Bucharest Travel Guide: Essential Tips to Plan Your Visit

Diana Condrea
Diana Condrea
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If you’d like to take a guided tour of Bucharest, check our tours on www.uncover-romania-tours.com

Read our Bucharest travel tips if you need more information on the city before or during your stay here. The capital is Romania’s largest and most visited city, a bit confusing at times because of its crazy traffic, noisy streets and Balkan-style culture. Still, the city has so much history to offer and so many cool events take place every day, that you’ll not be bored, not even for a second.

We prepared a brief guide of useful details you might need when planning your visit.

Bucharest

The former Blank Marmorosch Bank from the Old Town

When to come

The winters are generally cold, although with less snow compared to the rest of the country, and the summers are hotter than anywhere else in Romania. If you don’t enjoy extreme temperatures, late April to early November is the best time to visit.

Bucharest Travel Guide

Old Bucharest house

Reaching Bucharest

You can reach the capital by car, train or airplane, depending on where you start your trip. By car, Bucharest is easiest to reach from the southern border with Bulgaria, the other borders being even one driving day away. The international trains that arrive in Bucharest, after way too many hours, are those from Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Greece. Unless you really enjoy trains, this should be your last option.

airport

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Many companies fly to Bucharest’s main airport Henri Coanda – Otopeni, and you can easily book a cheap domestic flight in case you visit another place in Romania before and after.

Read our guide on choosing the best flights to Romania.

Getting around

From the airport, you have two express bus lines, 780 that goes to the main railway station and 783 that goes to the city center. You can find here the schedule and routes of both lines. If you prefer a taxi, order one from the airport’s Information Office in the Arrivals hall. Uber is also a good option, and we recommend it as the best alternative to taxis.

The subway is the fastest and simplest way to travel across Bucharest. You can check all the subway routes here. Not the same can be said about buses, trolleys and trams which lack a clear schedule and are usually overcrowded. Plus, you’ll be stuck in Bucharest’s chaotic traffic.

Bucharest City

Saint Anton Church, the Old Town

Shopping

Bucharest has many shopping malls, maybe too many, and you can buy both international and local brands. In the Old Town, you can find small boutiques, souvenir and art shops as well as on Victoriei Avenue. For authentic souvenirs, visit the shops of the Village Museum and of the Peasant Museum.

souvenirs Bucharest

Hand-made dolls

Eating Out

Finding good restaurants will definitely not be a problem, but you might have to go outside the Old Town. If you’re in a hurry or on a limited budget, you have plenty of cheap, but delicious street food options from upscale bakeries to the omnipresent pretzel shops.

If you want to be sure of your choice, use Trip Advisor’s ratings to find the best option for you, from upscale locations to budget restaurants.

Where to stay

Depending on your budget, you can choose from fancy hotels to hipster crowded hostels. Either way, finding good accommodation shouldn’t be a problem. If you come for leisure, you should choose a location within walking distance from the historical center, just be sure to book it in advance.

Vila Cotroceni Boutique Apartments

Vila Cotroceni Boutique Apartments

Photo source: booking.com

You can check on our Accommodation page our recommendations for a great stay in Bucharest.

Safety

Bucharest, like Romania, is generally a safe destination, and you shouldn’t worry about this aspect. You should, however, watch your bags and pockets. Stray dogs are harmless most of the times, but it’s safer not to pet them. For any emergency call 112.

safety map

SOS International Travel Risk Map

Photo source: www.internationalsos.com

Places to see

You can easily spend three or four days exploring Bucharest, its parks, museums, old streets and diverse architecture. This city has so many contrasts and shades that you will not be bored easily. The standard tour of Bucharest, if you only have one day to visit, includes the Parliament Palace, the Village Museum, the Old Town with the University Square and the iconic Victoriei Avenue where you will discover monuments like the Atheneum, the National History Museum, plus the National Museum of Art and the Revolution Square.

Cismigiu Park

Cismigiu Park

If you have more time, discover its most beautiful parks – Cismigiu, Carol and Herastrau –, visit the former residence of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, but also the capital’s centuries-old churches and more hidden attractions like Bellu Cemetery.


Keep on reading to discover more about Bucharest. Check our popular article Best Things To Do in Bucharest for First Time Visitors 

Take a guided tour

If you’re curious to uncover a different experience of Bucharest, try one of our guided tours, private or shared. Our specialized tour guides will show you the capital from a different perspective that combines history, local tips and interesting stories.

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If you’d like to take a guided tour of Bucharest, check our tours on www.uncover-romania-tours.com

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