Last updated: April 2018
Over the years Belgrade has developed into a popular tourist destination in the heart of the Balkans.
For budget travelers it’s hard to go wrong with the low costs associated with visiting Serbia. It’s no different in the capital and in this post I want to talk about a Belgrade daily budget for travelers.
This post will give you a general idea of the costs you can expect when you’re visiting Beograd. It has been broken it down into four main parts to make it easier for you to budget for your trip accordingly.
The four main parts include:
All of the prices listed are in USD and relevant to the exchange rate in April 2018. These costs are based on the experience I had while traveling in Belgrade and living in the city for 5 months.
How Much Does it Cost to Travel in Belgrade?
To put it in perspective you will need approximately $25 to $75 per day to travel in Belgrade comfortably.
The lower end of this price range is suitable for budget travelers. The higher-end provides some better quality alternatives for mid-range and luxury travelers.
There are a number of reasonably priced hostels in Belgrade that are perfect if your backpacking, traveling solo, or trying to keep costs down.
You can expect to pay around $5 to $10 per night for a bed in a shared hostel room. Don’t forget to check reviews and look at photos online before looking somewhere to make sure it’s suitable for your preferences.
For around $15 to $20 per night you can find a private room or even an entire apartment on AirBnb. The price for apartments depends on location and amenities so keep that in mind when you’re browsing what’s available.
Cheap hotels starts at around $25 per night. It’s a good idea to avoid these lower-end hotels and going with a hostel or AirBnb instead.
By the way, if you haven’t already head over to AirBnb and sign up. You get a discount on your first trip if you sign up through my link!
Getting around Belgrade on foot is easy and enjoyable, especially during warmer weather. The city is relatively flat so it’s walkable and easy to explore.
Consider walking everywhere if you’re on a budget. Alternatively, there is an extensive public transportation system made up of buses and light rail.
Tickets for the bus and tram cost $1. There is a day pass available for $2.60 that you can pick up if you’re going to be visiting a lot of places.
Unless you’re taking taxis or Uber your daily cost for transportation in Belgrade will not exceed $3 to $5.
There are a number of options for local street food throughout the city center.
It’s hard to break down an exact price on what you should expect to spend on food when you’re traveling here in Belgrade. Everybody has different preferences so it’s not easy to come up with an accurate estimate.
However, if you’re on a budget it’s possible to keep your daily food costs between $7 and $10. This assumes you’re eating out at local places with an effort to stick to your budget.
Some of the prices you might encounter while you’re out exploring the city include:
- Cappuccino at a local cafe – $1 to $3
- Glass of wine in the city center – $3 to $5
- Dinner from a local grill type of restaurant – $3 to $5
- Bakery items for breakfast $0.70 to $1
- Bottle of Coke or water $0.25 to $0.75
It’s possible to lower this daily cost even further if you’re able to prepare and cook your own ingredients. Grocery stores and fresh markets can be found throughout the city centre with very reasonable prices.
Don’t forget that food from restaurants and cafes will be more expensive in the tourist areas closer to the city centre. You can always check online beforehand if you’re looking for cheap eats for some inspiration on where to go.
There are a lot of things to do in Belgrade so it’s important to have a budget set aside for sightseeing and tourist attractions.
Personally, I love walking around and exploring different neighborhoods when I’m traveling. Museums, galleries, and most paid tourist sights don’t interest me so I tend to avoid them.
This helps to keep my daily budget low and exposes me to places in a city that I otherwise never would have found.
It’s fun to walk around Belgrade and explore on your own without having to worry about tickets, lineups, and entrance fees.
However, if you are interested in visiting some of the museums in Belgrade and other local attractions you can expect to spend between $2 and $10 for an entrance ticket.
Throughout the week and during the month many of the museums and other attractions have free entrance. Check online before your trip to see if anywhere you would like to visit has free entry.
Luxury Travel in Belgrade
At the other end of the spectrum it’s possible to enjoy a luxury lifestyle for a reasonable price while traveling in Belgrade.
Four to five star hotels in the city center starts from $60. Dishes from some of the best restaurants in the city start from $20. It’s possible to hire a private transfer for the day for $100 or just take the taxi everywhere you want to go.
