About Novi Sad

About Novi Sad

Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia and the administrative seat of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. Novi Sad has a population of 350,000 in the wider urban area. It is located in the southern part of Pannonian Plain, on the bank of the river Danube between Budapest and Belgrade, facing the northern slopes of Fruška Gora mountain. The city was founded in 1694, when artisans and merchants formed a colony across the Danube from the Petrovaradin fortress, a Habsburg strategic military post. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it became an important trading and manufacturing centre, as well as a centre of Serbian culture of that period, earning the nickname Serbian Athens. Today, Novi Sad is an industrial and financial centre of the Serbian economy, as well as a major cultural centre.

Novi Sad tourist map and Novi Sad public transport map.

Getting there

Thanks to its favourable position on the Danube and at the crossing of many roads, Novi Sad has excellent connections with towns and cities in the region. It is 83 km north-west of Belgrade, about 300 km south of Budapest, 450 km east of Ljubljana, 330 km east of Zagreb, 500 km north of Podgorica, 150 km west of Timişoara and 100 km south of Subotica and the Hungarian border.

By plane:

The city itself doesn't have an airport and the closest one is Nikola Tesla International Airport (IATA: BEG) near Belgrade (about 70 km from Novi Sad). Some taxi companies offer transport from Belgrade Airport to Novi Sad, for a rate of 14 EUR to 35 EUR in one way depending on total number of passengers in the vehicle.

Other useful airports with low-cost flights:

  • Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (IATA: BUD) (247 km from Novi Sad, serving numerous low-cost airlines, the best way to get to Western/Northern Europe by plane)
  • Osijek Airport (96 km from Novi Sad, serving Ryanair (now defunct)
  • Timisoara Traian Vuia International Airport (126 km from Novi Sad, serving Wizzair)

By train:

Novi Sad has good rail links with the whole of Serbia and directly or indirectly with the rest of Europe. Trains run daily to and from Budapest, for a rate of approximately 15 EUR (or 26 EUR for a round-trip ticket). Serbia is also part of the InterRail scheme.

By car:

E-75 highway that connects Belgrade and Budapest is passing by Novi Sad. Toll fare for passenger cars coming from Belgrade is 240 RSD (or 3 EUR). Prices for other types of vehicle (bus, truck) are higher. If you want to go in the direction of Zagreb, Ljubljana take E-70 highway which is some 40 km south/west of Novi Sad.

By bus:

The most frequent domestic bus route is the one from Belgrade, with buses leaving every 15 minutes during peak hours (for a rate of approximately 7 EUR in one way). Internationally, the city has frequent bus connections to Sofia in Bulgaria, Budapest in Hungary, Zagreb, Vukovar and Osijek in Croatia, Sarajevo and Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also reachable from Germany and Austria.

Click here for details on how to get from Belgrade to Novi Sad

What to see, what to do

The City of Novi Sad offers the diversity of a modern tourist center that aims to and has the ability to put itself on a world tourist map. It is located on the Danube River, on the intersection of the most important roads, near the mountain of Fruška Gora with 17 culturally and historically significant monasteries, and it is surrounded by typical Vojvodinian ranches. In addition, there are 17th-century Petrovaradin Fortress, an appealing old city center, numerous museums, a prestigious Novi Sad Fair, as well as many world famous festivals and events.

Novi Sad is a charming, cultural and vivid city. It is considered to be a perfect combination of urban sophistication and bohemian relaxation. A multi-ethnic (Serbs, Croats, Hungarians, Slovaks, Gypsies etc.) foundation on which Novi Sad was built, makes it a very tolerant, peaceful environment. The actual city centre is quite small and most of the interesting sights, bars and hotels are all within easy walking distance. As a university town, Novi Sad is known for a lively bar scene. There are lots of nice bars in the small streets.

It is a city one gets to know and love easily, but also a place hard to forget and leave forever. Novi Sad is a simple city, hospitable and open-hearted to all visitors.

More about Novi Sad... or visit the Novi Sad official city website.