Considering a visit to Timisoara, but not sure if you should book your trip?! Are your friends wondering if they should visit Timisoara?! Or do you want to convince your foreign friends to pay you a visit in Timisoara?! Then read on… Because we have put together a list of the 10 reasons anyone should start planning a visit soon:

 

1. Timisoara is a multicultural city and in 2021 it will become European Capital of Culture

Timisoara has had a complex history and throughout history, various nationalities have shared the city. The city has been part of the Kingdon of Hungary, under the Ottoman rule and for a long period of time, Timisoara was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.  In 1918 Timisoara, the population consisted of Germans, Hungarians, Romanians, and Serbians.

Moreover, Timisoara will become a European Capital of Culture in 2021, which means this diversity will be celebrated further.

2. It’s affordable

When choosing a travel destination, the price is a very important aspect. We are happy to tell you that Timisoara is affordable for everyone. You can find accommodation for as little as 10-15 per night, a beer costs about 1.25 €, and a lunch out is roughly about 10€. 

 

3. We’re close to 3 other European capitals

Yes, you read it correctly. Due to its location, Timisoara is just 70 km away from the Hungarian and Serbian borders.  This means you can just rent a car and go for another city break while on vacation.

Timisoara is just 3 hours away from Budapest (Hungary), 3 hours away from Belgrade (Serbia) and 5 hours away from Vienna (Austria).

4. We appreciate music, film & theatre festivals

Mostly in the summertime, in Timisoara, you have a lot of festivals to choose from, like: Revolution Festival, organized by EXIT Festival from Serbia, JazzTM, Garana Jazz Festival, Plai Festival, Ceau Cinema Film Festival, Vest Fest, European Film Festival.

Find out more about the best music festivals in our area in our dedicated article.

5. The food is awesome

Timisoara is also a good destination for food lovers and you have quite a lot of restaurants to choose from. And Romanian food is tasty!

 

6. The locals are friendly

As we already mentioned, we embrace our multiculturality. Timisoara is known as being one of the most foreign-friendly cities in Romania. This is mostly due to the fact that in Timisoara the locals have always lived together with other nationalities. It’s also a city with a lot of universities and therefore popular with young people.

7. The architecture is great

Most of the buildings belong to the Sezession current, but it’s hard to define the overall architecture, as many buildings share eclectic elements. Get lost in the old city center and visit the parks around. Don’t forget to look up, who knows what details you might spot?!

 

8. Timisoara has a great nightlife

Whether you’d like to simply go out for a drink or go party, Timisoara has all the ingredients for a great night. You can go for a live concert at Reflektor Venue, a party at D’arc, Scottish Pub or Epic or just enjoy a lovely dinner at one of the many cafes in the city center, like Cafeneaua Verde.

 

9. Almost everyone speaks English

Yes, almost everyone speaks English, believe it or not. This makes the city pretty tourist-friendly. The generation born in the late 80s and early 90s learned English mostly from TV (it was not dubbed back then) and from the cartoon series on Cartoon Network.

10. Timisoara was the country’s first free city after the fall of communism

For over 40  years,  Romania has been a communist state, ruled by Nicolae Ceausescu. Timisoara is the city where the anti-communism revolution started and from here it spread fast in all the country. Thanks to all these people we are now a European country, but the memory should never be forgotten. Make sure to visit the Communist Revolution Memorial to find out more.

 

What did you enjoy about Timisoara? Was it the food, the people, the architecture?

Or was it something else? Let us know, we’re curious to find out!

 

Every time you visit a new city and arrive there by plane, one of the first problems you encounter is the airport transfer. What are your options if you visit Timisoara? Public transport, Uber or taxi – see which best suits you. 

Public Transport

Public transport is the most affordable way to reach the city from the airport. Within 30 minutes, you can arrive near the city center, the last bus stop being “The Cardinal Points”.

