The Transfagarasan road was labeled as “the best driving road in the world” by Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson! It is the second highest altitude paved road in Romania and connects the historic regions of Wallachia and Transylvania. It cuts the southern Carpathians exactly between the Moldoveanu (2544 m) and Negoiu (2535 m), the two highest peaks of Romania. It was built in the early 1970s by the communist regime, as a strategic military route. 6000 tons of dynamite have been used for digging the mountain. 40 people lost their lives during the building process.
This road trip begins in Brasov. We drive to Cartisoara and from there we start our ascent on the Transfagarasan highway. Along the way we stop to admire the Balea Waterfall. Other stops for photos and sightseeing are included along the way. At the top we reach an altitude of 2042 meters. We visit the Balea Lake and have a snack. The return trip comes with two options, either on the same side of the mountain back to Brasov, or we continue towards Bascov and check out the Vidraru Dam along the way! In both cases we have in plan a stop and a tour of the Bran Castle!
Important: during winter months, the Transfagarasan road is closed. This day trip can be still organized though. Instead of a drive to the top, we will use the cable car as means of transport and enjoy some spectacular views. A walk at the Balea plateau will be organized along with a hot tea or meal at the Bale cottage. The return trip is on the same side of the mountain. This means that the Vidraru Dam is skipped. However, the Bran Castle is still included!
Full Day / 300 km / Private Car, Mini-bus, Bus
Private Guided Tour
110 € / 550 RON / person (discount for groups!)
Availability: Daily (Booking only!)
- A great day trip for sightseeing!
- +3 landmarks: Transfagarasan, Balea Waterfall & Balea Lake!
- Private tour with a certified local guide!
- Flexible route!
- Breathtaking mountain scenery!
- Languages: English, German, Romanian.
Included: Transport (Hotel pickup), Local Guide, Water.
Not Included: Entrance fees, Food.
Starting Point: Brasov (Direct pickup from your hotel or apartment). We can pick you up from a different location too. WhatsApp us for a quote!
Route: Brasov -> Fagaras -> Carta -> Cartisoara (The Transfagarasan mountain road starts here) -> Balea Waterfall (Stop for photos and souvenirs) -> Balea Lake (The highest point of the Transfagarasan highway. 2042 meters. Here we do a short walk to visit the glacier lake, snap photos and have some food. ) -> Vidraru Dam -> Arges Court Monastery -> Bran -> return to Brasov.
Fact: All private tours can be customized. Route as well as schedule can be tweaked to match your requirements. Contact us for more details.
Ending Point: Brasov. (The return trip from the peak of the Transfagarasan mountain can be done on the same way or on the others side of the Fagaras mountains towards Arges county. The return route will be agreed to suit your needs after you book the day trip.)