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Traveling in Romania by train will probably expose you to some memorable adventures.

Romania is still a hidden gem in Eastern Europe : a gem as it offers some of the most glorious landscapes on the continent ; hidden, as it is still quite difficult to roam around the country.

Trains are almost always the best way to travel in Europe, either because they are sleek and efficient, or because there is no serious alternative. Romania falls under the last category. You certainly wouldn’t drive there and take a chance to get lost on some Transylvanian road – we all know what happened to lost travelers there in the past.

Romanian villages and smaller towns are incredibly beautiful, and everything in between is too. True, some areas in bigger cities like Bucharest might have been spoiled by decades of voluntarism in industrial development, leading to some atrocities, but the rest of the country is largely unspoiled and a real delight for travelers. The train network is quite dense, giving access to virtually anywhere in the country. Train rides across Transylvania are a unique experience.

Faster, more modern trains like InterCity / EuroCity should be preferred in all cases, and should be booked in 1st class as trains tend to be quite busy in Romania. Advanced booking is strongly advised (and might be compulsory in some cases, so don’t take a chance). All tickets sold by Rail Europe include a pre-assigned seat whenever it is compulsory or recommended, so you’re on the safe side. If you travel with a rail pass, you can get a pre-assigned seat from Rail Europe too. Booking locally is not the smart way to do things, unless you have no alternative. You may want to use your Balkan Flexipass and plan along the way : in this case, the pleasure of spontaneity will certainly overtake the painful, long waiting lanes of people trying to book a seat on a departing train. Good advice is to come to the departure station one or two hours prior to departure to book your seat or couchette. No need to come earlier, as it might be too early to sell a ticket.

Good to know : international trains connecting Romania to their neighbors offer higher comfort standards for those longer distances.

In a word, traveling in Romania by train will probably expose you to some memorable adventures, but it is definitely the simplest way to experiment the beauties of an unspoiled country that has so much to offer to the traveler.


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  • Locating Train was difficult |
    "I had some trouble finding the track at Gare de Lyon in Paris. Also I had trouble finding my coach at the Lyon Airport train going to Paris. "

  • Efficient and on time service |
    "Excellent service. On time and comfortable "

  • A trip over Alpes |
    "I've been travelling to Geneve to meet my daughter. the train was very comfortable and the staff very kind. I bought a good sandwich with salami and butter, a black tea with cinnamon. Very new flavour for me. The viw around the lake from Geneve to Montreux was great. "

  • Very good option  |
    "It was a very good journey. The train was comfortable, the attendants were friendly. Service on board was perfect including the breakfast, which was delicious. "

  • Resumo de minha viagem |
    "Confortável, chegamos ao destino descansados. Valor um pouco alto, mas deixamos para adquirir as passagens na última hora, por isso o alto preço. Conveniente, pois é mais rápido e confortável do que viajar por via aérea. "

  • Exceptional Trip |
    "Exceptional trip from St Pancras to Paris with the help of VIP transfer service from St. Pancras hotel. Highly recommended. "

  • Good |
    "Very fast journey. Comfortable. "

  • Better than flying |
    "Coming from Australia I assumed flights would be far better than trains but having the stations right in the centre of the city made it much more convenient and easier to manage without a phone. The train was smooth and quick. "

  • Trouble free,excellent journey |
    "Excellent service.We booked and printed tickets on line which scanned easily on day of journey. All baggage x rayd so great security before entering platform. Allocated seating upon booking. Train on time. Value for money 5 stars. (auto star system not working. )22 euros per person each way. "

  • To MAdrid |
    "my trip was great but I was wonder that the crew was not speaking English and she couldn't understand me once I order. "

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