Zagreb to Sarajevo by train
 

Zagreb to Sarajevo by train...

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No direct Zagreb-Sarajevo train at the moment...

Until December 2016 there was a daily direct train between Zagreb and Sarajevo, a journey of some 496 km or 308 miles.  It used some very old and basic communist-era carriages, but was just about to become a modern Bosnian Talgo train when a disagreement arose between Croatian and Bosnian railways.  As a result of that disagreement there's currently no direct train at all between Zagreb & Sarajevo, until or unless those jokers at Croatian Railways get their act together.  Bosnia is now cut off from the rest of the European rail network.

But here's the solution...

However, it's still easy to travel from Zagreb to Sarajevo by train, with a brief 14km taxi ride between the Croatian border at Hrvatska Kostajnica and a Bosnian town called Dobrljin.  It's cheap, scenic, and no prior reservation is needed, it cannot sell out, you can just up and go.  I explain how to do it below.

With thanks to travellers Patricia Pater & Giles Baker.  If you travel this way & have feedback or get any photos of Croatian or Bosnian trains or scenery, I'd love to hear from you.

Zagreb ► Sarajevo

Sarajevo ► Zagreb

Route map...

Zagreb to Sarajevo train route map

 

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Highlighted = Zagreb to Sarajevo train route.

Green = scenic sections of line

Reproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

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Complete train times between Banja Luka & Sarajevo...

If you want to stop off in Banja Luka, no problem.  Two modern Bosnian Talgo trains link Banja Luka & Doboj with Sarajevo every day.  The timetable is shown below.  You can check current times at the Bosnian Railways site www.zfbh.ba, look for the TRAIN TIMETABLE link at upper left.

 Banja Luka ► Sarajevo   

 

 Sarajevo ► Banja Luka   

 Train number:

715

713

 Train number:

712

714

 

daily

daily

 

daily

daily

 Banja Luka depart:

05:35

17:55

 Sarajevo depart:

06:30

16:00

 Doboj depart:

07:13

19:25

 Doboj arrive:

09:44

19:14

 Sarajevo arrive:

10:48

22:40

 Banja Luka arrive:

11:13

20:46

The Dobrljin - Banja Luka local train...

Doblrijn station   Local train at Doblrijn

Dobrljin station. Courtesy Giles Baker.

 

The local train from Dobrljin to Banja Luka.  Courtesy Giles Baker.

 The Banja Luka - Sarajevo Talgo train...

After years of using ancient communist-era carriages, Bosnian Railways have invested in smart modern Spanish-designed Talgo trains.  Hauled by a full-size electric locomotive, these excellent Talgos are a pleasure to travel in.  Each car is significantly smaller than a conventional railway carriage and is articulated to the next car with just one axle (two wheels) beneath each articulation.  Lightweight, with a low centre of gravity, these Talgo trains do less damage to the track, too.  Photos in this section are courtesy of Steven Clays, Dominique McClean, Joe Grey, Krzysztof Sokol.

Talgo train at Sarajevo station

A Bosnian Talgo train at Sarajevo station.  Photo courtesy of Dominique McLean.

2nd class seats on a Bosnian Talgo train to Sarajevo   1st class seats on a Bosnian Talgo train

2nd class seats on the Sarajevo to Mostar Talgo train.

 

1st class seats on the Talgo train.

Bar car on a Bosnian Talgo train   Talgo train at Sarajevo

Looking through to the bar car...

 

Boarding a Talgo train at Sarajevo...

Sarajevo station...

There is no bureau de change, ATM or left luggage facility at the station.  However, there's a left luggage office inside the nearby bus station and an ATM outside the bus station.  Left luggage costs 2 BAM per item for the first hour, 1 BAM per item for each following hour.  To reach the bus station, walk out of the station and turn right, walk in front of the Post Office and turn right again, and there's the bus station in front of you.  There is tram stop right outside the station, and tram number 1 runs in a loop to the centre of the old town and back, passing the Latin Bridge, site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914. Tickets are available from kiosks at the tram stop, and must be stamped when you board the tram.  With thanks to traveller Ivor Morgan...

Sarajevo station, exterior

Sarajevo station exterior...  Photo courtesy of Joe Grey.

Sarajevo station, interior   Talgo train at Sarajevo

Inside Sarajevo station.  Courtesy Krzysztof Sokol

 

Talgo train at Sarajevo.

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  Zagreb to other European cities by train

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