The complete guide to: Brasov travel

The complete guide to: Brasov travel

Welcome to this beautiful medieval Transylvanian town of Brasov; smack in the middle of the mountains, carefully balancing its large size and modern amenities with its small-town atmosphere, history and warmth. Whether you’re planning to visit for a few days or you want to stay a while, our local Brasov tour guides are here to help you prepare for an epic trip to Brasov.

Getting to and from Brasov

Brasov Airport is still a couple of years away from completion, so if you’re flying in, your best bets are to fly into Bucharest, Sibiu or Targu Mures International Airports and then take the train into Brasov.

Brasov is well linked to all major cities in Romania with four to nine connections each day depending on the city. Make sure to aim for the InterRegio trains as they are the fastest and most comfortable. Approximate price of a train ticket is EUR 12 from Bucharest, EUR 10 from Sibiu, and EUR 15 from Targu Mures.

Train tickets can be bought online beforehand — you will need to make an account and the user experience is not the friendliest or most intuitive, but it is doable. You can also buy tickets at the automated ticket counters in all main stations (they stop selling 45 minutes before the scheduled train departure) or at the ticket counters in the train stations (be careful as there is usually a line, so make sure you allow yourself enough time).

If Brasov is your first destination, then your best option is to use one of the several companies that provide direct transfers from the airport. Direct Aeroport and M&M Express are the most prolific ones. You reserve a transfer and they wait for you in arrivals and accompany you all the way.

Getting around Brasov

Old Town Brasov

Walking is a great way to get around the city | Photo by Brasov Urban Adventures

Once you get to the city, our recommendation is to walk or rent a bike. The historical centre is just a couple of blocks, and even if you want to get to the more bohemian, mid-late 20th century parts of the city it does not take more than 40 to 50 minutes on foot.

However, if you have a short amount of time and would rather also sightsee form the bus between interest points, the bus network works great and traffic in Brasov is really calm so you can quickly move from place to place. Two trip tickets are LEI 4 (90 eurocents), and make sure you validate your ticket when you get on the bus.

Things to do in Brasov

Walking the cobbled stone streets in the historical centre is the first thing anyone should do in Brasov. The Old City is quite small, and you can easily trace its borders by looking to the old city walls that have been preserved and still enclose this historical area. If you want to get an exact lay of the land, then start your walk with a visit to the Weaver’s Bastion where they have a scale model of the city.

Scale model of Brasov

Get a lay of the land with a scale model of Brasov | Photo by Brasov Urban Adventures

You’ll also want to spend some time getting lost in the streets of the old Șchei neighbourhood spreading higher and higher up until the base of the Mount Tampa. Back when the Saxons established the city, Romanians were not allowed to own property within its walls so they started building their houses next to the gates. As the city grew, they kept building and expanding further and further, creating this picturesque neighbourhood with narrow streets, steep stairs and small, beautiful houses.

If you want to go even higher up, take the cable car (one way EUR 2, return EUR 3.50) or walk up (45 minutes to an hour) to the peak of Mount Tampa for the hands-down best views of Brasov. Don’t forget your selfie stick.

Mount Tampa cable car ride

Taking the cable car up Mount Tampa | Photo by Brasov Urban Adventures

If you feel like getting active, you can take the No. 20 bus to Poiana Brașov just 20 minutes away from the city centre. This is Romania’s biggest ski resort where you can enjoy a walk in the woods or rent a bike and explore.

Try your hand at a new sport: in summer, take a taxi (EUR 7-9) for a short ride outside Brasov to YAZ, where you can enjoy a nice lunch on the side of a lake with a wakeboarding cable system. In winter, go up to Poiana Brasov, rent a snowboard, skis or a sled and have some fun in the snow followed by some fun with a cup of mulled wine.

Brasov Day Tours

Looking for more things to do? Urban Adventures offers day tours in Brasov and beyond, all led by local experts who will give you a taste for local life in the capital city:

Brasov Sights & Bites Tour
Get a fascinating and tasty introduction to this impressive ‘outdoor’ city with a friendly local guide. Unearth hidden medieval churches and fairytale turrets. Take in the fresh mountain air and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch at a local hot spot. This is the perfect way to kick-start your time in Transylvania, offering you a sizable sample of local food, culture, and history.

Absolutely Brasov
It’s the ultimate intro to Brasov on this tour that takes you to some of the city’s most iconic sites. Unearth hidden medieval churches, fairytale turrets, and secret catacombs while learning the history of this intriguing city. This is the perfect way to kick-start your time in Transylvania, offering you a sizable sample of local culture and history.

Home Cooked Brasov
Join this Home Cooked Brasov experience with a local host who will welcome you into their home for a delicious, traditional meal. Tantilise your taste buds with foods such as ciroba, sarmale, stuffed peppers and fish, tocanita, and more. We won’t try everything on this list, but it gives you an idea of the tasty treats to come. Wash it down with some Romanian wine, tuica, or a soft drink, and say cheers with your new friends in Brasov!

Communist History Tour
Discover a different side of Brasov, by exploring rarely visited neighbourhoods that will transport you back to the spirit and atmosphere of the ‘good old communist days.’ Together with your local guide, you will learn about Brasov’s intriguing communist past, from model communist city in the 1950s, to leading the charge in the run up to the 1989 Revolution. We’ll also look at life before and after the communist era, meaning that this unique tour allows you to explore 700 years of Brasov history in just four hours.

Sweet Tooth Explorer
As Brasov is known as the sweet capital of Romania, it would be rude not to delve deeply into its sweet treasures. From the golden honey of the ancient Romans to special cakes made for French Generals during WWI, together we’ll experience a trip down memory lane, strolling the hidden streets of the Old Town in search of the perfect dessert! You’ll see the city from a local’s perspective, hear stories about bygone times and, most importantly, send your taste buds on a magical journey they’ll never forget!

Brasov by Beer
Long celebrated as Romania’s outdoor capital and undoubtedly Transylvania’s prettiest town, Brasov is never in a hurry to do anything. So even if the German Saxons (the founders of the city) brewed a mean weizen for more than 1,000 years, the recent craft beer revolution has arrived, just like spring in this mountain city, very late and very quickly. This tour offers you the opportunity to taste the best local beers in Brasov’s hippest bars and learn the stories behind them, as you stroll the charming streets and admire the many pretty squares and historic monuments that help to make this Romania’s most beautiful city. Beer and culture? Sign us up!

 

Brasov on the big screen

Get in the mood for Transylvania and all its mythology with a screening the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It may not have been filmed in Brasov, but it might just be a fun watch before you go. To get a visual sense of Brasov, take a look at this short video giving an overview of the city.

Brasov in books

If you’re planning on checking out Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, either before or after your time in Brasov, dust off a copy of Dracula by Bram Stoker before your trip.

Get in touch with us

To find out more about Brasov or to book an Urban Adventures tour, email us at info@brasovurbanadventures.com. And be sure to follow us on Instagram for live updates from the city!

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