Travel Advisory

Last update: December 15, 2014

There are no events or situations - such as diseases, distress or unrest - threatening the personal safety or well-being of travelers to Romania.

The following information may be of interest to travelers:

Traffic Delays and/ or Road Closures

Route: TransFagarasan
National Road DN 7 C (Drumul National) crossing the Fagaras Mountains

Road Status: Closed 

Section affected: Piscu Negru to Balea Cascada (km 104 to km 130)
Scheduled Times: from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m 
Scheduled Dates: through June 30, 2015 
Scheduled days: Monday - Sunday

Event: road work

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Route: TransAlpina
National Road DN 67 C (Drumul National) crossing the Parang Mountains

Road Status: Closed

Section affected: Ranca to Obarsia Lotrului (km 34 to km 59)
Scheduled Dates: through May 15, 2015
Scheduled days: Monday - Sunday

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Route: Targu Jiu to Petrosani / Petrosani to Targu Jiu
National Road 66 (Drumul National) crossing Defileul Jiului National Park

Road # DN 66 / E 79
Road Status: Closed

Section Closed: Bumbesti Jiu to Petrosani / Petrosani to Bumbesti Jiu

Scheduled Dates: through November 15, 2014
Scheduled days: Monday - Saturday
Scheduled Times: from 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m and 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Event: major repairs and maintenance

Detour route: DN 67 (Targu Jiu - Ramnicu Valcea) - DN 7 (Ramnicu Valcea - Sibiu -
Sebes - Simeria) - DN 66 (Simeria- Hateg - Petrosani).

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Route: Voineasa – Petrosani - Jiet to Petrosani section
National Road DN 7 A (Drumul National)
Road Status: Closed
Scheduled Dates: through November 1, 2014 
Event: road works

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Money Exchange

Romanian currency cannot be purchased or sold outside of Romania's
national borders;
Make sure that, before leaving Romania, you convert your leftover Lei
into the currency of your choice.

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Bucharest Taxi

In the past years, the Romanian Tourist Office has received quite 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 3.25 Lei / Dollar.

Tariff Taxi BucharestFor a free Bucharest Taxi Fare estimate please visit
www.TarifTaxi.ro
Fare estimates offered by TarifTaxi.ro are for the shortest route/ normal traffic conditions.
Actual fare may be more – or less - than predicted.

The cost of the taxi trip from Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport to downtown Bucharest is about 75.00 Lei ($25.00). 

More information on transportation from/ to Bucharest international Airport are available at www.romaniatourism.com/bucharest.

If you run into a problem with any taxi in Bucharest – or if you are suspecting that you have met a dishonest driver - ask for a receipt and if possible try to write down the vehicle's license plate #.
To file a Taxi complaint please call
021 201 3242 (Transportation Bureau of the Police Department) and/or
021 9844 (Bucharest City Hall - Complaints)
021 9551 (Consumer Protection Authority)
.

Feedback about Bucharest taxi service can also be sent to:

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
E-mail: valentin.voicu@bucuresti-primaria.ro
Telephone: 021 305.55.00 x 1252    

Bucharest Bureau of Consumer Protection
(Oficiul Municipal pentru Protectia Consumatorilor)
Str. Transilvaniei  2
010798   Bucharest 1    Romania
E-mail: bucuresti@opc.ro
Telephone: 021 310.63.75

Citizens of the USA and Canada can also contact
The Romanian Tourist Office
355 Lexington Avenue,  8th Floor
New York ,   NY   10017
E-mail: info@RomaniaTourism.com
Telephone: 212.545.8484

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Driving in Romania

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.

In some areas of Romania, conditions of roads, the number of slow moving vehicles and even the level of adherence to traffic regulations and common road courtesies may be different from what you are familiar with in the USA or Canada.

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.

A map of Romania's roads condition is available at the link below:
romaniatourism.com/romania-maps/romania-roads-condition.html

A map of road traffic intensity forecast (not real time traffic info) is available at:
romaniatourism.com/romania-maps/romania-road-traffic-intensity-forecast.html

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Feedback about tour operators / travel agencies

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:

  • the Website of a travel company or a freelance guide does
    not indicate a physical address,
  • hotel rates and prices for similar services are significantly
    lower then those offered by other companies,
  • full payment - in cash / wire transfer - is being asked when making the reservation or long before the beginning of trip, especially for services that must not be paid in advance by the travel company (meals, guide services, ground transportation).

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