Timisoara travel guide

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You're Going to Love Timisoara

Romania's third largest city is probably its most beautiful. Timisoara is a city of elegant squares and boulevards, tranquil gardens and fairy-tale churches, all with a fun-loving party vibe as well.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Timisoara

1. A History of Freedom

Timisoara was the epicenter of Romania's rebellion against Communism, and you can find out all about it at the inspiring Museum of the 1989 Revolution.

2. Superb Historical Sights

The city has over a thousand years of history to celebrate and wonderful architectural sights like its Old Town Hall and the stunning Baroque cathedral, as well as the impressive Timisoara fortress.

3. There are Plenty of Great Galleries

Timisoara has become a major cultural center in recent years. Independent galleries like Jecza or Helios are the major reason, and the Timișoara Art Museum is spectacular as well.

4. The Gorgeous Parks and Gardens

Timisoara is famous for its blossom and flowers, and the city maintains a gorgeous array of green spaces, like Roses Park, the Botanic Park and Poporului Park.

5. It's a Great Base to Explore the Banat

On the borders of Romania, Hungary and Serbia, the Banat is a magical region, offering spellbinding towns like Arad, ancient ruins, caves and dramatic beauty spots like the Nera Gorges.

Where to Eat in Timisoara

Timisoara has some genuine gourmet restaurants that match the best in Bucharest. Standout places include Caruso - which serves up experimental and traditional Romanian dishes - as well as Nora, where the grilled meats are exceptional. Meal prices start at about RON20.

When to visit Timisoara

Timisoara in November
Estimated hotel price
$76
1 night at 3-star hotel
Timisoara in November
Estimated hotel price
$76
1 night at 3-star hotel

Most visitors arrive in summer, between mid June and early September. If you love rock and dance music, early July is a good time to go, as Timisoara hosts its Revolution Festival.

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How to Get to Timisoara

Plane

Most people fly into Traian Vuia International Airport, which has connections to cities like Berlin and London. From there, take bus number 4 (RON2.50).

Train

Trains arrive in Timisoara from as far afield as Vienna, Budapest and Munich, and the station is very centrally located.

Car

From Bucharest, take the E81 then the A1 at Sibiu. Take the E70 from Belgrade, or the E75 then the A1 from Budapest.

Bus

Viitorul Transport and Normandia provide daily buses from Bucharest to the central bus station, which is just behind the train station.

Airports near Timisoara

Airlines serving Timisoara

United Airlines
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KLM
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Austrian Airlines
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Ryanair
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ITA Airways
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Aegean Airlines
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Eurowings
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Wizz Air
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TAROM
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FlexFlight
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Sky Express
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Blue Air
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Where to stay in Timisoara

Excellent hotels in Timisoara's historic center include the Do Stil Boutique Hotel, the North Star Continental Resort (which has a handy spa facility) and the Hotel Timisoara.

Popular neighbourhoods in Timisoara

Cetate - The historic core of the city, Cetate was built by the occupying Ottomans as a fortress city, with the castle at its heart. Nowadays, it's a beautiful, cosmopolitan center for shopping and culture.

Fabric - Named after its high concentration of textile mills (now gone), Fabric is dotted with historical sights like Millennium Church and is also home to the Timişoreana brewery.

Calea Șagului - This southern suburb is home to the Museum of Communist Consumerism, a cluster of good hotels and fine restaurants like Homemade.

Where to stay in popular areas of Timisoara

Most booked hotels in Timisoara

Hotel Spa Ice Resort
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$81+
Boutique hotel Casa del Sole
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$96+
Best Western Plus Lido Hotel
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$100+
NH Timisoara
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$80+
Hotel Imperial Premium
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$54+
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How to Get Around Timisoara

Public Transportation

Trolleys, buses and trams ply the streets of Timisoara. Tickets cost RON2 for most journeys (a little more on Express buses).

Taxi

Expect taxis to cost about RON2.20 for the meter drop, then RON3 per mile after that.

Car

Car rental options include Budget, Agar and Maya, and you can find deals for as little as RON50 per day.

Car hire agencies in Timisoara

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The Cost of Living in Timisoara

Shopping Streets

Timisoara is a great place to shop for vintage fashions, with huge weekend flea markets like Piaţa Mehala offering hundreds of stalls. Otherwise, Piaţa Victoriei is the main shopping area.

Groceries and Other

Local supermarkets include Billa and Kaufland. To give an idea of prices, 12 eggs will cost around RON6.50.

Cheap meal
$7.79
A pair of jeans
$70.94
Single public transport ticket
$0.79
Cappuccino
$2.22