In 2022 (Main project) and 2023 (Germany borders, Autumn project) my focus was on internal borders of the European Union. In 2024 I will instead look at non-EU Europe, starting in South East Europe in May.

The borders of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Kosovo will be the focus – both the borders between them, and their borders with the European Union.

Why this region? Firstly, because all of these countries have the medium term aim of joining the European Union. Second, the geopolitics of infrastructure investment in these countries is fascinating, especially Serbia. Third, there are some amazing border regions and brilliant train routes in this region – and these are places comparatively few people have visited. I have had so many enjoyable times in this region over the years, and I cannot wait to return.

So far this project is in the early stages of planning. A provisional timetable for the route is available in the document PLANNED-routes.xlsx in Nextcloud here, version 7 in the table. The project will happen in May 2024 – exact dates tbc. The list of the borders I aim to cross is at the bottom of this page, and this is the provisional route map (also directly on umap here):

At the moment I am contacting people in the cities I will visit, and preparing events in some of them. A final schedule will be published in early 2024, and then crowd funding for the project will also start. As ever where trains do not run, I will try to cycle across the borders on my folding bicycle instead, but in this region I am going to have to use a lot of buses as well. If you have ideas, tips or something to contribute please do contact me.

 

35 borders to be investigated for the first time – roughly in the chronological order I will cross them
Ikla 🇪🇪 – Ainaži 🇱🇻
Future Rail Baltica Ikla 🇪🇪 – Ainaži 🇱🇻
Meitene 🇱🇻 – Joniškis 🇱🇹
Röszke 🇭🇺 – Horgoš 🇷🇸
Bácsalmás 🇭🇺 – Subotica 🇷🇸
Donja Borina 🇷🇸 – Karakaj 🇧🇦
Metković 🇭🇷 – Čapljina 🇧🇦
Volinja 🇭🇷 – Dobrljin 🇧🇦
Loksun 🇭🇷 – Bihac 🇧🇦
Ilirska Bistrica 🇸🇮 – Šapjane 🇭🇷
Rakitovec 🇸🇮 – Buzet 🇭🇷
Imeno 🇸🇮 – Kumrovec 🇭🇷
Rogatec 🇸🇮 – Hum na Sutli 🇭🇷
Sveti Rog ob Sotli 🇸🇮 – Ðurmanec 🇭🇷
Središce ob Dravi 🇸🇮 – Cakovec 🇭🇷
Kotoriba 🇭🇷 – Murakeresztúr 🇭🇺
Drenovci 🇭🇷 – Brčko 🇧🇦
Slavonski Šamac 🇭🇷 – Šamac 🇧🇦
Beli Manastir 🇭🇷 – Magyarbóly 🇭🇺
Bogojevo 🇷🇸 – Erdut 🇭🇷
Apatin 🇷🇸 – Kupusina 🇭🇷
Apatin 🇷🇸 – Svilojevo 🇭🇷
Jimbolia 🇷🇴 – Kikinda 🇷🇸
Stamora Moravita 🇷🇴 – Vrsac 🇷🇸
Plakovo 🇷🇸 – Jarinjë 🇽🇰
Being constructed – Kumanovo 🇲🇰 – Kriva Palanka 🇲🇰 – Gyueshovo 🇧🇬
Preševo 🇷🇸 – Tabanovce 🇲🇰
Blace 🇲🇰 – Han i Elezit 🇽🇰
Gevelija 🇲🇰 – Idomeni 🇬🇷
Kremenica 🇲🇰 – Neos Kafkasos 🇬🇷
Future Line – Bilisht 🇦🇱 – Kristallopigi 🇬🇷
Future Line – Lin 🇦🇱 – Radozhda 🇲🇰
Future Line – Prizren 🇽🇰 – Kukës 🇦🇱
Tuzi 🇲🇪 – Vukpalaj-Bajze 🇦🇱
Vallorbe 🇨🇭 – Labergement-Sainte-Marie 🇫🇷

Crossed on #CrossBorderRail before
Kehl 🇩🇪 – Krimmeri-Meinau 🇫🇷
Flensburg 🇩🇪 – Padborg 🇩🇰
Kastrup 🇩🇰 – Malmö 🇸🇪
Lanžhot 🇨🇿 – Brodské 🇸🇰
Zebrzydowice 🇵🇱 – Bohumín 🇨🇿
Nendeln 🇱🇮 – Tisis 🇦🇹
Buchs SG 🇨🇭 – Schaan-Vaduz 🇱🇮
Dobova 🇸🇮 – Savski Marof 🇭🇷
Rosenbach 🇦🇹 – Jesenice 🇸🇮

Crossed before, but not on #CrossBorderRail
Tovarnik 🇭🇷 – Šid 🇷🇸
Dragoman 🇧🇬 – Dimitrovgrad 🇷🇸
Bijelo Polje 🇲🇪 – Kumanica 🇷🇸
Štrpci 🇧🇦 – Mramorje 🇷🇸
Štrpci 🇧🇦 – Jablanica 🇷🇸
Kelebia 🇭🇺 – Subotica 🇷🇸
Štúrovo 🇸🇰 – Szob 🇭🇺

7 borders I have visited prior to #CrossBorderRail – to be visited again
Tovarnik 🇭🇷 – Šid 🇷🇸
Dragoman 🇧🇬 – Dimitrovgrad 🇷🇸
Bijelo Polje 🇲🇪 – Kumanica 🇷🇸
Štrpci 🇧🇦 – Mramorje 🇷🇸
Štrpci 🇧🇦 – Jablanica 🇷🇸
Kelebia 🇭🇺 – Subotica 🇷🇸
Štúrovo 🇸🇰 – Szob 🇭🇺

7 borders I have crossed during #CrossBorderRail 2022 or 2023
Nickelsdorf 🇦🇹 – Hegyeshalom 🇭🇺
Curtici 🇷🇴 – Lökösháza 🇭🇺
Golenti 🇷🇴 – Vidin 🇧🇬
Kehl 🇩🇪 – Krimmeri-Meinau 🇫🇷
Freilassing 🇩🇪 – Salzburg Taxham Europapark 🇦🇹
Lanžhot 🇨🇿 – Brodské 🇸🇰
Zebrzydowice 🇵🇱 – Bohumín 🇨🇿

(the route goes to Poland and Austria after South East Europe so as to present the conclusions of the project at events at Warszawa and Wien)