Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport is the main international airport serving Belgrade, Serbia. The airport is also a hub for Serbia's national flag carrier, Air Serbia. The airport is touted as one of Europe's fastest growing airports, welcoming over 3.5 million passengers in 2013. It has two terminals, with Terminal 2 having a capacity of serving up to five million passengers.
Home to over 1.2 million residents, Belgrade is divided into 17 municipalities, of which 10 are urban municipalities. One of the main attractions of the city lies in its historical areas, featuring the National Museum, National Theatre, Nikola Pašić Square and Kalemegdan Fortress. The city also has a vibrant night scene, with many clubs by the Danube river.
The airport is around 18km away from the city centre. The fastest way from the city centre via taxis and the journey takes around 20 minutes. A cheaper alternative is to take the Mini Bus line A1 that departs from Slavija Square. Tickets are purchased on board the bus and cost around NZD4. The bus operates from 3.20am.
Where to go
While there are no domestic flight routes from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, here are a few destinations you can consider heading to after visiting beautiful Belgrade!
The busiest route from the airport since March 2014 is to the charming city of Vienna. Notable attractions include the impressive palaces such as Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace and Belvedere Palace. Nature lovers can spend the afternoon at the lovely Schlosspark Schönbrunn. Over 100 museums can be found in this cultural city, with more famous museums being the Natural History Museum. For the sporty, why not take a lesson at the Spanish Riding School?
Less than an hour's flight away lies Podgorica city. One of the best ways to explore the city is a trip to the Old Turkish town. Walk through its cobbled, narrow streets, adorned with mosques and an old clock tower. Drop by Zlatica, an archaeological site dating back to the 5th century. Rimski Trg is a square in the new part of town lined with trendy cafes and restaurants. Other architectural beauties that can be found in the city is the Millennium Bridge and Hram Hristovog Vaskrsenja, a picturesque temple.
Popular mid-haul flights include flights to Russia's capital, Moscow. Places not to miss out include Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushinsky Lane, featuring over 150, 000 pieces of Russian artwork. Naturally, one will drop by the picturesque Red Square. If you love nature, make a trip to the scenic Aptekarsky Ogorod Botanical Garden. Cultural and historical attractions include the Kremlin Walls and Tower and Bolshoi Theatre, famed for its world class ballet and opera performances.
Istanbul is often mistaken for Turkey’s capital due to the scores of attractions that line the city. Besides being known for its historic centre, the cityscape showcases various monuments reflecting influences from Asia and Europe due to Turkey's central location. Iconic buildings like the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Basilica Cistern and Fortress of Europe are popular tourist attractions.
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