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Before THE FESTIVAL
Please check tickets information and FAQ here.
If you are planning to come with kids under 14 years old, please select the Kids add-on when you are purchasing your ticket. All attendees under 18 years old must be accompanied by their parents.
All dogs have to be registered in advance by e-mail
Make sure your dog is friendly. If you have any reason to believe that your dog may be aggressive or difficult to control please do not bring it to the Festival
A dog should have an updated ID tag, i.e. owner’s name and phone number
No dogs are allowed in the festival area, including the dance floor, market and workshop areas at any time unless it is identified as a disability assistance animal
You are responsible for your pet’s sanitation and disposal of its waste in the toilets at all times
If a dog shows any potential for hostility towards other people or other animals you will be required to remove it from the festival or keep it tied up at all times within your camping spot area
If your dog is found roaming the festival grounds, disturbing other campers (barking included) or you fail to keep your site clean, your ticket will be cancelled without refund and you will be escorted from the event.
The commune Comana in Brasov county of Romania has opened its hospitable doors to host Transylvaania Calling, the nomadic gathering of the tribes, in 2019. The festival will take place in the stone query located in the Cave Valley (Valea Pesterii). The sunny valley and the query are surrounded by the emerald green hills of the Pershani mountains. An ice cold mountain creek runs its waters through the valley. The forest offers cooling shade and a hide-out from the hot August sun.
Comana de sus, Brasov County, Romania
Box office coordinates: 45.895418, 25.293387
The location is great for taking walks. You will find exciting surprises nature and the valley have to offer: Basalt columns wall is a natural formation located 10 mins walking distance from the camping site. Waterfall is in 10 - 15 mins walking distance from the festival Comana cave spreads its corridors throughout the space of 41,562 ha. One entrance to the cave is located 20 mins walking distance from the location, but the access is not easy. Organized tours will be offered onsite. Only those with mountain boots will be allowed to join the tour.
The Location for TC 2019 is as usual a magical hideout in the Carpathian mountains of Transylvania (Romania) with a nice waterway / creek running through
The exact location, GPS, closest train & bus station as well as free shuttle service info will be kept a secret until the last minute and will be sent together with the Arrival and Survival Guide as usual via Email to all Ticket Holders 1 month before the event
Please check your mailbox when you start packing (also spam / junk folder) and read carefully the arrival and survival guide. Print it and take it with you as it will be useful
How to get there
We recommend you to plan your travel to Romania as soon as possible especially if you come via airplane in order to benefit of cheaper priced air tickets
The closest city to the festival location is Brasov, a medieval Saxon city
How to arrive at the festival
By Air: The nearest international Airport to the location is Sibiu (SBZ). It has a good bus and train connectivity to Brasov (about 150 km distance). You can also book a flight to Bucharest (OTP) or Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) that are located about 200-300 km away from Brasov. The flights might be cheaper but you will have a longer distance to cover inside Romania to reach the festival location. From there you would need to take a train or a bus to Brasov
From Otopeni airport in Bucharest: This is a bus service that takes you from the airport directly to Sercaia bus station from where you can take the shuttle to the festival. You can buy your ticket in advance to Fagaras (specify that you need to take off in Sercaia)
By bus/train: Take any international bus/train operator to get to Brasov. If you are traveling from other Romanian cities, you can reach Brasov by local bus and railways
BlaBlaCar: is quite popular in Romania for traveling between cities. If you are ok to share a ride, feel free to create an account and use the service. Click here to create account
Hitchhiking: When you hitchhike in Romania, leave a small tip, like 5-10 lei or tell the driver before you get in that you have no money, otherwise you might have surprises
Bucharest -> Brasov -> Codlea -> Sercaia -> Comana de Jos (immediately before the village take a right)-> Comana de sus -> continue on the main road 2 more kms (~250 km from Bucharest / ~70 km from Brasov) Sibiu -> Fagaras -> Sercaia -> Comana de Jos (immediately before the village take a right)-> Comana de sus -> continue on the main road 2 more kms (~105 km)
Moving around in a city
There are public busses available from Bucharest Otopeni International Airport to the main train station, Gara de Nord (express bus line 780), but also you can find direct busses from the airport to Fagaras. If you would like to do sightseeing, please use the recommended Taxi providers. Average taxi fares are 1.40-2.50 lei per km during the day. Night fares could be higher.
