Bacău (Romanian pronunciation: [baˈkəw] ( ), German: Barchau, Hungarian: Bákó) is the main city in Bacău County, Romania. As of 2011 census, it has a population of 144,307, making it the 15th largest city in Romania. The city is situated in the historical region of Moldavia, at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, and on the Bistrița River (which meets the Siret River about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) to the south of Bacău). The Ghimeș Pass links Bacău to the region of Transylvania.
The city is about 300 kilometres (186 miles) North of Bucharest. It is served by Bacău International Airport which provides direct links with the Romanian city of Timișoara and with 10 cities in Europe, together with other links through Timișoara airport. Bacău air traffic control centre is one of Europe’s busiest, as it handles transiting flights between the Middle and Near East and South Asia to Europe and across the Atlantic.
The city has access to the DN2 road (E85) that links it to the Romanian capital, Bucharest (to the South) and the cities of Suceava and Iași (to the North). The European route E574 is an important access road to Transylvania and the city of Brașov. The city is also located at the intersection of several national roads of secondary importance.
Bacău metropolitan area
|Bacău metropolitan area|
|• Total||700.47 km2(270.45 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|• Density||269/km2 (700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Area code(s)||+40 x342|
The Bacău metropolitan area is a proposed metropolitan area project that includes the urban area of Bacău and it would extend to Buhuși. It includes the communes (villages) of Letea Veche, Buhoci, Luizi-Călugăra, Săucești, Hemeiuș,Gârleni, Racova, Mărgineni, Măgura and others. If completed, the metropolitan would have an estimated population of 188,709 (as per 2011 census).