|Population:||310,243 (July 2007)|
|Major roads:||A3 (under construction)|
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Cluj-Napoca (pronunciation in Romanian: /'kluʒ na'poka/; German: Klausenburg; Hungarian: Kolozsvár) is a city in north-western Romania and the seat of Cluj county. The city, one of the most important academic, cultural and industrial centers in the country, is located in the historic province of Transylvania, being also its historic capital, and is approximately 440 km north-west of Bucharest, in the valley of the Someşul Mic river. It concentrates about 310,000 people, but a high rise in metropolitan population is expected within the next 10 years.
At Cluj-Napoca intersect some main internal routes of Romania:
- North: Baia Mare, Ukraine (E576)
- South: Alba Iulia, Sibiu, Bucureşti (E60/E81)
- West: Oradea, Hungary (E60)
Each one of these routes have specific places for hitchhiking, usually on the outskirts of the city. You can normally tell where these are, because you'll see a bunch of people hitchhiking, as it's very popular in Romania.
It's recommended that you take a bus from one exit to another. A bus ticket (including 2 rides) costs 3.0Lei (about 75 Eurocents). Tickets have to be validated by using the punchers on the bus.
- You need to get to the IRA / Atlas bus station, in the Mărăşti neighborhood. You can do this by taking any of the buses 8, 30 or 46B, or trolley-buses 4, 6 or 7 (these cover most of the city, but if you can't find a stop for one of them, ask around). It's best to ask someone how to get to Mărăşti, so you know in which direction to get on the bus.
- After you get off the bus, you should see a bridge over the railroad. You can hitchhike North just at the start of it.
South towards Alba Iulia, Sibiu, Bucharest / Târgu Mureş, Braşov, Bucharest
- You need to get to Sigma Center, in the Zorilor neighborhood (the bus station is called Observatorului). You can do this by taking any of the buses 35, 43, 43B, 46, 46B or 50 (these cover most of the city, but if you can't find a stop for one of them, ask around). It's best to ask someone how to get to Zorilor, so you know in which direction to get on the bus.
- After you get off the bus, you should see a large round-about, close to the Sigma Center buildings. The hichhiking spot is a bit uphill from that.
- You need to get to Node N, a large clover-leaf intersection in the Mănăştur neighborhood. You can do this by taking any of the buses/trolley-buses 9, 24, 29, 52 (to the Bucium stop) or 1, 6, 25, 43, 43B (to the Clãbucet stop) (these cover most of the city, but if you can't find a stop for one of them, ask around). It's best to ask someone how to get to Mănăştur, so you know in which direction to get on the bus.
- If you got off at Clãbucet, follow the road, make a right, and you'll be at the Bucium stop.
- From the Bucium stop, follow the road for about 100m. The large clover-leaf intersection should be visible. Make a left at the intersection. Right after it, there's a good hitchhiking spot.
- Going North to Baia Mare: generally under 30 minutes, may vary
- Going South to Sibiu: generally under 15 minutes, may vary
- Going West to Oradea: generally under 30 minutes, may vary
Please note that waiting times generally increase by 50% on Saturdays, and can double on Sundays.
- Retro Youth Hostel – Address: Potaissa 13, Tel: 0040/264/450452 – Official site
- Heltai Pension - Address: Clinicilor 18, Tel: 0040/264/590096 - Further information
- Search for a couch (254 users in Cluj-Napoca, as of July 2008)
- You could try contacting TruckThor, who lives in Cluj-Napoca. (CouchSurfing profile)
> 1.000.000: Bucureşti
100.000–300.000: Arad • Bacău • Baia Mare • Botoşani • Brăila • Braşov • Buzău • Craiova • Drobeta-Turnu Severin • Galaţi • Oradea • Piatra-Neamţ • Piteşti • Ploieşti • Râmnicu Vâlcea • Satu Mare • Sibiu • Suceava • Târgu Mureş