Public transport in Oradea

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Public transport in Oradea (a city in Bihor County, Romania) consists by the tram and bus services run by Oradea Transport Local S.A. (commonly known as OTL) and the taxi service available for public use. The bus and tram network, although is fairly small for a city the size of Oradea, is somewhat efficient.

Tram lines[edit]

Siemens ULF tram in Oradea on line 3N

There are three tram lines in Oradea, and these run together for most of their journey. The lines are 1, 2 and 3. Lines 1 and 3 run together in a city loop, while Line 2 joins part of this loop in part of its journey. All quarters except Vie are served by trams. Trams do not actually run in the city centre, since this is a historic area with narrow streets. They do, however, run on the border of the city in a loop, and then continue through to all the residential areas and quarters.

  • Line 1 (1 red, 1R [Roşu], and 1 black, 1N [Negru] (completes the circuit the other way around)) runs from Sinteza Factory, which is located in the industrial west of Oradea, very close to the township of Borş and the Hungarian border, via the quarter of Rogerius, the central railway station, the city centre and then loops back to Rogerius.
  • Line 2 runs from Ioșia quarter via the southern city centre and the heart of the city (Unirii Square) to Cantemir quarter and then Nufărul.
  • Line 3 (3 red, 3R [Roşu], and 3 black, 3N [Negru]) (completes the circuit the other way around)) runs from Nufărul and then does the city loop from the Civic Centre onwards, terminating back at the Civic Centre near the main market.[1]

Line 3 was called Line 4 before 2004, and there was no route named Line 3. However, in order to make the line order more logical, Line 4 was renamed Line 3 in 2004.

In 2008 and 2009 10 new Siemens ULF trams were introduced to the Oradea tram system. The first Siemens tram was put in service in April 2008.

Bus lines[edit]

Mercedes Conecto bus in Oradea on route 14

OTL runs the following bus routes in Oradea:[2]

Line Route
10 Gara de Est - Piaţa 1 Decembrie - Henrik Ibsen
11 Gara Centrală (Central Station) - Gara Episcopia
12 Nufărul - Piaţa Unirii
13 Piaţa 1 Decembrie - Gheorghe Doja (County Hospital)
14 Universitatea (University) - City Center - Podului
15 Piaţa 1 Decembrie - Podgoria
16 Piaţa 1 Decembrie - Clujului
17 Velenta - Piaţa 1 Decembrie - Rogerius - Pod CFR
18 Gara Centrală (Central Station) - Cartierul Oncea - Bihorului
19 Carrefour ERA - B-dul. Dacia
20 Nufărul - Piaţa 1 Decembrie - Auchan - Şoseaua de centură - Nufărul
21 Pod CFR - Auchan
22 Gara Centrală - Real II.
23 Carrefour Era - Piaţa Cetăţii
24 Pod CFR - Macon

Schedule for Local Bus Transport Oradea might be found at Orar autobuze si tramvaie Oradea

Taxi Service[edit]

Passenger cab service is a widespread and relatively reliable form of door-to-door public transport in Oradea. Anyone can order a taxi to an address, pick one from the taxi rank or just stop one in the street if it has no passengers.

The city has some very strict rules in order to control the taxi services. The number of taxis is limited. All taxis must be completely or partially painted in yellow, must have passenger side airbag and air conditioning. They must also have a yellow sign on their top with a red and green light to indicate if they are free.

There are several private companies running taxi services in Oradea. The most important and reliable are City - Taxi, Fulger, VIP Taxi, Start and Hello Taxi.

The fleet used by the cab companies consists mainly of small or medium-sized private passenger cars.


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