- Conference Venue
- Arrival in Cluj-Napoca
- Tourist Information
- Standard Time
- Health Services
- Invitation or visa letters
- Free internet access
- 24/7 shopping
- Having Fun in Cluj
- Contact details
Babeş-Bolyai University (3 buildings, 1-2 minutes distance among them)
- M. Kogalniceanu Street, No. 1 (the rooms: Iorga; Bogrea and St. Goanga; poster sessions)
- M. Kogalniceanu Street, No.3 (registration desk; Auditorium Maximum; poster sessions)
- E. Martonne, No.1 (rooms: Aula, J. Monet, Schuman, Club)
Arrival in Cluj-Napoca
Cluj-Napoca can be reached in several ways:
- By air: Cluj-Napoca has an international airport which runs direct flights, both regular and charter, from several cities in Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Greece etc.. For further information about these flights please contact a ticketing agency or visit www.airportcluj.ro. You can also arrive in Cluj-Napoca via other cities like Bucharest or Budapest. There are busses, trains and planes which make these connections.
- By bus: There are bus companies running regular direct transport to Cluj-Napoca from several European cities (more information on www.atlassib.ro or www.eurolines.ro).
- By train: Several international trains arrive daily to Cluj-Napoca. For those who prefer to travel by train, there are good connections for these trains in Budapest. You will find more information at reiseauskunft.bahn.de
September in Cluj is usually warm and sunny, but we may experince some rain drops. Make sure to bring your umbrella. More details about the climate in Romania and in Cluj on http://www.romaniatourism.com/climate.html.
Find out about Cluj-Napoca and the surrounding areas on http://www.romaniatourism.com/cluj-napoca.html
Romania’s official currency is LEU (pl. LEI); 1 LEU has 100 BANI. The international symbol is RON, but the currency is still referred to as LEI. For an updated currency rate visit http://www.bnr.ro/Exchange-rates-1224.aspx (the official site of the National Bank of Romania).
Exchanging money: Most exchange offices will not charge you a commission for the transaction, although it is advisable that you check that in advance. You cannot exchange monetary subdivisions (cents, eurocents) and you cannot exchange coins. DO NOT trust people who offer to change money on the street, however tempting their offer may sound; it is against the law and this could result in serious fines or imprisonment. The currencies accepted by all exchange offices are: US dollars, Euros, Pounds Sterling and Forints. For any other type of currency you should go to a bank.
Foreign Debit Cards: You can use your foreign debit card at most ATMs – and there are plenty of them. You will be issued the equivalent in lei of the sum you wish to withdraw in US dollars or Euro.
The standard time in Romania is the East European Time (GMT + 2 hours).
Urban Public Transportation. Cluj-Napoca is a long and narrow city, stretching along the banks of the Someş River. As a result, to get from one end to the other, you can’t avoid crossing the busy downtown. Public transportation system consists of long tram and trolley lines, connecting one end of the city with the other, and various bus lines on shorter distances.
Tickets (“bilete”) are sold at special booths, found in most stations. All tickets are for two trips. The price is 3 LEI (about 60 eurocents) per ticket/two trips, regardless of the distance and type of vehicle used, but only in the city and not for the surrounding areas. One trip is considered from the station you get on the bus until you get off. Tickets CANNOT be bought from the driver. It is advisable to buy tickets in advance, since they are not always available at all stations, at late hours or in the weekend. Make sure you validate your ticket immediately after getting on the bus/ trolley/ tram, by inserting one end into one of the metal punchers and pushing the button. Controls on public transportation are frequent and fines are high.
Public transportation is relatively safe and reliable. However, in order to make your trip more comfortable and avoid trouble, you should take into consideration some facts. You are responsible for protecting your property. Stay alert and be aware of what is going on around you, pickpockets are increasing in number. During rush hours the public transportation becomes very crowded and delays occur quite often, so allow yourself some extra time. Avoid hanging around remote stations at late hours.
Taxi. Taxis are the other alternative for urban traveling. There are around 3000 cabs in Cluj-Napoca; you can recognize them by the signs on the side doors and on the top. There are about 5 major cab companies: Diesel, Terra & Fan, Pro Rapid, Nova, Pritax, etc. Their cars are all equipped with taximeters and have about the same prices, posted in a visible place outside and inside. You will be charge by kilometer (about 50 eurocents/kilometer). The departure will be also charge (about 50 eurocents). You will also be given a receipt. Night time fees are a little bit more expensive (an extra 5 eurocents or so per kilometer). For trips outside the city limits, fees may vary; it is advisable that you ask in advance.
