Recently named the second most affordable city in Europe by Airbnb, Belgrade rentals average just $40/night. The New York Times has called the capital of Serbia the next Berlin thanks to a thriving café culture, design scene and nightlife. Here are 10 of our budget-friendly Airbnbs in the Slavic city.
1. One-bedroom house 2. Studio 24 3. Unique studio apartment 4. Apartment on Republic Square 5. Marija’s cozy apartment 6. Nemanja’s sunny spot 7. Sunny ivory-hued flat 8. Old Hercegovina Penthouse 9. Martina’s apartment 10. Nikola’s flat
Erica Jackson Curran is a former alt-weekly editor turned moonlight freelancer based in Richmond, Virginia.
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This one-bedroom house is tucked within a secluded garden, yet it's steps away from the restaurants, bars, and shops of Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra, the longest street in the city. The house has a full kitchen, laundry facilities, and Wi-Fi. There's free parking on the street, or it's a quick walk to public transportation. Recent guests have called it "one of the best Airbnbs I've ever stayed at" and "a truly magic experience"—not bad for $31/night.
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At an average rate of $18/night, Studio 24 seems almost too good to be true, but Jana is a certified Superhost with 45 positive reviews under her belt. The studio has a kitchen with a washing machine, a small table, and a full-size bed. The updated bathroom is a decent size with a walk-in shower. Located on a bustling square in the heart of the city, the apartment is close to attractions like the Zeleni Venac green market, the pedestrian Knez Mihajlova street, the presidential palace, and the floating bars on the Sava River.
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Described by host Milo as "confusion and chaos but with order within," this unique studio apartment has a double round bed, a big wooden bar, and windows overlooking the street. When not being rented out, it serves as an art gallery, which means the apartment's artwork and décor can be purchased as souvenirs. It's in a quiet neighborhood in the heart of the city close to boutiques, museums, and taverns.
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Lazar and Dusan's apartment on Republic Square is a minute's walk from Knez Mihailova, one of the main pedestrian zones in Belgrade. It's also near the historic Skadarlija area, Kalemegdan Park, and the Belgrade fortress. Inside, you'll find three beds, a fully equipped kitchen and all the essentials, plus a phone with free mobile SIM cards.
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With original artwork, vintage tchotchkes, and charmingly mismatched furniture, Marija's cozy apartment has two bedrooms and space for four guests. The main living area is open while the bedrooms are private, and there's a terrace as well. Marija recommends nearby Cetinjska Street for its nightlife, plus the Botanical Garden and a swimming pool on the banks of the Danube River.
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Nemanja's sunny spot is across from the Grand Casino and the Danube River. There's one bedroom with a king-size bed, plus a sofa bed and couch for extra guests. The host can provide transportation from the airport if requested. The city center is about 10 minutes away by bus. A recent guest says the apartment looks "literally like you entered an Ikea catalogue."
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This serene ivory-hued flat is in the historic Simina neighborhood in the center of Belgrade. There's a little kitchenette, a separate room with a fold-out couch, and a bathroom with a large walk-in shower. Superhosts Marija and Joca have stocked the place with local maps and information for exploring the area.
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The sprawling Old Hercegovina Penthouse has five beds scattered around a loft-style space, which also includes two living and dining areas. It's situated above one of the oldest ethnic restaurants in the city, and a block from a bus station and several bakeries.
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Martina's apartment is in the central Dorcol neighborhood surrounded by cafes, shops, and green spaces. There's a full-size bed, a small table with chairs, and a kitchenette with a microwave. Past guests have called the place "cozy," "clean," and "perfectly located."
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Superhost Nikola's flat is located on Nikola Pasic Square close to restaurants, theaters, monuments, and museums. It has a king-size bed along with two single beds and a sofa bed. The apartment is cleaned weekly and the linens are restocked regularly. Visitors praise Nikola as a friendly, fast communicator.