Romania Getting Around

Romania's national airline Tarom flies at least four times weekly between Bucharest and the other major cities. Carpatair flies from Timisoara to nine Romanian cities. Buses are dead cheap and dead slow. They are also infrequent; only one or two buses a day service most routes. They're generally used only for outlying villages and more rural areas.

Rail has long been the most popular way of travelling around Romania. They provide a frequent service to most cities, towns and larger villages within the country. There are five different types of train: personal are so slow that they generally travel with the doors open so passengers can leap on or off when the train is in motion; accelerat are faster, more expensive and less crowded; rapid and expres trains travel reasonably quickly and serve international as well as domestic routes; and Inter-City trains are no faster than the others (apart from personal trains) but are twice as expensive and twice as comfortable. Seat reservations are obligatory for all trains (except personal) and this is included in the fare.

Most Romanian roads are best suited to 4WD. They are in poor, potholed condition. Other hazards include horse-drawn carts piled high with hay, cows, pigs, drunkards and playing children! Similarly, if you want to cycle, the potholed roads makes the going tough for anything less than a robust touring or mountain bike. Boat is the only way of getting around much of the Danube Delta. Most towns within Romania have local buses, trams and trolleybuses, and Bucharest has a metro underground system. Taxis are available in all cities and towns, but can be more expensive for foreigners.

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