A Road Trip In Bosnia

Bosnia & herzegovina - raw, natural beauty

A motorhome road trip in Bosnia and Herzegovina is not necessarily a place that springs immediately to mind when planning a road trip. But keep reading, because we think we could just change your mind!

Many of us may still have images of the war torn country of the 1990’s. In the time of history, a recent European civil war and genocide. However, it is a stunningly beautiful and unspoilt country. It is well down the road of recovery and sits alongside the eastern coast of its much loved neighbour, Croatia. A motorhome road trip in Bosnia is great for visiting old towns.  Lots of old towns, leisurely driving, frequent stopping points. The national parks have tumbling waterfalls and crystal clear rivers. The best part of all is that it is not crowded with motorhomes.

So why not visit before everyone else does and discover what a great place it is to be!

Bosnia and Herzegovina is not part of the Schengen Zone. This means that your time here will not be part of your 90/180 days allowance. Our post on The Schengen Shuffle will help you understand more about the requirements for UK nationals. 

We spent 7 weeks exploring this beautiful country. From that experience we have created a road trip that will help you get the most of your time there.  This road trip will give you the best places to go, things to do and see and handy tips.

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Why Visit Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country in Southeast Europe known for its natural landscapes, historical significance, and welcoming culture. It’s a place where you can explore cities like Sarajevo and Mostar, each with its own story and attractions like the Stari Most bridge. 

The country offers a mix of experiences for travellers, from hiking in its beautiful national parks to enjoying local cuisine. Whether you’re interested in history, outdoor activities, or just looking for a new place to discover, Bosnia and Herzegovina provides plenty of reasons to visit.

Best Time to Road Trip in Bosnia and herzegovina

The best time to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina is during the spring (May to June) and autumn (September to October) months. During these periods, the weather is mild and pleasant, making it ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, exploring national parks, and sightseeing in historic cities.

Spring brings the countryside to life with blooming flowers and green landscapes, while autumn offers vibrant autumn colours in the leaves and comfortable temperatures. These seasons also avoid the peak of summer tourism, meaning fewer crowds at popular attractions and potentially lower accommodation prices. Additionally, the shoulder seasons are perfect for experiencing local events and festivals without the extreme heat of the summer or the cold of the winter.

We have been to Bosnia twice, once in June and July and once in August, when we stopped by to Bihac and the Una Park and there was a marked difference in temperatures. 

Your Bosnia and Herzegovina Road Trip

Total Distance

609 miles / 979 km


2 - 4 weeks

Driving Time

18 hours approx

Bosnia and Herzegovina road trip Map

Using the map. The map only takes 10 stops – and this road trip has 15 stops, so the letters repeat.  On this road trip, we are starting in the north and making our way south. If you have a touch screen, use two fingers to increase the size or decrease. If you click on each of the stops, it will give you the name of the stop.  

Bosnia Road Trip Route

Bosnia Road Trip at a Glance

~ Bihac ~ Una National Park ~ Kozara National Park ~ Banja Luka ~ Jajce ~ Travnik ~  ~ Visoko ~ Sarajevo ~ Konjic ~  Blidinje National Park ~  Mostar ~ Medjugorje/Kravice ~ Neum ~Trebinje ~ Tjintiste & Foca ~

Bihac (Border Crossing Point into Bosnia)

Our first stop was Bihac, we needed to get our motorhome insurance here. I wrote an article on motorhome insurance in Bosnia here. Bihac is a cute little town with lots of cafes around a town centre. It is the entry point to the Una National Park, but itself has plenty of history. Stop to see the old Ottoman historical buildings and drive a little north to see the beautiful Ostrozac Castle on the hilltop a truly spectacular gothic castle.

If you don't have motorhome insurance for Bosnia, you can read all the details, (with location map included), on how do this in our Bosnia Motorhome Insurance article.

Una National Park (23km from Bihac)

From Bihac, make your way down to the stunningly beautiful Una National Park. Una is a good place for rafting, but if you are going on to Banja Luka, they say that Banja Luka is the best place to go. We actually did our rafting in Konjic, it wasn’t exactly white water rapids, but it was great fun.

The key places to visit in the Una National Park are Strbacki Buk and Milancev Buk (Buk means waterfalls) for lots of river and hiking activity. (7 BAM and 3 BAM entry fee). 

