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About Chișinău International Airport

Chisinau Airport was opened in 1944 for providing air transportation in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, where trade and industry are blended with the country culture. The airport, where flights were organized between the cities under the domination of the Soviet Union until 1990, gained international status following the independence of Moldova. Chisinau Airport is commonly used by the passengers who want to reach the capital. It is also used to travel to the surrounding cities Lapusna and Kalarash.

Getting to the City Center from Chișinău International Airport

Located along the river Bâc, Chisinau is the capital and most developed and populated city of Moldova. Chisinau International Airport opens its doors to passengers who want to visit Chisinau, Moldova's main industrial city. Chisinau is divided into two main regions, the old part of the city and the new part of the city, which is considered the city center. Stefan cel Mare Street is considered the city center, which also includes Stefan cel Mare Park.

The only train station in the city is the Chisinau railway station, which is located in the city center. Although the city is surrounded by railway networks, transportation by train is only offered to the surrounding areas, outside of the city. There is also no metro network that provides transportation in the city. Buses, just like trains, are also not a method of urban transportation. Trolleybuses and minibuses, known as “rutiera” make up the main network of urban transportation in Chisinau.

There are ticket collectors present on public transportation vehicles. There are single-use tickets available for purchase however if you are staying longer in the city we would recommend buying a monthly ticket. Other, perhaps more convenient, transportation alternatives within the city include traveling by taxi or rental car.

There are a variety of transportation alternatives available to get to the city center from the airport including minibuses or private airport shuttle services. These options might include a transfer so if you want a direct alternative that provides door-to-door transportation you could take a taxi or rent a car.

Shuttle

Chisinau International Airport's own private shuttle provides transportation to the city center from the airport. The shuttle provides transportation to the following stops, Dacia Street, Decebal Street, Yuri Gagarin Street, C. Negruzzi Street, Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfînt Street, and Dimitrie Cantemir Square. These shuttles are very reasonably priced and run every 40 minutes.

Minibus (Rutieră)

Minibuses are the most convenient option to get to the city center from the airport. Minibuses cost the same as the airport shuttle services do, however they run more frequently than the shuttle does. Minibuses run every 10 minutes. Minibus line 165 stops at Dacia Ave, Trandafirilor, Decebal Street, Yuri Gagarin Ave., Dimitrie Cantemir Street, and Ismail Street.

Ticket prices are quite affordable but if you have a large suitcase you might have to pay an extra fee. Once you exit the arrivals area make a right towards the parking area at the end of the building. The white minibuses are located there.

If you come across a vehicle in motion you can raise your hand to hail it. Usually there is an assistant sitting next to the driver. If there is an assistant in the vehicle, and the vehicle does not have an automatic door system, the minibus doors are opened by that assistant.

There aren’t that many designated minibus stops but drivers will usually stop wherever you want to get off. Nevertheless, new regulations may restrict this possibility.

Some minibus lines in the city serve more than one route and some routes run parallel to each other. There is a route display screen next to the minibus line number to help indicate which way the minibus is traveling. By tracking this display you can easily find out which direction the minibus will travel in.

Trolleybus

Unfortunately there isn’t a trolleybus line that provides direct transportation from the airport to the city center. However, once you arrive in the city center via shuttle or minibus you can transfer to a trolleybus to get to your final destination in the city. The trolleybus system is one of the most important public transportation networks in Chisinau.

There are twenty-two trolleybus lines that operate in the city. These lines include, line 1 the str. Bariera Sculeni – str. Sarmizegetusa route, line 4 the Gradina Botanica – str. Zelinski route, line 5 the parcul "La izvor" route, line 17 the Schinossa 1 route, line 20 the str. Dokuceaev route, and line 28 the or. Durlești – bd. Gagarin route, all of which connect with the Chisinau railway station or to other areas of the city where you can easily transfer vehicles.

Bus

Traveling bus isn’t a source of urban transportation in Chisinau. However, buses are a popular alternative for transportation between cities and to other countries. So if you want to travel to nearby areas from Chisinau, then traveling by bus is a convenient option. There are 3 bus terminals in Chisinau, the Central Station, Gara de Nord and Gara de Sud.

Train

Just as with buses, trains provide transit services between cities or between countries. Located in the city center, the Chisinau Central Railway Station provides public transportation services to Romania, Russia, Ukraine and other CIS countries.

Taxi

There are three taxi companies that operate at the airport. Pricing is quite expensive compared to public transportation alternatives. However, unlike other cabs, you can talk to the driver in advance and try to negotiate the fare. Although the taxi system is much better than it was before, there are still some problems. For example, taxi drivers can come up with a variety of excuses to charge extra fees. If you are going to get in a cab at the airport, instead of getting in a cab from the stop, trying getting in a cab that is dropping off a passenger. They might be more reasonable when it comes to the fare. We would recommend negotiating or agreeing on the fare with the taxi driver beforehand.

