Sighisoara is well connected to most other Romanian cities by train. The journey from Cluj-Napoca, for instance, takes about 3,5 h. The trains are of good standard and the tickets are very cheap, about 11 Euro from Cluj.
The railway station is situated in the northern part of town. The easiest way to get into centre is to follow the street you can see going between the red and green houses in the right end of the picture above. Take to the left at the crossing after ~250m and to the right passing the yard in front of the church. Cross the river and follow the smaller street on the other side of the main street. This shouldn't take more than 10-15 min on foot.
We left Sighisoara by direct IR train to Cluj Napoca. The 203 km trip took approximately 3,5 hours. As our train came from Bucharest, it was already almost 30 minutes late in Sighisoara.
We bought our tickets one day in advance at the train station and the single fare was 58,20 RON. It included a seat reservation.
Sighisoara has regular train connections to Sibiu, Brasov, Medias and Bucharest, just to name a few.
Sighisoara's train station is located at the Str. Libertatii 51, approximately 1,5 km south of the city centre. It can be found just next to the bus station.
We came to Sighisoara by bus from Targu Mures. Depending on the day, this route is served more than 10 times from several bus stations in Targu Mures.
In Targu Mures we took a minibus from the Autogara TAM on Bega Street to Sighisoara. The ticket cost 11,00 RON and the approximately 35 km trip took about 70 minutes.
We were quite lucky that we took the bus from its starting point at the bus station, as many people boarded the bus later on the route, so that the bus was finally packed with people.
Sighisoara's main bus station Autogara #1 is situated at the street Str. Libertatii 53, just next to the train station. A walk to the touristy city centre takes approximately 20 minutes.
With approximately 32.000 inhabitants, Sighisoara is a relatively small town, therefore it can conveniently be explored on foot.
Even the train and bus station, which are located about 1,5 km south of the touristy city centre, can easily be reached on a 20 minutes walk.
Especially most of the hilly and cobbled streets in the citadel aren't accessible to cars or buses anyway. So it is highly recommended to bring proper walking shoes.
It's easy to get to Sighisoara by train! Nine daily trains connect Sighisoara and Bucharest (stopping in Brasov), and while my travel guide says one must change trains to reach Sibiu, I showed up at the station and almost immediately caught a direct train for Sibiu (maybe the schedule changed). It's also easy to connect to Cluj-Napoca, and some trains even go as far as Budapest. The train station is on the north side of the river. It has minimal facilities so grab a bottle of water and a snack on the way to the station. When I was waiting for the train I spotted a praying mantis... keep your eyes peeled!
Sighisoara is about 5 hours from Bucharest and about 8 hours from Budapest in Hungary. The same trains to Budapest will sometimes take you as far as Vienna. But apart from that it's mostly local traffic, and a few express trains to major Romanian cities like Brasov and Timisoara. The nearest major city of Tirgu Mures doesn't have good rail connections with Sighisoara.
The station is a little out of town, and about a 10-15 minute walk from the citadel. The walk is pleasant and the station is clean and safe, despite some stories I'd heard about it. One story related a dodgy character hanging around and approaching arriving guests, another told of how there was no sign on the station and the almost missed it. I didn't have any problems at all and there were plenty of officious looking staff on hand to deal with problems.
Trains from Bucharest take 4 to 5 hours to cover the 294 km journey to Sighisoara. A second class ticket costs around 38 lei each way, depending on which type of train you travel on. There are currently eight trains per day each way, with the earliest departing Bucharest's Gara de Nord at 06:08 and the last train leaving at 23:30.
We took the regular train to Sighasoara. At the time, the express train didn't go there. We met a Romanian man who had just returned from living in the USA for 10 years. In addition the vendors on the train added to the adventure. I really enjoyed the train ride.
To get into the walled city you have to climb stairs. Or you can hire a taxi (I prefer walking). But the walk from the train to the city was unexpected (with luggage).
All trains departing from Bucharest Gara de Nord arriving Sighisoara.
R374 6:08 - 10:42
A1748 7:08 - 12:09
IC525 12:30 - 16:51
IC531 13:30 - 17:47
IC533 16:30 - 20:43
R346 16:50 - 21:04
R370 18:30 - 23:06
R741 18:30 - 23:06
A1741 19:30 - 00:13
R633 22:30 - 02:56