Romania

Romania quick facts

  • Population: 20.1 million

  • Language: Romanian

  • Currency: Romanian leu (RON)

  • Dialing code: +40

Trains in Romania

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Places to visit

National Art Museum, Bucharest
National Art Museum, Bucharest

Bucharest: Dynamic and different capital

Bucharest is not necessarily one of Europe’s most charismatic cities at first sight, but it is worth spending a few days here to really get under its skin. It’s a city that’s developing at full speed, so return a couple of years later and it may look quite different. The city’s commendable National Art Museum, housed within the Royal Palace has excellent art collections from Rembrandt, El Greco and modern Romanian sculptor Brâncuşi. The city also has a well-established party scene, that will see you dancing through to the early hours.

The National Art Museum is a 10-minute walk from the Universitate metro.

Sighişoara
Sighişoara

Enchantment and revolution

Buried deep within Transylvania is the tiny citadel of Sighişoara, which as well as having some splendid architecture also has a rather intriguing history. It was here that Vlad Ţepeş aka ‘Vlad the Impaler’ was born and it is believed that he inspired Bram Stoker’s character, Count Dracula in the 1897 novel, Dracula. Much more recent history can be savoured near the Serbian border in the humming student town of Timişoara. It was here that the first protests against the Ceauşescu communist regime began, acting as a catalyst for the 1989 revolution.

The centre of Sighişoara is a 10-minute walk from the train station. Timişoara’s main train station is a 15-minute walk from the city centre.

Bear in Carpathian mountains
Bear in Carpathian mountains

In search of wild bears and beaches

The largest brown bear and wolf populations in the whole of Europe can be found in areas of Romania. Take a guided walking tour within the Carpathian Mountains and see these wild animals for yourself, along with the possibility of spotting wild boar, lynx and various birds of prey. And during your rail trip don’t forget to include some beach-time along Romania’s gorgeous Black Sea coastline. Make a beeline for Mamaia, which has one of the most beautiful beaches along the stretch and laze away some days on the fine white sand.

For tours in the Carpathian Mountains take a train to Zărneşti – from there it’s a 5-minute walk to the Transylvanian Wolf House. To reach Mamaia, first take a train to Constanţa and then pick up a bus to the beach.

Parang Mountains
Parang Mountains

Lap up Romania’s great outdoors

Discover a wealth of water sports along Romania’s short-but-stunning coastline, including scuba diving (with excellent wreck dives for experienced divers), windsurfing and water skiing. Find dive centres in Constanţa on the south of the coast. Romania is perfect for those wanting to do some outdoor activities in picturesque surroundings. During winter make a beeline for Făgăraş Mountains for quality ski runs and once the warmer weather has melted the snow away, enjoy mountain biking and hiking around this lush Romanian wonderland.

From Constanţa’s main train station you can pick up a bus to the beach. A town connected to the railway network located near the Făgăraş Mountains is Porumbacu, from where you can arrange activities within the mountains.

Events

Sighişoara Medieval Festival, Sighişoara
Sighişoara Medieval Festival, Sighişoara

Sighişoara Medieval Festival

July 29 - July 31, 2016

Dates unconfirmed.

Over 3 days the streets of this small citadel spring to life with the buzz of music, parades and medieval-clad locals.

The centre of Sighişoara is a 10-min walk from the train station.

Interrail passes for Romania

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Interrail Romania Pass from € 59

The Interrail Romania Pass is the best way to visit Romania's highlights like Bucharest, Sighisoara, Transylvania and the Black Sea.

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Interrail Global Pass from € 206

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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