The number of tourists visiting Novi Sad each year has steadily risen since 2000. Every year, in the beginning of July, during the annual EXIT music festival, the city is full of young people from all over Europe. In 2008, over 200,000 people visited the festival, which put Novi Sad on the map of summer festivals, both in Europe and internationally.

Info Novi Sad


Novi Sad (Serbian Cyrillic: Нови Сад) is the second largest city in Serbia, the capital of the province of Vojvodina and the administrative seat of the South Bačka District. It is located in the southern part of the Pannonian Plain, on the border of the Bačka and Srem regions, on the banks of the Danube river, facing the northern slopes of Fruška Gora mountain.

According to the 2011 census, the city has a population of 250,439, while the urban area of Novi Sad (with the adjacent urban settlements of Petrovaradin and Sremska Kamenica) has 277,522 inhabitants. The population of the administrative area of the city stands at 341,625 people.

Novi Sad was founded in 1694, when Serb merchants formed a colony across the Danube from the Petrovaradin fortress, a Habsburg strategic military post. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it became an important trading and manufacturing centre, as well as a centre of Serbian culture of that period, earning the nickname of the Serbian Athens. The city was heavily devastated in the 1848 Revolution, but it was subsequently restored. Today, Novi Sad is an industrial and financial center of the Serbian economy, as well as a major cultural center.

POPULATION :• City proper Increase 250,439
• Urban area Increase 277,522
• Admin. area Increase 341,625
FOUNDED : Settled by Scordisci 4th century B.C.
Founded 1694
City status 1 February 1748
TIME ZONE :• Time zone CET (UTC+1)
• Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
RELIGION :232,995 Orthodox Christians, 24,843 Catholics, 9,428 Protestants, 2,542 Muslims, 129 Jews, and others.
AREA :• City proper 106.2 km2 (41.0 sq mi)
• Urban area 129.7 km2 (50.1 sq mi)
• Admin. area 702.7 km2 (271.3 sq mi)
ELEVATION :  80 m (262 ft)
COORDINATES : 45°15′N 19°51′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 48.9%
 Female: 51.1%
ETHNIC :Serbs 269,117
Hungarians 13,272
Slovaks 6,596
Croats 5,335
Romani 3,636
Montenegrins 3,444
Rusyns 2,160
Yugoslavs 2,355
Muslims 1,138
Macedonians 1,111
Romanians 891
Gorani 709
Others 31,861
DIALING CODE : +381(0)21


The number of tourists visiting Novi Sad each year has steadily risen since 2000. Every year, in the beginning of July, during the annual EXIT music festival, the city is full of young people from all over Europe. In 2008, over 200,000 people visited the festival, which put Novi Sad on the map of summer festivals, both in Europe and internationally. Besides EXIT festival, Novi Sad Fair attracts many business people into the city; in May, the city is home to the biggest agricultural show in the region, which 600,000 people visited in 2005. There is also a tourist port near Varadin Bridge in the city centre welcoming various river cruise vessels from across Europe who cruise on Danube river.

The most recognized structure in Novi Sad is Petrovaradin Fortress, which dominates the city and with scenic views of the city. Besides the fortress, there is also historic neighborhood of Stari Grad, with many monuments, museums, caffes, restaurants and shops. There is also a National Park of Fruška Gora nearby, approx. 20 km (12 mi) from city centre.

Novi Sad is the second cultural centre in Serbia (besides Belgrade) and city's officials try to make the city more attractive to numerous cultural events and music concerts. Since 2000, Novi Sad is home to the EXIT festival, the biggest music summer festival in Serbia and the region; and also the only festival of alternative and new theatre in Serbia. Other important cultural events are Zmaj Children Games, Days of Brazil - Novi Sad Samba Carnival,International Novi Sad Literature Festival, Sterijino pozorje, Novi Sad Jazz Festival, and many others. Besides Serbian National Theatre, the most prominent theatres are also Youth Theatre, Cultural centre of Novi Sad and Novi Sad Theatre. Novi Sad Synagogue also houses many cultural events in the City. Other city's cultural institutions include Offset of the Serbian Academy of Science and Art, Library of Matica Srpska, Novi Sad City Library and Azbukum. City is also home to cultural institutions of Vojvodina: Vojvodina Academy of Sciences and Arts and Archive of Vojvodina, which collect many documents from Vojvodina dating from 1565.

The city has several museums and galleries, public and privately owned. The most well known museum in the city is Museum of Vojvodina, founded by Matica srpska in 1847, which houses a permanent collection of Serbian culture and a life in Vojvodina through history. Museum of Novi Sad in Petrovaradin Fortress has a permanent collection of history of fortress.

Gallery of Matica Srpska is the biggest and most respected gallery in the city, which has two galleries in the city centre. There is also The Gallery of Fine Arts - Gift Collection of Rajko Mamuzić and The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection - one of the biggest collections of Serbian art from the 1900s until the 1970s.


