Romania is a pretty large country and you’ll find out that, if you want to get from Bucharest to Timisoara, you should generally prepare for a long trip ahead. And in today’s article we’re going to talk exactly about that: how to get from Bucharest to Timisoara and we’ll cover all the options available, including flights, trains, buses and even getting there with a car.
Timisoara is pretty far away from Bucharest – there’s a 570km distance that we’ll learn how to travel in this article. The best part is that there are multiple options for you, one of which is extremely slow and relatively cheap. We’re going to cover them all here because some people might prefer taking a bus, others might enjoy riding the train while other would like to get into a plane a fly there ASAP.
With these out of the way, let’s find out the answers to the burning question: how to get from Bucharest to Timisoara (or vice versa)?
Bucharest to Timisoara by plane
If you want to get from one place to the other extremely fast, you’ll be happy to hear that you have a few options when it comes to taking the plane. The flight only takes about 1 hour and it’s extremely cheap, even compared with the other transportation methods: you can find flights for as low as 20 Euros!
The cheapest company providing flights between Bucharest and Timisoara is Ryanair, but we also have the national air company Tarom providing a similar service, but for more than double the price (usually).
Bucharest to Timisoara by bus
When it comes to getting a bus from Bucharest to Timisoara, there are, surprisingly, not a lot of companies that you can find online offering this package. The prices are similar to those of flying to Timisoara from Bucharest – between 70 to 90 RON (15 – 20 Euros), but you’ll have to spend a lot of time in the bus – around 11 hours.
This is my least favorite way of getting from one city to another, because you don’t get a lot of leg room in the bus and the scheduled stops might seem few and far in between at some times, but if you prefer taking a bus (which is probably the cheapest method of getting from Bucharest to Timisoara), you can find out the offers available online here.
I am sure that there are even more options available, but in order to find out about them, you’d have to visit the various bus stations in Bucharest – not the easiest way to do it.
Bucharest to Timisoara by train
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I love traveling by train. However, if you prefer to go this route, prepare for a long trip: around 9 hours on paper, but the trains usually end up being late, so if you’re unlucky, you’ll actually spend 30 minutes to 2 hours more on the ride. There’s always this risk when riding trains in Romania.
There are multiple options available and fortunately, you don’t only have to rely on the outdated CFR trains anymore, although they still have the most offers for this route. If you go with them, expect to pay around 100 RON (21 Euros) for a second class ticket. But you also have better options in terms of quality, like the Astra Trans Carpatic train that offers really good sleeping coaches, with WiFi, included food and other goodies. This is a night train only, but it’s really good – and you can check it out here. Prices are similar for train rides, no matter which company you choose and they both offer sleeping cars for the overnight trains.
The good thing about traveling by train on this route is that you will get some breathtaking views of the Danube when you’ll be passing by it, views that make this journey even more enjoyable. Of course, this only goes if you’re traveling during the day!
Bucharest to Timisoara by car
Finally, you can rent a car if you prefer driving, or you can go for a ride-sharing website such as BlaBlaCar. This should normally be the fastest way of getting there on land and prices vary greatly here. Expect to travel for 8.5 hours or less, depending mainly on how fast you drive, but also on traffic – although this is, in regular weather circumstances, not a problem on this route.
When traveling to Timisoara by car, you have two possible routes: going through the mountains (Brasov, Sibiu) and into Timisoara, or going south through Craiova and Drobeta Turnu Severin, which should be normally a bit less crowded and faster.
So these would be your options when traveling from Bucharest to Timisoara or from Timisoara to Bucharest. If you’re in a hurry, you can definitely go for the quick flight. If not, you can choose any of the other methods, my recommended being a car if you don’t mind the relatively long drive or the train which should be the most comfortable.