By plane

Iaşi Airport (IAS[2] is one of the oldest accredited airports in Romania and even though it is small, it is served by several airlines such as Tarom [3] (flying internally from Bucharest, and internationally from BritainIsrael and Italy), and Austrian Airlines [4] (flying from Vienna). There are also charter flights that depart/arrive from/in Iasi.

The airport is about 8km from the city center. Transportation to the city is by bus (line 50) or taxi. The bus stop is in front of the terminal, and a trip costs 2 RON. A metered taxi to the center of Iaşi should cost no more than about RON 15–20. Most city taxis have meters. The metered rate is 2 RON per kilometre outside city limits and 1.8 RON per kilometre inside them.


By train

The connections to Iaşi from Bucharest, the national capital, and with other counties in Romania are good and reliable and can be seen online at the Trains Timetable[5] (on this website you may also see the prices and the availability of the trains on the dates you wish to travel). You can also take direct trains from Budapest, which is well linked to Western Europe.

A train ticket from Iaşi to Bucharest costs around €20 when using the most expensive and luxurious option, the inter-city.

One of the landmarks of town, the railway station, also known as the “Palace of Railway Station” will welcome you to Iaşi when arriving by train. The railway station building is 133 meters long and has 113 rooms, with a real palace in the centre, a partial replica of the loggia from the Doge’s Palace in Venice. The palace was built by an Austrian company lead by Victor von Ofenheim and is the biggest one in Moldavia.

The railway station is very close to the center of the town and to the Tourism Information Centre (10 minutes of walking).


By car

There are several possibilities to reach Iaşi from all over the country on national roads. Recently these roads have been improved and are not blocked by traffic jams. A drive from Bucharest usually takes five to six hours.

If you don’t have neither a map of Romania downloaded from the internet, nor a GPS, the best thing to do is to buy one from any gas station. Although the situation has been steadily improving, it is crucial to have a map in order to reach Iasi from Bucharest without having to stop and ask for directions. The locals know which turns to take — there aren’t many, but they are not marked with large arrows as they are in the United States.


By bus

Romania is criss-crossed by many mini buses, sometimes called maxi taxi. They are faster than the trains, and can be taken directly from the international airport in Bucharest.

In Iaşi, there are two main bus stations: West Station (Autogara Vest) and Vama Veche Station (Codreanu). The latter one is situated in front of the railway station. From there, buses go all over Romania, as well as abroad.

There are regular bus connections with Chisinau in Moldovia. The bus departs from Gara De Sud in Chisinau ends in main bus station in Iaşi. The trip take approx 4-5 hours, including the stop at the tax free shop between the border controls.

The transportation to Iasi is not included in the participation fee. For details about the options for transportation, you can contact the Organizing Committee.

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