Road trip routes

Vatra Dornei

Transfagarasan, Transalpina, Transsemenic, Transrarau, Transapuseni si Transbucegi are the 6 mountain passes from Romania that have their name starting with "trans". This route connects all these roads in a big trip that will take you around the hole country.

1805 km


315 km

day 1:

The first day starts from Brasov to the north along the Oriental Carpathians. First we will follow the DN11 and DN12 roads to Gheorgheni. On this segement, depending on how you stay with time, you can visit the fortified church of Prejmer, and St. Ana's Lake. The road to Gheorgheni is quite pleasant: perfect asphalt, fast curves and beautiful scenery. Then everything becomes spectacular as we climb the hairpins towards Lacul Rosu (Red Lake) and then we enter the Bicaz Gorges where we find one of the most spectacular canyons in Romania. At Bicaz we will enter the Bistrita valley and we will climb upstream to Chiril, where the first "trans", Transrarau, starts. After passing the mountains, the first day ends and you can stay in Pojorata where there are enough places to sleep.

fanta Ana Lake
Bicazului Gorge
Izvorul Muntelui Dam
Pietrele Doamnei
Red Lake


340 km

day 2:

From Pojorata we will head west and in the first part of the day we will cross two beautiful segments of road: Mestecanis pass to Vatra Dornei and then Tihuta Pass and without realizing we almost reached half of the proposed distance for day 2. From here until the Apuseni Mountains, the road will be quite flat, then from Huedin we turn left towards Transapuseni pass. From Rchitele village, you can make a small detour to admire the Valul Miresei waterfall but be careful to keep enough time to climb to Padis because it takes about an hour and the road is not paved.

 Tihuta Pass
Valul Miresei Waterfall
Cetatile Ponorului



day 3:

The third day begins with the paved side of Transapuseni, the descent from Padis to Pietroasa. The road has been asphalted for a few years, but be careful in the curves because there is plenty of sand on the road. At Sudrigiu we will enter DN76 where since 10 years ago the works have not yet been finalized. Fortunately at Varfurile we will leave this road and we will head to Resita crossing several dozens of hills on the secondary roads. Again we will end the day with a "trans", namely Transsemenic which was paved a few years ago and the asphalt is almost perfect. Pay attention to the curves because it's a lot of sand again.

Traian Vuia Museum
380 km
Cetatile Radesei
Engine Museum, Resita


370 km

day 4:

As soon as you get out of Caransebes, if you want to find the Tunnel of Love, you have to pay attention to the right side because it's a minor road, with no asphalt, that is quite easy to miss. Then we head to Hateg and from here to Petrosani and Jiu Valley. As soon as we get out of the gorge, we turn left towards east in order to get to DN67C, meaning Tranalpina. From Sebes we will head towards Sibiu and depending on how much time you have you can take the highway or on the national road which is almost empty.

Sibiu Old Town 
Love Tunnel
Jiului Gorge


400 km

day 5:

For the last day I have kept 2 of the 6 "trans": the famous Transfagarasan and Transbucegi, the only one of the 6 roads that does not cross a mountain range completely. But there are rumors that the road may soon continue towards Moeciu.

From Sibiu we will take DN1 towards Brasov, then we will cross the Transfagarasan and at Curtea de Arges we will take the road to Campulung. Then we will go on secondary roads till DN71 where the acces towards Transbucegi is made. After that we will continue on Prahova Valley. At the end of the day, if you still have power, you can choose the route to Brasov, through Rasnov and Poiana Brasov because it is more spectacular.

Vidraru Dam
Peles Castle
Cantacuzino Castle
Brasov Old Center



bucharest | romania

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