Novi Sad Quick Facts
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Novi Sad – 638.000 (2011)
Novi Sad is in the Central European Standard time zone CET
GMT + 1 hour
An 18% Value Added Tax (VAT) is incorporated into the prices of all goods and services sold in Serbia.
Serbia’s currency is “dinar” (RSD)
The current exchange rate (as of May 2011)
EUR 1.00 = RSD 99.2
USD 1.00 = RSD 66.95
GBP 1.00 = RSD 110.31
The official daily exchange rate (link na http://www.nbs.rs/export/internet/english/scripts/kl_devize.html) of the National bank of Serbia.
Teller Machines (ATMs) accept major credit cards and are located throughout the city. Major credit cards are accepted at almost all restaurants and stores in Novi Sad.
Novi Sad ground transportation consists of buses.
Daily tickets for one none-stop ride for all types of transportation can be bought in the vehicles at a price of RSD 40.00 or approx. EUR 0.40 or at the local newspaper shop for EUR 0.40.
Also, there are number of taxi companies available. All the hotels and restaurants can call a reliable company for you, at any time day or night for a taxi.
Novi Sad climate is moderate continental, with for seasons. Spring is March to June and the temperature varies from 16oC to 24oC (60oF to 75oF).
Country code for Serbia is +381 and Novi Sad area code is (0)21.
To make international call dial the International Access Code 00.
Serbia has full area coverage by three mobile operators.
- Telekom Srbija MTS www.mts.telekom.rs
- Telenor www.telenor.co.rs
- VIP Mobile www.vipmobile.rs
All networks are based on GSM 900/1800 standard.
All hotels are offering internet to their guests. Internet cafes are common in Novi Sad. A great number of cafes also provide free WI-FI to their customers.
Internet country code is .rs.
Voltage in Serbia is 220 volts and the frequency is 50 Hz. The plugs have two round prongs like those used in Western Europe. For 110 volts appliances you will need a converter and adapter plugs.
FOOD & DRINK
The tap water in Novi Sad is safe to drink. Bottled water is popular and easily available. Serbia is a producer and exporter of high quality mineral waters.
Local wines and beers are very good and inexpensive. Imported drinks are also served at most cafes, hotels and restaurants.
Most hotels and restaurants offer Serbian national cuisine. Also, Continental European restaurants and ethnic restaurants are readily available. Italian food and seafood are very widespread. All restaurants have special dishes for vegetarian.
It is customary in restaurants and coffees to round up the gratuity fees to the nearest 5-10% the bill, depending on service.
BANKS & POSTAL OFFICES
Most banks and post offices are open from 08.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m. on weekdays and from 08.00 a.m. to 03.00 p.m. on Saturdays. On Sundays there is usually a designated bank or post office that maintains needed services.
Food shops typically open at 07.00 a.m. and work until 10.00 p.m.
Everywhere, there are stores open 24 hours a day. Shopping malls and stores are opened from 10.00 a.m. until 10.00 p.m.