The bus stop is just 5 meters away, once you exit the airport. The ticket price is only  2.5 lei (about 50 cents) and you can find tickets at the newspaper stand in the airport. You can also pay via SMS, using the 24Pay app which you can find on PlayStore or on the AppStore if you are an iPhone user. The only downside is that the bus only leaves once every hour. For a detailed schedule, see the airport bus timetable here.

Disclaimer: The timetables were taken from the Public Transport website, traffic conditions may change these times. For going from the city to the airport we recommend arriving at the bus station earlier or taking a taxi or an Uber.

Uber

Uber is quite popular in Timisoara,  and your account is accepted anywhere in the world.  The fair from the airport to any place in the city  should not be more than 50-60 lei, which is approximately 15-16 Euros

Taxi

This should be your last option if you are planning to go from the airport to Timisoara. In front of the airport there are a lot of “private” taxis which charge you extra.  A taxi ride should not cost you more than 70 lei, or 18 Euros. Make sure you ask the taxi driver which is the approximate fare to take you to your accommodation and also make sure they start the fare machine. Some taxi drivers will be nice and honest, but better safe, than sorry!

 

Hopefully, we’ve managed to save you some time and some frustrations with this article about Timisoara airport transfer.  We are curious: which option did you take and how did it go? Enjoy your stay!

We’ve written before about how to get around in Timisoara, but we know that you budget travelers out there are also wondering what is the cheapest way to get around in Timisoara. While walking is always an option (Timisoara is a big city, but its center is not that big), the next best choice is public transport.

What should you know about the public transport in Timisoara?

Before deciding to go visit the city by public transport, you should know that though cheap, public transport isn’t very foreign-friendly. That is, you can’t find detailed information on routes and tickets in all the bus/tram stations. And, unfortunately, not all vendors can speak English. So here is all you should know about the public transport in Timisoara:

Reliability: You’re probably wondering how reliable public transport in Timisoara actually is. Well, it is usually reliable, but delays happen. The most reliable lines are, according to a survey made by local authorities, the bus line no. 33 and the tram line no. 9. Luckily, arrival times are displayed in some bus/tram stations. You can get these estimates on the official Timisoara public transport (RATT) app, which you can download from here. The menu is in Romania, but it is quite intuitive. You just have to search for the line number, the station you are in and your destination.

Costs: One tram/bus ticket costs 2 RON (less than 0,5 euro), while an express bus ticket costs 2,5 RON. Express buses are buses with routes across the city, making it easy to access places in opposite places of the town. These buses also have fewer stops and thus faster. If you are staying long-term, you can get a subscription – there are various kinds available, you can find the full list here. This means you will also have to get a transport card – this is efficient even if you are not interested in any of the subscription models, as you can simply put money on your transport card and use it anytime you travel.

Cleanliness: Sorry, but don’t expect public transport in Timisoara to be very clean. If you’re lucky, you’ll ride a clean tram. If you’re unlucky, then you won’t. We’re working on this.

Timetable: Public transport in Timisoara runs from 5 a.m. to about midnight. After midnight, you will have to walk or take a taxi/uber.

Choosing the right public transport: we advise you to use an app like Google Maps. We’ve tested it, and it has proved to be accurate. Alternatively, you can check the 2 maps available on the RATT website:

  • the map of trams and trolleys
  • the map of buses

Buying tickets: there are special shops for this in the vicinity of the bus/tram stations. If you can’t find any, go to the nearest shop or newsstand and ask around. They sometimes sell bus tickets too. You can find a map of the official RATT ticketing points here.

How to get to the airport by public transport

There are two direct bus lines connecting the city with the airport: the E4 or E4/:

  • the E4 line: leaves from next to the citadel, stopping a few times before reaching the airport. The bus leaves once per hour.
  • the E4/ line (on the bus display, there is a “/” across the “E4”): connects the train station with the airport.

How to get to the train station by public transport

The train station is not too far away from the city center, so walking is also an alternative. It shouldn’t take you longer than 20 minutes to reach the train station from the city center:

As for public transport, any of the following lines will take you there: 1, 8, 9, 11,14, 18, E1, E4/.

