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, to/from Skopje & Thessaloniki and the summer-only direct train to/from Sofia 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 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

The original station from 1884, now closed...  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.

Belgrade Centar stationBelgrade's new main station...

Belgrade Centar station is an ugly modern station several kilometres to the south of Belgrade's original main station, see city & station location map.  It is the new central station now that the old station has closed, and it's sometimes known locally as Prokop.  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 but is currently empty space.  You can read more about the Belgrade Centar station project at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgrade_Centre_railway_stationFeedback & photos would be appreciated.

The station has 10 tracks (only 9 of which have a platform as one is a through line), there are toilets, an ATM and a small ticket office adjacent to platform 10, but as yet few other facilities.

Tip:  There are no shops at Belgrade Centar, so stock up for the journey in town when leaving from Belgrade.  Ideally, have some Serbian dinars with you when arriving by train for the bus or taxi to the city centre.

A taxi between Belgrade Centar & the Hotel Moskva on the edge of the old town takes 13 minutes and costs around 644 dinars (5.50), see www.taxifarefinder.com/main.php?city=Taxify-Taxi-Belgrade-Serbia.

Bus 36 runs a circular route linking Beograd Centar and the old station nearer the old town.  The fare 150 dinars (1.25) paid in cash and runs every 20 minutes (alternately clockwise or anticlockwise around the route).

Belgrade Centar platform & ticket office   Belgrade Centar station entrance

Platform 10, with ticket office up those steps.  Photos courtesy of Peter Binnersley.

 

The station entrance at street level.  A concrete slab with a station underneath it.

Belgrade Centar station

Belgrade Centar station.  Courtesy of Iain Henshaw.

Belgrade Topcider stationFor trains to Montenegro & Sofia...

From June 2018, the trains to and from Montenegro and the summer-only direct train to/from Sofia are using Belgrade Topcider station, located on the edge of Topcider Park, see city & station location map.  The station was destroyed in WW1 and rebuilt in 1931 with a royal waiting room attached.  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.

Getting to Topcider on foot, by tram or by taxi...

It's 4.4 km south of the old historic Belgrade station, a 57-minute walk.

Tram line 3 links the city centre and area near the old station with Topcider station in 30-35 minutes, fare 150 dinars.  The tram allegedly takes contactless MasterCard/Maestro or you can buy tram tickets from local shops.  Unfortunately, the shop near the Topcider tram stop doesn't sell tram tickets.  At Topcider, the tram stop is just across the road from the station, if you are arriving by train and taking the tram into the city you want the far platform on the side away from the station.

A taxi from central Belgrade to Topcider station takes 15-20 minutes and should cost around 5.50 according to www.worldtaximeter.com.  Just make sure the taxi driver knows where Topcider station is!

Station facilities...

There are few facilities at Topcider.  There is a small ticket office, located in a separate building roughly 100m from the station building and marked only with a fairly small sign above the entrance door, see the photo below.  There is a rustic restaurant adjacent to the ticket office, although the restaurant's name, website (if any) and opening hours are not known.  There is no ATM, so have currency with you.  There's a well-stocked shop across the road at the tram stop.

Belgrade Topcider station

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

Belgrade Topcider station, seen from street   No 3 tram to and from Topcider

Topcider station, seen from the street.  Photos courtesy of Peter Binnersley.

 

No.3 tram links Topcider with the city, the tram stop is across the road from Topcider station.

Tram stop outside Topcider station

The tram stop at Topcider station.  You know it's the right stop when you spot the yellow shop on the left as tram 3 pulls into this tram stop from Belgrade city centre.  Courtesy Simon Forth.

Belgrade Topcider ticket office   Topcider restaurant

Tiopcider ticket office, a separate building about 100m from the station building.  Photos courtesy of Pawel Stepniewski.

 

The rustic restaurant next to the ticket office.  Courtesy Pawel Stepniewski.

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 was ideally located 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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