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- 1 Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport (Aeroportul Internațional Timișoara - Traian Vuia). Romania's third-largest airport, located 10km away from the city center. There are regular flights from/to numerous major European and domestic destinations: Bucharest (TAROM), Vienna (Austrian Airlines), Munich (Lufthansa), Barcelona, Bergamo, Dortmund, Forli, London Luton, Madrid, Paris Beauvais, Rome Fiumincio, Treviso and Valencia (WizzAir). Express Bus line 4 links the airport with downtown Timișoara (fare: 2 lei, tickets available at the parking ticket pay desk inside the terminal); car hire is also available.
- 2 Timișoara Nord. There are direct trains daily from Budapest (a 5 hours trip), Belgrade (4 hours), Vienna (8 hours) and Munich (15 hours). Naturally, there are also numerous trains to Bucharest and most major towns in Romania.
The bus terminal  (Autogara) lies two hundred meters to the south of the North Railway Station (Gara de Nord).
- Every day there is a bus to Vršac, just over the border with Serbia, approx 2 hours, leaving at noon. From Vršac there is a many buses further into Serbia.
It is also easy to share a taxi in the direction of the border (Cenad), leaving at Calea Torontalului.
You could walk most places in central Timisoara, but there is a good transportation service including trolleys, trams and buses. The majority of buses and trolleys are new. The trams are old German models, but the travel conditions are quite decent. A major problem in Romanian public transportation is respecting a schedule. Unfortunately Timisoara makes no exception. Some of the tram and bus stations have digital panels which list the waiting times, but they're not always accurate.
There are two types of tickets, one for the three express lines (buses) and one for the rest of the buses, trams and trolleys. The prices for one ticket are around 0.6 and 0.3€ respectively, and you can find them at press stands in almost every station. You can also buy passes for a day, a week, two weeks or a month, on one, two or all lines.
In Timisoara there is no shortage of taxis. You can reach about any point in Timisoara by paying a fee of 15-50 Lei (about 3-12€). Don't negotiate with the driver and insist for the meter to be turned on. If you don't want to overpay avoid private taxis and call for a local taxi company (Tudo, Radio, Timisoara, Autogenn, Fan or Prompt). The taxis licensed by the City Hall have a distinctive oval black sticker on the backseat doors, while the pricier, probably scam taxis have a sign on the top of the car which only says 'Taxi' and doesn't mention the name of the taxi company. These taxis are twice as expensive, but they are also legal. If you see a taxi driver approaching and asking you for a ride, reject it, and search for a local company taxi.
If you want to rent a car there are plenty of car rental companies. They offer good priced services and all types of vehicles.
Getting around the city is also possible by bicycle, and during rush hours with fair weather is far better than getting stuck in heavy traffic. There are also dedicated cycle lanes in some parts of the city (starting from the city center). However, be mindful of potholes popping up every now and then and be extra-cautious when sharing the road with cars, as some drivers tend to utterly disrespect anyone traveling on two wheels (be it a bicycle or a motorcycle).
Timisoara is known in Romania as the City of Parks.
- 1 Botanical Park (Parcul Botanic) (near Union Square).
- 2 Rose Park (Parcul Rozelor) (near Victory Square).
- 3 Central Park (Parcul Central) (near Victory Square, just behind the Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral).
- 4 Children's Park (Parcul Copiilor).
- 5 Zoo (Grădina Zoologică) (Located in the same area as The Village Museum). It's a small zoo, but your children will love it.
- 6 Victory Square (Piața Victoriei). It's the symbol of the Romanian revolution. Here you can find The Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral, The Opera House, The City Hall, The Philharmonic, The Museum of Banat and beautiful palaces built at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
- 7 Union Square (Piața Unirii). With its beautiful palaces and all the coffee houses it is the old city's center. Here you find St. George's Cathedral (The Catholic Dome), The Baroque Palace (now a beautiful art gallery), The Serbian Church and other important buildings.
- 8 Liberty Square (Piața Libertății) (between Piața Unirii and Piața Victoriei). A small square with old buildings. Here you can find the old City Hall and the beautiful St. Nepomuk's Statue.
- 9 Traian Square (Piața Traian). This is also a part of the old city, but is more quite like a separated neighbourhood, often called Fabric, due to his old factories around that used to run from old times. The buildings are beautiful, but be careful. Try not to visit the area at night and always keep an eye on your valuables. Nearby you can find Timișoreana brewery and the Setup Venue Club.
Places of worship
- 10 The Orthodox Cathedral (Catedrala Ortodoxă).
- 11 St. George's Cathedral (Catedrala Sf. Gheorghe).
- 12 Serbian Orthodox Cathedral (Catedrala Ortodoxă Sârbă).
- 13 Millenium Church (Biserica Millenium). Built in neo-romanesque style between 1896 and 1901.
