Discover the history and beauty of Romania, when you travel by train through this mysterious land. Expect to see varied landscapes with breathtaking scenery, exciting cities and stunning castles. A journey through Romania will leave you with impressions that you won't soon forget.
Romania by train
Train types in Romania
Romania's railway network has trains servicing every town and city in the country, and the many villages.
The fastest trains in Romania are the Intercity's - IC (running on the route Bucharest – Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest – Timisoara, and Bucharest – Iassy) and ICE (2 pairs of trains running on the route Bucharest – Constantza).
Romania is well connected with the European railway network. There are daily international trains from Bucharest, like Venice, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Belgrade, Sofia, Varna, Tessaloniki and Istanbul.
IC and ICE: fast modern trains between major cities with facilities like on-board restaurants. Reservation is compulsory.
Rapid (R) and Accelerat (A): both are regional trains, but the Rapid trains are more comfortable.
Personal (P): slow local trains, that stop in the smallest villages. Not very comfortable, but 'authentic'.
Private railways (Eurail pass is not valid!)
Eurail Passes are not valid on the following routes, served by the private railway operators CF TRANS, Serv Trans, KEOLIS, VIA TERRA Spedition, Regiotrans and FEROTRANS:
Bartolomeu – Zărneşti
Costeşti – Roşiori Nord
Hărman – Întorsura Buzăului
Sfântu Gheorghe – Breţcu
Blaj – Praid
Bărăbanţ – Zlatna H
Vânători – Odorhei
Şibot – Cugir
Buziaş – Jamu Mare
Ciumeghiu – Vaşcău
Voiteni – Reşiţa Nord
Arad – Nădlac
Berzovia – Oraviţa
Jebel – Giera
Luduş – Măgheruş Şieu
Timişoara Nord – Cruceni
Bistriţa – Bistriţa Bârgăului
Botiz – Bixad
Nădab – Grăniceri
Sanandrei – Vălcani
Periam – Satu Nou
Caracal – Corabia,
Podu Iloaiei – Hârlău
Ronaţ Triaj – Cenad
Lovrin – Nerău
Lovrin – Jimbolia
Dărmăneşti – Păltinoasa
Paşcani – Târgu Neamţ
Dolhasca – Fălticeni
Roman – Buhăieşti
Leţcani – Dorohoi
Leorda – Dorohoi
Alexandria – Zimnicea
Ilva Mică – Rodna Veche
Vama – Moldoviţa
Dorneşti – Putna
The following domestic trains in Romania require advance reservation:
IC / ICE (InterCity) trains
A / R trains
Reservations can be made locally at the station or at a CFR office.
A nice scenic route is the trip from Brasov to Ploiesti.
Airport station links
From the International airport Henri Coanda you can take bus 780 to Bucuresti Nord railway station or bus 783 to Plata Victoria, 800m (0.5 mi) from Bucuresti Nord railway station. You can buy a combined bus/train ticket.
Eurail aid offices
For questions about Eurail, you can go to the offices of Wasteels Voyages Romania at any of the following railway stations: Bucuresti Nord railway station (Bucharest) and Brasov railway Station. See the page Eurail aid offices for detailed information and more aid offices in Europe.
Spelling of cities in Romania
On Romania's train timetables and at train stations in Romania, you'll usually find the local spelling of Romania's cities and stations.
Here is the local spelling of some popular Romania's cities:
Bucureşti = Bucharest
Rail passes for Romania
Rail pass options for Romania
Eurail Global Pass starting from USD$ 354: Be free to explore Romania and up to 27 other Eurail countries.
Eurail Select Pass starting from USD$ 198: This 2, 3 or 4-country pass combines Romania with bordering countries.
Eurail Romania Pass starting from USD$ 71: Use your whole vacation to discover Romania by rail.
Places to visit in Romania
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.
Events in Romania
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.
Benefits in Romania
With a Eurail pass valid in Romania, you can get a discount of up to 30% at the following hotels:
Hotel Alexandros in Busteni
Hotel Europa and Ana Aslan Health Spa in Eforie Nord
More about Romania
Capital: Bucharest (local spelling: Bucureşti)
Population: 20.1 million
Currency: Romanian Leu (RON)
Dialing code: +40