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Brasov has no airport, but the city is extremely well served by trains from across the country; there are almost 20 per day pulling in from Bucharest, only 3 hours away on an InterCity train. The train station (tel. 0268/41-0233) is about 3.5km (2 miles) from the heart of Brasov's old city; a taxi into town should cost around L5-L10 ($2.15-$4.30/£1.35-£2.65). You can purchase onward tickets from CFR Agentie de Voiaj, Str. Republicii 53 (tel. 0268/47-0696; Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm). Once you're in the historic part of the city, you should manage everything by foot or bus; you can get information on bus routes from the tourist office (tel. 0268/41-9078; Mon-Sat 9am-5pm), conveniently located in the former Council House (Casa Sfatului) in the center of Piata Sfatului. Staff will also supply you with maps and information about the city, as well as advising on excursions to neighboring attractions, like Bran (just 30km/19 miles from Brasov) and Râsnov. A good introduction to the city as well as Romania itself is found at www.brasov.ro, well worth investigating before you leave home. To get to Poiana Brasov, take bus no. 20 from the Livada Postei stop; it leaves every half-hour and is a comfortable 20-minute journey.

Reserve at least 24 hours in advance to join Brasov Walking Tours (tel. 0727/38-1478), which has a guided exploration of the city setting off from the tourist office; available in English, the 2 1/2-hour tour costs 5€ ($6.35) per person, minimum of four people.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.