Compared to neighbouring countries, the exchange rates in Bosnia take up to 5 percent. Rates in Serbia are better and give almost a one-to-one rate, which means it may be a good idea to change money before reaching Bosnia if you’re already in the Balkans. If you do need to change more, several exchange offices are along Ferhadija Street.
Bosnia is a cash-based society, perhaps because the country’s only just starting to recover a result of the economic crash after the Bosnian War. ATMs are available where you can expect to pay up to 7 percent in fees, conversions and commissions. Not all places accept credit card. Bring cash.
The free walking tour
Free walking tours are available in Sarajevo and Mostar. Local guides take visitors around explaining the main sights in a historical and cultural context. The young guides lived through the war and will share their experience. Sarajevo has two daily free tours: The East Meets West in the morning goes to the main attractions, and the afternoon War Scars is about the Siege of Sarajevo.
Shopping in Bosnia
Bosnia isn’t part of the EU and doesn’t have the same freedom to trade as other countries. Retail prices are higher for imported goods such as shoes and clothes. You may get a Western European price tag in some shops for cheap, lower-quality products.
Having a stress-free trip to Bosnia
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a little rough around the edges but nowhere is perfect, right? Bring cash, expect laid-back border officials and give donations to the right people.