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About Banja Luka

Banja Luka is the largest city and administrative center of the Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After the Bosnian War the Bosniak and Croat population migrated with Serbs settling instead; therefore shifting the majority of the population to now being Serbs. Banja Luka is famous for its wide streets lined with trees and natural beauty. It is also the second largest city in Bosnia-Herzegovina, after the capital city Sarajevo. Located along the River Vrbas, the city’s parks, gardens, and tree-lined boulevards are worth seeing. The city has a large number of monasteries, mosques, and churches.

Most touristic hotels are located along the river, offering good opportunities for outdoor sports. The city’s museums exhibit artifacts from the Bosnian War. The most vibrant areas of the city are located on Gospodska Street, including restaurants, cafes, and bars. When the weather is nice the restaurants and cafes set up their tables outside. The stores on this street, and its surroundings, are great for shopping. Those who like to go rafting should consider the tours of the River Vrbas. Bosnian and Serbian cuisine features a lot of pastries, meats, and appetizers.

The Banja Luka International Airport is located 18 km from the city center, serving cities like Belgrade, Vienna, Ljubljana, and Copenhagen. Winters are cold and summers are hot in the city. The average temperature in the winter is 0 degrees or more and the average temperatures in the summer is around 25-27 degrees. The spring months however are not that hot. Coming during the summer is quite enjoyable. 

Transportation to Banja Luka City Center from Airport

 

Banja Luka International Airport

Banja Luka is the capital of the Autonomous Serbian Republic in Bosnia Herzegovina. It is a green city with its parks and natural areas, and the curvy blue line in the middle of this green city is the Vrbas River. If you are going to visit in July, you can see Banja Luka Summer Games.

Every year in July, during festive moods, sports and artistic events such as theater, music and dance performances are organized.

The city, just like other Bosnia and Herzegovina cities, is still trying to cover the scars of the Bosnian War, both economically and culturally. You can walk everywhere you want to see in the city center or where you need to go. The Vrbas River passing through the center of Banja Luka promises beautiful scenes and breaks for those who visit here.

You can also rent a bicycle as well as walk around in this extremely quiet and small city center. There are 15 bicycles to rent in the tourist office. It is charged as 1 convertible marks per hour and 15 convertible marks per day. The bus is one of the most widely used means of transport in urban transport. Approximately 40 bus lines connect the city center and the surrounding districts. The vehicles operating are not very new.

A taxi is a vehicle that you can always find easily in the city center. The biggest handicap of taking a taxi is the fact that drivers do not speak English in general. Even if you have a taximeter in your vehicle, you better talk about the price with the driver in advance. If you want to go to a different city, you can go to one of the two big bus stations and reach another city in the country as well as neighboring countries such as Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Montenegro by bus.

The train is another alternative that will take you to Sarajevo, the capital city of the country, or Zagreb. However, it cannot be said that the train service is very comfortable or fast, compared to the surrounding countries, due to the old rail system and wagons. The railway station and bus terminal are 2 kilometers southeast from the city center.

Like many Banja Luka visitors, if you want to go to the capital city of the country by bus while you are there, you can reach the city with a journey of about 5 hours. There are 4 bus services to Sarajevo every day. The other method which is less comfortable is to go by train. There is a train service twice a day. Of course you can rent a car for a much freer and comfortable trip, and you will be able to enjoy the natural beauties spread throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina throughout the journey.

Banja Luka International Airport is a small and quiet airport. The average number of passengers in the last two years is about 25 thousand people. There are only one or two flights per day at this airport and there is no public transport provided by the municipality, as flight traffic is not intense. However, you can make a cheap trip to the city center with private minibuses.

Taxi is a convenient and comfortable means of transportation. It is also possible to rent a vehicle at the airport that will make your journey more comfortable.

Taxi

One of the most convenient ways to reach the city center from the airport is to take a taxi. You can immediately see the taxi stops at the terminal exit. An average 40-50 convertible marks fare is charged for going to the city center, but a bargain can be made.

Most of the drivers, like the majority of the people, do not speak English. For this reason, it might be a good idea to learn more Serbian and Bosnian words about traffic and a few more topics before you go.

Minibus

Minibuses do not go directly to the city center but to the bus station. If you are using Banja Luka as a transfer point, the minibus is the right choice for you. On the other hand the bus station is just 2 kilometers from the city center. You can reach the city center by taking a taxi or a bus from there. The minibus departs only once a day at 15:30 and the journey takes about 20 minutes. Ticket fee is 10 convertible marks for one way per person.

Car Rental

There are several car rental offices at the airport. On average, a vehicle costs 60 convertible marks per day. If your rental period is longer than 3 days, this price is discounted. If you are planning to go to different cities, a rental car is a good alternative both in terms of time and comfort.

Weather in Banja Luka

DayMin - Max
TuesdayMin 23ºC - Max 37ºC
WednesdayMin 23ºC - Max 35ºC
ThursdayMin 22ºC - Max 33ºC
FridayMin 22ºC - Max 30ºC
SaturdayMin 21ºC - Max 28ºC

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