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. [Last update: July 3rd, 2019]
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 2,5 RON (around 0,5 euro) regardless of the kid of vehicle: tram, bus, express bus. 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. until right before 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:
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.
[l.e.] Starting 2019, you can also pay for your ticket with your credit card – on the dedicates machines in each vehicle.
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!