Getting to Sarajevo is not hard job at all. Although the connections (roads, trains, bus and planes) to Sarajevo are not 10 on 1-10 scale, but for a city like this just enough.
VISIT SARAJEVO brings you the best travel tips & tricks how to reach Sarajevo, no matter what kind of transport you are using, even though it were your own feets :)
Getting to Sarajevo
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Even though the trains around B&H are not as fast and frequent as in the rest of the Europe, we are improving, but the scenery is the definitely one of the most beautiful, so it is worth is.
A day train now leaves Budapest (Keleti pu. station) daily at 9.45, arriving in Sarajevo at 21.09. One-way ticket costs more than the return ticket which is currently costs around €51 (14.040) forints at actual HUF to Euro rate of €1 = 270 HUF. There is a dining car, but only till Pécs.Typically, it departs from platform 13.
You will be bothered at least four times for your passport, and around four times for your ticket, and once by very nosy and insistent EU customs staff.
The return train departs at 7:02 every morning for Budapest, via Osijek, in Croatia, and costs 96 KM. It arrives at Keleti pu. station at 18:14. For more information visit Hungarian Timetable or Hungarian State Railways.
There are two trains each day between Sarajevo and Zagreb.
A train leaves Zagreb daily at 08:55, arriving in Sarajevo at 18:05 - this train continues onto Ploče, arriving there at 22:15.
The return train to Zagreb, via Zenica, Doboj and Banja Luka, departs at 10:27 (having started in Ploče at 06:00). It arrives in Banja Luka at 15:24 and finally into Zagreb at 19:45.
A ticket should cost around 30 EUR, more precisely 225,43KN (July 2009). A return ticket is cheaper, costing around 260KN or 50 Euros. The train does NOT have a dining car on board, though men with trolleys selling food and drink will board the train at various points on the journey. Be advised to bring supplies beforehand!
There is now also a overnight service operating between the two cities for the same price. Whilst this train occasionally operates with a couchette car, the inconveniently-timed border crossing from Sarajevo to Zagreb (ensuring you won't get a full night's sleep) remains! Travelling on this train has the benefit of comfort (as opposed to the bus journey taking almost the same time), or the cost factor of flying and a night's accommodation in either city. Be careful (as with all overnight rail travel in Europe), that thieves may operate on the train, robbering passports, money and mobile phones.
This train leaves Zagreb at 21:25 arriving in Sarajevo at 06:39. The return train leaves Sarajevo at 21:20 and arrives in Zagreb at 06:42.
See below for trains to/from Ploče.
From Ploče via Mostar; There is another train route from Ploče in Croatia to Sarajevo via Mostar. One of the most beautiful and scenic rail routes in Europe, travelling through lakes and mountains with many tunnels and switchbacks.
Trains depart Ploče daily:
Trains from Sarajevo to the south:
Single tickets from Sarajevo to Mostar cost 9.90KM (return: 14.10KM). Additional trains operate each day to the town of Konjic (about half way between the two cities). Holders of an ISIC student card can get a 30% discount.
There is only one day train with timetables:
TRAIN 451 Belgrade - Sarajevo
Belgrade, departs at 08.15 (Vinkovci, arrival 11.59, departs 12.05, Slavonski Šamac, arrival 12.41, departs 13.00, Bosanski Šamac, arrival 13.06, departs 13.21) Sarajevo, arrival 17.35
TRAIN 450 Sarajevo - Belgrade
Sarajevo, departs 11.35 (Bosanski Šamac, arrival 15.49, departs 16.06, Slavonski Šamac, arrival 16.12, departs 16.40, Vinkovci, arrival 17.17, departs 17.23) Belgrade arrival 20.18.
Ride Length: 8 and a half hours.
Ticket Price: 31 KM (one way), 62,20 KM (two way).
As already told in the Bus section of the VISIT SARAJEVO pages, there are two bus stations in Sarajevo, Main Bus Station, which serves Croatia and most other international destinations, as well as destinations within the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located just next to the train station, and is easily reachable with tram (Line No.1) from almost every part of the city.
Second one, Bus Station at East Sarajevo (Lukavica) which mostly serves destinations in B&H entity Republic of Srpska, and as well lines from/to Serbia and Montenegro.
Buses from/to Croatia (Split, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Rijeka, etc.) arrive and departure very often to the Main Bus station, so it is not a problem at all to catch one.
For more details such as other foreign destinations, prices, times, check out our Timetables section.
As for local lines, Buses from the main station are running all the time. Just go to our Timetables section to find out all about cities in B&H, such as Mostar, Banja Luka, Tuzla, etc.
Travel to Kosovo from Sarajevo is possible, but one must book a bus to Novi Pazar in Serbia first, and then travel from there to Pristina.
Sarajevo airport (IATA: SJJ) is in the suburb of Butmir and is relatively close to the city centre, and everything you need to know about airport is here.
Banja Luka with BH Airlines,
Belgrade with JAT Airways,
Budapest with MALEV,
Cologne with BH Airlines and Germanwings
Frankfurt with BH Airlines
Istanbul with Turkish Airlines and BH Airlines
Ljubljana with Adria,
Mostar with BH Airlines and Croatia Airlines,
Munich with Lufthansa,
Oslo (Rygge) with Norwegian,
Stockholm (Arlanda) with Norwegian,
Stuttgart with BH Airlines and Germanwings,
Vienna Schwechat with Austrian Airlines and BH Airlines,
Zagreb with Croatia Airlines Zurich with BH Airlines.
Tripoli with Buraq Air
Getting to Sarajevo by car is very easy thing, we suggest you to download the Getting Here Map, with all the map routes, roads, directions that you might need, no matter if you are coming from Croatia, Serbia or Montenegro.