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Air

Moldova is well connected by air to Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Airports & Airlines

Moldova's only international airport is in Chişinău. The national carrier, Air Moldova, flies to several European cities and capitals. Local budget carrier Fly One flies to several European cities, including Dublin, Moscow, Paris and Verona.

Useful international airlines that serve Chişinău include Wizzair (www.wizzair.com), which has flights to Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, London and several Italian cities; Austrian Airlines (www.austrian.com); LOT Polish Airlines (www.lot.com); Romanian carrier Tarom (www.tarom.ro); Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com); and Russia's S7 (www.s7.ru).

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.

Land

Despite its awkward geopolitical situation, Moldova has pretty decent overland links to neighbouring countries and border crossings are relatively painless.

Bus

Daily buses from Chişinău head to Iaşi and Bucharest in Romania, as well as to Kyiv, Moscow and Odesa.

For bus journeys between Chişinău and Odesa, it's advisable to take the route going through the southeast Palanca border crossing, circumnavigating Transdniestr.

Car & Motorcycle

On arriving at the border, drivers need to show valid vehicle registration, insurance (green card), driving licence (US and EU licences okay, or an International Driving Permit) and passport.

Motorists must purchase a highway sticker (vignette) to drive on Moldovan roads. Buy these online (http://vinieta.gov.md) or at border crossings. Rates per seven/15/30 days are €4/8/16.

Train

Only a handful of international trains serve Moldova, all of them terminating in Chişinău.

Note that the overnight train journey to Bucharest, at 14 hours, takes much longer than the bus (the train heads north to Iaşi, then south again) but is more comfortable.

Sea

It is not possible to travel here by sea.