Access to Sibiu/Hermannstadt can be
easily gained by air, road or railway
Sibiu/Hermannstadt is connected to the European motor
and railway network. In recent years, the main improvements
were focused on an extension of the interregional motorways,
which led to better access to the city. Railway and
road acces through Wien– Budapest and from Belgrade
and Sofia - Bucharest.
Despite Sibiu's location outside the main railway line
which joins Bucharest to Hungary and beyond, train remains
the easiest, cheapest and most comfortable way to get
here. Remember, though, that from Bucharest, there are
just two trains daily to Sibiu (one in the morning,
one in the night). Also, Sibiu is one of the only cities
of Romania not served by the modern and snazzy InterCity
network from Bucharest, even though there are InterCity
trains from Cluj Napoca.
From Bucharest, the train most tourists take is the
day train A 1621 which leaves Bucharest North at 09:45
and arrives at Sibiu at 15:31, nearly six hours later
and stopping at most towns along the way.
Coming from Cluj Napoca, the main city of Transylvania,
is a much better opportunity to get to Sibiu. In fact,
many tourists do just that, as part of their Transylvanian
tour. From Cluj Napoca, there are two fairly-convenient
trains a day, one at 05:41 and one at 14:57, taking
around 3 hours and a half. The trains are smooth-running
and very comfortable.
If you're not coming to Sibiu from another Romanian
town, plane is an excellent option, as there are direct
connections to Sibiu International Airport from many
European cities, especially those in Germany and Italy.
Transylvania's largest airline, offers daily connections
to Munich, Bergamo and Treviso, and connections three
times a week to Bologna, Verona, Rome and Stuttgart.
Romania's national carrier, flies five times a week
from Sibiu to Munich. There are also flights five times
a week to Bucharest, even though the train is the best
option if you're coming from inside Romania.
Talks have started with the airlines operating the existing
flights in order to introduce more flights and raise
the capacity of the planes. The first measures to extend
and modernise the airport are underway.