Planning a Football Trip to Belgrade
Planning a Football Trip to Belgrade? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets; to the stadium.
Football Trip to Belgrade – How to get to Belgrade & How to get around
Football Trip to Belgrade – Fly to Belgrade
There are 7 (direct) flights between London Luton Airport and Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport per week, The average direct flight takes 2h 40m, covering a distance of 1062 miles. The other option is Air Serbia direct from London Heathrow. Other routes to look at are Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Air Swiss via Zurich or Austrian via Vienna.
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, founded in 1910. Since then, it kept growing and developing. During the World War II it was used by the Germans. They had destructed it in 1944, while withdrawing from Belgrade. The airport is located in the area called Surčin, 18 kilometers westward from Belgrade.
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Directions from the Airport
The first option you can use is an A1 Mini bus. Its rides from Slavija Square to the Airport (around 20km), in a non-stop route. The ticket is €2.5 per person, and the approximate travel time is 30 minutes. There are buses running every 30 minutes, running 24 hours a day, both during work days and weekends.
Slavija Square (Trg Slavija) is one of the most important points in Belgrade, and one of its major squares. Its location is the intersections of Kralja Milana Street, Beogradska, Makenzijeva and Svetosavska (all the biggest streets in Serbian capital). It is less than 1.5 kilometer away from downtown Belgrade. All three types of public transportation have routes to the square (buses, trolleybuses and trams), so you will easily go to your next destination. There are also many hotels in its surroundings, as well as the National Bank of Serbia.
Your second option is the bus. The route number 72 starts right at the airport. It will take you to the city center (station: Zeleni Venac) for less than €1 (for tickets bought in a kiosk) or €1.5 (for tickets bought in the bus). Approximate travel time is between 30 – 40 minutes.
Taxis from the Airport
There is a TAXI INFO desk at the airport, located in the baggage reclaim area. There you can safely take a taxi on your name, destination and with appropriate price. Be careful because there are many unofficial taxi drivers, especially waiting for foreign tourists. The scams are quite frequent. Here is a tip: the official taxi registration plate must end in “TX”.
Football Trip to Belgrade – Travel By Train
It’s easy to travel by train all the way from London or Paris to Belgrade in Serbia, Skopje in Macedonia or even Pristina in Kosovo. Leave London mid-morning, travel via Paris and either Zagreb or Budapest, and you’ll be in Belgrade by early evening the next day
Football Trip to Belgrade – Travel By Ferry
It takes between 17 and 18 hours to drive to Belgrade from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways
Football Trip to Belgrade – Travel Around Belgrade
The public transportation in Belgrade (GSP) consists of buses, trams, trolleys and recently city trains have been incorporated. The first three come practically in all shapes or colors, mainly because of advertisement, so don’t be confused.
There are two ticket zones in Belgrade’s public transportation system, though most visitors probably won’t exit Zone 1 (reaching many nearby suburbs).
There are four types of tickets: monthly (for residents), e-wallets & paper credit cards (refilled on most larger kiosks), and one trip (bought at kiosks or at the vehicle driver’s). One ride costs 60 dinars (0.6 €), for Zone 1 and 120 (1.2€) for Zone 2 regardless of the length.
Football Trip to Belgrade – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Belgrade – The Stadium
The Partizan Stadium (Serbian: Стадион Партизанa, romanized: Stadion Partizana) is a football and track-and-field stadium in Autokomanda, municipality of Savski Venac, Belgrade, Serbia, which has a seating capacity of 32,710. Situated on the Topčider Hill at Humska 1 street, it is a home field of Partizan Belgrade. Also, it was the home of Partizan’s main rival Red Star Belgrade from 1959 to 1963, when they moved to the Rajko Mitić Stadium
In April 1989, Partizan Belgrade purchased the stadium from the former Yugoslav People’s Army, and thus became the owner. The name of the stadium were officially changed in Partizan Stadium. Partizan stadium had a 50,000 capacity before the new UEFA security regulations came in effect. There were 15 924 seats, 33 000 standing places and 585 box seats. It was renovated in 1998, and has had a capacity of 32,710 since.
Crvena Zvezda (Red Star)
Rajko Mitić Stadium (Serbian: Стадион Рајко Митић, romanized: Stadion Rajko Mitić, Serbo-Croatian pronunciation: [ˈstâdioːn ˈrâːjko ˈmǐːtit͡ɕ]), previously known as Red Star Stadium (Serbian: Стадион Црвена звезда, romanized: Stadion Crvena zvezda), also known as Marakana (Serbian Cyrillic: Маракана), is a multi-use stadium in Belgrade, Serbia which has been the home ground of Red Star Belgrade since 1963. The stadium is located in Dedinje, municipality of Savski Venac.
