Romania

Romania is a Southeastern country in the continent of Europe.

  • Capital city: Bucharest.
  • Main language spoken: Romanian.
    • Basic Greetings: Salut (Hello), multumesc (Thank you).
  • Currency: Romanian leu.
    • Forex Exchange: Currency can be exchanged at any international airports.
  • Tourist visa: Visa is required to enter Romania (latest information can be found on Romania Immigration website).
  • Best time to visit: Spring & Early Summer (March to June) or Late Summer & Fall (September to October).
  • Adapter required (power points): Europlug with two round prongs. Type F.
  • Driving licence: International unexpired valid driving licence is required.

Metros in Bucharest

Bucharest has three modes of local transport – metro, trams and buses. Metro in Bucharest is a fastest and quickest way to get around the city in Bucharest. The metro stations are underground and they have a Movie symbol before the underpass.

Tickets

The tickets are purchased based on the number of trips. The minimum is 1 trip and it costs about 2.5 Lei. However, one can purchase daily, weekly and monthly passes as well.

There are kiosks in the metro stations from where tickets can be purchased.

Up-to-date subway maps can be found on Mapa-Metro website.


Uber taxis are your friend in Bucharest, Romania

 

While in Bucharest, Uber is your friend. The Uber taxis are the safest, reliable and best way to travel around in the city. The most important thing to consider is that Uber app does not disclose your phone numbers to the taxi drivers and provides you as much information as possible about the driver and the vehicle, ensuring security. The taxi drivers can only message you using the Uber app.

I took Uber taxis couple of times in the city at odd times and I must say that I felt very safe. The Uber driver that I got while coming from the airport was very good that he made sure I entered my hostel before leaving me.

Also, do not take the normal taxis in Bucharest. They rip you off by charging you a lot of money – way more than what the fare should cost.

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Bucket list

  • Black church
  • Cărturești Carusel Bookstore (Bucharest)
  • Castelul Corvinilor
  • Dip in the Black Sea at Constanta or Mamaia
  • Drink Tuica
  • Eat Sarmale
  • Hike in Bucegi mountains to Sphinx
  • Hike Tampa Hill (Brasov)
  • National museum of art of Romania
  • Palace of Parliament
  • Ride Transfagarasan Highway
  • Rock sculpture of Decebalus
  • Sibin Transylvania
  • Sleep at Sambata de Sus monastery
  • Stravorpoleos church
  • Traditional Romanian song and dance
  • Visit abandoned Constanta Casino
  • Visit Dracula’s Castle
  • Visit Peles Castle (Sinania)
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