You can hail a cab on the street or find it at taxi ranks in markets, squares, around public places, etc. Also, you can call the company and order a taxi; you will be asked your name, address and sometimes a phone number.
There are some unregistered taxis, without any company name, or companies like Venus Taxi, operating especially around the railway station and the airport. These cabbies can be very persistent and even harass you. Try to avoid them, as they will charge you even three times the normal price.
Driving your own car. Gas is about the same price as in other European countries. Just like in other big cities, traffic becomes a problem during rush hours, as well as finding a parking place. For example, the price for the gas at Rompetrol is 3,59 lei/l and for the diesel oil of 4,17 lei/l (about 1 euro/l).
In case you find yourself in need of medical assistance, you can go to any authorized medical unit, public or private.
112 - Emergency number (Police, Ambulance, Fire Department)
Public Hospitals in Cluj-Napoca
- Emergency Hospital (Spitalul Clinic Judetean de Urgenta Cluj-Napoca) - 3/5, Clinicilor Street.
- Municipal Hospital (Spitalul Clinic Municipal Cluj-Napoca) - 11, Tăbăcarilor Street.
- Hospital for Adults (Spitalul Clinic de Adulti Cluj-Napoca) – 5, Constanţa Street.
24/7 pharmacies in Cluj-Napoca
- Viafarm – 1, Mihai Viteazul Square
- Farmadon (Complex Sora) – 5, 1 Decembrie 1989 Street
- Farmanet – 37, Unirii Square
- Remedium 1 – 130, 1 Decembrie 1989 Street
- Cynara – 75, Floreşti Street
Invitation or visa letters
You can find here www.mae.ro/poze_editare/2009.06.10_Anexa1_en.pdf the list of the countries whose nationals need a visa for entering Romania.
Free internet access
There are several places in Cluj where you can have wireless internet access free of charge. Here is a list of those places:
- The Musem Square
- Avram Iancu Square
- Eroilor Street
- Bellini Cafe, 1-3, Emile Zola Street
- Insomnia, 2, Universităţii Street.
- Downtown, 6, Memorandumului Street
- Flowers Tea House, 24, Unirii Street
- Tabu Cafe, 14, Moţilor Street
- Zetta, 10 Petofi Sandor Street
- Klausen Cafe, 1 Universităţii Street
In Cluj most of the food stores open early in the morning (7 or 8 AM) and close late at night (9 or 10 PM). Sora Shopping Center (5, 21 Decembrie Street) is open 24/7.
Having Fun in Cluj
If you want to have some fun while in Cluj or just enjoy a nice meal with your friends, here are a list of places you might want to try:
- Aroma, 295, Calea Turzii Street, www.restaurant-aroma.ro
- Baracca, 8A, Napoca Street, www.baracca.ro
- Bistro Viena, 3, Matei Corvin Street
- Casa Ardeleană, 5, 21 decembrie 1989 Street www.casaardeleana.com
- La Piazzeta, 21, Eroilor Street
- Lugano, 51, General Eremia Grigorescu Street
- Marty, 39, Victor Babeş Street / 28, Traian Moşoiu Street / 5, Horea Street
- Matei Corvin, 3, Matei Corvin Street
- Napoca 15, 15, Napoca Street
- Panoramic, 31, Şerpuitoare Street www.panoramic-cluj.ro
- Roata, 6, Alexandru Ciurea Street
- Roland Garros, 2, Horea Street
- Sinaia, 1 Decembrie Street
- Tokyo, 5, Gheorghe Marinescu Street, www.tokyorestaurant.ro
- Euphoria Irish Pub, 4 Museum Street, www.euphoria.ro
- Insomnia, 2, Universităţii Street
- Irish & Music Pub, 5, Horea Street, www.irishmusicpub.ro
- Bamboo, Mihai Viteazu Square, www.clubbamboocluj.ro
- Broadway, 21, Victor Babeş Street, www.broadway-bar.ro
- Diesel, 17, Unirii Square, www.dieselclub.ro
- My Way, 21, Unirii Square, www.mywayclub.ro
- Obsession, 109, Republicii Street, www.obsessionclub.ro
- Vertigo, 9, Unirii Square, www.vertigocafe.ro