Tuzla is the third largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, located in one of the most important industrial Bosnian regions.
The city was hardly directly targeted by the war, except for an incident near the end of the war, when 72 people were killed by a shell fired into the Old Town during the evening. Nowadays, the city’s economy is still predominantly based around industry, although there has been significant development in tourism during the last 10 years. By and large, tourists come from the local region, or are in Tuzla for short stopovers, as Tuzla is approximately the mid-way point between Sarajevo and Belgrade.
Travelling to Tuzla is easy from the south, less so from the Republica Srbska or Serbia.
Buses travel regularly, typically one or more per hour, from Sarajevo, a journey which takes three hours. The price is approximately 20km. There is a regular bus from Split in Croatia, leaving Split at 8AM, travelling via Livno, and taking about nine hours to make the journey. As of July 2011, there are no longer direct buses to Osijek. A bus also travels direct from Dubrovnik.
Although Tuzla has a train station, trains run only twice daily to Doboj, twice to Brcko, once to Vinkovci in Croatia and one a day to Bos. Bijela. Rail infrastructure was heavily damaged in the recent conflict in Bosnia and Hercegovina in the 1990s and services (whilst starting to return to pre-war levels) are slow and often infrequent.
Tuzla has an airport  from where Wizzair recently started operating to Hahn, Oslo, Gothenburg, Memmingen, Dortmund, Malmö, Basel, Bratislava, Eindhoven and Billund. The airport is not in Tuzla proper, but in the town of Dubrave. It is located about 15 km from the city centre.
Unless you book an Airport Transfer Bus to get from Airport to City, there are no regular city bus services that run the entire way from city to the airport. However the bus Tuzla - Dubrave (number 11, cost 2KM), and the airport is about 5-10 min walk from Bus Stop in Dubrave. Bus stop is near Post office in Dubrave. A taxi from the city center will be around 20 KM (about €10).
Most areas of interest are walkable. The bus station is approximately 2km from the old city centre. Taxis regularly queue outside the station. Local buses also exist, though detailed information can be hard to find if you don't speak the language.
Stari Grad (old town) The first place to visit is the square at the center of the old town called Trg Slobode (Freedom square). Nearby Kapija is the site of the Tuzla Massacre, where 72 young people were killed in 1995. Ask a local to translate the poem carved into the monument. Then walk over to the park where the 72 young people are buried. The old town is very nice and the park is very beautiful.
You should also visit the Pannonian Lakes, whose water is directly supplied from the local wells of salt water. Tuzla's salt has been exploited for centuries and you should visit the Salt square dedicated to this aspect of Tuzla's history. One-day entrance fees range from 2km to 4km (depending on the season and number of visitors). Good for swimming or just relaxing. There are small cabins to change clothes. Do not bring valuables, as there are no lockers. Just bring a towel, bathing suit and toe slippers.
There is, also, City Fountain, built in 1888. located in very center of old town on Trg Slobode. You can tap fresh water here (for free). Better than buying plastic bottles!
There are at least two mosques worth seeing. Colorful mosque also called Mosque of Atik Behram Bey NW of Trg Slobode and Turalibegova mosque on Turalibegova sreet also in the center
If you are interested in art, visit some of Tuzla's beautiful art galleries. Check opening hours at the Tourist Info center.
If you are interested in history, you should see the model of an ancient village set near the Pannonian lakes. Slana Banja park on the slope of the hill closest to the center is a memorial park with many monuments and tombs from the times of the partizans'struggle during WOII and more recently the 1992 - 1995 Bosnian war. There is also a very good viewpoint over the city. The Museum of Eastern Bosnia is small, but worth a visit. Just north of Colorful mosque. A bit difficult to find, but it is marked on Google maps. Free admission. Closes at 3 PM.
Go swimming in the Pannonian Lakes. Clean water, simple but adequate facilities (cold fresh water showers; cabins to change clothes). 1€ to 2€ entrance fee depending on season and day of the week.
Locally produced wicker craft like baskets or furniture. There is also a mid-sized relatively modern shopping mall, along with smaller shopping centres and chinese stores with bargain-bin prices.
All the usual Bosnian dishes are available throughout the town, but international cuisine does not have a high presence. There are also many traditional Bosnian fast food restaurants where you can eat cevapi prepared differently than in Sarajevo.
A good place for eating is Biblioteka 45, K. Krekovica 7, ☎ +387-(035) 266362. 10 euros. edit
The Old Town is lined with cafes and bars.
There are no backpacker hostels in Tuzla. Consider the below options, or plan ahead for a stay with a local family through Airbnb.
You can choose between two hotels, Tuzla and Dom Penzionera, and numerous pansions. Motel Rudar, across the street from the fire station is also a good choice for about €20 a night. There is now a beautiful boutique hotel, immaculately presented but at typically low BiH rates. The owners could not be more friendly or helpful - Golden Star Hotel in the town centre.
The locals are very nice and pleasant to talk to. All the younger population speaks English, so do not hesitate to ask if you need any information. Like everywhere else, there are people who will see you as an opportunity to make some money, meaning in a way to charge you extra for food, taxi, bus etc. Criminal activity is below average so it's pretty safe to walk around even late at night. To avoid possible frustrations make sure to follow next:
When you are in restaurant, ask for price list; If you are hiring a Taxi, hire regular Taxi and ask for price; Stay in regular hotels and accommodations; Be aware that by the state law of tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina every tourist need to be assigned in police for foreignals and every accommodation need to sign you. In case of any problem tourists can have a problem as anywhere else. There are a lot of illegal accommodations that do not care for this so it is on you (How to find out which is legal? All accommodation that ask you for Credit Card details are legal business that must give you the bill as well as paper that you are official signed in.) Bottom line is , don't do anything before you ask and agree ( utilizing services ).
Before you plan to visit, get as much information as You can. Here are some useful City service portals:
Buses run very regularly to Lukavac, about 20 minutes away. From here, a ten minute taxi takes you to Lake Modrac, a large lake with a few restaurants. Due to industrial pollution, however, it is not safe to swim in the lake.
A more promising destination is Lake Bistarac. Take a local bus for Lukavac, and get off just before the town. Up a hill lies a clean freshwater lake. There is a minimal entry charge, with a small extra charge for use of the slide into the lake. Stalls and a restaurant serve food.
Kladanj, about 90 minutes away by bus towards Sarajevo, is a small, attractive town with many little restaurants, and small ski-resort nearby.