Why Romania Has No Roads Or Highways

Long time no seen. So, for those of you that know a bit about the Romanian transports, railway system, roads or lack of highways for that matter, this would not come as a surprise. The Romanian Transport Minister in office, Relu Fenechiu, has just been sentenced to jail


Ok, you would say, what about the former Transport Ministers? Well, they did not do much either. This is one of the reasons why a train starting from the Hungarian border, let’s say Oradea because I already did this, and heading to Bucharest, shall take at least 12 official (14 unofficially) hours to finish this journey!

I did Cluj-Bucharest by train and it took 12 hours. And there was no Transport Minister sentenced to jail at that time.

There are no quality transports over here either by train, road or you name it, mainly because they do not care. Read this: they do not care! This one goes to jail, what’s a highway or railroad to him?

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6 Responses to Why Romania Has No Roads Or Highways

  1. I thank you for writing this. I never knew it. I can’t imagine.

    • The guy was not jailed for lack of highways 🙂 but for other mischievous things. However, there was this time in Switzerland when a train I was expecting was 15 minutes late. The official manager in charge of that station apologized and brought a NEW train for that distance. In less than 30 minutes. In Romania, people even laugh when they tell you that the train you’re travelling on shall be 2-3 hours late, no explanation whatsoever because this is the norm, not to explain oneself or account for a public inexistent service.

  2. EmilyAnn Frances says:

    Here in the United States we take our local mass transit programs or interstate highway programs for granted. Reading this made me realize that even though some are not maintained in the best way (due to this Recession) at least they are working. And sometimes they work alright.

    • Almost everywhere in Europe highways are taken for granted, not here. We have bits of “highways” of 50km and they call that a highway. Railroads are not any better: 14 hours for 800km in a train it’s madness but is still happening.

  3. Simon Lowery says:

    My wife is from Brasov and I have been traveling by car to Romania since 1999, did I see a difference ? The answer is yes but not a positive one, as far trains, forget it. Buses and Micro buses are pretty OK but driven by mad men on the whole. Now for the highways, and roads this is where the change really has taken place. The highway from Cluj to Turda (all 51 km of it) is one of THE most beautiful roads I have ever driven on, not only is it solid quality but also truly stunning scenery, so why stop there ? because they are criminals that’s why, they care nothign about the people or the country only lining their own pockets, the 51 KM to Turda cost 3 times more than any other highway in Europe to build, what does that tell you? then there is the rest of the roads, Cluj to Oradea, its like being on a real life rollercoaster of death, the Romanians have discovered high powered European cars to replace their Dacia’s with and the majority of them have turned in to loonatics. Romania is one of the, if not the most stunning country in Europe let down by 3 things, The roads, The corrupt government and the fat morons driving high powered mercedes and BMW with all their gold jewelry. I actually found myself thinking on the drive home, if i won billions I would buy the road system and make a great driving experience, shame its left to the politicians!

    • Thanks for the comment. I am from Oradea and have travelled to Budapest on several occasions, the difference between Oradea-Cluj and Oradea-Budapest is terrible. Good luck with your dream of changing our road system, you would not make it over here, but it’s still a wonderful dream. The majority of public works, irrespective of contractors, is corrupt, that means that you will not get quality in the end product, that means that having mere roads is a problem depending on who is bidding and who is leading. We have a bridge in the middle of Cluj-Napoca that is about to fall to pieces and they will not “fix” it until the public bidding process is “fixed” first. That’s how Eastern Europe works and in particular, my lovely country.

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