Western Balkan Trains

Railway Gazette have reported in September that there is going to be sizeable investment into train infrastructure in the Western Balkans.

Agreement has been reached between Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia to improve connections and journey times.

Loco at Bar Station, Montenegro
Loco at Bar Station, Montenegro (2009)

Progress is definitely needed of course, but at a cost to the throwback years of train travel enjoyed by this particular traveller despite the frequent discomfort & delays.

If the old way appeals to you too it is probably a good idea to plan some journeys in the near future. For inspiration you might like to read my book detailing my travels in the region, which is available on Amazon.

Travelling by train across the Balkans - available from Amazon

The Railway Gazette article is shown below. Basic subscription to the excellent gazette is free and you can follow this link to sign up.

A local station worker looks on at the main railway station in Belgrade on January 14, 2017. A train from Russia, decorated with the Serbian flag and artwork featuring Serbian churches, monasteries and medieval towns, plans to begin trips traveling from Belgrade to Kosovska Mitrovica, for the first time since the 1998-99 war. / AFP / OLIVER BUNIC (Photo credit should read OLIVER BUNIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Albanian Loco at Durres Station
Albanian Loco at Durres Station, 2007

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