Trains in Romania

Romanian train through landscape

Romania's railway network is one of the largest in Europe, with trains servicing every town and city and even most villages in the country.

The national railway company of Romania is called CFR (National Railway Company - Compania Naţională de Căi Ferate).

More information about trains in Romania

 

Rail Network

Logo CFR 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.

 

 

 

Map with main train connections in Romania

 

 

Train types

  • 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

 

Tickets for these trains can only be bought on board.

 

Reservations

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.

 

Itineraries

A nice scenic route is the trip from Brasov to Ploiesti.

 

Extra info

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

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