Getting to Romania. International and domestic transportation.
Getting to Romania by Plane
Romania's national airline Tarom as well as all major European Airlines
are offering non-stop flights from Western and Central Europe to Bucharest - the largest city in the country.
There are also non-stop flights from other major cities in Romania (Arad, Bacau, Cluj, Constanta, Craiova, Oradea, Sibiu, Targu Mures and Timisoara) to destinations in Europe (operated by Air Berlin, Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, Turkish Airlines and Wizz Air).
Traveling by train from other European countries to Romania takes from four hours
(Budapest to Arad or to Oradea) to about 30 hours (Paris to Bucharest).
As most train tickets allow several stopovers en route,
train travel can be an affordable and relaxing way to include Romania in a European trip.
First and second-class sleepers are available for journeys longer than 10 hours and for overnight trains.
To quickly check international train service availability or to get an idea of travel times please check:
Tickets for international trains
At the present time Romania's National Rail Company (SNCFR or CFR)
only offers on-line tickets for domestic destinations.
Tickets for international destinations can be purchased at any SNCFR Rail Travel Agency (Agentia de Voiaj CFR)
or at ticket offices in most major train stations in Romania.
If you would like to purchase a train ticket for an international destination, before your arrival to Romania,
you will need to contact a local travel agency or an international rail travel company:
Eurail Romania Pass — "Eurail Train Passes" for non-European citizens
The Romanian Railway Company (SNCFR) operates service
between most of Romania's main cities and tourist areas.
For information on domestic train schedules and fares please check our Domestic Transportation section.
Documents required by Border Police are the vehicle's registration, proof of insurance and
a valid driver's license.
U.S. / Canadian/ Australian/ New Zealand driver licenses are valid for driving in Romania
for 90 days from the date of entry into Romania.
When renting a car in Europe, please check with the car rental company its policy
regarding taking the car across national borders.
Independent travelers entering Romania by car (own or rental) need to obtain a road toll badge, called Rovinieta.
Rovinieta is available on-line www.roviniete.com
as well as at any border-crossing point, postal office and most gas stations.
Cost of Rovinieta for passenger cars is the equivalent in Romanian Lei (RON) of:
$4.00 (valid for 7 days) or $9.00 (valid for 30 days).
There is no any other tax to be paid by visitors/ tourists when entering or leaving Romania.
There are many bus routes that connect Bucharest and Romania's main cities with Athens, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, and Vienna.
Companies that are offering bus transportation to/ from international destinations include:
Eurolines, AtlasSib, Pletl, Double T, CDI Transport, Comati.
To check bus schedules please visit www.autogari.ro
Several companies offer river cruises on the Danube River from Regensburg or Passau in Germany,
Vienna (Austria) or Budapest (Hungary) to the Danube Delta and/ or the Black Sea.
To check Danube River cruises itineraries and schedules please visit
Romania has a well-developed railway network that covers virtually the whole country.
Trains are one of the most popular means of getting around Romania.
They are inexpensive and generally on time.
Three different services are offered.
The cheapest and slowest are local the local trains - Regional ( R ).
Faster and more expensive are the InterRegional trains ( IR ) that require a seat reservation along with the ticket.
The fastest and the most expensive are Inter-City Trains ( IC ).
The last two types of trains have dining cars and sleepers (overnight or long distance trains only).
For advance Romania Rail Pass reservations please visit ACP Rail - Central Station to Great Destinations
Romania's National Rail Company (SNCFR) can add a unique and exciting dimension to your Romania experience.
Old, historic trains - pulled by steam engines - dating from the mid 1800s, 1920s and '30s are available for charter.
Such trains that can be chartered by any organization or individual include:
The Royal Train (Trenul Regal) – five cars (dining car, royal bedroom, king's entourage sleeping car,
sleeping car 1st class and sleeping car 2nd class)
Moldovita – five cars ( 1st class car, 2nd class car, 3rd class car, lounge car, luggage car)
Calugareni – three cars ( 1st class car, 2nd class car and 3rd class car)
Mures – three cars (two 2nd class cars and one gondola car)
Main 'hubs' for historic trains in Romania are the cities: Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu, Targu Mures, Suceava and towns of Oravita and Viseu.
Most popular historic train routes (standard or narrow gauge) include:
Bucharest - Sinaia (Peles Castle)
Bucharest - Snagov
Bucharest - Giurgiu
Ploiesti - Maneciu
Brasov - Sibiu
Brasov – Rasnov - Zarnesti
Brasov – Predeal
Sibiu - Brasov
Sebes Alba - Sibiu
Sibiu - Copsa Mica
Sibiu - Calimanesti
Targu Mures – Band (narrow gauge)
Targu Mures – Sovata (narrow gauge)
Viseu de Sus – Paltin (narrow gauge)
Dej – Salva – Vatra Dornei
Salva - Viseu
Viseu – Borsa
Vatra Dornei – Vama – Moldovita (narrow gauge)
Suceava – Putna
There are several bus companies that offer fast and inexpensive connections between Romania's main cities.
Inter-City bus stations (Autogara) are usually located near to the train station.
To check bus schedules (domestic routes) please visit: www.autogari.ro
Bus, rented car or taxi might be the only available option for travelers interested to explore some remote areas.
Travel by car is the best way to discover Romania's remote areas, to admire the unique scenery and take advantage of the innumerable photo opportunities.
A hired car will save travelers a lot of time when visiting attractions such as the Painted Monasteries in Bucovina and the traditional villages in Maramures.
Most major international and local car rental companies have offices in the major cities and airports.
Rental policies vary from company to company; usually renters must be over 21, have a valid driver's licence and a valid credit card.
Romania's main roads are well marked and maintained.
A map that indicates the condition of roads in Romania is available for download here.
Many pass through cities and towns and gas stations, food stores and hotels are easy to find.
Road congestion may be an issue - during weekends or holidays - for just a few popular rutes.
A map of traffic intensity forecast is available for download here.
You can reach emergency roadside help and information for vehicle assistance and towing services by dialing 9271.
For ambulance services, fire brigade or police, dial 112.
The Romanian Automobile Association (ACR or "Automobil Clubul Roman") offers 24 hour roadside assistance.
If you need help please call: 021 222 22 22 or 021 222 15 52.
Taxis are available in every city and larger towns in Romania.
They can be summoned by telephone or hailed on the street.
Authorized taxis can be recognized by the TAXI sign on the roof.
All Taxis should be equipped with meters.
Taxis can also be ordered by calling specialized companies which can confirm the rates / mile and approximate cost of the ride.
Drivers approaching you at the airport or at the train station in Bucharest are likely to inflate their rates;
To avoid being overcharged just ignore them.
For longer trips outside the city limits rates can be negotiated.
|Taxi tariffs vary from city to city:|
|upon entry||$ 0.5 - $ 1.2|
|trips within city limits||$ 0.8 - $ 2 / mile|
|trips outside city limits||$ 1.2 - $ 2 / mile|
|slow traffic or waiting time||$ 0.1 - $ 0.3 / minute|
Tarom - Romania's National airline operates scheduled flights between Bucharest
and several cities within Romania: Baia Mare, Cluj, Iasi, Oradea, Satu Mare, Sibiu, Targu Mures, Timisoara
More on: www.http://romaniatourism.com/transportation.html