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Entry Requirements |
Organising Your Trip |
Living Conditions |
Organising Your Trip
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
Bucharest - Baneasa (BBU)
8 km / 5 miles
RON 40-50 / 20-50 min
RON 5 for 2 trips / 20-45 min
Different Forms of Tourism
- The city of Bucharest
- The Black Sea
- The Valleys of the Prahova
- The Monasteries of northern Moldova
- The Danube Delta
- The Maramures
- The Apuseni Mountains
- The Oltenia
See the page on medieval tourism in Romania.
Romania offers a rich cultural experience. Discover the Romanian crafts, including painted eggs, ceramics, the carved wooden gates of Maramureş, rugs, masks, embroidery; traditional music festivals, etc. The churches of Moldavia, the Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains, the Historic Centre of Sighişoara, the Monastery of Horezu, the villages with fortified churches in Transylvania and the wooden churches of Maramureş are all inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Romania benefits from various beautiful natural sites. The Danube delta is a UNESCO Biosphere Reservation, as well as a protected wetland and natural habitat for rare species of plants and animals. The Carpathians mountains offer diverse landscapes and the country counts around 3,500 lakes.
Churches and monasteries (classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO) attest to the medieval legacy.
See the page of the Office of Tourism.
Spas and thermal cures are numerous in Romania.
Visit the site of the Organisation of Spa Owners or of the Romanian Tourism Office.
In summer it is nice to visit the Romanian Black Sea coast, particularly in the south between Mangalia and Mamaia. There are sandy beaches and numerous spas and thermal cures.
- Winter Sports
Some of the most popular ski resorts are Poiana Brasov, Sinaia, Predeal, Vatra Dornei, Lake Balea and Paltinis.
- Outdoor Activities
Fishing in Bolitza and in the Aries valley.
Hiking: in the Apuseni, Carpathians, Maramures, and Bucovina mountains, or in the mountains of Moldova.
Biking and river-rafting: in the Carpathians.
There are a lot of shopping opportunities in Romania, including in malls, fairs, open markets, etc.
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Bucharest (GMT +2 in winter, GMT +3 in Summer)
- Summer Time Period
DST is from late March to late October.
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
The climate type is temperate continental.
In winter, the temperature drops below 0°C and as low as -15°C in the mountains and -7°C in the city. It snows heavily.
Spring and autumn are rather short and rainy.
Summer is usually very sunny and temperatures can climb to 35°C.
The coldest month is January and the hottest month is July.
- Hotel reservation websites
Daily weather in major Romanian cities
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
Romanian cuisine is extremely rich in specialties: the mamliga (polenta) that is often eaten with cheese is commonly served at breakfast.
Other dishes of vegetables, meat or fish are served throughout the day:
- sarmales: stuffed grape leaves
- zacusca: an appetizer of vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs preserved in oil or brine
- mititei: small grilled sausages
- ciorba: sour fermented vegetable soup
- muschi: barbecue
- cozonac: a sweet yeast cake swirled with a raisin walnut, and poppy seed filling
For more information: traditional recipes
Romanian beer, red wine and rarely white wine; following the meal, a small cup of Tuica or Rachiu, the traditional plum liquor, is an 'eau de vie'.
In areas near the borders, schnapps or vodka is also served.
‘Ceai’ is Romanian for ‘Tchai’, a tea infusion.
- Dietary Restrictions
Serving rare meat is unthinkable in Romania, so if you really want a rare steak, you will have to give instructions about how long to cook the steak. Snails are not generally consumed.
- Domestic Currency
Romanian New Leu
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and official exchange bureaus ('casa de schimb' or 'birou of schimb valutar'). Money exchange bureaus are available in airports and major hotels. The ATMs are accessible at major city banks, airports and shopping malls. However they are rare in villages. Credit cards American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted at major hotels, car rental agencies and shopping malls in large cities. Far from the tourist centers and large cities, credit cards are not so widely accepted.
- Possible Means of Payment
It is preferred to pay in cash rather than with credit card.
- Official Language
Romanian, spoken by around 90% of the population.
- Other Languages Spoken
Hungarian and German are widely spoken in the country. Regarding foreign languages, the most commonly spoken are English and French. Over the past decade, the speaking of Russian has slightly diminished.
- Business Language
Romanian, French, English and German.
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