Visit Sarajevo - Best of Sarajevo

The city is at once representative of all that was good about Sarajevo, and all that was tragic about it. It one of Europe’s most culturally diverse cities; embracing Orthodoxy, Catholicsm, Judaism and Islam; showcasing a spirit that’s at once Asian and European. The Ottoman Empire brought it to greatness and has left a massive heritage, and the following Austro-Hungarian Empire was not too far behind. The city has always been politically important too, but it will always be remembered as the place where the First World War officially kicked off. It thrived industrially under Yugoslav rule for a while, but the Bosnian Civil War in the 90s wrought incredible destruction on it. Despite the unrest and resilient as ever, the city continues to develop at a frantic pace.

Sarajevo Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Sarajevo tips for your visit

  • Register with the police immediately on arrival if not staying at a hotel. Failure to do so can lead to a fine or expulsion.
  • Always keep your ticket in hand when availing public transport. Never be caught without one.
  • Always keep your papers about you.
  • Be familiar with the appearance of the hotel you want to go to; drivers will try and scam you by taking you to more expensive places.
  • Ask your hotel before hand how much a taxi to the hotel from the airport/train station costs before you commit to payment. If they try charging more at the destination, pretending to know less English, get the hotel staff to translate or handle the situation on you behalf.
  • Never ever go into damaged buildings.
  • There are mines in the suburbs surrounding Sarajevo. They are marked so stay clear.
  • Do not get into heavy political discussion with anybody; be agreeable is someone brings it up.

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Facts and Stats for Sarajevo*

  • Pollution Statistics in Sarajevo

    Know the pollution level of Sarajevo before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 80.22 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 45.9 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 59.43 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 31.67 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 55.33 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 61.51 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 63.93 (High)
  • Sarajevo: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Sarajevo for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sarajevo.

    • Burglary and Theft 48.26 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 51.03 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 46.92 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 84.86 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 57.39 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 61.62 (High)
    • Attacks 37.15 (Low)
    • Drug offense 44.18 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.43 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 54.11 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 33.22 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.18 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 58.68 (Moderate)
  • Living in Sarajevo - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Sarajevo is 111.18 (High)

    • Safety Index 51.13 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 78.18 (High)
    • Pollution Index 72.82 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 29.61 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 39.26 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 52.01 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.14 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 47.94 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Sarajevo

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Sarajevo

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.12 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.39 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 78.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 73.38 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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