Older settlements

Human dwelling on the territory of present-day Novi Sad has been traced as far back as the Stone Age (about 4500 BC). Several settlements and necropoleis were unearthed during the construction of a new boulevard in Avijaticarsko Naselje, and were dated to 5000 BC. A settlement was located on the right bank of the river Danube in the territory of present-day Petrovaradin. In antiquity, the region was inhabited by Illyrian, Thracian and Celtic tribes, especially by the Scordisci. Celts were present in the area since the 4th century BC and founded the first fortress on the right bank of the Danube. Later, in the 1st century BC, the region was conquered by the Romans. During Roman rule, a larger fortress was built in the 1st century with the name Cusum and was included in the Roman province of Pannonia.

In the 5th century, Cusum was devastated by the invasion of the Huns. By the end of the 5th century, Byzantines had reconstructed the town and called it by the names Petrikon or Petrikov (Greek: Πετρικοβ) after St. Peter. Slavic tribes such as the Severians, Obotrites and Serbs, with its subgroup tribes Braničevci and Timočani, settled today's region about Novi Sad mainly in the 6th and 7th centuries. The Serbs absorbed the aforementioned Slavs as well as the Paleo-Balkanic peoples in the region.

In the Middle Ages, the area was subsequently controlled by the Ostrogoths, Gepids, Avars, Franks, Great Moravia, Bulgaria, again by Byzantines, and finally by the Hungarians. It was included into the medieval Kingdom of Hungary between the 11th and 12th centuries. Hungarians began to settle in the area, which before that time was mostly populated by Slavs, and the place was mentioned first time under the Hungarian variant Peturwarad orPétervárad (Serbian: Petrovaradin / Петроварадин), which derived from the Byzantine variant, in documents from 1237. In the same year, several other settlements were mentioned to exist in the territory of modern urban area of Novi Sad.

From the 13th to 16th centuries, the following settlements existed in the territory of modern urban area of Novi Sad:

  • on the right bank of the Danube:Pétervárad (Serbian:Petrovaradin) and Kamanc(Serbian: Kamenica).
  • on the left bank of the Danube:Baksa or Baksafalva (Serbian: Bakša, Bakšić), Kűszentmárton(Serbian: Sent Marton), Bivalyos or Bivalo (Serbian: Bivaljoš, Bivalo),Vásárosvárad or Várad (Serbian: Vašaroš Varad, Varadinci), Zajol I(Serbian: Sajlovo I, Gornje Sajlovo, Gornje Isailovo), Zajol II (Serbian:Sajlovo II, Donje Sajlovo, Donje Isailovo), Bistritz (Serbian: Bistrica).

Some other settlements existed in the suburban area of Novi Sad:Mortályos (Serbian: Mrtvaljoš), Csenei (Serbian: Čenej), Keménd(Serbian: Kamendin), Rév (Serbian: Rivica).

Etymology of the settlement names show that some of them are of Slavic origin, which indicate that they were initially inhabited by Slavs. For example, Bivalo (Bivaljoš) was a large Slavic settlement dating to the 5th-6th century. Some other settlement names are of Hungarian origin (for example Bélakút, Kűszentmárton, Vásárosvárad, Rév), which indicate that they were inhabited by Hungarians before the Ottoman invasion in the 16th century. Some settlement names are of uncertain origin.

Tax records from 1522 showed a mix of Hungarian and Slavic names among inhabitants of these villages, including Slavic names like Bozso (Božo), Radovan, Radonya (Radonja), Ivo, etc. Following the Ottoman invasion in the 16th-17th centuries, some of these settlements were destroyed. Most surviving Hungarian inhabitants retreated from this area. Some of the settlements persisted during the Ottoman rule and were populated by ethnic Serbs.

Between 1526 and 1687, the region was under Ottoman rule. In the year 1590, population of all villages that existed in the territory of present-day Novi Sad numbered 105 houses, inhabited exclusively by Serbs. Ottoman records mention only those inhabitants who paid taxes, thus the number of Serbs who lived in the area (for example those that served in the Ottoman army) was larger than that recorded.

Founding of Novi Sad

Habsburg rule was aligned with the Roman Catholic church and as it took over this area near the end of the 17th century, the government prohibited people of Orthodox faith from residing inPetrovaradin. Unable to build homes there, Serbs founded a new settlement in 1694 on the left bank of the Danube. They initially called it the "Serb city" (German: Ratzen Stadt). Another name used for the settlement was Petrovaradinski Šanac. In 1718, the inhabitants of the village of Almaš were resettled to Petrovaradinski Šanac, where they founded Almaški Kraj ("the Almaš quarter").

According to 1720 data, the population of Ratzen Stadt was composed of 112 Serbian, 14 German, and 5 Hungarian houses. The settlement officially gained the present names Novi Sad andÚjvidék (Neoplanta in Latin) in 1748 when it became a "free royal city".

The edict that made Novi Sad a "free royal city" was proclaimed on 1 February 1748.

In the 18th century, the Habsburg monarchy also recruited Germans from the southern principalities to relocate to the Danube valley. They wanted both to increase the population and to redevelop the river valley for agriculture, which had declined markedly under the Ottomans. To encourage such settlement, the government agreed that the German communities could practice their religion (mostly Catholicism) and use their original German dialect.

