Why not air?

Since I’m traveling on a budget, flying is outrageous and out of the question for me. I did attempt to considerate this option as I planned my Christmas vacation, going to Prague. Flying would have saved me two days, but the air ticket’s holiday price would have slashed my saving to the bare-bone. I had a friend of mine to check out the Czech airline after my roommate, who was a Czech, recommended me: “My boss regularly flies this route, and it takes him only a few hours.” Only a few hours! Great! The Czech boss flies on his business account, so three or four hundred euros would be chump change to him. As of for me, OUCH! Then without another blink of an eye, I decided to get out of Sarajevo the same way I got in.

Buses

When I was staying in Europe for the first time, I met and made good friends with three Croatians among other friends. We were close, and I liked them enough that I said to one of them, “you know M., when I came back to Europe for the second time to visit you guys (I mean both the Croatians and the others), I’ll stop in Croatia first.” Indeed, I met those three Croatians first, in Zagreb, approximately a year after we fared way in Gliwice.

My making and meeting those friends have no significance to the purpose of this entry; I brought them up only to point out an alternative route other than air to Sarajevo.

Zagreb -> Sarajevo buses

I paid 35 euros for the one-way bus ticket at the main bus station in Zagreb. Unlike Sarajevo, the bus and the train station were no where near each other. I rode on the bus with the large blue “Croatian bus” texts on the side. The bus ride took about eight hours passing through Banja Luca, Zenica, and Travnik and a few others towns before arriving at the main bus station in Sarajevo.

I don’t give the bus schedule because this information is easy obtainable and subjected to changes. But please do plan ahead. When I say “ahead”, I really mean “way way ahead.” You’ll know what I meant in a split second.

Sarajevo->Zagreb buses

Thinking that the buses ZagrebSarajevo operated daily, I was not in a hurry to make any travel plan until five days before my supposedly departure. There were buses to Zagreb alright, but I totally forgot about the additional connecting route from Zagreb to Prague. During the holiday, these buses ran only once a week, on a Friday. No more Sarajevo->Zagreb buses. Oops! This oops took me to the third alternative route out of Sarajevo. (I like Sarajevo; there is no doubt about it. But sometimes I just need to get out, quick!)

SarajevoVienna

The Eurolines’ round-trip ticket cost 129KM, a fair deal. The trip took a longsome 14 hours through Croatia and Slovenia. I normally did not mind long trip if people would just have left me alone on my seat, feeling sorry for my sore butt. But no, in Slovenia and Austria, people had to get out and lined up to show passports/visas at the border.

“Well, because this is Slovenia (and later Austria), that’s why.” Some woman on the bus explained to me when I asked her the reasons.

The bus station in Vienna is next to the main train station at Sud-Banhoff. To get to any other European cities from there is a non-hassle process and I will not mention here because this information is irrelevant to Sarajevo.

 

 

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