I travelled to Brasov by train from Bucharest. Here is the information you need for rail travel:
Brasov Train Station (Gara Brasov)
Address: Blvd. Garii 5
Tel: 952 or (268) 410.233
The train station is located 2 miles from downtown. Bus # 4 runs from the train station to Piata Unirii in the city centre.
There are 3 direct international trains from/to Budapest. One of them continues to Vienna and another to Bratislava and Prague. Trains to other western European cities run via Budapest.
International trains to Brasov:
From / Departure time Train # To / Arrival time
Bratislava / 4:54 am 375 Brasov / 8:51 pm
Budapest / 8:15 am 375 Brasov / 8:51 pm
Budapest / 3:15 pm 646 / 407 Brasov / 6:44 am
Budapest / 5:45 pm EN 371 Brasov / 6:10 am
Budapest / 11:15 pm 347 Brasov / 11:30 am
Prague / 11:02 pm 375 Brasov / 8:51 pm
Vienna / 8:03 pm 347 Brasov 11:30 am
There are daily trains from/to Bucharest connecting Brasov to Arad, Cluj-Napoca, Oradea, Satu Mare, Sibiu, Sighisoara and several other cities in Romania. There is also an overnight train to Suceava.
There is daily INTERCITY (Express) service between Bucharest and Brasov (approximate journey time: 2 ½ hours).
To check the latest train schedules for domestic routes please visit the website of the Romanian Railways:
The site has complete information about domestic train schedules and fares.
Note: For departures from /to Bucharest please select Bucuresti Nord.
SNCFR's advance booking office (Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR Brasov)
Address: Str. 15 Noiembrie nr.43
Tel: (268) 477.018 or 470.696
You can get train schedule information and make reservations up to 24 hours in advance here. Tickets for same-day travel can only be purchased at the station.
Hello dear friends. I am here to give you a few updated tips about getting around Brasov using only public transportation operated by RAT Brasov, the public transport company of the city.
First: the infrastructure has changed completely, meaning new buses, almost 100% (hopefully electric again in the near future).
- the tram line is replaced by line 8 (trolley/bus)
- the night service was cancelled (hope to get it back in a new and nicer version)
- some lines changed course or terminal points.
This being said, some important lines and guides for public transportation in Brasov.
For tourists: The Brasov Station stop (Gara), the Livada Postei bus-station (5 minutes away from the City Centre), the Stadionul Municipal bus-station and the Stadionul Tineretului bus-point are first keywords good to keep in mind.
Let's go line talking now:
- Bus line 4 Gara (Brasov Train Station) - Livada Postei, takes you very close to the city Centre - a 5-7 min walk.
- Shuttle line 51 Gara - Centre - Pe Tocile is the connection between the train station the City Centr (1 min away) and the Schei historical and beautiful district.
- Shuttle line 50 (circle) Pe Tocile (Schei district) - Livada Postei, is a line circling the City Centre counterclockwise only.
- Bus line 20 Livada Postei - Poiana Brasov takes you to the beautiful mountain-ski resort Poiana Brasov. It runs until 12am.
- Shuttle/bus line 12 Livada Postei - Stadionul Tineretului. This line is important for people who want to travel to Bran, Moeciu, Rasnov using the bus. So, Stad. Tineretului terminus is next to Autogara 2, where you can take tha bus to Bran, Rasnov, Moeciu.
- Shuttle line 15 Livada Postei - Stadionul Municipal, takes you to the St. Bartholomew Church accros of which is the Bartholomew Train station (small). From here one can go by shuttle or bus or local train to certain remote destinations.
- For people whose accomodations are located on Str Lunga or Str De Mijloc, since it is a little far from the Centre, there are a handful of bus lines taking you to and from the Centre. All these lines run on Str. Lunga. To go to Strada De Mijloc a 5-10min walk is required. These lines are 5, 15, 28.
Fares: there are single and double trip tickets. The fare is 1.5 lei (approx 0.4E) for single trip and 3 lei (approx 0.8E) for a double trip ticket. They are not time limited, i.e. if you buy it today, one trip you can use today and the other after 6 months, provided fares din not change in the mean time. Beware to punch the ticket once you get on the vehicle. There is another more attractive ticket: the one day nominal pass. It costs 5lei (approx 1.6E) and you are allowed to use it on all bus lines except line 20! There is also a 1-week pass of the same kind.
