Transylvania Transportation Guide
Getting to Transylvania
Take the E60 (European Highway) from Budapest over the Oradea border towards Cluj Napoca. Transylvania is located 120 km from the border or 40 km before Cluj Napoca. It will take two and a half hours by road to get here. It is 335 km from Budapest and the driving time is 6-7 hours. Romania is an hour ahead of Hungary or -2 hours GMT.
Several daily international trains ply to Transylvania:
The Ister Express is a quicker night train that takes the same route as above. It links Budapest with Bucharest.
The Pannonia Express passes through Bratislava and Budapest while linking Prague with Bucharest. It also follows the routes of the above trains.
The Corona Express is another night train that links Budapest with Brasov. It passes through Cluj and eastern Transylvania.
The Ady Endre Express connects Budapest with Cluj. This train leaves Cluj early in the morning, reaches Budapest around 12:00 p.m. and returns to Cluj by evening.
The Maros/Mure? Express connects Budapest with Targu-Mure?.
Getting Around Transylvania
There are two-lane national roads, but the quality differs on each one. Comprehensive road maps are available at gas stations, train stations and newsstands. These maps will help you find your way whilst getting around Transylvania. You might have to ask for directions sometimes as secondary and tertiary roads are not marked clearly. The people are friendly and will be happy to guide you along your way.
Buses can also be used to get around Transylvania. They leave from the train stations in the main cities and halt at the important areas in the smaller ones.
The rent-a-car service is available at any hour. When renting a car, one must present his/her identity card and the driving licence. The parking lot is made out of new, periodically verified cars.
Republicii, nr. 10, Cluj Napoca