Since Brasov and Timisoara are two of the most important cities in Romania and top picks as destinations for tourists or those who want to start a new life in this country, I’ve decided to write an article telling you how to get from Brasov to Timisoara – and then back from Timisoara to Brasov.

Finding your way between cities in Romania is sometimes difficult, especially if you don’t have a car since you won’t always have direct connections and flying from one city to another is not always an option. But after reading this article, you’ll know how to easily get from Timisoara to Brasov and vice-versa.

I also wrote an article on how to get from Bucharest to Timisoara, in case you want to start in one city and end your trip in the same one, but also visit Bucharest. I am also planning to write more articles like this one to help you better understand the routes and options that you have when exploring the country.

With these in mind, let’s find out how to get from Brasov to Timisoara and vice-versa – by car, train, bus or plane (if that’s even an option).

Getting from Brasov to Timisoara

Aerial view of Brasov

Brasov to Timisoara: Train

If you’ve read some of the other articles published on this blog, you know that I really like to travel by train. But as much as I love that, in this case I would say that riding a train to get from one city to another is not a good option.

You don’t have any direct trains at the moment. This means not only that you will have to switch trains (and trains in Romania usually get delayed, adding an extra risk of you missing the connection), but also that you will spend around half a day getting to your destination).

Yes! In order to get from Brasov to Timisoara by train, the fastest route last “just” 10 hours and 50 minutes, while the longest just a couple of minutes over 15. Not great!

However, if you do want to choose this for whatever reason (maybe you get a pass and want to explore some of the cities along the way), here are your best options (double check as all data below could change):

1. Train that leaves at 8:59 in Brasov and arrives in Timisoara at 0:01 AM (the other day). You have to change trains in the city of Teius: the train arrives there at 1:32 PM and leaves at 6:12 PM – this means that you won’t really have to worry about potential delays (but also that you’ll have to spend 3 hours in the Teius train station).

The price of the ticket for 2nd class is 114,15 lei (around 24 Euros).

2. Train that leaves at 8:25 PM and arrives at 7:15 AM the next day. The good thing about this is that the train goes directly to Arad, getting there at 5:13 AM and leaving towards Timisoara at 6:02 AM, arriving after 1 hour and 13 minutes. Alternatively, you can get a better train leaving Arad at 6:32 and arriving 57 minutes later in Timisoara.

This could be a better option – if you can sleep in your 2nd class chair for a bit until getting to Arad. The price for this ride is 88.65 lei (around 19 Euros), but it gets a bit more expensive if you pick the 6:32 train.

All in all, as you can see for yourself, getting from Brasov to Timisoara by train isn’t that easy (or fast). You can check out all available schedules here (Romanian language only, but not too difficult to use) as there are more options available, but I still consider the ones above the best.

Riding the train does have its advantages, like this view here

Brasov to Timisoara: Bus

If you decide to take a bus, you get to your destination faster – but you should still expect to be around 8 hours in a bus. However, in this case, you will at least not have to change cars and you have various options to choose from.

The bus ticket seems to be 100 lei (around 21 Euros) no matter which company you choose, having options like the ones listed below:

1. Bus leaving Brasov at 12 PM and getting to Timisoara at 7:25 PM
2. Bus leaving at 1:30 PM and arriving at 8:45 PM
3. Bus leaving at 10:25 PM and arriving at 5 AM the next day

These are better options, in my opinion, since you’re not wasting that much time as you would with a train. You can check out other schedules and buses available for this route here.

Brasov to Timisoara: Car

If you have a car – or if you choose one ridesharing option like BlaBlaCar, you will probably get to your destination faster. The drive from one city to another will take around 5 hours and 30 minutes.

Of course, most travelers won’t have a car around… but if you do, this appears to be the best option if you don’t mind to do some driving yourself or share a ride with other people.

Is there a plane from Brasov to Timisoara?

Unfortunately, at the moment of writing this article, there are no direct flights options (or any options that make sense) connecting the two cities, one way or the other.

There are various flights from Bucharest to Timisoara (and vice-versa) though, which take about 60 minutes. Having in mind that the train to Brasov takes around 3 hours, you could consider this option as well. But with all the time that you waste at the airport and getting there from the train station itself, you won’t end up saving a lot of time if you compare it with a car or bus ride…

Getting from Timisoara to Brasov

Timisoara’s center

I won’t comment as much as I did above, since basically you have the same options and you’ll spend about the same amount of hours as you did getting here, but you have different times for your train your bus – and I will cover those below.

Timisoara to Brasov: Train

You have two good options here, one taking “only” 10 hours 30, and another a whooping 15 hours, but at least the departure and arrival times are a bit more decent:

1. We have a train leaving at 6:15 AM from Timisoara and getting to Brasov at 4:41 PM. You will have to switch trains in Teius, and you have 33 minutes to make the connection. The price of the ticket for 2nd class is 114,15 lei (around 24 Euros).

2. There’s another train leaving at 11:26 PM from Timisoara and arriving at 9:50 AM the other day. This one’s a quick ride to Arad, where it arrives at 12:32 AM and leaves towards Brasov at 12:48 AM, meaning that you can get some sleep in the train (although there are no sleeping carts). The ticket price here is 88.65 lei (around 19 Euros).