On the way, you can pick up some honey at one of the many roadside stalls that are selling it. There is a honey farm that you can stop at and look at its many hives in Orasac. Orasac is a small village just off the R408, on the approach road to the main carpark for the waterfalls.

Bihac and the surrounding area had heavy fighting in the civil war. As a consequence although inside the national park it is clear of landmines, outside it is not. Therefor it is recommended that you stay on main hiking and road trails

Kozara National Park (160km from Una National Park)

It was a long stretch to get to Banja Luka from Una National Park so we decided to stop at the Kozara National Park on the way through. Turns out it is the same distance – but if you like to enjoy the beauty around you, and have the time, then this is a great stop off on your Bosnian road trip. 

They had a wonderful war memorial at the top of the Dera mountain, where you could park up for the night. Roads are good and you can spend the day at the memorial, doing the walks around the memorial grounds, as well as two further good walks of about 10km into the surrounding areas.

You can also take lunch there, pop into the spa hotel and also rent bikes out for a spot of mountain biking if you like that kind of activity.  We stayed in the carpark for free.

Kozara National Park, Bosnia
Kozara National Park, Bosnia

Banja Luka (55km from Kozara National Park)

After staying in Kozara for 2 nights (it absolutely rained cats and dogs the entire first day!), we headed over to Banja Luka. This is the 2nd biggest city in Bosnia Herzegovina. We were not sure what to expect here – but it turned out to be fab!

We walked into town – saw the most amazing Orthodox Cathedral in the town centre. Reconstructed and finished in 2004 with a magnificent chandelier, it was so unexpected (you will need to cover up to go inside though). There is a mosque, which unfortunately was closed when we went, and a fortress, near the river, with walls and en enclosure that you would walk around. Unfortunately the fortress is used more as a car park and a place for young people to spend time with each other! 

There is a large, enclosed market near the fortress, selling everything from socks to cat food! We love wandering through a market, because it gives you a feel for local life. This area was a buzzing place in the evening with loads of bars and restaurants. 

Banja Luka is definitely a city you can spend a day or two in. We paid 5 BAM for 24 hours in a carpark near the large park, totally geared up for the community with amazing childrens play areas, tennis courts, open chess and running tracks.

Jajce (69km from Banja Luka)

We stopped for a couple of days here to see the Pliva Waterfalls, go into the old town to see the fortress and other historical buildings around the town. You can zipline over the falls – but we decided to wait until we got to Mostar – much bigger zipline! 

We rode our bikes to the Mlincici watermill houses, a sweet collection of small watermill houses over little streams that run in to the big lake. You could lock and leave your bikes at The Love Bar (great little bar where you can sit on a swing seat and overlook the river!) A comfortable 5/6km walk from here will take you around the lake with a coffee stop when you return for your bikes. 

We stayed one night just beside the Pliva falls into Jajce  (5 BAM for 24 hrs) and two nights at a campsite near Plivsko Lake (40 BAM per night).

Jajce Waterfalls in Bosnia
Jajce Waterfalls in Bosnia

Travnik (69km from Jajce)

Travnik was a short stop for us, mostly to see the old fortress and the mosque of many colours and to buy cheese! If you are uncomfortable with ‘gravel track’ driving – be sure to take the route going down from Jajce rather than over. 

Travnik is known for its cheese made from sheep’s milk, so we had to get some. The cheese found in Bosnia is not quite what you are used to in other European countries! We ended up buying a smoked one and a creamy one, leaving the cheese which was really salty as it was just not our preference. The little market that we came across had quite a few sellers, with fresh fruit and veg, cheese and dried cured meats of various types

The coloured mosque, Travnik
The Coloured Mosque, Travnik

We visited the fortress and wandered back through the back roads to where we had parked. After stopping for a beer and a coffee to decide on our next plan of action, and as a result of the heavy rains, it was decided rather than go up towards Doboj and Tuzla, we would head to Visoko, to check out the famous ‘Pyramid of the Sun’ – allegedly the ‘largest pyramid in the world’….

Visoko is going to be one of your best places for vegan or vegetarian food in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia is a very meat heavy cuisine, so the vegan/vegetarian options need to be hunted down.

