BELGRADE'S ORIGINAL STATION CLOSED FROM 1 JULY 2018...

The original historic Belgrade station, as used by the Orient Express and well-located walking distance from the old town, closed permanently from 1 July 2018.  All trains now use Belgrade Centar station, apart from the international trains to/from Montenegro which use Belgrade Topcider station to the south of the city centre, see stations location & city map.  You can check times of trains in Serbia and leaving Belgrade for Budapest, Sofia or Montenegro using the journey planner at www.srbvoz.rs/eng/timetable.html.

  Belgrade's original main station - closed 30 June 2018

  Belgrade Centar station - now handling all trains except those to/from Montenegro

  Topcider station - used by trains to/from Montenagro

  Visiting Belgrade

A classic building from 1884, R.I.P...  Click for location & city map

Belgrade had a classic Balkan station, built in 1884 which closed permanently from 1 July 2018.  It was superbly located, just a 10 minute walk to the Knez Mihailova, the main pedestrianised street running through Belgrade's old town, although it was uphill.  Unlike most main stations in Europe, there was no overall roof - the concourse was open-air, although canopies covered the actual platforms.  See Wikipedia entry See map of Belgrade showing station.

Main entrance to Belgrade station, east side.   North exit from open-air concourse, Belgrade station

Belgrade station main entrance, on the east (platform 1) side of the station.  The ticket office was in here.

 

The building on the north side of the concourse.  The trains are behind the camera.

Main entrance to Belgrade station, east side.   Meal at Zelturist restaurant, Belgrade station

Belgrade station's open-air concourse.  The Zelturist restaurant was in the far right corner...

 

Dinner for 2.92 at the Zelturist restaurant at Belgrade station.  And yes, that included the beer!

Belgrade Centar station...

Belgrade Centar station is a modern station to the south of Belgrade main station, see location map.  It will become the new central station over the next couple of years, and ultimately the old station will close.  At present it's mostly used for secondary and local trains, mainline & international trains still leave from the classic station.  The station is largely underground, accessed by stairways down from street level.  The platforms sit below a concrete slab that will no doubt one day have a development above.  There is a small ticket office, but as yet few other facilities.

Belgrade Centar station

Belgrade Centar station.  Courtesy of Iain Henshaw.

Belgrade Topcider station...

From June 2018, the trains to and from Montenegro are using Belgrade Topcider station, located on the edge of Topcider Park, see location map.  It's 4.4 km south of the old historic Belgrade station, a 57-minute walk.  You can get there from the city centre or the old station on tram line 3 in 30-35 minutes.  A taxi will take 15 minutes and should cost around 5.50 according to www.worldtaximeter.com, but make sure the taxi driver knows where Topcider station is!  The station was destroyed in WW1 and rebuilt in 1931 with a royal waiitng room attrached.  The 1930s station was in turn destroyed in WW2, but the royal waiting room remains and is now the passenger hall, for its history see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top%C4%8Dider_railway_station.  When using the Serbian Railway timetable at www.srbvoz.rs/eng/timetable.html it is listed as plain Topcider.

Belgrade Topcider station

Topcider station in the evening, waiting for the sleeper train to Montenegro.  Courtesy of Angus Wheeler.

Hotels in Belgrade...

For a hotel in Belgrade, check out the historic Hotel Moskva.  Opened in 1906, anyone who is anyone who has visited Belgrade has stayed here, from British author Graham Green to Ethiopian emperor Haile Salassie.  It was used as Gestapo Headquarters in 1941-44.  It's ideally located 10 minutes walk from the station (uphill, so you're better taking a taxi if you have luggage), right in the centre of Belgrade at the end of the pedestrianised main street that leads to Belgrade fortress.  Immaculate rooms, friendly staff and a good cooked breakfast.  Book the Hotel Moskva.

Visiting the city...

Belgrade is not a typical tourist hotspot, but it's a very pleasant city with lots to interest the visitor.  Click for map of Belgrade.

Belgrade fortress, confluence of the Sava & Danube rivers   Belgrade Parliament building

Victor Plaza in Belgrade fortress, with a great view of the confluence of the Danube & Sava rivers.

 

Belgrade's parliament building...

Knez Mihailova street, Belgrade   Belgrade's rocket-damaged Ministry of Defence

Knez Mihailova is Belgrade's main pedestrianised shopping street, leading from the Moskva Hotel to the fortress.

 

In 2013, the Serbian Ministry of Defence still hadn't been repaired after NATO bombing in the 1990s conflict.

Marshall Tito's mausoleum is a little way south of central Belgrade.  Tito was Serbia's head of state between 1945 & 1980.  There's also a museum with many of the gifts which Tito received during his lifetime.

Tito's mausoleum, Belgrade   Tito's tomb


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