112 is the universal emergency number available throughout the country, which can be dialed from all public telephone networks.
In Romania, there are 4 mobile phone networks. For EU residents, there are no additional charges for roaming. For residents from non-EU countries, it is probably more advantageous to purchase a prepaid SIM card from one of the 4 local operators: Orange, Vodafone, Telekom, Digi.
Most establishments (terraces, restaurants) offer free WiFi. You just need to ask for the password. Some public places (parks, squares) or shopping centers offer password-free WiFi.
Romanian is the language commonly used in the country, but English is commonly spoken in most major cities and towns.
Here are some common words and phrases you could use while in Romania:
Thank you! - Multumesc!
Good morning! - Buna dimineata!
Hello! - Buna ziua! (anytime during the day until 6pm)
Good evening! - Buna seara!
How are you? - Ce mai faci?
Most of the streets in the central area are included in the Timpark parking system.
The tariff zones are marked with plates of different colors. The green zone has a progressive tariff, while the hourly tariff remains unchanged in other zones.
The rates range from 2 to 8 lei per hour (in the case of the progressive tariff). Payment can be made via SMS (for local mobile phone networks) or by credit card through the Tpark application available on Google Play or the App Store.
Local Currency & Banks
The local currency used for cash payments is the Romanian Leu (RON). Additionally, credit cards are accepted almost everywhere for shopping, and ATMs can be found almost everywhere, including rural areas.
The overwhelming majority of stores or establishments are not authorized to accept foreign currency, so you will need to exchange money to Lei in advance or pay by credit card. In most places, only Visa, MasterCard, and Maestro cards are accepted. American Express or Diners Club are rarely accepted.
EUR, USD, GBP or other currency frequently used internationally can be easily exchanged in any town or city. Banking hours are from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. In shopping malls, there are bank offices that are open until 9 pm or 10 pm.
Connection to the airport
The connection to Traian Vuia International Airport is provided by buses E4 and E4b, which operate between the Bastion and Airport stations, as well as between the North Railway Station and Airport. Details regarding the schedules for E4 and E4b can be found on the STPT website.
Tickets & fares
Tickets (4 lei - 60 minutes) can be purchased on the bus with a bank card, through SMS, or using the 24pay or mobilPay applications. Paper tickets can be purchased from STPT kiosks and must be validated upon boarding the bus.
1-day subscriptions cost 15 lei and can be purchased from STPT kiosks or online. For other types of subscriptions, visit the STPT website.
In the city:
Public transportation within the city is carried out by trams, buses, trolleybuses, and vaporettos.
With a 1-hour ticket, multiple means of public transportation can be used, except for vaporettos.
Vaporettos operate on the Bega Canal, covering the entire length of the city. A journey costs 1 leu, and tickets can be purchased on board with a bank card or cash.
Metropolitan lines: Metropolitan transportation is provided by the Timișoara Public Transport Company (STPT) with buses and trolleybuses. Metropolitan lines (M) connect Timișoara with some surrounding municipalities. The schedules for metropolitan routes can be found here. The same fares as for public transportation apply to STPT's metropolitan routes.
You can borrow bicycles for free within the municipality of Timișoara. For assistance, please approach an employee at an STPT kiosk.