In Habsburg Monarchy

For much of the 18th and 19th centuries, Novi Sad was the largest Serb-inhabited city in the world; reformer of the Serbian language, Vuk Stefanović Karadžić, wrote in 1817 that Novi Sad was the "largest Serb municipality in the world". It was a cultural and political centre of Serbs , who did not have their own national state at the time. Because of its cultural and political influence, Novi Sad became known as the "Serbian Athens" (Srpska Atina in Serbian). According to 1843 data, Novi Sad had 17,332 inhabitants, of whom 9,675 were Orthodox Christians, 5,724 Catholics, 1,032Protestants, 727 Jews, and 30 adherents of the Armenian church. The largest ethnic group in the city were Serbs, and the second largest were Germans.

During the Revolution of 1848-1849, Novi Sad was part of Serbian Vojvodina, a Serbian autonomous region within the Austrian Empire. In 1849, the Hungarian garrison located on the Petrovaradin Fortress bombarded and devastated the city, which lost much of its population. According to an 1850 census, there were only 7,182 citizens in the city, compared with 17,332 in 1843. Between 1849 and 1860, the city was part of a separate Austrian crownland known as the Voivodeship of Serbia and Banat of Temeschwar. After the abolishment of this province, the city was included into Batsch-Bodrog County. The post-office was opened in 1853.

After the compromise of 1867, Novi Sad was located within the Kingdom of Hungary, theTransleithania, one of two parts of Austria-Hungary. During this time, the Magyarization policy of the Hungarian government drastically altered the demographic structure of the city, i.e. from the predominantly Serbian, the population of the city became ethnically mixed. In 1880 41.2% of the city's inhabitants used Serbian language most frequently and 25.9% used Hungarian. In the following decades, percentual participation of Serbian-speakers decreased, while Hungarian-speakers increased. According to the 1910 census, the city had 33,590 residents, of whom 13,343 (39.72%) spoke Hungarian, 11,594 (34.52%) Serbian, 5,918 (17.62%) German and 1,453 (4.33%) Slovak. It is not certain whether Hungarians or Serbs were the larger ethnic group in the city in 1910, since the various ethnic groups (Bunjevci, Romani, Jews, other South Slavic people, etc.) were classified in census results according to the language they spoke.

Similar demographic change can be seen in the religious structure: in 1870, population of Novi Sad included 8,134 Orthodox Christians, 6,684 Catholics, 1,725 Calvinists, 1,343 Lutherans, and others. In 1910, the population included 13,383 Roman Catholics and 11,553 Orthodox Christians, while 3,089 declared themselves as Lutheran, 2,751 asCalvinist, and 2,326 as Jewish.

After 1918

On 25 November 1918, theAssembly of Serbs, Bunjevci and other Slavs of Vojvodina in Novi Sad proclaimed the union of Vojvodina region with the Kingdom of Serbia. Since 1 December 1918, Novi Sad was part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes; and in 1929, it became the capital of the Danube Banovina, a province of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In 1921, population of Novi Sad numbered 39,122 inhabitants, of whom 16,293 spoke Serbian language, 12,991 Hungarian, 6,373 German, 1,117 Slovak, etc.

In 1941, Yugoslavia was invaded and partitioned by the Axis powers, and its northern parts, including Novi Sad, were annexed by Hungary. During World War II, about 5,000 citizens were murdered and many others were resettled. In three days of Novi Sad raid (21–23 January 1942) alone, Hungarian police killed 1,246 citizens, among them more than 800 Jews, and threw their corpses into the icy waters of the Danube. The total death toll of the raid was around 2,500. Citizens of all nationalities—Serbs, Hungarians, Slovaks, and others—fought together against the Axis authorities. In 1975 the whole city was awarded the title People's Hero of Yugoslavia.

The Yugoslav Partisans from Syrmia and Bačka entered the city on 23 October 1944. During the Military administration in Banat, Bačka and Baranja (October 17, 1944–January 27, 1945), the Partisans killed a number of citizens, mostly Serbs, who were perceived as opponents to the new regime.

Novi Sad became part of the new Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Since 1945, Novi Sad has been the capital of Vojvodina, a province of the Republic of Serbia. The city went through rapid industrialization and its population more than doubled in the period between World War II and the breakup of Yugoslavia after the fall of the Soviet Union.

After 1992, Novi Sad was part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Devastated by NATO bombardment during the Kosovo War of 1999, Novi Sad was left without any of its three Danube bridges, communications, water, and electricity. Residential areas were cluster-bombed several times while its oil refinery was bombarded daily, causing severe pollution and widespread ecological damage. In 2003 FR Yugoslavia transformed into the state union of Serbia and Montenegro, while Serbia became independent in 2006 (following Montenegrin independence).


Novi Sad has a temperate continental climate, with four seasons. Autumn is longer than spring, with long sunny and warm periods. Winter is not so severe, with an average of 22 days of complete sub-zero temperature, and averages 25 days of snowfall. January is the coldest month, with an average temperature of −1.9 °C (28.6 °F). Spring is usually short and rainy, while summer arrives abruptly. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Novi Sad was −30.7 °C (−23.3 °F) on 24 January 1963; and the hottest temperature ever recorded was 41.6 °C (106.9 °F) on 24 July 2007.

