Novi Sad is a lovely city about 1.5 hours north of Belgrade. It’s an easy day trip, but it would be worth staying a few nights if you have time. Although there’s not a lot to see, it’s really pleasant to spend a day in Novi Sad.
You can take the bus from Belgrade, (they go frequently, every half an hour or so on weekdays). It cost about 1200 dinar for two of us to get there. You can also take the train, which was a bit cheaper (900 dinar for two of us from Novi Sad to Belgrade).
You can’t find timetables online, and on the rare occasion that you can, they’re probably wrong, so the only way to really know the timetable is to go to the station and ask. The bus station and train station are really close in both towns, so you could easily just show up and ask prices and times on the day. They’re so close, that we accidentally bought train tickets instead of bus tickets on the way back, which is how we know they’re cheaper. Just lucky we realised before we missed the train while waiting at the bus platform!
To get to the old town from the bus station, it’s a very manageable 2km walk, which gives you a taste of the newer part of the city. Alternatively, you could take bus number 4.
After we arrived, the second we stepped off the bus a massive downpour of rain began. We got soaked just running from the bus to a shelter! Luckily it stopped and we were able to walk into town, but it did begin again once we arrived.
Things to do
The city is best known for its pastel coloured old town, which was especially dreamy in the rain. You can stroll around the town without any fixed plans and take in the ambiance, while snapping some pictures of the charming streets and chatting to the friendly waiters at the restaurants. Browse some of the boutique stores, explore side streets.
Also worth a look is the also impressive old Orthodox church, and Dunavski Park.
Across the bridge
You can wander over Most Varadinska Duga for a less polished old town. Here, you’ll find the massive city fortress. Like the fortress in Belgrade, it’s a big (free) park that you can explore at your leisure. If you go along to the clock tower, you’ll get some lovely views of the Danube and the city.
That sums up our leisurely day in Novi Sad. It’s such a different place to Belgrade. None of the imposing, blackened concrete utilitarian buildings. You don’t need to dig deep to find the beauty in this town. It’s right there in front of you.