Interrail in Romania: a country guide 🇷🇴

Interrail in Romania: the ultimate country guide 🇷🇴

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Romania overview

Romania, nestled in the heart of Eastern Europe, is a captivating destination that beckons intrepid travellers seeking a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. As you embark on your Interrail adventure through this enchanting country, prepare to be mesmerised by its diverse landscapes, from the majestic Carpathian Mountains to the picturesque plains of Transylvania. Romania’s charm lies not only in its stunning scenery but also in its historic cities, medieval castles, and vibrant local traditions.

Begin your Romanian journey in the capital city, Bucharest, where the old meets the new in a fascinating blend of communist-era architecture and modern developments. Discover the grandeur of the Palace of the Parliament, one of the largest administrative buildings in the world, and stroll through the charming Old Town with its lively cafes and eclectic atmosphere. Travel north to the region of Transylvania, where medieval towns like Brasov and Sibiu await, each boasting well-preserved architecture, cobblestone streets, and a palpable sense of history. Don’t miss the iconic Bran Castle, often associated with the Dracula legend, perched on a hilltop surrounded by mist-covered mountains.

Immerse yourself in the rural charm of Maramureș, where traditional wooden churches and quaint villages offer a glimpse into Romania’s rural heritage. Explore the Painted Monasteries of Northern Moldova, adorned with vibrant frescoes that tell tales of the country’s religious and artistic history. Romania’s rail network – which is the fourth largest in Europe – provides a convenient and scenic way to traverse the country, allowing you to witness the ever-changing landscapes and engage with the warmth and hospitality of the Romanian people. Whether you’re drawn to the medieval allure of castles, the natural wonders of the Carpathians, or the cultural richness of its cities, interrailing in Romania offers something for everyone.

The top 5 cities to visit in Romania


Bucharest, the vibrant capital of Romania, beckons visitors with its intriguing mix of old-world charm and modern dynamism. Begin your exploration in the heart of the city at Revolution Square, a historic site where the Romanian Revolution of 1989 unfolded, leading to the fall of communism in the country. Here, you can visit the imposing Palace of the Parliament, a symbol of Romania’s tumultuous past and one of the largest administrative buildings in the world. Stroll along the bustling streets of Lipscani, Bucharest’s Old Town, where centuries-old churches, quaint cafes, and lively pubs create a lively atmosphere day and night.

Delve into Bucharest’s cultural scene by visiting its impressive museums and galleries, including the National Museum of Art of Romania, housed within the former Royal Palace, which showcases a rich collection of Romanian and European art spanning centuries. For a taste of Bucharest’s avant-garde spirit, explore the contemporary art galleries and creative hubs nestled amidst the city’s eclectic neighbourhoods. Indulge in the city’s culinary delights by sampling traditional Romanian dishes at local restaurants, savouring the flavors of hearty soups, grilled meats, and sweet pastries. From its architectural landmarks to its vibrant cultural scene, Bucharest offers a captivating blend of the past and present, inviting interrailers to uncover its many treasures with each step.

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Timișoara, often referred to as the “City of Flowers” or the “Little Vienna,” is a gem waiting to be discovered in western Romania. This picturesque city, situated along the Bega River, boasts a rich history and a harmonious blend of architectural styles that reflect its multicultural heritage. Begin your exploration in Union Square, the city’s central hub, surrounded by pastel-coloured baroque buildings and charming outdoor cafes. Here, you’ll find the stunning Metropolitan Cathedral, a masterpiece of Serbian Orthodox architecture, and the Catholic Dome, both contributing to Timișoara’s reputation as a city of diverse cultures.

Wander through the charming streets of the historic quarter, where well-preserved baroque and neoclassical buildings stand as a testament to Timișoara’s role as the birthplace of the 1989 Romanian Revolution. The Memorial Museum of the 1989 Revolution offers a poignant glimpse into this transformative period. Art enthusiasts will appreciate the city’s numerous galleries, such as the Art Museum, showcasing works by renowned Romanian artists. Timișoara’s vibrant cultural scene is further enriched by its lively theatres, hosting performances that reflect the city’s creative spirit. Culinary delights await in the city’s vibrant markets and local restaurants, where you can savour traditional Banat dishes and explore the flavours of a city that embraces both its past and future. Timișoara’s warmth, historic charm, and artistic flair make it a must-visit destination for those seeking a unique and enriching travel experience in Romania.


Nestled within the Carpathian Mountains, Brasov is a captivating city that effortlessly combines medieval charm with natural beauty. Begin your journey in the heart of the city at Council Square (Piața Sfatului), surrounded by colourful baroque buildings, where you can admire the imposing Black Church, a Gothic masterpiece that dominates the skyline. Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Town, where charming cafes, artisan shops, and centuries-old buildings create an enchanting atmosphere.