The east-southeasterly wind Košava, which blows from the Carpathians and brings clear and dry weather, is characteristic of the local climate. It mostly blows in autumn and winter, in 2–3 days intervals. The average speed of Košava is 25 to 43 km (16 to 27 mi) per hour but certain strokes can reach up to 130 km/h (81 mph). In winter time, accompanied by snow storms, it can cause snowdrifts.

Climate data for Novi Sad 

Record high °C (°F)18.7
Average high °C (°F)3.7
Daily mean °C (°F)0.2
Average low °C (°F)−3.1
Record low °C (°F)−28.6
Source: Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia


The city lies on the S-shaped meander of the river Danube, which is only 350 meters wide beneath the Petrovaradin rock. A section of the Danube-Tisa-Danube Canal marks the northern edge of wider city centre, and merges with the Danube. The main part of the city lies on the left bank of the Danube, in Bačkaregion, while smaller parts Petrovaradin and Sremska Kamenica lie on the right bank, in Srem (Syrmia) region. Bačka side of the city lies on one of the southern lowest parts of Pannonian Plain, while Fruška Gora side (Syrmia) is a horst mountain. Alluvial plains along Danube are well-formed, especially on the left bank, in some parts 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the river. A large part of Novi Sad lies on a fluvial terrace with anelevation of 80 to 83 metres (262 to 272 feet). The northern part of Fruška Gora is composed of massive landslide zones, but they are not active, except in the Ribnjak neighborhood (between Sremska Kamenica and Petrovaradin Fortress).

The total land area of the city is 699 square kilometres (270 sq mi), while the urban area is 129.7 km2 (50 sq mi).

Novi Sad is a typical Central European town. There are only a few buildings dating before 19th century, because the city was almost totally destroyed during the 1848/1849 revolution, so the architecture from 19th century dominates the city centre. Around the center, old small houses used to dominate the cityscape, but they are being replaced by modern multi-story buildings.


Novi Sad is the economic centre of Vojvodina, the most fertile agricultural region in Serbia. The city also is one of the largest economic and cultural centres in Serbia and former Yugoslavia.

Novi Sad had always been a relatively developed city within Yugoslavia. In 1981 its GDP per capita was 172% of the Yugoslav average. In the 1990s, the city (like the rest of Serbia) was severely affected by an internationally imposed trade embargo and hyperinflation of the Yugoslav dinar. The embargo and economic mismanagement lead to a decay or demise of once big industrial combines, such as Novkabel (electric cable industry), Pobeda (metal industry),Jugoalat (tools), Albus and HINS (chemical industry). Practically the only viable remaining large facility is the oil refinery, located northeast of the town (along with the thermal power plant), near the settlement of Šangaj.

The economy of Novi Sad has mostly recovered from that period and it has grown strongly since 2001, shifting from industry-driven economy to the tertiary sector. The processes of privatization of state and society-owned enterprises, as well as strong private incentive, increased the share of privately owned companies to over 95% in the district, and small and medium-size enterprises dominated the city's economic development.

The significance of Novi Sad as a financial centre is proven by numerous banks such as Vojvođanska Bank, Erste Bank, Kulska Bank, Crédit Agricole, Metals Bank, NLB Continental Bank and Panonska Bank; and second largest insurance company in Serbia - DDOR Novi Sad. The city is also home to the major oil company and Gas company - Naftna Industrija Srbije and Srbijagas. It is also the seat of the wheat market.

Novi Sad is also a growing information technology center in Serbia second only to Belgrade. Novi Sad based companies have raised big money including Content Insights which raised €1.1 million and DryTools which recently raised €300,000 from South Central Ventures. Also in Novi Sad a company called Alter Ego Architects has developed a 3D Printed cellphone.

At the end of 2005, Statistical office of Serbia published a list of most developed municipalities in Serbia, placing Novi Sad at number seven by national income, behind some Belgrade municipalities and Bečej, with 201.1% above Serbia's average.



Some of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city are Stari Grad (Old Town),Rotkvarija, Podbara and Salajka. Sremska Kamenica and Petrovaradin, on the right bank of the Danube, were separate towns in the past, but today are parts of the urban area of Novi Sad. Liman (divided into four parts, numbered I-IV), as well as Novo Naselje are neighbourhoods built during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s with modern buildings and wide boulevards.

New neighbourhoods, like Liman, Detelinara and Novo Naselje, with modern high residential buildings emerged from fields and forests surrounding the city to house the huge influx of people from the countryside following World War II. Many old houses in the city centre,Rotkvarija and Bulevar neighbourhoods were torn down in the 1950s and 1960s to be replaced with multi-story buildings, as the city experienced a major construction boom during the last 10 years; some neighbourhoods, like Grbavica have completely changed their face.

Neighbourhoods with individual housing are mostly located away from the city center; Telep in the southwest and Klisa on the north are the oldest such quarters, while Adice, Veternička Rampa and Veternik on the west significantly expanded during last 15 years, partly due to an influx of Serb refugees during the Yugoslav wars.

