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Old August 6th, 2015, 05:03 PM   #1881
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I won't go near tourist places, so that option is out I noticed though, if you use Euro or Kuna in BiH, they tend to load the price heavily in their favour.
I always payed in EUR half the price in KM.
In Kuna I read the conversion rate is not so great.

I payed at a restaurant in Mostar in both Kuna and EUR
Also when I bought boat tickets in Trogir towards Split, I didn't have enough Kuna, but the boat man accepted some EUR coins as well.
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Old August 6th, 2015, 05:45 PM   #1882
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Everytime I paid with Euro in BiH it was correctly converted with 1.95833. So no problem there. But ask before paying if it is okay.

Another possibility to get KM notes: Pay the motorway with a big Euro note, you get KM back, also in proper conversion.
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Old August 7th, 2015, 03:44 AM   #1883
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Do banks charge commission, or is it just a flat 1€=1.95BAM rate?
no commission, but i understand your scepticism, because in Poland they tend to cheat you on every corner.
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Old August 7th, 2015, 04:05 PM   #1884
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no commission, but i understand your scepticism, because in Poland they tend to cheat you on every corner.
It's just a different culture - for us, exchange offices offer by far the best rates and banks tend to offer really poor rates. But it's the opposite in HR, hence why I wanted to know what the culture was in BiH

For me, it wouldn't be a shock to discover that the banks offered 1.70KM with commission on top.
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Old August 7th, 2015, 08:51 PM   #1885
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Hey guys, I want to ask 2 questions:
1)Aren't the KM banknotes differently written in RS and differently in Federation BiH?
2)How much does a normal passenger car pay in Bosnian tolls?
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Old August 7th, 2015, 09:09 PM   #1886
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Bosnian mark has two types of banknotes for each denomination (10, 20, 50, 100 and interestingly there is only one version of 200 BAM note) but that actually has no effect in real life and both versions are used equally in the whole country. Coins also don't have two versions.

On Banja Luka-Gradiška toll is 2 BAM, Zenica-Sarajevo North 5.20 BAM if I remember correctly, on Sarajevo West-Tarčin 2.50 BAM and Međugorje-Bijača I think 1.20 BAM
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Old August 7th, 2015, 09:27 PM   #1887
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Bosnian mark has two types of banknotes for each denomination (10, 20, 50, 100 and interestingly there is only one version of 200 BAM note) but that actually has no effect in real life and both versions are used equally in the whole country. Coins also don't have two versions.

Zenica-Sarajevo North 5.20 BAM if I remember correctly
Nope, I drove there on Monday and it was 6 BAM
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Old August 7th, 2015, 09:51 PM   #1888
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Well it used to be 5.20
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Old August 8th, 2015, 03:32 AM   #1889
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Bosnian mark has two types of banknotes for each denomination (10, 20, 50, 100 and interestingly there is only one version of 200 BAM note) but that actually has no effect in real life and both versions are used equally in the whole country. Coins also don't have two versions.

On Banja Luka-Gradiška toll is 2 BAM, Zenica-Sarajevo North 5.20 BAM if I remember correctly, on Sarajevo West-Tarčin 2.50 BAM and Međugorje-Bijača I think 1.20 BAM
Thank you for your justification about the KM
Oh, btw, prices in Bosnian tolls seem to be really good and I hope they will remain as such
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Old August 8th, 2015, 06:56 AM   #1890
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It's just a different culture - for us, exchange offices offer by far the best rates and banks tend to offer really poor rates. But it's the opposite in HR, hence why I wanted to know what the culture was in BiH

For me, it wouldn't be a shock to discover that the banks offered 1.70KM with commission on top.
it is not Poland in Bosnia it is fixed.
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Old August 9th, 2015, 04:11 PM   #1891
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Well it used to be 5.20
Before the opening of the Tunel Vijenac at Lasva exit (lucani) to Sarajevo North it was 5,40. So I don't think Zenica - Sarajevo North (all motorway) was ever 5,20.
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Old August 9th, 2015, 05:51 PM   #1892
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Thank you for your justification about the KM
Oh, btw, prices in Bosnian tolls seem to be really good and I hope they will remain as such
0.06EUR/km is about the current price. It's not bad, but we need to wait and see what will happen with the rest of the A1.

I'm surprised the toll isn't higher on the isolated section of A1 from Bijaca - the only people using it are probably pilgrims, and they could easily charge 3KM for that section.
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Old August 14th, 2015, 07:41 PM   #1893
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Quick question - I've been stopped twice in the past week by police for random document controls. Both times were in the late evening - not quite dark, but after the sun had gone down. Is it normal?

I don't have any problems with it, and they were polite and efficient - but it's strange after living in Poland where even seeing traffic police is a rarity
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Old August 15th, 2015, 01:26 PM   #1894
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I've been also stopped by traffic police each time I was in BiH. Seems to be quite common
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Old August 15th, 2015, 02:28 PM   #1895
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What area/roads did you get stopped on?
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Old August 15th, 2015, 02:59 PM   #1896
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What area/roads did you get stopped on?
Stopped just outside Kulen Vakuf towards Bihać, and the second time within Bihać (but at the very entrance, almost). They definitely weren't performing any speed controls, as they didn't even point the radar gun in my direction. I saw a third control on the road from Novi Grad to Bihać, but they didn't bother me.

Both times, it was clear that it was just a random control - they weren't picking on me for having non-BiH number plates. I saw them from a long way away, and they were clearly preparing to pull me over.
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Old August 15th, 2015, 04:54 PM   #1897
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When I went from Tuzla to Sarajevo after 22pm there were many police controls on the road. They didn't stop us, but they usually had someone stopped already.
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Just regular traffic patrols, nothing to worry about
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Old August 15th, 2015, 05:00 PM   #1899
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Yes, thought the same.
It's just different than in other countries

What I noticed was that in BiH when people begin overtaking they flash the lights to make the drivers in front aware of their maneuver.
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Another option is horn, especially when overtaking huge trucks But truck drivers are also very friendly to others in traffic, they usually signal with right blinker when you can't see anything in front of them and there is noone on the road so you can overtake them and even pull down on the side of the road when there is a queue behind them to let everyone pass them
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