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Timişoara is a university city and industrial center in western Romania. It is often described as the most cosmopolitan city in Romania.

Downtown Timisoara

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The city is served by Romania's second-largest airport, Traian Vuia International Airport [1], located 10km away from the city center. It is the hub of Romania's second-largest airline, Carpatair [2]. There are regular flights from/to numerous major European and domestic destinations:

Express Bus line 4 links the airport with downtown Timisoara and line 4B goes to the main train station (fare: 2.5 RON (one way), tickets available at the parking ticket pay desk inside the terminal); car hire is also available.

By train[edit]

There are direct trains daily from Budapest (a 5 hours trip), Belgrade (4 hours)[7], Vienna (8 hours) and Munich (15 hours) [8]. Naturally, there are also numerous trains to Bucharest and most major towns in Romania [9].

By car[edit]

Belgrade (Serbia) is 150 km away ( a 2 1/2 hour drive).

Budapest (Hungary) is 286 km away ( a 3.5 hour drive).

By bus[edit]

The bus terminal [10] (Autogara) lies two hundred meters to the south of the North Railway Station (Gara de Nord).

  • Every day there is a bus to Vršac, just over the border with Serbia, approx 2 hours, leaving at noon. From Vršac there is a many buses further into Serbia.
  • There are no direct buses to Belgrade. The easiest way to get to Belgrade is to book a shuttle bus with Gea Tours (www.geatours.rs). They generally leave in the morning (9am and 11am). They are a shuttle bus and do door to door pick ups and drop offs. This takes time however depending on how many passengers there are and where they are headed. Fare is 20 euros. It may not be comfortable being squeezed into a van but it is the most hassle free way to travel.

It is also easy to share a taxi in the direction of the border (Cenad), leaving at Calea Sagului.

Get around[edit]

Probably the best way to see the city is by taking a free tour of the city. Understanding that is better to bring as many tourists as possible than to have only some and charge them for everything , locals offer free city tours , mostly for english speakers but not only. A simple search on Google can solve this if searching for a free city tour.


You could walk most places in central Timisoara, but there is a good transportation service including trolleys, trams and buses. The majority of buses and trolleys are new. The trams are old German models, but the travel conditions are quite decent. A major problem in Romanian public transportation is respecting a schedule. Unfortunately Timisoara makes no exception. Some of the tram and bus stations have digital panels which list the waiting times, but they're not always accurate.

There are two types of tickets, one for the three express lines (buses) and one for the rest of the buses, trams and trolleys. The prices for one ticket are around 0.6 and 0.3€ respectively, and you can find them at press stands in almost every station. You can also buy passes for a day, a week, two weeks or a month, on one, two or all lines.

In Timisoara there is no shortage of taxis. You can reach about any point in Timisoara by paying a fee of 10-20 Lei (about 3-6€). Don't negotiate with the driver and insist for the meter to be turned on. If you don't want to overpay avoid private taxis and call for a local taxi company (Tudo, Radio, Timisoara, Autogenn, Fan or Prompt). The taxis licensed by the City Hall have a distinctive oval black sticker on the backseat doors, while the pricier, probably scam taxis have a sign on the top of the car which only says 'Taxi' and doesn't mention the name of the taxi company. These taxis are twice as expensive, but they are also legal. If you see a taxi driver approaching and asking you for a ride, reject it, and search for a local company taxi.

Currently there's a running trial for an app for iPhone and Android called StarTaxi that allows you to request taxis using the smartphone and Internet connection. You can set it up to English language and as long as you have a clear GPS signal you don't even have to know your current address.

If you want to rent a car there are plenty of car rental companies. They offer good priced services and all types of vehicles.

Getting around the city is also possible by bicycle, and during rush hours with fair weather is far better than getting stuck in heavy traffic. There are also dedicated cycle lanes in some parts of the city (starting from the city center). However, be mindful of potholes popping up every now and then and be extra-cautious when sharing the road with cars, as some drivers tend to utterly disrespect anyone travelling on two wheels (be it a bicycle or a motorcycle).