You can check out all your options on the Infofer website.

Timisoara to Brasov: Bus

Things are very similar here, with rides lasting around 7 hours, with buses leaving at 7 or 8:30 AM, as well as 11 AM or 11 PM. The price of the ticket is 100 lei (around 21 Euros) and you can check out all departures here.

Timisoara to Brasov: Car

Hop into a Dacia Logan and hit the road!

Just like it was the other way around, expect a car ride to be the fastest option, taking you around 5 hours and a half to get to your destination. There are ride sharing options available as well, in case you don’t rent (or own) a car. The ridesharing app is called BlaBlaCar.

If you choose this route, you will also drive a bit on the recently built motorways in the country – which is why you get to your destination so fast.

Is there a plane from Timisoara to Brasov?

Unfortunately, we have no direct flights at the moment. If you want to fly and avoid the roads, you can take a plane from Timisoara to Bucharest (about 60 minutes), then get a train to Brasov (around 3 hours).

I don’t really recommend this as you still have too many changes and variables which could result in a delay and eventually taking you longer to reach your destination.

Closing thoughts

Now you know everything about getting from one city to another (and then get back, if needed). If you’d like to learn more about these two nice Romanian cities, I wrote about them in various articles, but I would recommend reading this one about Timisoara and this one about Brasov (or this article about living in Brasov if you’re looking for a picture-heavy article).

As always, if you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section below and I will do my best to answer.

6 COMMENTS

  1. … or if you have a lot of lei (which I DON’T), you could hire a small plane or a helicopter.;-) Any plans to upgrade rail service between the major cities?
    Do most people seem to prefer the Euro or the leu as a form of payment? Obviously the leu is the national currency, but maybe payment in Euro is more beneficial for the receiver? Just curious.
    Teil (USA)

    • Regarding the rail system… it’s very difficult to say. I know that the country receives funds to improve the system, but it appears that not much of it actually ends up on the tracks…

      Regarding the currency, you will rarely be able to pay with Euros here. Many prices (especially for large purchases – like rent, home sale prices, car prices and such) are listed in Euros, but even then you are usually expected to pay with Lei (and you lose a bit more with the exchange rate)

  2. I will have to save this for our next visit to Romania because I want to visit a whole bunch of places in the country. So many places and so little time! :-). I think l need to clone myself. This is very useful information. I think l would prefer going by bus though. The train sounds like a pain :-).

    • Hahaha, cloning yourself! Really funny, but something I’m sure many of us would love. I watcher recently a series on Netflix, starring Paul Rudd – Living with Yourself – and it appears that even cloning comes with its fair share of problems 🙂

      But yes, in this case (and unfortunately it’s not the only one in Romania), taking the bus would be much better if you want to get to your destination faster.

  3. It’s surprising that it takes so long to get from Brasov to Timisoara by train. 430 kilometers is quite a stretch, but if we subtract the 5 hour connection time, that means the train is going at an average of less than 50km/h. Oh well, Romanians have long been complaining about deteriorating infrastructure. By the way, congratulations on the new government in Bucharest. The new prime minister Ludovic Orban (how often do two neighboring countries have leaders with the same last name?) says one of his top priorities is scrambling to submit contracts for infrastructure projects to take advantage of EU monies that are available to Romania but might expire unused! How is that for sleeping on the job? Please don’t forget to vote in the presidential elections that are scheduled for Sunday. There will likely be two rounds of elections since so many candidates are in the first round. What is the likelihood that Viorica Dancila won’t make the second round? We all know and love Iohannis but he has some competition from the non-PSD camp this time. How is Laura Codruta Kovesi doing in her new job as chief corruption prosecutor for the EU? That was poetic justice!

    • I think that the speed average is just about right, unfortunately. I think it would be closer to 60, though – the train line doesn’t go directly to Timisoara, but a bit North, no matter which option you pick.

      Yes, a lot of things have happened on the political scene in Romania. Let’s hope that our country’s Orban will only share the name with the one in Hungary, and not political vision :)) I don’t really like him (as a person), to be honest, but when things are not going well, change is always welcome. Plus, with Orban’s government, there will be some pressure from his party and allies to do at least some things right, so hopefully things will go much better from now on. The entire country is watching and any mistakes will be heavily taxed.

      Regarding the presidential elections, there are a lot of discussions here. There are a few smaller candidates that are eating each other’s share and many voices are begging people to vote the one that has the biggest chances to reach the second round. I think that this year is the first one after the revolution when there’s a real chance for PSD not to reach the second round and that would be a massive slap given by the Romanians. However, PSD still has a lot of support despite giving what’s probably their worst candidate ever, and with the multiple other candidates fighting for the rest of the pie, it’s difficult to estimate what will happen.

      Either way, various polls show that the fight for second place is very tight.

      Just a few days are left and this time I am really curious how the first round ends. I think that right now, that’s the most important of them all, because unless something big and unexpected happens, Iohannis will win without any big problems. I actually believe that he would have more trouble beating the USR-Plus alliance in the second round than it would have beating PSD’s candidate.

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