Air

There are no domestic flights within Moldova.

Bicycle

Moldova is flat to mildly hilly, and the roads are in pretty good shape, making cycling an excellent way of getting around. Outside of Chişinău, you'll have to rely on your own resources or sense of adventure if you run into mechanical trouble.

Boat

Landlocked Moldova has no sea access and no public boat transport along its rivers.

Bus & Marshrutka

Moldova has a comprehensive if confusing network of buses running to most towns and villages. Marshrutky, or fixed-route minivans (also known by their Romanian name, maxitaxis), follow the same routes as the buses and are quicker.

Within cities, public transport costs 2 lei, while marshrutky cost 3 lei.

Car & Motorcycle

  • Car hire makes sense as Moldova's roads are in great shape these days and you can reach just about any part of the country on a day trip out of Chişinău.
  • Car hire is readily available in Chişinău.
  • Mobile-phone apps such as Waze and sat-nav systems such as Garmin work well in Moldova, just be careful that they don't take you inadvertently into Transdniestr!
  • It's always a good idea to have a physical map as backup; pick one up in Chişinău at Librarius.
  • The intercity speed limit is 90km/h and in built-up areas 60km/h; the legal blood-alcohol limit is 0.03%. For road rescue, dial 901.

Driving Licences

EU and US driving licences are accepted. Most other licences are accepted by rental-car companies, but may or may not be accepted by the police. To be on the safe side, bring an International Driving Permit (IDP), which is recognised in Moldova.

Train

About the only useful domestic services of note are the infrequent trips between Tiraspol and Chişinău (about five per week).