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About Sarajevo

Sarajevo is the capital city and cultural hub of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a city rich in history, with a population of more than 500 000 residents. Sarajevo offers you a selection of thrilling outdoor attractions and a vibrant entertainment scene. The top tourist attractions of this metropolis include Baščaršija square, Vrelo Bosne, and Svrzo’s House.

Prepare yourself for an amazing discovery into everything the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina has to offer, because cheap flights to Sarajevo are now available for a limited time! This destination is home to the Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ), which is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Sarajevo International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Swissair, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, and Croatia Airlines. Popular flights departing from Johannesburg to Sarajevo are now available. The average duration of the flight is 13 hours and 20 minutes.

Why visit Sarajevo

Baščaršija Sarajevo

Plenty of History

A variety of historic sites, monuments and architecture is available throughout Sarajevo. Explore locations such as the War Tunnel and Baščaršija square.

Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo

The Entertainment Scene

Sarajevo is a hub for the arts, fashion and entertainment. Catch a performance at the Sarajevo National Theatre or take a tour through the Academy of Fine Arts.

Vrelo Bosne Sarajevo

Outdoor Treasures

If you love the outdoors, you’ll be at home in Sarajevo. Explore the hiking trails at Vrelo Bosne or take a day trip with Highlander Adventures.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
Currency Bosnia and Herzegovina Convertible Mark
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.14 BAM
Language Croatian / Serbian / Bosnian
Hub Airport Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ)
Airline Swissair / Turkish Airlines / Lufthansa / Croatia Airlines
Time Zone GMT + 1
Travel Adaptor Type C / F

Best time to visit Sarajevo

The most popular time to visit Sarajevo is the summer (June – August), when the temperatures reach above the mid-20s and the rainfall settles around 20 mm. Of course, it also means that this is the high season for tourism, so you would have to book accommodation well in advance and be prepared to explore the city’s attractions along with crowds of other tourists. If you’d prefer a more relaxed holiday experience, visit during the months of May (spring) and September (autumn). You’ll be able to skip the peak tourist season in the summer, get more availability and enjoy pleasant temperatures around the 20s with low rainfall. If you love skiing, visit during the winter (December – February), but be prepared for cold temperatures, with January being the coldest month, at an average of -5°C.

Weather & Climate in Sarajevo

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -5°C -3°C 0°C 4°C 8°C 11°C 12°C 12°C 9°C 5°C 0°C -3°C
High °C 2°C 6°C 11°C 15°C 20°C 23°C 26°C 25°C 23°C 17°C 8°C 3°C
Rainfall (mm) 20 20 30 30 20 20 20 20 20 30 30 30

Overview

Sarajevo is the historic capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the country’s cultural hub, rich with entertainment, fashion and the arts. Found on the plains between the Dinaric Alps, this is a scenic location for a memorable travelling experience in the Balkans.

When you’re exploring this vibrant metropolis, make sure to catch a performance at the Sarajevo National Theatre. Delve deeper into the arts and culture of the country at the Bosnian Institute. Discover the fascinating history of Sarajevo, with a trip to the War Tunnel, Baščaršija square, and Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque.

Sarajevo additionally offers you a variety of outdoor attractions, including the Bijambare area and the Botanical Garden of the National Museum.

Allow yourself this opportunity for an unforgettable holiday in Sarajevo.

Visa & Customs

South Africans travelling to Bosnia and Herzegovina require a Visa. When applying for one, make sure your passport will be valid for at least six months after your return date and that you have two pages free for entry stamps.

The South African Embassy in Athens, Greece, is accredited to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Address: 60 Kifissias Avenue, Marousi, 15125, Athens

Phone: + 30 210 617 8020 Fax: + 30 210 610 6636

Health & Safety

Make sure you receive all the routine vaccinations four to six weeks before you depart for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Additionally, you may need to get vaccinations for other diseases, depending on what you will be doing and where you will be going in Sarajevo. These include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rabies.

There are still remnants of conflict in Sarajevo, with mines in various locations. Refrain from entering damaged buildings (which are common in the city) and walking on the hills around the city.

Avoid parking in Kulina bana street next to the Drvenija bridge; it is a hotspot for theft and window breaking. Beware of people asking for money, as this is usually a scam.

Watch out for packs of dogs, as there have been reports of aggression.

In general, stay alert and keep your valuables in a secure place.

Cost of Living

ITEM Cape Town Johannesburg Sarajevo
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 50.34
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 21.57
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 16.25
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 7.19
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 35.96
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