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.
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
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
The best way to get to poiana Brasov ski center from Brasov the town, if you don't have a car, of course, is the bus. The ticket is very cheap (around 0,10 cents!) and it takes about half an hour. But beware of the crowds!!! (see the photo) On the way back you might have to wait in a queue even longer to get into the bus!
Brasov has a well-developed bus and trolley system with buses running every 10 minutes between 05:30 to midnight (Sat, Sun 06:00-22:30). Buses and trolleybuses in Brasov have a standard price per journey. Tickets can be bought at RAT Bv kiosks. You must punch your ticket yourself once on board. Controllers check your tickets.
ok so Bran Csatle is about 30km fro Brasov so you have to go by taxi. This guy is Vassile Maxim
he also arranges rooms in a local guesthouse. very nice person. he took us to lluch and he payed for it!
the address is
str. Mierlei nr.8, bl C13
sc.B, ap.18, Brasov cod 2200
on the picture me Maxim the guide and my friend Hideki Ohara
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! :)
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)
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.
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.