Riding Holidays in Transylvania-equestrian tourism in the land of Dracula

Travel To / From Transylvania

 

By Air from Great Britain

Many visitors fly to Bucuresti (often written as Bucharest) Otopeni airport, from where transfer options are available directly by train and also by road and train with sightseeing en-route. There are daily flights from London Heathrow and regional UK airports to Bucuresti Otopeni airport, with standard fares around £185-£245 per person return, including taxes. At some times of year special offers may be available. Operators include British Airways, Tarom, KLM, Swiss, Air France, and Lufthansa.

Budget flights are operated between the UK and Bucuresti Baneasa airports through WizzAir (www.wizz.com) and Easyjet. If the flight schedules mean that you need an extra night’s accommodation in Bucuresti, we will be pleased to help you make arrangements.

There are also budget flights from London to Cluj-Napoca with WizzAir (www.wizz.com), and these offer the opportunity to get to our nearest airport inexpensively and conveniently for a scheduled ride. The transfer from Cluj-Napoca to the equestrian centre is three hours by road or rail, and Stefan cel Mare can help arrange your transfer.

Malev (www.malev.hu) also offers convenient daily flights between London and Cluj-Napoca with one change at Budapest. Again, we can arrange transfers for you.

By Air from the Republic of Ireland

Malev, KLM, and other airlines offer services between the Republic of Ireland and Bucuresti without the need to change flights in London.

Malev (www.malev.hu) offers convenient daily flights linking Dublin and Cork with Cluj-Napoca, with one change at Budapest. The transfer from Cluj-Napoca to the equestrian centre is three hours by road or rail, and Stefan cel Mare can help arrange your transfer.

By Air from Western Europe

There are direct flights to the nearest airport, Cluj-Napoca, from a number of European cities, including Budapest, Frankfurt-am-Main, Munich, Vienna, and a number of Italian cities.

Visitors from Germany and Austria have direct flights with Tarom (www.tarom.ro) and Carpatair (www.carpatair.ro) from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, and Vienna to Cluj-Napoca. Visitors from Italy also have a range of Carpatair services to Cluj-Napoca airport. If you use these services then you would generally fly out on the Saturday before your ride and fly home on the Saturday following your ride, since most Carpatair services operate Monday to Saturday only.

There are also many direct flights from major European cities to Bucharest. Budget flights are offered by a number of operators, including the following. Some of these fly to Bucuresti Baneasa airport, rather than the main airport at Otopeni. We can arrange our regular transfers to meet these flights.

  • Wizzair (www.wizz.com): from Germany, Italy, and Spain to Bucharest; also from Italy and Spain to Targu Mures
  • Blueair (www.blueair-web.com): from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Belgium to Bucharest; also from Spain to Cluj-Napoca
  • SkyEurope (www.skyeurope.com): from Italy and Austria to Bucharest
  • MyAir (www.myair.com): from Italy to Bucharest
  • GermanWings (www.germanwings.com): from Germany to Bucharest

By Air from the U.S. and Canada

Many visitors fly to Bucuresti (also called Bucharest) Otopeni airport, from where transfer options are available directly by train and also by road and train with sightseeing en-route. There are daily flights with connections from a wide variety of North American airports.

Cluj-Napoca is also a popular arrival point and is served by Malev (www.malev.hu) via Budapest. Malev has direct daily flights from New York’s JFK airport and offers through-ticketing with selected carriers so that you can fly from a range of U.S. airports.

Malev also offers connections between Toronto and Cluj-Napoca, with one change at Budapest.

It is also possible to fly via Budapest (Hungary) with onward transfers to/from the equestrian centre by train—please contact the centre for advice.

NOTE: Stefan cel Mare offers a programme to enable visitors to offset the carbon emissions from their flights. See the Carbon Offsetting Programme section at the end of this document for more information.

By Train

Another option if you want to do some sightseeing on the way is to travel all the way from the UK and continental Europe by train. See www.seat61.com/Romania.htm for more information and www.oebb.at or http://bahn.hafas.de for European train times.

By Car

It is also feasible to drive to Transylvania from the UK and continental Europe in order to do some sightseeing en-route. The journey from London to the equestrian centre, one-way, is around 2,200 kilometres (1,350 miles).

Please note that schedules and prices are quoted to the best of our knowledge and may be changed by the operators at any time. All arrangements (air tickets, transfers, meetings, etc.) may be booked in advance. For more information on international travel to Romania, we recommend that you call the UK travel agency Transylvania Uncovered, Tel. 0845 3000 247, Int. +44 1539 531 258, Fax. 01539 530 648, Web: www.beyondtheforest.co.uk.