Braşov Basics

Founded as Kronstadt by German settlers in 1211, Braşov is one of the most beautiful towns in Transylvania and Romania. The population was traditionally split between German, Romanian, and Hungarian residents but now is a majority 92% Romanian. In Hungarian the town is known as Brassó.

Braşov is a great place to visit with its major pedestrian street, outdoor cafés, laid-back attitude, and interesting architecture. It also makes a good hub to visit other towns in Transylvania. I stayed for four nights and saw a lot of places on day trips.

I stayed at Pensiunea Leo, which is a good 15 minute walk from the historic city center but near the train station and bus terminal. It’s situated in a residential area and near some excellent pizzerias. I paid €24 per night for four nights. The room was big and comfortable, staff was friendly, and the complimentary breakfast was nice.

To get into Braşov, I took a train from Bucharest which takes about 2 ½ hours. It was a convenient base for trains to other cities like Sibiu and Sighişoara, which are both about 2 ½ hours away, and Sinaia.

There are two bus stations, Autogarâ 1 and Autogară 2. Autogară 1 is next to the train station and serves larger cities. Autogarâ 2 is about a kilometer west and goes to nearby towns like Bran and Raşnov.

Getting around Braşov’s old town can be done easily on foot. I never used any public transport in town except to get to Autogară 2, but only because I got lost.

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