Arriving in Destination
Nikola Tesla Airport (Belgrade) A taxi to central Belgrade (18km) should cost around 1800DIN. Buses (89DIN to 150DIN) and minibuses (300DIN) connect the airport to town.
Zagreb Airport (Croatia) Airlines bus (30KN) leaves from the airport every half-hour or hour from about 4.30am to 8pm. Taxis to the centre cost between 110KN and 200KN (20 minutes).
Sarajevo International Airport (Bosnia & Hercegovina) Airport buses run roughly hourly (5km, €2.50, 30 minutes) with last services at 9.10pm, 10.23pm and 11.40pm. Taxis should cost less than €10 to the Old Town.
Skopje Alexander the Great Airport (Macedonia) The Vardar Express bus runs to the city centre and its schedule is timed to coincide with flight arrivals. A taxi costs 1200MKD.
Podgorica Airport (Montenegro) Taxis charge an average €10 fare for the 9km to central Podgorica. There are no buses.
Getting There & Away
The Balkans is a piece of cake to get to from almost anywhere in the world: take a flight to a Western European hub, then get a cheap connection to wherever you want to start and you’re there. Alternatively, jump on a train, bus or boat.
Flights, tours and rail tickets can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.
Moving between countries of the region is relatively easy. The only border that can be a bit of trouble is that between Serbia and Kosovo; always check what the situation is before attempting to cross.
Otherwise, remember which countries are Schengen and EU and which are neither. At the time of writing, only Slovenia and Croatia are part of the Schengen region. Check out the latest situation.
Expect delays crossing borders towards the coast in summer. Some crossings don’t have ATMs or exchange facilities, so make sure you have cash on hand.