1. When is the best time to visit Serbia?
The best time to visit Serbia is when snow, rain, and slush have stopped. April onwards things start to heat up, with highs of 17°C perfect for taking in the cultural highlights. With the Dinaric Alps, trekkers might want to wait until the summer, when temperatures can hit the high 20s, but these are the mountains, so always be prepared for wind chill and rain, albeit in summer thunderstorm bursts. Rain is highest in May- June throughout the country. Festival highlights include Dragačevo Trumpet Festival, with gypsy brass bands in Guča every Aug, Belgrade Music Festival in Oct, just in time for the wine harvest, and EXIT Music Festival in July.
2. What currency does Serbia have?
The official currency of Serbia is the Dinar. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels and shops, and nearly all ATMs accept international bank cards. Currency exchange in Belgrade (including at Belgrade Airport) accept Sterling, US Dollars and Euros.
British banks don’t generally exchange Dinars. You should exchange any unwanted Dinars before you leave Serbia. You should only change money through banks or official exchange offices and not through street dealers. You will be unable to exchange Scottish and Northern Irish banknotes in Serbia.
3. Does Serbia airport have Wi-Fi?
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport offers unlimited free wireless internet connection to all passengers. Free Wi-Fi is available to passengers in both terminals, check-in counters, A and C concourses, gates, corridors in front of the waiting rooms and the arrivals area.
4. What is the language in Serbia?
Serbian is the standardized variety of the Serbo-Croatian language, which belongs in the family of Slavic languages. It has two official scripts, Latin and Cyrillic, and both are widely used.
Most young people in Belgrade speak relatively good English. The older generations normally know some German, sometimes Russian and French.
Here are some of the words that you need to know in the Indonesian language.
a. Hello - Zdravo
b. Good morning - Dobro jutro
c. Taxi - taksi
d. Bus - autobus
e. Train - voz
5. Can I use my phone and the internet?
Having a local SIM card will help you stay connected and save money. Serbia is not part of EU countries - so new rules on roaming and Internet rates do not apply here... Many mobile phone users suffer so-called “bill shock” from using mobile phones and the internet while holidaying in Serbia. Check your carrier's roaming calls and data transfer rates before coming to Serbia!
If you are a tourist and you need the local phone number for internet and calls you have 2 solutions :
1 - Rent mobile phone with Prepaid SIM card
2 - Buy Prepaid SIM card
If you need just the internet – a solution can be Renting the WI-FI Mobile Hotspot
Renting a local mobile phone or baying a Prepaid SIM card in Belgrade, Serbia is simple and affordable. You do not need an ID or passport and to have a Serbian address.
6. Time Difference
The United Arab Emirates is 2 hours ahead of Serbia
7. Getting Around Belgrade
The public transportation system in Belgrade includes several trams, trolley and bus lines, as well as a city railway line from the Pančevo Bridge to Zemun. There are four types of tickets: monthly (for residents), credit (refilled on most larger kiosks), and one trip (bought at kiosks or the vehicle driver’s).
There are several taxi companies and associations in Belgrade. Avoid the ones stationed at the airport, since they tend to charge the double. The regular fare from the airport to the city should be around 10 to 15 €.
Belgrade doesn't have Uber, but it does have the local version known as CarGo, which is likely the safest, cheapest and most convenient way to get across town and especially to or from the airport.
Tram 2 connects Belgrade Fortress with Trg Slavija and the bus stations.
Belgrade Centar (Prokop) train station is connected by bus 36 with Trg Slavija and the bus stations, and by trolleybus 40 or 41 with the city center.
Zemun is a 45-minute walk from central Belgrade (across Brankov Most, along Nikole Tesle and the Kej Oslobođenja waterside walkway). Alternatively, take bus 15 or 84 from Zeleni Venac market.
On summer weekends, bus 400 runs from Voždovac bus stop to the top of Mt Avala.
By Bicycle - There are about 65 kilometers of cycling paths in the city, mostly on the river shores, the Sava lake, and in New Belgrade. Belgrade is located on the European Eurovelo 6 and 11 cycling routes. However, the old town is not very bicycle-friendly, due to chaotic traffic on the streets and narrow sidewalks.
8. Wonderful Souvenirs You Can Only Buy in Serbia
a. Frula - You don’t need to be a virtuoso musician to enjoy the simple pleasures of the frula. Also known as the svirala, the frula is a small wooden flute with six holes, and you play it by blowing through one end. It isn’t a complex instrument, but it is influential enough to be the instrument of choice for shepherds herding their flocks.
b. Sirogojno sweater - It might not look like the most fashionable item on the planet, but sometimes comfort is more important than aesthetics. That is particularly true in the Serbian mountains, so it is little surprise that jumpers from Sirogojno have become so popular in recent years. The focus is on quality and authenticity and both objectives are achieved, although all you’ll think about is the immense comfort in the winter months.
c. Čokanjčiči - You are inevitably going to want to take some rakija home, but we do not advise trying to cart liters of the stuff through customs. Best to pick up some čokanjčiči, tiny bottles of the stuff that are as visually endearing as they are potable. You can get plenty of them, too, meaning you can make multiple flavors of the good stuff home as opposed to a liter of unnecessarily strong plum rakija.
d. Pirotski Ćilim - Not everyone will want to carry a carpeted home with them, even less those who travel to Serbia with hand luggage alone, but those with a little extra cash and space should think about picking up one of the most important traditional handicrafts in the country. The best rugs can be found in the eastern town of Pirot, but there are numerous places in Belgrade to pick up the red rugs too.
e. Ajvar - is a meal still a meal if ajvar isn’t included? That isn’t an entirely serious question, but the importance of the red stuff to meals in Serbia is clear to all who visit. The red pepper condiment is almost as important as water (but not quite as important as rakija) to the Serbs, and there is no better place to pick some up. Bonus points if you manage to buy some homemade from the market.
f. Gusle - Sticking with musical instruments, how about picking up a gusle? It might not seem possible for an instrument with one string to be difficult to play, but just you wait until you strap this on. The gusle is a ubiquitous presence where epic poetry is being told, but it is just as engaging in the corner of a living room, an unusual reminder of a visit to Europe’s most confusing country.