How to Get From Mostar to Sarajevo by Train
Our preferred method is travel is by train, so we were happy to find out that there is a train link between Mostar and Sarajevo.
The journey time is only around 2 hours, so it was a great way to travel.
Buying tickets for the Mostar to Sarajevo train
We bought our tickets a few days in advance at Mostar Railway Station. The station is located right next to Mostar East bus station, which is where we arrived.
When I arrived at the station to buy a ticket, I thought the building was derelict. It doesn’t seem like it from the outside, but it’s in a pretty terrible state, as is the bus station next door. Both look like they’ve seen better days and have now become very neglected.
Walk into the station and you’ll see this weird sculpture. The ticket office is directly behind it.
Mostar to Sarajevo Train Times
There are two trains a day that run between Mostar and Sarajevo.
The morning trains leaves at 6.36 and arrives at 8.35.
The evening train leaves at 17.09 and arrives at 19.04 from Monday to Thursday.
On Friday to Sunday it leaves at 19.56 and arrives at 21.51.
We opted for the morning train, as we don’t like arriving in new places after dark.
Mostar to Sarajevo Train Ticket Prices
As you can see above, we paid 14.10 KM (Bosnian Marks) each for our 2nd class tickets. That’s just under $8 each. That’s as reasonable as it gets.
We didn’t need a seat reservation and were told we could sit wherever we wanted on the train.
You need to sit on the right-hand side for the best views.
The Mostar to Sarajevo Train
The train arrived on time and had 8 carriages. We sat in carriage 8, which was pretty empty. When I walked to the café on the train, some of the other carriages were pretty full. If you prefer a quieter carriage, sit in the same carriage as we did.
There is supposed to be a café on the train but it was closed on ours. It looked like it had closed permanently, although I’m not sure of this.
The train was modern and comfortable. We’d read that there may be wifi on the train, but there wasn’t any.
One reason to get the morning train is because of the spectacular views. The photos don’t do them justice though, as it was impossible to get decent photos due to the sun reflecting on the dirty windows. The four shown here are the only half-decent ones.
The train was arrived around 25 minutes late at Sarajevo station.
The station was built during Communist times. It’s not a great station for a capital city. I read that there are only 7 trains from this station every day.
Getting a taxi to your hotel
I read that the best way to get a reliable hotel is to use the MojTaxi app. We didn’t have a SIM card that worked so couldn’t use it.
We opted for a Sarajevo Taxi which was waiting outside the station. The driver charged us 5 KM each for our two suitcases. He showed a card with these prices printed on them, but I am assuming they just got them printed themselves. It’s an outrageous price to pay to take a suitcase with you.
Taxis outside train and bus stations in Bosnia seem to be a real rip-off. BEWARE. Use a taxi app if you can.
For more information on this and the return journey, check out the excellent Seat 61 website. I use the site to plan all our train journeys.
Book your hotel in Sarajevo
This is the second time we’ve visited Sarajevo and can highly recommend it.