Lines: 400, Lasta line (both seasonal)
working hours: summer time 9:00 - 20:00
winter time 9:00 - 17:00
Entry price: 150 dinars for adults
70 dinars for children
free for kids under 7
400 dinars entry + drink in a cafe
Although Belgrade is mostly surrounded with plains, mountain Avala makes an exception. Avala, which lies 15 km south from the city, is definitely favorite relaxing spot for many Belgradians. It is place of historical and cultural significance. Mountain becomes "alive" especially during spring and fall time, when picnic in shades of the forest represents favorite activity of visitors.
Along the road towards the Avala peak, on the left side lies historical sight - monument dedicated to Russian war veterans who died in an airline accident in 1964. At the very top of the mountain, you will find Monument to the Unknown Hero. It is one of the most notable sights of Avala. Monument, dedicated to victims of the WWI, was built on a place where used to stand fortress Žrnovo. King Aleksandar I of Yugoslavia gave an order to destroy ruins of this former Roman settlement and build the monument in 1934.
While touring Avala, eventually you will get to the pride of Belgrade, Avala Tower. Tower is symbol of Belgrade and with 205 meters, it is the highest structure in Serbia. It was destroyed during NATO bombing in 1999, but later rebuilt and officially opened in April 2010, marking 11th anniversary of bombing of Serbia. Avala Tower has observation deck from which you can see most of the Belgrade surrounding.
Visit www.avalskitoranj.rs to see panorama from Avala Tower (inside and outside).
How to get to Avala?
On weekends during summer time, bus company Lasta organizes open bus ride to Avala. Bus departs from Nikola Pašić Square at 10:00 and from Avala in 14:30, with one stop at Topčider Park and Residance of Prince Miloš. Return ticket costs 600 dinars for adults or 400 dinars for kids. Tickets must be previously purchased in tourist information center at Republic Square, in Lasta offices in Balkanska 35-39 or Savski trg 1a (next to the Railway station). With ticket for this ride you will get 20% off the ticket for Historical Museum of Serbia and free cruise with Yachting club Kej. For more information, visit Lasta office.
During weekend, from the beginning of May until the end of August, public bus line 400 connects Belgrade and Avala. Bus leaves from stop "Voždovac" (also stop of trams 9, 10 and 14 and bus 50) on every 40 minutes, from 8:00 until 19:300 and a ride costs 150 dinars (in the vehicle) or 89 dinars (BusPlus).