This part of our journey up the E75 covers the Serbia to Budapast bit. There’s another post for the Greece to Serbia bit.
We deviated slightly off the E75 to visit Lazerevac. That’s a town about an hour south of Belgrade. A lot of the population of 25000 are connected with the coal mine next door. It produces 2.2 billion tonnes of coal a year and has one of the largest lignite reserves in Europe.
We weren’t there to see the coal mine, we were there to visit friends. This is what happens when you put the Andy Murray supporters’ squad together with the Novak Djokovic supporters’ squad for the day…..
I worked in Lazerevac a couple of years ago and it was great to catch up with friends and meet more. A more welcoming posse to Serbia we could not have had. It was great spending the day eating, talking, drinking (lots of) beer, playing scrabble (in English, sorry) and getting to know each other better.
A couple of nights later we hit the road again and the E75.
There was one toll pre Lazerevac – campervans are category 2 and we paid 290 Serbian Dinar (2€50) on exiting the motorway, although it would have been a little more had we stayed on till Belgrade.
We rejoined at Belgrade and there were another 2 tolls, one south of Novi Sad and the other to the north. This time we paid euros in cash (card possible) and 3€50 and 4€50 respectively.
Then you come to the border control between Serbia and Hungary. For Hungary you need a Vignette, or motorway pass. It can be purchased either just before or just after the crossing.
It’s 14€ for a 10 day Vignette. It is possible to get a Hungary/Austria combined one – but from here 10 days is the maximum you can get – it’s for a quick drive across both countries. You must pay in cash – euros are possible – and there is an exchange counter right next to the Vignette counter, which is right next to the Green card counter.
We decided to chance our mitt with the computer copy Green card – we were never asked to show it at all.
At the first control, they checked passports and asked for vehicle papers – we gave the car registration document and that seemed enough.
The customs official took our paperwork and asked to pull over into a parking bay; he looked into the back and at us, looked into the boot and then we were off.
At the Second control – they asked for passports, asked to open the back, and to open the bathroom, and a second official asked to open the back door again, came inside, asked where we’d been, where we were going and if we were carrying cigarettes or alcohol. Everyone carries gin surely? And then we were on our way. To BUDAPEST.