Suburbs and villages

Besides the urban part of the city (which includes Novi Sad proper, with population of around 250,000, Petrovaradin (around 15,000) and Sremska Kamenica (around 12,000), there are 12 more settlements and 1 town in Novi Sad's municipal area. 23.7% of total city's population live in suburbs, the largest being Futog (20,000), and Veternik (17,000) to the West, which over the years, especially in the 1990s, have grown and physically merged to the city.

The most isolated and the least populated village in the suburban area is Stari Ledinci. Ledinci, Stari Ledinci and Bukovac are located on Fruška Gora slopes and the last two have only one paved road, which connect them to other places. Besides the urban area of Novi Sad, the suburb of Futog is also officially classified as "urban settlement" (a town), while other suburbs are mostly "rural" (villages).

Towns and villages in adjacent municipalities of Sremski Karlovci, Temerin and Beočin, share the same public transportation and are economically connected with Novi Sad.

No.NameStatusUrban municipalityPopulation (2011 data)
1BegečvillageNovi Sad3,325
2BudisavavillageNovi Sad3,656
4ČenejvillageNovi Sad2,125
5FutogtownNovi Sad18,641
6KaćtownNovi Sad11,740
7KisačvillageNovi Sad5,091
8KoviljvillageNovi Sad5,414
10RumenkavillageNovi Sad6,495
11Stari LedincivillagePetrovaradin934
12StepanovićevovillageNovi Sad2,021
13VeterniktownNovi Sad17,454

Prices in Novi Sad



Milk1 liter€0.73
Tomatoes1 kg€0.85
Cheese0.5 kg€2.73
Apples1 kg€0.66
Oranges1 kg€0.85
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€0.52
Bottle of Wine1 bottle€3.25
Coca-Cola2 liters€0.97
Bread1 piece€0.30
Water1.5 l€0.40



Dinner (Low-range)for 2€11.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2€22.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2
Mac Meal or similar1 meal€3.65
Water0.33 l€0.63
Cappuccino1 cup€1.10
Beer (Imported)0.33 l€1.48
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€1.21
Coca-Cola0.33 l€0.90
Coctail drink1 drink€3.35



Cinema2 tickets€4.90
Gym1 month€24.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut€3.00
Theatar2 tickets€12.00
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.€0.10
Pack of Marlboro1 pack€2.20



Antibiotics1 pack€3.40
Tampons32 pieces€3.70
Deodorant50 ml.€2.50
Shampoo400 ml.€2.60
Toilet paper4 rolls€0.90
Toothpaste1 tube€1.35



Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1€65.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)1€32.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)1€73.00
Leather shoes1€71.00



Gasoline1 liter€1.12
Taxi1 km€0.50
Local Transport1 ticket€0.45

Tourist (Backpacker)  

38 € per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

80 € per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

Orientation: Novi Sad has good transport connections with nearby cities thanks to its great position. It is located about 80 km to the northwest of Belgrade, about 300 km from Budapest, 424 km from Ljubljana, 309 km from Zagreb, 548 km from Podgorica, 480 km from Sofia, 150 km fromTimisoara (Romania), 100 km from the border town (with Hungary) ofSubotica and about 100 km from the Romanian border town of Jimbolia.

Transportation - Get In

By plane

The city itself doesn't have an airport and the closest one is Nikola Tesla International Airport (IATA: BEG) [www] near Belgrade (about 70 kilometers). Some taxi companies run regular cars between Belgrade Airport and Novi Sad, e.g. Autoturist tel. +381 63 504 587, Belgrade Airport Transfer.

Other useful airports with low-cost flights might be:

  • Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (IATA: BUD) [www] (247 kilometers from Novi Sad, serving numerous low-cost airlines, the best way to get to Western/Northern Europe by plane)
  • Timisoara Traian Vuia International Airport (126 km far, serving Wizzair)

Transportation - Get In

By car

E-75 highway that connects Belgrade and Budapest passes by some 5 km from Novi Sad. Toll fare for passenger cars coming from Belgrade is 240RSD (or a little less than 3EUR). Prices for other types of vehicle (bus, truck) are higher.

If you want to go in the direction of Zagreb, Ljubljana take E-70 highway which is some 40 km south/west of Novi Sad.

Transportation - Get In

By Bus

Using the bus is the most recommended option. The bus stations for long-distance trips are:

  • "Old bus station", at Bulevar Jaše Tomića 6 (still much more used than the new one) near the train station.
  • not in function since 2009: "New bus station", at the corner of Sentandrejski Put and Novosadskog partizanskog odreda, near "Novosadska Mlekara" (Novi Sad's dairy plant).

Within Serbia, Novi Sad is connected by bus to all other major cities. The most frequent route is the one from Belgrade, with buses leaving every 15 minutes during peak hours and a total of nearly 100 journeys each day in each direction.

Internationally, the city has frequent bus connections to Sofia in Bulgaria,Budapest in Hungary, Zagreb, Vukovar, and Osijek in Croatia, Sarajevoand Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Budva, Tivat, Podgorica,Herceg Novi in Montenegro. It is also reachable from Germany andAustria.