- 14 Iosefin Synagogue (Sinagoga din Iosefin).
- 15 Fabric Synagogue (Sinagoga din Fabric).
- 16 Citadel Synagogue (Sinagoga din Cetate).
Notable buildings and structures
- 17 Maria Theresia Bastion (Bastionul Maria Therezia). Part of Timisoara's old defensive walls. The Bastion is located near Piata Unirii, it has been recently renovated.
- 18 Huniade Castle (Castelul Huniade). The oldest monument of Timișoara, built between 1443 and 1447. Currently houses the Museum of Banat.
- 19 Decebal Bridge (Podul Decebal). Was the largest span bridge built on concrete beams in 1909's Europe and became a case study in the field for its innovation
- 20 Museum of Banat (Muzeul Banatului).
- 21 Banat Village Museum (Muzeul Satului Bănățean) (Located near Padurea Verde (The Green Forest)). Here you can discover the Romanian tradition and traditional houses from different ethnic groups found in Romania.
- 22 Art Museum (Muzeul de Artă). Among the permanent exhibitions, here you can see the largest collection of Corneliu Baba paintings.
- 23 Revolution Memorial (Memorialul Revoluției), Ungureanu 8 (Just west of Unirii square). A great museum to visit to better understand what happened in the short seven days during which Romania got its independence. free.
- 24 Military Museum (Muzeul Militar).
- 25 Communist Consumer Museum (Muzeul Consumatorului Comunist) (in the basement of Scârț Loc Lejer).
Enjoy nice coffee products in Piata Unirii (Union Square) or Piata Victoriei (Victory Square). Taste the week-end nightlife by dancing all night long at Club The Note or D'Arc, or their summer locations, River Deck or D'Arc terrace on the shores of Bega Channel. Eat a great pizza or pasta at Da Toni, enjoy a nice beer at Bierhaus (you can find around 50 types of beer there), eat tasty Romanian food at Club XXI, don't miss the cocktails at River Deck or Club The Note. If you like shopping, Iulius Mall is the place to visit. Enjoy a nice walk in the Botanical Park. Timisoara is a very cosmopolitan city and if you ask around you can enjoy all kinds of activities.
- 1 The Banat Philharmonic (Filarmonica Banatul).
- 2 The National Theatre (Teatrul Național).
- 3 Sala 2 (Teatrul Național Timișoara - Sala 2). This former stable was turned into a modern performance space by the National Theatre team.
- 4 Centre Culturel Français (Centrul Cultural Francez). The French and Francophile communities of Timisoara frequent the local CCF which organizes exhibits, concerts, and various events.
- Rent a bike (tBike), Circumvalatiunii Street, ☏ . 24. Explore the city of Timisoara with a bike. There are some special bike lanes in Timisoara but they are part of the sidewalk most of the time. Overall biking in Timisoara is not that easy so be prepared to share you bike path with pedestrians and parked cars. Often there is no bike lane and you have to cycle on the main road. You should also choose the bike tours of Timisoara and Revolution from 1989. 25 ron.
In Timişoara you can buy everything, from well known brands to Romanian products. The important shops are located in the city center. If you want an authentic adventure visit Piata Aurora or the Brancoveanu shopping area, but be careful and keep a close eye on your valuables. Police won't help you at all.
- Piaţa Victoriei. The center of the city, with many shops.
- Iulius Mall. One of the biggest shopping malls in Eastern Europe. You can find many Romanian and international brands and a Cinema City multiplex there.
- Bega Shopping Center (near Hotel Continental). The first important shopping mall in Timisoara.
- 1 Piața Aurora (right next to Piața Flavia).
- 2 Piața Flavia (right next to Piața Aurora).
- 3 Piața Mehala.
If you want to eat in Timisoara, you can find places for every budget. Because Timisoara was and still is a very cosmopolitan city, the local cuisine is influenced by Italian, Serbian, Hungarian, German, Turkish and Arabic cuisine.
- Pan Rusovan (near Piata Victoriei). Well known for its sandwiches and burgers.
- Da Toni Pizza (on Strada Daliei in the university district). Italian cuisine in a down to earth environment. The price for a pizza ranges from 5 to 10 €. Friendly home delivery service is also available.
- Godfather Pizzeria (near Piata Victoriei). Renown for its signature dish, the fold your own Calzone.
- Napoleon (in the Student Campus). A good place to eat a pizza or a hamburger.
- 1 Timișoreana (near the beer factory). Known for its barbecue meals and cold local beer.
- Ready's (in the center of the Student Campus). A Greek restaurant with big portions.
- 2 The Sandwich Factory.
- 3 Casa Bunicii. (Grandma's House) Serves really well cooked traditional and local food.
- 4 Casa Bunicii 2. This popular place opened a second location.
- Club XXI (in Piata Victoriei). Well known for the Romanian cuisine.
