Warning to Visitors

Some of the information below may be out of date as a result of changing timetables and services. Please double check the accuracy of all information before travelling.

The booking forms should be up to date however, so if tickets for a particular service are available, then the service should be operational.

Belgrade - Sarajevo (Train)

Rail

The Journey

There is one train a day between Belgrade and Sarajevo. The journey takes around 9 hours when it runs on time. The service isn't known for its reliability, so don't be surprised to arrive a few hours behind schedule.

The train consists of three carriages, one of which is a restaurant car. Generally speaking, most of the people that use the service are tourists/backpackers, and very few locals use the service. The restaurant car doesn't tend to be that well stocked, so make sure that you bring extra food and drink for the journey.

Be aware that there is no air conditioning on-board the train, which can get extremely hot and uncomfortable. Dress lightly and bring a fan and plenty of water to drink. The whole train is second class seating only, there is no first class option. Generally, the carriages are fairly dirty, but still more enjoyable than the alternative bus ride.

You can read more about one journalist's expierences on this train here.

This route is currently suspended.


ZFBH Railways

Domestic train services in Bosnia and Herzegovina are split between ZFBH and ZRS. ZFBH operates in the Muslim-Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Train tickets for ZFBH services can be booked up to one month in advance, but only from station ticket offices or through authorised travel agencies. Tickets have varying periods of validity depending on the distance of the journey:

Single tickets are valid for one day (journeys up to 100km in length), two days (up to 400km) or 4 days (over 400km). Return tickets are valid for one day (journeys up to 50km), two days (up to 100km), and six days (over 100km). Passengers may break their journey as long as their complete journey is still within the period of validity, and as long as the distance is over 100km (verification must be sought from the break station). Single journeys below 100km in length may also be broken, but only once, whereas return journeys of less than 100km may be broken twice.

ZFBH trains are generally relatively old. The faster and international routes tend to operate more comfortable trains, but do not expect first class standards of accommodation.

Luggage

Passengers are permitted to bring hand luggage on-board. If a passenger wishes to transport luggage that does not fit above or below their seat, an additional charge may be payable. 

Pets

Small pets may be transported as hand luggage. Small dogs may also be carried, so long as they are no taller than 30cm, and may be placed on the passenger's lap. Dogs must travel with a muzzle and lead. An additional fee of half the second class fare is payable for every dog.

Bicycles

Bicycles may not be transported on trains within Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Timetable

There is only one train in either direction on the route between Belgrade and Sarajevo. Connecting services are available to Zagreb and Budapest, by changing at Doboj.

Station451Station450
Beograd08.05Sarajevo11.35
Sid11.20Zenica12.55
Vinkovci11.50Doboj14.40
Strizivojna-Vrpolje12.20Samac16.11
Slavonski Samac12.58Slavonski Samac16.41
Samac13.20Strizivojna-Vrpolje17.00
Doboj14.42Vinkovci17.30
Zenica16.17Sid18.17
Sarajevo17.28Beograd20.18

 

Price

Single tickets for the full length service (Belgrade to Sarajevo, or Sarajevo to Belgrade) cost from just €16 from the Wasteels office in the station.

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