Hiking in Romania: Four Destinations If You Are Based in Bucharest

Diana Condrea
Diana Condrea
Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer. You can find Diana on LinkedIn

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Hiking in Romania is a great experience, a rare encounter with nature and wilderness, far away from crowded cities and daily worries. The Carpathians occupy about one-third of the country, offering many incredible hiking trails. From almost anywhere in Romania you’re not more than 2-3 hours away from the mountains. Bucharest is by no means an exception. By car or by train, you can easily travel from the capital to some of the country’s most scenic destinations for mountaineers.

We suggest you try at least one of the itineraries below for a great experience of hiking in Romania.

bucegi mountains

The Carpathians

1. Piatra Craiului National Park

Famous for its panoramic limestone ridge, Piatra Craiului National Park is a great option whether you’re just starting to hike or if you’re an experienced hiker looking for a multi-day tour. Located just a short drive from Brasov, the national park covers a surface of over 14,773 hectares and is divided into three subgroups: Piatra Craiului Mare, Piatra Craiului Mica, and Pietricica. The highest peak is La Om (2,237 meters), reachable on the ridge trail marked with a red dot.

Piatra Craiului National Park

Piatra Craiului National Park

There are over 70 trails in this national park, one of the many reasons it’s one of the best places for hiking in Romania. Most of them intersect each other, and the most popular starting points are Zarnesti, Pestera, and Plaiul Foii.

Nearby train stations: Zarnesti, Brasov

Check the trails.

2. Ciucas Mountains

East from Piatra Craiului National Park, tucked in between the Southern and Oriental Carpathians, Ciucas Mountains appear like a true rock fortress. Above 1,400 meters, the landscape is dominated by monumental geological formations that represent one of the finest mountain landscapes you’ll see anywhere in Romania.


Ciucas Mountains

The maximum altitude of 1,954 meters is reached on Ciucas Peak, only 3-4 hours away from Muntele Rosu and 6 hours from Cheia, the main access points for the hiking trails.

You can drive to Cheia or Muntele Rosu or take a bus from Bucharest to Cheia.

Nearby train station: Brasov

Check the trails.

3. Bucegi Mountains

Bucegi Mountains are the most popular mountain destination in Romania, especially on weekends and holidays when Bucharest locals simply occupy the resorts from the base. We recommend you skip the summer crowds, and go there in spring or autumn when the mountains recover their monumental silence and peace. Winter also offers an unparalleled experience as long as you don’t take any unnecessary risks when the danger of avalanches is high.

Bucegi Mountains

Bucegi Mountains

Nearby train stations: Azuga, Sinaia, Busteni, Predeal, Brasov

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4. Iezer-Papusa Mountains

You don’t need to go very far if you’re looking for higher altitudes and more challenging hikes. East of Cozia National Park, the massive and steep Iezer-Papusa Mountains are exactly what you’re dreaming of for your next hiking adventure.

iezer papusa mountains

The trail to Iezer Papusa Peak

With a 40-km long ridge at an average altitude of 2,200 meters, Iezer Mountains reach a maximum height of 2,462 meters on Iezerul Mare Peak and 2,391 meters on Papusa Peak. If you’re planning for more than one day of hiking, book your accommodation in time as there are only a few options available.

Nearby train station: Campulung

Check the trails.

These are just four ideas of hiking trails you can try if you’re based in Bucharest as you can reach all of them in a maximum of three hours by car. Taking the train is also an option in most cases, just be sure to double-check an updated train schedule.

If you love nature and sports, hiking in Romania is the best way to explore the great outdoors in the country. Even more, it’s a rare chance to see some of the wildest landscapes of Europe as the Carpathians still conserve such high biodiversity of plant and animal species. So, pack your boots and hiking gear and embark on a new adventure.

Discover the hiking routes from the Carpathians with this great guidebook The Mountains of Romania.


1 Comment

  1. Joanna says:

    Thank you for this insightful article! All those options look great and I’ll definitely explore Romanian mountains next year 🙂
    Should I also put Fagaras mountains on my radar?

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