If you are trying to navigate to an address a lot of times you have to be careful as street names change a lot. Try to request all former street names or your SatNav might not be able to find them. Sometimes people will give you the old name which is also a problem with online-based navigation software.

Language[edit]

Chances are high that anyone under 40 understands at least English. Hungarian and German are also pretty common. You can also hope to make yourself understood in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or French, as they are part of the Romance languages.

If you are having trouble reading native street names or objectives just remember to think of Romanian as a phonetic language, there are very few pronunciation rules (gi->"gee", ghi->"gi", ț->"tz", ș->"sh", chi->"ki", ci="cee", ...).

See[edit][add listing]

Piaţa Unirii
  • Piaţa Victoriei (Victory Square or Opera Square). It's the symbol of the Romanian revolution. Here you can find The Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral, The Opera House, The City Hall, The Philharmonic, The Banat Museum and beautiful palaces built at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.  edit
  • Piaţa Unirii (Union Square). With its beautiful palaces and all the coffee houses it is the old city's center. Here you find The Catholic Dome, The Baroque Palace (now a beautiful art gallery), The Serbian Church and other important buildings.  edit
  • Piaţa Libertăţii (Liberty Square). Located between Piata Unirii and Piata Victoriei is a small square with old buildings. Here you can find the old City Hall and the beautiful St. Nepomuk's Statue.  edit
  • The Bastion. Part of Timisoara's old defensive walls. The Bastion is located near Piata Unirii, it has been recently renovated.  edit
  • Parks. Timisoara is known in Romania as the City of Parks. Important parks you can visit are: Botanical Park (near Piata Unirii, it's the most beautiful park in Timisoara), Rose Park (near Piata Victoriei), Central Park (near Piata Victoriei, just behind the Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral), Children's Park (near the Student Campus) and other.  edit
  • Piaţa Traian (Traian Square). This is also a part of the old city, but is more quite like a separated neighborhood, often called Fabric, due to his old factories around that used to run from old times. The buildings are beautiful, but be careful. Try not to visit the area at night and always keep an eye on your valuables. Nearby you can find Timisoreana brewery and the Setup Venue Club.  edit
  • The Village Museum. Located near Padurea Verde (The Green Forest). Here you can discover the Romanian tradition.  edit
  • The Zoo. Located in the same area as The Village Museum, it's a small zoo, but your children will love it.  edit
  • The Museum of the Revolution, Popa Sapca nr. 3-5 (Inside the Bastion), [11]. A great museum to visit to better understand what happened in the short seven days during which Romania got its independance. free.  edit
  • Museum of Banat, (Adjacent to the Metropolitan Cathedral). Museum is currently closed. Housed inside the Hunyad Castle, the museum contains archaeological artifacts. Museum is scheduled to be reopened May 2014. A previous medieval building is being excavated on the museum grounds.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Enjoy nice coffee products in Piata Unirii (Union Square) or Piata Victoriei (Victory Square). Taste the week-end nightlife by dancing all night long at Club The Note or D'Arc, or their summer locations, River Deck or D'Arc terrace on the shores of Bega Channel. Eat a great pizza or pasta at Da Toni, enjoy a nice beer at Bierhaus (you can find around 50 types of beer there), eat tasty Romanian food at Club XXI, don't miss the cocktails at River Deck or Club The Note. If you like shopping, Iulius Mall is the place to visit. Enjoy a nice walk in the Botanical Park. Timisoara is a very cosmopolitan city and if you ask around you can enjoy all kinds of activities.

