With lively nightlife, laid-back cafes, fine architecture, and centuries of history, the Serbian capital Belgrade is becoming a hugely popular city break destination. And with plenty of flights to Belgrade from UK airports and a journey time of just two hours 40 minutes, getting there could hardly be simpler.
All flights bound for Belgrade will touch down at Nikola Tesla International Airport. Named for the famous inventor, the airport is around 13 miles outside the city. Because of this, travellers can expect bus transfer times of 45 minutes, while taxis will take approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic. Buses operate until 9:30 pm, so evening arrivals may need to hail a taxi to get into town.
UK travellers have a couple of excellent options to select from when choosing flights to Belgrade. Air Serbia flies from London Heathrow, and Wizz Air offer services from London Luton. Both airlines fly direct, with no need for stopovers along the way.
Booking flight is almost certainly the best way to get to the Serbian capital, and there are plenty of great reasons for this. Firstly, flying is quick, with most flights taking around two hours 40 minutes. That compares with over 20 hours for buses or trains, so the difference is huge. Flights depart from two London airports that should be easy for many UK travellers to reach, and they fly all year-round, with departure times in the morning and evening. Finally, getting from Nikolai Tesla Airport to accommodation shouldn't take long – making arriving by plane a hassle-free travel option.
Belgrade has everything travellers would expect from a major European capital, and a transport network to match. Getting hold of a rechargeable Bus Plus card from street-side kiosks is a good starting point as it will provide easy access to the city's attractions. There are plenty of tourist highlights as well. Standouts include the Museum of Yugoslavia, the excellent Museum of Aviation and (of course) a strong Museum dedicated to Nikolai Tesla. Kalemegdan Fortress is a must-visit, with its seemingly invincible ramparts, while the boutiques and restaurants of Knez Mihailova are the place to head for food, drink and socialising. And if visitors want to keep going till dawn, Cetinjska is packed with nightclubs, while party boats ply the Danube all night-long.