Located near the center of Bucharest, Gara de Nord is the city’s largest train station as well as the most important one in all of Romania.
The name also sounds the same as the more famous Gare du Nord in Paris, another reminder of why Bucharest was considered the ‘Paris of the East’.
Due to its significance, Gara de Nord in Bucharest is connected to all cities and areas in Romania.
Whether you want to visit Transylvania, Bucovina, the seaside or go across the border, this is where you can find a train to take you directly there.
It is very easy to reach Gara de Nord from all corners of Bucharest.
You can either take the Metro and get off at the station with the same name. If you have a lot of luggage, you can opt for a taxi or Uber.
This should not cost more than 20 RON if you are already in Bucharest.
There are also buses stopping at the train station, but their schedule is not fixed and they tend to be slow, especially during rush hours.
Very important is to make sure that your ticket includes a seat.
On overcrowded trains (seasonal ones) there are times when the CFR sells standing tickets.
Also, there are a few terms that you need to be accustomed to in order to have a smooth ride:
Departure = Plecare / Arrival = Sosire / Platform Number = Linia
Moreover, there are also several International trains: Bucharest – Viens, Brasov – Budapest, Bucharest – Moscow or Bucharest – Ruse which have links to Istanbul, Sofia or Salonic.