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Bacău is one of the most important cities in East of Romania. The city is situated in the historical region of Moldavia, at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, and on the Bistrița River (which meets the Siret River about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) to the south of Bacău).
The city is served by Bacău International Airport  (IATA: BCM, ICAO: LRBC) which provides direct links with the Romanian city of Timişoara and with other cities in Europe, together with other links through Timisoara airport.
The city is well-connected by train with Bucharest, Brasov, Suceava, Iasi, Constanta. The train station is 2.5 kilometers from the city center. Available transport services are Bus and Taxi (0.4 EUR/km).
A train ticket from Bucharest to Bacău costs around 25 euros when using the most expensive and luxurious option, the InterRegio train.
Romanian National Rail Transportation  runs the connections between Bacău and other cities.
The main roads to Bacău have been recently repaired and are in very good condition (E85, or DN2, is the best-maintained road in Romania, but also the road with the largest number of car accidents).
Reaching Bacău from Bucharest involves travelling 290 kilometers on E85 - expressway, which takes 3-4 hours by car (5-6 during the winter). When exiting Bucharest, the best route is via Colentina Boulevard. It is the exit towards Urziceni, Buzău, Focșani, Iasi and Suceava.
There are two basic ways of getting around the city : personal vehicle and public transport-which comprises mostly buses.
The linear structure of the city makes it virtually impossible to get lost, and the local transport is fast and reliable. A normal one-way ticket will cost you around 50 Eurocents (1.7 RON). The main bus lines are : 3, 17, 18 and 22, of which only the 22 has a different route : from the south entrance in the city (from Bucharest) where all the hypermarkets are towards Arena Mall. The rest have the same starting point, but go towards the train station (following various - yet close - routes).
The city's main roads are in excellent state, but there is a noticeable lack of parking spaces. Parking is free almost anywhere in the city. The town has a length of about 20 km (North-to-South), but this distance is littered with traffic lights. There is an alternative route - make a left turn just before Narcisa Bridge (about 4 km from the Metro hypermarket, coming in from the south. The road will lead you around the city (with a beautiful view of it) to the road to Transylvania (left turn about half the way, or left where the road ends into a Y intersection) - through the outskirts. If you want to go to Roman or further on to Suceava or Iași, you have to go through the city centre, and over Șerbănești Bridge over the Bistrița River.
Hitchhike is fairly common in Romania. The drivers will be very happy to pick you up and share stories with you in case they can understand with you. If you are coming from a Latin speaking country you have a good chances to understand and be understood even though you do not speak Romanian. Young people in general speak English. Take into consideration that drivers usually expect a small sum for the ride. If you are foreigner and you are fun you might get away without paying at all.
Bacovia Theater - one of the few remaining historical buildings in Bacau (1929) http://www.teatrulbacovia.ro/
The Bacău Prefecture - opened 1890 http://www.prefecturabacau.ro/
Precista Church - oficially opened in 1491. More info can be found here: http://www.bacau.djc.ro/ObiectiveDetalii.aspx?ID=23&lacas=true
Latin Unirii Bd., Nr. 2, Tel.: +40 234 510300, http://www.restaurantlatin.ro/. A good selection of Chinese, traditional Romanian, Spanish, French and Austrian food.
Amarante Str. Spiru Haret, Nr.8, Tel.: +40 234 511829, http://www.amarante.ro. A large selection of Italian food and a few French dishes. Fairly high prices, but quality food. They serve very good pizza.
La Michele Str. Mihail Kogalniceanu, Nr.12, Tel.: +40 234 552222, http://www.lamichele.ro/restaurante.php. The menu contains Italian and Romanian food. They serve good pizza, with smaller prices than the rest of the menu.
Hotel President, 4 stars, 24 double rooms, 4 single rooms, 4 apartments,Tel: +40 234 588000, Hotel President
Hotel Helen, 4 stars, 38 rooms, Tel: +40 372 344000, located on DN11 (E574), near Magura
Hotel Dumbrava, 4 stars, 50 rooms, Tel: +40 234 513302, Hotel Dumbrava
Hotel Decebal, 3 stars, almost 100 rooms,Tel: +40 234 570020, Hotel Decebal
Hotel Scorillo, 3 stars, 10 rooms, Tel: +40 334 103631, Hotel Scorillo