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!

Travelling 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 travelling 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 from 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 busses, 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 travelling 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.

Travelling 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 firstly know that it’s pretty safe, unfortunetly very few of them speak English. Tourists are normally afraid of travelling 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 do 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 travelling 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.