Thursday, March 5, 2009

Romania: Airport train aims to ease congestion

The Associated Press
March 4, 2009

BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania's National Railways says it has launched the first train service to Bucharest's main airport so passengers can avoid the city's jammed highways.

Officials say trains began running Wednesday hourly from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. from the capital's Gara de Nord railway station to near Henri Coanda airport. The journey will take 45 minutes.

That's a hefty time saving for stressed travelers.

It can take up to two hours to reach the airport by road from the city center. This is because of a growing number of cars and work being done on the main highway north out of the capital.

Railway marketing director Adriana Vlaicu said tickets will cost 6 lei ($1.75).

The new route isn't perfect, though. Passengers will have to catch a bus for the final bit of the journey.

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