The official opening took place on 1 September 1963 with the Yugoslav First League match against NK Rijeka (2-1)] That day, some 55,000 spectators came through 9 entrance gates of 5 meters width each into the still unfinished stands. The largest crowd was recorded that autumn at a derby against Partizan Belgrade – 108,000 people. Next year, after the stadium was fully completed its capacity increased to 110,000 spectators and it got the unofficial moniker – Marakana, in honour of the famous Brazilian stadium. In the years since, the stadium’s capacity has gradually decreased. Following different modernization touch-ups, more seats were added. During the mid-1990s, in order to meet UEFA demands for spectators’ comfort and security, standing places at the stadium were completely done away with. Seats were installed on all 4 stands so that the stadium‘s maximum capacity was 60,000.
Football Trip to Belgrade – Getting to the Stadium
The walk from the Saint Sava Church, one of Belgrade’s landmarks south of the centre, takes about 25 minutes.Alternatively, the stadium can be reached with tram 9, 10, and 14 (all in the direction of Banjica). Tram 9 departs from the main railway station, tram 10 from the historic centre (e.g. Cara Dusana street), and tram 14 from Tašmajdan Park (which line 10 also passes). Get off at Trg Oslobodenja square shortly after having passed the E-75 motorway. Trolleybus 40 and 41 are good alternatives. Bus 40 can be taken from Takovska avenue west of the city centre and bus 41 from Trg Studentski square right in the city centre. Take the bus in the direction of Banjica, and get off at stop Stadion Partizan, just after haivng passed the stadium on the left.
Crvena Zvezda (Red Star)
Many Urban buses stop next to and around the Crvena zvezda stadium. The bus stops close to the West stand are: 42 (Slavija- Petlovo Brdo), 59 (Slavija – Petlovo brdo), 78 (Banjica 2 – Zemun), E7 minibus (Pančevo bridge – Petlovo brdo), close to the North stand 47 (Slavija – Resnik) i 48 (Pančevo bridge – Miljakovac 3). At nearby Autokomanda you will find the following bus stops: 18 (Zemun – Medaković 3), 33 (Pančevo bridge – Kumodraž 1), 39 (Slavija – Kumodraž 1), 30 (Slavija – Medaković), 31 (Studentski trg – Medaković 3) trams number 9 (Banjica – Blok 45), 10 (Kalemegdan – Banjica) and 14 (Ustanička – Banjica).
Another useful stop is the one close to Dragiša Mišović hospital, where you can catch the trolley-buses 40 (Zvezdara – Banjica 2) and 41 (Studentski Trg – Banjica 2), as well as buses 34L (Central railway station – Dragiša Mišović hospital), 49 (Topčider, Summer stage – Pere Velimirovića), 94 (Novi Beograd – Miljakovac 1), from there you can descend Ljutice Bogdana Street to the West stand of “Marakana” stadium. You can reach “Marakana” stadium by highway, with the buses 17 (Zemun – Konjarnik), 46 (Central railway station – Mirijevo) and 55 (Zvezdara – Stari Železnik). A popular and widely used means of transport to reach “Marakana” is Beovoz (the Batajnica-Pančevo bridge line), Karađorđev park stop, where you can also catch other trains which stop there, close to the stadium.
Football Trip to Belgrade – Getting Tickets
Apart from the derby and big European games both reams rarely sell out and booking in advance won’t be necessary.
Ticket prices tend to range from RSD 100 to RSD 200, though will be increased for high-profile matches. Expect to pay at least RSD 500 for the derby
If you do want to book in advance try these websites
Football Trip to Belgrade – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
Partizan Belgrade – The Partizan website was rubbish when I looked so I’d use soccerway or google for fixtures
Crvena Zvezda (Red Star)
Check the Serbian Superlia Website when planning your football trip to Serbia for latest fixture information.
The schedule for kick-off times in Serbia can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Serbia page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Belgrade – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Belgrade – Where to stay
Belgrade own town and Republic Square area is the best place in the city to be based if you are tourist. You’ll be within walking distance of hundreds of restaurants, shop and bars. Belgrade Old Town is also within walking distance of the city’s main sightseeing areas. Look Belgrade on Google Maps and tray to locate where (Trg republike) Republic Square is. This is the central town squares, located in the Belgrade Old Town
Football Trip to Belgrade – What else to see & do
Red star belgrade museum
Start in Knez Mihailova, Belgrade’s pedestrianised thoroughfare in the heart of Stari Grad. Its handsome 19th-century buildings are filled with shops and cafés, and buskers and stalls add to the lively atmosphere. Nip down its little lanes to find more café terraces.
Savamala Explore the Sava’s newly revamped riverside by the buzzing Savamala district. Lining both the Sava and Danube riverbanks are the floating nightclubs and restaurants – splavovi – that help to give Belgrade its well-deserved reputation for having some of the most raucous nightlife in Eastern Europe.
At the northern end of Knez Mihailova stands the entrance to the Belgrade Fortress and the surrounding Kalemegdan Park. Originally built in the second century by the Romans, the fortress was consistently destroyed and rebuilt from then until the 18th century, resulting in the distinct historical layers visible today: the Romans, Ottomans, Austro-Hungarians and Serbs all left their mark on this monumental fortress overlooking the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers.
