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People are starting to discover the myriad historical, adventure and family attractions the Balkan country of Serbia has to offer. Visitors can drive to Subotica, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, or hit the peaceful mountain resort town of Soko Banja in between urban stints in energetic Belgrade.
Drivers are not encouraged to drive at night outside of urban areas as roads tend to be in poor shape. A warning triangle as well as a reflective jacket must be carried, these are provided by most rental suppliers. Most motorways are toll ways so keep some cash on you.
Driving licences: a UK driving licence can be used in Serbia. Obtaining an International Driving Permit to accompany your UK driving licence prior to travel is recommended.
Which side does Serbia drive on: the right.
Motorways: 75mph (120kph)
Rural areas: 62mph (100kph)
Built-up areas: 37mph (60kph)
Alcohol limits: 0.03 per cent, which is lower than the UK limit of 0.08 per cent. Breath tests are carried out by local police and violators can be fined or imprisoned.
Driving age: 18 years.
Seatbelts: those sitting in the front and rear must wear seatbelts at all times. A rear-facing child restraint is required for children under three years sitting in the front seat. Children from three to 12 years cannot travel in the front seat.
Mobile phones and GPS: mobile phone use is not allowed while driving unless using a hands-free system. GPS maps are available for use in Serbia.
Cost of fuel in Serbia: both unleaded petrol and diesel are cheaper in Serbia than in the UK.
Car hire and fuel payment: credit cards can be used at most filling stations and car rental agencies.
Insurance: third-party insurance is required and included with car hire. Excess insurance is available at an additional charge.
Traffic and parking: Belgrade and other large cities have cheap, secure parking garages. Driving in the cities should be avoided in rush hours, when congestion is at its worst.
Domestic trains are generally poor by European standards, with services often slow and delayed. The following cities can be accessed by rail: Belgrade, Bar, Novi Sad, Nis and Subotica. The national rail provider is Serbian Railways. International trains are available to and from most neighbouring countries and offer generally good services.
Taxis are available in the urban areas via telephone or hailing in the street, but visitors are advised to only avail of the services of officially marked cabs. Taxis use metres but often prices are simply negotiated before setting off. Prices are cheap by UK standards.
Buses are a popular means of transport in Serbia. Services run frequently and are cheap, thus this is the preferred means of travel for locals. Serbian buses service the many cities and towns around the country, with fares for even the longest journeys under £40. Timetables are not available online so travellers are advised to call or check with the main departure terminal. The main bus station in Belgrade is very organised, but stations outside the capital may be harder to navigate.
There are two main waterways running through Serbia, the Danube River snaking though the central part of the country and the Sava River, a tributary of the Danube, jutting out southwest from it. Both rivers pass through the capital, Belgrade. Along the Danube the main ports are Belgrade, Novi Sad, PanÄevo and Smederevo. Along the Sava, ports are located at Šabac and Belgrade. Tourist cruises operate along these routes.
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport receives flights from London-Heathrow and London-Luton. As well as having car hire at the airport, there are minibuses which run from the two-terminal airports to Belgrade, with single fares of around £2, and taxis that cost around £12.
Tourist numbers are increasing in this Balkan country as more people learn of Serbia's fabulous attractions. The cities are destinations in themselves due to their long histories and beautiful architecture.
The capital of Belgrade is worth a few days of exploring. Visitors can begin their visit at the Kalemegdan Fortress, which is still standing despite its long history dating back to the time of the Celts. The Orthodox Cathedral (Saborna Crkva), the National Museum and the Old Castle are other top tourist attractions here.
The beautiful northern city of Subotica has the most Art Nouveau buildings in the country. There are many pedestrianised streets in the city which become lively at night with a number of cafés, restaurants and bars. Summer visitors can attend the film and music festivals which are hosted here.
Novi Sad, located along the Danube, is Serbia's second city. It has a number of museums, parks and churches which are worth seeing. Petrovaradin Fortress, the main landmark here, is especially beautiful as it overlooks the Danube.
Outside the cities, the mountain town of Zlatibor is great for skiing, while the peaceful spa town of Soko Banja is also recommended.
Serbia generally has a mild continental climate. Still, winters can be cold and summers warm. Temperatures can vary north to south and in mountainous areas. In Belgrade, which is located in the central part of the country, summer temperatures average at 28°C, while in winter, temperatures average at -1.1°C. It gets even colder in the mountain areas, where heavy snowfall is experienced. However, this is good news for Serbia’s ski resorts.