Trans Bucegi Highway Cycling Route
Heading out from historic Peles Castle near Brasov, this short road cycling route in Transylvania is a real classic. It takes the road up to the mountain plateau above Sinaia and Busteni, and is a cul de sac road, meaning that the only purpose is to simply climb the road for the views and experience – which is definitely reason enough.
Busteni and Sinaia are both good mountain sports resorts in Transylvania. This short but classic road cycling route will test the best riders, being one of the top road cycling climbs in Romania. Climb from historic Peles Castle, onto the road, and then keep going up until you reach the plateau and the mountain cabin.
Stats: 57.4km and 1,539 metres of ascent
Refreshments & Where to Stay
Nearby Brasov has all that you need for your stay, and you can fly in to Sibiu and it’s international airport. There are lots of accommodation choices at all prices. There’s also a wealth of great coffee shops and restaurants to eat at too, and lots to explore on foot. The historic centre has superb hotels and AirBNB choices to suit all budgets. Busteni itself is a good mountain resort, with cafes and accommodation choices. Take in a few more classic Romanian road cycling climbs while you’re here too.
Peles Castle, Transylvania – photo by Majkl Velner on Unsplash
The Bucegi Highway is one of the top 5 road cycling climbs in Romania, being the third highest road climb. Transylyvania is a road cycling climbers heaven, and this classic route will test the very best riders. Climb up, have a coffee and cake, then descend back to Peles Castle.
1. From Peles Castle, ride down to the main highway and turn right. Warm up the legs and after 4.4km turn right onto Strada Badea Cartan, then right at the end of this road onto the DN71 and head upwards on Calea Moroiena, leaving behind the houses and apartment blocks for trees and mountain views.
2. At 7.8km cross the bridge at the Valea Dorului and continue upwards on the sharp hairpin bends. You know that this is now a mountain road, as the switchbacks come one after the other.
3. At 11.4km, a junction in the trees to the right with numerous signs (including one to ‘Hotel Peskra’) leads to the Trans Bucegi Highway itself. Turn right into this narrow hidden road (DJ713) and get ready for some epic climbing on good tarmac. At 12.7km you pass by a hotel complex and keep climbing in the majestic forest.
4. A sharp hairpin bend at 16.8km is a point where the forest starts to give way to the open mountains. At 19.6km a large religious cross can be seen on the side of the road. Shortly after this, take the road as it goes off right (Drumul Babelor) towards Piatra Arsa Cabin at 28.7km, when the tarmac and climbing finally stop.
5. Roll down the gravel road to the cabin for coffee and cake, enjoy the magnificent views of the Bucegi Mountains and then reverse the route, making the most of the 24km+ descending, taking care on the sharp hairpin bends.
This is a route into the high mountains, so take the right kit for your bike and for you, including a weatherproof jacket for changes in temperature. The road is busy at weekends, so take care with other road users and cars.
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