Cluj Napoca is the second most populous city in Romania, with a population of ~ 400,000 people in metropolitan area and it is roughly equidistant from Bucharest (324 km / 201 mi), Budapest (351 km / 218 mi) and Belgrade (322 km / 200 mi).
City’s spectacular geography is due to location at the confluence of the Apuseni Mountains, the Someş plateau and the Transylvanian plain: Cluj is surrounded by forests and grasslands, with two botanical reservations, beautiful summer and winter resorts/spas.
Cluj-Napoca has a diverse and growing cultural scene, including the visual arts or performing arts: the city contains a number of galleries featuring both classical and contemporary Romanian art, as well as selected international works (The National Museum of Art, Gallery of the Union of Plastic Artists); also the city has a number of renowned facilities and institutions involving performing arts (Lucian Blaga National Theatre, Romanian National Opera, The Transylvania Philarmonic, the Hungarian Theatre and Opera, the Puck Theatre). Contemporary cultural manifestations cross ethnic boundaries, being aimed at students, cinema-goers, arts and science lovers.
The International Airport of Cluj-Napoca is offering flights to all the major European and Romanian cities , provided by WizzAir, BlueAir, TAROM, Austrian, Lufthansa, Iberia, Alitalia.
Getting to Cluj-Napoca is easy due to its position and its status as a major Romanian city.
As with many other European cities, train is one easy way to travel and explore.
There are train connections to Budapest (~8 hours travel time).
Planning a train trip in Romania – think 2 hours for each hundred of kilometers planned.
The Airport of Cluj-Napoca has transport connections to downtown Cluj-Napoca. To get there, travelers can choose between car rentals, taxi, limo service and public transport (bus line 8 running from 5:30 AM till midnight, bus number 5, ~4 RON for two travels). For the public bus, you need to buy a ticket from the booth in front of either the Arrivals or Departures terminals. You can pick up the bus by exiting the airport, turning right, and walking about 50 meters. You can plan your trip from the airport to your destination using the Cluj Public Transport website: http://ctpcj.ro/index.php/en/
A regular taxi fare from the airport to the city center (about 10 km) is around 25-40RON (~5-8 EUR) – the current tariff ranges from 1,8lei/km to 2.25 lei.km. Look only for company taxis. The airport is within Cluj-Napoca city limits and extra-urban charges should not be applied. In Romania the taxi (cab) should have a valid badge, and taximeter. Do not look for bargains, it’s not worth it, the official rates are low.
Cluj-Napoca has a relatively efficient public transportation system, which operates from 5.00 to 23.00 (5.00 – 22.00 on weekends). One urban trip costs 2 lei. Tickets can be bought at kiosks, vending machines, via SMS, and using Mobilpay App.
There are several types of tickets available: one trip tickets, 2 trip tickets, 30 min/60min/24h/72h subscriptions. More information on the official site: http://ctpcj.ro/index.php/en/fares/urban-transportation
Average price is 1,79 lei – 2,25 lei/ km +1,79 – 2,25 lei start fee. Please note that the price changes to 3,00 lei/km after 22:00 o’ clock.
A trip form the city centre to one of the city’s limit could vary from 20lei to 35lei, depending on traffic.
Taxi cabs come in all shapes and colors, they are identified by the company logo on the sign on top of the car, which will also be placed somewhere on the car body. Taxis cluster around important locations in the city, and clusters are usually no more than 1 kilometer apart. Take care to always use respectable companies, such as: Pritax, Daniel Taxi , Nova Taxi, The Good Cab, Diesel, Clima&Confort.
Cabs can be found in the stations throughout the city, called by phone or using mobile apps (Clever Taxi, Daniel Taxi, etc).
Uber is also available in Cluj – Napoca.
Currency and exchange
– Romanian currency is LEU (plural “LEI”).
– Exchanging rates are available on-line http://www.curs-valutar.ro/
– The exchange offices (CASA DE SCHIMB VALUTAR) offer almost the same rates as banks and show their rates on a board outside in the street. Make sure that the exchange office operates with 0% commission fees, otherwise you could be the victim of an unfair exchange. Simply ask how many lei you will get for your money and check if it is the right amount considering the exchange rate valid all over the city. (http://www.macrogroup-cluj.ro/ – one of the serious exchange company with offices around town)
– An ID is required when changing money!
– Please note that if you have a bank card you can simply cash money from ATMs, which can be easily found close to banks or major shops.
– Major credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted in large hotels and shops in the main Romanian cities.
Banca Comerciala Romana – 10-12 George Baritiu St http://www.bcr.ro
Banca Transilvania – 36 Eroilor Boulevard http://www.bancatransilvania.ro
BRD – Groupe Société Générale – 81 – 83 “21 Decembrie 1989” St http://www.brd.ro
ING Bank – 9 Eroilor Blvd, http://www.ing.ro
The main post office is located at 33 Regele Ferdinand Street, right across Central Shopping Center. Open 7.00-20.00 (Mo-Fr), 8.00-13.00 (Sat); Closed on Sundays.
Iulius Mall 53-55 Alex. Vaida Voievod St. 10.00 – 22.00 http://www.iuliusmall.com/cluj
Vivo! Mall, 492 – 500, Avram Iancu Street 10.00 – 22.00 https://www.vivo-shopping.com/en/cluj
Cluj dining is some of the best in Romania.
Ranging from traditional Romanian, Hungarian and Transylvanian (a combination of the previous two) to Italian (very good Italian food), Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern, American and International Cuisine, the city can offer great dining for all tastes.
There are also a lot of coffee shops around the city.
Fancy restaurants are available as well as local fast food shops and a few international chains (McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut).
You will find budget fixed menus as well as a-la-carte menus in almost each part of the city. The breakfast (typical continental or English) is around 20-25 RON (4-5 EUR) and a fixed lunch is 15-20 RON (3-5 EUR); A regular pizza (350-500 gr) or pasta costs between 15 – 30 RON (3-7 EUR); A soup (very usual in Romania as the first dish) you will find in sweet (supa) or sour (ciorba) variants for 8-15 RON(2-4 EUR); A main course (nothing fancy, meat + side dish) between 20-40 RON(4-8 EUR).
A large variety of other cuisines is available, but you may like to try the local flavours (Varza a la Cluj – sour cabbage with pork chops, mamaliga cu smantana – corn polenta with cream, goulasch – which you can find in Cluj in various variants – from soup to main dish – and ingredients – beans, potato, pork, veal, chicken, more or less spicy etc.)
ClujShorts headquarters will be situated at Victoria Cinema, 51 Eroilor Boulevard, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (http://www.cinemavictoria.ro/cinematografulvictoria.html; https://www.facebook.com/CinemaVictoria). All screenings will be held here.
Events will be held at Urban Culture Centre – Casino (https://www.facebook.com/CasinoCluj/) and German Culture Institute (http://www.kulturzentrum-klausenburg.ro/de/startseite/)
1. View from the Fortress Hill 2. „Simion Barnutiu” Central Park 3. Cluj Arena 4. Avram Iancu Square 5. The Tailors’ Tower 6. Museum Square 7. The Roman Catholic „Saint Michael” Church and Matia Corvin’s Equestrian Statue 8. The Old Casino 9. The Union Square 10. The National Theater