Bosnia Basics

• Currency – KM (Konvertible Mark)

• 90 Days Visa free for most visitors

• Bus and Train main form of transport

Alpine style mountain scenery, numerous vineyards, and a wealth of history make Bosnia a gem of a country. Travellers of all types will find something to appreciate here. The towns and cities are heavily flavoured by its past role as part of the Ottoman empire ; this translates into their food too – no journey to Bosnia is complete without sampling some of their traditional coffee and ‘Burek’ – Bosnian pie.


Cevapi is a Bosnian style kebab – regarded as a national dish and locals will urge you to try some. It costs around 1- 2 Euros from fast food take outs. Burek has a variety of fillings you can choose and costs a similar amount from bakeries. In a restaurant, prices for a meal and a drink start from around €6. For the self caterers, veg and fruit are widely available and good value.


A dorm bed in a hostel ranges from 7 – 12 Euros, and the standard is usually good. Twin rooms with a shared bathroom start from about €24. A double or twin in a hotel or apartment are generally €30 upwards. Sarajevo has the best selection of accommodation, with both budget and luxury options.


Sarajevo has trams and buses that cost less than a Euro for a single trip. The Mostar to Sarajevo train is a great way to travel as it passes through fantastic scenery and costs €6. Buses are the main form of transport elsewhere in the country, reaching all towns and most villages.




The ‘town in the mountains’ has grown to become a large city with a wealth of things to do. The Latin Bridge, nearby mountains, and Sarejevo brewery are just a few places to visit. Walking the street is interesting in itself, with many bullet ridden buildings still showing the scars of the Balkan wars.


Quieter, smaller and more relaxed than the capital. Mostar’s laid back atmosphere makes a great location for a few days downtime. Chill out by the turquoise Neretva river, or spend time walking the cobbles of the pretty old town. It makes a good base for exploring the south of the country.



Rent a car  – Some Bosnian sights are reasonably close and many places can be visited in a day. The Kravice waterfalls are a great place to visit and swim in the clear waters below. Combine it with a visit to Dervish House in Blagaj to make an excellent day out.

Go Hiking in Sutjeska national park – Spend the day climbing then stay overnight in a mountain hut. The Skakavac waterfall is an awesome sight as it plunges into the ancient woodland of Perucica.

Explore the history in Jajce – 160km from Sarajevo, it has a medieval citadel, museums, and was the capital of Bosnia centuries ago. Spend time at the Pliva Lakes, a truly beautiful part of the country.


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