Find out how much history and beauty is available when you travel by train through this mysterious land. The varied landscapes and breathtaking scenery will draw you in. The exciting and unique cities will satisfy your search for thrilling destinations. Your train travel through Romania will leave you with impressions that reach far beyond the legend of Count Dracula. Your Romanian rail adventure is about to begin.
Traveling by train in Romania
Romania quick facts
Population: 20.1 million
Currency: Romanian leu (RON)
Dialing code: +40
Trains in Romania
Romania has a large, impressive railway network that covers the entire country. There are daily international trains to cities like Munich, Venice, Vienna and Prague. International trains and high-speed domestics will require reservations.
Places to visit
Buildings of beauty
Bucharest (Bucureşti) boasts a melange of French architecture, the remains of Medieval places of worship and even its very own Arc de Triomphe (Arcul de Triumf). Don’t miss the Cantacuzino Palace and the historically significant Revolution Square. The stunning Palace of the Savings Bank is just one of the more than 50 buildings in Bucharest designed by architect Paul Gottereanu.
Step out of the Metro at the stop ‘Universitate’, and the Revolution Square is a 5-minute walk.
The Count’s quarters
Transylvania is known for its stunning castles, but none are more famous than Bran Castle. Built in 1377 in Bran, near Brasov, this gothic structure is associated with Vlad (Tepes) Dracul or Vlad the Impaler, a 15th century prince, who was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. While in Transylvania, don’t miss the well-preserved medieval towns, like Bistrita and Sighişoara, where the real Vlad Dracul was born (Casa Dracula).
Step out at Sighişoara’s station (Gara Sighişoara) and stroll to the historic Old Town, rich with historical architecture, style and mystery.
The international watering hole
The Danube river stretches 1,788 miles (2,877 km) from the Black Forest in Germany, across nine countries to the Black Sea, off the coast of Romania. Just before reaching the Black Sea, it forms Europe’s second largest delta: the Danube Delta. Rivers, lakes, marshes, reed islands, and 3,450 bird and animal species call this wildlife preserve home. Cruises along the river and through the Delta are available, and highly recommended.
Scheduled river and delta cruises can be arranged from the city of Tulcea. Tulcea Train Station (Gara Tulcea Oras) is near the ferry terminal.
The Painted Monasteries
For each of his victorious battles in the 14th and 15th centuries, Stefan the Great built a church or monastery in Moldavia, tucked in near the foothills of the Carpathians. The Painted Monasteries of Bucovina are considered masterpieces of Byzantine art. 7 of them are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Colorful, intricate frescos and murals decorate the inside and outside of these breathtaking structures.
Take a train to Suceava, the monasteries are located there, and in the surrounding regions that are accessible by bus.
The ultimate relaxation point
From white sand beaches to indulgent spa and mud treatments to a sparkling nightlife, the Black Sea Resorts have it all. Known throughout time for its healing and rejuvenating powers, the Black Sea also offers supreme resort relaxation for the weary traveler. Enjoy the region’s treasures, like ancient monuments and rolling vineyards, and take advantage of the area’s easy accessibility to the Danube Delta, Bucharest, or the Painted Monasteries.
Your Eurail pass will carry you to the towns of Eforie Nord or Constanta on the Black Sea Coast.
The Best Fest
This is Romania’s summer 3-day music festival. The event attracts quite a few good international acts to the line-up.
The festival organizes pick up points from around Bucharest to the festival grounds.
Sighişoara Medieval Festival
The Town of Sighişoara provides all of the thrills and chills of a proper medieval romp – period dress and music, plenty of food and drink, dance and competition, and old-school merriment.
Sighişoara is a 5-hr train ride from Bucharest. The festivities are all within walking distance of Sighişoara’s train station.
Eurail passes for Romania
Most popular passes with Romania
Eurail Global Pass from USD$259
The Eurail Global Pass is the flexible and value-for-money train pass that lets you explore up to 27 countries by rail. Hop on board comfortable trains that take you right to the center of Europe's cities. One day you're relaxing on a gondola ride in Venice and the next you're discovering Prague's fairy-tale castle.View Eurail Global Pass
Eurail Romania Pass from USD$149
Travel by train through Romania.View Eurail Romania Pass
Eurail Hungary - Romania Pass from USD$179
The Eurail Hungary-Romania Pass lets you uncover the best of these fascinating countries. Take a relaxing boat ride along Budapest's River Danube, enjoy the lively nightlife in Bucharest or step inside Dracula's Castle.View Eurail Hungary - Romania Pass
All Eurail passes with Romania
Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country: