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Driving and Public Transport

Romania - Driving and Public Transport


One car per family can be temporarily imported into Romania without customs formalities or a duty requirement. However, cars do need to be registered with the local police department.

While driving in Romania provides one with the independence to navigate the cities and countryside at will, you do need to stay alert - the roads are not well kept and the traffic is not well managed. Gas stations are easy to find as you drive throughout the country, with some of the larger cities offering 24-hour stations.

In order to qualify for temporary registration in Romania, your car should first be registered in your home country. To get temporary registration plates, you'll need the following:

- Current registration
- Notarized translation of the foreign registration certificate
- Romanian insurance policy
- Passport copies
- Residence permit


Trains include Intercity and Rapid services that are only comfortable if you don't mind being a little crowded. These trains stop only in the major cities and are fairly expensive. Accelerats move a little slower and stop more often. This efficient combination makes it the standard form of travel for residents, particularly in urban areas.

Personal trains are available but widely known to be the slowest form of transport. Eurocity and Euronight trains take travelers to destinations abroad.

In general, all trains are usually too cold or too hot, and run on unreliable and confusing timetables. On the plus side, most routes are quite scenic and overall, fares are extremely low.


Romania's bus network is not dependable. It consists of private, unorganized companies that provide little in the areas of customer service and convenience. Residents tend to avoid the buses, opting to take a train whenever possible.


The advantage of a minitaxi is the frequency and speed at which it can travel to a variety of destinations. Minitaxis can be found waiting outside local bus or train stations, ready to take passengers on to their next stop. Minitaxis tend to be just as crowded as the trains, with drivers jamming as many people as possible into a very small space.

Larger cities offer trams and trolleys to escort commuters, travelers, and tourists between main streets and attractions.

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