Are you looking to plan a trip to Romania, but you don’t know where to start? Check the basic facts you should know before, from budget estimates to flight options.
Flying to Romania is the easiest option in most cases. The main airport in the country is Henri Coanda, a few kilometers outside Bucharest. You can also find direct flights to cities like Timisoara, Oradea, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Iasi, and Constanta.
Check all flight connections to Romania in our Fly To Romania Complete Guide
If you come by train, the international line from Budapest (Hungary) is the most convenient one if you’re planning to stay in Transylvania or even Bucharest. Be sure to book a couchette as most of these train connections are overnight.
Check all train routes on http://mersultrenurilor.infofer.ro
Driving is also an option, especially if you’re coming from neighboring countries like Bulgaria or Hungary. Expect, however, long queues at the border points in months like August and December. Buy the road vignette as soon as you cross the border.
The best time to visit is from late April to early November if you want to see as many landmarks as possible. Winters are usually cold, and the temperatures drop below zero Celsius many times. The temperatures and weather conditions vary across Romania, depending on altitude and geographical position.
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For a complete weather forecast, check www.meteoromania.ro
As soon as you book your airfare you should choose your accommodation. The best guest houses book fast and the closer it gets to your travel date, the higher the rates are. To make your planning easier, we selected high-quality options from all the regions of Romania.
Check our favorite accommodations.
Your budget will vary a lot depending on transportation means and accommodation preferences. Eating out lunch or dinner will cost you around 15 Euros in an average priced restaurant, with lower prices outside Bucharest. The national currency of Romania is Leu (RON).
You can check the exchange rate on www.cursbnr.ro
According to the latest Travel Risk Map of International SOS, Romania is one of the safest countries in the world. Nevertheless, you should take care of your belongings. Don’t forget to lock the car, don’t walk around with your bag or backpack opened, and dial the emergency phone number 112 in case you need it.
If you’re planning to visit attractions from different cities or regions, the best option is to rent a car. Traveling by train is a good option only if you have fast and direct connections like on the route Bucharest – Brasov. Flying from one city to the other, for example, Bucharest – Cluj-Napoca or Bucharest – Iasi, is the fastest option if you’re short on time.
If you’re planning to hire a tour guide or to use the services of a local travel agency, be sure you book only a licensed company. According to Romanian law, it’s mandatory to publish on the travel agency’s website the tourism license and the insurance policy. The same goes for tour guides, double-check they have the necessary permit for it.
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