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.

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Serbia travel highlights

Serbia holiday information

At a glance

Best time to visit Serbia

Culture and customs

Eating and drinking

Geography and environment

Top 5 Belgrade Bars


Festivals and events in Serbia

Health and Safety

Further reading

Serbia travel FAQs

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.

Tipping isn’t customary in Serbia, but feel free to leave restaurants, drivers or service workers a small tip if the service has been particularly good. It’s always appreciated.

The Internet can be accessed in internet cafes in Belgrade, as well as at some larger hotels, but is limited in rural and remote areas.

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

Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in larger cities. In rural areas, 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

Tap water is considered safe to drink in Serbia, however, some may get an upset stomach from the different mineral content.

Credit cards are accepted by most large hotels and retailers, but are less commonly accepted at markets and smaller cafes and hotels. It’s a good idea to carry enough cash for smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.

ATMs are widely available in larger cities but are less common in small villages and rural areas. Make sure you have enough cash before leaving urban areas.

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
  • 2-3 Jan: New Year’s Holiday
  • 7 Jan: Julian Orthodox Christmas
  • 15-16 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

For a current list of public holidays in Serbia go to:


Discretion is strongly advised for LGBTQI-travellers. Serbia is a country where same-sex marriage is not legally recognised and random acts of violence continue to occur against those thought to be gay. Belgrade’s Pride Parade has been marred by riots and has been cancelled several times because of the threat of violence.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or Smartraveller before you travel.

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.