Why to Choose Serbia for Your Next Motorcycle Journey
For single travelers, moto touring is one of the best ways to meet new people and travel in freedom. One of the not so popular countries for motorcycling tours in Europe is definitively Serbia. This wild Slavic land situated in the middle of the Balkan Peninsula, is a hidden gem for motorcycle travelers.
The country fascinates not only with its divine nature and picturesque landscapes, but also with its numerous monuments, excellent nightlife options and the absolutely amazing Serbian cuisine!
Tips for Enjoying Serbia by Motorcycle
Before you get on your motorbike, I would like to give you few tips in order to make your trip more pleasant and convenient throughout the country.
The country of Serbia is situated in the Balkans, in Southern Europe. The Capital of Serbia is Belgrade and where most tourists flock to in the summer months. Serbians invite tourists to their country with open arms and hearts and love to speak English with visitors.
Full of history, beautiful National Parks, monuments and so much more, there’s something for everyone in Serbia.
Entry Requirements into Serbia
Entering Serbia is quite easy as long as you have your passport and driver’s license, a Motor Insurance Certificate and an International Driving Permit available. With these in hand, you shouldn’t have any difficulties or problems at the borders.
Citizens of United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Chile, Israel, Singapore, Japan, Australia and some other nations have visa-free access for a maximum stay of 90 days.
It’s also good to know that if you do plan on staying in Serbia for more than twelve hours, then you must notify the local police station. If you check into your hotel or motel, then they will take care of this for you. In most cases, no one cares. However, sometimes the authorities will ask for an ID and make a call. In this case, you do not have to panic, as they are just doing their job.
Road tolls are not expensive here either. If you are driving on the highway, throughout the entire country, you will only have to pay around 6 dollars. Here I must say that the quality of the infrastructure (including roads) is not as in other European Union countries, not to mention the United States.
From this point of view, you should be very careful when riding on the other domestic roads as it could be pretty uncomfortable. Do not drive above the speed limit as the Serbian roads are pretty old. Most of them are built some forty years ago and they are “rich” in bumps and holes!
Road signage is quite adequate and you shouldn’t get lost on your way to your specific destination. During your travels, if you would like to see some of the country’s natural beauties and/or monuments along the way, you should be able to find them quite easy. However, if (by any chance) you do get lost, just stop ask someone and you will be back on track in no time. Serbians are friendly people who show a lot of hospitality towards foreigners despite the fact that the mass-media usually presented Serbia in a different way in the past.
Most of the people are eager to assist or help you in a difficult situation you may come upon during your trip. You can seek help almost anywhere. If you feel tired, it is highly recommended to take a break, even for a short while.
Most of the roads, even old ones, are mapped into most GPS gadgets, so be sure to update your maps in order to see the latest changes in the infrastructure, or just to have an idea which next big city you may be approaching. The Serbian Automobile and Motorcycle Association (AMSS) are always at your disposal if you have any problems on the road. They offer assistance in any case and anytime 24/7/ during the whole year.
The emergency number for this association is + 381 11 1987.
Don’t forget that the equipment for your bike trip should always contain a First Aid kit, reflective jacket (especially if you plan to ride at night), motorcycle boots, dual sport tires and without saying, an approved safety helmet.
Motorcycle boots are extremely important, assuming that you want to protect your feet and ankles. The performance on the road depends on the tires you choose for your trip. My advice is to use dual sport tires as, they guarantee your safety and comfort during your trip. If you decide to travel during the winter season, do not forget to change the tires of your motorcycle with winter ones. Take notice on this, because if you miss even one of things mentioned above, you can be fined and jailed by the authorities.
Serbia and Currency
The official currency is the Serbian dinar (RSD).
Gas stations are almost everywhere on Serbia’s main roads, so you shouldn’t have to worry about running out of petrol. Its quality is according to European standards and controlled on monthly basis. Payments are usually made in the national currency of Serbia (Dinar), but the Euro is also accepted. All the gas stations have POS terminals, so you should be able to pay with a credit or debit card as well.
You should be careful when exchanging your money. The exchange rate in most private offices is much better than in the banks. So if you want to convert dollars to dinars, for example, do it there.
If you want to take a break or feel hungry during your trip, there are many motels available alongside the highways. There you can sleep over or have a fresh and delicious meal. What I highly recommend is to try traditional Serbian cuisine. For example, Pecenje which is roasted and grilled meat and prepared by putting the whole lamb (or piglet) on a long stick and then roasted over fire for at least a couple of hours.
You can taste this typical Serbian meal in the so called “pecenjare” restaurants. In these places, you can meet travelers from all over the world who also stop by to have a bite and plan the next stage of their trip. Truck drivers, bikers, and common travelers are just a small part of the people that explore this beautiful Slavic land and everything it has to offer.
If you’ve never been to Serbia, now is a perfect time to start packing, hop on your bike, hit the road and enjoy your trip to the Balkans. Motorcycle tours and rentals are readily available, especially in most major cities.
Below, I have listed the official Serbia Tourism Website for your convenience, where you can access much more detailed travel information.
About the Author
Over the past 10 years, Laura Knight has been a motorcycle rider. She has built up an incredible passion for traveling by motorbike and always wishes to contribute to motorcyclist and traveler community.
This is the reason why she created MotorManner.com where her passion is turned into useful and interesting information to the motorcyclists and travel lovers.