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.