There are direct connections to/from the main cities of the Russia (Moscow, St.-Peterburg, Saratov), Ukraine (Kiev, Odessa, Lviv,), Byelorussia (Minsk), Romania (Bucharest), Bulgaria (Sofia) and Poland (Przemysl). Connections with such cities as Moscow, Bucharest, Odessa and Lviv is provided daily.
Tickets are very cheap! I payed for the trip from Chisinau to Lviv about 15$ (18 hours in the train). Yeap, trains are usually slow. I have read that a train going from Chisinau up to the North of Moldova may go even 8 hours... There is also something strange with choosing the class you want to go in. I was told that there is the second and third class but they are not together in the same train. Simply, the second class goes on 2,4,6....30 of each month and the third class goes on 1,3..31 of each month. The difference between classes is about 6$. I had to take third calss as I was coming back on the first... You may see on the picture how it was like...:)
The main railway station in Chisinau is very modern. You can say thet it is a good visiting card of the capital and all Moldova. The stations has been completly restored recently. It looks nice not only from outside but also inside. On one side there are international, on the other domestic tickets' offices. The staff speaks a little English or/and French. Try both. From the things I noticed at the station you may find: post office, bar, kiosk with newspapers, baggage room and police office. There are lots of policemen at the station and they often check you passport.
In 1870 the railway station was built, and in 1871 the railway communication on the Chisinau-Tiraspol section was opened.
The Main Bus station is located in Mitropolit Varlaam street, behind the Central Market. It is one big mass and nothing more. I even was unable to make a photo! I would say that Central Market is still here. There are lots of booths and stall keepers everywhere arounf the station that it is hard to move. Moreover, cars try to move too what makes the situation even more difficult.:)
Anyway, the only advantage of buses is that they run to almost any part of Moldova and that they are cheap. What you must know it that there is usually no timetable but the bus leaves when it is full. And be careful as it is always over-crowded. Just be sure that you have a sitting place.:)
There are different kinds of buses: big one and small. The most popular are small (probably because it is easlier to fiil it with people:) and they are called: mini buses, marshrutes, maxi taxis or so. Ask about the price before you get on. Buses stop everywhere, just say `stop`. You may also stop a bus almost everywhere in the street.
13 kilometers from Chisinau, and the only airport in the city.
Builded in 1974 and renovated few years ago.
The home for:
Air Moldova International
Also flights of:
There is no subway system in Chisinau, although there is an extensive bus, trolleybus and mini-bus system which is used by most local residents. Buses and trolley buses normally begin service at 06:00 with buses operating until 22:00, trolley buses and mini-buses until midnight. Single trip fares are 75 bani for trolley buses and 1leu for buses. Most trolleybuses and buses have conductors who sell and collect fare tickets on the bus. Many people prefer to use micro-vans or mini-buses as they are less crowded, make less stops, and are less likely to break down. These vehicles provide transport along designated routes at a cost of 2 lei per trip. The fare is paid directly to the driver when entering the mini-bus. Tickets are not used and cannot be purchased in advance. Route numbers are posted on the front and side windows.
You can arrive by train from Romania (Bucuresti, Iasi) or from Russia (Moscow) or Ukraine (Kiev).
Personally I preffer travelling by train! you have your coupe, you can lay down, you can meet new travellers, you can share a bottle of wine (I never go travelling by train without a bottle of wine, or cognac, or at least beer)...
On arriving to Chisinau you'll get to the "Gara Feroviara Chisinau" builded in 1948 by german prisoners after WWII. The initial building builded in 1871 was destoyed during the World War II.
This building is also an important architectural , and was designed by L. Ciuprin, and consulted by the famous moldavian architect - A.Schiusev (the archiect of mausoleum in Moscow).
Night train “Prietenia” (aka Friendship) makes the journey Bucharest - Chisinau every night in both directions.
From Bucharest, the train leaves every evening a few minutes before 20 p.m. and arrives in Chisinau the next morning around 9.00 a.m.
From Chisinau, departure is scheduled around 5 p.m. and arrives in Bucharest the next morning a little before 6 a.m.
Return fare with sleeper 2nd class ( 4 comfortable beds) costs 170 Romanian lei, i.e. 50 EURO.
Bring water and food with you, as the only alternative is to ask fellow travellers.
The journey is nice, as the train crosses some picturesque landscape late afternoon departing from Chisinau.
