Sarajevo hitchhiking and transport tips

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (57) - Old man crossing in front of a red tram on Obala Kulina bana

Transport

Sarajevo Airport is located 6 km south west of the city is the suburb of Butmir. Numerous airlines operate services there including National Carrier B&H Airlines (Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Istanbul-Atatürk, Zürich), Austrian Airlines (Vienna), Lufthansa (Munich) and flights to other Balkan countries.

Trains in Bosnia are generally a bad idea, and if you do insist on taking the train we strongly advise you to check ahead as trains and infrequent and extremely slow. That said however, at Sarajevo train station (Put Života 2) you can catch domestic trains to Mostar (S/R: 9.90/15.90) Bihac (S/R: 40/64) as well as other destinations. There are also international trains to Belgrade (32.90), Budapest (105,90), Zagreb (74,30) and others.

Sarajevo hitchhiking and transport tips

Avaz Twist Tower in the vicinity of the train/bus station in Sarajevo

There are two bus stations in Sarajevo. Autobuska stanica Sarajevo (Sarajevo main bus station; Put života 8) is located next to the train station and covers services to Croatia, most other international routes and domestic buses within the Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina including regular buses to Mostar and Banja Luka. Autobuska stanica Istočno Sarajevo (Lukavica Bus Station; Srpskih vladara 2) is a little out of town but can be reached by taking trolley buses 103 or 107 all the way to the last stop. From here can be found buses to Serbia, Montenegro and the Bosnia and Herzegovina entity Republic of Srpska.

Sarajevo hitchhiking and transport tips

Local transport within Sarajevo is run by JKP GRAS. The centre is dissected by a spinal tram system which makes a loop around the city centre and there are numerous buses and trolley-buses which head out to the suburbs. Tickets must be bought in advance from a kiosk and changing transport means validating a new ticket. Be warned that ticket inspectors are very frequent! A useful map of the system can be found here.

Due to its central location with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo has many established road connections around the country and to its neighbours, To the east the M5 heads to Serbia. The north-south running E73/A1 connects to Mostar in the south and Croatia and onto Budapest in the north. The M18 also heads south but connects to Montenegro.

Sarajevo Hitchhiking Out

North towards Tuzla Canton & Banja Luka

From the city centre take the bus 21 all the way to the last stop in the village of Vogosca. From here, it is a short walk to the bridge where the road divides: to get to Zenica and beyond Banja Luka, it is recommended to walk until reaching the tolls on the M-17.

North towards Banja Luka, Zagreb & Zenica

Take the tram 3 direction Ilidza, from the centre, and get off after 20min at Stup (ask the driver, there are no signs). When leaving the tram, take the street on the right and walk about 1km, crossing a bridge, passing a massive Konzum supermarket on your right. Eventually you’ll reach an OMV petrol station from where you can hitch-hike.

Southwest towards Mostar & Dubrovik

From the centre take tram 3 getting off after about 15 minutes when you see a collection of petrol stations on your right.

East towards Serbia (Belgrade, Zvornik & Niš)

From Obala Kulina Bana go east past Baščaršija, past Vijećnica (city hall/library). After the crossroad walk around 50 m, there is some space outside the Slovenian Embassy.

South towards Montenegro (Nikšić & Podgorica)

Take trolley buses 103 or 107 from the centre, alighting at the final stop. After locating the Autobuska Stanica Istočno Sarajevo you need to walk a little further onto the road Kurta Schorka from where you can hitch-hike to the Montenegrin border.

Written byJon

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