- D.A.F. Junior, Str. Gloriei, Nr. 5 (in the Eastern suburbs), ☏ . Romania meets Las Vegas! This surreal complex that includes bowling, bars and tennis also has a very good value restaurant with outside terrace. The dishes are enormous and lots of fusion Romanian cuisine on offer at very good prices.
- 5 Drunken Rat (on the North-East corner of Piața Unirii). Pub
- 6 Marele Restaurant Chinezesc, Simion Bărnuțiu Street (near Piața Badea Cârțan). ~30 lei for a dish.
- 7 Marele Zid Chinezesc.
- Pasta e Basta (near Piata Unirii). Well known for very good Italian food, but is more expensive than Da Toni.
- Sabres. Sea food restaurant.
- 8 Suppa Bar. Soup restaurant.
- 9 Tinecz, Calea Aradului. Very popular restaurant in Timisoara.
- 10 Stradivarius. Serbian cuisine, with a view.
- Aquarium, Piata 700, City Business Center (Go into the ground floor of the City Business Center and take lift to 6th floor.), ☏ , , , fax: . Arguably the chicest place in the city to eat; dine with a very international business crowd whilst relaxing on an outdoor terrace with views overlooking the entire city. The steak dishes are especially recommended! A main dish and a glass of wine cost on average 12-20 €
- Casa cu Flori (near Piata Libertatii). International cuisine.
- 1 D'Arc Club, Piata Unirii. A well known club located at the basement of an old building, is notorious for the Thursday Night Party and for being overcrowded. No entrance fee.
- Club The Note. Probably the second best club in Timisoara. Well known for it's cocktails, weekend parties and concerts with famous guests. For a reservation you need to call days in advance. Entrance fee around 3€.
- River Deck. This is Club The Note's summer location, on the bank of the Bega Channel. It's notorious for the weekend parties, but also for the excellent cocktails and the fusion cuisine. If you want to reserve a table for the weekend do it a week in advance, because this is one of the trendiest places in Timisoara. Entrance fee around 3€.
- Taine, Str. George Cosbuc nr.1. Alternative Music and Rock can be found here.
- Night Club Shark House, Str. Mures nr. 48, ☏ . Girls.
- Setup Venue, Str. Pestalozzi nr. 22. A cross between a concert / music venue and a club, this transformed industrial warehouse space hosts weekly alternative music events from urban electronic and hip hop to alternative, hardcore rock and rockabilly. Popular Dubstep & Drum'n'Bass artists and djs are often guests here.
Bars / cafes
- 2 Cuib d'Arte, str. Mărășești nr. 14. Bar / cafe / tea house
- 3 Papillion Cafe (north of Piața Unirii). 24/7.
- 4 Reciproc. Cafe
- 5 Scârț Loc Lejer. Nicely decorated bar/cafe with comfy couches and free wifi. The Communist Consumer Museum hosted in their basement is worth visiting too!
- 1 Hostel Costel, Str. Petru Sfetca nr.1 (former Vidra), ☏ , email@example.com. A house and huge garden with lots of common places, a really big and nice equipped kitchen. Free Wi-Fi, lockers in every room and friendly hosts who can help with every question. 9€ and 10€ (shared) or 15€ (private).
- Freeborn Hostel, Str. Patriarh Miron Cristea Nr. 3 Ap.1 (formerly Asanesti), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Clean, cozy hostel in the centre. One minute walk from main attractions, cafes, restaurants, clubs and parks. Free WiFi, internet, Wii console, fully equipped kitchen, hair dryer, large lockers in the room. 10€ (shared) or 15€ (private).
- Hotel Arizona, str Musicescu no 168, ☏ , email@example.com. Low-budget choice, free WiFi. 24€/double room.
- Casa Leone, B-dul Eroilor (Southeast of University), ☏ . Free WiFi, garden, they speak good English, German, Hungarian, French, German, Italian. Double room 35€ with breakfast included.
- Directia Taberelor, str. Mihai Eminescu nr. 3, ☏ . Youth budget accommodation, very central. 50 lei/night.
- Hotel 2000. It has a swimming pool, but there's no water in it.
- NH Timisoara, Strada Pestalozzi 1/a, ☏ . Modern hotel has 80 well-furnished rooms, a relaxation center and state-of-the-art meeting rooms. Rooms from 65€.
- Hotel Valentina, Str. Mehadia. Friendly staff. Special rates for various occasions or length of stay. 40€.
- Hotel Continental. The best known hotel in Timisoara.
- Hotel Elysee. The only 5 star hotel in Banat. It's located near Timisoara, in Sacalaz.
- Hotel La Residenza, str.Independentei 14, ☏ . Shakira stayed here for her concert.
- 2 Vila Americana, Str. Avram Imbroane 74 (Green Forest), ☏ . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Four-star villa close to the Green Forest with apartments and pool, visited by diplomats and officials. 50.