Transport in Braşov is very extensive, around 40 lines that run within the whole city in a convenient way.
- Operated by: RATBv (Regia Autonomă de Transport Braşov – The Public Transportation Company of Braşov)
- Schedule: Weekdays: 5.30 – 23.30/24; Weekends: 6.30 – 22.30/23; Night: no service.
- Tickets valid for all lines, except line 20: 1 trip – ticket/2 lei (€0.45); 2 trips – ticket/4 lei (€0.9).
- Tickets valid for line 20, to Poiana Braşov: 1 trip – ticket/4.5 lei (€1);
- Passes: 1 day nominal pass valid for all lines, except line 20: 6 lei (€1.4); 1 week nominal pass valid for all lines, except line 20: 30 lei (€6.7); 10 days nominal pass valid for all lines, except line 20: 40 lei (€8.9). Please always have your identification card with you when using these passes.
- Notes: These are the most important tickets. There are also other types, please check the link at the bottom of the page. Tickets must be punched when getting on the bus. Passes must always be accompanied by ID, since they are nominal. You have to buy the ticket before and validate it on board. Traveling without tickets/passes, or with the wrong tickets/passes, is liable for paying a fine between 45-200 lei (€11-46).
- Ticket sales: There are special kiosks with the sign Bilete si abonamente transport public (Public transport tickets) which are also accompanied by the sign RAT. However they are not present in all bus stops and their opening hours might differ. Then, you must look for the nearest super/mini market, or newspaper vending kiosk, since they will most likely sell tickets too. If they do, they usually have a sign saying “bilete” (tickets). The most important ticket vending kiosk is in the Gara (Train Station) bus stop, which is open from 5.00-24.00.
- The most important tourist lines are:
- line 4: Train station to the Centre (Livada Poştei);
- line 51: Train station to the Centre (Piaţa Sfatului – The Council Square) – it stops 1 minute away from the Black Church. This line also takes you to the Union Square (Piaţa Unirii) another important site to be seen, end of the line is Pe Tocile.
- line 50: Centre (Livada Poştei) to Union Square (Piaţa Unirii) up to Pe Tocile, ring-line. It is nice to take it as a tour line of the citadel and some of its surroundings. Please note that it can be crowded and sometimes miss the schedule.
- line 50B (barat): Centre (Livada Poştei) to Pietrele lui Solomon, a wonderful nature site, via Piaţa Unirii and Pe Tocile.
- line 31: Centre (Livada Poştei) to Valea Cetăţii district. This here is a residential area, but it is worth visiting for its nature surroundings.
– For those whose accommodation is located on Str. Lungă or Str. De Mijloc, a handful of lines are available to get to the Centre:
- lines 5, 15, 28 take you from all stops on Str. Lungă to the Centre (Livada Poştei) and back. To go to Str. De Mijloc, you stop on Str. Lungă and then walk 5-6 min. to Str. De Mijloc.
For those who want to travel to Bran, Moeciu, Râşnov and other directions, by bus, you can take them from either Autogara 2, Bartolomeu area or Stadionul Municipal bus terminal; there are lines that take you from the train station/centre to these particular places.
- line 23, 23B: Train station (Gara) – Stadionul Municipal via Stadionul Tineretului (near Autogara 2) and Bartolomeu area.
- line 16: Stadionul Municipal – City centre
- line 12: Centre (Livada Poştei) – Stadionul Tineretului (near Autogara 2)
- line 5: from the Primărie bus stop (New City Hall – 4 min walk from the Livada Poştei bus station through the Park) – Stadionul Municipal via Str. Lungă and Bartolomeu.
For those who want to reach the beautiful and fancy Poiana Braşov ski resort/spa:
- line 20: Centre (Livada Poştei) – Poiana Braşov. When you buy the ticket you have to mention that you want trips for the line 20. The clerks will give you the appropriate ticket.
- Buses: They are fairly new, as RAT is undergoing a major renewal program and the overwhelming majority of (long) buses/trolleys/shuttles are in very good shape.
- Signaling: All the stops have the timetables of the lines stopping there displayed. The city centre and train station routes are now served by buses equipped with digital boards displaying the name of the following stop.
- URL: For more information about the lines and their timetables, as well as a scheme of the public transport in Braşov, please check the website of ratbv
- Dictionary: gară = train station; bilet = ticket (plural: bilete); autogară = intercity bus terminal; autobuz = bus; maxi-taxi or microbuz = minibus (up to 16 seats).
For an exciting tour of the city, a new open double-deck bus has been introduced in 2008. It leaves on Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00 and 14:00 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00, from the Tiberiu Brediceanu St. (known as the Tâmpa Alley – Aleea de sub Tâmpa). From the fountain in the Council Square you can reach there by walking through the Apollonia Hirscher street up until the roundabout, make left there, walk about 200 meters then climb the Siuşul Castelului alley to the top. A ticket costs 5 lei (€1.2) and it needs to have at least 10 passengers to depart. The route from Tâmpa Alley is: Lungă St. – Biserica Sf. Bartolomeu (St. Bartholomew Church) – Belvedere (on the road to Poiana Braşov) – Piaţa Unirii (Union Square) – Biserica Sf. Nicolae (St. Nicholas Church) – Mureşenilor St. – Tâmpa Alley.
Taxis are a faster and more comfortable way to get around town than public transportation. Taxis are also relatively cheap. Most taxis have meters and drivers are usually friendly. There’s never a shortage of cabs within city limits at any given hour, but it is a good idea to have one called, rather than going looking for one. By law, all the taxis must have the price/km put in a visible place (usually outside, on the side doors). Anyway, you should ask the approximate fare in advance and always make sure the driver uses the meter from the start, or agree on a fixed amount for the ride. Though rare, there have been cases when foreign tourists have been asked to pay enormous amounts. It is OK and always a good idea to ask for an estimate in advance, even when the cab is using a meter. Taxis are usually parked in designated areas along the curb, which are in the proximity of bus stations or other busy spots. When traveling outside city limits you may be asked to pay double fare per kilometer (it is considered acceptable), or you could agree on a fixed amount in advance. Tipping taxi drivers is not very common, but it’s always appreciated. If you find a reliable and trustworthy driver that you feel comfortable with, you could ask if he is willing to serve you for the remainder of your stay in Braşov. Most likely, he will be happy to give you his cell number or car number so you can call dispatch and ask for him. This way you will avoid having to continually switch drivers. Never get into a taxi that doesn’t have a sign with the company name on top of it, you may get ripped off. Such taxis are waiting in the first row at the train station stand.