Getting around Sibiu
Inside the medieval city you can easily get around on foot. On the other hand, for those wishing to move to the neighboring areas and move from the historic center, there is no shortage of alternatives.
The bicycle is a particularly popular means of transport throughout Transylvania. An “eco-friendly” way for getting around Sibiu and reach the points of interest and villages furthest from the center.
I’Velo is a reliable bike sharing service, transplanted from Bucharest to other Romanian cities, including Sibiu. In Piata Unirii there is the central counter I’Velo, where you can rent one of the many yellow bikes present, at a cost of 15LEI.
A total of 31 bus and trolley bus lines circulate in Sibiu, managed by the Romanian company TURSIB. Of these, 7 are used exclusively for public transport and another (22) is a tourist line.
The lines are classified according to the importance of the route.
Lines 1, 2, 3 and 5 are main lines, active every day, generally from Monday to Friday from about 05:15 to 23:00. Saturday and Sunday, from 06:00 to 21:30. During the weekdays, the frequency varies from 10 to 20 minutes.
Numbers 8 to 19 identify the 11 secondary lines. The name, however, should not be confusing. They are, in fact, public transport that cross peripheral neighborhoods and neighboring areas that are not necessarily of secondary importance. This is the case, for example, of line 11 which connects the center with the airport, and the various lines that arrive at the Central Station.
Line 22 towards Paltinis is, on the other hand, identified as the Tourist Line.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT TICKETS
To travel and getting around Sibiu by bus, you need to purchase a special travel document, to be validated as soon as you get on the vehicle. Tickets can be purchased from vending machines in the local currency.
The ticket valid for a single journey (Bilet or călătorie) costs 2LEI (approximately € 0.40). The ticket valid for the whole day (Legitimatie zilnica), with unlimited travel, costs 5LEI (approximately €1).
Tickets ARE NOT VALID FOR LINE 22. In this case you will have to buy a special ticket at a cost of 9LEI (just under €2), directly on board the vehicle.
GETTING AROUND SIBIU BY BTAXI
The taxi is a rather popular solution for getting around Sibiu, away from the central areas. Many prefer to opt for this solution, due to the far from excessive costs. Based on a specific decree, the maximum applicable rate is 3.10LEI for each kilometer. For example, the cost for a transfer from the airport to the center does not exceed €10. A figure that, moreover, you can amortize if you travel with your family or in a group.
Taxis are readily available and, in general, you will be able to speak in English with most of the taxi drivers.
Use only official taxis, equipped with a special sign, license and taximeter.