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Belgrade to Bar by train – one of the most beautiful railway journeys

Last Updated on 04/01/2024 by kami

Ever since I started living in the world of railway enthusiasts I’ve been asked way too many times if I ever took the train between Belgrade, Serbia and Bar, Montenegro.

Almost everyone claims it’s one of the most scenic rail routes in Europe, or maybe even the world!

And now, after traveling from Belgrade to Bar by train twice I can happily confirm it!

Belgrade to Bar railway in numbers

The railway line from Belgrade to Bar sprawls for 476 km connecting Serbian capital city of Belgrade with Bar, one of the most important seaports on the Adriatic coast and definitely the major one in Montenegro.

During 11 hours journey, the train passes through 254 tunnels (each of them is marked with its number and length at the entrance) and 435 bridges.

It also goes through a very small part of Bosnia and Hercegovina territory.

The biggest highlight of the Belgrade Bar train trip is Mala Rijeka viaduct, just before Podgorica – the capital of Montenegro.

It is almost 500 meters long and 200 meters high. Until 2001 it was the highest railway bridge in the world, now the record holder is located in China.

Belgrade to Bar train

Belgrade Bar train

My two trips on the Belgrade to Bar train

There are two daily trains from Belgrade to Bar (and from Bar to Belgrade) and I knew I had to take the day one so I can see the beautiful scenery along the way.

During my first journey, for the reason I don’t remember now, I’ve decided on the Belgrade to Bar direction and well, it turned out it wasn’t the smartest idea.

I had my expectations really high and well, the landscape was really nice and so on but it didn’t really get me.

The mountains were lovely, looking at rural Serbia was interesting but it definitely wasn’t what I expected. And long tunnels got boring at some point.

I took the Belgrade Bar train in the early autumn and the downside of traveling in that season is the shorter days.

It got dark shortly after we arrived in Montenegro and of course, that’s when amazing views has started. Too bad I couldn’t see much of them.

At least the weather was on my side, it was a really sunny day so autumn colors looked really stunning in this bright light.

Belgrade Bar train

Belgrade Bar train

Belgrade to Bar train

Belgrade to Bar train

A couple of years later when I found a good deal on flights to Podgorica I knew I have to fly only to take the iconic railway journey again, this time however in Bar to Belgrade direction.

It was mid-September, the weather was stunning and the views along the way were breathtaking, especially in Montenegro. As soon as the Bar to Belgrade train leaves Podgorica the impressive mountainous scenery begins.

Crossing the Mala Rijeka bridge was a bit nerve-wracking, especially when I looked outside of the window and to the river down below.

But it was also exciting, thinking that you are on what used to be the highest railway bridge in the world.

The train from Belgrade to Bar really lives up to the hype and I honestly think it should be included in all the Balkan travels!

During my second journey, I only took the train from Podgorica towards Serbia but the part from Podgorica to the seaside is stunning too (I took the local train on this route before).

You literally cross the Skadar Lake, one of the most pristine lakes in Europe, as the railway line runs through the lake and you can enjoy the beautiful views on both sides.

Take a look to the right side when going towards Bar (or left when going to Podgorica) to see the ruins of the fortress.

Belgrade Bar train

Belgrade to Bar train

Belgrade to Bar train

Belgrade to Bar train

Belgrade to Bar train

Belgrade to Bar train

How is the trip from Belgrade to Bar by train

As for the Belgrade-Bar journey itself: the train was, of course, delayed both times and added an hour to the travel time. But it was a comfortable journey.

During my first trip, for no reason, I got upgraded to the first class with wide and soft seats so there was no problem with sitting so many hours.

The bad thing about the train was that since it was the air-conditioned one I couldn’t open any window to take pictures of the landscape and the windows were so dirty that it was almost impossible to take a decent picture through them (which you can see on the pictures in this article).

During my first trip, I found normal windows in the restaurant car so I spent some time there, just standing and looking outside, without being bothered by anyone.

But then again, restaurant car was the place for everyone to come for a smoke so I couldn’t take more than half an hour there…

Belgrade to Bar train

Where to break the journey from Belgrade to Bar

If traveling for so many hours isn’t your favorite thing there are a few places where you can break the trip from Belgrade to Bar by train.

Four hours after departing from Belgrade you arrive at Uzice, a pleasant town famous especially for its iconic Hotel Zlatibor, a real masterpiece of brutalism, and beautiful Zlatibor mountains just outside the city.

From Uzicie you can easily get to Mokra Gora to ride the famous Sargan Eight narrow-gauge train.

Visit Uzice Serbia

Another good option to stop would be Kolasin in Montenegro, 5 hours journey from Uzice (including border crossing that takes some time as there is a passport control on both sides).

The town itself might not be special but it’s not far from Zabljak and that’s a real treat, a getaway to stunning Durmitor Mountains.

Durmitor National Park

Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro (1 hour away from Kolasin) is among the most boring capitals in Europe, although fans of concrete architecture will find some nice gems around.

But from here you can get to all the best destinations in Montenegro, including amazing Kotor which for me is one of the most beautiful places ever.


In Podgorica you can also change for the local train that will take you to Virpazar, a village at the shore of Lake Skadar, from where you can take the boat ride on the lake.

I definitely recommend this activity as the views are beautiful and you will be impressed with the pristine scenery around.

Skadar Lake

The final destination of Belgrade to Bar train, the town of Bar, is pretty nice too.

Besides the beach, the harbor and a few attractions in the center don’t skip Stari Bar – the ruins of the medieval town that was destroyed by the earthquake. That’s also where you will find allegedly the oldest olive tree in the world.

Stari Bar

Belgrade to Bar by train – practical information

There are two daily trains in each direction, one in the morning that travels through the day (those views!) and the night one departing in the evening.

