Serbia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia, Africa and parts of South America where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.
Driving in Serbia-
You should take an International driving permit to rent a car in Serbia. The general standard of roads is fair to poor with conditions worsening in rural areas, especially after bad weather. During winter months, fog can significantly reduce visibility. Winter fog can be extremely heavy in the Vojvodina region between Belgrade and the Hungarian border. There are several toll booths along motorways. Toll charges vary from 20 – 200 Euros depending on the size of your vehicle. You are advised to have sufficient cash (Dinars preferred, although Euros are accepted) to pay these toll charges. Sometimes it isn’t clear that you need to take a ticket when entering a toll road and you may end up being fined if you don’t . The toll road booth near Smederevo is one such example where it isn’t clear that a ticket is required. On the motorway between Novi Sad and Belgrade some areas have two-lanes with a hard shoulder on only one side. Some drivers use the ‘middle’ lane to overtake, thus forcing the ongoing traffic onto the hard shoulder. You should drive cautiously especially at night. The Serbian police have a bad reputation for stopping drivers for imaginary violations and extracting fines/bribes. Try and stay under the speed limit as there is a heavy police presence, often concealed and with speed guns.
Serbia Car Rental –
Sixt , Hertz, Europcar, Alamo,Avis, Budget,National, Thrifty, Dollar have outlets in Serbia. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as LastMinute.com
Serbia Self Drive Rules –
Serbian rental cars aren’t allowed into Kosovo .There have been some incidents where Serbian registered cars have been targeted in more isolated areas of Kosovo. There will probably also be restrictions on taking cars to Albania and Bulgaria, but most of the big companies will allow cars to be taken to other Mainland European countries though you should request this at the time of booking.