 

If there is anything else you like to know about public transport in Timisoara, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’ve tried to make this article as informative as possible, but we’re always open to feedback!

Traveling to Timișoara and not sure how to get around in Timisoara? Wondering if you can “walk it through” or how much it would cost you to take a taxi? We’ve got you covered! 

When traveling to a new city, you usually want to know more about how to get around. Some cities have traffic issues, others don’t, some have good public transport, others don’t. Well, what about Timișoara? 

Walking in Timișoara

Timișoara is a large city by Romanian standards. However, if you come from a big city or are fond of city breaks in huge cities, like Berlin or Barcelona, you will find that it’s really not that big. Most of the things you’ll want to visit are within walking distance of the city centre. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll be staying in the outskirts of Timisoara, but it shouldn’t take you more than one hour to reach the city centre from anywhere in the city anyway. If you walk rather fast, you can probably cross the whole city in about an hour from its more popular neighborhoods.

Public transport în Timișoara

We’ll have to be honest here: public transport in Timișoara (and generally in Romania) isn’t great. Timisoara does not have a subway/ metro line, so, unfortunately, most public transport will be influenced by the overall city traffic. Trams are usually a bit faster, as they don’t interact with other transportation lanes very often. Buses on the other hand, most often share the same road with the many city cars.

On the bright side, public transport in Timisoara is pretty cheap: one bus ticket costs 2 lei, while one express bus ticket costs 2,5 lei. This translates to less than 0,5 euros. Express buses, unlike the other buses, don’t stop so often and normally travel from one side of the city to another.

You can buy the tickets from special shops in the stations or sometimes even in small shops around these stops. Not all the stations have tickets shops, so if you’re confused, just ask around. But here’s an unethical tip for you: in Timisoara nobody asks for your ticket once you get on the bus/ tram. The tickets are only checked by patrols that come aboard every now and then. So, if you’re not traveling far and feeling adventurous, you can also take a chance.

You should also know that while some public transport stops have displays that show when the next bus/ tram is going to come, these aren’t always reliable. As for public transport routes, you can check them out on the official public transport website, or by downloading their official app. The routes aren’t really displayed properly elsewhere – neither in the buses/ trams nor in the bus stops. That’s why, if you’re considering public transport, it’s best that you first ask a local for the best lines to take.

Traveling by taxi/ Uber in Timisoara

If you normally use Uber, then you will be able to keep using it in Timisoara. Most of the drivers are really nice, speak English and Uber is getting more and more popular in Romania.

If you want to travel by taxi, you should first know that it’s pretty safe, unfortunately very few of them speak English. Tourists are normally afraid of traveling alone in Romania, but Timisoara is generally pretty safe. We haven’t heard any gruesome stories lately, anyway. Not involving taxis. (just kidding!)

Taxi fares are pretty low, considering other European cities, costing about 2 lei/ km (less than 0,5 Euro). But there’s always that small chance that you will also get a city tour included – that is, the driver will take the long way, to charge you more. It’s up to you to decide if you trust that particular driver or not.

Getting around by bike in Timisoara

Biking has become more and more popular in Timisoara in recent years. Designated bike lanes have been introduced and many people prefer to bike in order to avoid the city traffic.

There are also “public transport” bikes for those living in Timisoara, but for now, they are not available for tourists. (We’re really hoping we will be able to update this piece with some good news soon.)

If you have friends from whom you can borrow a bike, you should be able to get around just fine. But make sure you lock your bike carefully – they do get stolen quite often.

Getting around by car in Timisoara

You should probably know that Timisoara, even though not a huge city, has an issue with traffic and parking spots. Parking is allowed around the city centre, but don’t expect to find a spot easily, especially during work hours! If you’re coming to Timisoara by car, we advise you to find a nice parking spot near your accommodation and then forget about it.

Because the problem of parking is a bit complex, we have dedicated a whole article to the topic. Click here for our tips of what to expect when traveling by car to Timisoara.

