Getting Around Romania


 


By Train

Romania's Railway Network, CFR, is very well connected to major cities and towns throughout the country. There are five different types of trains in Romania:

PERSONAL (P) & PERSONAL MOTOR (PM) - very slow cheap trains that are mainly used by locals travelling short distances as they make many stops in the small and rural towns, they are typically crowded and in bad conditions.

ACCELERAT (A) - The conditions are much the same as Personal but these trains travel longer distances as they stop only in the bigger towns and cities and are mainly used by locals as well.

RAPID (R) - These trains are slightly faster than Accelerat and less crowded. The conditions main vary from the same as Accelerat to modern equipped trains depending on the wagon used for your route, so you might get lucky with these ones.

INTERCITY (IC) - Are more modern trains with air-conditioned wagons and dining cars during the day. They run routes from Bucharest to Cluj, Timisoara, Iasi and have an express service to the Black Sea Coast.

EURO CITY (EC) - Run by Hungarian Railways with regular services between Budapest to Bucharest

Be sure to ask at the train station if seat reservations are required as it is necessary on some trains. You can see routes and times on CFR's website: www.cfr.ro


By Road

When driving in Romania a driver's license (foreign licenses are accepted) and vehicle insurance is required. If you have not purchased insurance in advance it is available at most border crossings. Driving is on the right and overtaking on the left. Driving in the cities can be challenging as they can be heavily congested with aggressive drivers. However driving through the country side can be quite a treat with breath-taking scenery with many opportunities to stop and take a picture. A car or private driver is suggested to reach the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina and Muramures.

The roads marked DM (Drum National) are the more well maintained roads, such as the E60 that goes from Oradea via Cluj, Brasov and Bucharest to Constanta. While the ones marked DJ (Drum Judetean) are of less quality and hazards may be encountered such as potholes and loose debris on the roads.

While driving on the country roads and villages other hazards may be encountered such as horse-drawn carts and live stock on the road, so take special care when driving through these areas. Also you should take every opportunity to fill up with gas when travelling in the mountains as gas station can be far between. It is advised not to drive at night as some roads are poorly lit or have no lighting at all. There is a zero tolerance driving policy in Romania for drunk driving, so it is advised not to drink at all is you have to get behind the wheel.

Speed limits are 30 kph (19 mph) in built-up areas, 50 kph (31 mph) within city limits, 80 kph (50 mph) on main roads, and 100 kph (60 mph) on multilane highways.

The Romanian Automobile Association (ACR or Automobil Clubul Roman) offers 24 hour roadside assistance at 021 222 22 22, 0745 382 715 or 0722 382 715.

 For maps and directions ViaMichelin is a good tool to use.

If you would like to hire a private English-Speaking driver in Romania Contact us for more details.


By Bus

Regular bus services between cities and towns in Romania are virtually non-existent. If you are not able to reach your destination by train most cities and towns offer shared and private bus services at low costs. Normally they are right beside the train station. If you would like to organize a private bus in advance please Contact us for more details.


By Water

Basically the only way to get around the Danube Delta is by boat. If in hiring a private charter Contact us for more details.


Getting around the cities and towns

Most major cities and towns have a reliable public transit system, such as buses and Trams. Bucharest has a well connected underground metro system, to see more click here

Taxis come at very reasonable prices, you can get almost anywhere for just 1 euro. But make sure you choose a taxi with the company name and telephone numbers displaced. Do not trust the private taxi companies or if you are approached by someone, they will charge you almost double the price. You should always negotiate a price before hand and make sure the meter is running. Here are some trustable taxi companies; In Bucharest: Grant, Meridian, CrisTaxi, Perrozzi, In Brasov: Ro, Maartex, Tod, Roy

Or you can hire chauffeur to meet you at the airport or hotel and take you around the city. Contact us for more details.

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