The Transfăgărășan


Transfăgărăşan highway crosses the Făgăraş Mountains, connecting Arefu village, from Argeş County, with Cârţişoara village, from Sibiu County.

The best route is from South to North due the fact that the slope is steeper on the northern side of Făgăraş Mountains. In winter, the Transfăgărăşan is closed. During this time, Bâlea Lake can be accessed by cable car, opening hours: Monday-Sunday 09:00-17:00.

That’s when you can also visit the Ice Hotel.


Built between 1970 and 1974 at the order of Nicolae Ceauşescu, Transfăgărăşan highway connects Muntenia with Transylvania, crossing the Făgăraş Mountains. They are also known as the “Romanian Alps”. Maybe the most spectacular highway of Romania, with a length of 90 km and two lanes, Transfăgărăşan is a feast for the eyes due to its wild and stunning sceneries.  

With lots of curves, tunnels, differences in altitude and frightening slopes, these are the defining features of this exceptional road. Bâlea Lake and Waterfall, Cumpăna Complex, Vidraru Dam and Lake, Capra Waterfall or Poenari Fortress are just a few other major attractions of the Făgăraş Mountains.

Did you know?

Transfăgărăşanul highway passes over 830 bridges and 27 viaducts.

The Capra-Bâlea tunnel has a length of 887 meters and is the longest road tunnel in Romania.

Conservation facts

The construction of Transfăgărăşan highway was done in the 70’s with huge efforts and at the cost of many human lives due to the extreme working conditions on the mountain’s slopes.