If you are travelling to Timisoara, you are probably going to get there either by plane or by car. And you’re probably wondering how car-friendly the city is. In order to help you out, here are some insights – our personal opinions about the traffic in Timisoara, as well as some parking tips that you might find useful. What we can tell you for sure, is that Timisoara is a safe city.

 

Getting around by car in Timisoara

In Timisoara, and generally in Romania, a lot of people own cars. It is our favourite way of getting around – this might also have something to do with the fact that public transport isn’t very reliable.

Traffic in Timisoara can be pretty bad, so we really don’t advise you to choose seeing the city by car, especially during rush hours and in the centre of the city. If you travel by car to Timisoara, it might be best to find a decent parking space for it and forget about it for the rest of your trip.

Where to park in Timisoara? For tourists it’s free…

There aren’t many parking spots in the centre of the city and they are almost always taken because, as we already mentioned, Romanians love their cars. If you want to park your car in the city centre you normally have to pay for it, if you are parking anytime from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. It’s free outside of these hours and during the weekends. However, this seems to just apply to the locals. Our mayor has reportedly said that foreign cars can’t really get fined for not using the local parking system, called TimPark. We don’t really get it either, so let’s just say that Timisoara is very friendly with its tourists.

If however you are traveling with a Romanian car, be it rental, or belonging to a friend, you can (and probably will) get fined.

Keep in mind, the TimPark system only applies to the city centre and to a few busy streets. These streets are marked with colourful signs – red, blue, yellow and green, each representing a different parking area with a different parking price. You can pay this fee either by sending a text message (instructions should be on the signs), of a voucher (which you can buy from the same places that sell bus tickets). If you are not staying on one of the TimPark streets, you can safely leave your car parked there.

If you are wondering how you can get around in Timisoara without a car, there are plenty of options: the city centre can be best enjoyed by walking, but using public transport or biking are also good options. For more details, check out our article on how to get around in Timisoara.

Traveling to Timisoara for the first time?! Still wondering whether you should visit Timisoara?! This is one of the biggest cities in Romania and there are plenty of things to do for everybody. From architectural beauties to great food and an active nightlife – you can find it all in Timisoara!

If you are a bit of a history geek – or if you simply like good stories, you’ll love to hear that this city has a fascinating history, that is still reflected nowadays in its infrastructure, architecture and culture.

Here are 7 interesting things you probably didn’t know about Timisoara:

 

1. Timisoara is older than it looks

The city used to be a “place” even since the neolithic period. There have been relics discovered in various parts of the city that point out people have been living in the area for quite a long time. However, the first official records of Timisoara date back to the 13th century – back then it was just a small citadel, but it has sure come a long way!

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Illustration of Timisoara under Ottoman rule, 18h century

 

2. It is a culturally diverse city

The city hosts theatres in 3 different languages: Romanian, Hungarian and German. Timisoara has, throughout its history been part of the Kingdom of Hungary, under Ottoman rule and part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This rich history is still reflected in the city’s diverse people and culture. Also, people are quite friendly and open to strangers – probably because we are used to diversity and appreciate it.

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Fabrik Neighbourhood – bilingual postcard (Hungarian & German)

 

3. It was the second city in the WORLD which had public illumination

Timisoara was the first European city and the second city in the world (after New York), that introduced public street illumination, in 1884.

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4. The first European city to host a tram

Timisoara was the first European to host a tram. The first tram, which was horse-driven, was introduced on July 8th 1869. It was a wooden tram, built in Vienna.  The city is also known as “little Vienna” thanks to its rich local culture, which is reflected in the city’s appearance.

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A tram in Timisoara, 1871

 

 5. It hosts the oldest beer factory in Romania

The city hosts the oldest beer factory in Romania, Timisoreana, dating back to 1718. Bonus tip: when in Timisoara, do try the local Timisoreana brand! We will be providing more tips on where to find Romanian beer in another article, so make sure you follow us for more!

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Timisoreana Beer Factory, founded in 1718