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.  Train information updated for 2017.

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Information about Belgrade station

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 21
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 just 15

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 or to Munich from 54...

Option 1, by sleeper train...

Option 2, by direct daytime train...

Belgrade to Munich & Germany from 54...

Option 1, by sleeper train, then day train...

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

Belgrade to Paris & London...

Belgrade to 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


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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 to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

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        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 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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