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Timisoara was an important political and commercial center throughout history. In the 14 th century it was, for a brief period, the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary. After the Ottomans conquered it in 1551, it was a major military base for the Turkish army. After 1718, when the Habsburg imperial army released the city from ottoman rule, it was the capital of the Banat province. Since 1919, Timisoara is a part of Romania. The charm of the city, settled on the Bega River, lies in its distinct architectural character – elegant buildings of various architectural styles (baroque, secession, art eco), rich heritage and vibrant cultural life. Timisoara has lots of public squares and lush green retreats. The city is easy to explore on foot. Public transportation system is fast, frequent and efficient. The price for one trip is 2.5 lei. Tickets are available at kiosks around the city. Commuters can also use their contactless debit or credit card to pay for travel tickets on any transit mode. Daytime taxi rates are around 1.5-2 lei/kilometer. Some of the best taxi companies are Tudo Taxi (+40 256 945), Radio Taxi (+40 256 940), Pro Taxi (+40 256 942). Uber is also available. The local currency is Romanian Leu (plural Lei). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and authorized exchange offices. Rates are around 4.7 Lei for Euro and 4.3 Lei for American Dollar.

The “Traian Vuia” International Airport is located 12 km outside the city. Public transport buses connect it to the city Centre. Taxis are available in front of the terminals.

Safety information 

There are no special safety concerns or requirements when entering Romania. Maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as in your homeland.

Romania is a member state of EU but a non-Schengen country. For residents of EU Member States and USA no visa is required.
Residents of other countries, please contact the Embassy/Consulate of Romania in your country to get information about visa requirements.

Official language: Romanian

The currency in Romania is LEI (RON).

  • 1 EURO is currently worth about 4.6 LEI (RON)
  • 1 USD- 4.1 LEI (RON)
  • 1 GBP- 5.1 LEI(RON)

Major credit cards are accepted by most hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, and shops.

Romania has a moderate, continental climate. The average temperature in November is between 1-15°C. Although rainy and windy days may occur, appropriate clothing is recommended.

The European emergency number 112 is the only emergency number in Romania.It is possible to call 112 from a mobile phone even without a SIM card. The average time to answer a 112 call is 4 seconds. In addition to Romanian, the calls are answered in English, French, Hungarian, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian, depending on the call centre.



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