Romania’s Sun Trains to the Black Sea coast put into circulation for the summer
The Romanian Railway Company (CFR) has recently put into circulation the so-called Sun Trains (Trenurile Soarelui) that travel toward the Black Sea coast and the Danube Delta over the summer.
"There are 32 trains connecting the country to the seaside, and there are 38 trains connecting Bucharest to the seaside, including those coming from other parts of the country that pass through Bucharest. [...] Practically, no corner of the country remains disconnected from the seaside, and not only from the seaside but also from the most important tourist areas, because the demand for transportation has increased in other tourist destinations as well. However, it is true that the focus and center of gravity will be the seaside this summer," stated Adrian Vlaicu, head of marketing services at CFR Passengers, cited by Digi24.
CFR Passengers, therefore, offers the possibility to travel to the seaside either with direct trains from Arad, Deva, Timișoara Nord, Reșița Nord, Oradea, Satu Mare, Baia Mare, Cluj Napoca, Târgu Mureș, Brașov, Suceava, Iași, Galați, and Buzău or through a fast connection from Bucharest Nord via trains that operate on a regular schedule (every 1-2 hours) on the Bucharest Nord - Constanța route and return.
"The majority of trains coming from different parts of the country, the long-distance trains that take 10-12 hours, go to Mangalia, so passengers only disembark at the resort where they have a treatment ticket or where they want to go," mentioned Vlaicu.
Measures have been taken to check all locomotives, train cars, and air conditioning systems to minimize any defects. The only remaining issue is on the Constanța-Mangalia section due to the fact that Diesel locomotives cannot air-condition more than 9-10 train cars, and the problem with long-distance trains will persist.
The fare for a journey with a reserved seat on the Bucharest Nord - Constanța route, second class, is RON 82 (EUR 16.50) on an IC train, RON 72 on an IR train, and RON 37 on a Regio train. Additionally, passengers can benefit from discounts such as a 10% reduction in the transport fare when purchasing a round-trip ticket, up to 10% discount when purchasing tickets in advance, and 25% discount when using the TrenPlus card. Students enjoy free travel, while university students receive a 50% discount when traveling in second-class train cars.
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