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Bucharest has romania's most extensive public transport network and is among europe's most significant public transport networks, serving more than 2 million inhabitants. although there were plans to build a canal to the danube during the communist regime, they did not materialize, so the city does not benefit from water transport, except for recreational races on the lakes in the parks., bucharest airport transfer, buses & trams.

Bucharest has hundreds of bus and trolleybus routes, and tens of trams, serving every part of the city as well as a number of suburban villages and outposts. Buses and trams run at infrequent intervals from very early in the morning (around 04:30) to around 22:50 (earlier at weekends) , after which the night buses take over. These serve all areas of the capital throughout the night, with all routes departing from Piata Unirii. Most night bus lines run at hourly intervals. In Bucharest, surface transport includes an extensive bus system, trolleybuses, trams, and an easy subway line. The transport network is among the densest in Europe, ensuring the transport of millions of travelers by making them available more than 116 bus lines, 20 trolleybus lines and 25 tram lines, including the light rail. Map the routes of surface public transport can be viewed on the site  www.stbsa.ro/eng/index

Ticket prices

The ticketing is different for the street transport (buses, trams, and trolleybuses) and the subway system. To use buses, trams, or trolleybuses, you must first purchase an ' Activ ' or ' Multiple ' magnetic card (EUR 0.80) from any STB street kiosk, which you then load with credit that is discharged as you enter the transport vehicles. Trips cost EUR 0.60 each, and you can travel for 90 minutes between the lines , and the minimum amount of credit you can buy is EUR 1. Children under seven ride free. One has to validate the card each time one enters the tram or bus. Travelling without a validated card risks a EUR 17 on-the-spot fine. Cards can be topped up as needed at any STB kiosk. More information on ticket prices can be found on the STB website (it also has an English version).

One can plan a route on the STB website or with the help of mobile apps such as Google Maps, Moovit, or Transport Urban.

The subway network also provides passenger transport in Bucharest, among the most used public transport systems. The network consists of five lines: M1, M2, M3, M4, and M5. The system has a 77  km length and 6 3 stations, with an average distance of 1.5 km between stations. The route map can be found on metrorex .ro, subway website, but also explanatory maps are conveniently shown in the subway stations and even in the trains themselves. The use of the subway system in Bucharest is based on a magnetic card, which can be purchased from the subway stations, which entitles either a fixed number of trips over a more extended period or to an unlimited number of trips per one fixed period. Magnetic cards for subway access cannot be used for the journey with the means of public transport to the surface. The passengers' access to the subway stations is between 5.00 and 23.30, and trains with a frequency of 5 to 15 minutes depending on the hours. 

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Taxis & Ridesharing

Ride-sharing apps like Uber, Bolt, and Yango are well-established in Bucharest and represent a good alternative to taxis. Prices (around  EUR 0.50 per kilometre) are about the same as for standard yellow cabs, while standards are far higher. If you do not have either app on your phone, we recommend you to download at least one, in order to spare yourself running after a normal taxi.

If you have to take a train in Romania, always try to get an InterCity (IC - although note these are few and far between) or InterRegio (IR) as they are the fastest and usually have the most modern rolling stock. Regio (R-) trains (which until recently were known as Personal), are slow and often use much older carriages. You will also see trains designated as ICN: these are InterCity trains that stop at more stations than usual and are more like InterRegios. Prices on all types of trains are relatively cheap. For example, An InterRegio adult single from Bucharest to Brasov currently costs EUR 12 . To buy train tickets, visit either the station, a CFR agency or purchase the tickets online at cfrcalatori.ro. Fairly substantial reductions are available for buying online return tickets well in advance. If you choose to buy tickets online, you need to do so at least 12 hours before the train is due to depart. After that, you will need to purchase them from the station or a CFR ticket agency.

Bucharest City Tour

Starting with 2011, the bucharest city tour project has an integrated functioning and promotion concept. given the special character of this line, in addition to the transport service, it offers tourists the opportunity to be informed about the possibilities of spending their free time in bucharest, through the informative materials made available..

The detailed map of the Bucharest City Tour , with a new and attractive design, in addition to the general data on the route and the operation of the line (schedule, price, stations), also offers information on the possibilities of spending time in Bucharest. The partners' landmarks in the clubs-bars-restaurants category are marked on the map with various symbols to guide tourists to these locations. The map is available, free of charge, inside hotel receptions, at all bus card centers, at tourist information points, at the airport and at the main stations in Bucharest.

Currently , Bucharest City Tour service is temporarily suspended.

Tourist in Bucharest?

Tourist travel card - one card & unlimited options.

The tourist travel card is valid on buses, trolleys, trams, metro, and train (Otopeni Airport to North Railway Station route).

For 24 hours of availability, you have to pay 20 RON, and for 72 hours, 40 RON.

The card must be validated.

How can you buy tickets?

By SMS at 7458 directly from the mobile device. Text C for one metropolitan ticket or AB for a metropolitan pass.

By the free app 24pay that can download in App Store and Google Play (there is no need to have a transport card).

By contactless bank card , directly at the validator (be aware that contactless card can be used only this product is currently available on Otokar, hybrid Mercedes Citaro, on night trams (1 and 10) and on tram 41.

At any STB selling point where you can buy a rechargeable card and buy as many trips you need.

Transport Program

Buses and trams program: at infrequent intervals from very early in the morning (around 04:30) to around 22:50 (earlier at weekends).

The subway train schedule: from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., with the mention that the last subway trains leave at 11:00 p.m. from the end stations of the subway lines.

Metropolitan tickets and passes

Metropolitan tickets

1 metropolitan ticket – 90 min – 3 RON (approx. 0.60 EUR)

10 metropolitan tickets– 90 min – 25 RON (approx. 5.03 EUR)

Metropolitan passes

Metropolitan Pass – 24 h – 8 RON (approx. 1.61 EUR)

Metropolitan Pass – 72 h – 20 RON (approx. 4 EUR)

Metropolitan Pass – 7 days – 30 RON (approx. 6.03 EUR)

Metropolitan Pass – 1 month – 80 RON (approx. 16.09 EUR)

Metropolitan Pass – 6 months – 400 RON (approx. 80.43 EUR)

Metropolitan Pass – 12 months – 700 RON (approx. 140.72 EUR)

Penalty fare 80 RON (approx. 16 EUR)

Special fare ticket, gold on the spot by the person using the public transport service without a valid ticket. This penalty fare is valid on the current day, until the end of the day (24:00).

Metropolitan integrated with metro tickets and passes

Metro, Bus, Trolley, Tram (Bucharest-Ilfov metropolitan area)

Metropolitan integrated tickets

1 Metropolitan and Metro ticket – 120 min – 5 RON (approx. 1.01 EUR)

10 Metropolitan and Metro tickets – 120 min – 45 RON (approx. 9.05 EUR)

Metropolitan integrated passes

Metropolitan and Metro Pass – 24 h – 14 RON (approx. 2.81 EUR)

Metropolitan and Metro Pass – 72 h – 35 RON (approx. 7.04 EUR)

Metropolitan and Metro Pass – 7 days – 50 RON (approx. 10.05 EUR)

Metropolitan and Metro Pass – 1 month – 140 RON (approx. 28.15 EUR)

Metropolitan and Metro Pass – 6 months – 700 RON (approx. 140.75 EUR)

Metropolitan and Metro Pass – 12 months – 1200 RON (approx. 241.29 EUR)

Metropolitan integrated with train passes

Metropolitan and Train Pass – 1 month – 140 RON (approx. 28.15 EUR)

Metropolitan and Train Pass – 6 months – 800 RON (approx. 160.81 EUR)

Metropolitan and Train Pass – 12 months – 1400 RON (approx. 281.41 EUR)


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You can buy either of them from the STB vending machine near the Arrivals terminal exit or from the manned booth in the bus stop in front of the Arrivals terminal (open 06:30-20:00).

Then you validate the card after you get on the train, the ones operating on this route have validating devices aboard.

If you are traveling to downtown (the area between Victoriei - Romana - Universitatii - Unirii squares) and aren't coming at rush hour (in this direction, late afternoon - early evening) it might more sense to take bus 783.

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If I am just using the transport around bucharest (not including the airport), am I right in thinking I would buy the 72 hour pass surface transport and metro 35 lei? Does this cover all forms of transport? Also, do I need to validate this ticket?

Thanks in advance

Hi, yes, you can buy the basic 72 hours pass which costs 35 lei.

It covers all forms of transportation within the city and its suburban area: the entire metro system, all tram lines, all trolleybus lines, all bus lines including bus 783 which goes to the airport and suburban lines (4xx) which go to all sorts of nearby villages, all night bus lines.

The only exception is that it doesn't cover trains.

The pass has to be uploaded on a Multiplu or Activ card then validated the first time you get on a public transport vehicle (see how on https://www.stbsa.ro/eng/validare-si-consultare-carduri_eng ) to start the 72 hours count. You don't need to validate it after that when you get on a new vehicle.

Thank you for all your advice

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2024 FULL Bucharest Travel Guide: what to do, places to visit, day trips, going out & more!

Why visit Bucharest? Because Romania’s capital will surprise you with its rich history and multiple personalities: a Balkan vibe with Oriental influences, French-inspired beautiful buildings, megalomanic communist architecture, huge green spaces, and now a thriving Western-inspired city with Latin blood in its people.

Bucharest is an eclectic city - and that's the top reason why you should visit in 2024!

This made by locals guide updated in January 2024 will help you find out what to do in Bucharest, which places to visit, top tourist attractions, day trip ideas, where to go out, and practical info about public transport.

You'll find 50+ ideas for the very best things to do in Bucharest and unique tours and day trips we created so you have a great time on your holiday - so get ready!

Table of contents

Intro: Bucharest at a glance

Landmarks in bucharest, 1. take a walk on calea victoriei, 2. admire the george enescu museum, 3. visit the romanian athenaeum, a cultural landmark, 4. get royal at the national museum of art, 5. a first step into romanian history at the statue of king carol i, 6. take a look at bucharest’s weirdest statue, the rebirth memorial, 7. step into communist history at the former communist party headquarters, 8. admire the art deco architecture at the odeon theater, 9. visit one of the oldest buildings in bucharest, casa capsa, 10. take a look at the national military circle, 11. take a walk through the beautiful macca-vilacrosse passage, 12. admire cec palace, 13. learn about the dacians at the national museum of romanian history, landmarks in bucharest old town, 14. visit the old princely court ruins, 15. step into romanian traditions at hanu’ lui manuc, 16. discover the unique romanian architecture at stavropoleos church, 17. check out the impressive national bank of romania, 18. feel the atmosphere on lipscani street, 19. visit the beautiful carturesti carusel library, 20. visit one of the oldest restaurants in the country: caru’ cu bere, what to visit in bucharest: tourist attractions, museums, and more, 21. palace of the parliament: bucharest’s top tourist attraction, 22. step into ceausescu’s villa, 23. visit the national museum of contemporary art, 24. a museum for the whole family: grigore antipa natural history museum, 25. make a stop at the museum of art collections, 26. explore traditional romanian houses at bucharest village museum, 27. discover romanian rural culture at dimitrie gusti national village museum, 28. challenge your perception at the museum of senses, 29. visit the special museum of romanian records, 30. look at the stars at the astronomic observatory vasile urseanu, 31. discover the 1920s bucharest at the little paris museum, 32. be a scientist at the romanian science experiment museum, 33. step into a communist apartment.

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34. Check out the Romanian Arch of Triumph

35. go for a walking tour around soseaua kisselef, aviatorilor, and calea dorobanti, 36. get lost in the cotroceni neighbourhood, 37. discover bucharest street art, gentrification, and local culture, 38. relax in cismigiu park, 39. admire the parliament building from izvor park, 40. go to the ww i memorial at carol park.