Visoko (70km from Travnik)

The Pyramid of the Sun, otherwise known as the Bosnian Pyramids is the big draw in Visoko. We stopped off here to see what all the hype was about! Neither of us have any strong beliefs in any kind or religion or spiritualism, but I am always very interested to check it out and see what’s happening.

Its a mix of things here really – firstly, we did a lovely climb up to the top of the Pyramid – lots of uphill! We wanted to get to the top to see the wonderful views – it was a good 10km circular hike, which took a couple of hours. There were plenty more hikes to be done in the area, which looked really lovely. If you like hiking – you could spend a couple of days here no worries. There is enough to keep you busy.

It was actually a good place to stop off with kids, as there is plenty to keep them occupied, with little walks through forests and interesting play areas. Very popular with local families. You can pick up all sorts of souvenirs here – from stones with healing powers, to the obvious wooden pyramids, jewellery and usual artifacts, as well as getting your palm or tarots read or get a ‘healing’ massage. 

Sarajevo (30km from Visoko)

There is so much to see in Sarajevo. We stayed here for 4 nights/5 days. Obviously you cut your cloth accordingly. Sarajevo is a mixture of the old town, which is Ottoman and the new town which is the Austro Hungarian influence. There are many museums relating to the civil war and the ethnic cleansing, which deserve great respect alongside museums showcasing the 1984 winter Olympics and modern art museum. 

You can spend time visiting the plethora of museums, see the war tunnels, go shopping and then eat in delicious restaurants with many different cuisines. Take a trip on the chairlift to the old bobsled track and walk back down. You can hike and bike – the list is endless. Check out our 48 hours in Sarajevo to see how to maximise your time there. 

Sarajevo Old Town, Bosnia
Sarajevo Old Town, Bosnia

Whilst we were in Sarajevo, they had the Pride march on, which we went along to support. That was a really good experience, being able to spend some time with lots of Bosniaks, where it is difficult to be open with their sexuality, even in the capital city of Sarajevo. There were an awful lot of armed police and guards in riot shields, but it seemed to go off without any trouble.

Two days in Sarajevo is easily done, but we show you how you could spend it.

We stayed at the Sarajevo Camp Zlatiste which cost us 40 BAM a night. It was well worth the money, staying a 30 minute walk outside the old town – but it was a steep hill! It is worth staying on a site here due to crimes that could be experienced in such a large town. Break-ins appear to be the most common crime for motorhomes, this campsite was secure, with CCTV and someone on sight 24/7 during season. 

If you have dogs with you on your trip, be mindful that not many taxi's will allow you to take your dog in the taxi and you will have to walk up these steep hills if you camp at our recommended site.

Konjic (57km from Sarajevo)

We travelled on our next stop to Konjic. We decided to do this stop because we had finally had a sunny day and wanted to go rafting! Sitting on the Neretva River, a stunningly ice melt river, the water is shockingly cold and so pure and clear – you could drink straight from it.  

Konjic has created a niche for itself as an activity and rafting town – so you can raft, canoe, quad bike, hike and motorcycle your way through an entire week with no bother! We stayed for free at the rafting centre, right on the river, which was great. We spent the whole day rafting (10am – 5pm) and it was just perfect. Complete with BBQ lunch! 

If you fancy spending a couple of days in Konjic and going rafting, we show you how to spend two days in Konjic whilst on your Bosnian Road Trip

You can also take a visit to Tito’s nuclear bunker – you can only do this as part of a guided tour as it is actually only 750m from a munitions factory which is still operational. The nuclear bunker has been handed over to the equivalent of the local council to run. They have made it into an art gallery, with contemporary or modern art displays – although there has been an impact since the global pandemic where the art installations are maybe not as they were – and they are still trying to bring it  back to ‘gallery’ status. It is fascinating.

Rama Lakes (63km from Konjic)

Such a beautiful place to stop on our way down to Mostar.  It might be a bit of a detour for some, but it really is worth going to see and maybe getting a bit of chill time to reconnect with nature and do some kayaking and walking.

You can check out our Rama Lake video on our YouTube channel, and it may help you decide!  

Read more information about Visiting Rama Lake on your Road Trip to Bosnia.


