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Banja Luka

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Introduction

Train Stops at Banja Luka

Train Stops at Banja Luka

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Banja Luka is the administrative capital of the Srpska Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is the second largest city in the country with around 200,000 inhabitants in the city itself, about 250,000 in the total metropolitan area.

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Sights and Activities

  • Rafting on the river Vrbas (01 Feb 2013 - 30 Nov 2013) - Vrbas is mountain river and one of the most attractive rivers in Europe. The degree of difficulty ranges from 2 to 4 and river Vrbas is suitable for those looking for adventure and adrenalin, but also for family enjoyment and a peaceful day on the river. If you're in Banja Luka, you should definitely go rafting! That is something you don't want to miss! Address: www.banjalukatravel.com
  • Paintball (01 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2013) - If you're up for some paintball adventure with your friends you will have a lots of fun in Banja Luka. There are a lot of games of paintball you can choose, it's very cheap and you get full protection gear!

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Weather

Banja Luka has a continental climate, with relitavely cold winters and warm summers. Daytime temperatures from May to September are between 22 °C and 27 °C but can hit 40 °C sometimes. Nights are mostly between 10 °C and 15 °C. Winters from December to March see highs of 3 °C to 8 °C, with nights below zero. Snow and severe frost are possible as well though. The average annual precipitation is around 1,000 mm and is evenly distributed throughout the year, with some more severe thunderstorms possible in summer.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max3.7 °C6.8 °C12 °C17.2 °C22 °C25 °C27.2 °C26.9 °C23.3 °C17.4 °C10.8 °C5.2 °C
Avg Min-4.6 °C-2.3 °C0.7 °C4.7 °C9 °C12.4 °C13.7 °C13.3 °C10.1 °C5.7 °C1.6 °C-2.6 °C
Rainfall69 mm63 mm79 mm87 mm98 mm111 mm95 mm93 mm82 mm74 mm91 mm86 mm
Rain Days151414141514111110111315

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Getting There

By Plane

Banja Luka International Airport (BNX) offers flights with B&H Airlines to/from Sarajevo and Zürich.

By Train

Trains regularly travel to Zagreb, Sarajevo and Belgrade.

By Bus

There are many bus services throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and places outside the country, including many international services to central, western and northern Europe.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
City Smile HostelSkendera Kulenovića 16, Banja LukaHOSTEL92
Hostel Banja LukaSrpskih ustanika 26HOSTEL-
Nana Hotel-Banja LukaIvana G. Kovacica br.211aHotel-
Merriot HotelKozarska br. 85Hotel-
Hotel Grand-Banja Lukaul. Suboticka 3HOTEL-
Hostel Room118 street Knjaz MilošaHostel-
Hostel Room Banja LukaKnjaz Milosa 118GUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Most cities and major towns have at least one internet café. Wifi is becoming more and more popular as well, especially in cities like Sarajevo and Mostar. Don't rely on it though, as outside the main tourist areas, there might be few options.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Bosnia and Herzegovina is 387. To make an international call from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the code is 00.

There are three mobile phone networks in Bosnia and Herzegovina: HT ERONET (Mostar), GSMBiH (Sarajevo) and m:tel (Republika Srpska, Banja Luka). You can buy a prepaid SIM card from any network at any kiosk for 10 KM or less. Be careful with roaming charges on your smartphone, as mobile internet when abroad is still extremely expensive.

Post

BH Posta offers postal services in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prices and services are very reasonable and reliable. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 4:00 or 5:00pm during weekdays and also on Saturday mornings. The main post offices in big cities like Sarajevo might keep longer hours. For sending packages you might consider a private courier like FedEx, TNT, UPS or DHL.

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