  • 41. Take a walk in Bucharest's biggest park, Herastrau Park

42. Go to the vibrant Tineretului Park

43. natural diversity in the heart of bucharest: delta vacaresti.

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44. Go on a Transylvania tour from Bucharest

45. discover the impressive transfagarasan highway, 46. visit the romanian coast, 47. discover a unique place: the danube delta, 48. take on your hiking boots and discover the romanian mountains, 49. taste the romanian wine in the dealu mare region.

  • 50. Connect with the locals at Obor Farmer's Market

Explore Bucharest by bike, starting in Piata Victoriei

Where to go out in bucharest: restaurants, coffee shops, and bars, bucharest nightlife the best in europe.

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Where to stay in Bucharest

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Before we start, I want to be honest with you: Bucharest doesn't have a good reputation as a tourist destination, and here's why:

  • like all of Romania, there's no official tourist identity or strategy so tourists don't have a good reason why they should visit in the first place, even for a short time!
  • local authorities don't support, invest, or promote local tourism, so it's up to locals with limited resources and fragmented impact to do this
  • most tourists rely on foreign travel bloggers, guides, and the typical TripAdvisor "best places to visit" when planning their visit, so they don't really discover what makes Bucharest interesting and worth visiting
  • before 2015 there were some reports about foreign tourists getting scammed by Bucharest taxis and at the airport (no longer an issue) which created a bad reputation for the city; that's no longer the case, and we covered this in our safety section at the end of this guide

And that's why some people avoid visiting Bucharest altogether or plan to spend one day at most before going to Brasov and other parts of the country.

Which is a shame... Though it may seem rough around the edges, the capital city of Romania has something to offer to all types of travelers, especially those looking for an off-the-beaten path non-touristy experience.

So besides the typical tourist attractions and places to visit such as the Palace of Parliament and the Old Town area, in this guide, we'll tell you about many lesser-known things to do in Bucharest and how to have a great time visiting Romania's capital.

Because Bucharest is full of glaring, sometimes absurd contrasts and not your typical Western capital where everything is neat and clean, by the book. Some people don't enjoy these urban jungles. Others - like me - do! But, as they say, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder :)

  • Local tip: Bucharest is not flooded with tourist hoards like other capitals in Eastern Europe. Prices are not too high either and there are no 'big bus' style tours (except for Dracula Castle day trips - the only thing heavily touristified in our country). So you can have an amazing holiday with great value for money!

Also - the Romanian capital has A LOT of cool places to go out with many hipster cafes, trendy bars, chic restaurants, fine-dining spots (for very good prices!), urban gardens and skybars.

And - most importantly - Romanian people are welcoming and eager to show you a good time! If this is your first time, check our guide on how to visit Romania with more practical info.

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Just like any other capital, Bucharest has a list of top places to visit and famous landmarks, which we will discuss in detail in the following sections. Thanks to its long and wide boulevards the best way to see Bucharest landmarks is to go on a long walk from the Northern Piata Victoriei (Victory Square) to the Southern Piata Unirii (Union Square) or Piata Parlamentului (Parliament Square) - or in reverse.

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Calea Victoriei (Victory Boulevard) is the main pedestrian artery that connects the major two poles of our city. With a length of 2,7 km and lots of photo stops, high end shops as well as local, vintage ones, coffee shops and snacks boutiques - this will be a 1-2h walk.

Dating from 1692, this boulevard has always been the beating heart of the city and lots of historical events took place here. It's where major Romanian figures, politicians and 'who's who' in our history lived.

That's why you'll see many of Bucharest most famous landmarks, tourist attractions and impressive Romanian buildings here -without having to check Google Maps every 10 min :)

  • Local tip: during Summer weekends Calea Victoriei is closed for cars and turns into a huge pedestrian area. Locals love going on long walks, stopping for ice cream, coffee, or a drink. Lots of street events take place here too, so watch out!

If you start your walking tour of Victory Boulevard from the North (from the metro station), one of the first landmarks you'll come across is the George Enescu Museum. This is where our country's most famous classical compose, George Enescu, lived. His work blends classical music with traditional Romanian folk sounds, motifs and instruments. Check out one of his most famous works:

Every year in September the George Enescu International Music Festival takes places in his honour in Bucharest. Orchestras from all over the world concert in the city and classical music fans rejoice.

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Romanian Athenaeum: more than a concert hall, a landmark of historical significance

The Romanian Athenaeum is Bucharest's most emblematic cultural landmark and concert hall. The building has a lot of significance for Romanian history and is spectacular on the inside, which is why you should visit .

While on Victory Avenue and just across the Romanian Athenaeum you'll see the former Royal Palace, which now hosts the National Museum of Art of Romania. Besides the art collections, the museum of the palace is worth visiting too.

Opposite the National Museum of Art, you'll notice the statue of King Carol I the first king of Romania and a significant figure in our history. The bronze statue weighs 13 tons and stands at a total height of 13 meters, with the actual statue measuring 7 meters and the plinth 6 meters.

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Revolution Square known as Palace Square before the 1989 Romanian revolution

By now you probably noticed the weird-looking statue that looks like an impaled potato as locals call it. That's the Rebirth Memorial in Revolution Square where the 1989 anti-communist revolution took place.

The massive building behind the Rebirth Memorial was the Romanian Communist Party headquarters.

From its balcony dictator Nicolae Ceausescu made his last speech on 21 December when people started booing him - to his incredible disbelief captured on video. This is where the violent 1989 Romanian revolution started in Bucharest (it first started on 16 Dec in Timisioara).

Continuing down South on Calea Victoriei, you will see Odeon Theater on the left, a cosy contemporary art deco building fit for the modern, avant-garde plays it hosts.

On Calea Victoriei, you can also see one of the oldest historical buildings in Bucharest, Casa Capsa (Hotel Capsa), built in the mid-19th century. This is one of the most famous hotels in Bucharest and a walk through its lobby is worth it.

It's also said to have the best pastry shop in town - as you pass the building make a left on the side street and look for the sign.

Where Calea Victoriei crosses Elisabeth Boulevard leading down to Cismigiu Gardens, you'll come across the impressive Palace of the National Military Circle.

Built in 1911 in the French neoclassical style, this building is now recognized as both a historical and architectural monument, and there's a small military museum you can visit on its left side.

Further down on Calea Victoriei you'll come across the late 19th century Macca-Vilacrosse Passage which connects this thoroughfare with Bucharest Old Town.

Inside the passage you'll find lots of sisha cafes and restaurants - and don't forget to look up and see the glass ceiling.

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CEC Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest, epitomizes the city's Little Paris identity with its impressive eclectic architecture.

Crowned by a glass and metal dome, the entrance showcases an arch supported by composite-style columns. Sadly, this one can't be visited, but you can still gaze at it from the street.

The impressive National Museum of Romanian History is one of the best places to learn about our ancestors, the Dacians, who settled these lands before they were conquered by the Romans. You'll also see 2,000-year-old gold bracelets made by them ***

Bucharest Old Town is a pedestrian area in the city centre between Piata Universitatii, Piata Unirii and Calea Victoriei. It's filled with old buildings (obviously!) some restored, others not so much, and cobblestone streets.

  • Local tip: contrary to what most foreign travel bloggers and guides will tell you, this is not the place to discover the Little Paris side of Bucharest; keep reading to find out the best place for that!

Over 120 bars, coffee shops, and restaurants are here so this central location is known as the hotspot for Bucharest nightlife.

This is not a place for shopping and because of the constant noise and agitation it's not a great place to stay either. There are a few hotels in the area such as Hilton Garden Inn or Europa Royale - but they're very expensive and mostly filled with tourists who think they're staying in the city centre.

Curtea Veche or the Old Princely Court was built as a palace or residence in 1459. This was the seat of power for the ruling princes of Wallachia, including Vlad the Impaler, also known as Vlad Dracula, who built it and whose statue you'll find nearby.

The nearby Hanu’ lui Manuc (Manuc's Inn) is one of the oldest historic buildings in the city with its impressive courtyard and very good traditional Romanian restaurant.

It always functioned as an inn for locals, travelers and merchants passing the city and with business at the Old Court, and legends have it this is where most deals and political decisions were made.

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Stavropoleus Church, the oldest church in the Old Town

Stavropoleos Church is built in the unique Romanian architectural style known as Brancovenesc or Wallachian Renaissance and is one of the historic sites of Bucharest.

It has special features like covered balconies with columns carved in flower designs, detailed door and window frames, and the use of columns inside. Go inside - just remember to be respectful!

The National Bank of Romania building is another architectural landmark worth spending a few minutes on. With its imposing Reinassance architecture dating from the end of the 19th century, the building is like a fortress.

Unfortunately, you can only admire it from the outside.

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Lipscani Street is not an attraction per se - it's just the most popular street in the Old Town. It used to be filled with the finest merchant shops and artisan workshops from all over the country. During the communist regime they were all shut down as they were seen as luxury items, and then the buildings were abandoned and went derelict.

By 2010 this forgotten area was slowly renovated and bars and restaurants started opening here. Gradually it became the favoured going out spot for locals and at night it turns into a real party center.

The Carturesti Carusel library is on Lipscani Street, and is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the country and possibly in Europe.

The building was the headquarters of a bank but it's now a great place for book lovers.

Caru cu Bere restaurant is one of the oldest and most authentic in the country. Here, you can savor the tastiest Romanian traditional dishes and enjoy a beer crafted from a unique, original recipe dating back to 1879.

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Bucharest extends far beyond the Old Center and Calea Victoriei, which, though popular among tourists, represent only a fraction of the city's complexity. To truly grasp the diverse facets of Bucharest, exploring other landmarks is essential.

When thinking about Bucharest, the massive Palace of the Parliament (with its many aliases: Ceausescu Palace, House of People, House of Parliament, Parliament Palace) probably comes to mind as one of the grand buildings of the Romanian capital city.

It’s the heaviest building in the world and the second-largest administrative building after the Pentagon in the US with a surface of 365.000 square meters! And probably the most famous landmark in Bucharest.

Why tour the Romanian Parliament building? Because you’ll get to see what communist megalomania and opulence can do - and the price people paid to satisfy a dictator’s whims at a time of food and basic supply shortages. A painful reminder for most Romanians...

The massive exterior may look uninspiring but the interior was lavishly decorated with premium materials of 100% Romanian origin: 1 million square meters of marble, a 3t carpet, and a 5t crystal chandelier among others.

As one of the top things to visit in Bucharest but also an administrative building - a parliamentary palace! - it’s important to plan your visit in advance.

  • Local tip: visits to the Palace are led by an official tour guide who talks about the building without saying anything about Romania's communist past, Nicolae Ceausescu, or the 1989 Romanian revolution; so if you're interested in learning more about that you'll need to go on a private, communist-themed tour with a specialist local guide.

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Complete Bucharest Communism Tour: Palace of Parliament & Ceausescu's Home

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Ceausescu's Villa (where he lived) is another tourist attraction that you can visit. This is one of the best places to see the huge discrepancy between the dictator's luxurious lifestyle while the Romanian people were queuing for basic foods and necessities in the '80s...

  • Bucharest museums: the classics & cool

As the capital of Romania, Bucharest has the standard collection of national museums - and they’re very good and a nice thing to do if you have a particular interest in their subject or the weather is not great for an outdoor free walking tour.

The National Museum of Contemporary Art is located in a new glass wing of the Palace of the Parliament. The museum presents four floors of exhibitions and events throughout the year. At the top, you'll find an observation point with panoramic views of Bucharest.

Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum has reconstructed dinosaur models that children will love, so that's a fun thing for families to do.

The Museum of Art Collections is on Calea Victoriei just before the Romanian Athenaeum concert hall and is among the best places for art connoisseurs to visit.

My favorite place to visit is the Bucharest Village Museum because of its unique character: an open-air museum where you can find over 60 real-size replicas of traditional Romanian village houses from 36 regions and parts of the country.

The Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum regularly hosts exhibitions and events to promote Romanian rural culture. It will give you a taste of what the famous Romanian countryside looks like especially if you're not spending a long time in our country on this occasion :) Bucharest also has of the most unconventional and interesting museums in Romania .

The Museum of Senses is a quirky and very cool experience with optical illusions. This is a great place for both kids and adults.

The Museum of Records hosts world-record collections of peculiar items. It lets you explore forgotten parts of human history and see how clever people were at different points in time.

The Astronomic Observatory Vasile Urseanu will thrill kids and passionate astronomers. Here, you can visit a permanent exhibition but also look at the stars and planets through a telescope.

The Little Paris Museum will help you understand why Bucharest was once called Little Paris, and get a glimpse of life in the capital in the 1920s.

The Romanian Science Experiment Museum is a wonderful destination for both kids and adults, where you need to press buttons, pull levers and make things work.

In Romania’s capital you’ll also find a communist apartment from the 1970s turned into a time-capsule museum. A typical Romanian worker family lived here and the apartment is preserved in its original state with objects, decorations, and food from past times. This is probably the best place to understand what life was like during the Romanian communist regime.

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Museum of Communism: A Time-Capsule of Ordinary Lives

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Things to do in Bucharest: sightseeing, history, culture & local life

We're done with classical tourist sightseeing - so let's see some of the lesser known, thematic things to do in Bucharest so you have a good time.

  • Romanian history and Bucharest landmarks

The three historical provinces that make up Romania (Wallachia, Moldova, and Transylvania) each had their capital (Bucharest, Iasi, and Transylvania), political life, culture, and powerful families. But the Romanian dream was always to unite in one state.

This happened in 1859 when the first two united and in 1918 Transylvania joined. However, not all Romanians are happy about Bucharest being their capital or see it as representative of Romanian national identity and culture.

That's why knowing a bit of Romanian history will give you more context about the tourist landmarks and historic buildings in Bucharest.

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Essential Walking Tour of Bucharest: Old Town & Revolution Square

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  • Bucharest Little Paris and Belle Époque architecture

In the early 1900s Bucharest earned its nickname of Little Paris thanks to French-inspired Belle Époque buildings, monuments, and beautiful architecture.

That's because most of the Romanian aristocracy, rich businessmen, and major cultural figures from the 18th-20th century were educated in France and inspired by the culture and life there.

This made Bucharest unique in Eastern Europe, unlike other European capitals in the region such as Sofia, Budapest, or Belgrade. The rich history of Bucharest and its architecture Belle Epoque architecture was significantly influenced by this.

So if you think Bucharest doesn't have nice places to visit you couldn't be more wrong! There are entire neighborhoods and streets where you'll find a unique blend of architectural styles made even more charming with time.

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The "Little Paris" Bucharest: Architecture, Old Houses & Bourgeois Stories

Start from: University Square

Bucharest is very popular for its rich blend of historical (neo-classical), interbellum (Bauhaus and Art Deco), communist, and modern architecture mix. Many of the city's best hotels, companies, or best restaurants occupy some incredible buildings - monuments of architecture.

The Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf) is a WW I memorial monument, though smaller than the French version, is proof of this cultural affinity. If you are in Romania on December 1st or November 24th, you can watch the military parade here.

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Cotroceni neighbourhood, one of the most beautiful in Bucharest

Just go for a walking tour aka get lost in the area between Soseaua Kisselef, Aviatorilor Boulevard, and Calea Dorobanti to understand the Bucharest’s beautiful blend of cultures. Also around Gradina Icoanei Park. Unfortunately these are not tourist attractions per se so without a local tour guide to take you deep into the neighbourhoods and show you around, it will be hard for you to find these spots on your own.

The Cotroceni neighbourhood is known for its superb eclectic architecture, the botanical garden, and beautiful buildings.

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Visit a typical communist apartment in Bucharest turned time-capsule museum

  • Communist Bucharest: forced transformation

Bucharest bourgeois identity was literally demolished and transformed during the Romanian communist regime which ruled from 1944-1989 (Romania was not part of the USSR!).

But besides the ideological agenda, dictator Nicolae Ceausescu who came to power in 1965 and ruled for 25 years (making him one of the most famous Romanians ) had bigger ambitions...

Driven by megalomanic dreams, a personality cult, and absurd realities, Ceausescu brutally changed Romanian society and turned Bucharest into an experiment for his idealistic communist vision. So:

  • an entire neighbourhood was demolished to make way for the Palace of Parliament
  • wide boulevards such as Unirii, Magheru, and Aviatorilor were built (and there's a specific reason for that!)
  • churches were literally moved or 'hidden' by apartment buildings
  • entire worker neighbourhoods were built from scratch to house factory workers relocated here from the rest of the country

And much more. Bucharest was painfully transformed with significant consequences not just for its architecture, but also for its culture and local life.

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Untold Stories of Bucharest: Prostitution, Holocaust and Communist Terror

Start from: Piata Romana (Romana Square)

All over the city there are signs of this transformation. One of our specialist communist tour guides will show them to you on a walking tour, including pictures from old times, and tell you more about life back then.

In front of the Palace of Parliament, Ceausescu's masterpiece

Communist Walking Tour: History, Megalomania & Hidden Sights

Start from: Revolution Square next to the Rebirth Memorial (The patatoe)

After the Little Paris years, the communist transformation and the Western re-vitalisation - many parts of Bucharest started showing glaring contrasts. A vibrant and exotic street art showed up to cover the uglier parts of the city, especially in the local neighbourhoods where foreign tourists don't venture and locals rarely go.

Street Art and Architecture Tour of Bucharest

Bucharest Street Art & Architecture Tour

This is the reason why one of the best things to do in Bucharest is to go off-the-beaten path and explore local life beyond the top attractions and tourist hotspots.

the famous Bucharest 3D iMapp competition There are also lots of events going on - check online or ask a local when you're here. Various exhibitions, sports competitions, street food or art fairs happen throughout the year, usually in front of the Romanian Athenaeum, in Piata Universitatii, or on Calea Victoriei.

  • Relax in Bucharest’s many green spaces

If you’re getting tired of so much urban exploring, many beautiful parks in Bucharest will help you disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The most beautiful park in the center of Bucharest is Cismigiu Park on Regina Elisabeta Boulevard. It's sometimes called Cismigiu Gardens because it has many areas with different interests, sights, and cultural significance - so this is a perfect place to take a break from your walking tour of the city!

*Izvor Park*, a relatively small park, is another great place to relax and admire the massive Parliament Building. Here, you can enjoy a short walk in a relaxed setting.

Carol Park has another WW I memorial on a hill with great views. Here, many locals gather to engage in sports activities on the stairs leading to the memorial.

41. Take a walk in Bucharest's biggest park, Herastrau Park

King Michael I park (formerly Herăstrău Park) is the largest park in the city and also the largest park located inside a city in Europe. Spanning 187 hectares, the park has various sections. One favorite spot is the Japanese Garden, known for its beautiful cherry blossoms and Japanese acacia trees with hanging branches.

Tineretului Park is another popular park in Bucharest with a pretty big lake, perfect for a jog, or bike ride, and the right place for renting a boat.

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The newest addition to this list of green spaces in Romania's capital is Delta Vacaresti. In the South Eastern part of the city a large area was cleared by the communist regime for a major project - later abandoned!

Over time, Mother Nature reclaimed this area and turned it into a wonderful natural biosphere: a huge park more like a wetland where many species of plants, birds, and small animals now live!

In 2016, Vacaresti Natural Park was granted protected status by law. This is a unique open-air museum of natural diversity in the heart of a European capital and a great place to visit (best time is from April - October) if you want to combine urban sightseeing with nature.

Vacaresti Natural Park (photo credit Helmut Ignat)

Vacaresti Natural Park: the Newest Urban Delta

  • Pro tip: most young people speak good English, are friendly and helpful, especially in the city hotspots, so you don't have to worry about getting lost in translation

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Day trips & tours from Bucharest

Bucharest is a great place to tick off some of the best things to do in Romania . With our network of specialist tour guides we can organise any kind of trip for you - so contact us we're happy to help!

Contrary to what most people think - going on a day trip to visit Peles Castle, Brasov and Bran Castle (the most popular day trip in Bucharest) does NOT mean you visited Transylvania. The region is huge with a history and culture that can't be experienced in one day. Read our blog on how to visit Transylvania for more.

That's why we created a unique 3-day best of Transylvania tour that will give you an authentic experience of this popular tourist region of Romania.

The famous Transfagarasan Highway can also be seen from Bucharest and the best time for that is July - October when the road is open for driving.

Visit Transfagarasan Highway

Road trip to Poenari Castle & Transfagarasan Highway

Another popular day trip is to the Romanian Black Sea and the city of *Constanta*. So, if you love spending time on the beach, Constanta is a must while in Romania.

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The Black Sea Calling: Day Trip to Constanta & Mamaia Beach

If you want to visit a unique place, the UNESCO Danube Delta reserve is what you are looking for. To visit the Danube Delta, you need to get to Tulcea (4h away from Bucharest, possibly only by car). From there you'll enter the Delta through a boat ride, so you need a minimum of 2-3 days to see its beauty, birds, and fauna.

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2-Day Danube Delta & Birdwatching Tour from Bucharest

You can also go hiking in the Romanian Mountains known for their wilderness and impressive heights of over 2,500m altitude. Bucegi Mountains are one of the most popular national parks in Romania . The Romanian Sphinx and Babele are major natural attractions tourists want to see when in Bucharest.

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1 or 2 Day Hiking Trip in Bucegi Mountains: Sphinx, Babele, Omu Peak

Start from: Bucharest OR Brasov

But there are a lot more options for hiking day trips from Bucharest - check our guide on the best hikes in Romania .

Just 1,5h away from Bucharest, in the Dealu Mare region, you can find some of the country's best wineries. This is one of the best places to discover the long history and high quality of Romanian wines (#7th producer in the world!) with superb views too!

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The Wine Tradition of Romania: Premium Wine Tasting in Dealu Mare

Check our full list of unique tours and hand-picked day trips in Bucharest so you have the best time in our country:

Tours & Day Trips in Bucharest

Tours & Day Trips in Bucharest

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50. Connect with the locals at Obor Farmer's Market

If you're interested in traditional Romanian food and want a true cultural shock, head over to Obor farmer's market the largest and oldest in Romania where small farmers and everyone else sell their stuff. Or go on our tour with a local guide who will show you the best way to experience this:

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Bucharest Street Food Tour: Farmers' Markets & Hidden Streets

Because of the wide boulevards and long distances in Romania's largest city, renting a bike is a great way to explore Bucharest. Calea Victoriei has a dedicated bike lane so traveling by bike makes everything easier and you get to see much more, especially in the beautiful Northern part of the city (Kisselef and Aviatorilor Boulevard, Herestrau Park, Arch of Triumph).

You can rent a bike on your own from a public docking station (check here ), or go on a guided tour by bike with one of our guides who will take care of everything so you can focus on enjoying the experience AND learn about Bucharest.

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Panoramic Bike Tour of Bucharest

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After all these Bucharest attractions and tourist places you’ve visited, you’re probably hungry, looking for the best restaurants in Bucharest, a good coffee shop, or a nice place to go out in the evening. Best places to eat in Bucharest

Romania’s capital is a great - and affordable - place for a food-tasting getaway: lots of variety and international-inspired cuisine, cool places to eat with an inspiring design and fancy menus with a modern twist, fresh locally-sourced ingredients and great customer service. And there are lots of choices for all budget types.

