Getting there & away
Braşov is planning to have an airport built by the end of 2007.
Maxitaxis and microbuses are the best way to reach places near Braşov, including Bran, Râşnov, Sinaia, Hârman and Sfântu Gheorghe. Otherwise it’s generally better to go by train as the bus situation is ever-changing.
The most accessible station is Autogară 1 (427 267), next to the train station (reached by bus 4 from the centre), a ramshackle lot with a booming maxitaxi business (hourly jobs go to-and-fro on the Târgu Mureş–Sighişoara–Braşov–Buşteni–Bucharest route) and some long-distance buses.
From 6am to 7.30pm maxitaxis leave every half-hour for Bucharest (€5.25, 2½ hours), stopping in Buşteni and Sinaia. About four or five maxitaxis leave for Sibiu (€3.90, 2½ hours), stopping in Făgăraş town. Nine or 10 go daily to Sighişoara en route to Târgu Mureş (€5.70, four to five hours). A handful of buses go to Bistriţa (€8, seven to eight hours), and also Constanţa (€10) and Iaşi (€10).
Bus 4 reaches the centre from the train station (pre-buy your ticket). From the centre, hail a bus at the corner of Str Nicolae Bălcescu and Str Gherea.
Autogară 2 (aka ‘Bartolomeu’; 426 332; Str Avram Iancu 114), a kilometre west of the train station, sends half-hourly buses to Râşnov (€0.45, 25 minutes) and Bran (€0.75, 40 minutes) from roughly 6.30am to 11.30pm; these are marked ‘Moieciu–Bran’. A dozen daily buses go to Zărneşti (€0.75, one hour), fewer on weekends. Take bus 12 to/from the centre (it stops at the roundabout just north of the station).
A few daily buses leave from Autogară 2 to Sfântu Gheorghe (€1.20, 45 minutes), stopping just across B-dul Gării from the Autogară 1 (this may change). Separate, nearly hourly, buses go to Hărman (€0.40, 30 minutes) and Prejmer (€0.60, 30 minutes).
The main bus stop in town is the ‘Livada Posţei’ at the western end of B-dul Eroilor in front of the County Library (Biblioteca Judeţeană). From here bus 20 goes half-hourly to Poiana Braşov (€0.75, 20 minutes). Buy your ticket from the kiosk opposite the Student Culture House before boarding.
All European routes are handled by Eurolines (475 219; www.eurolines.ro; Piaţa Sfatului 18; 9am-8pm Mon-Fri, to 4pm Sat), which sells tickets for buses to Germany, Italy, Hungary and other European destinations.