Glamorous, grungy and full of character, Serbia is Europe put in a blender, shaken and stirred.

While the lush, vineyard-layered countryside and crumbling fortresses hint at the Europe of old, the fiery energy of Novi Sad's EXIT Festival and Belgrade's heaving nightclubs give this Eastern European mainstay a renewed spirit that defies its recent past. So for a taste of something old, something new and pretty much everything in between - why not accept Serbia's alluring cocktail. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Our Serbia trips

Serbia travel highlights

Serbia holiday information

At a glance

Best time to visit Serbia

Geography and environment

Top 5 Belgrade Bars

Health and Safety

Further reading

Serbia travel FAQs

Tipping isn't obligatory at restaurants, however if the service is exemplary, a 10-15% tip will suffice.

Internet cafes are available in Belgrade and some larger hotels now offer Wi-Fi connectivity. Remote and rural areas will have less internet availability, so be prepared for this when travelling outside of the cites.

Roaming agreements exist with major mobile phone companies, check with your service provider for more information.

Western-style, flushable toilets are normally available in the larger cities. In rural areas, simple squat toilets are more common.

Cup of coffee in a cafe = 40 RSD
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 140 RSD
Basic, takeaway lunch = 285 RSD
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = 700 RSD

It's recommended that travellers avoid drinking the tap water in Serbia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Ask your leader or hotel where filtered water can be found and don't forget to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.

Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops and hotels. Smaller vendors may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash to cover small purchases.

ATMs are commonly found in Serbia's cities and urban areas. Remote regions will have less ATM availability, so prepare accordingly.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 2 Jan New Year's Day Holiday
  • 3 Jan New Year's Day Holiday
  • 7 Jan Julian Orthodox Christmas
  • 15 Feb Statehood Day
  • 16 Feb Statehood Day
  • 14 Apr Orthodox Good Friday
  • 17 Apr Orthodox Easter Monday
  • 1 May May Day
  • 2 May May Day Holiday
  • 11 Nov Armistice Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Serbia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/serbia/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Woman drinking from reusable water bottle

Top responsible travel tips for Serbia

1. Be considerate of Serbia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with tap or filtered water. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

3. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

4. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

5. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

6. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.