Near the main boulevard Stefan cel mare there you will find the Central Market (Piata Centarla) as well as the Central Bus Station(Autogara Cntrala) from where a lot of busses goes to any directions of Moldiva. But pay attention, most of them are not the newest ones ...so do it like the locals to it.
As I have heard the should exist more than one bus station in Chisinau. Busses goes currently to the Ukraine and to Romania, sometimes to Germany.
There is only one daily direct train from Chisinau to Bucharest. It leaves at 1710, arriving the next morning at 0646. Check bahn.de for up to date times (using stations chisinau and Bucuresti Nord as your station locations). The sleeper carriages of the train are comfortable.
There are border controls at the frontier. You will need to show your passport on both sides of the border although you will not need to get off the train to do this.
There is one train every night from Bucharest to Chişinău. It leaves Gara de Nord at 8pm and arrives in Chişinău, 13 hours later, at 9am. The return train leaves Chişinău at 5.10pm and arrives in Bucharest at 6.06am. A second class sleeper has 4 bunks per compartment while a first class one has two bunks. Blankets and sheets are provided. I slept well on the train. Tickets cost 20-30 euros each way. The main reason that the journey takes so long is that the wheels on the train have to be changed at the border.
Chişinău Station is modern and efficient. The Bucharest train continues to Sofia. There are also trains to Kiev, Minsk and Moscow, but the Odessa service has been suspended so you'll need to go there, as I did, by bus. There are several buses a day from the bus station, which is not far from the train station.
Public transport connecting Chisinau with other cities around Moldova is reliable, well organised and straightforward to use. There are several buses a day to and from all major cities around the country.
To get an idea about how frequent bus connection are and how long does it take, you can check the link below and chhose your city of destination: http://www.turism.md/eng/city/
Buses to cities north of Chisinau, do not leave from the Central Bus Station any longer. They leave from another bus station outside the city centre (10 minutes walk from downtown) called “Gara de Nord” (locals will be able to show you the way, just after crossing a bridge).
The main means of public transportation in Chisinau are trolley buses, buses, maxi-taxis and taxis.
Trolley buses are the cheapest ones. The ticket price is 1 leu (~ 8 cents).
But if you've decided to take a troley bus or a mini-buses, pay attention to your money and documention, or don't ride a full one. It's better to prepair your ticket fee in advance.
Valery works every night, call him at +373(0)79472947, tell him you know Lluis from Spain, he will be happy to help. Reasonable price. Taxi drivers don't cheat to foreigners as much as in Odessa or Ukraine in general.
Transportation within Chisineau can be a challenge. There are basically three way to travel and that is by Bus, Regular Taxi and Maxi Taxi which is a minivan shared by others and run frequently. I would recommend not taking the shared maxi because they are many times over crowded and very uncomfortable. They do come frequently and do not make to many stops. For a few extra lei the regular taxi is better.
If you choose to walk the city at night be aware there are very few street lights and the sidewalks are mostly in poor condition. Also, pay attention when crossingthe street as it can be dangerous.
When it came time to leave Chisinau and head into Romania, locals told me it would be faster to take a bus than a train. So, I checked with the lady running Central Youth Hostel and she wrote out times at which buses left for Iasi. I hopped on minibus #152 and took it all the way to the rather isolated south bus station, only to find out all the times she'd written were incorrect and in fact the bus wasn't leaving for almost four hours. It was hot, it was smelly and those were hands-down the worst bathrooms I'd ever seen in my life. I left my bag at the luggage drop (which closes for lunch in the mid-afternoon... don't lock your bags in there if your bus leaves during the closure!) and read books and ate ice cream for the next four hours. The moral of the story? Trust the bus schedules available online (linked below).
The bus ride itself was fine. It was actually your typical minibus, and the passengers included two other females (one of whom had diplomatic status), and a male. The driver saw I was a total keener and let me sit up front, in the passenger seat, where I could see all the scenery and experience the border crossing from a better vantage point. He was super nice! All the border drama I'd hoped to observe (but not experience!) in Transnistria manifested at the Romanian border, where our male passenger raised the suspicions of the border guards. They held our minibus for nearly an hour (though showed no interest in myself or the other females) before unloading the guy's possessions and sending us girls and our driver off on our way. The bus finally arrived at the bus depot in Iasi about an hour and a half behind schedule.