CLUJ the Treasure City
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  Travel Tips  
For your comfort and safety, please read carefully our collection of travel tips.

Cluj-Napoca is a safe town by European standards, violent street crimes are rare. Patrols of policemen or gendarmes may frequently be seen at night. Like with any other city, it is recommended that parks or remote places be avoided
at night. The police was provided with GPS to ensure prompt intervention in emergencies.

Getting by in Cluj only in English is possible owing to the native talent of the Romanians in learning foreign languages. People, especially youngsters, will master French, Italian and Spanish as well, due to the similarities between Romanian and other Romanic languages. From taxi drivers to hotel receptionists, quite a fair number of people will understand you. If you fail to make yourself understood, sign language is always close at hand…
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Some bars, pubs or discotheques will require at least casual wear from the part of their clients. They are not usually allowed to enter some bars in sport clothes or when intoxicated, instead they will be asked politely to leave the place.

Emergency care is provided free of charge to anyone in need. However, there are packs of services offered to foreigners with special needs.

Functioning at banks and special street offices, most of them will exchange the European currency and dollars (paper money only) in lei at no commission. Please make sure you read the ads stating the conditions of the exchange carefully. A passport must be presented at the time of the exchange. Doing exchange with unauthorised people may result in prejudices. Most hotels and restaurants will accept credit cards as well.

There are no entrance fees for most of the sights in Cluj, except for museums and the Botanical Garden. The latter may charge you 5 to 6 euros for taking photos, yet the entrance fees are slightly more than 1 euro, half the price for children and students. Churches will expect some donations.

Most are open from 10 am until 8-10 pm. Non-stop shops in the centre and kiosks in districts sell coffee, tobacco and condoms, along with some junk food. Services are not usually available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Services and business meetings are expected to begin as early as 10 am and end before 5 pm. However, most official documents and applications should be scheduled early in the morning.

Dial 112 for any emergency, free of charge from any phone and any operating network.

Cluj area code is +264, but when calling from a Romtelecom phone (the orange phones operated with a magnetic card) to another operator, another area code must be dialled (the most common for Cluj, +0364). Magnetic cards of 10 or 15 lei are available at kiosks and shops, as well as prepaid cards with discount tariffs for international calls.

The cheapest way to move about Cluj is the bus, which operates roughly between 5 am to 11 pm and covers the whole city. However, for specific addresses, it is best to take a cab (yellow or marked with a line of squares), cab drivers know the city almost by heart. Special care with taxi companies must be taken when going by taxi from the airport and the train station.

International coach travelling is well organized in Cluj. For a travel by train, dial 952 to find out which is the most suitable train for your destination or look for the schedule in the hall of the train station.

If you miss talking to your friends back home or need to take care of your business via internet while in Cluj, the city boasts 22 so-called C-free Hot Spots, areas where wireless internet is available. Please see the nearest to you at . Charge your laptop battery, find a shady place and a glass of something or a cup of coffee… and enjoy!

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