Sibiu is also an important hub for the international bus links with the biggest passenger transporter in Romania, Atlassib, based here.Transport companies are also providing coach connections from Sibiu to a large number of locations in Romania.
After the Romanian Orthodox Church was granted status in the Habsburg Empire from the 1860s onwards, Sibiu became the Metropolitan seat, and the city is still regarded as the third-most important centre of the Romanian Orthodox Church.
Between the Hungarian Revolution of 18 (the year of the Ausgleich), Sibiu was the meeting-place of the Transylvanian Diet, which had taken its most representative form after the Empire agreed to extend voting rights in the region.
When he was elected mayor in 2000, he was the first German mayor of a city in Romania since World War II.
Johannis was overwhelmingly reelected in 2004 (with 88.7% of votes) and 2008 (with 83.3% of the votes cast) and his party gained an absolute majority in the city council in that year.
The geographical position of Sibiu makes it one of the most important transportation hubs in Romania with important roads and railway lines passing through it. Some were villages annexed by the city but most were built as the city developed and increased its surface.
The Southern part, including the ASTRA National Museum Complex and the Zoo, also falls within the city limits.
Sibiu is situated on the CFR-Romanian Railways Main Line 200 (Brasov - Făgăraș - Sibiu - Simeria - Arad - Romanian Western Border) and on Line 206 (Sibiu - Mediaș).
The city is served by five rail stations: the Main Station (Gara Mare), the Little Station (Gara Micǎ), Turnișor, Sibiu Triaj, Halta Ateliere Zonă .
The northern and eastern limits of Sibiu are formed by the Târnavelor Plateau, which descends to the Cibin Valley through Gușteriței Hill.
The Cibin river as well as some smaller streams runs through Sibiu.
Sibiu's climate is humid continental with average temperatures of 8 to 9 °C (46 to 48 °F).