belgrade to Thessaloniki train   A 6-berth couchette compartment on the Belgrade to Thessaloniki train

The Belgrade-Thessaloniki night train has a Macedonian couchette car, though no sleeper.  But it's comfortable enough, and seldom full, see the photos below, courtesy of traveller Tom Whitehead.  Clean sheets, pillow and blanket are provided.  You'll probably find fellow travellers from Germany, the Netherlands, Australia or Britain on board.

A 6-berth couchette compartment on the Belgrade to Thessaloniki train   The Macedonian couchette car on the Belgrade to Thessaloniki train
Parnassus mountains seen from the Thessaloniki-Athens train

View of the Parnassus mountains from the Thessaloniki-Athens InterCity train.  Courtesy of Laurent Faurite.


Belgrade to Podgorica, Bar & Montenegro for €21

Belgrade to Budapest for €15.   Belgrade to Prague from €34...

If you're going to Prague...

If you're going to Bratislava...

The daytime train Ivo Andric...

Serbian air-conditioned coach   1st class seats in a Serbian air-conditioned train

Above:  The Serbian EuroCity train between Belgrade & Budapest at Budapest Keleti.  Just €15!

The overnight train Beograd...

A Serbian sleeping-car on the Belgrade to Budapest train   Serbian 2-bed sleeper   Serbian 6-berth couchettes

The Belgrade to Budapest sleeper, arrived at Budapest Keleti...

 

Serbian 2-bed sleeper...

 

6-berth couchettes...


Belgrade to Bucharest & Romania...

Belgrade to Vienna from €34...

Option 1, by direct daytime train...

Option 2, by sleeper train...

A Serbian sleeping-car on the Belgrade to Budapest train   Serbian 2-bed sleeper   Serbian 6-berth couchettes

The Belgrade to Budapest sleeper, arrived at Budapest Keleti...

 

Serbian 2-bed sleeper...

 

6-berth couchettes...


Belgrade to Salzburg, Munich, Berlin & Germany from €54...

Option 1, by daytime train to Budapest then sleeper train to Berlin or Munich...

Option 2, by sleeper train to Budapest, then day train to Munich, Berlin & Germany...

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Vienna...


Belgrade to Zurich & Switzerland...

Option 1, via the excellent Zagreb-Zurich sleeper...

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

The Zagreb-Zurich sleeping-car:  The modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car from Zagreb to Zurich has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor.  It's identical to the Zagreb-Munich sleeper, see the Croatian sleeper video.

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Vienna...

Option 3, via the Budapest-Zurich sleeper...


Belgrade to Trieste, Venice, Rome & Italy...

Belgrade to Italy by train via Ljubljana, Trieste, Venice - the cheapest & easiest option for Venice & most of Italy...


Belgrade to London...

Belgrade to Paris, Brussels & Amsterdam...

By train to Zagreb, comfortable sleeper train Lisinski to Munich, then onward trains...

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Zagreb to Munich, at Zagreb main station   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb

The Lisinski from Zagreb to Munich.  This is sleeping-car on the Lisinski at Zagreb.  The modern air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car of the Lisinski from Zagreb to Munich has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth room, with toilets at the end of the corridor, see the Croatian sleeper video.

4-berth couchettes on Munich to Zagreb train   Couchette car on Munich to Zagreb train, at Munich

The couchette car on the Lisinski has modern air-conditioned 6-berth and 4-berth compartments.  Above right, the westbound train is seen boarding at Zagreb. See panorama photo.


Belgrade to Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm...

By daytime train to Budapest, sleeper train to Berlin, day trains to Copenhagen...


Belgrade to Warsaw, Krakow & Moscow...
One of Russian Railways new international sleeping-cars   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

The direct sleeping-car from Sofia & Belgrade to Moscow is a brand new Austrian-built one owned by Russian Railways.  Each compartment converts from comfortable sofas to equally comfortable beds and can be used as either 1st class 2-berth with two lower berths or as 2nd class 4-berth with all four berths in use.  There are a shower and toilets at the end of the corridor.  Compartments have electronic key-card locks, and the cars are very smooth-riding.  The sleeper attendant can serve lovely Russian tea for around €0.50 a glass.  Highly recommended!


Find hotels in Belgrade & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Get a spare credit card, designed for travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

 


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