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Overview

Serbia and Montenegro, both provinces of the former Yugoslavia, offer a wide variety of lovely landscapes and a rich cultural heritage.

Serbia and Montenegro, both provinces of the former Yugoslavia, offer a wide variety of lovely landscapes and a rich cultural heritage.

Beograd, one of Europe’s oldest cities, is serviced by international trains, which connect the Serbian capital to Budapest (7 hours), Sofia (9 hours), Vienna (11 hours), Thessaloniki and Athens (22 hours), and Istanbul (23 hours). Obviously, this is not high-speed train travel, and rail riders should anticipate a bit of an adventure—a charming one, but an adventure nonetheless. Yes, train travel is safe, but consider schedules merely an indication, never a commitment.

The same holds true for domestic lines within Serbia and Montenegro. Though Serbian Railways are striving to achieve higher standards, comfort is, at best, decent, and nothing like what you’ll find in Western Europe. The most popular line, linking Beograd and Bar, takes a good eight hours. So you may want to pass the time indulging in the classic restaurant cars found on long-distance trains.

Best choice, especially for those journeying the entire Balkan region, is to go with a Balkan pass. And, though not compulsory, we highly recommend booking your seat in advance (international and domestic long distance services). You can do so at the train station, one month to a few hours prior to your departure. It costs a few euros for a seat, more if you’d like a couchette or a sleeping car. Unfortunately, Rail Europe can’t reserve seats on Serbian trains, as the local booking system is not available internationally.

For the spirited traveler, discovering Serbia and Montenegro by train, buoyed with a Balkan Pass and a little navigational know-how, is both a rewarding and authentic experience. And to make your trails—and tales—just a bit easier, the English language is commonly spoken here.


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    Locating Train was difficult |
    "I had some trouble finding the track at Gare de Lyon in Paris. Also I had trouble finding my coach at the Lyon Airport train going to Paris. "

  • Efficient and on time service |
    "Excellent service. On time and comfortable "

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    A trip over Alpes |
    "I've been travelling to Geneve to meet my daughter. the train was very comfortable and the staff very kind. I bought a good sandwich with salami and butter, a black tea with cinnamon. Very new flavour for me. The viw around the lake from Geneve to Montreux was great. "

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    Very good option  |
    "It was a very good journey. The train was comfortable, the attendants were friendly. Service on board was perfect including the breakfast, which was delicious. "

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    Resumo de minha viagem |
    "Confortável, chegamos ao destino descansados. Valor um pouco alto, mas deixamos para adquirir as passagens na última hora, por isso o alto preço. Conveniente, pois é mais rápido e confortável do que viajar por via aérea. "

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    Exceptional Trip |
    "Exceptional trip from St Pancras to Paris with the help of VIP transfer service from St. Pancras hotel. Highly recommended. "

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    Good |
    "Very fast journey. Comfortable. "

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    Better than flying |
    "Coming from Australia I assumed flights would be far better than trains but having the stations right in the centre of the city made it much more convenient and easier to manage without a phone. The train was smooth and quick. "

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    Trouble free,excellent journey |
    "Excellent service.We booked and printed tickets on line which scanned easily on day of journey. All baggage x rayd so great security before entering platform. Allocated seating upon booking. Train on time. Value for money 5 stars. (auto star system not working. )22 euros per person each way. "

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    To MAdrid |
    "my trip was great but I was wonder that the crew was not speaking English and she couldn't understand me once I order. "

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