For line 20 one trip costs around 3.5lei and all the previously mentioned tickets are not valid on this line!
Tickets can be bought from the RAT kiosks. Please be careful to check the program of a kiosk so you are in time for buying a ticket, some of them are open until 11pm, but some until 5pm (this is a lousy aspect so be careful).
Timetables: each bus stop has the timetable written for each line stopping there. You can always check it. Please keep in mind that these timetables are mainly useful for guidance, meaning, errors (delays or shorter than it is written) can occur, due to traffic! On weekdays the public transport runs until 11.30pm and in weekends until 10.30pm, except line 20 which can run until 12am.
Internet: all this in formation is available on the webiste of RAT Brasov (Romanian only, for now), including all timetables of all lines of all stops :) (html format). There is also a public transport map available!
Quality: I would call it reasonable. Advantages: no trouble with villain and greedy taxi drivers, comfortable, clean, very cheap. Disadvantages: no night service, sometimes crowded.
If you need/want to use public transportation in Brasov, please do not hesitate to ask me questions here or on my e-mail and I will gladly do my best to help you! Here sare some pictures. If there is need I will put more!
I wish you a pleasant trip! :)
Buying a train ticket in Romania can be a bit complicated. First of all train fares depend on the type of train. The faster the train the more expensive the ticket. In addition to this a seat reservation is obligatory to most of the trains.
Train tickets are sold in the station office only about 1 hour before the train departs, this is due to the slow seat allocation and reservation system.
An alternative is to buy your tickets at one of the CFR booking offices (Agentia de Voiaj CFR). They can be found in most towns and sell tickets in advance but usually not for same day travel.
We bought our ticket from Brasov to Bucharest at the CFR booking office of Brasov. It is located a 15 minutes walk northeast of the Town Hall Square (Piata Sfatului).
Address: Agentia de Voiaj CFR, B-dul 15 Noiembrie nr. 43, Brasov
Honestly speaking, I usually avoid taking taxis in Eastern Europe, because drivers almost always try to rip tourists off.
If for any reason you have to take a taxi, make sure that your hotel or a local person orders you the taxi. At least make sure that it is a taxi from one of the bigger reliable companies and that the taxi meter is switched on.
Taxis have the rates (base fee, price per km, price per hour) displayed on the outside of the car. When we were in Brasov the price per km was about 1,30 RON (October 2007).
Most of the Taxis in Romania are the local Dacia Logan cars.
From Brasov we went by bus to Rasnov and Bran. Brasov has 3 bus stations for domestic and international bus services. They are called "Autogara".
Autogara 1 can be found right next to the train station. Buses to Bucharest leave from here.
Our bus to Rasnov and Bran left from Autogara 2 which is located about 2,5 km north of the city centre just near the Bartholomeus Church.
Tickets can usually be bought directly from the driver. The ticket to Rasnov was 2,00 RON and to Bran 3,50 RON (October 2007).
It is possible to get directly from Brasov to Otopeni international airport in Bucharest by bus.
In order to do it, go to the train station, when facing it, go to the right, there is a parking there with small buses, find the one going to Bucharest. If you go to Bucharest the price is 20 Ron, if you pay 40 Ron, the driver will drop you off at the airport.
The trip takes 2.5-3 hours.
The bus leaves when ever enough people to fill it arrive, so be there a bit ahead of time.
Within Brasov you can use the public transportation i.e. buses, trolleybuses and the tram or taxis.
Public transportation in Brasov is very extensive and runs late into the night (there are specialized all-night services too). It is cheap also, even though not particularly comfortable due to ageing infrastructure. Run by RAT Bv (Regia Autonoma Transport Brasov), the network is made up of trolleybuses, buses and trams, like in most other Romanian cities. You should buy tickets from specialized RATBv kiosks or from newsagent's kiosks, but remember to punch them when on the bus. Even though there are no ticket gates when entering the vehicles it's wise to have a valid ticket because controllers are abundant, and they will land you with a fine. When someone requests your ticket, always ask to see an ID.
