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Arad (Romania)

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Arad, the capital and base of Arad County, is situated in the western extremity of Transylvania. The city could be considered as a tourist stopover if you are coming to Romania from Hungary, or leaving the country. But not as a base as it lacks the same interest as other Transylvanian cities. Arad is one of the most prosperous cities in Romania, with a high income per capita.


Arad, a beautiful city situated in the western Romania on the banks of the river Mures, is only 30 km away from the Hungarian border. Before 1918 the city belonged to Austria-Hungary, which left a mark on its architecture and life style. Arad's city hall is a beautiful building which has to its right and left another two old palaces dating 2 centuries back. The "Cenad Palace" is one of the buildings old enough to justify the beauty of architectural times it was built in. The town has approximately 200.000 inhabitants, three quarters being Romanians and the rest is represented by Hungarians, Germans, Italians, Serbs and other minorities in smaller percentages.

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By plane[edit]

The airport [1] is located 3 km (1.9 mi) west of the city, with flights to Milan.


City Country IATA ICAO Airport Airline(s)
Milan Italy BGY LIME Bergamo-Il Caravaggio International Airport [2] Wizz Air [3]
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By car[edit]

Access to Arad by car is from the Pan-European corridor no.4 [E68]. Buses can be taken from Cluj-Napoca, Brasov, Bucharest, Sibiu and Constanta City.

By train[edit]

At the main train station there are services from Budapest, Praha, Warsaw, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Venezia, Thesalonoky, Brasov, Cluj Napoca, Sibiu, Bucharest, Oradea, Timisoara, Constanta, Galati, Iasi, Baia Mare, Suceava, Craiova and Ploiesti.

Get around[edit]

Buses and trams run through the town with several stops. Taxis are available. There are also "Rent a car" companies: Promotor Rent a Car Arad, one having a commercial with contact details just across the street of the Train station.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Arad Orthodox Cathedral
  • Fagarov Castle features fantastic carvings.
  • Arad Cultural Complex: Philharmonics, Museums, every Thursday there is a classic music concert performed by the fine Arad classic music orchestra. The Museum exhibitions are open daily, except Monday.
  • St.Anthony Catholic Cathedral
  • Parcul Reconcilierii, an area dedicated to the reconciliation between the Romanians and the Hungarians, it has two statuary complexes. Excellent for relaxing.
  • Parcul copiilor, situated along the shore of the Mures river, the Children's park offers an excellent way to recreate while having a nice promenade along the shore.

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Buy[edit][add listing]

There are several supermarkets, hypermarkets and shopping centers like Metro, Selgros, Billa, Praktiker, Carrefour, Kaufland, Spar, Real, Profi, Penny Market, Mini Max, Bricostore, Obi, Atrium Center, Ziridava,Dedeman, etc. Selgros and Metro require membership cards. Kaufland is excellent and extensive- Str Banul Maracine.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Gomboti, local sweet specialty - a fresh fruit entraped in a thick, round, sweet wheat layer;
  • Gulas, Hungarian specialty, it is a very spicy food met in very different combinations. Its base is a type of meat and tomato sauce.
  • Placinta cu dovleac/varza, traditional pie with pumpkin pulp or cabbage. It is very very tasty
  • Carnati/ Maios/ Sangerete/ Toba, pork traditional specialties.
  • Fraltas, a cabbage chicken and potato casserole, slow cooked until tender and soft.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Tuica/Palinca, Romanian genuine fine alcoholic drink, up to 65 degrees alcohol, traditionally made from plums; as alternative, pear, apple, grape tuica exists as well.
  • Cadarca de Minis, local wine from Minis vineyard area, it is a dry wine with fruity aroma.

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Alexander, Calea Radnei, +40-257-279199, +40-788-431447. Board and lodging.
  • Arad, B-dul Decebal Nr.9, +40-257-280894 , +40-257-214775.
  • Ardealul, B-dul Revoluţiei nr. 98, +40-257-280840 , +40-257-280925
  • Bibart 1 Panorama, Str. Digului nr.1A, +40-257-279398. Board and lodging.
  • Lotus, Str. Nicolae Ştefu nr.8, +40-257-251282, [4].
  • Mini Hotel Lipova **, Str. Lugojlui nr.50,+40-257-563021
  • Mioriţa, Calea Radnei nr. 172/B, +40-257-368132, +40-745-326254. Board and lodging.
  • Staţia Arad Vest , DN 7,+40-257-473276.
  • West, Str.Petru Rareş nr.66, +40-257-234257, +40-744-577971.


  • Central, Str. Horia nr.8, +40-257-256636
  • Class , Str. Dr. I Raţiu nr. 27-29, +40-257-213153, +40-788-213153,
  • Coandi, Calea Romanilor nr. 47,+40-257 287777, . Alongside of river Mureş
  • Iris, Str. Capitan Ignat, Nr. 1, +40-257-285499 , +40-357-409682, [5], [6].
  • Marem, Calea Victoriei nr. 2C, +40-257-256-011 , +40-257-256-110, [7].
  • Parc, B-dul General Dragalina nr. 25, +40-257-280820. Alongside the river Mureş.
  • President, Calea Timisorii nr. 164, +40-257.278814. , +40-257.278804, [8].
  • Vila Paradis, Str. Molidului Nr.2-5, +40-257-287377.


  • Continental, B-dul Revoluţiei 79-81, +40-257-281700.
  • XO Residence, Dr. Ioan Ratiu 13, +40-257-213163, +40-743-213163.


Subcetate, +40-57-281172.


Religious services[edit]

Orthodox service:

  • Arad Cathedral, Podgoria Square (from the train station with the trams 1,3, 17, etc for one station).

Catholic mass:

  • Cathedral St. Anton, Str. Lucian Blaga 2 (from the central station/Gara with trams 3, 6 or 17 (direction Centru) to Teatru). Sun: 06:00, 07:00, 08:00 (german), 10:30 (hungar), 12:00 (roman.), 19:00; Mon-Fri: 06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 19:00

Get out[edit]

Outside of the town there are some mountains with hiking trails.

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