Belgrade to Timisoara by train with “Banat Special”

2 Posted by - January 6, 2014 - Blog, Rail, Romania, Serbia

So you want to go from Belgrade to Timisoara or the opposite direction and are thinking of the best way to do it. At the moment there are no direct lines between two cities, which means that you will have to make a stop in a small town called Vršac.

 

The best way to do it is by train, which leaves two times a day from Belgrade and from Timisoara. The distance between two cities is about 160 km and the journey will last four hours.

 

Serbian Railways has a special offer called “Banat Special”, with round trip tickets costing 14 euros. This is great, considering that a round trip ticket by bus between Belgrade and Vršac costs 1365 RSD (11 euros).

 

If you are going from Belgrade to Timisoara…

 

Trains to Vršac depart from BEOGRAD DUNAV station (Belgrade Danube station), NOT from the Central Railway station. As already mentioned, there are two daily departures so you have two options;

 

1) To catch the morning train which leaves at 07:20 and arrives to Vršac at 09:05. Then from Vršac you can catch a train to Timisoara which leaves at 10:38.
2) Or to catch the afternoon one which leaves at 15:50 and arrives to Vršac at 17:35. From 18:30 you can catch a train to Timisoara.

Belgrade Vrsac train

Serbian train operating between Belgrade and Vršac

Belgrade Vrsac train

Interior of a Serbian train

This is a modern train, the only downside is that it stops in almost every village, which makes the journey slower.

 

When you arrive to Vršac, the train for Timisoara will be waiting for the passengers. This is a very small train stop and it’s not possible to buy any food or drinks at the station, although there is a kiosk right in front of the main entrance to the station.

Vrsac Timisoara train

Train to Timişoara

This train has less stops so it travels faster through Romanian teritory and its final stop is Timisoara NORD train station.

 

If you are going from Timisoara to Belgrade;

 

You also have two options;

 

1) Catch the morning train which leaves Timisoara at 06:48 and arrives to Vršac at 08:52. Then catch the train for Belgrade which leaves Vršac at 09:40.

2) And afternoon option: Leaves Timisoara at 15:13 – arrives to Vršac at 17:29. Leaves Vršac at 18:00 – arrives to Belgrade at 19:46.

Vrsac Timisoara train

Romanian train to Timişoara

Romanian train is also quite modern and travels faster as there are no frequent stops, although the heating system didn’t work.

Vrsac Timisoara train

Interior of a Romanian train

Three things to remember about Timisoara NORD station:

 

1) Toilets are locked (at least they were in early morning). Hopefully situation is different during the day.

2) Whatever you do, do not enter the waiting room.

3)  Don’t buy food at train station. It’s of bad quality and questionable health. So definitely grab something in the city before you arrive to the station.

 

And of course, always check the actual timetable. You can do that here. Just type (Beograd Dunav – Vršac; Vršac – Timisoara NORD).

 

Safe travels!

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19 Comments

  • Francis Tapon January 8, 2014 - 11:19 am Reply

    Zorica, I wish I knew this information when I was trying to do the same journey! In my book, “The Hidden Europe”, I mentioned that there were no direct connections between the two cities, because that’s what they told me at the central station in Belgrade.

    Either they’ve added a line (since 2010) or I had wrong information. I ended up taking a bus to within 3 km of the Romanian border, walking 3 km and then hitchhiking with a big truck into Timi. An adventure, but your solution is much better!

    I will update my book accordingly!

    • Zorica January 8, 2014 - 1:15 pm Reply

      It’s true, there were no trains between two cities at that time. So yes going there was a real hassle! At least now it’s easy and convenient to get there.

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  • Jim Smith March 13, 2014 - 1:05 pm Reply

    Are trains still working on this route? The Serbian online timetable doesn’t display any connections….

    • Zorica March 13, 2014 - 5:52 pm Reply

      Jim, the online timetable works pretty fine. Check again if you picked Beograd DUNAV station not the central one. You should choose Beograd Dunav to Vršac and then Vršac to Timisoara NORD.

