We arrived and left Brasov by train from/to Bucharest.
In Romania the train fares depend on the type of train, which means that fast trains can cost more than double the price than regional trains.
In 2007 an ICE ticket Bucharest to Brasov was 38,80 RON and the journey took about 2,5 hours. Please read my tip "Buying a train ticket in Romania" for more info.
Brasov has train connections to almost all bigger cities in Romania, as well as to some international destinations including Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Prague.
Brasov's train station is located about 2,5 km north of the city centre. The best way to get to town is the local bus no. 4 which goes to Piata Unirii in the city centre.
Brasov has an extensive bus network which is run by RATBv (Regia Autonoma Transport Brasov). They usually operate from 5:30 h until midnight. Some special night services are in operation as well.
The main bus stop in the city centre is Livada Postei. Important routes are number 4 which links the train station with the city centre and number 20 which runs to Poiana Brasov.
Tickets can be brought from RATBv kiosks or from newsagent's kiosks. A single ticket costs 1,50 RON and has to be validated when boarding the bus. The route to Poiana Brasov (bus #20) costs 3,50 RON (October 2007).
Taxis in Brasov are cheap, clean, modern, comfortable and reliable. It seemed like everyone was driving a brand new Dacia. The prices were excellent, and I didn't pay more than a couple of Euros, including tip, to any destination in the city. That was the case even when picking one up in the street, or at the train station, places where I'd normally be wary.
I used Martax several times, and they were recommended to me by several sources. But I used other taxi companies too, and had similarly good service. Generally Brasov taxis seem to have a good reputation for being fair and honest, but you should always be careful. If you can't call for one, try to at least get one from a company you recognise.
Arrived and departed Brasov by train, From Cluj - Napoca and three days later to Bucharest. The station is a good way from the certre - bus #4 will take you, tickets from the booth nearby and don't forget to validate it once on the bus.
Station is reasonably easy to negotiate, good information and tickets not difficult to buy either.
Ever watched the movie "Where Eagles Dare"? this cable car is right out of that - (design).
Fantastic, pretty smooth, ride with great views on the way and deposited near to the radio mast on top of the mountain.
Several departures an hour and reasonable cost (15 lei 9/2010), plus there's a good restaurant cafe near to the upper station - enjoyed a lunch on their terrace.
The lower station is onAleea Tiberiu Brediceanu and is well signposted.
You can take an early morning train from Bucharest's main train station (Gara de Nord), see below trains as for the schedule valid at the time of this tip (otherwise check the schedule on the website below - Select Bucharest Nord and Brasov)
A1745 leaving 7:30 reaching Brasov 10:37 (best option)
R831 leaving 8:30 reaching Brasov 11:38
A12621 leaving 9:42 reaching Brasov 12:49 (that might be too late)
A12622 17:25 - 20:45 Bucharest
R526/532/540 19:37 - 22:41
R375 21:00 - 23:55 (best option as you can stay during the evening on the pedestrian street - but careful it's the last train)
Important! Don't take any P (other than A,R or IC) trains as they are very slow
If you come by plane, you have two possibilities. To go in Otopeni and to drive up to Brasov for at least 2 hrs and half (if you are lucky). The second solution is to wait for the new Brasov Airport. It seems that will be finished in less than two years...
You can follow the project on the website
There are two main bus stations in Brasov for buses (and maxitaxis) out of the city. There are two key stations located quite close to each other: Autogara 1 and 2.
This mostly serves the long distance buses, to places like Bucharest and Sibiu. It's next to the train station and can be reached by bus 4 from Piata Unirii or the city centre.
This is mostly for local traffic, to destinations closer to home like Rasnov and Bran. It's about a kilometer west of the train station. It can be reached by bus 12 from the city centre.
The easiest way to reach Brasov is by train from Bucharest. IT is 160km long ride, and the landscape is fantastic, especially during winter days. I recommend taking the fast train, a bit more expensive but worth the money. Price for one-ways ticket is 40 Lei (10 Euro). Also, I recommend taking seats on first floor because there are large windows so you can enjoy the landscape.
Only complaint is a bit uncomfortable seats (my girlfriend was complaining but they were just fine for me). The voyage lasts 3 hours.
Smaller buses connect all of the important places in Brasov, so you can reach it in no time. The ticket must be bought outside in the kiosk, and validated in the machine when you enter the bus. Price is 1.5 Lei.
Brasov is about 3 hours from Bucharest, and only about an hour from Sinaia on the same line. It's quite centrally located in the country and so has direct connections to a few major cities, including Iasi, Tirgu Mures, Sighisoara and Sibiu. It also has a few international connections via night trains, including Budapest and Vienna.
The station is on the edge of the city, and a long way from the medieval core. There's a big chunk of ugly concrete projects between the station and the rest of the city, so you'll probably want to grab some transport of some kind. You can take Bus 4 to Piatra Unirii via the center.
Easier than a bus, and not much more expensive, is a taxi. The ones at Brasov station have a reputation for being honest, and fairly priced. That was certainly my experience, and I paid less to get a taxi from the station taxi rank to my hotel, than to go back with one that was called for. The taxis are very cheap: I paid about 2 euros for over 3 km journey. And that included a tip.
There are direct trains to Bucharest from Brasov almost every hour. The first leaves at 0225, with the last being at 2100. The journey time is about 3 hours, but will depend on the service. Check bahn.de for up to date times (using stations Bucuresti Nord and Brasov as your station locations). The train I had was modern and comfortable on both legs of the journey.
You can get to the summit of Brasov's Tampa Mountain by either walking or by cable car (Telecabina Tampa).
The cable car runs daily except Mondays from 10:00 h until 18:00 h. A return trip costs 8,00 RON (October 2007).
The base station can be found at Aleea Tiberiu Brediceanu; just 10 minutes walk south of the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului). The journey to the top station (960 m) at the Restaurant Panoramic takes only 2:20 minutes.
Please read my General Tip "Overview from Tampa Mountain" for more info.
Brasov's city centre is best explored on foot, especially as many streets in the historic city centre are pedestrianised.
There are also many small alleys which aren't accessible to cars or buses.
When wandering around the streets just make sure to have a look at the upper parts of the house facades.
If you are tired from walking you can still catch a local bus and get back to your starting point.
I thing the best way is to travel with a taxi because it safetly, you arive more quickly at the destination,you are alone with the driver,nobody disturbing you and you can stop any time you want can stay how much you want.So,contact me