Brasov has no airport yet. The nearest airports for the international traffic are the International Airport Otopeni - Bucharest (168 km far from Brasov) and the one in Sibiu (142 km far from Brasov). In Brasov almost all travel agencies sell and book plane tickets for major air companies.
Bus services are also available. They can be vans, called Maxi Taxi, which are very popular, because they are cheaper than the train, fast enough, more buses available than trains (for example, for Brasov-Bucharest they are leaving, one every half an hour), but they are less reliable and comfortable than trains. Usually, the Maxi Taxi stations are next to Railway stations. You should also take note that they drive like maniacs!
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Getting to Brasov is very easy, due to the fact that it is a major Romanian railway hub. Between Bucharest, the capital, and Brasov there are many trains daily, almost one every hour. There are also frequent trains from other Romanian cities as well as a daily connection to Budapest, Hungary (via Oradea) and a EuroNight (fast night train) connection to Budapest via Arad. Also due to its affordability and comfort, train is the best way of reaching Brasov. Even though all Romanian trains are increasingly comfortable, try to take the InterCity (IC) trains. These are very modern and comfortable, as they are an initiative of the state railways to reinvigorate Romania's transport sector. "Rapid" trains are also comfortable and almost as fast as InterCities. "Accelerat" trains are also a fast alternative, lacking a little in the kind of comfort an InterCity or Rapid train would provide. Do not, however, take trains labeled as Personal (or abbreviated as P before their route number) to Brasov. Besides the fact that some of them are quite low on comfort, they take nearly twice the time to get there, since they stop at every stop. If you really are forced to take them (even though there are Rapid and IC trains at very accessible times all day), at least buy a first-class ticket.
Going by car is one of the most popular ways of reaching Brasov. Road E60 will be the main road to use in and out or Brasov, because this is the road that links Brasov to Bucharest in the south, as well as Cluj-Napoca, Oradea and Budapest, Hungary in the west. Road E68 will take you to Sibiu and further onwards to Arad and Timisoara. Road E574 takes you into the north, to the Moldavia region and the Painted Monasteries and Iasi.
Brasov is well served by trains coming from Bucharest, Sibiu, Sighisoara & Cluj, Oradea and Targu Mures, being a major railways hub in Transylvania. Most international trains coming to/from Bucharest - Budapest pass through Brasov.
Ticket offices in Brasov station can sell return tickets way in advance to virtually any destination in the country, as well as on international routes.
A journey to/from Bucharest takes 2 ½ - 3 hours, and a return ticket costs about 45 lei (13 EUR), depending on train class.
Some other train connection to/from Brasov:
- Arad – 6-8 hours
- Deva – 4-5 hours (Arad route)
- Alba Iulia 3-4 hours (Arad route)
- Medias – 2,5 hours (Arad route)
- Sighisoara 1h 45 min – 2 hours (Arad and Oradea routes)
- Cluj Napoca 5 hours (Oradea route)
- Sibiu – 2 hours
- Tirgu Mures – 5 hours
- Miercurea Ciuc – 2 hours (Tirgu Mures route)
- Sfintu Gheorghe – 40 minutes (Tirgu Mures route)
Smaller or larger buses link all villages, even the more remote ones to Brasov, at least a few times/day. There are 3 bus stations (called autogara), largest ones being the one at the end of Strada Lunga (walking distance from St. Bartolomew church) and the second just outside the railway station. Depending on destination, buses may leave from different stations.
Timetables are shown at the information desks, and a ticket would cost between 1 leu (Brasov - Harman) and 4 lei (Brasov - Bran).
CODREANU is one of the largest bus company, operating virtually all villages and evenn links with other cities.
Unlike Bucharest, you probably won't get ripped off by a taxi driver in Brasov. Just make sure you get into a marked taxi (one with a company name on it). Taxi rides in Brasov are metered and are a good value.
When you are at the train station in Brasov, you will probably notice white fans parked outside. These microbuses, as the locals call them, offer cheap and fast transportatoin to Bucharest and other cities. If you are going to Sinaia, take one of the buses going to Bucharest as it will stop in Sinaia along the way.
The vans do not leave until they are full or near capacity. Buy a ticket as soon as you arrive at the train station and take a seat near the front of the van. There is a storage area in the back, but space is limited. If you have a lot of bags, you might have to take the train. Tickets cost a couple of dollars.