Getting around a busy metropolis lying on two large rivers can sometimes be a challenging venture. Belgrade is notorious for its congestions and chaotic driving and though the public transport network is extensive it can be inconsistent. Nevertheless, like it or not you will be using it since it is certainly easier than driving to most places.
Belgrade public transport (called by the abbreviation GSP) consists of buses, trams and trolleybuses. Although they lack uniformity (even in colours) all of them have same tariffs. Currently (June 2012) there is only one fare - for a single, uninterrupted ride, costing 60din. There are also express lines operated by minivans. A much needed subway system exists still only on the drawing board of the city fathers.
To pay for your ride you will need to buy a BusPlus smartcard, available from kiosks and corner shops. There are two types: a short-term one (papirna) is valid for three months, costs 40din but can be topped only to 600din (i.e. enough for ten rides). The other one is made out of plastic (plasticna), costs 250din but doesn't have an expiry date and can be topped without a limit. Upon entering the vechicle you need to press your card against the electric validating machine. When your fare is paid, the machine will show you the remaining value on your card.
If you don't have or have forgotten your BusPlus smartcard, you should buy a ticket from the driver.
Checks by GSP personnel are regular so don't allow yourself any inconveniences.
The best way to navigate is to check the map available online from the GSP site. At some more prominent stops you will find the same map only with marked lines available there.
Night busses, recognizable by letter "N" after the number of the line (for instance 68N), depart mostly every half hour from midnight to 2:30am from their terminals in the city center (most from Trg Republike). For detailed schedule of all the nightlines click here. If you miss these you will have to wait for the first morning departure at 4:30am. Night busses have their own fares and tickets: a single ride costs 120din and tickets are sold by the conductor who will approach you.
Express line vans are marked with E1 to E8. They move in the bus lanes but stop only if waved at or when passengers get off, which should be announced to the driver. The single ticket costs 120din and is bought directly from the driver when entering the vehicle.
If you're living in Belgrade you can apply for a personalized BusPlus
smartcard which serves as a monthly pass though it still needs to be
validated each time you enter the vehicle. You can obtain such a card at
one of the sales points. For foreign citizens this currently costs
Bring with you the following:
1) a document issued in the police station in 35, Savska St about your place of abode in Belgrade (prijava boravista)
2) photocopy of the ID page in your passport
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