Banja Luka

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Train Stops at Banja Luka

Train Stops at Banja Luka

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Banja Luka is the administrative capital of the Republika Srpska 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. Banja Luka covers some 96.2 km2 along the Vrbas River.

Due to its long history, Banja Luka is rich in culture. There are several museums including the Museum of Bosanska Krajina, the Ethnographic Museum established in 1930, and the Museum of Modern Art of Republika Srpska which is also called MSURS the Museum of Contemporary Art. Banja Luka is also the home of the national theatre and library, both dating from the first half of the 20th century, and of numerous other theatres.



Sights and Activities

  • 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!
  • 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!



Events and Festivals

Banja Luka Choir Gathering

Held during April or May, this annual gathering has a series of programs that features some of the most angelic voices in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Banja Luka Summer Games

Held in August, the Summer Games draw crowds from all over the world and Bosnia. Just like Summer on the Vrabas, this event takes place around the historic town of Kastel.

Night of Museums

Like the world's greatest centers the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Republic of Srpska raised the initiative in 2006 of organizing this event in the Republic of Srpska. The Republic of Srpska Museum celebrates the Night of Museums with a variety of cultural programs.

St. George’s festival

St. George's children's song festival has been held since 1994. Further, the preparation and implementation of the Festival involves a large number of composers, arrangers, songwriters, producers, set designers, costume designers, actors, and numerous television crews.

The Banja Luka Carnival

Period from 15 May to 15 June is the month of Carnival where many developments are taking place under the name of the Carnival events of the Banja Luka carnival, and the central event of the Carnival are the International children's carnival and the International Carnival Parade.




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.

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



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 Doboj and Novi Grad, but also to Sarajevo and Dobrljin. All international railways connections are cancelled until further notice.

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.

By Boat

Is not awailable.



Getting Around

By Bike

The tourist office owns fifteen rental bicycles, which are maintained by the above bike shop. Rental costs 1 KM per hour, or 15 KM per day.




If you like meat, you'll love Banja Luka. Meat is a standard for any meal. However, there is still lots of interesting meals you can make do if you are a vegetarian.

  • Kazamat is one of the oldest restaurants in Banja Luka. It is situated within the walls of Kastel Fortress, on the bank of the Vrbas River. It is the historic core of city and the site where the city of Banja Luka was founded.
  • Restaurant Bar Rotkvica - Knowledge, innovation and experience in combining different cuisines and styles is their greatest asset. The menu concept is the merging of continental and Mediterranean gastronomy.




Rakia or Rakija is considered to be a national drink. Its alcohol content is normally 40%, but home-produced rakia can be a tongue burner, typically 50 to 60%! Frequently used as a common drink at all celebrations, birthdays, holy holidays, slava (Orthodox Christian custom of honoring a patron saint) and even funerals. Common flavors are slivovitz, traditionally made from plums and lozova, which is made from grapes. But, you can also distill from pears, peaches, apricots, apples, figs and cherries. Plum and grape rakia are sometimes mixed with other ingredients, such as herbs, honey, sour cherries and walnuts after distillation.

Nektar pivo is the local beer, brewed in Banja Luka.




  • Hotel Cezar Banja Luka, ☏ +387 51 326 400. Mladena Stojanovića 123.
  • Hotel Palace, Kralja Petra, Karadjordjevića 60, ☏ +387 51 218 723, ✉
  • Hotel Bosna, ☏ +387 51 215 775. Karađorđevića 97.
  • Hotel Atina.
  • Hotel Grand, ☏ +387 51 380 105. Subotička bb.
  • Hotel Talija, 9 Srpska Street, ☏ +387 51 349 200.
  • Hotel Vidovic, Ul. Jevrejska, ☏ +387 51 211 100, ✉ There are two restaurants within the hotel, one showcasing the local cuisine and the other à la carte.
  • Elit Motel Dragana.
  • Hotel Banja Luka, Mladena Stojanovica 123, ☏ +387 51326400.
  • Hostel Banja Luka, Srpskih ustanika 26 (1.5 km from city centre, part of a town called Starcevica, very close to Merkator centre and almost across Integral gas station), ☏ +387 65 831 131. Check-out: 14:00. Comfortable ambiance and friendly staff. Restaurant and free Internet. 10.
  • Hostel Hertz, Milana Rakića 22 (in the centre of Banja Luka (Borik), next to the Vrbas river), ☏ +387 66617627. Check-out: 14:00. Free internet access, free coffee in the café Hertz, quiet place to rest. €11 (dorm), €15 (private room). Possibility to pitch a tent in their huge back garden.
  • Hostel Zeleni Most (Green bridge), 9. ul. Braca Moraca (On the west side of the Zeleni Most (Green Bridge), 500m from the city centre), ☏ +387 51-460 813, +387 65 404 666 (mobile), ✉ Check-in: 24/7. Right across Kod Nane-restaurant €11/night.

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Keep Connected


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.


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.


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.


Accommodation in Banja Luka

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