Getting Around in Brasov

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Public transportation

Transport in Braşov is very extensive, around 40 lines that run until 23-23.30 in weekdays and 22-22.30 in weekends.

It is also cheap (1.50 RON for a single trip, 5 RON for a day pass, as of 21 Nov 2007). Run by RAT Bv (Regia Autonomă Transport Braşov), the network is made up of trolleybuses and buses. It is a lot better to buy tickets from kiosks, but remember to punch them when on the bus. However a 1-day/week pass is more recommended. Even though there are no ticket gates when entering the vehicles, and drivers/operators won't see if you fare-evade, it's wise to have a valid ticket because controllers are abundant, and they will land you with a fine. When someone requests your ticket, always ask to see an ID.

The most important lines for a tourist are:

--line 4: Gara (Train Station) to the Centre (Livada Postei);

--line 51: Gara (Train Station) to the Centre (Piata Sfatului - The Council Square) - it stops 1 minute away from the Black Church. This line also takes you to the Union Square (Piata Unirii) another important site to be seen.

--line 50: Centre (Livada Postei) to Union Square (Piata Unirii), ring-line. It is nice to take it as a tour line of the citadel and some of its surroundings. Please note that it can be crowded and sometimes miss the schedule.

--line 50B (barat): Centre (Livada Postei) to Pietrele lui Solomon, a wonderful nature site. Please note that only some trips stop at this very end (once every hour). Check the timetables for that.

--line 31: Centre (Livada Postei) to Valea Cetatii district. This here is a residential area, but it is woth visiting for its nature surroundings.

For those whose accomodations are located on Str. Lunga or Str. De Mijloc, a handful of lines are available to get to the Centre:

--lines 5, 15, 28 take you from all stops on Str. Lunga to the Centre (Livada Postei) and back. To go to Str. De Mijloc, you stop on Str. Lunga and then walk 5-6min to Str. De Mijloc.

For those who want to travel to Bran, Moeciu, Rasnov and other directions, by bus, you can take them from either Autogara 2 (Busstation 2) or Bartolomeu area or Stadionul Municipal bus-station, there are lines that take you from the train station/centre to these particular places.

--line 23, 23B: Train Station (Gara) - Stad. Municipal via Stad. Tineretului (Autogara 2)and Bartolomeu area. line 12: Centre (Livada Postei) - Stad Tineretului (Autogara 2). line 5: from the Primarie bus stop (New City Hall - 4 min walk from the Livada Postei busstation through the Park) - Stad Municipal via Str Lunga and Bartolomeu.

For those who want to reach the beautiful and fancy Poiana Brasov ski resort/spa:

--line 20 Centre (Livada Postei) - Poiana Brasov. This line has a special fare, around 3.5 lei/trip. Please beware that the previously mentioned tickets and passes are not valid on this line. Please mention when you buy the ticket that you want trips for line 20! The clerks will give you the appropriate ticket.

You have to buy the ticket before and validate it on board. You will not find, however, ticket vending machines, and kiosks are not available in all the bus stops. Look for blue signs that say "bilete" or kiosks that say bilete R.A.T. on them that sell tickets. The buses are fairly new, as the local transport operator (RAT) is undergoing a major renewal program and the overwhelming majority of buses are no more than 2 - 3 years old and the trollies are refurbished or in very good shape. Also, most of the stops have the timetables of the lines presented. For more information about the lines and their timetables, as well as a detailed map of the public transport in Brasov, please check the website www.ratbv.ro (in Romanian). Please note that changes might apply, so check the website for updated information.

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