Author: Ana Buljan
Banja Luka is the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the center of the western part of the country. It is located on the Vrbas River and considered one of the most beautiful cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city is becoming an increasingly popular location for tourists who come for its cultural and natural treasures.
Banja Luka can be easily reached from the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo. The train company ‘Zeljeznice FBiH’ (‘FBiH Railways’) offers daily train routes between the two cities, while private bus companies offer several routes from Sarajevo to Banja Luka and back.
One fast train operates on the route from Sarajevo to Banja Luka on a daily basis. The train leaves the Sarajevo Railway Station (Put Zivota Street 2) at 10:18 and arrives at the Banja Luka Railway Station (Prote Nikole Kostica Street b.b.) at 15:04 hours. The same train leaves Banja Luka at 15:49 hours and arrives in Sarajevo at 20:41 hours. One one-way ticket for an adult costs BAM 26.10, while children between four and 12 years have a 50 percent discount.
Two private transport companies offer daily bus rides from Sarajevo to Banja Luka and back. One is ‘Biss Tours’ which operates on this route once every day. The bus operates from Sarajevo to Prijedor, but his second to last station is Banja Luka. The ‘Biss Tours’ bus leaves the Sarajevo Bus Station (Put Zivota Street 2) at 18:30 hours and arrives at the Banja Luka Bus Station (Brace Podgornika Street b.b.) at 23:30 hours.
Banja Luka-based ‘Autoprevoz’ operates two times a day between Sarajevo and Banja Luka in cooperation with ‘Centrotrans’. The morning bus leaves the Sarajevo Bus Station at 09:15 and arrives in Banja Luka at 14:10. The afternoon bus departs from Sarajevo at 15:30 and arrives in Banja Luka at 20:25.
The morning bus from Banja Luka leaves at 07:45 and arrives in Sarajevo at 12:40 hours. The afternoon bus leaves the Banja Luka station at 16:00 and arrives in Sarajevo at 20:55 hours. One one-way ticket for one adult costs BAM 29. Children between the ages two and 12 receive a 50 percent discount on ticket prices.