We stayed for 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed swimming in the lake, going kayaking, visiting the monastery and just relaxing in the most fabulous campsite overlooking the lakes. For us it was a stop that we would go back to as well. Driving down through Blidinje National Park allows you to stop for a nice scenic lunch or dinner time spot and swim before heading down to Mostar. Although we didn’t stay overnight at this second lake, I am pretty sure that you would be able to with no problems. 

Sarajevo and Mostar are both places where there is a higher risk of opportunistic break ins of your motorhome. Be mindful of this and stay on site for your safety. Park4Nights app is known to locals and they use this to target motorhomes.

Mostar (88km from Rama Lake or 70km from Konjic)

A glorious city steeped in Ottoman history (much like a lot of Bosnia!) but also a super popular tourist destination. Part of the UNESCO world heritage since 2006, Mostar gets its name from the famous ‘Stari Most’ bridge.

Heavily involved in the civil war,  fighting between the Croats and Bosniaks was intense, with huge damage and all bridges destroyed, along with 26 of the 27 Ottoman mosques obliterated and 2000 lives lost. Even 30 years later, there are divisions and tensions to be aware of. The Museum of War and Genocide reflects how the war affected this area, as well as the impact on Sarajevo.

Why not read our 48 hours in Mostar to get all the details on where to go and what to do? It includes a map of the key places to stop at around the town. 

There are several ‘must see’ stops in Mostar, which makes this a 2 or 3 night stop to appreciate fully.  As well as walking across the famous bridge with its ‘glass’ like floor, you can visit the Crooked Bridge (the ‘test’ bridge), a wonderful photographic museum, follow a fabulous street art route or take a hike up Hum mountain. You can also visit the Dervish house of Blagaj – either whilst you are staying in Mostar or en-route to your next stop.

Stari Most Bridge and Old Town, Mostar, Bosnia
Stari Most Bridge and Old Town, Mostar, Bosnia

Medjugorje & Kravice Waterfalls (26km from Mostar plus 20km from Medjugorje to Kravice)j

We decided to head towards the beach and explore the short Bosnian coastline, which  led us to taking in two further places which we previously had on our ‘maybe’ list of stops. The first was a famous pilgrimage  town (which I was interested in anyway!) called Medugorje followed by the Kravica Waterfalls – a beauty spot that is very popular with the locals and often stopped at if you do a ‘day trip’ to Mostar from Dubrovnik.  

We have lots more information on paying  A Visit to Medjugorje Pilgrimage Town whilst on your Bosnian Road Trip.

I think that both of these are worth stopping at. The pilgrimage site is quite fascinating and if you are interested in religion, anthropology or simply curious, then Medjugorje is a place that you can spend a couple of hours or so, longer if you hike to ‘Apparition Hill’.   If you are curious, you can read more detailed information on this town in the ‘Visit to Medjugorje‘ article. 

Kravice Waterfalls which is just a 25 minute drive from Medjugorje is also a beautiful waterfall, which is super popular with the locals. You can do a nice walk, stop for lunch and or get a coffee. You can even watch our Kravice Waterfalls video to see them before you get there! 

Neum, The Bosnian Beach (65km from Kravice Waterfalls)

Bizarrely, There is only 20 km of Bosnian Beach that remains in place – but it is worth going to I think. It was incredibly hot when we got to the bottom of Bosnia and Herzegovina so parking up by the side of the beach for 14 Bosnian marks for 24 hours seemed like a no brainer to us. We were able to park up on the spit which is about 5 meters away from the beach, with our own daytime beach bar to boot! 

Neum - 20km of Bosnian Coastline
Read about Visiting Neum Beach

The main town is pretty packed in season – as you can imagine. Everyone flocks there to eat in the many restaurants, buy souvenirs and drink beers and coffee. The beaches are also full, with almost ‘wall to wall’ sunbeds which cost around the 10 BAM per day to hire. But get out of the town a little and you can find the quieter spots to park up and swim. On the Neum Beach YouTube video you can see what the town looks like on the coastline as well as where we parked up in proximity to the sea. 

