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Wherever I travel I love to hike as well. Exploring the great outdoors is one of my favorite past times and so I was excited to go hiking in Belgrade.
However, I quickly found that it’s harder than I thought if you don’t have a car.
I did a lot of research on hiking in Belgrade, but our visit was just after a travel-heavy vacation in Albania and Macedonia and in the very depths of the heat of summer, so, unfortunately, I never put it to good use.
Still, there aren’t many articles about hiking in Belgrade out there so I’ll share what I learned to help others who are interested in learning more about hiking in Belgrade!
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Where to Learn More About the National Parks
There are five national parks in Serbia. This website lists them all with photos and descriptions of each one so you can decide which one you want to visit.
If you’re looking for more inspiration for hiking in Belgrade, you can also browse these 7 viewpoints in Serbia which is helpful in finding exact locations.
Most of the parks are pretty big so what I did was pull out specific lookout points or town names mentioned in this article and then build the trip backward from there.
A third resource to find hiking routes around Belgrade is this list of the Top 10 Hiking Destinations in Serbia.
This is just a stock photo, but I imagine it’s what hiking in Belgrade would look like if I made it out to the trails
Some Hiking Routes You Can Try
While planning my weekends I ended up doing a lot of research on hiking in Belgrade.
I never got around to visiting these places but I still learned a lot. These route ideas can provide a starting point to plan your own hiking trip, but of course please do more research to ensure the info is accurate before you go!
Fruska Gora National Park
The closest place for hiking in Belgrade is to go in Fruska Gora National Park. The best way to access that is by taking a bus from Belgrade to Novi Sad and you can search here for the schedule.
These busses run about every 15 to 20 minutes, take 1.5 hours, and cost 750 dinars / 7.50 usd.
Once you arrive at the bus station in Novi Sad you can change buses for another 30 minute ride to get to the park. This website is a very helpful reference to discover which parts of the park that different routes will help you reach.
I also spent a weekend in Novi Sad and the town itself is definitely worth seeing!
Zavojsko Lake and Mt. Stara Planina
It looks like you can take a bus to Pirot to access Zavojsko Lake and Mount Stara Planina.
Search here to find the bus schedule for Belgrade to Pirot and you’ll see that the trip should take between 4 and 5 hours. Then, you can visit a fortress in Pirot and hike to the lake and the mountain which are located about 30 minutes from the city.
I was also interested in seeing the Ovcar-Kablar Gorge.
It looks like you can take a bus from Belgrade to the city of Cacak. Search here to find the schedule and you can see the trip takes between 2.5 to 3 hours and busses leave every hour on the hour.
From Cacak you can then take a steep hike up to a lookout above the river and mountains. This review has detailed walking directions for the route.
Kopaonik National Park
Another part of Serbia that I was interested in visiting is called Kopaonik.
This is a ski town in Kopaonik National Park that’s a popular winter escape. However, in the summer you can also visit to go hiking in the surrounding hills and mountains.
Search buses from Belgrade to Kopaonik to see they leave every day at 7 am and 12:15 and the trip takes 5 hours.
If you go, search on a map for the “Grand Hotel and Spa” Kopaonik. This is located in a central area with easy access to the ski lifts and hiking trails. Then, you will have a better idea of where to book your own hotel or Airbnb to stay in the same place.
Tara National Park
Tara National Park is about 4 to 5 hours by bus from Belgrade and this was probably the park I wanted to go hiking in the most.
The official Tara National Park website is really helpful for planning because they list the most popular viewpoints with pretty detailed instructions on how to reach them.
As far as getting to Tara National Park, that seems a bit more difficult. Again, the official website does have some helpful information about transport.
It looks like you will need to take a 4 hour bus (choose carefully, some on this route are much longer) from Belgrade to Bajina Basta, and then from there you will have to change to another bus or take a taxi to go to one of the tourist centers in the park like Kalujerske Bar or Mitrovac where other trails start.
The Rtanj Mountain looks interesting. If you would like to go hiking in Rtanj Mountain it seems like the best way is to take a bus from Belgrade to Sokobanja. Again, choose carefully because the drive times differ and will be shorter the earlier you go.
In Sokobanja you will then need to either take a taxi or a local bus to the hiking trails… I can’t find clear information online but my guess is that it’s easier to find once you’re in the town.
Another reason to visit Rtanj Mountain and Sokobanja is that the town is a popular tourist resort with thermal baths and hot springs to relax in after the tough climb.
This is also a stock photo – hey, I needed to break up the text somehow!
Hiking Tours in Belgrade
If all of this sounds kind of overwhelming then you can simplify the process by booking a tour.
Free Belgrade Walking Tours offer a bunch of different hiking tours to Tara National Park, Rtanj Mountain, and more. They are definitely on the expensive side (around 100 euros or more each) but it’s also kind of nice to have everything taken care of for you.
Where to Find Nature in Belgrade
If you want to go hiking in Belgrade but aren’t interested in the long bus rides that all of these excursions require, you can also find nature right here in the city’s backyard.
What to pack for your hikes in Serbia
Even if you’re just setting out for a day trip in the mountains, it’s always good to be extra prepared. If you tackle any of the hikes above, I recommend bringing:
- A small day pack
- Extra layers like a light jacket or sweatshirt
- Sturdy hiking boots
- A large water bottle
- Snacks and a packed lunch
- Cash for buses, taxis, snacks, and other small purchases
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Hiking in Belgrade For Long-Term Travelers
If you’re moving to Belgrade or planning to stay in the city for a few months, I suggest buying a book called Hiking and Biking in Serbia.
It was published in 2016 and each route was personally done by the author so I would expect detailed guides and information. You can buy it on Amazon or at these bookstores in Belgrade.
I hope these routes and resources can help you plan a hiking trip from Belgrade. The national parks, hiking trails, and mountains are mostly all accessible by public transport… if you have patience and the time to do a little research before you go.
If you are looking to escape the city and get out into nature for a few days, use this article and my research to help kick start your planning! Of course, if you do check out any of these routes please comment below and let me know!
Ready to go?
Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights to Belgrade and explore accommodation like unique stays on Airbnb or the top-rated hotels on Booking.com to plan the perfect night, weekend, or long-term stay in the city.
Then, join our new Sustainable Hiking Collective on Facebook to connect with the international hiking community, discover new destinations, join virtual trail cleanups, and take part in monthly sustainability challenges.
This article is part of the Ballin’ Belgrade series. Read the rest below:
Then, explore the complete Serbia series for more insider tips on what to see, do, eat, drink, and discover in the country.