The train route between Oravita and Anina is considered today probably the most beautiful train route in Romania. Reservations for a round trip should be made well in advance, especially during the summer holiday season!
Romania might not excel when it comes to sustainable tourism, but this route is surely a positive example.
Once called the "coal line" because it used to link the coal mines between Anina and Baziaș, where the goods were loaded on ships, the "Baziaș-Oravița-Anina Railway" site is today a historical monument, It includes the train stations of Anina and Oravița. Only the last leg of the route is fully used for tourist purposes.
The railway was built by the Austrians between 1861 and 1863 and inaugurated at the end of 1863. It measures 33.4 km long and is technically difficult to travel, having a slope gradient of 339 meters.
Since its reopening, the train route has become the main attraction in the Banat Mountains because of the beautiful landscape and the importance of the whole engineering structure. A special attraction is the Jitin Viaduct, with five arches over the Jitin Valley. Another 9 viaducts and 14 tunnels add to the beauty of the route.
The whole one-way journey takes about two hours. The train running on the route is operated by CFR and ticket reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. The cost of a one-way ticket is 13.9 RON.
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