207. Transfăgărășan Highway, Sibiu, Romania
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O.K. If you just want somewhere different to go, then this is the place. The road is winding, the views amazing and you have to pay attention. Its the Transfăgărășan Highway built by the Dictator Ceausescu. It’s chilly even in the middle of summer as its pretty high :-). Even Top Gear did a piece here. They actually closed it off so they could do their filming. It’s an amazing piece of roadway.
I did this trip compliments of JayWay Boutique Travel who organizes trips for the Eastern Europe region. They make it easy, well easier.
The Transfăgărășan Highway is located in Sibiu high in the mountains of Romania, just about in the center of the country.
How To Get Here
Start your booking at RailEurope or Eurail. There are trains from Bucharest, Brasov and Sighișoara and other surrounding cities. You will need a car to get to this area.
The nearest commercial airport is the Sibiu International Airport (SBZ).
The airlines serving the Sibiu International Airport (SBZ):
Austrian Airlines (OS), Blue Air (0B), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Tarom (RO) and Wizz Air (W6).
Alternatively, you may fly into the Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP), the home of BlueAir and Tarom, then take a local transport or rent a car or be picked up by your Guide arranged by JayWay Boutique Travel.
The following airlines serve the Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP):
Arkia-Israeli Airlines (IZ), Alitalia (AZ), Air France (AF), Aeroflot (SU), Air Moldova (9U), Air Serbia (JU), Aegean Airlines (A3), British Airways (BA), Blue Air (0B), Croatia Airlines (OU), Czech Airlines (OK), Dniproavia (Z6), ELLINAIR S.A. (EL), El Al Airlines (LY), Eurowings (EW), FlyDubai (FZ), Germanwings (4U), Iberia Airlines (IB), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), LOT Polish (LO), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Meridiana Airlines (IG), Pegasus Airlines (PC), Qatar Airways (QR), Ryanair (FR), Swiss Airlines (LX), SAS (SK), Turkish Airlines (TK), TAP Portugal (TP), Tarom (RO), Vueling (VY) and Wizz Air (W6).
Eurolines has service to Romania from various points in Europe.
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
Hire A Local
JayWay Boutique Travel provides this level of service. When I went they took care of it all for me. Even if you don’t want to use all the services of JayWay, its worth it to get a Guide once you arrive in Sibiu or Bucharest as they can show you the ins and out of the area. Having a Guide, who picked us up in Bucharest, made the trip so much more memorable.
Where To Stay
There are three hotels at the top of the mountain. One is called the Cabana Paltinu. It sits at 2,050m (6,725′), so its cool and also cold :-).
If they are full, then I recommend staying in the town of Sibiu where you can find the likes of Accor, Hilton and Ramada plus local brands such as the Continental Forum Sibiu where I stayed. You can use any of the online travel agencies to find accommodations. Finding a place to stay is part of the JayWay Boutique Travel package.
Where To Eat
You can eat at restaurants at the top of the mountain or at its base. There is a ski lift that takes you from the top to the bottom of the mountain. Fun, but not as fun as driving the route.
What To Do
The whole purpose is to drive the highway and enjoy the views. Start at the top and work your way down to the bottom There’s a place to stop about half way down, stop and enjoy the beauty of the valley. Bring something warm as it gets really chilly up there. Also check with the Tourism Board as the road may be closed due to snow.
Currency: Leu (RON)
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transfagarasan is the most beautiful road in Romania. Too bad it’s closed during the winter season, probably the landscape would be awesome!