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
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.
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
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
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.
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.