Serbia

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

Currency is issued in notes of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 dinars. Coins in circulation have a face value of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 dinars. It is possible to change money on the spot. ATMs are still rare outside the center of Belgrade. Big stores, restaurants and hotels take credit cards. Many small shops do not take them, especially outside the center of Belgrade. It is legally forbidden to pay in foreign currency, but in practice some shops take euros. The Serbian dinar is available outside the Serbian borders but not everywhere. There is no exchange control in Serbia. The legal tender is the dinar. It floats freely but the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) manages to maintain the stability of the currency, which is in practice tied to the euro.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Serbia , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Food shops : 06h00-21h00 in the week and on Saturday, 08h00-14h00 on Sunday.
Administration : 08h00-16h00 every day of the week.
Banks : 08h00-19h00 in the week, 08h00-15h00 on Saturday.



Transportation

Road
The motorway network is in good condition. Vehicles with foreign registrations are required to pay tolls in euros. The road network in the country as a whole is mediocre except for main routes. Driving conditions may be dangerous, especially at night and in winter. Speed checks are frequent. They drive on the right in Serbia. The French driving licence is recognized. However, for a stay longer than six months, it must be exchanged for a local driving licence. In case of accident, you should call the nearest police station in order to draw up an accident report. Third party insurance is mandatory; disputes with local insurance companies often happen. It is also recommended that you take out an assistance insurance contract (for passengers, vehicle, legal aid). Finally, it is particularly recommended that you take out an insurance covering theft and that you extend its cover to Serbia, which is rarely included even in the guarantees for "Europe".



Rail
Rail transport is run-down and slow, delays often occur. Some trains can carry cars.

Air
A JAT shuttle bus operates every hour between Surcin airport (www.airport-belgrade.co.yu) and the center of Belgrade, taking about 30 minutes. Otherwise there are city buses (www.gsp.co.yu). The average cost of a taxi ride between the airport and the city center is around 1,000 dinars. But it is preferable to make sure of this price beforehand, or even to negotiate it.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: The suffix is .yu but it will become .rs in 2007.



Basic conversation guide

Yes = Da
No = Ne
Thank you = Hvala
Hello = Dobar dan
Goodbye = Dovidjenja, Zbogom
I don't understand= Ne razumem
What is the price? How much is it? = Poshto je ovo? Koliko kosta...?
I would like to buy... = Hteo bih da kupim ... (au masculin). Htela bih da kupim ... (au féminin)
Do you take credit cards? = Primate li kreditne kartice?
Where is...? = Gde je.. ?
post office= poshta
bank = banka
police station = policijska stanica
pharmacy = apoteka
airport = aerodrom
train station = zheleznitchka stanica
A ticket for ...., please. = Jednu kartu za ..., molim.
Do you have any rooms available for tonight? = Imate li slobodnih soba za vetcheras?