Planning a Football Trip to Cluj? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets; to the stadium.
Cluj-Napoca, a city in northwestern Romania, is the unofficial capital of the Transylvania region. It’s home to universities, vibrant nightlife and landmarks dating to Saxon and Hungarian rule.
Football Trip to Cluj – How to get to Cluj & How to get around
Football Trip to Cluj – Fly to Cluj
Liverpool to Cluj-Napoca with regular flights from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, flying with Wizz Air.
There are 21 (direct) flights between Cluj Napoca and London Luton Airport per week, averaging 3 per day. In the past 3 days, the cheapest return tickets were found on Wizz Air (£48) and Blue Air (£199)
There are 28 (direct) flights between London and Cluj Napoca per week, averaging 4 per day. Lufthansa (£131) and Ryanair (£154).
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Directions from the Airport
It takes 15 to 20 minutes from the airport to the city centre (Unirii Square / Piata Unirii), the distance is 8 kilometres / 5 kilometres.
Bus line 5 of the local public transit system CTP Cluj-Napoca runs between the airport and the city of Cluj-Napoca. The trolleybus departs approximately every 10 minutes between 05:00 a.m. and 22:00 p.m., on weekends and evenings every 15 to 20 minutes.
The airport bus stop is located 200 metres from the terminal, along the ‘Strada Traian Vuia’. It is a short walk from the terminal, you first have to go to the main road and then to the right. In the centre of Cluj-Napoca, you can get off at the stops Constanta (Regionale CFR), Sora and Central. The bus ride to one of these bus stops in the centre of Cluj-Napoca takes an average of 25 minutes. The first and final stop of bus line 5 is known as Fierul and can be found in the street ‘Strada Cuza Voda’.
Bus tickets are available at vending machines and service counters near the bus stops. Keep in mind, it is not possible to buy a ticket from the bus driver. The price is 2.00 RON for a single ride and 4.00 RON for two journeys.
Taxis from the Airport
Outside the Arrivals hall (Passenger Terminal Arrivals) there a taxis available to take you to to the centre of the city. The price for a taxi ride is 30 RON or less than € 10. In the evening and at night you will have to pay a little bit more.
Football Trip to Cluj – Travel By Train
Tthere is no direct train from London to Cluj-Napoca. However, there are services departing from London St Pancras Eurostar and arriving at Cluj Napoca via Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and Wien Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25h 23m
The other option is to travel to Paris then Zurich, Budapest and onto Cluj-Napoca
Football Trip to Cluj – Travel By Ferry
It takes between 3 and 4 hours to drive to Cluj from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways
Football Trip to Cluj – Travel Around Cluj
The best way to do some sightseeing and explore Cluj is on foot because the main landmarks and sights are located closely in the city centre. In fact, the city’s layout is a huge East-West axis so I suggest you start your journey either from Central University Library or Avram Iancu Square.
If needed, RATUC buses cover the entire city and charge RON4 per journey.
Football Trip to Cluj – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Cluj – The Stadium
CFR Cluj Stadium, is in the Gruia district, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and is home ground of CFR Cluj. The stadium is named after Constantin Rădulescu, a former player, coach and club doctor.
The stadium was originally built in 1973. Before 2004 it had a capacity of about 10,000 seats, hosting the home games of CFR Cluj, mostly in the second and third divisions of the Romanian football.
As CFR Cluj qualified for the Champions League group stage in 2008, the stadium was expanded, increasing the capacity to 23,500 seats. There are also plans for further expansions.
Football Trip to Cluj – Getting to the Stadium
The Cluj Arena is located about a kilometre west of Cluj-Napoca’s old town on the Somesul Mic river next to the city’s Central Park.
The walk from the old town takes about 15 minutes.
Cluj-Napoca’s main railway station is located a little further away, about a kilometre north of the old town. The walk to the stadium takes about 30 minutes, or take the tram. Tram 101 and 102 connect the stadium with the railway station (and old town). Trams run frequently for the 10-minute journey.
Football Trip to Cluj – Getting Tickets
You can get tickets at the stadium – Here are details https://cfr1907.ro/de-unde-imi-iau-bilete/ there is also a link to the online ticket shop.
Football Trip to Cluj – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
The schedule for kick-off times in Romania can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Romania page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Cluj – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Cluj – Where to stay
Popular Neighborhoods in Cluj Napoca
- Centru – Cluj Napoca’s old town Centru is packed with cafés, galleries and, most of all, beautiful churches.