  • Centre culturel français, Bd Loga, [12]. The French and Francophile communities of Timisoara frequent the local CCF which organizes exhibits, concerts, and various events.  edit
  • Rent a Bike in Timisoara (tBike), Circumvalatiunii Street, 0724282453, [13]. 24. Explore the city of Timisoara with a bike. There are some special bike lanes in Timisoara but they are part of the sidewalk most of the time. Overall biking in Timisoara is not that easy so be prepared to share you bike path with pedestrians and parked cars. Often there is no bike lane and you have to cycle on the main road. You should also choose the bike tours of Timisoara and Revolution from 1989. 25 ron.  edit
  • Scartz, Str. Zoe, Nr. 1, Timisoara, Romania, +40724592379, [14]. Scartz is a so called ‘hipster bar’. It’s a café located a bit outside the city centre. It is known among students and young adults as a great place to hang out, and that is exactly what the owners seemed to have in mind. With couches, luxurious chairs, hammocks and bunk beds, it truly did became a place perfect for ‘hanging out’. While the inside is decorated to look warm and hip, the outside is more stylish and happening. And the best part of it all: they sell ice cream! For just 2 lei we had a rectangle of chocolate ice cream in our hands. It eats a little weird but then again, what doesn’t eat weird while laying on bed, in a hammock or on a couch?! A place you simply must visit, just for the fun of it.Scartz is also a home for an independent theater group called Aualeu Teatru, another must see. They perform each weekend, between October and May.Limited number of seats, 20 to 40, depending on show, you should call first to book a seat, or just ask the bartender.  edit


Learn[edit]

Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara (Polytechnic University) and Universitatea de Vest Timisoara (West University) are the most important universities in the area.

The Tibiscus University in Timisoara offers 8 specialities and has the only private Design Faculty in Romania.

Buy[edit][add listing]

In Timişoara you can buy everything, from well known brands to Romanian products. The important shops are located in the city center. If you want an authentic adventure visit Piata Aurora or the Brancoveanu shopping area, but be careful and keep a close eye on your valuables. Police won't help you at all.

  • Piaţa Victoriei. The center of the city, with many shops.  edit
  • Iulius Mall, [15]. One of the biggest shopping malls in Eastern Europe. You can find many Romanian and international brands and a Cinema City multiplex there.  edit
  • Bega Shopping Center, (near Hotel Continental). The first important shopping mall in Timisoara.  edit

Supermarkets[edit]

There are supermarkets near city exits: Metro, Praktiker, Real, Selgros. Also there is an Auchan Supermarket inside Iulius Mall at basement level.

Vintage[edit]

Every weekend there are two flea markets taking place at:

  • Piața Aurora-Flavia.  edit
  • Piaţa Mehala. Also the city's biggest market for second hand cars and bicycles  edit

The markets are also open during the weekdays but with a much weaker participation. If your gear gets stolen while staying here, chances are it might turn up in one of these markets.

Convenience stores[edit]

Scattered throughout the city you will find convenience stores from Kaufland, Billa, Aldi, Lidl and Profi. There are also several small corner shops, some of them opened 24/7 ("Non-Stop").

Before big holidays (Christmas, Easter) some supermarkets are opened during the night as well. During the holidays you can still find small corner shops open, usually the ones running 24/7 and gas stations.

Eat[edit][add listing]

If you want to eat in Timisoara, you can find places for every budget. Because Timisoara was and still is a very cosmopolitan city, the local cuisine is influenced by Italian, Serbian, Hungarian, German, Turkish and Arabic cuisine.

Some restaurants are for non-smokers, some are for smokers and some are split. The ones that provide both are required by law to have a bigger area for non-smokers and clear separation between the spaces. Check before entering if it's for smokers ("Fumători") or non-smokers ("Nefumători") or ask at the reception.


Budget[edit]

  • Pan Rusovan, (near Piata Victoriei, piata 700, iosefin, complex). Well known chain for its sandwiches, burgers and pleascavita, but not the best quality.  edit
  • Pinguin, (Piata Libertatii). non-stop. Lebanese fast food serving shaorma, kebab, pleascavita. inside oriental restaurant.  edit
  • Da Toni Pizza, (on Strada Daliei in the university district). Italian cuisine in a down to earth environment. The price for a pizza ranges from 5 to 10 €. Friendly home delivery service is also available.  edit
  • Godfather Pizzeria, (near Piata Victoriei). Renown for its signature dish, the fold your own Calzone.  edit
  • Napoleon, (in the Student Campus). A good place to eat a pizza or a hamburger.  edit
  • Timisoreana, (near the beer factory). Known for its barbecue meals and cold local beer.  edit
  • Ready's, (in the center of the Student Campus). A Greek restaurant with big portions.  edit
  • Restaurant Dorna, (Strada Martir Ioan Stanciu, near Piata Giroc). Very cheap, fresh cooked food, a good value if you want to eat fast. No time for chatting, only a few tables which change guests every 15 minutes or so as it's usually full. Eating time is usually between 11 and 15. You stand in line at the cashiers to get the food tray and return it when you are done.  edit
  • Restaurant La Dama, (Inside Piata Giroc, Strada Martir Nicoară Elena). Slightly higher prices than Dorna, similar food quality, more seating places, table serving and also has a separate smoking area. (45.733525,21.238863) edit


