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    Car hire in Belgrade, Serbia at the lowest rates

    Erstwhile capital of mighty Yugoslavia, Belgrade is a truly unique and captivating city. Revelers, history buffs, architecture lovers, sports fans, backpackers and more flock to the city all year round to bask in Belgrade’s many charms. While the city may fall under Central European Time, its inhabitants operate on a time-scale of their own – impromptu nights out and languishing coffee breaks are common occurrences. It’s this more ‘present’ way of living that continually draws new inhabitants to the city. Perhaps this particular skill has developed within the Belgradian mindset by way of sheer pragmatism. The city itself has seen over 100 wars and has been razed to the ground 44 times, so the tendency to partake in an extra coffee and a semi-frequent shot of hedonism is rather justified. As a result of this fiery past, none of the buildings in Belgrade are over 250 years old. Regardless, the city is populated with fascinating examples of brutalist architecture, socialist blocks, Roman and Ottoman remains and Islamic monuments, not to mention the Kalemedgan Citadel, a battle-worn fortress dating back to the Celtic times that sits near the city centre, with incredible views out across the Danube.

    Belgrade sits at the confluence of two large rivers, the Danbube and Sava. The latter of these rivers runs ferociously throughout the Balkan countries, while the Danube needs no introduction. Much of the city is built along the waterfront, with some excellent nightlife spots on the far side of the river. Controversially, there are ongoing plans to replace some of this with a large-scale luxury hotel, so make sure you visit soon to sample these eclectic, vibrant spots – often constructed on floating platforms or boats and eternally blasting everything from techno to pop music into the surrounding night. Belgrade’s historic centre sits atop a hill above the city and the more modern hub of city life is located nearby. Nearby, you can sit with a coffee or rakija (high-proof alcohol found throughout the Balkans, often made with berries) as the locals do in Republic Square or on Kneza Milanova and watch the world go by.

    Several walking tours operate in the city, including an excellent free tour that begins at Hedonist hostel, with excellent, witty local guides who are happy to explain the history of Yugoslavia and Serbia’s relationship with its neighbours, as well as teach you traditional dance moves and explain the country’s love of tennis star, Novak Djokovic. The Museum of Yugoslavia provides another fascinating insight into life in the once-grand socialist country under Josip Broz Tito, regarded by the majority of citizens as a national hero and polled as Serbia’s favourite leader, thanks largely to his excellent diplomatic skills. Once you’ve worked up a hunger, feast on cevapi – Serbia’s favourite meat dish – or, dare we say it, some excellent Greek gyros (for the uninitiated, these are like British kebabs, but with more wholesome bread, which also contains French fries)!

    Belgrade is the perfect city from which to explore the Balkans and Central Europe. Neighbouring Novi Sad, home to world-renowned EXIT Festival, is a short drive away, while Sarajevo and Budapest are also reachable. This makes car hire in Belgrade a popular choice. Book now with Auto Europe to kick-start start your own Balkan adventure. We’ve been in the car hire business since 1954 and have spent over 60 years building relationships with the most reliable suppliers so that we can offer the best deals on the market to our customers! Read the comments posted on our Belgrade car hire reviews page by other satisfied Auto Europe customers before booking your next car rental in the Serbian capital.

    Traffic and Parking

    As with many Balkan countries, driving is more chaotic than we are used to in the UK, something to be aware of when taking a car rental in Belgrade. Metered parking spaces are in operation across the city however free spaces in Belgrade are few and far between, occasionally leading some people to park on the pavements. Outwith the city of Belgrade, the official British government advice is to drive with caution, as several of the roads are in disrepair, especially after bad weather which is common during the winter months.

    Geographical Information

    Belgrade is located in central Serbia, at the intersection of the Danube and Sava rivers. It is bordered by Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo, making it the perfect base from which to explore Central Europe. Be aware that problems can arise upon re-entering Serbia after visiting Kosovo, as Serbia does not yet recognise Kosovo as its own state and can class this as entering Serbia illegally.

    Belgrade Airport

    Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is located around 9 miles west of the city centre. It is Serbia’s largest airport and was named after the legendary scientist in 2006 in honour of his many achievements – notably, Tesla invented ‘alternating current’ simultaneously with Thomas Edison, however Tesla had less fiscally-orientated, more utilitarian intentions. His airport can be reached via the E-70, taking the exit onto the 266, which can take from 15-60 minutes. Non-stop flights are available to over 50 cities in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and America, including London, New York, Berlin, Istanbul and Tehran.

    Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG)
    Address: Aerodrom Beograd 59, Belgrade, 11180, Serbia
    Website: Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport
    Telephone: +381 11 2094444

    OMB and OMV both have petrol stations situated close to the airport, handy for ensuring that you return your car hire to Belgrade with the correct amount of fuel as stated on your booking.

    Public Transportation

    Although Belgrade has a reputation for having a dated public transport system, this perception is now past its expiry date – recent years have seen public transport improve in leaps and bounds. There are buses, trams and trolleybuses available and while usually these vehicles are modern, there is still the chance of the small touristic thrill of climbing aboard an older, characterful model. Pre-paid paper or electronic cards can be purchased at most newsstands or stations and work on every mode of transport except minibuses with an ‘E’ prefix. Paper cards cost around 30p but have a top-up limit. Plastic cards last for 3 days and can be topped up with no ceiling. This transport network reaches most parts of the city and is convenient for travellers, however if you are looking to travel quickly without a hire car, taxis are also widely available.

    Auto Europe is one of the top providers of car hire in the UK. We have strong relationships with the best car hire companies around the world, giving you the choice of the best options. Go online to book today, or for more information contact our fantastic customer service team on Auto Europe's phone line: +441233225114.

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