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Jamboree 27.03.2021 15:01

Driving to Romania (when I can)
 
So I'm super hopeful that this Pandemic will begin to ease up here by the summer.

So I'm starting to think of a place to drive to.
I'm considering driving from Zurich to Romania (I'll figure out the details in coming months).

My question's are:
* Anyone done this and have pointers / suggestions
* My car has swiss plates, I have a swiss Drivers license, I have Swiss auto insurance --- any reason to think I can't take my car into Romania
* Are the roads in Romania good enough, I'm sure they aren't as awesomely maintained as Switzerland's roads, but is there any reason I should worry about road conditions while there?

Again - just starting my research and thought I'd ask.

OH - I'm considering going during the month of July this year --- again, that all depends on Covid.

Downerbuzz 27.03.2021 15:20

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I knew a couple who did charity work in Timisoara and drove out there at least 5 times a year.

I think your biggest obstacles would be covid and rising fuel costs.

greenmount 27.03.2021 16:54

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Jamboree (Post 3290335)
So I'm super hopeful that this Pandemic will begin to ease up here by the summer.

So I'm starting to think of a place to drive to.
I'm considering driving from Zurich to Romania (I'll figure out the details in coming months).

My question's are:
* Anyone done this and have pointers / suggestions
.

lol. uhm, le me think.....:D

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jamboree (Post 3290335)
* My car has swiss plates, I have a swiss Drivers license, I have Swiss auto insurance --- any reason to think I can't take my car into Romania
.

Absolutely none.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jamboree (Post 3290335)
* Are the roads in Romania good enough, I'm sure they aren't as awesomely maintained as Switzerland's roads, but is there any reason I should worry about road conditions while there?
.

Where should I begin....nope, not good enough. We've been promised a better infrastructure since 1990. I don't think there's any politician that didn't promise that in their campaign.
Anyways, it depends where, some are and some are not. Main roads/national roads are OK.

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Originally Posted by Jamboree (Post 3290335)
I'm considering going during the month of July this year --- again, that all depends on Covid.

I don't know if you'll be able without a covid test or/and quarantine. I can look up the latest regulations when you'll need, at one point I gave up reading the news because the covid situation seemed to get worse not better, so I lost hope I'm going to be able to visit my family any time soon.

You can ask more here, there are a few Romanians on the forum (I'm not the only one lol) so hopefully they'll see your questions and answer each of them.

schnitze 27.03.2021 17:55

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if you are driving, make sure to take out a good roadside assistance cover.

Hopefully you are driving SUV or something sturdy, there is always a chance you will end up on one of those roads with more pot holes than emmental.

Tom1234 27.03.2021 19:49

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I shredded a tyre in a really deep pothole in Transylvania once.

Try not to drive at night on more remote roads - otherwise the roads are fine.

mossie 27.03.2021 20:31

Re: Driving to Romania (when I can)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jamboree (Post 3290335)
So I'm super hopeful that this Pandemic will begin to ease up here by the summer.

So I'm starting to think of a place to drive to.
I'm considering driving from Zurich to Romania (I'll figure out the details in coming months).

My question's are:
* Anyone done this and have pointers / suggestions
* My car has swiss plates, I have a swiss Drivers license, I have Swiss auto insurance --- any reason to think I can't take my car into Romania
* Are the roads in Romania good enough, I'm sure they aren't as awesomely maintained as Switzerland's roads, but is there any reason I should worry about road conditions while there?

Again - just starting my research and thought I'd ask.

OH - I'm considering going during the month of July this year --- again, that all depends on Covid.

No reason to worry driving is no problem the odd pothole but nice country enjoy.

I drove from Timisoara to Constanta back in 2000 that was fun but worked there a lot in last few years roads much better.

k_and_e 27.03.2021 21:26

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Watch out for vampires, especially in Transilvania. Best is to always carry a silver knife.

Northman 27.03.2021 22:19

Re: Driving to Romania (when I can)
 
I've done this trip last year. No issues crossing the borders, insurance wise and all. You will make good progress until you reach the country's border - from there on there is a patchy autobahn to Sibiu. Roads are generally slow, as they cross cities and towns.

If you venture off the major roads (which are quite good), a car with sturdier rough-road suspension can make a significant difference in safety and comfort. July can get quite hot on the plains.

Jamboree 05.06.2021 12:19

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Ok - I'm about 1 month out from driving to Romania and I have a bunch of things to research and am hoping (to reduce my research) someone maybe has done part of this trip and can get me to an answer faster than I can find it.....

