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Braila - General Information

Fast Facts

Location: Eastern Romania (County: Braila)
Size: 12.8 sq.miles (33.2 sq km)
Elevation: 65 ft. (20 meters)
Population: 205,000
Inhabited since: 4th century BC
First documented: 1300s

City Highlights

The settlement of Braila, located on the banks of the Danube River, was first mentioned in several Catalan portolan charts around the year 1325/1339 and in the 1350 Spanish Libro de conoscimiento {Book of knowledge} with the name of Drinago. In Greek documents the town was referred to as Proilabum or Proilava, an adaptation of its Slavic name, Brailov. From 1538–1540 until 1829 the town and its surroundings were controlled by the Ottoman Empire, who changed its name into Ibraila.

During the 19th century, the town became one of the three most important ports on the Danube River in the region of Walachia, the other two being Turnu Magurele and Giurgiu. Most of the goods exported from Romania where loaded and shipped from here.

Braila's Old Town, severely damaged in 1828 during the Russo-Turkish war and rebuilt in the 1830s, retains some of its 19th century grandeur when the city's investors made fortunes in the shipping business and built elegant villas, some of which have been fully restored.

Romanian biolgist and physician, Prof. Ana Aslan, founder of the Geriatric Institute in Bucharest and inventor of the famous anti-aging Gerovital H3 formula, was born in Braila in 1897

Johnny Raducanu, Romania's very own Louis Armstrong, founder of the Romanian Jazz School, was born in Braila in 1931.

Braila features one of Romania's oldest electrical tramlines.
Launched at the end of the 19th century the system is still in use.

BrailaThe Old Town, spread around Traian Square (Piata Traian), features several points of interest: the Romanian Orthodox Church (Sf. Mihail si Gravril), which served as mosque during the Ottoman rule; the Greek Church built between 1862 and 1872, displaying frescoes painted in 1890 by Romanian artist Gheorghe Tattarescu; the 1865 St. Nicholas Church (Biserica Sf. Nicolae), the 19th century Maria Filotti Theatre - named after the Romanian actress, Maria Filotti (1883-1956), the Braila County Museum, and the historical Water Tower.

For a view of the nearby Macin Mountains, stroll through Braila's public park, located above the bank of the Danube River.


Braila County Museum (Muzeul Brăilei “Carol I”)
Address: Piata Traian 3
Telephone: (+4) 0339 401.002
Wed – Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (May – September)
Wed – Sun. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (October – April)
Admission charge
Located  in the former French Hotel (Hotelul Francez), an elegant two-story building dating back to 1855, the museum features an Archeology section focusing on local Neolithic and Bronze Age sites, a History section with numerous furniture and traditional objects displays, an Art section, as well as an Ethnographic and Folk Art section. A valuable collection of sepia photos provide an interesting foray into the history of Braila during the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Attractions near Braila

Macin Mountains National Park

Where: 15 miles (25 km) east of Braila
Access: car (on DN22 D)

400 million years ago, this mountain range stretched all the way to Western Europe. Its traces can still be found in Bohemia and the French Central Massif. Today, Tutuiatu Peak, the highest peak of the oldest mountain range in Romania, reaches just 1,495 ft.

Macin Winery

Where: 12 miles (19 km) east of Braila
Access: car, bus
Address: Str. Viticultori 2, Macin
Telephone: 0240 573.368

Town of Macin is known for its wines obtained from native varieties of grapes Tămâioasă Românească, Fetească Neagră.

Basilica Niculițel

Where: 42 miles east of Braila
Access: car, bus
Address: DJ229C 43, Niculițel 827165

A Christian basilica, built mid-3rd century near the village of Niculițel, was revealed in 1971 when a creek overflowed its banks.
The relics of Saints Zoticus, Atallus, Camisius and Philippos, who endured martyrdom because they openly proclaimed their faith in Christ, were found in the basilica. The relics of these can now be seen at nearby Cocoș Monastery.

