I took the Bar Montenegro to Belgrade train yesterday due to arrive in Belgrade at 0640 today and there are some important developments that might be helpful if you are taking this train soon.
The train DOES NOT stop at the Belgrade main train station. It stops short of downtown by at least a couple of kilometers. It drops you at a small closed station. If you speak Serbian this is not a problem as you probably got what the conductor was saying....
But here is what you do to get in to the main train station and the center of Belgrade:
Exit the train and cross the tracks, walk down the driveway and cross the street, there is a small shop and what turns out to be a tram stop (it’s not marked nor has it any indication of such) Wait by the tracks for the #3 tram that will stop directly in front of the Main Station. You will know the main station as it is a huge beautiful hulking building probably from the late 19th century and it’s all yellow and white with a big steam engine on display in front.
Now we were only going to be in Belgrade overnight to catch the train to Sofia the next day so we figured since our hotel was across the street from the Train Station no need to change money, I’d just use my card...and that would have worked with no problem except for the tram. I needed Dinar for the tram...
To get some Serbian Dinar I went in to the small shop mentioned above and bought something with euros...she wasn’t happy but did it and gave me change in Dinar...the correct change at the correct exchange rate also. In the end we never paid for the tram as we were suppposed to buy a ticket on board but no one collected.
After talking to several people about this and why this is happening it seems it is all tied up with the destruction of the nice old station which will happen in July.(this is truly a shame to lose a building like that.)
Also when we went to buy our Belgrade to Sofia tickets at the train station the lady behind the counter said that that train will only leave from this station for another TWO days.
NO ONE seems to be able to answer definitively just where the trains will leave from (or go to for that matter) after that.