Daily budget Basic €25 /occasional treat €35 Drink Beer (half-litre) €1 Food Pljeskavica (hamburger) €1–2 Hostel/budget hotel €12/€35 Travel Bus: Belgrade–Novi Sad €6; train: Belgrade–Niš €7
Crime and personal safety
The crime rate, even in Belgrade, is low by European standards, though the usual precautions apply. Identity checks are not uncommon, so carry a photocopy of your passport.
Police 92; Ambulance 94; Fire 93; Road assistance 987.
Pharmacies (apoteka) tend to follow shop hours of around Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 8am to 3pm.
All the towns covered here have a tourist information office (turističke informacije), stocking some good-quality materials in English. Another good source of information is In Your Pocket (www.inyourpocket.com), which currently publishes both print and online guides to Belgrade, Novi Sad and Niš.
www.belgradeeye.com Excellent English-language site aimed at younger visitors; includes information on a fast-changing club scene.
www.b92.net Venerable broadcasting station and the driving force behind anti-Milošević demonstrations during the 1990s; it remains the country‘s most newsworthy site.
www.serbia.travel Official tourist board site.
Wi-fi is available in a good number of cafés, though you will be expected to buy a drink. Internet cafés are not so common, but where you do find one, expect to pay around 100din per hour.
Stamps (markice) can also be bought at newsstands. Most post offices (pošta) are open Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm.
Money and banks
The currency is the dinar (usually abbreviated to din), comprising coins of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20din (and also 50 para coins – 100 para equals 1din), and notes of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 1000 and 5000din. At the time of writing exchange rates were €1 = 110din, £1 = 130din, and US$1 = 85din. Exchange offices (menjačnica) are everywhere, while ATMs are widely available in towns. Credit/debit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
Opening hours and holidays
Most shops open Monday to Friday 8am to 7/8pm (sometimes with a break for lunch), plus Saturday 8am to 2pm, and sometimes later in Belgrade. Most museums are open Tuesday to Sunday 9/10am to 5/6pm. Shops and banks close on public holidays: January 1, 2 and 7, February 15, and May 1 and 2. The Orthodox Church celebrates Easter between one and five weeks later than the other churches.
Public phones use Halo cards, sold with 300din and 600din credit at post offices, kiosks and tobacconists.
Everything you need to know before you set off.
Travel offers; book through Rough Guides
Planning your trip to Serbia
Everything you need to plan where to go and what to do.
The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.
10 great winter destinations in Central and Eastern Europe
Forget the plummeting temperatures and long dark nights, winter is a hugely rewarding season in which to visit Central and Eastern Europe. Frozen rivers, frosty…28 Nov 2016 • Jonathan Bousfield insert_drive_file Article
8 reasons why Belgrade is Europe’s hidden highlight
Serbia’s capital is always on the move – a constantly changing scene of new bars and restaurants alongside old favourites. After a scorching hot summer, tem…30 Sep 2015 • Mary Novakovich insert_drive_file Article
The best hostels in Europe
Taken from the Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget, here's our pick of the best hostels in Europe. Europe presents an irresistible challenge to the budget trav…04 Mar 2015 • Site Editor insert_drive_file Article