Trains in Romania

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Trains in Romania service every town and city in this seriously underrated country! The Romanian rail network is the 4th largest and most dense in Europe. Even in villages you're often no further than 10km from a railway station.

Comfortable, relaxing and easy to use, trains are the most popular and rewarding way of getting around Romania.

Train types in Romania
Reservations for trains in Romania
International connections to and from Romania
Romania rail passes

Map with main train connections in Romania

Train types in Romania

 

You can travel freely throughout Romania on trains operated by the Romanian railway company CFR (Căile Ferate Române). In addition to these domestic services, there are international trains to nearby countries. You can find times for Romanian trains in the Interrail timetable and in Romanian timetables.

 



Romanian railways logo CFR Regional and Intercity trains in Romania

 

Regio (RE)

  • Slow trains with frequent stops, connecting smaller towns and villages along commuter routes.

  • Bicycles permitted on board. You need to buy a bike ticket.

  • Formerly known as "Personal" trains.

  • No reservation required.

 

InterRegio (IR)

  • Faster trains covering longer distances, stopping at important towns and cities.

  • Bicycles permitted on board. You need to buy a bike ticket.

  • Formerly known as "Rapid" and "Accelerat" trains.

  • Reservations are required on many routes.

 

Intercity (IC)

  • Fast trains connecting the main cities in Romania.

  • They also link to international destinations, mainly Budapest.

  • Reservations are required.

 

Special (S)

  • Vintage tourist trains on scenic routes.

  • Exceptional conditions apply.

 



Map with Euronight Ister route Night trains in Romania

 

Intercity (IC) and InterRegio (IR) night trains

  • Couchettes and sleepers added to Intercity and InterRegio trains on overnight routes.

  • Reservations are required.

 

EuroNight (EN)

  • International night train connecting Bucharest with Budapest (Hungary) and Vienna (Austria).

  • Reservations are required.

Reservations for trains in Romania

 

How can I make reservations for trains in Romania?

  • At local train stations

  • Online: through the Interrail Reservation Service.

  • Phone: through the Deutsche Bahn booking centre. You can call DB 24/7 on +49 1806 996 633.

 

For more information about train reservation costs on Romanian railways, check our list of domestic train reservation fees.

International train connections to and from Romania

 

Here are some direct train routes linking Romania with popular cities in other European countries:

Country Cities Which train? Duration Reservations
Austria Vienna to Bucharest EuroNight 19 hours (overnight) Required
Bulgaria Sofia to Bucharest International Express 9.5 hours Required
Hungary Budapest to Brasov Intercity 13 - 14 hours Required
EuroNight 13.5 hours (overnight) Required
Budapest to Bucharest Intercity 15 hours Required
EuroNight 16 hours (overnight) Required

Romania rail passes

 

A rail pass offers you unrivalled access to trains in Romania. Explore all of the country on a rail adventure!

 

Interrail Pass options for Romania

 

Interrail Romania Pass

  • Travel as much as you like on the Romanian railways

  • Youth, senior and family discounts

  • Prices from € 57

 

View Romania Passes

 

Interrail Global Pass

  • Extensive train travel in 30 European countries including Romania

  • Youth, senior and family discounts

  • Prices from € 200

 

View Global Passes

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