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Flying to Belgrade

Air Serbia operates direct flights to Belgrade from the UK. Alternatively, there are plenty of indirect options via other European cities with airlines such as Swiss and Air France. Prices are generally cheaper in winter and tend to go up in the school summer holidays.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours 40 minutes; New York - 10 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Los Angeles - 14 hours (including stopover); Toronto - 10 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Sydney - 23 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

Traffic drives on the right. Speed limits are 120kph (75mph) on motorways, 100kph (62mph) on major roads, 80kph (50mph) on other roads, and 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas. Dipped headlights must be turned on during the day. Visitors to Serbia need a national driving licence, a car registration card and an insurance policy. For more information about driving in Serbia, contact the Serbian Automobile Association (AMSS) (tel: +381 11 333 1200; www.amss.org.rs).

Emergency breakdown services

AMSS roadside assistance (tel: +381 11 1987); Traffic Police (92, in Serbia only).

Routes

Belgrade lies at the crossing point of the E-70 and E-75, two major roads that connect with other parts of Europe, including the Hungarian city of Budapest in the north and Zagreb to the west.

Coaches

Eurolines (www.eurolines.com) operates a comprehensive network of buses across Europe with many services connecting with Belgrade. The city's Belgrade Bus Station (Beogradska autobuska stanica) (tel: +381 11 263 6299; www.bas.rs) is located on Karađorđeva next to the railway station and there are numerous bus routes that connect the city with the rest of the country and beyond. Next door to it on Železnička is the Lasta bus station, which deals with destinations that lie closer to Belgrade.

Time to city

From Novi Sad - 1 hour; Subotica - 2 hours; Niš - 2 hours 30 minutes.

Travel by Rail

Services

There are rail services to Belgrade from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania and Turkey. Trains from Western Europe travel through Budapest. International trains have couchette coaches as well as bar and dining cars. On some lines, transport for cars is provided. Belgrade's main train station, Železnička Stanica Beograd, is located on the busy Karađorđeva, just a short walk southwest from the city centre.

Operators

Serbian Railways (Železnice Srbije) (tel: +381 11 360 2899; www.zeleznicesrbije.com) operates rail services from Belgrade.

Among the many regular international services are daily trains from Budapest, Zagreb, Sofia and Thessaloniki. You can look up times and fares at www.bahn.de/en. The easiest way to reach Belgrade by train from the UK is via Paris, Munich and Budapest.

Journey times

From Novi Sad - 2 hours; Subotica - 4 hours; Niš - 5 hours; Budapest – 8 hours; Zagreb - 6 hours 30 minutes; Sofia - 9 hours 30 minutes; Thessaloniki - 12 hours.

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Kasina

Conveniently located in the city centre across the road from the Balkan Hotel, this is a good-value option with decent rooms and its own pavement café. Built in 1856, this sizable property has plenty of history about it, and a rather decent restaurant to boot.

Le Petit Piaf

Located in the eastern part of the old city close to the bars and restaurants of the Skadarlija quarter, Le Petit Piaf is a small modern boutique hotel with plenty of character and elegant, spacious rooms.

Hotel Zira

Not far from the centre, Zira Hotel is one of the sleekest, most futuristic of properties in Belgrade. The rooms, hallways and dining area are ultra-modern, with contemporary art, plenty of space and science-fiction style design. Breakfast is of superb quality and dinner on the terrace is becoming a favourite with the city's affluent. There are 127 rooms, a fitness centre and sauna.

Union

Located in the heart of the city, the Union offers more than 100 clean and comfortable rooms in a pleasant, smart environment. If you want to splash out a little more, there are also a few luxury suites. The hotel also has a restaurant, a piano bar and even a casino.

Royal

With an excellent location close to Kneza Mihala and Kalemegdan Park, this long-established budget hotel offers good-value, no-frills rooms close to the action. Receiving visitors since 1886, the welcome is still as friendly today, while the admirable onsite restaurant is quietly affordable.

Belgrade City Hotel

Within easy reach of the shopping district, historic centre and commercial zone, Belgrade City Hotel is a handsome 4-star property right next to the main railway station. There are more than 80 slick rooms, with warm, unpretentious décor, a great breakfast buffet and friendly staff.