Sibiu: Taxi 942 Sibiu
Uber is also quite widely used in Romania for getting around in larger cities. You can use Uber service in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, and Brasov.
Car rental: Rentalcars.com
Shuttles will be available 3 times per day:
Festival -> Sercaia (coordinates of the bus stop: 45.830741, 25.138351) 10:00 / 14:00 / 19:30
Sercaia -> Festival (Coordinates of the box office: 45.895418, 25.293387) 10:45 / 14:45 / 20:15
In case you arrive late in the evening, please contact the organization team in advance and we will find some solution. To plan the shuttle service we would appreciate if you could share the date and time of your arrival:
Please also use our Transylvania Calling Group on Facebook to connect with fellow festival goers for ride sharing, find travel companions and more. If you plan to come and explore Romania before the festival and before we send the Arrival and Survival Guide please call or write us as we can help you plan your trip:
You can rent a tent and camping gear at our partner Utopia-Camping and pick them up at the festival!
What to take and what not to take with you, these are never easy decisions, but try to pack light and take only what you really need and is useful to make your trip pleasant. The festival location is in a mountain valley, altitude 600 m. Daytime might be warm, but nights can get pretty cold and sometimes humid. Also weather can be unpredictable in mountains and it can rain anytime. What to bring:
Ticket and photo ID
Drinking water and refill container
Camping gear: tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag
Headlamp (forest has no light-bulbs)
Spending money (Euro and Ron)
Travel mug, plate and cutlery
Portable ashtray and garbage bags
Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, swimming suit
Warm clothes and rain coat
Shoes for walking/trekking, light dancing shoes, sandals
Enough underwear for 8 days
Towel, bio soap, toothbrush and paste
Cool and funky outfits / accessories: The festival is a celebration of color and magic, it is a place for transformation. If you want to be a witch, an elf, a spaceman, cartoon character, your favorite movie hero/heroine, a pirate, a butterfly or anybody and anything else, be brave and bring anything that could make you shine and stand out
A fun loving attitude
What not to bring
Glass objects (many are walking bare feet)
Fire arms (prohibited by law)
Drugs (possession and consumption are prohibited in Romania)
Drones (Romania requires an authorization for each time of flying drones)
Garlic … oops!
Currency and Exchange
The official currency in Romania is RON (Romanian Leu – singular; Lei - plural) it will be used as a default currency at the festival and markets. However, some shops do accept euros. Note, there will be no exchange office at the festival site. You can change the currency:
at the airport (the least attractive rates)
in bank offices (e.g. Banca Transilvania, BRD, ING, Banca Romaneasca, etc.)
in currency exchange stations (usually have the most attractive deals)
AT THE FESTIVAL
Know the festival site
At the festival there will be the following areas and facilities: parking areas, box office, infoboard, phone charging station, lockers, lost & found, first aid; stage and dance floor, market, restaurants and chai shops, chill-out and healing / workshops area, kids area, community fires, camping areas, showers, and toilets.
Box office and Infoboard
Upon arrival at the festival, please check in at the box office by presenting your ticket and ID. We will provide you with a bracelet
Here you can pick up your t-shirt in case you have ordered it
Maps, flyers, shuttle info, internet access, phone service, and phone charging station will be available here for your convenience
Info board will be located in the most central spot at the festival site and will have all the important information about the festival program, shuttle schedules, workshops, etc.
