London Belgrade Flights
Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, lies in South-Eastern Europe, on the territory of former Yugoslavia, at the meeting place of two big rivers, Danube and Sava. It has a special status being a separate territorial unit apart from Serbia. The name of the city means the white town detail which can be confirmed by its architecture. It has been an important point for traffic between Western and Eastern Europe. The city has developed from an oriental town to a modern Western one, a characteristic which may be observed by any tourist in the center of Zemun. The old buildings reveal their beauty and historical value in Kalemegdan Park; unfortunately, the word “old” has, in this town, a relative meaning, because most of the edifices date only from the 18th century as Serbian territory was almost all the time a battle field.
Prominent buildings are: The National Museum with outstanding Art Nouveau features reminding Vienna or London, the National Theatre, the Old Palace, Cathedral Church, Josip Broz Tito’s Mausoleum also known under the name of House of Flowers. The main pedestrian area is Prince Mihailo Street. Neo-Byzantine particularities may be detected at Vuk’s Foundation, the Old Post Office or St. Mark’s Church. The city profits by sixteen islands placed on the two rivers. The biggest one, Ada Ciganlija, offers wonderful, long beaches of over six kilometers for hot summers, sport complexes, biking tracks, clubs, an artificial lake, while the smaller ones preserve a magnificent wild life and scenery.
One may keep in mind Great War Island and Small War Island for nature preserved putting forward apart wild birds. Belgrade has a population of almost two million people most of them being orthodox Christians although the town has hosted many nationalities. Due to its human resources, cost effectiveness and economic potential the city won twice a prestigious reward offered by The Financial Times: City of the Future in Southern Europe, a real testimonial for major next investments. Belgrade is preferred to other capitals also for its tempestuous nightlife without hard-set rules and a strong recommendation comes from the well-known British newspaper Times. Public transportation is efficient thanks to buses, trams, trolleybuses, even coaches despite the fact that the city has no metro yet. The climate is a moderate continental one.
All the facts mentioned above justify the considerable number of tourists coming here for visiting the most important museums, fitting in with another civilization or taking delight in traditional music (Old Town Music) and bohemian neighborhood gathering poets, musicians, bands, etc. (Skadar Street). The main attractions of the city are located on the banks of the rivers. Belgrade may be reached by plane, train, car or boat as it is has also a harbor on the Danube.
Belgrade Nicola Tesla Airport is the busiest one in Serbia, 12 kilometers away from the city, rather small (only two terminals), but it is exploited not only by big companies – many low cost companies can be found here (Air Berlin, Cimber Air, German Wings, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Wizz Air). Daily 14 major partners offer almost 50 flights from London to Belgrade at various prices. British Airways give quite convenient tickets for £ 185 or, regarding the non-stop flights on daily basis, the price oscillates between £ 207 and £ 204 (8:20 leaving LHR – 12:00 landing at BEG; flight time: 2 hours and 40 minutes). Czech Airlines, offering lower prices, but with one stop in Prague, is joining Alitalia, Swiss Airlines, or KLM, but all these have higher prices and flights with connections.
For keeping track with flights and costs, you must access one of the many OTAs available on the internet (Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity etc.) These are at your disposal for the best choice. Nevertheless it is obvious that an air travel is pretty long taking into account the time spent on the airports and it is also expensive. Therefore, people might have more reasons to look for and elect a travel by train, the favorite in London being Eurostar train.
This is a speed modern train linking London with Brussels, Paris and other various destinations. It is an ideal mean of transportation for a family or for any person having ahead a long journey (for example, the one to Belgrade). It is wise to reserve in advance for certainty and a better price. One can meet with the ineffable charm of train-travel irrespective of the choice (Standard, Leisure Select or Business Premier). Usually a ticket for Eurostar train costs £ 69 and autumn brings also 40% discount. The journey itself is exciting and beautiful: the train leaves in the morning, at 9:32 from St Pancras London and arrives in Paris in about two hours offering the possibility to taste plenty of food and drinks.
Depending of your choice and class, some of them are served free of cost. At the end of the travel crossing the channel, you get off at one of the most prestigious railway stations in the world, Gare du Nord. Needless to say that the scenery is spectacular and everybody has the opportunity to see new cities, landscapes during this journey to Belgrade. You can really enjoy the travel instead of waiting or standing up in a line in order to check in or to attend customs formalities. There is as well the possibility to avoid very early rises in order to reach the airport in time.
Travelling by train implies more advantages: comfort, safety, less money, adventure feeling, luxury, enough space to walk for you and for your children. Besides, children below the age of four are free of any charge. The sleeping- car solves all the problems related to the length of this journey and you have the chance to do additional stops. Premiere Eurostar packages also spoil the train aficionados. Train brings you right in the middle of Belgrade, at the main station, after crossing Sava River due to a modern bridge. After such a pleasant trip, you are ready to make the acquaintance of the town.