Sunday November 18th 2018

CFR Train from Sinaia to Bucharest

Train entering station in Sinaia, Romania. June 2014.
Photos courtesy of Standard Travel Fotos

We did some hiking in the mountains around Sinaia. I would have stayed for a week, but we could only stay for three nights because our guest house was already booked for the weekend. Reluctantly, Saturday morning, we boarded the CFR train to Bucharest. We were leaving a very beautiful place in the mountains.

I purchased the tickets the day before at the station. I think I paid all of $10 for the ticket. It was about a 15 minute walk to the train station. The city was replacing a lot of the paving stones on the main street so it was kind of an obstacle course to walk from our hotel to the station. The next time we come, the sidewalks will look wondeful.

Electronic Arrivals and Departure board at train station in Sinaia, Romania. June 2014.

Our train was EC-473, the EuroCity train from Sibiu via Brasov. It arrived on time at 10:36 a.m. and left promptly at 10:38 a.m.m bound for Bucharesti Nord Gara.

Train in station in Sinaia, Romania. June 2014.

The first part of the trip is coming down from the mountains. The train stops in Ploiesti, and then it’s a flat plain to Bucharest. We made good time and the 137 km was covered in less than two hours.

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Bucharesti Metro
Arriving in Bucharest Nord, we headed for the Gara de Nord metro station. As you exit the platform, the entrance to the metro is all the way down on the left, down the stairs. You buy tickets at the entrance. We took the M1 line t7 stops to Piața Unirii (again, Union Square). Exiting the metro, we walked over the Dâmbovița River and a few blocks to our accommodation at the Antique Hostel. It took about 45 minutes to get from the Gara de Nord to our hostel.

Piața Unirii, Bucharest, Romania. June 2014.

Bucharest is a huge sprawling city and Piața Unirii is the center of Bucharest. The old town, where all the restaurants and bars are located, is right next to Piața Unirii. From out hostel, it was about a two minute walk to all the action.

Dâmbovița River, Bucharest, Romania. June 2014.

Once we were checked into the hostel, we headed to the old town to get some grubb. After lunch, we strolled around the old town. Then I headed over to a big supermarket, which is behind the Stradivarious store. Our hostel has a nice kitchen, so I bought groceries. When traveling it’s nice if you can prepare your own meals.

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