Belgrade – The starting point of each of your journeys

The capital of Serbia has become one of the most popular tourist destinations over the past decade thanks to its good connections with the rest of Europe and low prices. But did you know what other places near Belgrade you can visit within 2 hours drive or less? That’s why we give you the list of the most popular day trips from Belgrade.

1) Smederevo

Only a one-hour drive from Belgrade is located in the city of Smederevo which is the administrative center of the Podunavski district. Its location is quite interesting since it is bordered by two rivers – the Danube on the north, Velika Morava on the east, and Sumadija hills overlooking the city. Visit the famous Smederevo fortress from the 15th century which once used to be one of the biggest medieval fortresses in Europe. Don’t miss the White Palace of the Obrenovic dynasty which is actually the last Serbian medieval court and St George’s temple in the very heart of the city. Smederevo is also the city of wine and you can taste these wines in the so-called Wine City Park near the main square. The tiny wine houses are built from authentic barrels several hundred years old and the ‘streets’ in the park are named after authentic wines.


How to get to Smederevo:

By bus: Buses from Belgrade to Smederevo depart every 15-30 minutes and the journey lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes.

2) Novi Sad

The second largest city in Serbia is definitely one of those cities that never sleep – great parties and cheap prices, what more could you ask for? But besides the wild nightlife, there are many landmarks you need to visit. Novi Sad Synagogue is the second largest synagogue in Europe, right after the one in Budapest. Zmaj Jovina Street is the main promenade in the city center, followed by numerous outdoor cafes and shops. At the crossing with Danube Street is located the oldest house in Novi Sad, built in 1720 and today is actually an Irish Pub. Don’t forget to visit Petrovaradin Fortress and its distinctive Clock tower which was once used to indicate guard change. You’ll also find there the Museum of Novi Sad which offers the possibility to walk through old underground military tunnels which once served as protection from invaders. Today Petrovaradin Fortress also serves as a venue for the famous EXIT festival.

How to get to Novi Sad:

By bus: Every 15-20 buses depart from Belgrade bus station to Novi Sad, first leaving at 03:50 and the last one at 00:00
By train: There are 13 departures in total from Belgrade train station to Novi Sad and the journey lasts around 1 hour and 40 minutes. The price of a single ticket is 288 RSD and the price of a return ticket is 460 RSD (3.78€)

3) NP Fruska Gora

Not very far from Novi Sad is National park Fruska Gora, one of the best places for those who enjoy their free time hiking and enjoying nature. The park is known for numerous monasteries, built in the period from the 15th to 18th century. Visit some of the most popular such as Vrdnik, located at the entrance of the homonymous village, Kovilj, and Jazak monastery. Take a break at one of the lakes of Fruska Gora where you can both swim and fish. The park also has several resorts where you can have a picnic or even camp.

4) NP Djerdap

National park Djerdap is yet another natural gem in Serbia, only a 2-hour drive from Belgrade. The main attraction of NP Djerdap is the so-called Djerdapska leisure, the most immense gorge in Europe on the Danube river. There are numerous activities that you can do in NP Djerdap, among which are hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, and many more. Visit the famous Golubac Fortress on the cliff above the lake. Golubac has also become a sailing site over the years, so if you’re lucky enough, you can see a sailing regatta, traditionally held during August.

How to get to NP Djerdap:

If you want an organized day trip, check online day trips by bus to NP Djerdap or you can book a boat cruise on the Danube from Belgrade to Djerdap.

5) Silver Lake

Silver Lake (Srebrno jezero in Serbian) is one of the most popular resorts for a day trip from Belgrade. The above-mentioned Golubac Fortress is in the vicinity of this lake, so if you want to visit more places in one day, we recommend connecting these two sites if you have your own car. Silver Lake has an irregular arch shape and it is 14 kilometers long the water is crystal clear which makes it perfect for carefree swimming. The lake has been mostly used for fishing but in the past several years, it became popular among tourists despite its lack of accommodation since there is just one hotel near the lake now. The lake will develop economically in the next several years, especially because the local community built a tennis court at the beginning of this year.

How to get to Silver Lake:

By bus: Silver Lake is situated near the town of Veliko Gradiste and buses from Belgrade to Veliko Gradiste depart from the main bus station 4 times a day. The price of a one-way ticket is 885 RSD (1420 RSD for a return ticket, approx. 11€). The journey lasts around 2 hours.

6) Timisoara, Romania

If you are feeling particularly adventurous, then crossing the border shouldn’t be a problem. Timisoara is often called the Little Wien thanks to numerous parks, flowers, and green areas such as Roses Park, Botanic Park, and Poporului Park. This charming Romanian city is also a place to try diverse and delicious food. Whether you want to try Italian, Serbian, Hungarian, German, or Romanian cuisine, Timisoara has them all. And the best thing is – the prices are ridiculously low.

How to get to Timisoara:

By train: There is one departure to Timisoara from Belgrade and the return ticket costs around 14€, but it departs in the early afternoon so we advise renting a car and you will probably get there faster too (it takes approx. 2.5 hours of drive).

7) Budapest, Hungary

Traveling from Belgrade in Serbia to Budapest the Hungarian capital by bus is possible. There are a number of direct departures (without any bus change) from Belgrade to Budapest. The travel time between the two cities is approximately 6 hours for around 390 km to 400 km long route. Though there are other travel options which one can use to travel from Belgrade to Budapest, by using the bus Belgrade to Budapest service one can save a good amount of money.

If you have decided to travel by bus to Belgrade Budapest, then you should consider making necessary arrangements for your stay beforehand only. If you are looking for the best way by which you can visit all the tourist attractions in Budapest, then you should consider taking a tourist bus or you can go for a walk on the beautiful Budapestian streets and explore the beauty of the Hungarian capital on your own.

CHEAP BUS TICKETS FROM BELGRADE TO BUDAPEST
Taking a coach from Belgrade to Budapest is the best and cheapest travel option. Taking a bus from Belgrade to Budapest is easier and cost-efficient. If you have decided to travel by bus and have made bookings, then you should consider visiting BAS bus station an hour before the bus departure time in order to make sure that you catch the bus for sure. Budapest, the Hungarian capital is also said to be the “Paris of the East”. This very city is home to a number of world heritage sites. Budapest is well-known all around the globe for its thermal springs and stunning architecture. Some thermal springs are famous for curing diseases and are used for therapeutic purposes.

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