Last update: April 4th, 2013
There are no events or situations - such as diseases or unrest - threatening the personal safety or well-being of travelers to Romania.
The following information may be of interest to travelers:
Romanian currency cannot be purchased or sold outside of Romania's
Make sure that, before leaving Romania, you convert your leftover Lei
into the currency of your choice.
Recently, the Romanian Tourist Office has received a few complaints regarding Bucharest taxi drivers who overcharged customers by not using the meter or employing malfunctioning meters. Drivers approaching you at the airport or at the train station (Gara de Nord) in Bucharest are likely to inflate their rates; please be aware and try to avoid them.
Taxis can be summoned by telephone or hailed on the street. Confirming the cost of the ride with the driver, before starting the trip, is always a good idea.
Taxi tariffs can vary from company to company.
Typical Bucharest Taxi tariffs:
|Lei (RON) / km||$ U.S. / mile*|
|Initial fee||3.00 Lei||$1.20|
|Trips within city limits||1.90 Lei – 3 Lei / km||$0.95 - $1.25 / mile|
|Trips outside city limits||5.50 Lei – 7 Lei / km||$2.00 - $2.50 / mile|
|Slow traffic or waiting time||0.50 Lei – 0.85 Lei / minute||$0.20 - $0.30 / minute|
* Tariffs in U.S. Dollars estimated at an exchange rate of 2.80 Lei / Dollar.
The cost of the taxi trip from Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport to downtown Bucharest is about 60.00 Lei ($20.00).
More information on transportation from/ to Bucharest international Airport are available at www.romaniatourism.com/bucharest.html#bucharestbyair.
If you experienced difficulties and/if wish to send feedback about taxi service in Bucharest , please contact:
Bucharest City Hall
(Primaria Municipiului Bucuresti)
Directia Transporturi, Drumuri, Sistematizarea Circulatiei
Serviciul Control Transporturi, Utilităti Publice
B-dul Regina Elisabeta nr 47; etajul 2, camera 237
050013 Bucharest 5 Romania
Telephone: (021) 305.55.00 x 1252
Bucharest Bureau of Consumer Protection
(Oficiul Municipal pentru Protectia Consumatorilor)
Str. Transilvaniei 2
010798 Bucharest 1 Romania
Telephone: (021) 310.63.75
Citizens of the USA and Canada can also send their complaints to the
Romanian Tourist Office
355 Lexington Avenue, 8th Floor
New York , NY 10017
Most major tourist attractions in Romania are easily accessible by public transportation
but travel by car is perhaps the best way to discover Romania's charming villages
and to reach attractions located in areas with limitted bus
or train service.
We are not aware of any major incidents regarding driving in Romania but feedback from a few U.S. and Canadian travelers have indicated that some Romanian drivers have a competitive driving style (improper passing / cutting into another car's path and tailgating flash of the headlamps are not uncommon).
While in North America flashing the headlamps is considered rude in Europe a quick flash of the headlamps is sufficient to get the car lead to move on the first lane of the (multi-lane) road.
In rural areas be ready to share the road with slow-moving vehicles,
including horse-drawn carts.
A number of roads are under construction.
Signage and safety studs may be inferior to those used in the United States.
The numerous photo opportunities offered by Romania's scenic countryside
may make you to stop more often than planned and driving to your destination
may take longer than expected.
However, as long as you will drive cautiously we believe that
you will enjoy
your driving vacation in Romania.
We love positive feedback about travel to Romania and we are getting lots of it from people who have visited recently.
However, we would like to know if your Romania experience
was flawed by a company and/or its staff;
please do not hesitate to let us know if not everything went well during your trip.
If you wish to book a trip with a travel agency based in Romania,
feel free to check with us their credentials.
Romanian Tour Operators, Travel Agencies and Freelance Guides
must be licensed by the Ministry of Economy.
Be particularly cautious if: