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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organising Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Organising Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
By taxi in the big cities.
Bucharest has a metro (metroul).
Maps of Urban Networks
Mapblast
UT Library online

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Bucharest - Baneasa (BBU) 8 km / 5 miles RON 40-50 / 20-50 min RON 5 for 2 trips / 20-45 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
The bus and train are the two most commonly used means of transport.
Rail Companies
Railway company in Romania

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Air Bucharest Traditional Yes Yes
Blue Air Low cost Yes Yes
Carpatair Traditional Yes Yes
Tarom Traditional Yes Yes

You Can Consult The EU Air Safety List. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Travelling By Yourself

Recommendation
The quality of the roadways is inconsistent. The only highway is from Bucharest to Pitesti. Roads are often congested with horse drawn waggons, unlit at night, and used by vehicles with defective lighting. It is therefore recommended not to drive at night. Fuel is readily accessible and plentiful. The speed limit is 50 km/h in cities and 80 km/h on all other roads. It is recommended to bring an international driver's licence and valid auto insurance.

The bus and train are two means of transport most commonly used. The rail network is dense and it is very easy to travel from one city to another. Beware of rush hours because tickets are often only available for sale one hour before departure. Local buses travel over short distance and are often the only way to get to some small medieval villages.

Road Maps
Romaniatourism
Find an Itinerary
Mappy

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
- 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.

Cultural
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.
Nature
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.
Religious
Churches and monasteries (classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO) attest to the medieval legacy.
See the page of the Office of Tourism.
Thermal
Spas and thermal cures are numerous in Romania.
Visit the site of the Organisation of Spa Owners or of the Romanian Tourism Office
Beach
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.
Shopping
There are a lot of shopping opportunities in Romania, including in malls, fairs, open markets, etc.
Tourism Organisations
Romanian Tourism Board

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
To travel in Romania, a tuberculosis screening is obligatory.
International Hospitals
Medical care in Romania is generally not up to Western standards, and basic medical supplies are limited, especially outside major cities. Private hospitals are the best option for expats looking for world-class healthcare in Romania, while private clinics are a good option for less serious conditions. Staff are well-trained and can usually speak English. Three of the largest providers of private healthcare in Romania are MedLife, Regina Maria and Sanador.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Recommendations of the World Health Organisation
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Recommendations of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Consult the advice provided by the U.S. State Department
 

Emergency Numbers

Emergency 112
 

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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

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.
For Further Information
Daily weather in major Romanian cities
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

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

Drinks
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.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Romanian New Leu
ISO Code
RON
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.

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Speaking

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.
Getting Some Knowledge
For Romanian courses: Easyromania.com
Free Translation Tools
Bab.la : Translation website
Ectaco : Handheld translators
Translator EU : Online translation tool
Translator EU : Free English-Romanian-English translator of texts and web pages
Ectaco : English-Romanian-English Dictionary

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Tourism-g294457-Romania-Vacations.html
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Tourism-g294457-Romania-Vacations.html
http://www.booking.com/
http://www.eurocampings.co.uk/romania/

Contact Reţeaua Verde (Green Network)
Recommendations from Lonely Planet
To Find an Apartment
Example of short-term apartment rentals
Regatta

Expat.com
To Find a Job
Job: Website ads for jobs in Romania
Ejobs.ro: Website ads for jobs in Romania

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