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About Banja Luka International Airport

Bosnia and Herzegovina was a former republic of Yugoslavia. The airport was built in 1976 in Banja Luka and today is second largest city of the country and domestic flights from the airport to Yugoslavia cities were organised for many years. Occupied by Serbia after Bosnia and Herzegovina's independence, Banja Luka International Airport was used as a military base by Serbian soldiers between 1992 and 1995. The airport was closed for a while after the war and then was re-opened to civilian air traffic in 1997. As a result of the renovation works that started in 2002 and lasted about a year, the works were carried out on all facilities of the airport and has given Banja Luka International Airport a more modern look. Approximately 25 thousand passengers travel annually through the airport.

Getting to the City Center from Banja Luka International Airport

Banja Luka is the capital of the Autonomous Serbian Republic in Bosnia Herzegovina. It is a green city with its parks and natural areas, and the curvy blue line in the middle of this green city is the Vrbas River. If you are going to visit in July, you can see Banja Luka Summer Games.

Every year in July, during festive moods, sports and artistic events such as theater, music and dance performances are organized.

The city, just like other Bosnia and Herzegovina cities, is still trying to cover the scars of the Bosnian War, both economically and culturally. You can walk everywhere you want to see in the city center or where you need to go. The Vrbas River passing through the center of Banja Luka promises beautiful scenes and breaks for those who visit here.

You can also rent a bicycle as well as walk around in this extremely quiet and small city center. There are 15 bicycles to rent in the tourist office. It is charged as 1 convertible marks per hour and 15 convertible marks per day. The bus is one of the most widely used means of transport in urban transport. Approximately 40 bus lines connect the city center and the surrounding districts. The vehicles operating are not very new.

A taxi is a vehicle that you can always find easily in the city center. The biggest handicap of taking a taxi is the fact that drivers do not speak English in general. Even if you have a taximeter in your vehicle, you better talk about the price with the driver in advance. If you want to go to a different city, you can go to one of the two big bus stations and reach another city in the country as well as neighboring countries such as Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Montenegro by bus.

The train is another alternative that will take you to Sarajevo, the capital city of the country, or Zagreb. However, it cannot be said that the train service is very comfortable or fast, compared to the surrounding countries, due to the old rail system and wagons. The railway station and bus terminal are 2 kilometers southeast from the city center.

Like many Banja Luka visitors, if you want to go to the capital city of the country by bus while you are there, you can reach the city with a journey of about 5 hours. There are 4 bus services to Sarajevo every day. The other method which is less comfortable is to go by train. There is a train service twice a day. Of course you can rent a car for a much freer and comfortable trip, and you will be able to enjoy the natural beauties spread throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina throughout the journey.

Banja Luka International Airport is a small and quiet airport. The average number of passengers in the last two years is about 25 thousand people. There are only one or two flights per day at this airport and there is no public transport provided by the municipality, as flight traffic is not intense. However, you can make a cheap trip to the city center with private minibuses.

Taxi is a convenient and comfortable means of transportation. It is also possible to rent a vehicle at the airport that will make your journey more comfortable.



One of the most convenient ways to reach the city center from the airport is to take a taxi. You can immediately see the taxi stops at the terminal exit. An average 40-50 convertible marks fare is charged for going to the city center, but a bargain can be made.

Most of the drivers, like the majority of the people, do not speak English. For this reason, it might be a good idea to learn more Serbian and Bosnian words about traffic and a few more topics before you go.


Minibuses do not go directly to the city center but to the bus station. If you are using Banja Luka as a transfer point, the minibus is the right choice for you. On the other hand the bus station is just 2 kilometers from the city center. You can reach the city center by taking a taxi or a bus from there. The minibus departs only once a day at 15:30 and the journey takes about 20 minutes. Ticket fee is 10 convertible marks for one way per person.

Car Rental

There are several car rental offices at the airport. On average, a vehicle costs 60 convertible marks per day. If your rental period is longer than 3 days, this price is discounted. If you are planning to go to different cities, a rental car is a good alternative both in terms of time and comfort.

Last Updated: 27 Jun 2017
Getting to Banja Luka International Airport from the City Center

Banja Luka International Airport is a quiet and small airport with an average of 3 flights a day. The municipality does not provide public transportation to the airport because the air traffic density is very low. Private minibuses that will allow you to go to the airport are the best option in this regard.

A taxi is a means you can always find in the city center. If you have rented a car during your travel, you can reach the airport with this vehicle, or you can also arrange a car with a driver to rent from the city center.


You can always find a taxi in the city center. Your hotel may also call you one. The average fare to the airport is 40-50 convertible marks but it can be negotiated. You should not forget that most of the drivers like the majority of people do not speak English.


Minibuses are not departing from the city center. They are departing from right in front of the train and the bus station which is only 2 kilometers from city center. You can go to this point by taxi or by bus.

You should remember that the minibuses only depart once at 13:30. Ticket price per person is 10 convertible marks. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

Car Rental

You can find the offices of car rental companies in Banja Luka city center. The average rate for rental cars is 60 convertible marks per day. However, if your rental period is longer than 3 days, the price can be reduced to 50 convertible marks per day. The hotel you are staying in can help you with car rental.

Airport Information

Banja Luka International Airport is also known as Mahovljani Airport among the locals. The airport, which opened in 1997, is new, clean, tidy and fast-paced.

It is approximately 23 kilometers from the city center. Only basic services are offered at the airport. There is no ATM but there is a foreign exchange office. Free Wi-Fi service is available for all passengers.

You can take advantage of the limited number of places to eat and stores where you can shop. There is also a duty free shop located at the airport.

Last Updated: 27 Jun 2017

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