You can find semi-permanent street stalls selling sandwiches, kebap, shawarma, french fries or similar fast foods scattered throughout the city, usually with very good prices but of questionable health.

Mid-range[edit]

  • D.A.F. Junior, Str. Gloriei, Nr. 5 (in the Eastern suburbs), 0256/395998, [16]. Romania meets Las Vegas! This surreal complex that includes bowling, bars and tennis also has a very good value restaurant with outside terrace. The dishes are enormous and lots of fusion Romanian cuisine on offer at very good prices.  edit
  • Club XXI, (in Piata Victoriei). Well known for the Romanian cuisine.  edit
  • Pasta e Basta, (near Piata Unirii). Well known for very good Italian food, but is more expensive than Da Toni.  edit
  • Tinecz, (in Calea Aradului). Very popular restaurant in Timisoara.  edit
  • Sabres. Sea food restaurant.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Aquarium, Piata 700, City Business Center (Go into the ground floor of the City Business Center and take lift to 6th floor.), 0356/170380, 0728444618, 0770422716 (fax: 0356/170380). Arguably the chicest place in the city to eat; dine with a very international business crowd whilst relaxing on an outdoor terrace with views overlooking the entire city. The steak dishes are especially recommended! A main dish and a glass of wine cost on average 12-20 €  edit
  • Casa cu Flori, (near Piata Libertatii). International cuisine.  edit
  • Marele Restaurant Chinezesc - Chinese Restaurant, (near Piata Badea Cartan, on Simion Barnutiu Street). Best Asian restaurant in Timisoara. A meal will usually cost you around 10-15 €.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Clubs[edit]

  • D'Arc Club, Piata Unirii, [17]. A well known club located at the basement of an old building, is notorious for the Thursday Night Party and for being overcrowded. No entrance fee.  edit
  • Club The Note, [18]. Probably the second best club in Timisoara. Well known for it's cocktails, weekend parties and concerts with famous guests. For a reservation you need to call days in advance. Entrance fee around 3€.  edit
  • River Deck, [19]. This is Club The Note's summer location, on the bank of the Bega Channel. It's notorious for the weekend parties, but also for the excellent cocktails and the fusion cuisine. If you want to reserve a table for the weekend do it a week in advance, because this is one of the trendiest places in Timisoara. Entrance fee around 3€.  edit
  • Taine, Str. George Cosbuc nr.1, [20]. Alternative Music and Rock can be found here.  edit
  • Night Club Shark House, Str. Mures nr. 48, 0734088075, [21]. Girls.  edit
  • Setup Venue, Str. Pestalozzi nr. 22, [22]. A cross between a concert / music venue and a club, this transformed industrial warehouse space hosts weekly alternative music events from urban electronic and hip hop to alternative, hardcore rock and rockabilly. Popular Dubstep & Drum'n'Bass artists and djs are often guests here.  edit
  • Papillion Cafe, Piata Unirii, [23]. 24/7.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Hostel Costel, Str. Petru Sfetca nr.1 (former Vidra), +40 / 356. 262.487 (), [24]. A house and huge garden with lots of common places, a really big and nice equipped kitchen. Free Wi-Fi, lockers in every room and friendly hosts who can help with every question. 9€ and 10€ (shared) or 15€ (private).  edit
  • Freeborn Hostel, Str. Patriarh Miron Cristea Nr. 3 Ap.1 (formerly Asanesti), +40743438534 (), [25]. Clean, cozy hostel in the centre. One minute walk from main attractions, cafes, restaurants, clubs and parks. Free WiFi, internet, Wii console, fully equipped kitchen, hair dryer, large lockers in the room. 10€ (shared) or 15€ (private).  edit
  • Casa Leone, B-dul Eroilor (Southeast of University), +40(0)256-292621, [27]. Free WiFi, garden, they speak good English, German, Hungarian, French, German, Italian. Double room 30€ euros. single room form 20 euros.  edit
  • Directia Taberelor, str. Mihai Eminescu nr. 3, +40(0)256-490469. Youth budget accommodation, very central. 50 RON/night.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hotel 2000. It has a swimming pool, but there's no water in it.  edit
  • NH Timisoara, Strada Pestalozzi 1/a, +40 256 407 440, [28]. Modern hotel has 80 well-furnished rooms, a relaxation center and state-of-the-art meeting rooms. Rooms from 65€.  edit
  • Hotel Strelitia Timisoara, Blvd. Simion Barnutiu 44, +40 256 247 067 (, fax: +40 256 247 066), [29]. checkin: 12; checkout: 12. 74 rooms, restaurant, conference/events room from 30€.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Hotel Continental. The best known hotel in Timisoara.  edit
  • Hotel Elysee. The only 5 star hotel in Banat. It's located near Timisoara, in Sacalaz.  edit
  • Hotel La Residenza, str.Independentei 14, +40256401080, [30]. Shakira stayed here for her concert.  edit
  • Vila Americana, Str. Avram Imbroane 74 (Green Forest), +40733550844, [31]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Four-star villa close to the Green Forest with apartments and pool, visited by diplomats and officials. 50. (45°46'31.19N,21°15'47.44E) edit


