But this period of stability did not last, and the country broke up into five new republics after the Yugoslav wars.
Not long after that, the city saw violence again in 1999, as it was heavily bombed for 78 days by NATO forces.
This is the situation as of the 21st of March 2015: Belgrade Bus Station, also known as BAS (short for Beogradska Autobuska Stanica), is right next to the central train station, in Karađorđeva street.While coach service to national and international destinations is frequent and departure times are usually reliable, beware that the arrival times may be not.Since the 23rd of June, 2016, Air Serbia operates direct flights from Belgrade to New York's JFK International Airport for 5 times a week.Here is the full list of carriers which operate to and from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport: Serbian Railways operates trains in Serbia.The city has a long history, dating back to the 4th century BC, when the area was settled by Celtic tribes.
Later on, it became the Roman city of Singidunum, and relics of that era can still be seen in the city, particularly at Kalemegdan Fortress.Germanwings does have a number of less expensive flights to cities across Europe and Norwegian Air is another low cost airline operating to Belgrade, flying to Oslo and Stockholm. For travellers from Asia and the Middle East, the low cost airline Fly Dubai offers cheap direct connections from India, Sri Lanka and other destinations to Belgrade via Dubai.Good connections for travellers from Asia/Middle East are also offered by Air Serbia and its partner airline Etihad via Abu Dhabi.After the First World War, Belgrade became the seat of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, from 1929) until its collapse in 1941, after the subsequent German invasion.During the Second World War it was the seat of the Nazi puppet Government of National Salvation and it was heavily bombed twice, once by the Germans and once by the Allies.Belgrade is the capital of the Republic of Serbia and is, as such, the country's largest city with a population of about 1.8 million people.