From Belgrade Topcider the trains depart at 09:00 and 21:00. The journey time to Bar is just under 11 hours.

From Bar to Belgrade the trains depart at 09:00 and 19:00 and the scheduled journey time is a bit over 11 hours.

Keep in mind that delays on Belgrade to Bar route are common. You can check the detailed schedule here.

Unfortunately recently the Belgrade central train station was closed and now the trains to Bar depart from the station ” Topčider” – a small station located in the part of the city with the same name, a bit away from the center.

To get there you can take the bus no 3A or 38A or take the taxi.

Since the station is small and you might or might not be lucky with the restaurant car on your train you better get snacks and drinks for the journey before.

In Uzice, Podgorica, and Bar the train station is within walking distance to the center but there are taxis available if you need to use one.

In all these places the bus station is next to the train station.

Currently, the one-way ticket from Belgrade to Bar costs 24€ for the 2nd class and 34,80€ for the 1st class and return is 45€ and 66,60€ respectively. The price includes 3€ seat reservation.

If you wish to travel from Belgrade to Podgorica the ticket costs 22,20€ in the second class and 31,80€ in the first class (41,40€/60,60€ respectively).

If you are going by the day train I recommend traveling from Bar to Belgrade so you can be 100% sure to enjoy the views, in the night train Belgrade to Bar direction seems to be a better choice.

Podgorica train station

Travel Resources

You can find the best accommodation options at Booking. They have many discounts and excellent customer service. Click here to look for the place to stay in the Balkans

Never travel without travel insurance, you never know what might happen and better safe than sorry. You can check the insurance policy for Serbia and Montenegro here.

I recommend joining organized tours to get to know the place better and to visit more places during your trip. You can find a great selection of tours at Get Your Guide – click here.

Make sure to have the offline map always installed on your phone, they can save you so many troubles. I always use the free app Maps.Me.

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  • Reply
    24/06/2019 at 09:27

    Very useful article. I intend to go Velfrade to Bar and based on your review, will also go to Kotor.
    Keep up the good work

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      26/06/2019 at 02:10

      You definitely should go to Kotor, it’s such a gem! Have a great trip!

  • Reply
    04/07/2019 at 09:29

    Hi, thanks for this information.. How do we book tickets from Belgrade to Podgorica? Do we have to book in advance?

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      20/07/2019 at 12:20

      I’m afraid you can only get them at the station. In the season it’s better to buy the tickets in advance I guess.

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      17/08/2022 at 11:29

      Just to let travelers know the train to Bar from Belgrade does now go from Belgrade Centre station. I attempted to find the train at Topcider and was directed elsewhere.
      I’m not sure when this changed as Kami you have posted last in 2019. Also I was led on a wild goose chase by locals (only trying to do their best) to try and find the right station because I had read here that Centre station was closed! Eventually was given a lift to the station by a very kind local from somewhere south of the city!

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        17/08/2022 at 20:34

        Thank you for the info, I really appreciate it! I will make sure to update the article with it!

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    02/08/2019 at 10:29

    Do you stop to get stamped out of Montenegro and into Serbia when travelling between the countries? We are coming into Montenegro from Kosovo on the bus and heard that the border controls on the bus routes are bad and often they don’t bother stamping your passports. I know that there are issues if it looks like we just traveled straight from Kosovo into Serbia.

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      11/08/2019 at 10:19

      Yes, there is a proper border control, the train stops for a while on both Montenegro and Serbia sides of the border. I just checked my passport and have stamps exiting Montenegro and entering Serbia when I took this route last year.

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    Lyn Gentry
    27/10/2019 at 19:34

    Thank you so much that was so informative,we 2 very older New Zealanders are planning this trip next September,woopee
    regards Lyn

    • Reply
      06/11/2019 at 22:58

      Thanks! I’m sure you will have a wonderful trip! Happy travels!

  • Reply
    01/11/2019 at 21:56

    Hi Kami, great site, many thanks. Do you know if the Bar – Belgrade route is still up and running as you describe? I’m looking at doing this journey in the next couplw of weeka or so. Is thwre still no way of buying tickets other than turn up at the station? Thanks and keep up the good work!

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      07/11/2019 at 15:23

      Hi, as far as I know it is still operating but you should check the current schedule on the website of the railways of Montenegro or Serbia. I don’t think you can buy a ticket online, the train station is your best option. Have a great trip!

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    22/11/2019 at 09:05

    Thanks for your reply Kami, your information was spot on! As I write this I have just left Bar on the 22/11/19 09:00 train to Belgrade. 24 Euros including a 3 Euro seat reservation. I used your ’17 Best Places To Visit In Bosnia’ guide while I was there too, and found the recommendations really helpful! Thanks again, Ian

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      26/11/2019 at 09:30

      I’m glad you enjoyed the articles and that they were of help to you. Hope your trip to the Balkans is good and you enjoyed the train ride!

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    Mr Shelim Ahmed
    06/03/2020 at 03:17

    Hi helpful lady

    Love your blog which is very helpful to new travelers like me.
    Anyway I have a question, I’m travelling from Belgrade to bar on 24th march , do you think its good idea as from your post I can see when I come to Montenegro border it’s dark and main views in Montenegro side can not be enjoyed because of dark.
    Can you please tell me is it’s the case?
    Also when I reach bar it’s late and phone shops are closed at 8, is there any other shops are open and I can buy a sim card late night ?

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      05/05/2020 at 07:55

      I’m sorry for my late answer. I’m not sure you went for your trip anyway, with all that is happening in the world now. Unfortunately that’s true about the views, if you take the day train in MArch from Belgrade you most likely won’t be able to enjoy the most amazing views of this journey. I’m not sure about shops in Bar, I remember when I arrived a few years ago the city was very quiet in the evening.

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