Belgrade Airport in 2022 is undergoing some significant changes. As you have probably heard, this summer is bringing different challenges to travelers hoping to have their vacation after a more extended break from traveling. Luckily, the chaos has a minor impact on Belgrade Airport in 2022. However, we prepared this brief guide to inform you about ongoing construction works on the airport and its vicinity. Of course, we prepared some tips on making your trip as comfortable as possible.
Construction works on Belgrade Airport in 2022
Famous French airport operator Vinci Airports is in charge of operations of Serbian biggest airport. Even though the concession started in 2018, the most significant and customer-impacting works started this year. Vinci is working to expand the commercial area, which would make Belgrade Airport in 2022 even more attractive to different brands who will open their stores there. But, what does this mean for you right now?
Arrivals at Belgrade Airport
Passengers arriving in Belgrade can expect a bit longer walking time towards the baggage claim and passport control. Once you are done with formalities, it is important to note that roads accessing the terminal building are closed for vehicles. There are designated pedestrian paths that you have to follow in order to reach the parking lot or bus stop. Car rental kiosks are also outside of the terminal building at the moment.
If you need transportation from the airport to the center, remember the important rule of thumb – ignore taxi drivers who are aggressively offering their services at the arrivals exit. Many tourists – and even locals – reported that they were overcharged. Hence, it is best to arrange your ride up front. We can provide the airport transfer, and you can be sure that you will not pay a cent more than the quote.
Departures from Belgrade Airport
Departure from Belgrade Airport recently became a much smoother experience. Once you are in the departure hall, where the check-in counters are located, proceed upstairs. There, you will be immediately directed to centralized security control. The state-of-the-art equipment is on par – and even better – than in most developed and modern airports in the world. It means that you will likely be able to keep your liquids and electronics such as laptops in your bags. That’s right – no more shuffling through your luggage. Just place your bags in the bin and push them to the conveyor belt. Of course, you will still have to remove items such as a belt, wallet, etc from yourself. Don’t forget – those are just general guidelines, so make sure to follow the instructions of the staff. Immediately after security control, you will find the passport control booths. Once you pass, enjoy the shopping duty-free or just have a refreshing drink in one of the airside cafes.
Domestic flight – Belgrade – Niš
Recently, Air Serbia started operating its first domestic regular line in Serbia! Bow, you can fly from Belgrade to Niš (and vice versa). Even better, you can travel to Niš from different cities, served by Air Serbia. In light of current construction works, it is important to know how to transfer to your Belgrade-Niš segment of the flight. So, if you need to transfer from an international to a domestic flight, you have to pass through passport control upon landing. Then, leave the airport building, and then return to the departing floor, to the domestic flight gate (A11). Do not worry, as there are signs showing you the way. And of course, you can always ask the polite staff at the airport. They will be more than happy to welcome you and help you navigate.
Reaching the airport
Once your visit to Belgrade comes to an end and you are ready to go to your next destination, there are different options for getting to the airport. As we mentioned, the road access is restricted, but there is a 1-minute stop drop-off point close to the parking and main terminal building. If you go by bus, it will drop you off close to the terminal building as well. You can also use the bus to reach the center when you arrive. Just follow the signs when exiting, and they will take you to the bus stop.
There are several bus lines servicing Belgrade Airport in 2022. These two are the most interesting for our visitors:
- Line A1 – Airport – Fontana New Belgrade – Main Bus Station – Slavija Square. This is the express line, leaving the airport every 30 minutes. The fare is 400 RSD (3.4 € / $4) and you need to pay in dinars, directly to the driver.
- Line 72 – Airport – Zeleni Venac. This is a city bus line, with many stops on the way, leaving every 35 minutes. The fare is 89 dinars if you are paying with a BusPlus card, 99 dinars if you are paying with MasterCard (VISA card is not working!), or 150 dinars if you are paying directly to the driver.
Make your trip smoother
Even though the Belgrade airport in 2022 has no difficulties handling the inbound and outbound flights and passengers, it does not mean that your origin or destination airport will be in the same situation. Hence, it is important to be at the airport on time. Generally, it means 2 hours before the flight. However, in present circumstances, the airlines are advising passengers to be at the airport at least 3 hours before the fight.
To avoid waiting in long queues before departure and after landing, we advise you to travel only with hand luggage. Anyone who has ever lugged a heavy suitcase up a flight of stairs knows, that packing light is essential for a pleasant trip. Not only does it make it easy to get around, but it also helps to dodge costly baggage fees and avoid the unnecessary strain on your body.
When packing for a trip, it is important to think about what you will actually need. Start by making a list of the activities you will be doing and the items you will need for each one. Then, take a close look at your wardrobe and see if you can mix and match items to create different looks. And finally, don’t forget to pack your essentials, such as toiletries and medication. But don’t worry even if you forget something – Belgrade supermarkets are well-equipped and you will find anything you need. By following these simple tips, you can make sure that your next trip this summer is as enjoyable as possible.