A classic building from 1884.  Click for city map

Belgrade has a classic Balkan station, built in 1884.  Unlike most main stations in Europe, there is no overall roof - the concourse is open-air, although canopies cover the actual platforms.  From the station it's just a 10 minute walk to the Knez Mihailova, the main pedestrianised street running through Belgrade's old town, although it's uphill so you may want to take one of the taxis waiting outside.  See Wikipedia entry See map of Belgrade showing station.

You can check the times of trains in Serbia and leaving Belgrade for Budapest, Sofia or Montenegro using the journey planner at www.srbvoz.rs/eng/timetable.html.

Station location...

 

Buying tickets...

The ticket office is in the main building on the east (platform 1) side of the station.  It has a couple of separate windows for booking international  trains, to the left of the main ones.  Cash only, no credit cards.

Left luggage & ATMs...

There is an ATM inside the north building exit hall.  There is also a left luggage office at the station near platform 1 open 24 hours, see here for prices.  There's also a left luggage in the bus station across the road, open 07:00-22:00.

A meal or beer between trains...

There is a Zelturist cafe-restaurant in the far right corner of the open-air concourse as you stand with your back to the trains.  It's basic, but has unbelievably cheap set menus and cheap beer.  There are a couple of other cafes on the open-air concourse too, and several kiosks selling drinks and snacks for your journey.  There are more kiosks immediately outside the exit from the North building.

Belgrade Centar station...

Belgrade Centar station is to the south of Belgrade's original main station, it's supposed to become a new central station in the longer term.  However, at present it's only used for secondary and local trains, not for mainline or international trains.

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.

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 is in here.

 

The building on the north side of the concourse.  The ATM is in here.  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 is in the far right corner...

 

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

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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