Timisoara was a bit of a wildcard choice for us; we had never heard of it, it had cheap flights from Bucharest (£8) and was near the border of Serbia. We did do a little google and it looked a nice place so we thought why not! Some of the best places we have been had been little known or slightly off ‘tourist central’. We caught our Ryanair plane from Bucharest which left on time for the short flight to Timisoara arriving at 19.20. By population, Timisoara is currently the fourth biggest city in Romania, constantly jostling for second place behind Bucharest with Cluj-Napoca and Constanta.
After a snowy drive to the airport, we got our Wizz air flight from Stockholm Skavsta to Bucharest Henri Coanda/Otopeni (OTP) Airport which departed an hour late and arrived in Bucharest just before 1pm. We also had a delay awaiting our ‘meet and greet’ for the car hire also; however, after a few calls we were collected and taken to the off-site car hire location. Our first impressions coming into Bucharest were that they had had a lot of snow and this was apparent on the sides of the roads and pavements also. Off we set in our hire car heading for the estimated 30-minute journey into central Bucharest.