It's hard for me to describe in words just how much Romanian people love to go out (part of our Latin blood!) and why Bucharest has a very diverse and high-quality offering. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Romanian traditional food: Zexe, Jaristea, La Mahala, Beca’s Kitchen, Maize (Romanian up-scale), La Copac, Lacrimi si Sfinti, City Grill, Vatra Neamului, Hanu’ lui Manuc, Caru cu Bere
  • Italian (the nation’s favorite): Trattoria Don Vito, Grano, Il Peccato, Trattoria Fresca, SARA Restaurant
  • British & Irish pub: The Harp, Trafalgar
  • Lebanese (as there’s a minority living here): Piccolo Mondo, Zaitoone, Four Seasons, Al Mandaloun
  • burger places (always cool): Burger van Bistro, Switch.eat, Vivo fusion bar
  • steak houses: Osho, Prime Steaks & Seafood, VacaMuuu
  • cool & urban places to eat (modern European): Energiea, Biutiful, Uanderful, Simbio, Lente, Alt Shift
  • international fine dining: Joseph, Casa Doina, Stejarii Pool Club, Casa di David, Le Bistrot Francais, L’Atelier
  • street food (shaorma - a must!): Calif, Divan, Dristor
  • Local tip: vegetarians or vegans should not despair – there are plenty of delicious dishes thanks to Orthodox lent (fasting) periods; read our article on traditional Romanian food to find out more.

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  • Romanian beers and wine in Bucharest

First, you should know that Romanians enjoy drinking - a lot! In Southern Romania, most people prefer drinking beer (unlike in Transylvania). Local brands you should try Silva, Ciuc, or Ursus.

Craft beers have been on the rise recently with young looking for new tastes: Nenea Iancu, Zaganu, Hophead, Ground Zero, or Gambrinus. So beer bars have popped up and quickly became favorite places to go out for locals:

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Bucharest Nightlife Tour: Craft Beer & Hip Bars

As for having a surprisingly good glass of Romanian wine in a nice setting - it’s one of the best things you can do in Bucharest! Try Corcova Rose at Entourage, Liliac White Young Fresh at Energiea, or Lacerta Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz at Corks Cozy Bar to get a sense of Romanian wines being damn fine! Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea or Prince Stirbey are also very good choices if you see them on the menu. Do not skip dessert and coffee shops in Bucharest

Since 2010, the specialty coffee culture BOOM-ed in Bucharest. So now you have lots of hispter, cosy, or inspiring coffee shops serving single or blended origin, on-the-spot roasted DELICIOUS coffee!

The most popular, old, and famous coffee shop is Origo, but you should also try Coftale, Beans&Dots, Steam, Orygyns, Two Minutes, Garage Cafe, T-Zero, On-Off, or The Coffee Factory. What’s a cortado or V60? Go and find out - and be sure to check our list with the best coffee shops in Bucharest to find out more. Fans of sweets and desserts should definitely consider papanasi (a traditional dish) at Stadio, éclairs at French Revolution, or profiteroles at Chocolat Boutique Ateneu – all of them are local businesses. Or just stop at any street pastry shop and ask for an apple pie (placinta cu mar) or cheese pie (placinta cu branza).

There are several reasons why the Bucharest nightlife is so good and famous - our article will tell you more and also the best bars and places to go out. Or maybe there's a Romanian music festival happening when you're visiting?

Suffice it to say that you should prepare for a long night out and dress well (shirts & skirts) if you want to blend in with the locals. Put on your friendly and relaxed face – don’t give yourself away after the long day you’ve visiting Bucharest! Sip on a few cocktails

Go for an Aperol Spritz on the rooftop at Deschis Gastrobar or any cocktail you can literally think of at Newton Cocktail Bar or Fix Me a drink. For a warm summer evening, I recommend a cider in the garden at Control – a hip cool place to be or a beer at Eden Garden – a let’s-chill-in-the-forest, unpretentious yet vibrant place.

But the trending place right now among Bucharest locals is Expirat, with beautiful green spaces and terraces, cool music, and that great & young Bucharest vibe I was talking about – that’s my last insight for you! The Old Town is a must-experience part of Bucharest nightlife

Some colorful shots at Shoteria are highly recommended before starting the mandatory restaurant - pub – terrace – club crawling in Lipscani Old City Center (Lipscani Centrul Vechi) – a historical area which hosts a great variety of bars, pubs and clubs. I should tell you that in recent years the Old Town of Bucharest has become quite touristy, with too many places, people and tourists in a frenzy looking for alcohol-induced fun.

While I don’t personally like it and some locals avoid it, it’s a must-see part of the vibrant Bucharest nightlife and you won't find anything similar in other European capitals. Looking for a fancy night out in Bucharest?

If you want an even more fancy night out, girls should consider wearing high heels and guys should go for a dress shirt at minimum. The places to go out in Bucharest for proper, high-end clubbing are located in the northern part of the city, in Floreasca or Herestrau area, and are a great choice for a night out warm nights. Consider Biutiful, Fratelli or Funky Lounge (the last two are located in Herestrau Park). Nuba, Tuya, Kayo, and Hiro are fine-dining restaurants turning into clubs as the night starts.

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Budget, transport & safety in Bucharest

Check our article on Bucharest public transport with all the info you need about Bucharest Otopeni Airport, public transport in the city, taxis and official tourism infrastructure.

We also prepared a guide on what you need to know about safety in Bucharest because there are a lot of misconceptions about this beautiful city. But with a little information and awareness, you'll have a great time here.

You don’t need to spend much to have a good time in Bucharest

Coming from London, Paris, Milano, or Munich, you’ll be shocked to see how affordable your Bucharest travel budget needs to be! Imagine paying between 6-15 EUR for a main course, appetizer/dessert, and a drink, 2-3 EUR for a coffee, or 4-5 EUR for a fantastic cocktail or a glass of wine in most places. Attraction tickets to museums and other places to visit in Bucharest are usually between 3-5 euros. A reasonable budget per day for visiting the city should start at 30 Euro. Take the metro or a taxi, buses are unreliable

The most efficient public transport is the subway which is quite affordable and convenient: a bit over 1 Euro for 2 rides, 5 Euro for 10. Taxis are also inexpensive with around 2,5 Lei/km (0,5 Euro) but ridesharing apps such as Uber and Bolt are the most popular choice for getting around in our capital. I don’t recommend using buses or trains in Bucharest: besides them being unfriendly for a foreigner, their irregular schedule combined with hectic traffic make them unreliable even for locals!

You've got lots of options on Airbnb or booking.com - check to see what fits your preferences and budget.

The general rule of where to stay in Bucharest is close to a metro station because it's the best, quickest, and easiest way to navigate Bucharest.

For hotels, there will be plenty around Union Square, Cismigiu Gardens, Piata Romana, Piata Victoriei, and Revolution Square. But even if you stay further away you can navigate the city using a taxi and metro.

You'll find all the main international hotel chains (Mariott, Ramada, Hilton, etc), including a selection of boutique, charming hotels in beautiful buildings from the Little Paris era.

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Is Bucharest Worth Visiting? My Honest Opinion, Pros & Cons

There is plenty of mixed feelings when it comes to recommending Bucharest as a travel destination. Is Bucharest worth visiting? Is it one of those cities you should spend money and energy on?

Even though a fascinating European capital, Bucharest is not as nearly popular as Rome, Paris, or Barcelona. Even though in more recent times the countries and cities of central and eastern Europe have experienced a bigger tourist population, I think Bucharest sees fewer tourists than Prague, Budapest, or Krakov.

If you are wondering whether or not you should travel to Bucharest, if it’s a destination worth exploring, and if there is enough to do for a day or two, I am here to help you decide. This article is my very personal and honest opinion on whether Bucharest is worth visiting or not. This is why I wrote what I liked and what I didn’t like about my trip, and made a few easy comparisons between traveling to Bucharest and other cities like Budapest and Prague.

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Is Bucharest worth visiting? Pros and cons of traveling to the Romanian capital

What i liked about bucharest, the old town.

Our hotel was close to the old town so we could easily reach it on foot. Bucharest’s old town is very much walkable and pleasant to spend a few hours or even come back a few times to continue exploring its restaurants, cafes, and terraces with a view.

Plus, from the old town, you can easily walk to several landmarks, palaces, churches, government buildings, and museums in a charming motion between old and new, ancient and modern.

We loved wandering about narrow alleys lined up with small shops and quaint restaurants and opening up to larger, brighter squares framed by majestic buildings.

Image: Bucharest old town.

Isn’t this a cliché? In fact, I didn’t expect Romanian people, especially the residents of such a big city, to be so happy to help every time we were lost in the city and every time we would ask a question in a language that wasn’t their language.

Nobody ever looked annoyed if we addressed them in English or even in Italian, they would take their time to show us places on the map, explain how to move around and give us suggestions. This was even early morning when it was clearly rush hour and they were clearly heading to work.

We opt for the Peakture Hotel 4-star hotel because the price was very convenient, so the whole hotel was lovely, but what really stuck in my mind is the breakfast. It was incredibly abundant and diverse, with an impressive offer of sweet and savory options but also of foods that you won’t usually see in a breakfast hall.

Organized buffet style, there was a table for several types of freshly-baked bread, seeds, and cereals, one for fresh fruits and a separate one for vegetables. They offered a wide array of cold cuts, types of cheese for all tastes and preferences, jams, juices, and several beverages hot and cold.

In a nutshell, you could eat enough to skip lunch and go straight to dinner.

Image: Architecture is one of the reasons to visit Bucharest.


From the local museums to the parks, we very much enjoyed exploring the cultural and historical side of Bucharest. Through palaces and buildings, it’s easy to feel the Soviet vibe of Bucharest’s recent past, and this is one of my favorite things to do when I travel to a new destination or even when I explore cities and countries I have already visited.

I loved relaxing in Bucharest parks and also visiting its one-of-a-kind cultural highlights such as the Museum of the Romanian Village where they reproduced typical buildings and traditional ways of living.

Image: Museum of the Romanian Village in Bucharest.

Being used to the eternal, huge crowds populating virtually all the main landmarks in Rome , it was extremely refreshing and enjoyable for me to explore such a large city with such a wealth of things to see and do without being surrounded by masses flocking from every corner.

It’s inexpensive

Apart from the quality of our hotel which was very much affordable, especially if compared to the same standards in other European capitals and cities, we found that Bucharest was very convenient in many aspects.

Things like eating out, using public transport, and sightseeing were affordable. Even though more expensive than other destinations in Romania, the two days we spent in Bucharest didn’t weigh on our bank accounts.

So if you are still wondering if is Bucharest worth visiting, pondering your budget is a good parameter to consider.

What I didn’t like about Bucharest

The traffic.

I know, coming from Rome, I have very little right to complain about traffic. Bucharest traffic is in no way comparable to the jam in Rome , but maybe because of this, when I travel, I always hope to find a more quiet reality.

Let’s not forget that Bucharest is the capital of Romania, and so it’s a big city. If you are looking for a slow-paced adventure, Romania has so much to offer. Regions like Transylvania and Maramures, and towns like Brasov , Sinaia , or Timisoara, will certainly provide a more relaxed experience.

Image: Old town is worth visiting in Bucharest.

Which is better to visit Budapest or Bucharest?

We absolutely loved our trip to Budapest and immediately thought we should plan another. But we also enjoyed Bucharest, so we can’t really recommend skipping one for the other.

What I probably regret is not spending enough time in Bucharest and not having the time to explore it as well as I did in Budapest. Both cities are young and vibrant, probably in Budapest I saw more pubs, the famous ruin pubs that are a proper institution, while Bucharest felt more classic and elegant to me.

Which is better Prague or Bucharest?

Prague is much bigger than Bucharest and has more places to visit and things to do. Bucharest has a small old town and all around a very modern sprawling city. The old town of Prague is what attracts most visitors because of its famous forest of tall spires and fascinating mix of architectural styles.

Even though I loved Bucharest, if you really need to choose between the two, I would say pick Prague, especially if a Gothic and mysterious vibe is what you are after. The medieval buildings, Gothic churches, and palaces built in the local Baroque style of Prague never fail to impress and make a trip memorable.

