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Find, in this article, an overview of the Romanian transport network to help you travel around the country stress-free.

Whether you are a tourist or resident in Romania, travelling will definitely be part of your everyday life. In order to facilitate travel across the country, local authorities have set up a developed transportation system, including elaborate bus and railway networks. Moreover, local airline companies also provide domestic and regional flights for an even faster commute. Therefore, you will not have a problem finding the means of transport, which best suits your lifestyle and budget.

Bus

The bus network in Romania is well developed and buses are a popular way of getting around the city as well as travelling between cities and towns. Buses are operated by several companies and most vehicles are clean, modern, and comfortable. You will also find minibuses and mini-taxis which are 9 to 16-seater vans operating across cities. Express buses, operated by private companies, are a good way to move between Romanian cities while international bus networks like Eurolines and Flixbus are great options for exploring the rest of Europe from major cities in Romania.

 Good to know:

Make sure to keep an eye on your belongings while travelling on a bus in peak hours as petty theft is a common occurrence on crowded transportation.

Train

The Romanian railway network is served by the Căile Ferate Române (CFR) and you can find train schedules and itineraries on their official website. The train network covers most of the country, including smaller localities. You can find three types of popular trains in Romania. The first, Intercity (IC), are the most expensive and comfortable trains. These often provide transport to neighbouring countries as well.

Inter Regional (IR) trains, for their part, are less expensive and almost as rapid as IC trains providing connections between Romania’s major cities. Finally, regional trains are the cheapest option connecting smaller towns and villages. While significantly less expensive than IC and IR trains, these are also generally less comfortable and much slower. Train tickets can be purchased at train stations, in CFR specialised agencies, and in private travel agencies. Online booking is also possible.

Airlines

Domestic flights are provided between major Romanian cities by several airline companies. Tarom, for instance, connects Bucharest to most cities, namely Baia Mare, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Oradea, Satu Mare, Sibiu, Suceava, Târgu Mures, Timisoara, etc. Tickets can be purchased either in lei or euros, or via a bank card, or even in a Tarom travel agency, which you can find in most cities.

Auto-stop

Auto-stop is not a recommended practice — especially for expats who are not familiar with the specifics of getting around the country and safety practices. However, it is quite widespread among the locals and you are likely to find travellers along major roads on the outskirts.

Cars

You can, of course, drive your own car. Be aware, however, that the driving laws in Romania are rather strict and the roads are not in their best condition. If you do choose to drive in the country, make sure to stick to the speed limits and have all the necessary documentation with you at all times. Learn more about driving in Romania.

 Good to know:

Be careful while driving! It is reported that reckless driving is quite common on Romanian roads.

 Useful links:

Autogari – Information on the Romanian bus network
CFR – The Romanian railway network map
CFR Calatori
Tarom

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