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Basic information

  • Area: 129.2 km² (49.9 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +40
  • Currency: Romanian leu (RON)
  • Population (EST): 312,113
  • Official language: Romanian
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)

Timişoara – Getting Around

Bus

Timișoara’s main bus station or Autogara Autotim is located close to the northern train station, and runs a daily service to other Romanian cities. International buses to a number of European destinations such as Sweden and Spain can be caught from the eastern bus station (Autogară Est).

To get around Timișoara city, local buses operate on 20 routes throughout the city centre and the suburbs. Tickets can be purchased via vending machines, kiosks and must be stamped upon boarding.

On Foot

Many of Timișoara’s attractions are located within walking distance from one another and they can be explored on foot. Visitors will particularly enjoy strolling through one of the city’s leafy parks or the historic old centre.

Taxi

There are many official taxis that operate in the city centre, which can be hailed in the street or pre-booked by telephone. Taxis licensed by City Hall are marked by a distinctive black oval sticker, whilst unlicensed vehicles tend to only have a “Taxi” sign on their roof. Always check the company is registered – There are a number of the reputable companies running in the city and visitors should be able to get to any destination in Timișoara for around €3-6.

Train

Trains are maintained and operated by the Romanian Railways and depart from the northern train station (Gară Timişoara-Nord). The station offers daily services to all other Romanian cities including Bucharest, Arad, Brasov, Sibiu and Oradea. There are also frequent trains to Vienna and Budapest, where connecting transport to other European destinations can be found. Train schedule and advance bookings can be made via the Agenţie de Voiaj CFR’s advance booking office. Tickets for same day travel have to be purchased at the station.

Tram and Trolley Bus

Trams provide a convenient and economical way to see the sights, with single fares starting from just €0.30. Operated by the Regia Autonomă de Transport (RATT) the city has 11 tram lines and 9 trolley bus routes that traverse the city. Services run between 4.45am and 11.15pm, and all tickets need to be purchased kiosks next to the stops. Daily, weekly and monthly passes are also available.