Let’s say that in Prague, you could easily stay a week and never run out of sights and activities, while in Bucharest, three to four days would be enough unless you want to dig deeper and go about discovering its hidden gems.

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Bucharest Public Transport – the complete Guide (with prices and photos)

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All you need to know to safely and easily use of Bucharest public transport. Welcome to Bucharest , capital of Romania, the 6th largest city in the European Union . Also, fun fact: 8th city with the most congested traffic out of 404 biggest cities of the world ( source study: Tomtom 2021). And that’s not fun at all! I should know being born and raised in Bucharest. What’s actually fun is what you can do in Bucharest, which you find out in another article here .

Bucharest is becoming very popular with tourists who want to discover East Europe in a safe, affordable and fun city. And yes, it is all that. Bucharest is a mix of a modern city, where you can find everything you desire, with an old architecture style. You will find buildings dating back from the 1700s, in baroque, eclectic, byzantine styles, and also the famous plain-boring communist architecture. Care to explore?

But first things first:

Is Bucharest safe for a solo traveler?

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I’m just going to say it: it definitely is! No matter if you are a girl or a guy. I wrote in detail about safety in Bucharest on another post you can check: Is Bucharest Safe?

From Bucharest airport (Henri Coanda) to the city center

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I wrote a detailed article about the 3 ways to get from the airport to your accommodation in Bucharest. Check it out.

Bucharest Public Transport – the complete Guide:

🔹 bucharest subway.

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When you see the blue M sign in the city you know there is a subway station. The subway in Bucharest is pretty easy to use and it is very cheap. The metro has only 5 lines, spread around most of the city. It gets you to almost all the important spots in the city. It’s very safe to use. There is 1 security guard on each subway train and at every entry. I totally recommend you the subway over the above-ground public transport. It’s quite clean, although not all stations are well maintained. Some can look so old, exactly as they were made in the 1980s. Maybe they wanted to keep Ceaușescu’s spirit alive, who knows?!

When you are making your way across Bucharest you can use Google maps to give you indications. It might help you if you save the metro map. You will find it in all the subways trains.

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The subway starts working at 5 am and at 11 pm the last metros leave the starting stations. That means you might still get a subway around 11:15, if you are in one of the later stops.

PRO tip: How to know the right direction when you are in a station? Look for a map on the station, usually hanging from the ceiling, with the stations and an arrow for the direction it does in. OR look on the main map and read the name of the last station on each line. You will see a name on the screens above the station and on the trains. So the subway is going in that direction. Example: You are at Aviatorilor station (M2 blue line) and you want to go to Piata Unirii. So you take the train with Berceni written on it. The only exception is Republica (the name you will find on the screens as the direction) and not Pantelimon (which you see as being the last stop of the yellow line- and that’s because it’s a newer stop).

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Subway tickets – pay with card or cash

In every station, you will find the orange machines where you can buy tickets with cash (in LEI and it gives you change) or card. You can select English or French, and choose to buy 2 or 10 trips, a weekly or a monthly pass. You will receive a paper card you then need to insert at the entrance gates, where a bright green arrow indicates you (see in the picture below).

The gates let you tap your debit VISA or Mastercard to pay for just 1 entrance. You can use your virtual wallet from your phone as well. It’s safe to do so and it’s the same price as buying it from the ticket desk (the orange machines sell 2 trips, the cash desk sells 1 trip).

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Subway tickets PRICES

1 trip is 3 lei (0,60 euro); 10 trips are 25 lei; a weekly pass is 30 lei and a monthly pass 80 lei. If you are two or more people traveling you can get the 10 trips card, as you can use them even all at once, in the same station. With the weekly and monthly pass, there is a time lag between usages, so two people cannot use it to enter the same station. Students get 50% discount on the monthly pass, so 40 LEI. Or for some students and kids enrolled in a Romanian school it is free.

🔹 Bus, trolley, trams – the surface transport

Once more, I recommend you to use Google maps to find your routes from A to B. It will tell you what transport to take. To be sure you found the station look for the STB small metal board (see picture below) on a lamp post or a metal pillar.

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The big advantage of the surface public transport is that it is very well spread out in Bucharest. It takes you everywhere.

The ticket price is the same as the subway’s , but as they are run by different companies the same ticket won’t work to subway and busses. Though, they made a separate join ticket which I will inform you about below.

The disadvantage is that in rush hours they get stuck in traffic. This means it’s hard to estimate when you will reach your destination. Plus disadvantage 2: some lines have a low frequency. So you might find yourself waiting in the station for 20 minutes and wondering where have you gone wrong in life to deserve this! Too dramatic? Picture the scenario in a windy -5 C winder or a hot summer with +40 C. And disadvantage 3: they are never too clean, plus the trams are so noisy and the old trolleys too shaky.

It’s clear I don’t advocate for the public surface transport. I’ve been avoiding them my whole life (I was raised in Bucharest) and although I see many improvements, I still don’t find them a great experience. But overall they are ok to use.

One more thing, before I tell you about the tickets, please be aware of your belongings. Pickpocketing is more common on these than in the subway. But nothing to be scared of.

Schedule + routes

Most of the transport means work from 4:30 – 5 am until 10:30-11 pm. But some buses and trams come once an hour during the night too. Just to make sure check the schedule here. Check the routes too , if you need.

Tickets – prices and where to get them

One ticket costs 3 LEI, but if you get 10 it’s 25 LEI. A monthly pass is 80 LEI (you need to show an ID when you buy it and when you are checked by a transport controller). Students get 50% discount on the monthly pass, so 40 LEI. Just have your student ID with you at all times.

They are called Metropolitan tickets and one ride has a duration of 90 minutes. This means you can change from a bus to a tram or another bus/trolley as many times as you need in the 90 min.

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Option 1: You can buy them from a gray-ish kiosk with STB written on it. Usually with cash. But the problem is the surface transport doesn’t have a ticket booth in each station. All the more reason to praise the subway system. Here is a list of all the tickets kiosks in the city. You will need to buy from them a plastic rechargeable card, for 3.7 lei + you need to charge it with 2 tickets, so that’s another 6 lei.

Option 2: Download the app 24Pay, available on both Google Play and App Store. You add your card in your account and with one click you buy yourself a ticket every time you need it. Easy right? Price is the same, 3 LEI.

Option 3: Pay by card on the bus and tram. You need a contactless, Mastercard, Maestro or Visa card. Same 3 LEI price. But before you rush and jump in a bus, you need to know that NOT ALL of them have these machines… how to make sure the bus/ tram (never the trolley) has one? I really don’t know how to make it easy for you, as the only information STB website is providing is that they are on the Otokar and Mercedes Citaro hybrid busses and on tram 41.

Option 4: yes, we are full of options!! Send a SMS text to 7458 with the letter C in the body of the text. Just a C. Cost for 1 ticket of the same 90 minutes: 0,62 Euro + TVA. 

So… if you just need a ticket from time to time just get the App, ok?

Surface transports integrated with subway Tickets and Passes

From the STB kiosks you can even get a card that you can use on both upper transport and the subway. One such ticket costs 5 lei and it has an availability of 120 minutes. And 10 tickets are going to be 45 LEI.

🔹Taxi – Uber & Bolt

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When it comes to taxis in Bucharest I don’t recommend you the local ones , the bright yellow taxi cars. You will find them lined up in front of main spots (like the train station or the city center). Avoid them because they might overcharge you. They either tell you a big price upfront to take you to your destination (which is illegal to not put the meter on) or going to take longer routes. Most of the times they will ask you to pay only cash.

Use Uber or Bolt. You can have both apps and see whichever has a better price. There are many drivers and prices are very good. For example 12 lei (2.5 euro) for a 10 minutes ride (North train station to city center). You will also find FreeNow App, but many users complain the app sometimes switches between cash and card payments. And that can be quite unfortunate if you end up at the destination with no cash to pay for your ride.

🔹 Rent an electric scooter

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In the city you will find many electric scooters, literally everywhere. There are a few apps you can use to rent them, the most popular being: Lime, Splash, Bolt, Uber and Flow. All you need to do is install one or more of these apps, insert your card details and search for scooters nearby. You can reserve them until you reach them (make sure it’s the same code number) and unlock it by scanning the QR. Everything is very intuitive in all the apps. Local regulations: you need to use a helmet and use the bake lanes (when there are non you should use the road). You can park it anywhere on public domain, but please make sure it doesn’t block entrances or it’s inconvenient for pedestrians.

🔹 Rent a bicycle

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I’Velo is a company that rents bikes in an automatic system. There are a lot of details to be aware of, but mostly you need to download their app and register with your ID (be over 16), a selfie and a phone number (where you can receive an SMS/text with a code). Your profile is approved by a real person, so only between the working hours (10 am – 10 pm). Before you use the bikes you need to pay a subscription of 2h (15Lei), 1 month (79Lei), 1 year. Check the website for more details.

You can see on the app a map of where to find the bikes (permanent spots with automatic racks). Scan the bike with the app to unlock it. Make sure to take a bike with a green light on (red means it has a malfunction). Enjoy the ride, take care of yourself and the bike and take it back to one of the racks.

🔹 Car Sharing

Ok, this is one of my favorites, I have to admit! If you are not already familiar with the car-sharing concept here it is: you drive yourself to the destination for the price of an uber ride. That’s right, you can drive around the city with cars you find parked all around Bucharest.

There are a few car-sharing companies in Bucharest, but the ones I prefer are two: Spark: they have only electric cars : like Renault Zoe 40 (with a cool interior design and very pleasant to drive it) and Skoda CITIGO eIV (it’s easy to drive, but it feels and it is a bit cheaper to rent than the Zoe one). They also advertise they have BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf 40 in their fleet, but they are not common to find when you need a car. CityLink: they have hybrid cars . Models available are Toyota Yaris (feels kind of cheap, if you ask me) and Toyota Corolla (a nice experience to drive it). If it’s your first time using this app use my invite code (ANDR4157) and your FIRST RIDE will be FREE (up to 35 LEI, which with a Toyota Yaris means about 50 minutes of driving- cool, right?).

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Easy steps: You download the app and you make an account with your ID and driving license and card details . You find the cars available in your area in the app and see the prices per km or minute. You can reserve them for 15 min for free – the time you have to reach them. Once near the car you quickly check it for major damage . You can cancel the reservation if the car is damaged (never happened to me) or click “ unlock ” in the app and then report the damage with a photo. Once you unlocked it the clock starts ticking. Drive it to your destination and park it in the area that the app shows you as available (most of Bucharest). You can park it for free in public parking lots, but not in private ones.

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Getting Around In Bucharest: A Transportation Guide

One of the main challenges when visiting a new city is finding out how to get around to visit the important landmarks, museums, and other sights. Bucharest is not only one of the largest, but also one of the most congested cities in Eastern Europe. Luckily, the Romanian capital is still fairly easy to navigate as it has a good public transportation system and several alternatives so it shouldn’t be much of a hassle to move around the city if you know how the transportation options work.

In this guide we share all the details you need to know about transportation in Bucharest , from how to get there, to all the different transportation options within the city, including public transport, taxis, ride sharing, and renting e-scooters and bicycles.

Getting To Bucharest

As the largest city, Bucharest is very well connected to other cities in Romania and abroad via roads, railways, and its airport.

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Bucharest International Airport – Henri Coandă is the only commercial airport serving the city. It is the largest airport in Romania and has direct flights to many cities in Europe and beyond. It is the most popular and convenient way to get to Bucharest from abroad.

The easiest way to get directly from the airport to your hotel is by taxi. The official taxis are located in front of the arrivals hall, are metered, and charge between 2.50 and 3.50 lei per kilometer. We recommend to decline all unsollicited taxi offers and drivers who try to negotiate a fixed price as this is illegal and you almost always pay too much. Ridesharing apps Uber and Bolt are also available for rides from the airport or you can book a private transfer for the ultimate convenience.