I'll be:
- driving from Zurich to the center of Romania.
- route consists of diving through: Germany, Austria, Hungary, and into Romania
- Fully vaccinated with moderna (one of the 3 most known vaccines)

I, most likely, will drive through each of these countries with limited stops. What I mean is, I don't plan on spending more then 10hrs per country.

My questions (and these will be consistent until I make the trip):
* Where can I find COVID entry requirements per country?
* If I'm vaccinated, can I make the trip without getting a COVID test
* If for some reason I have to spend more then 24hrs in one of these countries, do the rules change and I need to xxxxxxxx due to COVID (testing, fill out forms, notify someone...)

Meerkat33 05.06.2021 14:29

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Maybe use this https://reopen.europa.eu/en/from-to/CHE/ROU/AUT,DEU,HUN
But the best is too look at national websites 1 week before going. 1 month is a long time and maybe there will be the european green pass which should allow all travel. Would avoid staying in Hungary as it seems a mess in terms of rules.

mossie 06.06.2021 10:29

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Well if you have vaccine certificate you can enter Austria, Hungary, Romania no problem without quarantine.

Jamboree 06.06.2021 10:32

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mossie (Post 3314002)
Well if you have vaccine certificate you can enter Austria, Hungary, Romania no problem without quarantine.

that's great news.
Do you know if I still need a PCR test? some places I know need both but have not been able to confirm that for the places I'm "visiting"

mossie 06.06.2021 10:44

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I know I have been to all 3 recently for work and confirmation of vaccine was Fine no Problems. But you need to check the government websites to be on the safe side as things can change.

hoover1 06.06.2021 10:45

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isn't that Romania with most scenic mountain route in the worlds by Top Gear Clarkson et all ?

nejc 06.06.2021 10:57

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Quote:

Originally Posted by hoover1 (Post 3314008)
isn't that Romania with most scenic mountain route in the worlds by Top Gear Clarkson et all ?

Transalpina and Transfagarasan, very popular destination for motor-bikers.

DantesDame 06.06.2021 11:10

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Quote:

Originally Posted by nejc (Post 3314015)
Transalpina and Transfagarasan, very popular destination for motor-bikers.

I was surprised when I rode over Transalpina recently (well, fall of 2019) to find that a good portion of it isn't paved. And a huge portion of the paved section was in worse shape than the unpaved part. Good thing I was on my dual sport motorcycle :cool:

Transfagarasan is certainly the more popular one with most motorcyclists :msncool:

hoover1 06.06.2021 11:17

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Quote:

Originally Posted by DantesDame (Post 3314018)
I was surprised when I rode over Transalpina recently (well, fall of 2019) to find that a good portion of it isn't paved. And a huge portion of the paved section was in worse shape than the unpaved part. Good thing I was on my dual sport motorcycle :cool:

Transfagarasan is certainly the more popular one with most motorcyclists :msncool:

I remember Clarkson riding on perfect new pavement ... (am I so old?)

DantesDame 06.06.2021 11:33

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Quote:

Originally Posted by hoover1 (Post 3314023)
I remember Clarkson riding on perfect new pavement ... (am I so old?)


Continuing to derail this thread....


The north side was freshly paved
https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycl...P9230721-M.jpg

The unpaved bit after crossing the pass
https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycl...P9230760-M.jpg

And the southern end, with everyone trying to avoid the biggest of the holes
https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycl...P9230765-M.jpg

greenmount 06.06.2021 11:47

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Quote:

Originally Posted by hoover1 (Post 3314023)
I remember Clarkson riding on perfect new pavement ... (am I so old?)

I have no idea how's like lately. You mean Transfagarasan I suppose.

Here some reviews.
https://www.tripadvisor.ch/Attractio...n_Romania.html

I still believe that if you're up only for a motorbike trip you really miss the spirit of the country. Riding roads, nah ya. Hoooow interesting.

Why not to Prague? I bet it's more pleasant. I have Swiss friends who enjoy making motorbike trips to Prague.

MusicChick 06.06.2021 11:52

Re: Driving to Romania (when I can)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DantesDame (Post 3314030)
Continuing to derail this thread....


The north side was freshly paved
https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycl...P9230721-M.jpg

The unpaved bit after crossing the pass
https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycl...P9230760-M.jpg

And the southern end, with everyone trying to avoid the biggest of the holes
https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcycl...P9230765-M.jpg

How deep are the pot-holes?


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