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Getting Around Bosnia and Herzegovina



Travel by road is the usual means of transport in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During winter and spring, block ice and landslides can make driving difficult. Road conditions are varied. The safety and condition of urban roads is generally fair, although rural road maintenance is seriously lacking. Be cautious when driving at night or during winter, and keep to the main roads.

The risk of landmines has decreased in the last few years, as most mines remaining from the war are now clearly marked. However, visitors are still advised to exercise caution when travelling outside main cities and towns.

The capital, Sarajevo, is the nodal point for all Bosnia and Herzegovina's main communications routes, which go west to Banja Luka, and then to Zagreb, capital of Croatia; north to Doboj, and then to Osijek in Croatia; east to Zvornik, and then to Belgrade in Serbia; south to Mostar, and then the Adriatic Sea; and southeast to Foca, and then to Podgorica, Montenegro.

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An International Driving Permit is required. Your insurance should include cover you for the 20km (12-mile) strip of coastline at Neum on the Dalmatian Coast highway.


Željeznice Federacije Bosne i Hercegovine ( and Željeznice Republike Srpske ( operate the national railway network. There are connections between the major cities, but note that the Sarajevo-Mostar line is closed for upgrading until late 2016.

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