Tuzla is the third largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, located in one of the most important industrial Bosnian regions. The city was hardly directly targeted by the war, except for an incident near the end of the war, when 72 people were killed by a shell fired into the Old Town during the evening. Nowadays, the city’s economy is still predominantly based around industry, although there has been significant development in tourism during the last 10 years.



Sights and Activities

The first place to visit is the square at the center of the old town. This is the site of the Tuzla Massacre, where 72 young people were killed in 1995. Ask a local to translate the poem carved into the monument. Then walk over to the park where the 72 young people are buried. The old town is very nice and the park is very beautiful.

You should also visit the Pannonica Lakes, whose water is directly supplied from the local wells of salt water. Tuzla's salt has been exploited for centuries and you should visit the Salt square dedicated to this aspect of Tuzla's history.

If you are interested in art, visit some of Tuzla's beautiful art galleries. If you are interested in history, you should see the model of ancient village set near the Pannonica.



Getting There

By Plane

The Tuzla airport is mainly used by Wizz Air, City bus 11 goes from Tuzla near the airport, you will have an 800-metre walk. There are different shuttle buses to Sarajevo taking 2.5 hours and €22 (Wizz Air bus waiting at the the airport exit) or KM33 (Balkan Transfer waiting 50 metres past the toll gate).

By Train

Trains run only twice daily to Doboj, twice to Brcko, once to Vinkovci in Croatia and one a day to Bos. Bijela. Rail infrastructure was heavily damaged in the recent conflict in Bosnia and Hercegovina in the 1990s and services (whilst starting to return to pre-war levels) are slow and often infrequent.

By Bus

Frequent buses to Sarajevo take 3.5 hours and KM20,50, the same company has also buses to Germany and Austria bookable with Flixbus.
To travel from Banja Luka, change at Doboj. There are two daily services to Bjeljina, where there are connections to other destinations in RS such as Višegrad, as well as Serbia and Montenegro. There are direct buses from Belgrade. A journey takes four hours, running three times a day.




All the usual Bosnian dishes are available throughout the town, but international cuisine does not have a high presence. There are also many traditional Bosnian fast food restaurants where you can eat cevapi prepared differently than in Sarajevo.

A good place for eating is Biblioteka 45, K. Krekovica 7, ☎ +387-(035) 266362. 10 euros.




The Old Town has numerous cafes and bars.




  • Hotel Tuzla, ZAVNOBiH-a 13, Tuzla 75000, ☎ +387 35 302-600.
  • Hotel Dom penzionera, Filipa Kljajića 22, Tuzla 75100, ☎ +387 35 270-002.
  • Motel Rudar, Mitra Trifunovića Uče 9, Tuzla 75000, ☎ +387 35 281-297.
  • Pansion Nargalic, Turalibegova 40, Tuzla 75000, ☎ +387 35 256-160.
  • Rooms Centre, Trg Stara Tržnica 8, 75000 Tuzla, ☎ +387 61 149 291. 60 BAM incl TV/AC/Breakfast.
  • Smještaj u Tuzli, Donji Mosnik 50, 75000 Tuzla, ☎ +387 61 704 997. 30 BAM incl TV, AC, Transfer from airport.



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.


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