Even as a mid-range traveler you can experience Belgrade from a luxury perspective. This is one of those cities where $100 to $200 per day is enough for you to do whatever it is you want.
Don’t let the low cost of living fool you.
The city still has world-class restaurants, luxury hotels, and unique high-end experiences to offer its guests just like you would find anywhere else.
Tips for Getting the Best Value in Belgrade
Travel Like a Local
People always say that Serbia is cheap and the best way to take advantage of these low prices is to travel like a local.
If it’s cheap to visit then it must be even cheaper to live in Serbia, especially if you’re coming from a Western country with a better economy. Local restaurants and transportation are going to be significantly cheaper than those designed with tourists in mind.
Taking advantage of local prices is going to make it easier for you to keep costs down and experience Serbia on a budget.
Whenever you’re wondering where to go or you’re looking for a local spot don’t hesitate to ask one of the locals! This is one of the best ways to find some hidden gems and amazing places.
Do Your Research Beforehand
Making mistakes can be costly and can make it harder for you to stick to a budget while you’re traveling. To avoid dealing with any problems it’s a good idea to do your research before hand whenever you’re traveling somewhere new.
Head to Google and do some basic searches about visiting Belgrade. Take a look at the blog posts to see who’s sharing helpful tips or recommendations that you can use to make the most of your time in Serbia.
Personally, I’m a big fan of Google reviews. Check out a few reviews before traveling to see if you can find any helpful advice about where you’re going.
Talk to Everyone
The best way to find hidden gems when you’re traveling is to talk to everyone when you get the chance. Serbians are friendly and always willing to help out English-speaking travelers.
The locals you end up speaking with might suggest somewhere for you to stay, make recommendations on the best place to go for dinner, or even prevent you from getting ripped off depending on where you’re traveling.
Simply say hello and see where it goes from there!
Travel With Your Smartphone
Traveling in Serbia is tricky because they use a different alphabet than most people are accustomed to. This can be confusing when you’re trying to use public transportation or order something from the menu.
Bring your smartphone along with you in Belgrade so that you can look it up for directions, definitions, or translations. You can also use the calculator or a currency conversion app to make sure you’re not getting scammed on prices.
My Personal Budget for Belgrade
In total I’ve spent more than 5 months traveling in Serbia and living in Belgrade.
For apartments I use AirBnb and try to find something close to the city centre. This is to avoid having to use public transportation which helps to keep costs down.
For food I typically visit the local Fresh Markets and the grocery store closest to my apartment. Whenever I eat out I’ll typically visit a local restaurant or pick up something to go.
There isn’t much else I spend money on while I’m traveling. In Belgrade, I would be able to spend just $20 per day for a long-term trip or short-term visit in Belgrade.
The Currency in Belgrade
Serbia has its own official currency called the Serbian Dinar. This currency has the abbreviation of RSD which stands for the Republic of Serbia Dinar.
The exchange rate varies depending on when you’re traveling. Before you leave to Serbia head to Google and type in “1USD to RSD” to see what the current exchange rate is. Switch out the “USD” for your currency.
Traveling with a Visa and your own debit card is what I would recommend when you’re visiting Serbia.
Use your visa for bigger purchases at restaurants, grocery stores, and whenever you’re buying Transportation tickets.
Use your debit card for taking out Serbian Dinar once you’re in Belgrade. Avoid using any ATM machines at the airport, train station, or bus station. These are going to have the highest fees of anywhere else in the city.
Using the ATM in Belgrade is completely safe. In the city center there are 1 to 2 ATM’s on every block so they’re easy to find when you need to withdraw cash.
Alternatively, there are a number of exchange offices in Belgrade. You can visit these if you need to exchange your own local currency into Serbian Dinars.
Carefully read the daily exchange rates before exchanging any money. Never hand over your money before getting a receipt to see exactly how much your getting back. Check the current exchange rate on your smartphone or write it down so that you don’t get ripped off.
More Information on Visiting Serbia & Belgrade
Looking for more information on your upcoming trip to Serbia? Here are some other posts on my blog that you might find helpful: