Thursday, May 20, 2010

Arrival and departure

Cluj-Napoca can be reached in different ways. Flying, by train or your own transportation.

Arrival by plane
Cluj-Napoca International Airport is situated around 10 km from the city centre. Seven airlines fly to and from Cluj-Napoca Airport and have offices at the airport or in the city. You can reach the city from the airport in just half an hour by bus, taxi or hotel shuttle.

The number 8 bus from the local transport company takes only 20-30 minutes from the airport to the city centre (Piata Mihai Viteazul). There are 6 buses each hour. On weekdays the buses run from 5:30 to 22:30 and on weekends and holidays from 5:30 to 22:00. Unfortunately there is no ticket office located in the airport nor in the bus station from the airport. So ... either you book your bus ticket via Internet (joking:-D, there is no such thing) either try to sell a good joke to the bus driver who usually do not speak any foreign language. So, it will be a trilling experience!
A round-trip bus ticket costs 3.5 RON (~ 85 cents). You cannot pay with credit cards.

The taxi rank is located at the airport’s exit. Depending on traffic, a taxi can take you to the city centre in 15 minutes or half an hour. One ride will cost you approximately 10 EUR. It is strongly advised not to take rides from drivers soliciting within the airport. These are not officially approved taxi drivers. The taxi drivers do not accept EUR nor credit cards.

Hotel shuttles
A hotel shuttle service enables you to travel only to two hotels in Cluj-Napoca.

Arrival by train
If arriving in Cluj-Napoca by train, it's likely and desirable that your journey will terminate at Cluj-Napoca Main Station. From there it is simple to complete your journey on foot, with public transport or taxi.
Cluj-Napoca Main Station is 20 minutes walking distance from the city centre.

Arrival by car
When Cluj-Napoca's streets were built, they were obviously not created with the cars of residents, tourists and commuters in mind:-D In the popular central part, it's also common to experience crowds on the streets, making driving conditions difficult for those new to the city.

In order to maintain the livability and accessibility in Cluj-Napoca, the streets within the city centre are a paid parking area. The parking spaces in the city centre are the most expensive, since these spaces are scarce.

It is typically recommended to make use of the parking garages inside of the central area.

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