Dominating the landscape is the iconic Bran Castle, often associated with the Dracula legend, located just a short drive from Brasov. Perched atop a hill, the castle offers panoramic views of the surrounding Transylvanian landscape. For a more active adventure, explore the nearby Carpathian Mountains through hiking trails or take a cable car to the top of Tampa Mountain, where the Brasov sign awaits with breathtaking views of the city below.

Brasov’s rich history comes alive in its medieval fortifications, such as the Black Church, and the Council House, where you can learn about the city’s past at the Brasov History Museum. Indulge in local cuisine at the traditional restaurants in the Council Square, savouring Romanian specialties like mămăligă (cornmeal porridge) and mici (grilled sausages).

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Sibiu, a jewel in the heart of Transylvania, invites travellers to step into a fairytale-like setting where medieval architecture, cultural richness, and a relaxed ambiance create an unforgettable experience. Begin your exploration in the Grand Square (Piața Mare), surrounded by colourful houses adorned with charming dormer windows. The Brukenthal National Museum, housed in the elegant Brukenthal Palace, offers a journey through art and history, showcasing an impressive collection of European paintings and decorative arts.
Stroll through the Lower Town, where cobblestone streets wind through centuries-old buildings and quaint squares. The Council Tower, a symbol of the city, provides panoramic views of Sibiu and the surrounding Carpathian Mountains. The medieval fortifications, including the thick city walls and defensive towers, transport visitors back in time, while the Bridge of Lies adds an element of mystery to the city’s atmosphere.

Sibiu’s cultural scene thrives in its theatres, galleries, and vibrant festivals. The ASTRA National Museum Complex, an open-air ethnographic museum, presents a fascinating journey into Romania’s rural traditions, showcasing traditional houses, workshops, and folk art. For culinary delights, explore the local markets and indulge in authentic Transylvanian dishes at traditional restaurants.

Sibiu’s charm extends beyond its historic core, with parks and green spaces providing a tranquil escape. As you wander through Sibiu’s enchanting streets, you’ll discover a city that seamlessly blends its medieval past with a contemporary spirit, offering a captivating destination for those seeking cultural richness and picturesque landscapes.


Just like Brasov, Sinaia is situated amid the breathtaking Carpathian Mountains. It stands as a picturesque Romanian mountain resort town, captivating visitors with its scenic allure and rich historical character. Embark on your exploration at Peles Castle, an exquisite Neo-Renaissance marvel framed by the majestic Bucegi Mountains. This former royal retreat, once favored by Romanian monarchs during the summer, boasts ornate architecture, lavish interiors, and manicured gardens. Nearby, Pelisor Castle enchants with its smaller yet equally artistic presence, housing a trove of cultural treasures.

Sinaia serves as a gateway to nature enthusiasts, granting access to the Bucegi Natural Park, where hiking trails wind through alpine meadows and lead to panoramic viewpoints. Ascend the mountains via cable car to capture sweeping vistas of the surrounding landscapes. In the winter, Sinaia transforms into a snowy haven, drawing skiers and snow enthusiasts to the Carpathian slopes.

Explore the town’s central area, featuring alpine-inspired architecture, vibrant markets, and inviting cafes. The Sinaia Monastery, adorned with vibrant frescoes and exuding a serene atmosphere, offers insights into the town’s religious history. Sinaia’s unique blend of natural wonders and cultural depth ensures an ideal retreat, whether you seek relaxation or outdoor adventures. 

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Which Interrail pass do I need to travel around Romania?

Interrail Global Pass

The only travel pass that lets you ride on trains in 33 different countries and discover over 40,000 destinations. Available in 1st or 2nd class.
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Interrail Romania Pass

The easiest way to travel by train to Romania's top destinations like Bucharest, Brasov and Timisoara. Get a pass with 3, 4, 5, 6 or 8 travel days in 1 month.

Do I need to make train seat reservations in Romania?

Get unlimited travel on the CFR network with your Interrail pass. Local trains don’t require reservations but InterCity and InterRegio trains do. These can be made at the train station locally. More information on our Interrail seat reservations guide.

Where to stay in Romania

T5 Social - Bucharest

T5 Social is an International Community Hub that welcomes like-minded people to spread positive vibes and celebrate life together. It is a home from home, with a vision of sharing, co-creation and self-expression. There is a focus on solo travellers getting to know each other so the maximum group size for booking is three people.

Re-Born - Timisoara

Situated in the heart of the city, Re-Born hostel in Timisoara is less than a minute away from the city centre and the main square. The hosts are very welcoming and can help plan your Interrail trip through Romania, as well as suggesting things to do in Timisoara.

SECRET Boutique Hostel - Brasov

A prime location in the centre of Brasov, SECRET Boutique Hostel is a bit of a hidden gem. Highly rated by travellers for its comfy beds and homely, cozy vibes. One not to miss!

PanGeea Hostel - Sibiu

PanGeea Hostel is in a great location in the old town right next to the main square. It's a very cost effective option. Travellers love the communal bar area, which features quirky furniture.

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