The quickest way to get from the airport to the city by public transport is by taking the train to Bucharest North Train Station (Gara de Nord) , which connects to the metro, tram and bus. The train runs 24/7 with up to 3 departures per hour during the day and tickets can be bought on board. Another option is to take the Express Bus 783 to Union Square (Piața Unirii) near the old town where you can also get on the metro. The bus stop is on the ground floor (one floor down from the arrivals hall which is on level 1), where you can also find the ticket booth (you can’t buy tickets inside the bus).

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Bucharest has many direct train connections with other cities in Romania, but also sees some international trains arriving from other European cities, including overnight sleeper trains. Bucharest North Train Station is the main train station were all national and international trains arrive, with the only exception of a few regional trains which arrive at the Basarab or East train stations.

From Bucharest North Train Station it’s easy to get to other parts of the city. If you turn left from the platforms you’ll find the entrance to the metro at the end of the hall where you can get on the M1 or M4. If you keep going straight from the train platforms through long main hall, you’ll see the taxi stand and bus stop, where you can also buy the tickets for the bus or tram. The tram stop is to the right on Bulevardul Dinicu Golescu.

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There are many private bus companies operating routes between Bucharest and other Romanian and international cities, which include direct connections from neighboring countries, but also from Turkey and Germany. Where your bus arrives depends on the bus company and route so its best to check this before your trip as there are several intercity bus stations around the city.

Bucharest is connected to multiple National and European highways and its fairly easy to navigate your way to the city by car. However, there are a couple of important things you need to know before you get into your car.

  • Toll vignette: If you plan to drive into Romania with a foreign car, you need to buy an electronic toll vignette, which is required on all highways and national roads, otherwise you risk a fine. You can buy the vignette online , at border crossings, post offices, and gas stations, with a validity from 7 days up to 12 months.
  • Parking: Another important thing to know is that you need to pay for parking in the entire city. When it comes to public street parking, there are different rates for the different zones of the city, whereas most parking garages are privately operated and have their own prices. It’s recommended to take this in mind when booking your accommodation. Some accommodations offer free or paid parking, or might be able to advise you where the cheapest nearby parking is.
  • Traffic: Unlike on most highways and rural roads, driving in Bucharest can be challenging and frustrating. It is one of the most congested cities in Europe so rush hours can be a nightmare, while you might sometimes also wonder how some drivers managed to get their license. So unless you have a specific reason, driving around within the city is not recommended as there are much better alternatives.
  • Car Rental: Renting a car is a great idea if you’re flying to Bucharest, but want to see more of the country than just the capital city. Rental cars are available at the airport and at several locations downtown. It’s best to search and compare prices online and book ahead of time to scoop up the best deals, which you can do in our Car Rental section.

Walking In Bucharest

Most people agree that the best way to discover a new city is by walking a lot. This way you can let all your senses take in the atmosphere to get a feeling of the city and you have a 360 degrees view to observe everything you’re passing by. Luckily, Bucharest is very pedestrian friendly, so if you like walking, this is one of the best cities for you.

Bucharest has many long and wide boulevards with broad sidewalks and the old town with its lively bars and restaurants and many historic buildings is entirely car-free. Except for busy intersections and squares where red lights sometimes seem to take forever, crossing the street is usually very easy as there are many pedestrian crossings and cars do actually stop for you. The city also has many parks , including some very large ones like the King Michael I Park and the Youth Park , which are great for walking longer distances.

Public Transport

Bucharest has an extensive public transport network of metros, trams, light rails, trolleys and buses which works very well if you manage to find your way. The metro is very straightforward to use and easy to navigate, but with so many different overground lines its hard to figure out which bus or tram gets you where. Luckily all the metro and other public transport stops in Bucharest are marked on Google Maps and have live departure information. But there’s also a very good mobile app called ‘Info Transport Bucharest’ which not only has all live departure info, it also has a journey planner. You can simply enter where you want to go and it gives you the best options with live time schedules. Below you can read more about the different types of public transport, tickets, and prices.

Bucharest Metro

The metro is the quickest and one of the cheapest ways to move around within Bucharest . The metro operates between 5am and 11pm and trains depart every 5-10 minutes, while the waiting times are reduced to 3-5 minutes during peak hours on the busiest lines.

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Metro Lines

The Bucharest metro has an extensive network with the most important lines being the M1 (Yellow Line) which circles around the center and stops at the Bucharest North Train Station and Union Square in the Old Town, and the M2 (Blue Line) which runs though the city center between the north and south. The metro is operated by Metrorex which runs a total of 5 metro lines, and a 6th line to the airport is currently being constructed. You can find live departure information for every metro station on Google Maps.

Althought the metro is convenient and covers large parts of the city, the downside is that the stations are far apart and some tourist attractions are located in areas that are not serviced by the metro at all.

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Metro Tickets

Metrorex offers tickets which are valid exclusively for the metro (so not in buses, trams, or trolleys which are run by the company STB ), but combination tickets are also available. Tickets can be purchased in cash or by card at vending machines or ticket counters in every metro station. The price is unrelated to the distance traveled or wether you change lines. Below you can read more about the metro ticket types and prices and about the combination tickets.

More information about Metrorex and the metro lines and tickets can be found here .

City Buses, Trolleys, Trams, And Light Rails

In addition to the underground metro, Bucharest has an extensive network of overground public transport consisting of trams, (trolley)buses and a light rail system. The overground transport is all run by the company Societatea de Transport București  (STB), which is separate from Metrorex , which runs the metro. The ticketing system is also different, but you can buy combination tickets which are also valid in the metro.

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Bus, Tram, And Trolley Lines And Operating Hours

There are over 100 different bus lines, 15 trolleybus lines, 23 tram lines, and 2 light rail lines in Bucharest which operate roughly between 4.30am and 11pm, with the exception of the night bus lines and the airport Express Bus 783, which operate throughout the night.

Bus, Tram, And Trolley Tickets

All city buses, trolleys, trams and light rails in Bucharest work with the same ticketing system, which is separate from the metro. There are several options to buy a ticket for your journey. The classic method is to purchase a ticket at one of the ticket machines or kiosks located at tram stops and the busier bus stops, or at a post office. However, can also pay contactless with your bank card at the machines with the Visa or Mastercard logo inside the bus or tram. Alternatively, tickets can also be purchased with the mobile app called 24Pay .

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Each ticket (called an ‘Active’ or ‘Multiple card’) is preloaded with one or multiple journeys. So each journey has a flat fare irrespective of the distance traveled or the number of times you switch lines. A ‘journey’ is valid for 90 minutes on all buses, trams, and trolleys, but you need to validate the card every time you enter a new vehicle, after which the display will show you the remaining validity time. The card can be topped up again at the same ticket kiosks and machines. Below you can read more about the ticket types and prices and about the combination tickets that include the metro.

More information about the STB and its overground public transport lines, tickets and other info can be found here .

Public Transport Ticket Types And Fares

Public transport tickets are separated between the metro and all other public transport in Bucharest. You can buy a ticket for the metro ( Metrorex ), for the buses, trams, and trolleys ( STB ), or a combination ticket.

Individual Tickets For Metrorex Or STB

If you are planning to only use the metro or only the overground buses, trams, and trolleys, an individual ticket from either of the companies is cheaper than a combination ticket. Although the tickets for each company are different and they can’t be used interchangeably, the prices are exactly the same:

  • 1 journey: 3 lei (valid for 90 minutes)
  • 2 journeys: 6 lei (valid for 90 minutes per journey)
  • 10 journeys: 25 lei (valid for 90 minutes per journey)
  • 24 hour pass: 8 lei
  • 72 hour pass: 20 lei
  • Weekly pass: 30 lei
  • Monthly pass: 80 lei

Combination Tickets (Metrorex & STB)

Metrorex and STB combination tickets are valid for use in all public transport in Bucharest, including bus, tram, trolley, and metro. Combination tickets can be purchased at all regular Metrorex and STB ticket sales points at the following prices:

  • 1 journey: 5 lei (valid for 120 minutes)
  • 2 journeys: 10 lei (valid for 120 minutes per journey)
  • 10 journeys: 45 lei (valid for 120 minutes per journey)
  • 24 hour pass: 14 lei / 20 lei (incl. airport train)
  • 72 hour pass: 35 lei / 40 lei (incl. airport train)
  • Weekly pass: 50 lei
  • Monthly pass: 140 lei / (210 incl. airport train)

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Taxis In Bucharest

Taxis are widely available in Bucharest and easily recognizable by their bright yellow color. It is the most convenient way to go from door to door, but also the most expensive mode of transport and bear in mind that you might get stuck in traffic during rush hours. Prices usually vary between 2.50-3.50 lei per kilometer, which is not bad compared to other European cities, but always make sure the meter is turned on to prevent paying too much. Cards are usually not accepted in taxis so make sure you have enough cash in Romanian lei, preferably in small notes.

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Ridesharing Apps

Ridesharing apps Uber and Bolt are also available in Bucharest and have a well-established network of drivers so they work well. This is a cheaper alternative to taxis, but the same warning regarding traffic applies here. Ordering and paying goes via the respective apps so you don’t have to worry about having cash, which is convenient.

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Electric Scooters

Like in many other cities electric scooters have made their introduction in Bucharest and have quickly become very popular. You can find and book the e-scooters via the mobile apps of Lime , Bolt , Uber , Splash , and Blinkee . E-scooters are cheaper than taxis, don’t get stuck in traffic, and a lot of fun to ride, but always be extremely careful if you decide to use them, and always adhere to the rules:

  • You need to be at least 14 years old to drive an e-scooter.
  • The maximum speed is 25 km/h.
  • Always use the bike lane if available.
  • If no bike lane is available, use the road only where the maximum speed is not higher than 50 km/h.
  • It’s not allowed to overtake other moving vehicles.
  • E-scooters are not allowed in parks and other pedestrianized areas.
  • The use of mobile phones, headphones, or other distracting devices is prohibited.
  • Drunk driving is also prohibited on an e-scooter.
  • It’s not allowed to take on a passenger.

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Bike Rental

A healthy and fun alternative to get around the city is by bicycle. There are several places where you can rent bicycles, including the many I’Velo stations across the city where you can pick up a bike with their app. There are several dedicated bicycle lanes along the larger boulevards and in some of the parks, but otherwise be very careful in traffic.

Car Sharing

Car sharing has also made its introduction to Bucharest and offers another alternative to get around the city, or to make a day trip out of town. SPARK and Hip (Citylink) are the most well-known apps to get access to a car at your fingertips without the need to wait in line or fill out any paperwork. You just pay as you go by the mintute which makes it flexible and cheap for short rides. Although daily rates are also available, there is usually a surplus above a certain mileage, so if you’re planning a longer road trip, it’s ofter cheaper to go for a traditional rental car .

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Location: Southern Romania Elevation: 190 - 295 ft (55 - 90 m) Size: City of Bucharest - 88 sq.miles (228 sq.km); Bucharest Metropolitan area - 587 sq.miles (1,521 sq.km) Inhabited since: 500 BC First documented: 1459 AD Population: 1.921 milion

Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of "Little Paris"), Bucharest, Romania's largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis.

Romanian legend has it that the city of Bucharest was founded on the banks of the Dambovita River by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name literarily means "joy." His flute playing reportedly dazzled the people and his hearty wine from nearby vineyards endeared him to the local traders, who gave his name to the place.

House of the Free Press (Casa Presei Libere)

Address: Piata Presei Libere 1 (map)

An impressive edifice standing in the northern part of the city, since 1956, Casa Scanteii (as it is still universally known) was designed by architect Horia Maicu. The building is a smaller replica of the Lomonosov University in Moskow - Russia (inaugurated in 1953). Between 1956 and 1989, the House of the Free Press housed almost all of Romania's capital printing presses and headquarters of print media companies. Today, Casa Presei Libere carries out much the same function but the southern wing is now the home of the Bucharest Stock Exchange.

The Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf)

Address: Piata Arcul de Triumf (map)

Initially built of wood in 1878 to honor the Romanian soldiers who won the Independence War, Bucharest's Arch of Triumph was rebuit in 1922 and redecoreted in 1936 with base reliefs carved in granite brought from Deva (Transylvania). Designed by the architect, Petre Antonescu, the Arch stands 89 feet high. An interior staircase allows visitors to climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city. The sculptures decorating the structure were created by leading Romanian artists, including Ion Jalea, Constantin Medrea and Constantin Baraschi.

Calea Victoriei (Victory Way)

Calea Victoriei is Bucharest's oldest and arguably, most charming street. Designed in 1692 to connect the Old Princely Court to Mogosoaia Palace, the street (initially named Podul Mogoșoaiei) was originally paved with oak beams. The street became Calea Victoriei in 1878, after the Romanian War of Independence victory. Between the two world wars, Calea Victoriei developed into one of the most fashionable streets in the city.

Stroll along this street from Piata Victoriei to Piata Natiunilor Unite to discover some of the most stunning buildings in the city, including the Cantacuzino Palace , the Revolution Square , the Military Club , National Savings Bank Palace and the National History Museum .

Cantacuzino Palace (Palatul Cantacuzino)

Address: Calea Victoriei 141 Admission charge

Grigore Cantacuzino was thought to be one of Romania's wealthiest citizens in 1899. As Prime Minister, it was his wish to have the most elegant residence in Bucharest. Using the designs of architect Ion Berindei, the Cantacuzino Palace was built between 1898 and 1900 in eclectic French style. Combining a neoclassical architectural style with art nouveau elements, it features wrought iron balconies, tall arched windows and a porte-cochere (an elegant wrought-iron doorway) flanked by two lions. Today, the palace houses the George Enescu Museum (more information) .

Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei)

Bucharest - The Revolution Square

The square's importance stretches back long before the dramatic events of the 1989 Revolution. On the far side of the square stands the former Royal Palace , now home to the National Art Museum , the stunning Romanian Athenaeum and the historic Athenee Palace Hotel . At the south end of the square, you can visit the small, but beautiful, Kretzulescu Church .

The Royal Palace (Palatul Regal)

Address: Calea Victoriei 49 - 53 (map)

Erected between 1927 and 1937 in neoclassical style, the palace was home to King Carol II and to his son, King Mihai I, until 1947, when the monarchy was abolished in Romania. It was inside the halls of this palace that King Mihai, aged 18, led a coup that displaced the pro-Nazi government during the World War II and put Romania on the Allies' side. Today, the former Royal palace houses the Romanian National Art Museum (more information) .

The Romanian Athenaeum (Atheneul Roman)

Address: Str. Benjamin Franklin 1 (map) Tel: 021 315.00.26 or 315.25.67 www.fge.org.ro

Bucharest - Athenaeum

The lobby has a beautifully painted ceiling decorated in gold leaf, while curved balconies cascade in ringlets off a spiral staircase.A ring of pink marble columns is linked by flowing arches where elaborate brass lanterns hang like gems from a necklace. Inside the concert hall, voluptuous frescoes cover the ceiling and walls. Renowned worldwide for its outstanding acoustics, it is Bucharest's most prestigious concert hall and home of the Romanian George Enescu Philharmonic.

Kretzulescu Church (Biserica Cretulescu)

Address: Calea Victoriei 47 (map)

Nestled amid the other historical buildings in Piata Revolutiei, this small red-brick Orthodox church was built in 1722 by the great chancellor Iordache Kretzulescu and his wife, Safta (a daughter of Constantin Brancoveanu) in the Brancovenesti architectural style. The interior frescoes were executed around 1860 by the famous Romanian painter Gheorghe Tattarescu.

Royal Palace Great Concert Hall (Sala Palatului)

Located next to the Royal Palace, the concave-roof structure was built in 1960 to accommodate the 3,000 Communist party members who every five years attended the communist party congress. It was on this stage that Nicolae Ceausescu would deliver his vision of a multilaterally developed socialist society. Today, the massive auditorium plays host to various conferences and events, including some of the George Enescu International Festival concerts.

The Military Club (Cercul Militar National)

Address: Blvd. Regina Elisabeta 21 (map) Tel: 021 313.86.80

Bucharest - Military Club

The Palace of the Savings Bank (Casa de Economii si Consemnatiuni / CEC)

Address: Calea Victoriei 11 - 13 (map)

Boasting one of the most impressive neoclassical facades in the city, this structure was built in the 19th century to the design of French architect Paul Gottereanu (who between 1875 and 1900 designed more than 50 buildings in the city, to house the first Romanian Savings Bank. The square-shaped palace has a large central dome with metallic ribs separated by glass, which allows natural light to come in; there are also four smaller domes. The arch at the entrance, with its Corinthian columns, is a highlight of any architectural tour of the city.

Old Town Bucharest (Centrul Vechi)

Lipscani area.

At the beginning of 1400s, most merchants and craftsmen - Romanian, Austrian, Greek, Armenian and Jewish - established their stores and shops in this section of the city; a jumble of streets between Calea Victoriei, Blvd. Bratianu, Blvd. Regina Elisabeta and the Dambovita River. Soon, the area became known as Lipscani, named for the many German traders from Lipsca or Leiptzig. Other streets took on the names of various old craft communities and guilds, such as Blanari (furriers), Covaci (blacksmiths), Gabroveni (knife makers) and Cavafii Vechii (shoe-makers). The mix of nationalities and cultures is reflected in the mishmash of architectural styles, from baroque to neoclassical to art nouveau.

Today, the area is home to art galleries, antique shops, coffeehouses, restaurants and night-clubs. While walking in the narrow cobblestone streets one can imagine the long-gone shopkeepers outside near their stores, inviting bypassers to buy their merchandise.

Old Princely Court & Church (Palatul si Biserica Curtea Veche)

Address: Strada Franceza 25 - 31 (map) Tel: 021  314.03.75 Museum open: Mon. – Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Admission charge

At the centre of the historic area are the remains of the Old Princely Court (Curtea Veche), built in the 15th century by Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad Dracula. According to local lore, Vlad kept his prisoners in dungeons which commenced beneath the Princely Court and extended under the city. All that remains today are a few walls, arches, tombstones and a Corinthian column.

The Old Court Museum was established in 1972 when an archaeological dig revealed the remains of the fortress, along with Dacian pottery and Roman coins, evidence of Bucharest's earliest inhabitants. The oldest document attesting to the city's origin under the name of Bucuresti (Bucharest) was discovered here. It was issued on September 20, 1459 and signed by Prince Vlad Tepes.

Next to the palace stands the Old Court Church (Biserica Curtea Veche) , dating from 1559 and considered the oldest in Bucharest. For two centuries, the church served as coronation ground for Romanian princes. Some of the original 16th century frescoes have been preserved.

Manuc's Inn (Hanul lui Manuc)

Address: Str. Franceza 62 - 64 (map) Tel: 021 313.14.11

Bucharest - Manuc's Inn

The Beer Wagon Restaurant (Carul cu Bere)

Address: Strada Stavropoleos 3 - 5 (map) Tel: 021 313.75.60

The Beer Wagon restaurant and beer house became, soon after the opening in 1879, one of the most popular meeting places for Bucharest's literati who would gather to discuss matters of their time. Its neo-gothic architectural style is reflected both in the façades and the interior decorations: columns, arches, chandeliers, a wooden staircase, furniture and murals on the walls and ceiling.

National Bank of Romania (Banca Nationala a Romaniei)

Address: Str. Lipscani 25 (map)

The National Bank of Romania (BNR) stands on the site of one of the most famous buildings in Romania: the Hanul Serban Voda, which from 1678 until 1883 was the home of various institutions ranging from a pub to an inn to a girl's dormitory! After two fires gutted the building, however, the land was leveled and in 1883, work began on the BNR, completed to the designs of French architects Cassien Bernard and Albert Galleron in 1885. Built in neoclassical French style, the building boasts a facade with Corinthian columns and an enormous central banking hall. The passing of time has left its marks on the building, but it remains a classic worthy of admiration.

University Square (Piata Universitatii)

Bucharest - Universitatii Square, Intercontinental Hotel

In the middle of the square, on a little island, 10 stone crosses pay respect to those killed during the 1989 revolution. Below the square is an underground passage with shops and eateries, allowing pedestrians to cross from one side of the square to another and to access the subway station.

University of Bucharest (Universitatea Bucuresti)

Address: Blvd. Regina Elizabeta (near University Square) (map)

Bucharest remains first and foremost a hub of higher education. The University of Bucharest was founded in 1864 by Alexandru Ioan Cuza, ruler of the newly united principalities of Walachia and Moldova. Work on the neoclassical building began in 1857 and finished in 1859.

Between the two World Wars, the libraries and corridors of the University hosted an impressive number of Romanian personalities, including Mircea Eliade, Emil Cioran, Eugène Ionesco, Sergiu Celibidache.

Year-round, you can find book merchants near the University building selling anything from antique books, records, discontinued newspapers and illustrated broadsheets from another age to secondhand books.

Coltea Hospital (Spitalul Coltea)

Address: Blvd. I.C. Bratianu 1 (map)

The oldest hospital in Bucharest, dating from 1704, Coltea was built on land belonging to the Vacaresti family, who at the time owned many of the great prosperities of the capital. The original building was destroyed by an earthquake in 1802, and the neoclassical building standing today dates from 1888.

The church next to the hospital is the original 1701 construction, and is currently undergoing much-needed renovation.

The hospital remains a functioning public health centre; you may enter only if you have official business.

The church, however, is open to all, and the saintly silhouettes on the ceiling are admirable.

Sutu Palace (Palatul Sutu)

Address: Blvd. I. C. Bratianu 2 (near University Square) (map)

Famous for the grandiose balls held here in the 1900s, Sutu Palace was built in neogothic style between 1832 and 1834 by foreign minister Costache Sutu, to designs of architects Johann Veit and Konrad Schwinck. In 1862, the palace was redecorated by sculptor Karl Storck, who created three arcades and a monumental stairway; a huge Murano mirror was added in the hallway. Only the painted ceilings, the stucco, the parquet flooring and the tile stoves have been preserved.

Since 1959, the building has housed the Bucharest History & Art Museum (see details).

Communist legacy

Parliament palace (palatul parlamentului).

Bucharest - Parliament Palace

Open to visitors: Mon. - Sun. Bucharest Palace of Parliament Hours and Admission (guided tours in English available)

Built at the special request of Nicolae Ceausescu, leader of Romania's Communist Party, the colossal Parliament Palace - formerly known as "People's House" ( Casa Poporului ) - is the world's second largest administrative building after the U. S. Pentagon. It took 20,000 workers and 700 architects to build this masive structure that boasts 12 stories, 1,100 rooms, a 350-ft.-long lobby and eight underground levels, including an enormous nuclear bunker.

The Palace of Parliament it is the world's second-largest office building (floor area) and the third largest in volume (after Cape Canaveral Space Centre in the U.S. and the Great Pyramid in Egypt)

The crystal chandelier in the Human Rights Hall (Sala Drepturilor Omului) weighs 2.5 tons.

Some of the chandeliers have as many as 7,000 light bulbs.

When construction started on June 25, 1984, the building was intended it to be the headquarters of the country's Communist government. Today, it houses Romania's Parliament, Bucharest International Conference Centre and Romnaia's Museum of Modern Art. Built, furnished and decorated exclusively with materials sourced and made in Romania, the building reflects the work of the country's best artisans. A guided tour takes visitors through a small section of dazzling rooms, huge halls and quarters used by the Senate (when not in session). The interior is a luxurious display of crystal chandeliers, mosaics, oak paneling, marble, gold leaf, stained-glass windows and floors covered in rich carpets.

