a VirtualTourist member from California
hi [VT member 93f85],
I arrive at Osijek airport on Sunday, May 23rd at 4pm. I need to get to Banja Luka in Bosnia that evening. I have tried to look for bus information and it appeaers there is a bus at 6pm and then I have to change somewhere but I'm not really sure. Could you please help me find these connections? Also, how is the best way to get from the airport to the bus/train station?
information is very hard to find for bus on terittory ex-Yugoslavia and often they change the timetable. This also applies to http://www.autobusni-kolodvor.com, there is a lot of inaccurate information.
The bus from Belgrade to Banja Luka transporting passengers between Serbia and Bosnia, Croatia stops just at the border. I sent query operators that line if it is possible to travel from Slavonski Brod to Banja Luka.
For long-distance bus is leaving Slavonski Šamac at 20:10 (8:31 PM) line Zagreb-Samac-Tuzla stated that the line is not in operation http://www.salinea.net/tzzgsam.asp and the web Bus Station Zagreb is not listed
Answer Line Carrier Salinea:
Line Tuzla - Slavonski Samac - Zagreb does not runs more than a year.
Possibility/2 may not be used, up from Osijek not run on Saturdays and Sundays http://www.panturist.hr
So now I'm more confused than before. Can I still do possibility one as mentioned at the top or is that not possible anymore?
thanks for the help, I'll just have to expect to make the 6pm bus connection. :) If for some reason I don't and have to spend a night somewhere, would you suggest a night in Osijek or one of the bus connection towns like slavonski?
Reply from the bus station Banja Luka:
Unfortunately, no carrier, who drive to Banja Luka, has a registered channel Slavonski Brod (for legal direction) but you have the opportunity to go over to Bosanski Brod and there waiting for Banja Luka.
All buses that travel direction from Serbia to Bosnia through Croatia just stop at the border (Slavonski / Brod Bosanski), which is not allowed get on and get out of bus.
I do not know what to advise how to get from Osijek to Banja Luka.
If you were lucky could this possibility:
1) The bus you are talking about is leaving Osijek at 17:30 arriving at Zagreb 22:00. This bus is run by Croatian company CAZMATRANS NOVA http://www.cazmatrans.hr/os-zg.html and it's final destination is Zagreb It's a long-distance bus. Ticket price approximately 17,5 EUR,
2) Your connection is the bus leaving Zagreb 22:00, arriving Banja Luka 00:40.
This bus is run by company CENTROTRANS Sarajevo centrolines.ba/loc/template.... and CROATIA BUS croatiabus.hr/english/ruta.p..., it's coming from Belgrade and the final destination is Sarajevo. It's a long-distance bus.
Ticket price approximately 14 EUR
I checked the info is on http://www.akz.hr/EN/voznired.aspx
I know that in Zagreb the same time of arrival and departure, but the last stop before Zagreb it is Slavonski Brod, departure 19:30. And it depends on the density of traffic on the highway and may arrive in Zagreb 10-15 minutes earlier.
wow, this is getting more and more complicated! haha, oh travel...
Can I please have some write out something I can show the bus driver if I try to get to Doboj so he knows to let me out? Something like:
I know Doboj is not a normal stop but I am from California and have to meet someone there. Could you please stop there for me? Thank you. Please tell me when we are in Doboj.
How far is Slavnoski to the border to catch the other bus?
My birthday starts at midnight and it's starting to look like getting to Banja Luka that evening is more and more difficult.
So if I understand correctly, it's not possible to pass from Croatia to Bosnia on the bus? I can't be the only person trying to make a bus connection like that, what do other people crossing the border do?
Just one explanation: Croatia, being a transit country, does its best to complicate things for foreign bus operators passing through Croatia. So, for instance Serbian buses that pass through Croatia on their way to a third country (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Germany,....) can pass freely through Croatia but cannot receive new passengers in Croatia - they only have a transit licence, not a licence to connect Croatia with another country.
www.autobusni-kolodvor.com is a good website for bus travel but will often generate some connections that are not possible in reality. You will NOT be able to board a Serbian bus travelling from Belgrade to Banja Luka in Slavonski Brod!
Unfortunately for you, it seems there is no direct bus line from Eastern Slavonia to Banja Luka. You could go to Slavonski Brod and take a taxi to Bosanski Brod (they are just divided by the bridge over Sava river), but that is not guaranteed to pass without problems as well. (Starting from: does the taxi driver have a passport ready? Does he have a licence to cross to Bosnia?).
However strange it may look, your safest bet seems to be to go to Zagreb and change buses there. But I wouldn't count on the 22:00 arrival / 22:00 departure possibility - better stay the night in Zagreb. Use www.akz.hr (Zagreb bus station) for timetables.
p.s. The problem with the stop in Doboj for a Croatian bus running through Bosnia is just a reciprocal measure of the Serbian-controlled part of Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is quite unlikely that they will stop there because they might risk losing a licence for that line in the future.
I am not sure about walking across the bridge, but I see no reason why it would not be allowed....
Regarding stopping the bus in Doboj.... you can try, but you can't count on it for sure. I avoid doing things that are not "by the book", and I avoid giving such advices as well.
Walking the bridge between Slvaonski Brod and Bosanski Brod is allowed,and every day hundreds of people passing through (sometimes passing through).
The bus that goes at 20:40 from Osijek to Neum may embark in Osijek and Slavonski Brod. In Bosanski Brod not stop, he does not get on.
what about buses from bronski brod to banja luka? I'll stay in Slavonski Brod overnight if I have to, but what about when I get to Slavonski Brod, then take a taxi or cross the bridge to the Bosnian side. Are there any buses from there to Banja Luka at that hour on a Sunday night? Or do I give up and stay in Slavonski brod to to complicate my life too much? Where should I stay in Slavonski brod?