Trebinje (88km from Neum)

This is the possibly the penultimate little town that you will visit on your Bosnian Road Trip (depending on what route you take afterwards!). There is enough to keep you occupied for 2 days here – if you have kids, there is a fabulous outside swimming pool to drop into with a bar. It is a fresh water pool, where the river has been slightly diverted to fill the pool and then continue on its journey. A great park where families gravitate to in the evenings with the kids to play is just outside the town walls. 

Said to be one of the prettiest towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Trebinje has a small, historic town with a vibrant centre, along with a beautiful river to swim at and an old monastery to visit. It is over 90% Serbian, so there are no genocide war museums, but cafe’s, bars and restaurants fill the old town walls and leafy squares.

 You now have 3 choices to continue your road trip:

1 – Cross the Bosnia/Montenegro border via our final stop which is Tjintiste & Foca and then head to the Tara Canyon, which crosses the border into Montenegro. (This is the option we chose – 102km)

2 – Cross the Bosnian/Croatian border and head for Dubrovnik (30kkm away) and travel the Croatian Coast. (32km)

3 – Cross the Bosnia/Montenegro on the coastal route for Herceg Novi or Igalo and start your Montenegro Road Trip. (We have done this one too – 42km)

Tjintiste & Foca (102km from Trebinje)

If you want to cross the border at the top of Montenegro, there are a couple more interesting locations to stop at on the way, before you get to the Tara Canyon which spans the two countries of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. 

A beautiful WWII monument can be found at TJintiste. Take a lovely walk up to the monument along with some lunch or dinner at the restaurant over the road. Be sure to take some time to walk over to the fascinating museum, full of memorabilia (mostly of German origin). The entrance fee for the  museum itself is 10 BAM (marks) and also covers the entry into the rather splendid ‘art’ building. You can quite easily stay the night at the visitor centre with no issues.


Continue into the little town of Foca, which has a few restaurants and a very small centre, again – restaurants and café bars litter the streets. Take some time to stop for a coffee or beer (if you are not driving!) and sit and reflect on the joys that your road trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina has bought you before you embark on your crossing into Montenegro to continue your journey in a new country! 

The queue at the border is a bit hit and miss - we spent over an hour on our first crossing into Bosnia in 2022, but in 2023, the crossing only took 10 minutes. Go early in the morning or later at nights to get the shortest queue.

Festivals in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo Film Festival (August): One of the largest film festivals in Southeast Europe, it showcases an extensive selection of films from the region and beyond, attracting international celebrities and film enthusiasts.

Mostar Summer Fest (June): An open air festival featuring local rock bands. 

Baščaršija Nights (July): Held in Sarajevo’s old bazaar and historical and cultural center, Baščaršija, this festival offers a month of music, theatre, film, and dance performances, all free of charge. 

Jazz Fest Sarajevo (November): This internationally renowned jazz festival attracts artists and audiences from around the globe, featuring performances ranging from modern jazz and free improvisation to classical music.

Una Regatta Festival (July): The biggest rafting festival in the country. It starts in Kulen Vakuf, through Bihac, Ostrozac, Cazin, Novi Grad and ends in Croatia. The trip takes 7 days and there is a party every night! We saw it as it went through Jajce. It looked so much fun. 

International Theatre Festival (late October): One of the leading festivals in theatre in Sarajevo, having hosted famous directors such as Peter Brook, Robert Wilson and Eugenio Barba. 

Does Bosnia and Herzegovina Deliver for a Road Trip?

A Bosnia road trip is highly recommended, giving you access to a range of sights and experiences, from breathtaking natural spots to a distinctive cultural atmosphere marked by a relaxed vibe. Largely undiscovered by mainstream tourism, Bosnia and Herzegovina is rich in untouched natural landscapes and bears historical scars from past conflicts. While the country celebrates ethnic diversity, it does not have a wide multicultural spectrum. 

Taking a road trip in Bosnia allows travellers to experience its varied scenery, from towering mountains to serene rivers, and delve into the historical depth of cities like Sarajevo and Mostar. The compact nature of Bosnia makes it feasible to cover significant ground without long drives. Activities like rafting and hiking, alongside the chance to explore cultural landmarks and savour local cuisine, are all part of the Bosnian road trip experience. The hospitality of the local people further enriches the journey, making a road trip in Bosnia engaging for a diverse array of travellers.  We definitely recommend a road trip in Bosnia. 

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