Money and costs in Belgrade, Serbia
Serbian currency, Daily Costs To Visit Belgrade, Food prices, Beer prices, Hotel prices …OK... The official currency in Serbia is the Serbian Dinar. Exchange rate for Euro, USA Dollar and British Pound in September 2016 is: ( 1 Euro = 122 Serbian Dinar // 1 USA $ = 108 Serbian Dinar // 1 GBP = 145 Serbian Dinar ) You can also google and look for exchange rate at National Bank of Serbia.
When entering the country have some cash with you. My advice is bring few small Euro notes. It can be handy for first expenses like taxi, especially if you coming by night and cannot find immediately exchange office or bank.
Travel money in Serbia
Accepted forms of payment in Serbia include cash (Serbian Dinar), and all major credit cards. ( Visa, Visa Electron, Plus, Master Card, Euro card, Diners Club...) If your bank card works in New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, it will work in Belgrade and Serbia. Traveler's checks are also OK. If bringing cash, my suggestion is - bring Euros ! US Dollars, British Pound and Swiss Franc are also OK. (With these major currencies you will receive a favorable exchange rate) Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish krone you can also exchange in Dinars but you will receive a poor exchange rate. Cash is the ‘universal language in Serbia’ and it is very convenient to have some Serbian Dinars in your pocket to pay for a cab, grab a bite to eat and generally when paying small bills. For shopping and for restaurants you can use credit cards.
Where is the best place to Exchange money
Best place to exchange your money to dinars in Belgrade is in Knez Mihajlova street (pedestrian zone around Republic Square). It is easy to find Official Exchange Offices (Menjacnica in Serbian - look for the sign at the left). Official Exchange Offices (exchange booths) are clearly labeled and they are numerous in the Belgrade city and other places in Serbia. Rates offered at Official Exchange Office (Menjacnica) are generally better than those available in the banks, hotels or on Airport. Private banks and exchange offices are free to set their own rates, but they must clearly display exchange rate. Spread between buying and selling rates is 2-3 %
Don't echange your money with strangers on the street. It is illegal and can be dangers.
Using your credit ATM's and cards in Serbia
There are plenty of ATM's (Bank Machine) in Belgrade city and Airport where you can withdraw money (Serbian Dinars) 24 hours a day with your credit card. If traveling to smaller towns or villages, ATM is difficult to find, so make sure you have some cash on you.
Western Union in Serbia
If you run out of cash, you can use the Western Union Serbia services for fast money transfers. Many commercial banks and the Post offices support this service. With Western Union Serbia you will receive the money in Euros.
You can also use money transfer from any country in the world if you open local bank account. Transfer can take between 3 to 7 business days.
IMPORTANT: Max 2000 Euro you can take out of the country !
Serbia impose rule that max 2000 Euro you can take out of the country. To avoid this problem, if you are bringing in a larger amount of cash and plan not to spend it all and exit the Serbia with more than 2000 euro, you will have to declare it upon your arrival to the customs officials. You will obtain a declaration form which you must present at your departure. Failure to comply may result in the confiscation of all funds at departure !
How much does it cost to travel to the Serbia ? Daily Costs To Visit Belgrade
If you are tourist and planning a trip to Belgrade, best place to stay (neighborhood) is Belgrade Old Town and area around Republic Square (Serbian name is Stari Grad, and Trg Republike)
Belgrade Hostel/Hotel Accommodation Prices
HOTEL: Good 4 stars hotel in the city center cost around 70 - 120 Euros per day. If you want good 3 star hotel in Belgrade Old Town, price is 50 - 70 Euro per day.
HOSTEL: 8 - 15 Euro per day. Remember, these prices are for a bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room, expect to pay 30 - 45 Euro.
APARTMENTS : 30 - 50 Euro per day. As I am renting apartments in Belgrade Old Town, please be my guest. Find out more about my apartments in Belgrade Old Town...
Belgrade Transportation Prices
Belgrade has network of trams, buses, and trolleybuses. All forms of public transport use the same ticket. Be sure you always validate your ticket because they do check riders’ tickets often. It is posible to buy several ticket types: single 90-minute ticket - cost 89 dinars, 1 day ticket cost 250 dinars, 3 days ticket cost 700 dinar , and 5-days ticket cost 1000 dinar. ( Find out more info...)
Transport from Belgrade airport to city center : Two rides, from Belgrade airport to city center and back will cost 6 - 50 euros. Find out more about cheapest and most convenient way of getting to the city centre from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport...
Taxi prices in Belgrade: Start is 170 - 220 dinars + 100 dinars per 1 km.
Breakfast in Belgrade - Prices
Breakfast in a local cafe (fresh croissants or club sandwich or ham and eggs … with a coffee or juice, it will cost around 4 euro. Breakfast in local bakery (Pekara - Serbian) usually offer burek with cheese or burek with meat and jugurt . It will cost 2 or 3 Euro.
If you like to make your own breakfast and have it in apartment, just find near shop and buy what you like. (see below prices in Belgrade shops) .
Belgrade food and drink - Prices in Shops (in Euros)
Milk (regular), 1 liter 0.8 €
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 0.4 €
Rice (1kg) 1.2 €
Eggs (12) 1.2 €
Local Cheese (1kg) 4 €
Chicken Breasts (Boneless), (1kg) 5.00 €
Apples (1kg) 0.7 €
Oranges (1kg) 1 €
Tomato (1kg) 0.7 €
Potato (1kg) 0.50 €
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.40 €
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 3.5 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.55 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1 €
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 2.6 €
Lunch in Belgrade - Prices in Belgrade restaurants
Typical for Serbian cuisine is that almost every dish contains meat. If you are a vegetarian you may have problem in Belgrade restaurants. The Serbian cuisine is mix mostly influenced by Mediterranean, Hungarian, Turkish and Austrian cuisines.
Meal in inexpensive Restaurant 6 €
Meal for 2 in mid-range Restaurant 20 - 30 €
Meal for 2 in Excellent Restaurant 40 - 100 €
Meal at McDonalds or Similar 4.00 €
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 1.50 – 3 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2 - 3 €
Cappuccino 1 - 2 €
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1 – 1.5 €
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1 €
The Serbian currency DINAR comes in the following denominations:
• Bills: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 dinars
• Coins: 1 dinar, 2 dinars, 5 dinars, 10 dinars, and 20 dinars
10 Dinar - It look like picture of Paul McCartney when he was very young but this is portrait of Vuk Stefanović Karadžić, Serbian philologist and linguist, reformer of the Serbian language. .
20 Dinar - Petar II Petrović Njegoš. He was Ruler of Montenegro, king, Serbian Orthodox Prince-Bishop, great poet and philosopher, lived in 19th-century.
50 Dinar - Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac - Serbian composer.
100 Dinar - Great Serbian inventor- Nikola Tesla
200 Dinar - Nadežda Petrović, painter from the late 19th century.
500 Dinar - Jovan Cvijić; Serbian geographer, president of the Serbian Royal Academy.
1000 Dinar - Ðorđe Vajfert, men who own first brewery in the Kingdom of Serbia.
2000 Dinar - Milutin Milanković, the Serbian engineer, the climatologist, geophysics and the astronomer.
5000 Dinar - Slobodan Jovanović one of Serbia's most prolific jurists, historians, sociologists, journalists and literary critics.