Southeastern Europe may have a bad reputation. This is due to the numerous wars and the political instability of some states. However, for backpackers it is an exciting terrain. The infrastructure is often not the best, but the people are warm and nature promises many pleasant surprises.
This is the third part (Part 1, Part 2) of three articles that are intended to give you a very digested but updated picture of some of the things to consider before and during your trip to the old continent, we have divided it into three zones waiting You can offer a clear idea that you can always have at hand.
The bus and train network vary greatly from one country to another. Turkey, Hungary and Croatia have an excellent bus system, but prices in Croatia can vary a lot between companies. Also in Bulgaria, Greece and Montenegro there is a very good bus service.
Albania has a well-developed bus transport, especially in the coastal regions, and it is extremely cheap. In Serbia, especially the main routes are covered, although you can have some inconveniences in remote places. Macedonia, has an acceptable bus service.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, you can only expect a regular bus service on weekdays, while in Romania there is absolute chaos with respect to buses. Here it is advisable to change to taxis or a rental car. Train connections are usually much slower and are not always so comfortable.
2. Accommodation in Southeastern Europe.
Almost everywhere in Southeastern Europe you can get private rooms. In general, they are much cheaper than hotels and at the same time offer a small insight into daily life in these countries. Hostels are only available in larger cities, hotels are much more expensive.
In Croatia, you should be careful to only rent “legal rooms” (recognizable by the blue sign of Sobe or Apartmani). In Serbia, you must register with the police within 24 hours after arrival. Even if this is not strictly enforced, a penalty may be imposed on departure, unless a registration document can be provided.
3. Prices and money.
The price level is generally much lower than in the rest of Europe. The list of affordable prices to super cheap is given by the following lines: Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Turkey, Romania, Macedonia, Albania.
You can pay with Euros in Greece and Montenegro, although Montenegro still does not belong to the EU. The other countries each have their own currency, some of which can not be exchangeable after departing.
In tourist places in Southeastern Europe you will always find people who speak and understand some words of English. Particularly in Hungary, Greece and Turkey, which have long been travel destinations. In Croatia, Serbia and Romania they will understand you enough if you speak Italian.
Although Macedonia boasts of being the first state in Europe to offer full coverage Wi-Fi, it is not one of the fastest. In most states, you have access to the Internet in good hotels. In larger cities of Southeastern Europe you can also find free access points.
6. Climate and better travel season.
On the coast, you will find Mediterranean conditions, and continental inland, hot summers and cold winters.
Between May to October can be considered as the best travel time. In July and August, which is considered high season, prices not only skyrocket, but it is also very hot. The exceptions are Macedonia and Albania, where in May and October the rain displaces the recommended months to travel to June and September; In Montenegro, rainfall increases abruptly in the month of September.
In some areas of Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina there is a risk of landmines. The mined sections are usually marked with signs, but they can be widely separated. If in doubt, always stay on the road.
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