For urban, domestic long-distance and international bus timetables in Serbian and English, visit the web site of JGSP Novi Sad, the city public transport company at [www].

Transportation - Get In

By bike

The cycling route EuroVelo 6 [www] connects Novi Sad to Hungary and to Belgrade by following the Danube river. Novi Sad has dedicated cycle-paths along most of its avenues.

Transportation - Get Around

  • Walk, the city centre is actually quite small and most of the interesting sights, bars and hotels are all within easy walking distance. There are plenty of street maps, especially in the centre, so you can find your way easily.
  • Public transport service. [www]. Novi Sad has an excellent bus service. Ticket for one ride (no matter how far you go as long you don't change the bus) costs 55 RSD and is bought from the driver.
  • Taxis are not overly expensive (by Western standards), the minimum fare varies between 80 and 100 RSD, with a cross-city trip typically costing 150-200 RSD. It helps to have the address written out although many taxi drivers speak fair, sometimes even excellent, English. However, be careful of taxis unaffiliated with one of the major firms (especially at the train station), or you may pay up to four times more than your fare should be. Some good taxi companies: Pan, Vojvodjani, SOS, Delta, Novus, Naš, Lav.






  • Coats good quality (particularly for the harsh winter) and very cheap.
  • Leather goods at The Manual Company, a modern franchise based on high quality luxury leather, handmade at affordable prices. Various shops, one at Zmaj Jovina 18
  • Quality goods, especially sportswear, can be found at Spens
  • Mercator (opened 2007 - shopping mall)
  • Merkur (opened 2007)
  • Bazzaar (shopping mall at the city center)
  • NewNork (renovated shopping mall at the city center across the street from the Opera House)
  • Futoška pijaca and Riblja pijaca are two open-air markets in the city center where you can buy cheap clothes, local fresh produce and some groceries imported from Hungary.


After a hearty breakfast with meat, Serbians traditionally work eight hours straight before having their "lunch" between 15:00-18:00. Obviously this is by far the biggest meal of the day, with huge quantities of soup, roasted meat and potatoes, and a pickle salad as a side dish. Restaurants are typically open until 22:00.

Sandwiches & pancakes

  • Frustuk bar corner Petra Drapsina and Laze Kostica Novi Sad, 021/522 777. GPS 45.250036,19.8399 Excellent vegetarian and non-vegetarian sandwiches!

- Pancakes have to taste.

  • Maja - Here you can buy Novi Sad's trademark sandwich "Index". In a place next to it, you can eat good gyros. Situated close to Novosadski Sajam (Novi Sad Fair).
  • Disney - Pancakes.


  • Sultans of Istanbul - Baklava Carstvo - Maksima Gorkog 1a, Lokal II - Best Baklavas in town, eat in or take away.
  • Pizzeria Adrijana - Zmaj Jovina 1
  • Pizza & Gyros "Stomi" - Braće Popović 8 (Novi Sad Fair) - Delicious gyros and pizza.
  • Good Food - cheap burgers, sandwiches and gyros, Jevrejska 3 in the city center
  • Obelix - Futoški put 59 - All kinds of Grill, burgers, ćevap (kebab)... Very popular place.
  • Dottore per la pizza - Maksima Gorkog 10 - Best Pizza in Town, also hot-dogs and crepes.
  • Jefta - one of the most popular places to eat a hamburger.
  • Bubi - one of the most popular places to eat a hamburger. Often is very crowded. Situated close to Novosadski Sajam (Novi Sad Fair) or at the Vojvodina fotball stadium
  • Pekara "Djani" - Bakery (you can buy burek here). Rase Radujkova 10,Novo Naselje
  • Cezar pizza - Modene 2
  • Amigos Chicken - Amigos Wings - Chicken wings are spoken of highly. Stevana Sremca br.1
  • Caribic Pizza - CARIBIC pizzeria, is a restaurant with a tradition dating from 1992. The restaurant offers a wide range of pizzas. Within a restaurant there is a well known PIZZA CUT service that is preparing fresh pizza cuts and is open 24/7. Locations in Novi Sad: Trg Slobode 4, Trg Carice Milice 4, Jevrejska 35, Stražilovska 35.


  • Stevča soul food, Grckoskolska 7
  • Mali Niš, Fruškogorska 16, 459 521
  • Niš, Jovana Popovića 27, 504 650
  • Marina, Trg Mladenaca 4, 424-353. very nice restaurant just few minutes from the centre of Novi Sad. Pleasant, with terrace and good food.
  • Bor (The Pine), Temerinski put 57a, 412-424.
  • Jet Set, Temerinski put 41, 414-511.
  • Doria, Sutjeska 2. Cafe/Pizzeria. Good pizzas and pastas, 350-500 CSD. Near the sports stadium.
  • Alaska koliba Kamenička ada 1,365-683.
  • Dunav, Kamenička ada bb, 365-683.
  • Lipa , Svetozara Miletića 7-9 (Under the lime-tree), 615-259.
  • Chicken Tikka, on the Vojvodiina stadium, near building SPENS. Nice and pleasant.
  • Staro zdanje, Trg Marije Trandafil 1, 527 040
  • McDonald's, Trg Slobode 3, 021/423 938. Now includes McCafé.
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken, Novosadskog Sajma 2
  • Konoba - delicious fast-food experts. Awesome staff, very tasty food.
  • Leskovacki Rostilj, Bulevar Oslobodjenja. Serbian version of a hamburger. Cheap, tasty and filling.
  • Mediteraneo Trattoria. 8, Rezervacije 021/526-322 Dostava 021/6612-621. Sweet Italian restaurant in center of Novi Sad.Ise Bajica