A few steps away from the touristy restaurants and folklore musicians of the 19th-century Skadarlija district is Bar Bajloni and Beyond (bajloni.com). This laidback bar is in old brewery and features live music and a good selection of Serbian wine. OpenChurch of St Sava rising up ahead – the largest Serbian Orthodox church in the world, and the largest Orthodox place of worship in the Balkans. The monumental building, which stands at a height of 82 metres (269 feet) and houses 49 bells, is dedicated to St Sava, a Serbian prince, Orthodox monk and first archbishop of the independent Serbian Orthodox Church. daily 8.30am-midnight (1am on weekends).
Museum of Yugoslavia. Housing over 200,000 artefacts, this must-visit museum chronicles the turbulent history of Yugoslavia, with a particular focus on the life and work of former Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito. Also on the museum grounds is Tito’s mausoleum – the House of Flowers.
Ada Ciganlija – an island on the River Sava that was turned into a peninsula, creating a lake (Lake Sava) in the process. With seven kilometres (four miles) of beach, Ada Ciganlija is the go-to spot for swimming, kayaking, windsurfing and sunbathing in the summer months, while cyclists enjoy the plentiful bike paths through the island’s lush forest.
Football Trip to Belgrade – Where to Drink
Ljutic (facebook.com/ljuticj), not far from the Botanical Gardens, has the obligatory shabby-chic garden behind an Art Nouveau building.
Rakia Bar. Located in hip Dorćol, Rakia Bar has over 100 varieties of the Serbian schnapps, from the traditional plum (šljivovica) to the sweet yet tangy raspberry.
Blaznavac (facebook.com/blaznavac). Try the absurdly cheap cocktails while sitting in one of the most endearingly cluttered and wacky interiors in the city. Open daily 9-1am.
Once the site of the BIP Brewery, since the brewery declared bankruptcy in 2015 Cetinjska 15 has become a hub of alternative culture and is home to an array of hipster bars, cafés and galleries. Reflect on your day in Belgrade over a beer or Serbian wine on the terrace at local favourite Dvorištance, a whimsical bar with live music and a distinctly retro feel.
Sesir Moj – A very good Kafana in Skadarlija with various local dishes. Often you can listen to live music – great atmosphere and lovely service. Address: 21 Skadarska Street
DOGMA BREWERY (Radnička 3 Čukarica) Dogma is quiet and industrial like most breweries are and you can see their production center through giant glass walls in the back. When I visited they had 12 of their beers up on the menu, but some of them were only available by the bottle. Otherwise you can get draft pints for 300 dinars / 3 usd each or try smaller samplers for about 170 dinars / 1.70 usd each.
Gunner’s Pub (Braće Jugovića 2a) may just be the best place for craft beer in Belgrade. They’re always packed on the weekends and have a true “pub feel.” Most importantly, there are a lot of craft beer options to try. 16 different craft beers on tap (mostly Serbian) and a huge menu full of more bottles to choose from. They even partnered with Crow Brewery to create their very own beer called “Gunner’s Pub.”
MAJSTOR ZA PIVO (Žorža Klemansoa) taproom for the Serbian brewery called Kabinet. They’re one of the biggest craft beer brands in the country and at Majstor Za Pivo you can try their beers on tap or choose from a much larger selection of bottles from craft brands around the world.
Samo Pivo is located in an abandoned mall and looks and feels exactly like you’d imagine a night out in Belgrade to be. They have a massive balcony which is great for summer nights and like Gunner’s Pub, Samo Pivo also had tons of craft beers on tap. (Balkanska 13)
Football Trip to Belgrade – Where to Eat
Tri Šešira, a rustic yet elegant restaurant specialising in traditional Serbian cuisine. Here you can try barbecue specialities like pljeskavica (spiced meat patties made from a mixture of pork, beef and lamb) with ajvar (a red pepper paste popular throughout Southeastern Europe) or Karađorđeva steak – a breaded, rolled veal or pork steak stuffed with kajmak (a dairy product similar to clotted cream).
Dva Jelena , meaning two deerhas been serving the best dishes of Serbian cuisine for almost two centuries. It is located on Skadarska street, in an area known as Belgrade’s Montmartre where writers and artists used to gather in the early 20th century.
Bella Vista. Brick walls and wooden interior create a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for enjoying the international food specialities on offer. Sit on the terrace overlooking the river for the most enjoyable experience
Restaurant Stara Kafana is a great place if you want to get to know the tradition and culture of Serbia and Belgrade. This restaurant is perfect for family and friendly conversations in a relaxed atmosphere with the most delicious specialties of local cuisine. (Ustanička Street 66)
Pahuljica Restaurant. Located in the green oasis of Belgrade, on the very edge of the Zvezdara forest, it is an ideal place for true lovers of excellent food and nature. (Pante Srećkovića 29)
Football trip to Belgrade – Useful links