Planning on travelling in Romania in the summer of 2015. Is it easy to travel around country by train or bus? Reliable and safe?
As for reliability, trains are known for long travel times but are safe and you won't have any problem whatsoever.
Buses are ok for traveling between large cities.
Awesome choice Lorraine! Romania was one of our favourite places in nearly 2 years of traveling in Europe...very underrated.
Traveling around is for the most part easy, reliable, and safe. For much of the country, train is the way to go - the main lines cover most of the major cities with pretty regular frequency (some cities are connected a little funny and we had to juggle our itinerary a couple of times). Most routes are also supplemented by buses (stations are almost always beside the train stations). Buses are often more comfortable outside of the main routes.
Train tickets are pretty straightforward to buy. We just went to the station and purchased them from one of the little ladies at the windows or using the automated machines.
The only place where some care needs to be taken is in Bucharest. Avoid taxis at all costs (it's super easy to get around without them), and be sure to watch your belongings when on any public transport. Sometimes the stations can be a little sketchy at night, but just walk like you know where you are going and ignore people offering you things.
If you need any advice on where to go just ask away, we love recommending Romania and are glad people are starting to take to this amazing country. If you're interested on seeing some photos and getting some ideas, here is a link to our Romania section of our site:
Hi Lorraine! Romania is great (and has some of the best second-hand shopping!).
In my experience Romania's train and bus travel is very easy, and I never felt unsafe. However, given the age and condition of things, it is best to factor in possible delays. As with much of Eastern Europe, buses are sometimes nicer and easier than trains. All in all I felt the transport was old, but completely functional and practical, with a wide network.
Hitchhiking is also pretty widespread in Romania, just be aware that you will likely be expected to pay the driver a bit.
Another option is to rent a car! I rented a car for a few days to see the painted monasteries in northern Romania.
It was a great way to see some of the more remote areas in a short amount of time. There was one particular drive that was absolutely stunning - it goes through the gorges of Bicaz and is really beautiful.