Parking and camping areas
Moving cars from the camping areas during the festival should be avoided
When you leave your car in the organized parking space at the festival site, always leave enough room for others to move their vehicles
Never park on the road and keep all access points free!
Loud music and screaming in the camping areas is not tolerated
Note, that camping is for sleeping and relaxing, so please respect those around you
Please leave all precious items at home. In case you have any on you, we recommend using our locker service. The lockers can be booked presale or at the box office.
Lost & Found
If you find something which is not yours, take it immediately to Lost & Found point (at the locker station). No matter how unimportant the item might seem, it can have huge sentimental value for your brother or sister who lost it.
Camp fires are prohibited! The forest is a fragile ecosystem, and fires spread easily so please understand
We will have a few community fireplaces that will be maintained by the festival crew.
For cooking you can use camping gas cooker if you have it. Please be really careful and don't leave it unmonitored!
Unfortunately there are no ATMs at the festival location
The closest ATMs are ~20 mins drive away and can be reached by shuttle or personal car.
Signal on location
Unfortunately there is no phone or internet signal at the festival location.
Health and Safety
We have a devoted team of security here to help us. They are very nice people always ready to help, with a great sense of humor but they will also take action if needed. Let’s make love, not war!
If you see any acts of theft, inform security or crew, while asking someone else to keep an eye on the matter meanwhile. The security will be around all the time to keep you safe
We have a first aid team, working 24h/day at your service. They can provide any kind of medical care and know how to handle overwhelming situations. Don’t hesitate to contact them if needed. If you see someone who might need any help, inform them, let’s help each other
To keep yourself safe drink plenty of water, eat well, sleep at least 5h per day and don’t make any abuses, keep balance and you will have an enjoyable experience
The only thing to leave behind is a positive trace. Do not litter at the festival grounds. Collect yours and others’ garbage and throw it only in places arranged for that or keep it and bring it to the exit after the festival
We collect waste selective, so you will see that some bags are for plastic, some for aluminum, and some for other waste
Eco-Warriors are here to help keep this festival clean
They are psytrancers just like you and me and work at the festival as volunteers. We are family. The dancefloor is our playground and we want to keep it clean, as well as other festival areas
The Festival: Gates Open & Music Starts
Gates open at 11:11 on 12th of August and close at the same time on 19th August. Music starts on the 12th and ends on the 19th of August
We will take it slow to build up the atmosphere starting with ambient, chill and alternative music that will grow into dance music towards the evenings
The sounds of experimental Lunar and chill-out Cosmic stages start from Monday. The main stage will open on Wednesday. Here we enter into the powerful party spirit with non-stop music until Monday morning
Carpathian Mountains – National Parks
Transylvania Calling special travel tips
The Apuseni Mountain range, in the western Carpathians, is a landscape of exquisite beauty and mystery. Here, you'll find ancient legends of mountain spirits and rare species of wildlife, along with 4,000 caves, many of which can be explored. Scarisoara Glacier, a national monument, shelters the second largest underground glacier on the continent.
Ramet Gorge (Cheile Rametului) is one of the most spectaculor gorges of Romania and definitly a nice adventure. We recomend to cross them and continue to Cheia Village and camp at least couple of nights as there is many things to see around. Cheia is the Village where we held the Transylvania Calling Festival in 2015 and since then we have settled here. Though te project is on hold until we can gather sufficient funds to continue The Eco Retreat Project called "The Key".
Sarmizegetusa Regia (Romanian Stonehenge) was the capital and the most important military, religious and political centre of the Dacians prior to the wars with the Roman Empire. Erected on top of a 1200 m high mountain, the fortress, comprising six citadels, was the core of a strategic defensive system in the Orăştie Mountains (in present-day Romania).
Pyramids of Sona are eight huge piles of mud (probably burial mounds) aligned in two rows create a unique and interesting view in Sona village, Brasov County. They are called the pyramids of Sona. We made some parties here many years ago. The view from the top is spectacular!