- Mănăștur – A sprawling residential area, Mănăștur hosts some of the city’s best eateries, including Casa Piraților and Valahia.
- Zorilor – Located in the southern half of the city, Zorilor is a thriving student area, with plenty of clubs and bars to pick from.
Football Trip to Cluj – What else to see & do
Surrounding its central square, Piața Unirii, is the Gothic-style St. Michael’s Church and the dramatic Matthias Corvinus Statue of the 15th-century king. The baroque-era Bánffy Palace is now a museum showcasing Romanian art.
St. Michael’s Church – With three equal naves, and measuring 70 metres long and 80 metres high, few churches in Romania can match St Michael’s for power as well as sheer depth of history. The 15th-century King of Hungary and Croatia Mathias Corvius, was crowned in this building not long after its completion in 1464. Almost 500 years later there was another important moment when the Bishop Áron Márton spoke out openly against the Holocaust at this church, even while Jews were still being kept in the Kolozsvár Ghetto.
Botanical Garden – A few minutes on foot from the Old Town is a 14-hectare botanical garden plotted in the 1920s. There are 11,000 different species here, planted in greenhouses and a host of individual gardens arranged according to geography or applications like medicine and historic trades.
Orthodox Cathedral is a revival of the Brâncovenesc style, which first appeared at the end of the 17th century and mixed Byzantine and Renaissance architecture.
Close to Cluj-Napoca and easily reachable by bus or a car ride there’s Turda Salt Mine. The mine has been opened as a tourist attraction back in 1992 and offers a lot of interesting activities. Once you enter, there’s a mining museum, depicting the history of mining in Transylvania and at Turda in particular.
Football Trip to Cluj – Where to Drink
Submarine Bar & Club – t’s a submarine in the center of the city with unique steampunk design.
Klausenburger can be found in the centre of the old town. They brew up to 7 different varieties of beer, all of which are available on tap in their sky bar-come-restaurant.
Blend has fast become one of the best places to enjoy Romanian craft beer in Cluj. Situated on the thriving Piezișă street – in the heart of the student district – it enjoys a lively, friendly atmosphere. (Piezișă Street no 8)
Sisters Café – They typically stock a wide range of Romanian craft beer by the bottle and on tap, from the newest releases to well loved classics. The small, atmospheric cafe is situated slap bang in the centre of the city, and is ideally located for refreshments during a busy day of sightseeing. (St. Universității no.2)
Colin’s Gastro Pub is well worth checking out. With their beautiful riverside terrace, and exquisite interior, you’re in for a visual feast. They stock a variety of bottles, generally core range offerings from established Romanian breweries such as Zaganu and Hophead. (Cardinal Iuliu Hossu Street 30-32)
Flying Circus may not conjure up images of a craft beer haven. However, they offer a fantastic range of classic Romanian craft beers, as well as the some of the latest releases. (Universității Street Number 3)
4 Champions (Sala Polivalentã 2-4) Great sports restaurant and bar! Good variety of food! Pleasant atmosphere and good value for money! Try the eggs Benedict for breakfast
Marty Sports & Grill (Strada Republicii 109) Good food, nice staff and great prices. Nice atmosphere for watching sports.
Football Trip to Cluj – Where to Eat
Roata is a traditional restaurant serving Romanian dishes, designed like a traditional house. At Roata, every meal starts with a small glass of plum brandy tuica, the traditional Romanian drink.
Gentlemen’s Bistro & Sports Bar ( Municipiul, Strada Observatorului 105 ) Good bistro for a weekday lunch, 17 lei for a lunch menu with 2 courses. Food is very good for a daily menu place
Klausen Burger terrace on the rooftop of Central Commercial Center, Klausen Burger has both an inside restaurant and an outdoor terrace on top of it. From soups to burgers, the restaurant includes both traditional, Italian and American cuisine, and there are options for vegetarians too. For a good meal or if you just want to have a drink while enjoying the panoramic view over Cluj, Klausen Burger is an ideal choice.
Euphoria Biergarten offers a broad range of dishes influenced by international and Transylvanian cuisine. Perhaps you’d like to try a fancy dish such as duck duo with Porto sauce, or a more traditional one like barbeque pork ribs.
Zama serves upmarket versions of traditional Romanian fare. If you’re dining with a group, be sure to order one of their impressive starter platters for the table.
Old Friends Pub – From 12 pm to 6 pm they have a special offer for the burgers with fries, salad and a drink of choice, for 18.5 lei.