Rental Car

Another way to get to the city center from the airport is by rental car. There are various rental car offices located at the airport. You can also reserve a vehicle in advance by making a reservation online.

Last Updated: 03 Apr 2017
Getting to Chișinău International Airport from the City Center

 

Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, is a large industrial city located along the river Bâc. Chisinau International Airport opens its doors to passengers who want to visit Chisinau, Moldova's most developed and populated city. Chisinau is divided into two main regions, the old part of the city and the new part of the city, which is considered the city center. Stefan cel Mare Street and Stefan cel Mare Park make up the city center. The Chisinau railway station is located in the city center and is the only train station in the city. Despite the presence of railways, urban rail transportation is not provided in the city. Buses are not a very popular method of transportation within the city either.

Trolleybuses and minibuses called "rutiera" are very important methods of public transportation in the city. You need to buy tickets to travel on public transportation vehicles in the city. Once on board you must show your ticket to the ticket collector. You can purchase a single-use ticket or monthly tickets. Monthly tickets are a better option for those who are planning on a longer stay in the city.

Traveling by taxi or rental car are other convenient alternatives in addition to public transportation. You can get to the airport from the city center via private airport shuttles or minibuses. These vehicles depart from the city center, which is accessible via public transportation vehicles from almost any part of the city.

The airport is also accessible via taxi or rental car. Both alternatives provide direct and quick transportation from the city center to the airport.

Shuttle

Chisinau International Airport's own private shuttle provides transportation from the city center to the airport. The route starts at Dimitrie Cantemir Square, and continues to Ştefan cel Mare şi Sfînt Street, C. Negruzzi Street, Yuri Gagarin Street, Decebal Street, Dacia Street, and then ends at the airport.

Minibus (Rutieră)

Minibuses are the most convenient option to get to the airport from the city center. Minibuses cost the same as the airport shuttle services do, however they run more frequently than the shuttle does. Minibuses that provide transportation to the airport run every 10 minutes. Minibus line 165 passes by Ismail Street, Dimitrie Cantemir Street, Yuri Gagarin Ave., Decebal Street, Trandafirilor, and Dacia Ave before arriving at the airport.

Ticket prices are quite affordable but if you have a large suitcase you might have to pay an extra fee. Usually there is an assistant sitting next to the driver. If there is an assistant in the vehicle, and the vehicle does not have an automatic door system, the minibus doors are opened by that assistant.

There aren’t that many designated minibus stops but drivers will usually stop wherever you want to get off. However, according to new legislation issued recently, the driver is technically only allowed to let you off at designated minibus stops. Some minibus lines can travel on more than one route within the city. So it would be beneficial to follow the route display screen on board to understand where the vehicle is going. To hail a minibus in the street, simply raise your hand.

Trolleybus

The airport is not directly served by trolleybus from the city center. However, you can access minibus and airport shuttles that travel to the airport by trolleybus. One of the most important means of public transport in Chisinau is by trolleybus.

There are twenty-two trolleybus lines that operate in the city. These lines include, line 1 the str. Bariera Sculeni – str. Sarmizegetusa route, line 4 the Gradina Botanica – str. Zelinski route, line 5 the parcul "La izvor" route, line 17 the Schinossa 1 route, line 20 the str. Dokuceaev route, and line 28 the or. Durlești – bd. Gagarin route, all of which connect with the Chisinau railway station.

Bus

In Chisinau, traveling bus isn’t very common within the city. However, buses are a popular alternative for transportation between cities and to other countries. So if you want to travel to nearby areas from Chisinau, then traveling by bus is a convenient option. There are 3 bus terminals in Chisinau, the Central Station, Gara de Nord and Gara de Sud.

Train

Just as with buses, trains provide transit services between cities or between countries. Located in the city center, the Chisinau Central Railway Station provides public transportation services to Romania, Russia, Ukraine and other CIS countries.

Taxi

There are about forty taxi companies operating in the city. These companies provide transportation both within the city and outside of the city. You can easily hail a cab in the street or arrange one over the phone. When you contact the taxi company by phone often there is someone who speaks English. Taxi rates are much more expensive when compared to public transportation alternatives.

Rental Car

Another transportation alternative to get to the airport is by rental car. There are various rental car offices located in the city that you can choose from. Renting a car is a fast and convenient way to get to the airport. You can also reserve a vehicle in advance online.

Airport Information

Located 13 km southeast of the city center, Chisinau International Airport is Moldova's main international airport. The airport has a private area for VIP guests. This area features private car parking, free Wi-Fi access, and special service personnel that will take care of your flight operations.

Passengers who want to go shopping can enjoy a wide range of tax-free products at the Duty Free stores located at the airport.

The airport also offers passengers private conference rooms, children’s play areas, baby care rooms, medical aid units, and special areas throughout the terminal that offer free Wi-Fi.

Last Updated: 03 Apr 2017

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