Getting from the airport to the city centre
JAT Airways runs a bus service between the airport and its city terminal at Hotel Slavija (Slavija square) in the city centre. The bus leaves the airport every hour on the hour between 07:00 and 22:00 taking approximately 30 minutes to reach the centre of Belgrade. The bus also stops at Fontana in Novi Beograd and at the central railway station. One way fare is 200 dinars (c. 2 euros) and can be paid directly to the bus driver. On the way back, the bus shuttle leaves from the city terminal at Slavija hotel every hour on the hour between 05:00 and 21:00.
Public bus line 72 departs from the airport every 30 minutes and will take you through several parts of Belgrade before arriving at its final stop near the Zeleni Venac green market in the city centre. The bus ticket costs 45 dinars (~0.50 euro) if bought at a newspaper stand, or 80 dinars if bought from the bus driver. Although cheaper, this is probably not the best option for first time visitors to Belgrade, unless you have a map of Belgrade with you or are the adventurous type of traveller.
Until December 2010 the taxi drivers operating from the Belgrade Airport were heavily overcharging their clients. In order to stop this practice, the Belgrade government has introduced the following mechanism for getting a taxi at the arrivals hall of the Belgrade airport:
- There is a Taxi information stand at the arrivals hall. If you wish to take a taxi to your destination, go this stand and state your destination. You will be given a voucher with the price you will have to pay the taxi driver once you get to your destination. There are 5 zones with prices ranging from 1500 to 7000 dinars (~15-70 euro). New Belgrade and the city centre are in the first, cheapest zone and getting there will cost you 1500 dinars (~15 euro). Apart from the voucher you will be given a leaflet with information on what to do if the taxi driver charges you more than the amount stated on the voucher.
- Once you obtain the voucher, exit the building and get a taxi.
- When you get to your destination, pay the taxi driver the fee stated in the voucher.