  • Secuan First ever Chinese restaurant in Novi Sad. Expensive for local standards, .Dunavska 16 Novi Sad 529-693
  • Ribarsko ostrvo (Fisherman's Island) Kamenička ada bb Novi Sad 365-683
  • Čerčil Natoševićeva 1 Novi Sad 525 132
  • Derbi Sutjeska 2 Novi Sad 611-347
  • 2 Štapića - Chinese take-out. Situated near SPENS on corner of Cara Lazara and Fruškogorska streets. 
  • Surabaja Indonesian restaurant, behind the church. Primorska 26 Novi Sad 413-400
  • Fontana Excellent traditional meat restaurant. Paid 90 CSD for great bowl of soup, 290 CSD for traditional Bosnian Cevapcici (ground meat skewers) and 390 CSD for a huge mixed grill. Staff very friendly, nice terrace with fountain in the summer. Also hotel. Nikole Pašića 17 Novi Sad 621-779
  • A'dam Excellent new place, very tasty food. Laze Teleckog 28 Novi Sad 472-7704


  • Dukat (The Ducat). Đorđa Rajkovića 12 Novi Sad 525-190
  • Jatak Danila Kisa 13, one of the finest restaurants in the region. Prices range from €10-20 per main course
  • Zeppelin - Kej Zrtava Racije bb, Lovely restaurant and Cafe on a ship on the Danube with a great look at Petrovaradin fortress and with quality cuisine offering wide variety of meals.
  • Salas 84 - excellent, about 30 km from Novi Sad to the north-east. It's worth to see it!
  • Žal za mladostSomborska 189+38121400934, e-mail:. 10:00-01:00. An authentic Serbian restaurant with pre-1930's atmosphere. The food is a mixture of traditional and modern Serbian cuisine.


  • Poslastičarnica Figaro, Mite Ružića Street, behind church in parallel street to Zmaj Jovina. Only 30 RSD for nice piece of pastry and 50 RSD for Espresso.
  • Cafe Poslastičarnica Twin, Zmaj Jovina 8. Excellent cakes and coffee!
  • Mozart Cafe - Cakes, ice cream and sweets. Bulevar Oslobođenja 46.
  • Europa - Ice cream and sweets. Situated in city center.
  • Vremeplov - meaning "Time machine", Bulevar Oslobodjenja (next to EPS building), Wonderful 1920s looking place, but with high prices for local standard, not followed by high quality of food.


  • Green House,  +381 21 654 1305. Vegetarian snacks, sandwiches, muffins, cakes. Vojvode Knicánina 1.

Sights & Landmarks

  • The fortress of Petrovaradin on the right bank of the Danube. A fortress that no enemy has ever taken, it now contains a museum, "Muzej Grada Novog Sada" (Novi Sad City Museum) gathering all ancient objects of the region from the prehistorical era until today, large number of small art studios and living spaces of artists, underground military galleries - corridors, few clubs and few cafes and a delicatessen. It also has a small Observatory and Planetarium, open on Saturdays from 7PM-12PM. The observatory is open when skies are clear, while the Planetarium, which is near the Museum, is open every Saturday. The staff are young, fun and speak excellent English. The 5* hotel and three restaurants offer beautiful views of the Danube and of Novi Sad, and have recently been reopened, after extensive renovation and refurbishment works.
  • The Old town hall, right on the main city square called Trg Slobode
  • The Church of the great martyr St. George, Serb Orthodox church in Pašićeva street
  • The Church of Virgin's name, Catholic church in the center on Trg Slobode
  • Dvorac Dundjerski an old castle, wonderfully preserved, situated to the north of Novi Sad.
  • The Novi Sad Synagogue, a beautiful Synagogue in the center of the city, in Jevrejska street.

Museums & Galleries

  • Foreign art collection 29 Dunavska, 451 259 Open: 9-16 every day except on Monday. This is the largest museum collection of foreign art in Serbia. In 1966, Doctor Branko Ilić donated his art collection of 136 paintings of foreign artists, 279 pieces and sculptures, period furniture and other items of applied arts to the town of Novi Sad and the Province. The legacy consists of the works of Western European schools from the XVI century until the end of the XIX century, mostly from the area of Central Europe (France, Germany, Italy and Austria).
  • Vojvodina Museum36-37 Dunavska St,  +381 420-566, +381 526-555. Open: 9.00-19.00h on working days, closed on Monday, 9.00-14.00 h on weekends. Entry price for foreigners 100 RSD or 200 RSD with an English speaking guide. Vojvodina from Paleolithic up to the XX century. Also, there's Dinaric Ethnic house "Brvnara" in Bački Jarak (15 kilometers north from Novi Sad).