Sarica Niculițel Winery

Where: 44 miles east of Braila
Access: car, bus
Address: DN 22 Tulcea - 4 miles east of village Niculitel
Telephone: (+4) 0744 551.518

Day Trips

Town of Tulcea

Location: 48 miles (80 km) east of Braila
Access: car, bus
Tulcea info

Exploring the Danube Delta

Location: 50 miles east of Braila
Access: car or bus to Tulcea and then boat
Danube Delta info

The Danube Delta is comprised of an intricate network of waterways and lakes divided between the three main estuary channels of the Danube. The area of floating reed islands, forests, pastures and sand dunes covers 3,000 square miles and is home to a vast array of wildlife. Located at the tip of the three channels, Tulcea makes a great starting point for exploring the Delta.

City Essentials


By Air

The nearest airports to Braila are:
Constanta (CND) / 102 miles south
Bucharest Otopeni - Henri Coanda (OTP) / 125 miles southwest

By Car

The shortest route from Bucharest to Braila is:
Bucharest – Urziceni – Buzau – Faurei - Braila (E85 – DN 2B)
Distance: 135 miles
Approximate travel time: 3 hours

Travel distances from Braila to:
City Distance: Miles / Km
Bucharest 137 mi / 229 km
Arad402 mi / 671 km
Baia Mare350 mi / 583 km
Brasov149 mi / 248 km
Constanta123 mi / 205 km
Iasi160 mi / 266 km
Oradea401 mi / 669 km
Satu Mare378 mi / 630 km
Sibiu235 mi / 392 km
Sighetu Marmatiei322 mi / 537 km
Sighisoara219 mi / 365 km
Suceava202 mi / 338 km
Timisoara400 mi / 667 km
Tulcea48 mi / 80 km

By Train

Braila Train Station
(Gara Braila)
Address: Str. General Eremia Grigorescu
For a list of international trains with service to/from Romania please visit:

There are daily direct trains connecting Braila with:
Bucharest (journey time: 3 ½ hours)
Buzau (journey time: 2 hours)
Constanta (journey time: 3 ½ hours)
Galati (journey time: 45 minutes)

Travel from Braila to Tulcea / Danube Delta is only possible by car / bus.

To check train and bus schedules for domestic routes please visit our
Domestic Transportation section
Note: For departures from /to Bucharest, please select Bucuresti Nord.

By Bus

Braila Bus Stations
(Autogara Braila)
Address: Str. Siret 10
Telephone: (+4) 0239 619.220

Daily domestic bus service from/to: Bucharest, Bacau, Barlad, Brasov, Constanta, Galati, Iasi, Macin, Mangalia, Sibiu, Suceava, Tulcea, Vama Veche

Public Transportation

5 tramway and 9 bus routes connect Braila's main areas and tourist attractions.
Braila public transportation map


Braila Taxi

Taxi companyPhone #
Ace Taxi0239 683.333
Taxi Dan0239 611.111
Taxi 949 Braila0239 949
Unvip Taxi0239 619.100


Car Rental

Promotor Rent a Car
Address: Strada Grigorescu Eremia 1
Tel: (+4) 0734 403.403


Tourist Information

Braila Tourist Info Centre
(CNIPT – Braila)
Address: Str. Edmond Nicolau 4 A


Telephone: (+4) 0786 478.494

City Hall
(Primaria Braila, Directia Cultura - Turism)
Address: Piata Independentei 1
Telephone: (+4) 0239 649.947

Postal services & Telephone

Main Post Office
Address:  Str. Danubiului 8
Telephone: 0239 672.222
Mon. – Fri.: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.;
Sat. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Note: Post offices display a postal horn symbol and the word Posta.

Telephoning Braila from Abroad
International Access Code + 40 (country code) + 239 or 339 (area code) + six-digit telephone number

Pharmacies & Hospitals

There are several pharmacies (farmacie) open 24 hours a day in the city.

Emergency Hospital
(Spitalul Judetean de Urgenta Braila)
Address: Soseaua Buzaului 2
Telephone: (+4) 0239 692.222

Braila — Useful Telephone Numbers

Braila Area Code (Prefix): 0239 or 0339

City Hall
(Primaria Braila)
Address: Piata Independentei 1
Telephone: (+4) 0239 649.947

Braila County Archives
(Directia Judeteana Braila a Arhivelor Nationale)
Address: Str. Plevna 8 bis
Braila, postal code 810111
Telephone: (+4) 0239 613.147
Opening Hours


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