The ultimate guide for your private tour from Belgrade to Novi Sad
Are you planning a private day trip from Belgrade to Novi Sad, Serbia? You are at the right place! This blog post will introduce you to all the details you should know before you go on your custom-tailored sightseeing tour to Novi Sad.
We will cover in this post:
- How to get from Belgrade to Novi Sad?
- The perfect itinerary for a day trip from Belgrade to Novi Sad
- Alternative places you can see on this day trip
- For whom a day trip to Novi Sad is a good choice, and for whom is it not?
How to get from Belgrade to Novi Sad?
Novi Sad is located 100 kilometers north of Belgrade. The highway connects these two biggest Serbian cities, and it takes less than an hour and a half if you travel by car. Alternatively, you have two little longer ways. The first is through Fruska Gora National Park, and the second way is the old Belgrade – Novi Sad road. The second road goes through small towns and villages such as Banovci, Pazova, Indjija, and Sremski Karlovci. Sremski Karlovci is also worth of visit, you can read about that later in this post.
You have 3 options for your private tour from Belgrade to Novi Sad:
Belgrade to Novi Sad by bus
There are direct bus lines from Belgrade to Novi Sad a few times per day, and tickets are inexpensive. Although, we don’t recommend you this option because buses have a lot of stops and it takes more than two hours for a bus trip. And, if you travel to Novi Sad by bus, you can’t visit other places of interest on the way.
Belgrade to Novi Sad by train
The “Soko” train connecting Belgrade and Novi Sad is the only fast train in Serbia. You’ll get there much faster than by bus. But getting to Belgrade Train Station is a little bit tricky. The train stops in Sremski Karlovci, a wine town you should visit on this day trip. You can exit here by a train, and catch another one when you finish the sightseeing.
Belgrade to Novi Sad by a rented car
If you are a driver, this is a much better option for a trip to Novi Sad than traveling by bus or train. You will be more flexible and able to see all the places we recommend for this day trip.
Hire a driver for your private tour to Novi Sad
This is the most convenient transportation option, although it’s not the cheapest one. If you rent a car with the driver, you don’t have to worry about driving or parking, and local knowledge can be beneficial for your day trip to Novi Sad.
The perfect itinerary for a day trip from Belgrade to Novi Sad
Check the places of interest you can visit on a day trip from Belgrade to Novi Sad, and read about them. About seven hours should be enough for your private tour to Novi Sad if you wish to see all the main recommended attractions. If you want a shorter tour, you can visit only Novi Sad and Petrovaradin Fortress, located next to Novi Sad.
- Kovilj Monastery
- Novi Sad city center
- Petrovaradin Fortress
- Sremski Karlovci
- Alternative places you can visit
Kovilj Monastery is located in the village with the same name, near the highway leading from Belgrade to Novi Sad. It’s an ideal stop to feel close to a Serbian spiritual heritage. The monastery date back to the 13th century when it was established by Serbian monks. Over the years, the Kovilj Monastery has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The current structure dates back to the 18th century.
The monastery’s architecture is a stunning blend of Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic styles. It reflects the different influences of its long and eventful history. The monastery’s library holds some of the oldest and rarest books in the Serbian language, including religious texts and historical manuscripts. The Kovilj Monastery is also home to a valuable collection of icons dating back to the 17th century. Kovilj is surrounded by lush greenery, making it an ideal spot for peaceful reflection and contemplation.
In conclusion, the Kovilj Monastery offers a unique blend of cultural, historical, and spiritual experiences. Whether you’re a history buff, a spiritual seeker, or just a tourist on the way to Novi Sad, the Kovilj Monastery is worth a visit.
Novi Sad city center
Of course, the city center is a highlight of your day trip to Novi Sad, and all the other points of interest are just the add-ons to make this tour even better.
Here are some things you can see and do in Novi Sad city center:
Visit the main pedestrian street – Zmaj Jovina Street. This street is a popular spot for locals and tourists, with plenty of cafes, restaurants, and shops to explore. It’s also home to some known for its beautiful architecture, including the elegant Neo-Baroque buildings, such as the Bishop’s Palace and the City Hall. Mite Ruzica and Laze Teleckog are also attractive pedestrian streets where you can feel the charm of this beautiful city.
Stroll through Dunavska Street – another popular pedestrian street that leads from Zmaj Jovina to Danube Park.
Visit the main square – Trg Slobode (Liberty Square). This is the largest square in Novi Sad and is surrounded by some of the city’s most important landmarks, such as the neo-Gothic City Hall, and the Catholic Cathedral.
Check out the Bishop’s Palace – located on Zmaj Jovina Street. This impressive building was built in the 18th century and now houses the Museum of Vojvodina, which showcases the history and culture of the region.
Petrovaradin fortress is just 20 minutes away from Novi Sad city center, or 5-6 if you are going there by car.
The visit is free of charge, and you’ll don’t need more than 30 minutes for sightseeing except if you visit the Museum of the City of Novi Sad, housed within the fortress. Also, you can extend your tour by having lunch or a coffee break in one of the cafes or restaurants with a panoramic view.
This 18th-century fortress sits majestically atop a hill overlooking the Danube River, offering stunning views of Novi Sad and nearby Fruska Gora.
Initially built by the Austrians to defend against Ottoman invasions, Petrovaradin Fortress has witnessed centuries of history, including wars and revolutions. Today, it stands as a cultural and historical monument, open to visitors who want to explore its rich heritage.
On the way back to Belgrade from Novi Sad and Petrovaradin Fortress, you can partially go by the old road instead of the highway. That way, you can visit the charming historical & wine town of Sremski Karlovci, just 15-20 minutes away from Petrovaradin Fortress if you travel by car. Sremski Karlovci is a delightful destination that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and gastronomy.
One of the top attractions in Sremski Karlovci is its beautiful architecture, which reflects a blend of different styles from various historical periods. Sremski Karlovci is known for its delicious wines, especially “Bermet”.
A must-see attraction is the Patriarchate of Karlovci, which is the residence of the Serbian Orthodox Church’s patriarch. This impressive building dates back to the 18th century and is one of the most important religious sites in Serbia.
Alternative places you can see on this day trip
In case you wish to add a little nature to this tour, you can visit National Park Fruska Gora near Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci. That way, you can enjoy being surrounded by greenery and visit some wineries or monasteries. But don’t expect some breathtaking sights of nature you can have in western Serbia. Another option for your custom-tailored tour to Novi Sad is to visit another exciting city. Subotica is located in the north of Serbia, just before the border with Hungary. It’s famous for its unique architectural style. But, if you wish to see Subotca, you’ll have to extend your tour because it is an hour away from Novi Sad, in the direction opposite from Belgrade.
For whom a day trip to Novi Sad is a good choice, and for whom is it not?
A day trip to Novi Sad is an excellent choice if you wish to see another city in Serbia and you don’t wish to drive far away from Belgrade.
It s a good choice for tourists who:
- Like city sightseeing.
- Wish to see beautiful European architecture.
- Feel the charm and culture of Serbian towns.
- Fish to see an exciting fortress.
- Like pub crawling and restaurants.
- Meet Serbian history and spirituality.
- Love good wines.
- After Belgrade, wish to see something else in Serbia but not far away.
It s a NOT good choice for tourists who:
- Wish to see Serbian nature and the unique countryside.
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