Niš is known as the “Gate of the East and the West” because it is located at the crossroads between Europe and the Middle East.

It is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans and one of the most important industrial centers in Serbia.

With about 29,000 students the University of Nis is the second largest educational and research institute in Serbia. This gives the city the typical flair of a student city - with small pubs and bars. In addition, many cultural events and concerts take place throughout the year, such as the International Nišville Jazz Festival.

Because of its eventful and turbulent past there is a wide range of historical findings: ancient clay figurines, Roman era statues and – of course – a sculpture of Constantine the Great. The roman emperor was born in Niš. There are also some interesting archaeological sights not far away from the city.

City Facts

  • Location

    250 km southeast of Belgrade, third largest city of Serbia.

  • Population

    About 280,000

  • Size

    Approx. 597 km2

  • Public transport

    Most of the bus lines stop in the city centre. Besides that Niš has a very good connection with other Serbian towns.

  • Climate

    Moderate continental climate.

  • Best time to visit

    April to October

  • Good to know

    The best way to get around Serbia is by car.

  • Nice to know

    The town is named after the Nišava River, which flows through it.

  • Airport

    Constantine the Great Airport, 5 km northwest of the city centre.

  • Bus

    Bus Nr. 34 runs daily every 15 minutes between the airport and the bus station in the city centre of Niš.

  • Taxi

    A taxi ride from the airport to the city centre costs about 4 € 50.