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Welcome to Mamaia
Mamaia near Constanţa (prounounced Constantza) is a coastal Black Sea town in southern Dobrogea, Romania, the second most important city in the country and, during summer, a beautiful touristic city. It is the capital of Constanta county and Romania’s largest seaport, a great city to begin to explore the wonders of the sea.
You can get to Mamaia – Constanta by land, air, and water.
The most popular route is the Bucharest-Constanta A2 highway, which is quite new and in excellent condition. There is a tax of 11 lei (2.5 EUR) to cross the bridge system over the Danube.
Plenty of buses connect Constanta with the rest of the country. Throughout the day Bucharest bound buses leave Constanta every 45 minutes from the Railway Station (called Autogara) starting at 06.00. The trip takes about 3 hours thanks to the newly constructed A2 highway, also called “The Sun’s Highway.” Though buses are slightly slower than the train they are clean and comfortable and the newest ones have free WiFi which the train does not.
There are also several daily buses leaving from Constanta to Istanbul from the Railway Station (when you exit the train station turn left and walk 200m). The duration is less than 12 hours including time spent crossing borders.
Likewise, there are buses to Thessaloniki in Greece, Chisinau in Moldova and some buses to Varna in Bulgaria. One can also take a bus to Ostrov-Vama, which is a village near the border with Bulgaria, cross the border and you are in Silistra, a town in Bulgaria. From there there are several connections to other Bulgarian cities such as Ruse, Dobrich, Sofia etc.
Frequent maxitaxis leave to resorts south of Constanta from the Railway Station (when you walk out of the train station turn right and continue about 200m).
Constanţa’s train station has connections with the rest of the country. There are five daily trains to/from Bucharest during off-season and more trains in summer and the trip takes between 2.5-3 hours depending on the type of train. Most of the train connections from Constanţa are to Bucharest, which acts as the main railway hub for the region.
Starting from Constanţa train station seven daily trains serve destinations south of Constanţa, going as far as Mangalia. The earliest train heading to Mangalia departs at 06:30 and the last one at 19:03. The trip takes about 1hr20min.
Constanta has an international airport called Mihail Kogalniceanu Intl. Airport which is about 20 km north-west of the city. Starting with April 2011, flights to Milano are operated 2 times a week by Blue Air. Turkish Airlines flies Constanta from Istanbul four times a week. Wizz Air operates flights to London (London Luton) 2 times a week
The airport is connected to the city by a special bus which operates 2 times per day. The bus stops near the Central Station (Gara CFR).
Constanta is one of the largest commercial ports in the Black Sea and the third largest in Europe. There were ships connecting Constanta with Varna and Odessa managed by Navlomar. This is probably not true anymore. There are said to be also routes to Istanbul, Turkey and Greece, but don’t count on them.
Eurovelo route 6 from Germany through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Romania arrives at Black Sea in Constanta.
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