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435700 - Viseu de Sus
Maramures - Romania

 

JOURNEY
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By Train

There are good connections from the big cities of Western Europe via Vienna to Budapest (Hungary) where you sometimes have to change the train station (by underground or taxi – Attention: high fares!).

The continuation of the journey to Viseu de Jos in Romania is a bit more complicated: Depending on the train connection, you have to change frequently and the departure times of the connecting trains are often uncoordinated. It is advisable to thoroughly study the timetables and to plan a possible overnight stay.

There is a night train with couchette and sleeping cars from Bucharest to Sighet, which arrives in Viseu de Jos in the early morning. It is the most comfortable (and cheapest...) connection from the capital of Romania to Maramures! The night train also runs in the opposite direction.

Three times a week, there is a train connection from Teresva or Rahov (Ukraine) to Sighet which may now also be used by foreigners since Ukraine abolished the compulsory visa for EU and Swiss citizens in 2005. From Sighet to Viseu de Jos, you can go by bus or by train and enjoy the charming scenery.

Timetables:
www.bahn.de (Germany)
www.cfr.ro (Romania)
www.oebb.at (Austria)

  • The fast trains in Romania must be reserved and are subject to extra fares.
  • From Viseu de Jos to Viseu de Sus (about 4 km) you can take the bus or hire a taxi
  • Attention: Should you have to travel alone, be careful at the train stations in Romania, which are said to be rather dangerous at night.

By Bus

Modern, international buses (for example "Eurolines") connect most Western European big cities with Eastern Europe. In Romania, apart from Bucharest, the bus also calls at Oradea and Cluj daily.

A largely privatized bus network connects the bigger and smaller towns but unfortunately there is no central information office. Daily there are several buses from Cluj and from Baia Mare (over Sighet) to Viseu de Sus, but the small town can also be reached from Oradea and Satu Mare. Changing the bus is uncomplicated because the bus stops are central and, as a rule, next to the train station.

  • Long journeys by bus are a bit strenuous
  • Departure times might change, therefore always inform yourself in advance (it would be best to ask the bus drivers who are very helpful)
  • The fares are very cheap, also for international connections
  • There are hardly any overcrowded buses (legal regulations!)

    BUS LIST

    1. Depart from VISEUL DE SUS

    - CLUJ : 04 :50 ;17 :00
    - BAIA MARE : 05 :00 ;07 :00 ;08 :20;15:00;17:20
    - SIGHET: 06:45
    - POIENI: 07:00;12:30;14:00
    - VATRA DORNEI: 07:00

    2. BAIA MARE – VISEU

    06:00 - 10:00
    07:00 - 10:00
    14:00 - 18:00
    15:00 - 19:00
    17:00 - 20:00

    3. SIGHET –VISEU

    07:15 - IZA - 10:00
    08 :30 - 10 :00
    09 :00 - 10 :00
    13 :30 - 15 :00
    16 :00 - 18 :00
    17 :10 - 19 :00
    15 :30 - 17 :00

By Car

From Germany/Austria via the motorway Vienna – Nickelsdorf to Budapest (motorway M1). Either across the city towards Miskolc/motorway M3 (badly signposted) or via the southern bypass (M0) on the motorway M3 towards the East, exit Polgar – Nyreghyiaza – Mateszalka – Csengersima/Petea – Satu Mare.

Alternative: Leave the M3 already in Füszesabony and drive via Tiszafüred – Hortobagy – Debrecen – Mateszalka, with a stopover in National park of Puszta Hortobagy (many private guest rooms).

If you come to the Hungarian/Romanian border in the evening, it is adviseable to stay in Csenger (Hotel Schuster) or near the Romanian town Satu Mare. Horses and carts without light, pedestrians and bad street conditions make driving at night too risky in Romania.

From Satu Mare either over Livada - Negresti Oas - Sapinta - Sighet or Livada - Baia Mare - Gutin-Pass - Sighet to Viseu de Sus. Both routes are particularly delightful!

  • Hungary's motorways are subject to a toll (toll sticker "Matrica")
  • Also in Romania a toll sticker is obligatory ("Rovineta")
  • Romania has in the mean time a good network of petrol stations
Approximate travelling time without stopovers:
  • Vienna - Budapest 2 hours
  • Budapest - border Csengersima/Petea 5-6 hours
  • Satu Mare - Sighet - Viseu de Sus 4 hours
  • Crossing the borders takes between 20 and 60 minutes, depending on the density of traffic

By Plane

Apart from Bucharest Otopeni, also the airports Cluj-Napoca, Suceava, Sibium, Timisoara and Tirgu Mures offer international flights. Travel agencies or the internet inform you about the flight schedules.

Low budget airlines:

If you come to Bucharest by plane, it is most comfortable to take the direct night-train (sleeping cars) to Viseu de Sus (see Journey by train). The continuation of the journey from Cluj to Viseu de Sus is possible by train (slow but charming scenery) or by bus. Time needed: 5 hours.