  • Andreea March 30, 2014 - 10:28 am Reply

    Hi! I’m going to Belgrade in 2 weeks and thanks to you now I know to buy that “Beograd Special” ticket. What I want to ask you is if you had to buy from the trains station the seat in the train and if you remember how much did you pay. I’m sure it’s not much, but it would help to see if I have enough serbian money to buy the seat from Vrsac to Belgrade. Thanks!

    • Zorica March 30, 2014 - 11:56 am Reply

      Hey Andreea! I’m glad this article was of help to you. I have bought the round trip ticket at the Central Railway Station in Belgrade, and I am not sure how this works in Romanian train but you can buy a ticket inside Serbian train that goes from Vrsac to Belgrade. The ticket from Vrsac to Belgrade costs 320 RSD.

  • Jenna June 8, 2014 - 5:42 pm Reply

    Hi Zorica,
    Thanks so much hun for this information. I am wanting to do this trip from Timisoara-Belgrade in a few days but am not an EU citizen so was wondering if you knew if the timings for the Timisoara to Vrsac leg includes any possible boarder crossing time?
    I’m worried that if I am delayed at the boarder, then I may miss the connecting train to Belgrade! If that occurs, do you know if the bus station is close to the Vrsac train station?

    • Zorica June 8, 2014 - 10:07 pm Reply

      Jenna, don’t worry about missing the train, because Serbian train in Vrsac waits for the train from Timisoara to arrive first. This is especially true if you buy a ticket directly to Belgrade. Border control should be no problem, because Serbia is not the part of EU at the moment. The whole process of checking passports usually lasts 20 mins (for Serbs, Romanians and everyone else). Have a safe journey!

  • Mari August 15, 2014 - 5:21 pm Reply

    Hi Zorica, excellent post, what a good information on trains.
    My relative will be traveling to Timisoara from Belgrade next week, I want to ask you if you know how
    to get to the Dunav Station from the (BEG) Airport Terminal 2? And the other thing is can you purchase a ticket from Dunav Station right before departure? Thank you.

    • Zorica August 16, 2014 - 9:49 am Reply

      Hey Mary. To answer your first question, he can get a bus number 72 from the airport and get off at last station called “Zeleni venac”. From here he can catch the bus 16 or 95 and get off at “Cvijiceva station” which is just a few stations away, like 10 mins. The Danube station is just across the street. Another option is getting a taxi from Zeleni venac and that would probably cost around 500 dinars I’d say. And sure, it is possible to buy a ticket right before departure :) Check out this article on moving around Belgrade as well http://eurotribe.com/get-around-in-belgrade/ Hope this helps!

  • Jovan August 20, 2014 - 9:24 pm Reply

    Hi Zorica,

    Maybe this is a stupid question, but is it better to buy the ticket from Belgrade to Vrsac and then from Vrsac to Timisoara and vice versa, or to buy the Banat special return ticket? Is the Banat special ticket valid when change the train?

    • Zorica August 21, 2014 - 11:24 am Reply

      It’s easier to just buy Banat special return ticket, which is of course valid when you change the trains because you’re paying to Timisoara via Vrsac. That’s what I did.

  • Robert August 21, 2014 - 5:29 pm Reply

    Hi

    I am looking at travelling this route to Beograd in November been on the Serbian railway website but the Dunav station in and it brought up no travel connections dos this service still run?

    • Zorica August 22, 2014 - 8:40 am Reply

      Yes the service still runs, as I have written in the article you have to type this in the timetable (Beograd Dunav – Vršac and then Vršac – Timisoara NORD). In your case it would be the opposite.

  • Robert September 6, 2014 - 8:03 pm Reply

    HI

    can you tell me what is the best way in Belgrade to get from Dunav station to the main station as I am staying at the Belgrade City hotel it looks 2 far to walk

    Thanks

    • Zorica September 7, 2014 - 10:12 am Reply

      The best way is to take a taxi, should cost you around 5 euros.

  • Robert September 7, 2014 - 8:24 pm Reply

    Thanks for that information is there a money change near dunav station as they wont take euros I guess? and is it easy to get a taxi at that station

    • Zorica September 8, 2014 - 9:17 am Reply

      No problem. You’ll find taxis when you leave the building, and there should be an exchange office around too I guess.

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