Chişinău (Russian: Кишинёв, English: Chisinau) is the capital of the Republic of Moldova and the country's most important transportation center: roads, railways, and aerial transport.
The best way is to go to the "Gara Auto de Sud-Vest" (Southwest Bus Station), where all the buses to the Southwest depart. The bus station is located not far from a television building and antenna (you can see the antenna from almost every point in the city). Currently you can reach bus station by taking:
- trolleybuses Nr.9 and 17, they have a stop directly in the front of the bus station.
- minibuses Nr. 180, 124, 117, 109, 192, they don't have a stop there, but you can ask the driver to stop at bus station (Romanian: opritzi va rog la Gara de SUD. "please stop at the bus station").
- Bus Nr.11 (but it does not go as often as trolleybuses and minibuses)
The hitchhiking place is right at the trolleybus station, in the front of bus station. There are usually people there trying to get a ride. Be patient; this road is the main road to the south, so many cars are going in that direction. The other people at this spot are generally locals paying for the rides -- if you feel strange trying to hitchhike for free from there or want to get out faster, there is also a large petrol station 500m north along the road on the left side. There you can ask drivers for rides or hitchhike next to the exit.
The best starting point is from near the Chisinau Airport, which is located at a distance from the city. The fastest way to reach it is by minibus Nr. 165, which will leave you exactly at the airport gates. From the airport the next step is to reach the national road, which is not far away, and to try to hitchhike from there. Also there's a spot at the exit of the city near a gas station. You can also hitch there at night as there's street lights (and some space to crash in the bushes).
You want to get on the road in the direction of Cricova Most local hitchers go to the roundabout at the M2/M14/M21 intersection on the outskirts of the city. If you want to get to Bălţi or further north, stand on the M14 highway here. There is less traffic on this highway, but it is faster. For Orhei (and also Bălţi), stand at the roundabout just before the M2 starts. There are several lines which can take you on your way. You can check what lines to take on this map. This is a journey planner which can show the routes from and to any place in Chisinau. Alternatively, you can find more details of routes on the online map of Chisinau. It is in Romanian and Russian, but click on the small trolleybus symbol to bring up all the bus, mini-bus, and trolleybus routes.
You need to get to the neighborhood Sculeanca. Take trolleybuses 8, 11 (start from 5:20 am) or bus 20 from the main city street Stefana cel Mare till the stop "Sculeanca". From there walk 1,5 km. till the intersection and ring road.
Places to avoid
Try avoiding policemen when wandering around with your backpack at night, as they will ask you questions regarding your place of stay. They can more or less force you into a hotel, or just simply annoy your time away out of boredom. Don't expect to 'chill out' at the train station, because they will ask you where you're going or send you away.