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New Train Line Zagreb – Sarajevo – Zagreb


As already announced back in February,  the new night train service between Zagreb and Sarajevo has started last night (16.04.07) with it’s first .

Beside already existing daytime train service  Ploce – Sarajevo – Zagreb and vice -versa, there are no night train services too.

The new train departs from Zagreb at 20.49 and arrives in Sarajevo following morning at 6.11am.

From Sarajevo, the train departs at 21.20 and arrives in Zagreb following morning at 6.43 am.

The train has 2 compartments both 2nd class.

The price for one way ticket is 194,45 kn (26,10 Euro). Retrun ticket cost 311,41 kn (41,80 Euro)

New train services will run until 08.12.07 when new timetable will be introduced.

Map of Railway network of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina  + Bosnian Railway System Map

16 Responses to “New Train Line Zagreb – Sarajevo – Zagreb”

  • Louise Holmes on October 2nd, 2007 11:11 am

    I caught the night train from Zagreb to Sarajevo. It was the most disgusting train trip I have ever taken. The picture advertising this train is grossley exaggerated. It was not a new train as pictured but a really old one.

    The toilet bowl was half missing, no running water, no toilet paper and filthy and very smelly.

    The lights didn’t work and the door on the compartment kept getting stuck so it was constantly a problem when the ticket guy or the immigration people tried to open it.

    It was also very cold in the compartment. It really was a trip to forget. I would suggest you find an alternative to train travel between Zagreb and Sarajevo

  • TravelShoes on October 2nd, 2007 11:16 am

    Thanks Louise – We really appreciate your comment. Sorry to hear you had such a bad time 🙁

  • Andrejs Visockis on February 4th, 2008 5:34 pm

    I tried this route in July 2007 and although I wasn’t overly impressed, I must admit that the train’s quality wasn’t the main concern. En route the train changes locomotive twice – first entering RS and then the Federation. The same happened with the train staff. For some reason all of them had to check your ticket, especially when you’d just managed to nod off on those “chairs-turn-beds” (which, I might add, doesn’t work with the chairs by the windows since they’ve put dustbins there). Plus the immigration people. However, my trips back and forth on that train was quite memorable, especially as some Croats in the compartment next to mine decided to spend the whole way back from Sarajevo singing folk songs!

  • International Momak on February 7th, 2009 5:05 am

    I agree with the general comments about the filthiness of the trains. You actually feel that you are entering into the non-EU and non-prosperous part of Europe while you are on board. From security wise either, it is not recommended for internatinal travellors to use the 2nd class cars where incidents have occurred from time to time.

    However, I can fully recommend travellerrs to use the night train service through opting for the `couchet` service attached to the normal 2nd class cars. The couchet car was introduced once in early 2008, then it was abandoned once, and again it has come back in use. Additional 10 Euros is definitely reasonable for the different quality. It is much cleaner, and far less crowded (you find noone else in the car), lockable from inside, and you can fully occupy the entire compartment. The bed sheet and blanket are provided. The personnel also lock the entire car, which gives you a great sense of security, not having mixed with wild local crowd. I work for an international organisation in Sarajevo, but with this couchet service, I would not mind travelling back from Zagreb on Sunday night, since I could sleep fairly well and go to work next morning! (Plus, the border timing isn`t as bad as on the way to Zagreb, around 11:00 p.m. and afterwards, without any checking any more)

  • Kurt Threlfall on March 17th, 2009 6:14 pm

    Due to the history of this region, especially in the 20th-century, it should be no surprise as to the state of these countries’ infrastructures. Why people would choose train travel in this region, and expect extravagant conditions, is beyond me. I have traveled many times throughout the Balkans, at 25 years old, and enjoy nothing more than the simplicity of train travel. If you want to get to know a country, to see a country, to meet the country, take the train. Experiencing what we’re not used to is the greatest part of the adventure. As for the Sarajevo-Zagreb line, I cannot wait to take it in May…

  • Chelsey Henning on April 15th, 2009 6:10 pm

    Good to know…My parents are looking to travel this year in Europe. And they have discussed taking the train.

  • ali kemal on April 16th, 2009 12:48 am

    hello everbody

    I am living in deutschland.? would like to visit balkans. ? have som questions..how is the train hours from zagreb to sarajevo?what is the price of it?thanks alot..

  • sam on April 23rd, 2009 2:55 pm

    hello, i was just wondering if anybody could confirm if this night train service is still available from zagreb to sarajevo? i would presume it is, but am struggling to find any official timetables on the internet.
    thanks, any help would be great.

  • TravelShoes on April 26th, 2009 12:55 pm

    @ sam:
    yes, it is still running.
    check links here:

  • Boban on May 5th, 2009 8:00 am

    I’m from Macedonia and I need some info ?
    If you can please tell me how can I find companies and firm who works with trains, and all rail vihicles in Bulgaria, Turky and ?eská ???/
    Thank very mach!!!

  • Iraide on May 22nd, 2009 10:53 am

    We want go this summer from Zagreb to Sarajevo and we want know if is posible to buy the ticket of this train online. Somebody know if is this posible? Or we must by when we arrive there?

    Very thanks!

  • Jeremy on August 26th, 2009 7:07 pm

    I can report from Zagreb that at this date, there is no couchette car on the night train from Zagreb to Sarajevo. I tried to figure out whether it was still on before I left my home in Amsterdam to go on this trip, but there was no information about it on the websites of either Croatian or Bosnian railways and even the specialized train travel agency in Amsterdam was unable to book it online or find any further information. It wasn’t until I arrived in Zagreb this afternoon and went to try to buy a ticket that I found out there is no couchette car (and the ticket agent claimed there never had been one), so with what I had read on this site about the regular compartments in mind, I went and got an overnight bus ticket instead. Not that that will be great, I’m sure, but at least I will feel a bit safer.

  • Michael on March 30th, 2010 12:25 pm

    Travelling at night might well fit in with your timetable. However, I would reccomend that you take a day train. The scenery from Zagreb improves all the way; from rural to hilly to moutainous. Zagreb has a number of comfortable hotels next door to the station; the city also has a night train to and from Munich. There are no hotels ajacent to the station in Sarajevo but a number are within ten minutes walking distance. I also reccomend the train journey south from Sarajevo via Mostar [plenty of hotels] to Ploce, where there is a bus service to Dubrovnik. You will need the local currency to buy tickets, but there are ‘bankomats’ available. Certain international trains are bookable through an agency. I came from Budapest to Sarajevo on a day train [booked in advance for Euros].

  • Jo Gregory on March 5th, 2011 8:41 am

    My husband and I were thinking of getting the train from Zagreb to Sarajevo during the day. We have three children the youngest is 3 years old, do you think the conditions on the train are good enough to take children?

  • Linda haines on June 1st, 2011 1:28 pm

    we are taking the train from Zagreb to sarajevo and cannot decide whether to takle the day train or night train. is there much to see, if we take the day train. we are continuing on to Mostar from sarajevo,and i understand the scenery on that journey is amazing.

  • Joel Dennerley on October 31st, 2011 12:54 pm

    Hello, I was wondering if the night train from Zagreb to Sarajevo is still running around new years eve? I am wanting to travel form Zagreb to Sarajevo on either the 29th or 30th of December this year (2011)? Can anyone help me with the days the train is running? Thank you.

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