Destination Information: Belgrade, Serbia (BEG)

by Kerwin McKenzie on June 24, 2016

 

A few years ago, I did a trip Belgrade. A friend of mine was there for a meeting and he invited me to come hang out. It was pretty amazing. The city is interesting as lots of buildings look old on the outside, but on the inside they are fine. Some of them when you peek your head inside they are just like the outside too.

 

Belgrade Parliament Belgrade Parliament

 

 

The people were very friendly, but most speak little or no English. I still had a great time walking around and interacting with them though. I think you should take a visit and see for your self especially with Air Serbia having nonstop service now from JFK. Of course you can always connect over Abu Dhabi, UAE (AUH); Amsterdam (AMS); Athens, Greece (ATH); Doha, Qatar (DOH), Dubai, UAE (DXB); Frankfurt, Germany (FRA); Istanbul, Turkey (IST); Oslo, Norway (OSL); Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG); Split, Croatia (SPU); Warsaw, Poland (WAW) and Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) to name a few cities. You can see more connecting cities using the Airport Schedules tool at http://www.passrider.com/reservations/airport-schedules/.

 

 

This area of the world is rich in culture and beauty, but apart from Croatia is not visited much by the rest of the world, especially Americans. You should check out the other countries in the region as well: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia.

 

 

Belgrade, Serbia - flying over the city Belgrade, Serbia – flying over the city

 

 

Here’s some information about this fine city:

  • Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Belgrade, Serbia (BEG):Aegean Airlines (A3), Air Cairo (SM), Air Serbia (JU), Alitalia (AZ), Austrian Airlines (OS), Etihad Airways (EY), FlyDubai (FZ), Belavia Belarusian Airlines (B2), Croatia Airlines (OU), EasyJet (U2), ELLINAIR S.A. (EL), Germanwings (4U), LOT Polish (LO), Lufthansa (LH), Montenegro Airlines (YM), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), Pegasus Airlines (PC),  Qatar (QR), Swiss Airlines (LX), Tarom (RO), Tunisair (TU), Turkish Airlines (TK), Vueling (VY), Wizz Air (W6).
  • National Airline: Air Serbia (JU), formerly JAT Airways.
  • Airfare Tip: If looking for a low fare, book at the Web sites for the low cost carriers as you’ll more than likely get the best value there. Try my partner SkyScanner. Also Air Serbia just launched service on Airbus A330 from JFK to Belgrade.
  • Airport Lounges: Air Serbia Premium Lounge and The Business Lounge. You can refer to the LoungeBuddy App for more details.
  • Airport To The City: There is a local bus, the #72 and the #607 which takes you into the city. It’s a very popular bus by the locals and you get to see a part of the Serbian life as you drive in. You can find additional information at http://www.beg.aero/en/strana/8811/bus and I’ve also included a video I did when I visited a few years ago.

  • Airport Area Hotels – There are not really any hotels at the airport. So just head downtown to find a place to stay.

 

 

Food

There are many food places and local food to be had. Be sure and check out the local places and just try everything. I’ll tell you, the pastry is really good; go try it.

 

 

Belgrade, Serbia - passenger eating a sandwich on the tram Belgrade, Serbia – passenger eating a sandwich on the tram

 

 

Belgrade, Serbia - pastry Belgrade, Serbia – pastry

 

 

Belgrade, Serbia - more pastry Belgrade, Serbia – more pastry

 

 

How To Get Around

It’s quite easy to get around the city as you can walk or take the tram or bus. They do have old trams and new ones. Just get on a tram and ride the line. The city has a lot to discover.

 

 

Belgrade, Serbia - old tram in city Belgrade, Serbia – old tram in city

 

 

Belgrade, Serbia - new tram in city Belgrade, Serbia – new tram in city

 

 

 

 

Where to Stay

There accommodations in Belgrade are primarily local places. The top of the ladder is the Hotel Moskva in the center of the city. There are also a Crowne Plaza, Hyatt and a Radisson Blue. If you are up for a hostel you can find many here as well with differing accommodation options. You can also try these choices as well:

  • Airbnb – If you sign up for AirBnb using my link, you will get a $25 credit which you can use when you book.
  • Homestay – You can list your own home here similar to Airbnb and also find a place to stay.
  • Hotel Choices – Use this handy link to book hotels anywhere in Belgrade.

 

 

Hotel Moskva in Belgrade, Serbia Hotel Moskva in Belgrade, Serbia

 

 

Belgrade, Serbia - hostel Belgrade, Serbia – hostel

 

 

Things To Do in Belgrade:

The city sits on the banks for the beautiful Danube so you won’t be disappointed. I did a lot of walking as its a walking city. I’d walk from the city center to the Fortress at the other end. Here are some other things to take a look at. Whatever you do, you have to see the Fortress.

 

Here are some things to do in Belgrade from Lonely Planet. And also some blog posts from fellow travel bloggers to the area:

 

 

 

Belgrade, Serbia - city center Belgrade, Serbia – city center

 

 

Belgrade, Serbia - Wedding at the Russian Orthodox Chruch Belgrade, Serbia – Wedding at the Russian Orthodox Church

 

 

Belgrade, Serbia - Crossing the Danube on the new tram Belgrade, Serbia – Crossing the Danube on the new tram

 

 

Have you made it to Belgrade as yet? How did you like it?

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