Below are some expenses from the budgets of actual travelers.
Tram Tickets (for 2)
National Museum (for 2)
Restaurant Dinner (for 2)
Taxi To & From Blagaj (hiking)
Restaurant Dinner (for 2)
A Few Drinks (for 2)
A Casual Dinner Out (for 2)
Bosnia and Herzegowina were part of the former Yugoslavia and are located on the Balkan Peninsula in Europe. The country gained its independence in 1992 but a brutal civil war followed between the Serbs, Bosniaks, and Croatians. Signs of the war are still quite evident today all over the country. Despite its brutal past, Bosnia has overcome and developed into a thriving country. Bosnian Muslims, or Bosniaks, once represented the nationality of the region, but the idea of ethnic unity in the area is growing, and diversity is more welcome today.
In addition to its rich and fascinating cultures, the country has stunningly beautiful landscapes in the form of mountains and green rivers. There are countless opportunities to experience the outdoors here, either through rafting, kayaking or hiking. Bosnia is also a great country to visit if you're hoping to take part in some winter sports. Sarajevo actually hosted the Winter Olympics in 1984.
The country is divided into several different regions, with the most frequently visited being the Sarajevo Region. The capital city is a popular destination for its rich culture, traditional old town, and historic nature. Herzegovina, to the south, is traditionally inhabited by the Croats and is a popular destination because of the famed Mostar Bridge. The landscape in the area is also quite beautiful, so if you have time to visit other parts of the region, definitely do. Other regions include the Bosanska Krajina to the northwest, Posavina which follows the Sava River, and the northeast and central parts of the country.
Traveling around Bosnia is best done by bus. There's a very good bus system that will take you almost anywhere in the country. The trains are another option, but many are quite old and slow. The tracks have also been heavily damaged so there is frequent disruption in the service.
At A Glance
There is still a threat of landmines throughout most of Bosnia. If you're driving in the area it is best to remain on paved roads. If you're hiking, stay on marked trails that are well frequented. When in doubt, ask a local and they will likely be informed on the area. Generally, stay away from areas where you know there is a concern for landmines and you should be okay.
It is very easy to travel to Bosnia by bus from the nearby countries. Most buses will drop you off at the main bus station in Sarajevo. There are frequent buses from the more popular destinations including Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Belgrade, Rijeka and Pula, among others. The buses are usually modern coaches that are in good condition. Breakdowns are rare.
Hitchhiking is an option in Bosnia, but like elsewhere, do stay hyper vigilant regarding your safety. It's a great way to meet locals who you are unlikely to interact with otherwise. Also, stay aware of the landmine threat and make sure your vehicle does not leave the paved road. Generally, you don't have to wait long to find a ride, but along less popular routes it can be a challenge.
It is best to exchange your money within the country, or withdraw cash from an ATM, as this will likely give you the best exchange rate. There are many different cash exchange venues in the larger cities. Also make sure you exchange all of your konvertibilna marka back to euros or dollars before leaving the country. If you don't, you're unlikely to find anybody outside of the country who will change the money for you.
Many people enjoy shopping in Bosnia as there are many local items that make interesting souvenirs. There are some great larger shopping malls around where you can get typical, western clothes and items, but if you're looking for something that is locally made, head to the markets and old towns. There are many different crafts, fabrics, and kitchen goods available. Prices are usually negotiable so you can have fun trying to haggle with the shopkeeper as well.
Top Tourist Attractions
Mostar's Old Bridge: This famous and quintessential sight in Bosnia signifies unity in the country. It's a very scenic and historic bridge that crosses over the Neretva River. It was destroyed during the war in the nineties, but has since been rebuilt and is now a popular destination for travelers.
Jajce: This beautiful small town is famous for the waterfalls that are in its downtown area. The town is quaint and historic, dating back to the fourteenth century. It's located in the central part of the country and is relatively easy and convenient to reach from most of the major cities.
Sarajevo's Old Town: Sarajevo is a wonderful mix of old and new. It has a diversity of cultures, activities, and entertainment. One of the most attractive areas is the old town, which has many of the most recognizable sights and best shopping opportunities. It's possible to find accommodation in a local home in or around the old town, which can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Bosnian cuisine includes many delicious and richly flavored dishes. Almost every dish includes some type of meat item, so vegetarians will be hard pressed to find something traditional that they can eat. Even vegetable dishes are often flavored with bacon or pork, so inquire before you order. Meat dishes include kebabs, pastries, and patties that are quite hearty and filling.
Cevapi: This is a Bosnian kebab dish that is made from ground beef and lamb and served with pita or rice. It uses many popular spices and has a strong, but excellent flavor. It makes for a great lunch or dinner option.
Borek: This is a filo pastry dish that is filled with beef and spices or feta and spinach and served with sour cream. It's a popular "fast food" option. It's usually formed into spirals on a large, flat baking sheet and served in small, local restaurants. It's a good, cheap option if you're looking for something filling.
Sarma: This is a traditional cabbage and meat dish that is served with spices. It is a great dinner option and is available in many different restaurants.
Scenic Train Rides
By backpackguru on Nov 23, 2011 in Intercity Transportation
Riding a train through Bosnia is an incredible experience. The route often cuts its way through the most dramatic mountains and runs parallel to a strikingly green river. You'll go in and out of tunnels and be greeted with the most incredible vistas. If at all possible take the train instead of the bus. It might be a little slower and perhaps a little more expensive, but it is absolutely worth it. The countryside you see in Bosnia is a huge part of the experience so definitely don't miss it!
By Frederick on Feb 26, 2012 in Accommodation
The best way to get a cheap place to sleep in Bosnia is to rent a room in someone's house. People will usually meet you at the bus or train station and show you photos of the rooms they have a available. Usually, but not always, they are of descent quality and are far cheaper the hotel options. It's also a great way to see what daily life is like in Bosnia. Do take your shoes off before you enter someone's home. This is usually standard practice in this country. Also ask where the home is before you agree to going there. You want to be easily accessible to other options if you choose not to take them up on the offer.
By Laurie on Feb 26, 2012 in Souvenirs
There are some great shopping opportunities in Bosnia. Definitely head to some of the major markets and pick up some fascinating souvenirs, particularly if you are spending some time in Sarajevo. If you get of the main streets there are some great finds that aren't too touristy or cheesy. Many of the markets are still organized with like items on one streets. This makes it very easy to comparison shop and ensure you're getting exactly what you want in your purchase. Prices are often negotiable unless they are otherwise marked. Bartering is a fun past time here as well, as vendors are often not too pushy.
5% - 15%
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis. 2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.
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