Banja Luka is not so large a city that visitors can easily get lost, but it’s helpful to have a map to find your way around. As a town where Eastern Europe meets the West, Banja Luka makes use of two alphabets: ћирилица (Cyrillic) and latinica (Latin). Most maps are printed in the Latinic alphabet.
The local language, both spoken and written, is Serbian. While similar to Bosnian and Croatian, it is its own separate language. Beyond the tools found on this web site, dictionaries and “survival language” guides are available in local bookstores and online.
Banja Luka is one of the most accessible cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, easily reached by plane through the city’s international airport, train, bus or one of the major highways running through Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city is easy to get to any time of the year. Getting around the city also poses no challenges for visitors. Taxis and buses are numerous.