Belgrade tourist guide
Belgrade is located on 44049’14” of northern latitude and 20027’44” of eastern longitude on altitude 116,75 m.
Belgrade is in Central European time zone UTC+01:00.
Official currency is Serbian dinar (RSD) witch have coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and bills 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000. Dinars can be exchanged from euro (1 EUR is app 124 RSD), US dollar (1 USD is app 117 RSD) and Swiss frank (1 CHF is app 116 RSD) in banks, post offices and exchange offices in every part of the city.
Cash may be taken from ATM-s installed in all major malls, bank branch offices and in public places 365 days in a year, 24 hours a day. Cell phone e-cards and Internet cards may also be purchased in some of these places.
The official language is Serbian (Srpski), a Southern Slavic language similar to Serbo-Croatian, Croatian, Slovenian, Macedonian and Bulgarian, but in Belgrade you can speak English and to be understood and answered at every place without any further difficulties. The official alphabets are Cyrillic an Latin, for foreigners Latin can be useful.
The postal code of Belgrade is 11000 and the area calling code is (+381) 011. The car plates code for Belgrade is BG.
As in most cities of Continental Europe, the electricity voltage in Belgrade is 220V. Electrical outlets are standard European.
Tap water in Belgrade is safe to drink but considering that you are not accustomed to this water it is recommended for you to drink bottled water. There are plenty bottled water brands offering regular, mildly carbonated or highly carbonated water.
Most shops have working hours from 8 AM to 8 PM during business days and 8 or 9 AM to 3 PM on weekends. In the large shopping centers, this period is usually longer, until 10 PM for business days and weekends too. Grocery stores work usually from 8 AM to 9 or 10 PM, but there are others that work 00-24 hours. Green markets work from 8 AM to 5 PM, though many vendors leave around 3 (Sundays even earlier). Offices usually have standard 9 AM to 5 PM working hours. Post offices are open from 8 AM until 7 PM, while banks will be open at least until 5 PM. However, all of them have ATM's (cash machines) that works 00-24. Many of Belgrade's museums are closed on Monday. Cafes and bars in Belgrade usually close somewhere between 1 and 2 AM. Belgrade Clubs don't usually close before 4 AM, but some shut as early as 2 AM.
Public holidays in Serbia are New Year 1-2 January, Orthodox Christmas 7 January, Serbian Statehood Day 15-16 February, Orthodox Easter from Good Friday to the second day of Easter usually in April, Labor Day 1-2 May. On this public holidays only shops and institutions on duty are open.
Expected tips around 10% in Belgrade restaurants, bars and cafes. Taxi fares are usually low so a little more is polite, but tipping is not considered mandatory and many people don't do it. Some public toilets have old ladies working in them for tips and tip around 20 dinars is all right.
Belgrade has 3 large shopping centers Delta City, Stadion and Ušće Shopping Center - and more than 30 smaller shopping centers like Merkator, Immo Centar, Millenium, Piramida, City Hall, Zira and others.
Overall, Belgrade is a somewhat safe city, but like anywhere, you should always keep money, mobile phones, travel documents and other valuable personal items in secure places. Pickpockets are known to operate in public transportation, and other crowded places so never wear a backpack or purse on your back and make sure that you have your wallet in one of your front pockets.
In case of an emergency, call 192 (police), 193 (fire) or 194 (ambulance). Always carry the phone number and an address of your embassy with you. In case of injury or illness, the place to go is the Urgentni centar (Emergency center), Pasterova 2 of the Clinical Center of Serbia. Be aware that not all medical facilities have personnel that speak English or other foreign languages.
Pedestrian crossings on the main city arteries have sloped kerbs and large intersections in the centre are equipped with sound signalling systems.
There are three parking zones in the Old Town: the red zone (one-hour parking limit), yellow (two-hour) and green (three-hour). You can pay by filling out a parking coupon available at kiosks or by sending an SMS with the number of your license plate to 9111 for Zone 1, 9112 for Zone 2 and 9113 for Zone 3. For parking in a parking garage, no time limit applies.
Smoking is allowed in the majority of restaurants, bars and clubs (all clearly marked by a sign at the entrance). A smoking ban is respected in public premises.
You can arrive to Belgrade by airplane, train or bus.