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Cluj-napoca Travel Guide, Romania

Cluj-Napoca is one of the oldest cities in Transylvania, perhaps the most famous of Romania’s historical regions. Cluj-Napoca, or simply Cluj, as it is called by the locals, is a city steeped in history and culture. Founded by the Roman colonists who came to the area in the 2nd century AD, Cluj-Napoca has a long tradition of being a centre for culture, learning and trade. The city’s atmosphere is strongly multicultural, partly due to the large number of ethnic Hungarians who live there, but also because it is home to one of Romania’s leading universities which welcome thousands of international students. Cluj-Napoca is a great place for tourists who want to discover Romanian culture, and it is chock full of interesting sights, museums, and lively clubs and cafes. This Cluj-Napoca Travel Guide will give you some basic information about this charming city.

Cluj-Napoca Travel Guide - Transport

The cheapest and easiest way to get around in Romania is by train, but although you can travel by rail from practically any corner of the country to another, train rides can be rather long, and often crowded. There are several types of trains, depending on how fast they go and how many stops they make along the way. Keep in mind that when travelling on the so called ‘personal’ trains, you might not always find a seat. If you can afford it, either take an intercity train, an “accelerat”, or get a first-class ticket. There are regular train connections to Cluj-Napoca from Bucharest, Timisoara and other major cities, and there is also a direct international connection to Budapest. If your point of departure is a smaller town, you might have to change a few trains to reach your destination.

From Bucharest or Timisoara you can also take the plane to Cluj if you’re already in the country. There are regular flights to and from several European cities, such as Rome, Barcelona, Vienna or Paris. Cluj International Airport is located at about 20 minutes’ distance from the city centre by bus. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket booth near the bus station or at the terminal. The historic centre of the city is not overly large, so you can get around on foot. Public transport services in Cluj are fairly good and very cheap, but you can also take a taxi to get to some of the more remote neighborhoods.

Cluj-Napoca Travel Guide - Accommodation

There aren’t many backpacker hostels in the city, but hotel rates are relatively low compared to western standards. Meteor Hotel on Eroilor Boulevard is a reasonably comfortable mid-range hotel with the advantage of being located right in the city centre. The restaurant downstairs serves hearty food in large portions, and it is quite popular with the student crowd. For an amazing view of the city, go to Belvedere Hotel, on top of the Fortress Hill. The hotel has luxury facilities and it is located at a five minutes’ walk from the city centre. If you’re looking for a unique five star hotel, this Cluj Napoca Travel Guide recommends Déjà Vu, situated in one of the quietest neighborhoods of the city. The hotel looks uncannily like a gingerbread house, but it has some of the best amenities you can find in town.

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  • MadSuhVisiting Cluj for a couple of days
    review by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    Cluj Turned out to be quite different from what I had remembered. The city is much larger than Oradea and there is much more going on. You can go out every night of the week and you'll see lots of students. During the day while visiting the old town, one can only imagine the lost beauty of this...
  • danpopTreasure city of Transilvania
    review by danpop posted more then 30 days ago
    The third largest city in Romania, Cluj-Napoca is situated in the region of Transylvania. The city claims the unofficial title of the historical province of Transylvania. The city exists from the Dacian period, second century A.D. After the Roman conquered Dacia, the city was renamed Napoca,...
  • cipristbAbout the Botanical Garden of Cluj Napoca
    review by cipristb posted more then 30 days ago
    The Botanical Garden “Alexandru Borza” aparteining at Babes-Balyai University from Cluj Napoca was founded in 1920 by the teacher Alexandru Borza. Having a surface of 14 hectares it host 10 000 species of plants from all over the parts of the world. The major points of attraction of...
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  • MadSuhDiesel
    travel tip by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    Diesel is one of the most stylish and coolest bars I have been too. What's amazing about the place is the fact that the club is built into this ancient cellar. They have many of them in Cluj and this one has been re-done really nicely. ...
  • zdankoBig, crowded city
    travel tip by zdanko posted more then 30 days ago
    Cluj-Napoca is one of the biggest and most crowded cities from Romania. It has a great nightlife, but a bit expensive. anyhow, I think you can give it a try and visit it!
  • danpopCluj-napoca Airport
    travel tip by danpop posted more then 30 days ago
    Cluj Napoca is connected by an modern airport with a lot of major european cities, like London, Barcelona, Athens, Munich and many more. The airport's web site is (english)
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