Backpacking the Balkans
The Balkans region of south-east Europe rich in natural beauty and full of interesting history and culture. It's an area relatively free of tourists but with a strong backpacking community and a ridiculous number of amazing hostels to choose from. It is also great for travelling on a budget.
At the core of this travel guide are the city guides I have created and that you can find below. They contain info on hostels, transportation, cheap food and drinks and all key sights to see. You can filter by country to find a specific guide. Or you can use the map in the sidebar to navigate to each guide.
I have spent in total about 12 months backpacking throughout the Balkans over the course of the last 3 years. In that time I have visited every country in the region and have stayed in over 50 hostels in the Balkans. I certainly consider myself an expert on backpacking in the Balkans.
The primary method of transportation through the Balkans is buses. They are easy, cheap and efficient. If you navigate through to individual city guides, you will find instructions there for catching these buses including directions to the bus stations as well as timetabling links.
There is a rail network through the Balkans linking up some some of the major cities but they are infrequent and slow. The Balkans is a very mountainous area making it expensive to build long distance rail networks. You will find details on the rail routes that do exist in the individual city guides.
Getting access to your savings in the Balkans is dead easy. Just like elsewhere in Europe, rely on your bank cards. Credit cards are accepted in a lot of places and in those that don't, there are always ATM's that will accept foreign bank cards. There are a bunch of different currencies in use in the Balkans and you should try and avoid carrying unused currency across a border, it will be difficult to change once you leave (unless it is Euros).
Use these filters to select destinations in a particular country.