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Busteni is a small mountain town in the Carpathian Mountains in the Transylvania region of Romania.

Get in[edit]

You can get to Busteni by car, bus, minibus, bicycle, motocycle or by train. You could also fly to Bucharest and from there rent a car, or take the bus, minibus or go to the trainstation and take the train!

Busteni is situated an the DN1 (national road 1) and getting in and out by road is very easy. The road is in good condition, but be careful in winter because the road can get very slippery quickly. There are also buses linking Busteni to major cities (Bucharest, Brasov, Ploiesti, Predeal, etc) and nearby resorts (Sinaia, Predeal, Poiana Brasov).

By train, Busteni is situated on the main track linking Bucharest and Brasov, and all trains stop here (P,A,R,IC).

Busteni, Romania

Get around[edit]

Taxis are an inexpensive way to get around the town (5 RON/1.2 euros from the train station to hotel). Buses also run between nearby towns.

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A cable car from Busteni takes you to the top of a mountain to see some monuments carved by the wind, (Babele and Sphinx). Heroes Monument, a huge cross to honor those in WWI on the top of the mountain, is about a 45 minute hike away from where the cable car arrives at the top of the mountain.

The Urlatoarea waterfall is a 90 minute hike away from the town. Follow the trail with the red dots.

Cantacuzino Castle.[1] This beautiful castle is located on a hill on one end of the town. The views are nice from the castle and the surrounding park. There is restaurant inside and a guided tour of the castle costs 20 Lei (as of august 2013). Tours in English are available only on weekends but the castle area can be visited on any day.

  • Cezar Petrescu Memorial museum, Str. Vladimirescu Tudor, 1, Busteni. The house of the popular Romanian writer Cezar Petrescu has been converted to a museum and almost all of the original contents (including 12000 books) have been well preserved. The museum is worth a visit (Cost: 8 Lei, as of 2013).  edit

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  • Busteni is a resort for people who enjoy the mountain. The view is fantastic.
  • In the winter you can practice winter sports on the Kalinderu ski slope. There are several equipment rental stores with fair prices. Also you can rent ATVs.
  • Hiking in the beautiful Bucegi National Park. There are a lot of picturesque marked trails. You can buy maps directly from Busteni, Sinaia or Predeal or from mountain shops in Bucharest. Most hiking routes are closed in winter because of their difficulty but they are a must in the summer. But be careful to have proper equipment and keep an eye out for bears.
  • Coştila, one of the biggest climbing areas in Romania, lies close to Busteni. It is a paradise for multi-pich conglomerate climbing with walls ranging from 100 meters or less to a little over 300 meters and lots of routes for all levels in a beautiful alpine environvemt. Accomodation is free at the Coştila Refuge but you must bring your own food, sleeping and cooking gear. There also is a water source close by (you will see it while hiking to the refuge).

The phone number for mountain rescue is 0SALVAMONT (+4 0725826668 - +4 being the national phone code).

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Eat[edit][add listing]

There are a lot of good places to eat here: restaurants, fast-food, pizza, delivery also. Here is a pizza delivery phone number: 0244 322 388

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are a lot of sleeping areas. You can find hotels from 1 to 4 stars and room rentals (from 45 RON-11 euro per night/ double room, see

Get out[edit]

  • Brasov is the closest big town and can be reached in 40 minutes by bus or car.
  • Predeal, a major mountain resort, is 15 minutes drive away on the route to Brasov.
  • Sinaia is to the south of Busteni, on the route to Bucharest. This town is known for its beautiful castles.

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