Things to do

  • EXIT Festival. July. This festival, founded in 2000 as an onset to the democratic revolution in the country, attracts more and more visitors every year. It has a wider variety of music genres such as Rock, Dance, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Folk, and Techno. Many world famous bands played on the festival (Slayer, Moloko, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang-Clan, Public Enemy, Billy Idol, Pet Shop Boys, The Cult, HIM and many DJs from around Europe and Asia) and in the year 2004 it was listed as the biggest cultural event of South-Central/Eastern Europe.
  • A stroll around the city's imposing boulevards and along the Danube river, for example the route Kralja Aleksandra - Trg Slobode - Zmaj Jovina - Dunavska - Beogradski Kej - Kej Žrtava Racije
  • If the weather is nice, sit down at one of the cafés around Spens and enjoy
  • The Mountaineering club Naftaš usually organizes a hike on Saturday or Sunday on Fruska Mountain and in the Novi Sad vicinity. [www] mailto:[email protected] GPS tracks of regular hiking paths is available on PD Naftaš website[www]
  • The Železnicar Association of mountaineers and skiers organizes a hiking trip every Sunday on Fruska Mountain and in the Novi Sad vicinity. Trg Galerija 4, 529 978 [www] mailto:[email protected]
  • Must visit in summer - "Strand" - means beach, the most beautiful sand beach on the Danube river! It is open usually from 15. May to 15. September.

Festivals and events

  • EXIT Festival. July. This festival, founded in 2000 as an onset to the democratic revolution in the country, attracts more and more visitors every year. It has a wider variety of music genres such as Rock, Dance, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Folk, and Techno. Many world famous bands played on the festival (Slayer, Moloko, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang-Clan, Public Enemy, Billy Idol, Pet Shop Boys, The Cult, HIM and many DJs from around Europe and Asia) and in the year 2004 it was listed as the biggest cultural event of South-Central/Eastern Europe.


As a university town, Novi Sad is known for a lively bar scene. There are lots of nice bars in the small streets to the west of Zmaj Jovina, around Njegoševa and Grčkoškolska streets.

Outdoor drinking (in summer): at Zmaj Jovina/Dunavska (slightly more relaxed) and at the sports stadium (locally referred to as Silicon Valleybecause of the alleged preponderance of breast implants)
 "Lager & Wine" Beautiful bar / pub with supreme selection of international beer and wine with food to pair with, at the address: Ulica Svetozara Miletića 17, center of Novi Sad. Facebook:

  • Martha's PubUlice Laze Teleckog. The best honey rakija in town and one of the most popular pubs with an upstairs bar and patio and downstairs bar. A "must go" to try the honey rakija..
  • Bar Kaž'teKečigina 1, Ribarsko ostrvo
  • Cuba Libre. Check details at Ulica Laze Telečkog 13 o64
  • Trafika Lively young atmosphere. Ulica Laze Telečkog.
  • "RST" Cafe Club regularly changing programs, from open jam sessions over romantic evenings to domestic rock and pop bands
  • Trema (Stage fright) Probably the largest bar in Novi Sad, musical events, mixed audience. In the Serbian national theatre. Behind the entrance, take the stairs to the left. Pozorišni trg 1 Novi Sad 451-232
  • Bistro Ulica Modene, extremely dark bar next to Cezar Pizza but fairly relaxed atmosphere inside. Youngish, slightly alternative crowd.
  • Sistem I dance/pick up bar, expensive and posh dress. Ulica Modene.
  • Adresa cocktail bar, stylish crowd. Ulica Modene.
  • Cafe "The Sting", e-mail: . Vojvodina Stadium 458-155
  • Foxtrot Futoška 23 Novi Sad 622-904
  • Pipping Cafe Club in the Cultural Center of Novi Sad. Katolička porta 5 Novi Sad
  • NS Time Bul. Despota Stefana bb Novi Sad
  • Absolut Zmaj Jovina 12 Novi Sad
  • Pivnica Gusan Zmaj Jovina 12 Novi Sad - one of the best pubs
  • Irish Pub. An Irish pub,
  • Big mama Zmaj Jovina 2 Novi Sad 613-442
  • Sterija Pozorišni trg 1 Novi Sad
  • Models Ilije Ognjanovića 24 Novi Sad 612-058
  • Cafe Club Bar Ego 622-029
  • Club Hedonista. 529-438
  • ROUTE66 Novi Sad. Bulevar Despota Stefana 5. International live concerts, great DJ music, lounge feeling, video performance, garden, promotions, company parties, birthday parties, program for kids with animation, happy hour for coffee, internet & WLAN for free, free parking, open for all kind of events, smiling staff.
  • Kafe Bar "Braća Drinić", e-mail: .Branka Ćopića/474-83-80
  • club SoulSvetozara Miletica 40 (City Center). only electronic music, after parties & free entrance
  • cafe PortaKatolicka porta 6+381 646140454. Nice and quiet place in the center of Novi Sad

Safety in Novi Sad

Stay Safe

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Safety (Walking alone - day)

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Safety (Walking alone - night)