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Belgrade (Beograd in Serbian) is the capital of Serbia, home to around 2 million people. The main motorway (Autoput in Serbian) runs pretty much close to the centre of the city from the North West to the South East. Most cars also use this as a normal road so hitching out of Belgrade is quite difficult.

Hitching Out

Heading South East towards Nis, Sofia, Skopje

OPTION 1: First, from Trg Studentski (Students Square) or Trg Slavia (Slavia Square) get bus number 31 all the way eastbound (ie, not to Trg Studentski) to the end of the route (you should see a lot of market people selling fruit on the right side of the bus). The bus closely follows the route of the motorway. From here, you leave the bus and it's a 10 minute walk straight down hill to the actual motorway.

From here you have 2 choices, you can either go west along the motorway to try to find an entrance ramp, or alternately 2km east is a petrol station, however, you have to either walk along the motorway, or through the grass on the verge, however, this gets very thick at times - it's pretty easy though, just hard work :) And take care, on the way to the petrol station is a police station at the highway. 500m before the petrol station you also find a ramp, but with extremely low traffic. The petrol station is build on a hillside, so don't expect trucks to stop there, Serbian trucks seem to have problems enough to go uphill.

OPTION 2: This option involves less walking amongst the highway. From the city centre, take tram 7 in the direction south-east until the last stop (takes about 15 minutes, depending on the traffic). From there take bus 308, direction Veliki Mokri Lug (sometimes written as V.M.L.). After about ten minutes you will cross a bridge going over the highway; get out at the next stop 100 meters later. From the bridge you will already see the petrol station where you want to go, which is about 200 meters walking. This petrol station is also located uphill.

A sign saying "10 K.M." might be helpful in catching a local car which can take you to the first toll stop (a hitchhiking stop regularly used by locals) and out of the intense exhaust fumes.

If you're heading for Nis (or beyond) try using a sign (saying Nis). If going beyond Nis remember to leave the car *on the motorway* - not in Nis, unless you're a big fan of walking. About two hundred meters before the highway split Nis and Sofia (Bulgaria) is an abandoned toll area where traffic is going slow and there's place for the cars to stop.

Heading South West towards Sarajevo

There are 2 ways to Sarajevo, one through Čačak, a bit south, the other one more direct but not written on online maps... The one through Čačak worked well for us. Take bus 53 from south of the train station, to the end station. Then just follow the street for one minute, turn right, here is the highway, there s a good spot just after the bridge. It seems that buses 531, 532, 533 go further, but it's not really needed, and they might be regional buses.

Heading north towards Budapest

Take the bus number 15, or 78 from the central station untill the last stop. As soon as you get off, you'll notice a huge 2 lines street going down there behind houses, get on this one. Walk for 15 minutes more and make sure you follow right direction - Novi Sad. After 15 minutes walking, and passing a small shop, you'll notice a 90 degreeds turn left, and at that spot, there's an emergency line, which is a perfect spot for hitchhiking. It took me less than 10 minutes to get a life to Novi Sad from there !