Stay safe[edit]

General precautions apply as with any East-Central European country. With that said, Timișoara is much safer on average than Romania.

Attacks from packs of stray dogs are practically unheard of.

Keep the valuables in your sight at all times or in a safety deposit box. Do not leave any visible objects hinting to valuables inside your car: backpacks, trolleys, jackets, purses, navigation devices, mobile phones, cash. It's a very high chance that the car will be broken.

Don't start fights and don't join fights. Be smart and leave. Don't let anyone harass you or allow strangers to take you to unknown places. Do not accept shady deals or gambling games done in the street or behind buildings. If a big fight breaks out in a club, leave immediately - the tactical police forces might be coming soon and they might 'pacify' everyone.

Beware of people posing as policemen, though that's usually rare. If you get stopped and it's somewhere dark, request that you go to a populated area to check the ids or inside the hotel or somewhere within range of surveillance cameras. Have only copies of your important papers on yourself and keep the originals at the hotel.

Watch out: Don't stay in HOTEL VALENTINA, situated in Str. Mehadia 5. This place is known that prostitutes catch the (preferred male single) guests of from Timișoara North Station and ask you to "assist" their guests to get there. Once arrived in the hotel, they ask to stay the night together and pay 50 € (or 200 RON) at least. If you refuse and/or ask them to leave you alone, they'll take your key and force you to pay for the taxi "home", as the hotel is far off the city. If you can't speak Romanian or only a few, the hotel staff is not co-operative and covers the prostitute and refuse even the service to call the police claiming that "they also can't help you".

Contact[edit]

To dial fixed phone numbers while roaming, use international prefix +40 followed by 56 for city prefix.

Taxi numbers (prefix with +40256 if unsure):

  • Radio 940
  • Euro 941
  • Pro 942
  • Fan 944
  • Tudo 945
  • Timisoara 946
  • Grup 207207
  • AutoGenn 988


City Hall Internet Page: http://www.primariatm.ro/index.php?lg=en


Embassies and consulates (might not be up to date):

  • Germany General Consulate
  • Italy General Consulate
  • Serbia & Montenegro General Consulate
  • Austria Honorary Consulate
  • Holland Honorary Consulate
  • India Honorary Consulate
  • France Honorary Consulate
  • Sweden Honorary Consulate
  • Tunisia Honorary Consulate
  • Hungary Honorary Consulate
  • Czech Honorary Consulate
  • Moldova Honorary Consulate
  • Bulgaria Honorary Consulate


Get out[edit]

Jimbolia is a small town 40 km west of Timisoara on the border with Serbia. It provides visitors with several interesting cultural and recreational attractions.

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