You may have already heard that Timisoara is the only city in Romania that offers public water transport on the Bega. This kind of public transport is available from spring until late autumn, as long as the weather is still pleasant If you are curious to know how you can explore the city via the Bega and what the history behind this idea is, then read on…

 

The first city on the Romanian territory with water transport for passengers

History tells us that passenger transport on the Bega river is not something entirely new for Timisoara. The old citadel of Timisoara was located in a swampy area. In older times, this location helped defend the city is care of attacks. But as the city expanded and battle techniques developed, the swampy terrain began posing a threat to people’s health and houses: building would be flooded whenever the water would rise and the humidity could cause locals all sorts of diseases.

The is why, after Timisoara was freed by the Habsburgs from Ottoman rule, the city underwent dramatic changes. One of these biggest changes was the construction of the Bega canal, which began in 1728. Surrounding waters were channeled and the land was freed for construction.

While initially the Bega canal was mainly used to transport goods (construction materials and products to be traded in the city’s markets), since 1868 and until the 1960s, passengers transports also took place on the Bega. Workers who lived upstream would travel to the city via the Bega to work here.

 

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The first Romanian city with water public transport

Half a century after passenger transport on the Bega had stopped, the city has a new premiere: Timisoara has become the first Romanian city which offers public transport “on water”. The Timisoara “vaporettos” were launched this year, after thorough planning and some implementation issues – this is, after all, the first time this is happening in Romania. However, they are now functional and willing to transport passengers all along the Bega.

If you are interested in a city tour via water, you can certainly hop on one of the vaporettos and enjoy the view. Please note, the vaporettos don’t have any “outdoor” seats, for safety reasons. Once you hop on, you will have to take a seat for the whole journey.

 

How much does a “cruise” on the Bega cost?

Since the vaporettos qualify as public transport, you can take them for a few. The fee, however, is a small one: 1 RON for one trip. You can purchase the ticket on board.

 

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Timisoara vaporetto: schedule and stops

The vaporettos travel along the Bega every workday, on the following routes:   

1 From the “Waterworks” (Uzina de Apă), downstream towards the Ardealul stop, stopping at the following spots and times:

Mihai Viteazu: 7.30, 8.25 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral), 11.47, 12.36, 13.23, 14.10 & 14.59, 15.46, 16.33 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral).

Dacia: 7.37, 8.32 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral), 11.54, 12.43, 13.30, 14.17, 15.06 & 15.53, 16.40 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral).

Corneliu Coposu: 7.44, 8.39 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral), 12.01 și 12.50, 13.37, 14.24, 15.13, 16 & 16.47 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral).

Vasile Pârvan: 7.52, 8.47 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral), 12.09 și 12.58, 13.45, 14.32, 15.21, 16.08 & 16.55 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral).

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedrala Mitropolitană): 8, 12.17, 13.06 & 13.53, 14.40, 15.29 & 16.16.

Sfânta Maria: 8.05, 12.22, 13.11 & 13.58, 14.45, 15.34, 16.21.

Ștefan cel Mare: 8.13, 12.30, 13.19, 14.06 & 14.53, 15.42, 16.29.

Constantin Brâncoveanu: 8.22, 12.39, 13.28, 14.15, 15.02 & 15.51, 16.38.

2 From “Ardealul” stop, upstream towards the “Uzina de Apă”, with the following stops at the following times:

Ardealul: 7.11, 8.34 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral) 11.19, 12.06 & 12.53, 13.42, 14.29, 15.16, 16.05 & 16.52 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral).

Constantin Brâncoveanu: 7.18, 8.41 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral), 11.26, 12.13, 13 & 13.49, 14.36, 15.23, 16.12 & 16.59 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral).

Ștefan cel Mare: 7.28, 8.51 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral), 11.36, 12.23, 13.10 & 13.59, 14.46, 15.33, 16.22, 17.09.

Sfânta Maria: 7.38, 9.01 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral), 11.46, 12.33, 13.20, 14.09 și 14.56, 15.43, 16.32, 17.19 (stops at the Metropolitan Cathedral).

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedrala Mitropolitană): 7.43, 11.02 & 11.51, 12.38, 13.25, 14.14, 15.01 & 15.48, 16.37.

Vasile Pârvan: 7.52, 11.11, 12 &i 12.47, 13.34, 14.23, 15.10 & 15.57, 16.46.

Corneliu Coposu: 8.01, 11.20, 12.09 & 12.56, 13.43, 14.32, 15.19, 16.06 & 16.55.

Dacia: 8.09, 11.28, 12.17, 13.04 & 13.51, 14.40, 15.27, 16.14, 17.03.

 

What do you think about this kind of public transport? Would you use it?