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.
The airport  is located 3 km (1.9 mi) west of the city, and had flights to Milan. The airport is (from April 2015) closed for renovation. The alternative is Timisoara Airport and there are regular express buses from Budapest Airport in Hungary(about 3 hours).
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.
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.
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.
Arad also has McDonalds, KFC, Subway, Salad Box, Crispy House in addition to a rang of Italian, Arabic and Romanian restaurants.
Arad is home to two British Pubs; an Irish and an English. The Irish pub is situated in the centre along the Bulevard. The English Pub 'Old Lady's Pub', is dedicated to Liverpool Football Club and is situated in the UTA are of Arad. Every Liverpool game is shown live at the pub.
There is a medical school situated in Arad with an international section in english and french. The medical school has many overseas students coming primarily from Italy, Germany, UK, Sweden, Israel, and France. The university represents a diverse range of students. The university has helped regenerate the city from its intake of foreign students.
Outside of the town there are some mountains with hiking trails.