Information about Serbia

Visa regime

Citizens of most countries do not need a visa to enter Serbia. For a complete list of contries and visa regimes, check the Consular affairs page at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs site.

Serbia does not have restrictions on the amount of money that can be imported to the country. However, if you would return back more than 2000 EUR then you should declare it upon arrival. For more information check the customs formalities page

Currency & credit cards

Official currency in Serbia is the Dinar (RSD). Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 Dinars, Banknotes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 1000 and 5000 Dinars. (Banknotes in circulation)

There are numerous exchange offices across Novi Sad (and most of the other cities), which usually do not charge the commission.

For exchange rate information you can check the daily updated Exchange Rate List on the official site of the National Bank of Serbia.

All major credit cards are accepted. However, Master card and Visa are more widely present than the others. ATMs are widely spread across the city streets and walking areas in Novi Sad.

Area Codes

The phone code for Serbia is +381, for Belgrade (0)11, for Novi Sad (0)21, for Niš (0)18 etc. For international calls from Serbia dial 00 (or + on mobile phones) followed by the code of the desired country

Time zone

Central European Time (CET), UTC+1. The same time as in Amsterdam, Budapest, Berlin, Rome, Copenhagen, Brussels, Madrid, Paris.

In the summer, Central European Summer Time (CEST) applies, with UTC+2.

How to get here

By Plane

The closest airport to Novi Sad is in Belgrade (70 km away), which is served by major European flight-carriers and several low-cost carriers. Daily departures and arrivals are available with European countries. Viable alternatives are the airports in Budapest (Hungary) and Niš (Serbia), both of which are about 300km away.

When you arrive to the Belgrage (or other) airport you can easily get to Novi Sad. You can preorder a (private, direct, with fixed price) transfer from the airports to Novi Sad (please arrange it with your hosts or find the service on the internet), or you can use the regular buses and trains to get to Novi Sad.

More info about getting to Novi Sad by plane, including flight schedules, and a more detailed guide.

More links:
the official site of the Belgrade airport.
The national carrier Air Serbia
Traveling In Serbia By Plane (National Association of Travel Agencies).

By Train 

Novi Sad is on the international railway route Vienna - Budapest - Belgrade - Istanbul (Novi Sad is between Budapest and Belgrade). From Belgrade (70 km away) there are also railway routes to Timişoara and Bucharest (Romania) as well as to Zagreb (Croatia), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and further to Italy and Austria.

The train station in Belgrade is next to the coach (bus) station.

For more information on international train schedule to/from Novi Sad and Belgrade visit www.bahn.de.

More info on Serbian Railways (timetables) and Traveling In Serbia By Train (National Association of Travel Agencies).

Trains from Belgrade to Novi Sad 

There is a regular train line to Novi Sad. The train ticket is around 3 EUR.

As of 2017, there are two train stations in Belgrade, the new one is called "Center", but is also known locally as "Prokop", and it handles most of the local trains. It is away from the city center (although the name suggest differently), and sadly not very well connected (at least at the time of writing this). Try to avoid it if you like simple routes.

Direct trains from Belgrade to Novi Sad timetable (last checked February 2018):

Belgrade Old station

Train number Departure Arrival Travel time Type
344 07:35 08:59 01:24 I
23402 10:00 11:43 01:43 R
342 11:25 12:57 01:32 B
23406 15:00 16:43 01:43 R
23406 19:23 21:12 01:49 R
340 21:40 23:10 01:30 B

Belgrade Center ("Prokop")

Train number Departure Arrival Travel time Type
1740 04:38 06:23 01:45 B
22400 05:48 07:21 01:33 R
1742 06:56 08:31 01:35 B
22402 08:06 09:34 01:28 R
1744 08:59 10:40 01:41 B
1746 13:02 14:28 01:26 B
1840 16:59 18:33 01:34 B
1750 18:14 19:51 01:37 B
23408 20:59 22:32 01:33 R

B Bussiness (fast) train
R Regular (traveler) train
I Inter City train

By Bus (Coach) 

There is a regular coach line to Novi Sad from almost every major city in Europe.

Also note that there is a regular coach line Belgrade - Novi Sad every 30 mins in average. The ticket is 6-8 EUR, depending on the coach company.

Novi Sad Bus Station

Belgrade Bus Station

More info on Traveling In Serbia By Bus (National Association of Travel Agencies).

By Car 

Novi Sad is on the main highway E75 Budapest - Belgrade, 350km from Budapest and 70km from Belgrade. Novi Sad is also near the highway E70 Belgrade - Zagreb (Croatia). For more info check out the route planner and maps on ViaMichelin.com.

More info (includeing a list of border crossings) on Traveling In Serbia By Car (National Association of Travel Agencies).

By Boat 

Novi Sad is on the boat-route Rhein-Main-Danube. This route connects nine countries and six European capitals.