travel info  

How to get in Romania and Transylvania:

 

By car: 

 

European highway E60 from Budapest over Oradea (border) towards Cluj Napoca. We are located 120 km from the border (2h.30min driving) or 40km before Cluj Napoca.  Distance from Budapest: 335km or 6-7 hours driving. (Romania is 1 hour ahead of Hungary or Greenwich - 2 hours.)

 

By plane 

     

There is exciting news: the cheap air carriers Wizzair, Blue Air, Sky-Europe and Germanwings are flying from a lot of European airports to Bucharest, Budapest or even Cluj Napoca. 

Rates are low and depending how much time in advance you make your reservation (airport taxes not included) but you will pay most likely between the 100 and 150 Euro pro person (2- ways) if you book a few months in advance.  

 

Further, Wizz Air offers flights from London Luton to Cluj Napcoa direct. 

 

 

Links to the cheap flights at: (click at the logo's) 

Wizz Air offers direct flights from London, Paris and Dortmund to Cluj Napoca,  From Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Eindhoven, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Budapest and/or Bucharest. 
Carpatair offers flights from Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Munchen, Stuttgart, Verona, Turin, Milano, Roma, Bologna, Florence, Ancona to Cluj Napoca, Sibiu, Oradea, Bacau, Suceava and Timisoara and is flying between Budapest and Cluj Napoca
Blue Air offers flights between Koln, Madrid, Stuttgart to Sibiu. From Brussels National, Paris, Lyon, Koln, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Torino, Milano, Bologna, Roma, Istanbul to Bucharest.
German Wings offers flights from Bonn, London, Stuttgart and Hamburg to Bucharest. 

Regular flights:

Brussels Airlines offers flights between Brussels and Budapest or Bucharest.
Malev flies from almost any country to Budapest and flies between Budapest and Bucharest. There are direct flights Budapest - Cluj-Napoca at very low prices for summer 2009
Tarom has daily flights between Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Paris, Rome, Munich, Vienna, Zurich and Bucharest. You can then take the internal flight Bucharest - Cluj Napoca
Other flights with British Airways, Swiss-Air, Air France, Austrian Airlines, El AL Israel Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Cimber (DK), Club Air (Italian Airports), Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines Greece, Air Madrid

 

Combination plane to Budapest (regular airlines and low-cost) and train to Cluj Napoca:

There are trains departing the airport Ferihegy at 08.43 (arrival Huedin at 15.47) and 13.43 (arrival Huedin at 20.39) Train connections: see at http://www.mav-start.hu/english/index.php (we arrange transfer Huedin-Risca)  (we arrange transfer Huedin-Risca) 

Train connections: see at http://www.mav-start.hu/english/index.php  

 

Back to Budapest: train leaving Huedin at 07.16 arrives at 12.16 and train leaving Huedin 11.24 arrives 16.16 at the airport

The trains depart/arrive at new trainstation at Budapest Ferihegy airport terminal 1 and you have to change trains in Szolnok, time between trains is somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes) One remark here, it seems that the people at the info-stands in the airport offer conflicting information and don't tell the travellers that there is a train directly from the airport. (from Ferihegy 1) Most likely there is some dirty business here with the taxi drivers and minibus shuttles. If you enter the MAV website and enter Ferihegy, you'll see clearly that there are trains from the airport.

 

 

 

By train:

International train Budapest - Oradea - Huedin - Cluj Napoca 

Departure Budapest 08.43 arrival Huedin 15.46, Cluj Napcoa 16.40

Departure Budapest 13.43 arrival Huedin 20.38, Cluj Napoca 21.33

 

International train Budapest - Brasov There are about 5 trains a day, trip takes about 12 hours


Info for the train: http://www.mav-start.hu/english/index.php     

 

 

Visa:

Citizens of the following countries do NOT need a Romanian visa for a stay of up to 30 days:
Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Macedonia, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Yugoslavia, Singapore.

Citizens of the following countries do NOT need a Romanian visa for a stay of up to 90 days:
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Macao, Malaysia (for tourist purposes only), The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Venezuela.

 

More info at: http://www.mae.ro    (see button in left collumn)

 

 

Practicalities:

Almost all the main roads are upgraded and there are plenty of fuel stations or other services. There is everywhere unleaded fuel and LPG filling stations start to appear also outside the big towns. 

The mobile phone network covers virtually the whole country.

In almost all towns you'll find Internet cafe's.

In all the bigger towns are plenty ATM's and you can change your traveler cheques in most banks.

Cash money can be changed in most banks or at the exchange offices (Casa de schimb - or schimb valutar). The exchange offices are safe and offer often better rates then the bank. Never change on the street.