This community looks like a goldmine for me. I'm planning a trip with a couple of friends to the FYU part of the world this summer, flying to budapest and covering a little bit of Romania and Bulgaria before going back to Belgrade. From there on in, though, things are starting to go a little bit pear-shaped. Here are the reasons why/questions I have...
1. What's the train transport like in Serbia/Kosovo/Montenegro? We were going to get an Interrail pass that covers Romania and Bulgaria as well as the FYU countries, but it seems from our lonely planet that the rail network in this part of the world is not as comprehensive or as developed as the buses. Do you guys think it wiser to stick to buses? Even for long haul?
2. We know that we are starting our tour of the area in Belgrade, and our initial idea was to go Belgrade-Prishtina-Lake Ohrid-Tirana-Kotor-Dubrovnik-Sarejovo-Budapest (to fly home :(). What do you think of this itinerary? We are pretty outdoors-y people and would like to see as much of the 'countryside' as is possible and accesible- can anyone recommend anywhere specific? Especially in Kosovo, we are concerned that Prishtina itself may not be a good idea- unless anyone knows a good hostel, the travel guide seems to suggest that accomodation there is not that easy to find.
Is anything difficult going to happen with visa and passports in this area? We are British, so it seems that we don't need visas per se (entrance visas?) but it seems from research thus far that something odd is going on at borders with Kosovo and (I know this isn't quite on topic) Macedonia/Albania. On a similar (OT) note, anyone have any advice on how safe northern Albania is these days?
Thanks in advance, everyone. I'm really, really looking forward to this trip :)
edit:- I forgot to ask- I'm really keen to read some novels from/about this area, can anyone recommend anything good? Novels and/or films :)