Planing your visit:

Valid passport or national Identity Dard is required to gain access to the Palace of Parliament.

Large groups: reservations are strongly recommended. Please E-mail a tour reservation request containing the following information: - number of participants, - exact date & approximate time of arrival, - coach license plate, - guide (English or French language) - type of tour desired (standard, standard + terrace or standard + terrace + the underground).

Group tours need to be reconfirmed, on the day prior to the visit — please call 021 311.36.11

Palace of Parliament Visiting Rules and Regulations

Romania’s Parliament Palace, Bucharest Facts and Figures :

  • Location 1 mile southwest of Bucharest Old Town ( Centrul Vechi ), on the very place (called Dealul Arsenalului – Armory Hill) on which, in 1935, king Carol II of Romania had planned to build Romania’s House of Representatives ( Camera Deputatilor ).
  • Public transportation Nearest bus station: Pod Izvor (Bus # 104, 123, 124, 136, 385), 7 minutes walk Nearest subway station: Izvor (M1), 5 minutes walk
  • Size: Height: 282 ft. (89 metres) Width: 788 ft. (240 metres) Length: 886 ft. (270 metres) Number of stories: 12 above ground and 8 underground Built-up area: 3.8 million sq. ft. (359,000 sq.m.) Foot print: 7,1 million sq. ft. (66.000 sq.m.) Volume: 90 million cu. ft. (2.55 million cu. metres)
  • The Palace of the Romanian Parliament is the world's Heaviest Building!
  • Quantities of construction materials used to build the Palace: 35.3 million ft³ (1,000,000 m³) of marble 31.8 million ft³ (900,000 m³) of different essences of wood 2.2 million ft³ (200,000 m³) of glass 4.4 billion lbs. (2 million tonnes) of sand 1.5 billion lbs. (700,000 metric tones) of steel and bronze 12.1 million lbs. (5,500 tonnes) of cement 2.2 million lbs. (1,000 de tonnes) of basalt stone 177 million ft³ (5,000,000 m³) of concrete
  • Materials used for finishes and decorations: 7.8 million lbs. (3,500 de tonnes) of crystal 2.4 million ft² (220.000 m²) of carpets 37,675 ft² (3,500 m²) of calf skin 2,800 chrystal chandeliers 1,409 ceiling light fixtures and mirrors
  • Other facts: 20.000 cars can be parked in the underground of the building, The underground has two anti-atomic shelters with 5 ft. thick walls w radioactive radiation protection, There are 1,100 rooms, 34 large function/ conference halls (fixed-seats or open-space), four restaurants, three libraries, two underground parking and one concert hall. With only three exceptions, all the materials used to build the palace have been produced or made in Romania. The exceptions are: -- small quantities of exotic wood that cannot be found in Romania, -- the doors of Nicolae Balcescu Conference Hall, a gift received by Nicolae Ceausescu from Mobutu Sese Seko at the time President of the Republic of Zaire / today Democratic Republic of Congo), -- ventilation pumps with special filters, imported from Sweden.

The Civic Centre (Centrul Civic)

Nicolae Ceausescu's building megalomania is perhaps best illustrated by with the construction of the Civic Centre, an area located at the south end of the Palace of Parliament along Bulevardul Unirii. The redevelopment of the area was supervised by Romania's Communist leader himself. More than three square miles ( eight square km. or 2,000 acres) of buildings in the old section of the city (including private residences, shops, two churches, a hospital and a noted Art Deco sports stadium) were leveled to make room for the construction of Stalinist apartment buildings topped with neoclassical follies.

Historic Churches

Saint apostles' church (biserica sfintii apostoli).

Address: Str. Sfintii Apostoli 1 (map) Tel: 021 336.07.84

One of the oldest churches in Bucharest (with parts dating back to the 16th century and a steeple built in 1715), the Apostles' Church is brimming with some rather strange portraits that are well worth seeing.

Metropolitan Church (Biserica Patriarhiei)

Address: Aleea Dealul Mitropoliei (map)

Bucharest - Metropolitan Church

The Byzantine interior, containing the most dazzling of the city's iconostasis, as well as a couple of exquisitely carved side altars, bestows great beauty on the services presided over by the Romanian Patriarch. A huge crowd gathers here for the Easter midnight service.

The outstanding bell-tower at the entrance was built in 1698 and restored in 1958. Next to the church, and closed to the public, is the Patriarchal Palace (1708), residence of the Teoctist , supreme leader of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stavropoleos)

Address: Str. Stavropoleos 4 (map) Tel: 021  313.47.47

The Stavropoleos Church was built in 1724 by the Greek monk Ioanikie Stratonikeas. Featuring a combination of Romanian and Byzantine architecture, it has a beautiful façade and a delicately carved columned entrance. Surrounded by a peaceful garden, it is an architectural jewel, with beautiful frescoes and wood-painted icons. The mass (in Romanian) is worth viewing if you can find room in this small and cozy church.

St. Joseph's Cathedral (Catedrala Sfantul Iosif)

Address: Str. G-ral Berthelot 19 (map) Tel: 021 312.12.08

Constructed in red brick between 1873 and 1884, this Roman Catholic cathedral is an architectural masterpiece combining both gothic and Roman elements. Organ recitals are held every week.

St. Nicolas Church (Biserica Sfantul Nicolae)

Address: Str. Ion Ghica 9 (map) Tel: 021 314.64.50

Built in 1909 by the Russian Tsar Nicholas II for 600,000 gold rubles, this Orthodox Church has a wooden, gold-gilded iconostasis allegedly modeled after the altar in the Archangelskiy Cathedral in Moscow.

Jewish Bucharest

Bucharest is home to one of the oldest and most important Jewish communities in Romania. Sephardic Jews arrived here in the 16th century. Around the beginning of the 17th century, during the Cossack uprising, the first Ashkenazi Jews came from Ukraine and Poland. A sacred brotherhood, a charity box and a prayer house were registered in 1715.

Some of the synagogues built during the 18th and 19th century also featured ritual baths (mikve). By 1832, 10 holy houses had been established. Their number would increase significantly before the end of the century, almost every one having its own Rabbi and cult performers.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Jewish population in Bucharest numbered 40,000 people with 70 temples and synagogues. From this great number, only a few survived the brutality of history - fascism and communism - and two still serve the city's present Jewish community.

Dr. Moses Rosen Museum of the History of the Jewish Community in Romania (Muzeul de Istorie al Evreilor din Romania)

Address: Str. Mamulari 3 Tel: 021 311.08.70 Web: www.romanianjewish.org Open: Mon. - Wed. & Fri. - Sun. 9:00am - 1:00pm; Thu. 9:00am - 4:00pm Free Admission

Housed in the magnificently preserved Great Synagogue (1850) in the city's historically Jewish neighborhood, this museum traces the history of Romania's Jewish population. The displays include a collection of books written, published, illustrated or translated by Romanian Jews; a small collection of paintings of and by Romanian Jews (many of the same artists' works hang in the National Museum of Art) and memorabilia from Jewish theatres including the State Jewish Theatre.

The museum also contains a large collection of Jewish ritual objects from Romania, collected by Rabbi Moses Rosen (1912-1994), the late Chief Rabbi of the Romanian Jewry.

Choral Temple (Templul Coral)

Address: Str. Sfanta Vineri 9 (map) Tel: 021 312.21.96

Bucharest - Synagogue, Choral Temple

Yeshoah Tova Synagogue

Address: Str. Tache Ionescu 9 (map)

In a busy side street going towards Piata Amzei from Magheru Bulevard stands the only other functioning synagogue in the city apart from the Choral Temple. Services take place at Sabbath hour on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Bucharest Jewish Community (Comunitatea Evreilor din Bucuresti)

Address: Str. Sf. Vineri 9 -11 Tel: 021 313.17.82

Bucharest Museums

Art collections museum (muzeul colectiilor de arta).

Address: Calea Victoriei 111 Tel: 021  212.96.41 www.mnar.arts.ro Admission charge

Founded in 1978, the Art Collections Museum, a branch of the National Art Museum, houses private collections donated over the course of time. Collections include European as well as Oriental art works.

Bucharest History & Art Museum (Muzeul Municipiului Bucuresti)

Address: Blvd. I.C.Bratianu 2 Tel: 021  315.68.58 www.muzeulbucurestiului.ro Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Closed Mon. & Tue. Admission charge

Bucharest - Sutu Palace, Bucharest History and Art Museum

Housed in the neoclassical Sutu Palace (1834), the museum features some 300,000 artifacts, from coins, books, maps, engravings, paintings, arms and furniture to old traditional costumes. Among the most valuable exhibits are the document attesting for the first time the name of the city of Bucharest, issued by Vlad Tepes in 1459, and a sword set in precious stones that belonged to Prince Constantin Brancoveanu (1688-1714).

Communist Iconography Museum

Address: Sos. Kiseleff 3 (inside the Romanian Peasant Museum)

A small, but fascinating, room is home to an interesting collection of communist-era bust sculptures (including that of Lenin), paintings and memorabilia.

Cotroceni Palace & Museum (Muzeul National Cotroceni)

Address: Str. Geniului 1 Tel: 021  317.31.07 or 430.44.85 www.muzeulcotroceni.ro Open: Tue. - Sun. 9 am - 5 pm; Closed Mon. Admission charge (Guided tours are available in English) Note: Visits by appointment only; please call for reservations.

A former royal residence built between 1679 and 1681 by Prince and ruler Serban Cantacuzino, the palace was home to King Carol I, who made important changes in its architecture. At the end of the 19th century, Heir-to-the-Crown Ferdinand ordered the partial demolition of the palace, which was later reconstructed by French architect Paul Gottereau in neoclassical style. In 1977, Nicolae Ceausescu transformed it into an official guesthouse with the addition of a new wing.

After 1990, the old wing of the palace became a museum. The Oriental Hall, the Norwegian Hall and the Queen's Chamber are almost unchanged from the original design and are worth visiting. Very important collection of medieval art also can be seen here. The new wing serves as the seat of the Romanian Presidency.

George Enescu Museum (Muzeul National George Enescu)

Address: Calea Victoriei 141 Tel: 021  318.14.50 www.GeorgeEnescu.ro Open: Tue. - Sun. 10:00am - 5:00pm; Closed Mon. Admission charge

Bucharest - Enescu Museum

Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum (Muzeul National de Istorie Naturala)

Address: Sos. Kiseleff 1 Tel: 021  312.88.63 www.antipa.ro Open: Tue - Sun 1 am - 8 pm (last admission 7 pm). Closed on Mondays. Admission charge

Recently renovated, this museum is the largest natural history museum in Romania, housing collections of reptiles, fish, birds and mammals. More than 300,000 artifacts and specimens are on display, including a dinosaur fossil. A whole floor is dedicated to sea life and features examples of whales, dolphins and seals. The museum also contains a beautiful butterfly collection.

Minovici Museum of Ancient Western Art (Muzeul de Arta Veche Apuseana)

Address: Str. Dr. Minovici 3 Tel: 021  665.73.34 www.MuzeulBucurestiului.ro Admission charge

In addition to the small renaissance art collection of Dumitru Minovici, who made barrels of lei in the oil business in the 1930s, the museum features Belgian tapestries, Dutch furniture, Swiss stained glass, a complete library and Italian paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Museum of the Romanian Peasant (Muzeul Taranului Roman)

Address: Soseaua Kiseleff 3 Tel: 021  317.96.60  www.MuzeulTaranuluiRoman.ro Open: Tue. - Sun. 10 am - 6 pm; Closed Mon. Admission charge

Opened in 1906, the museum features the richest folk art collection in Romania, with over 90,000 artifacts that trace the colorful and diverse cultural life of the Romanian people. The Pottery Collection includes some 18,000 items, representative of the most important pottery centres in the country. The oldest ceramic item found in the museum bears the inscription 1746. Equally impressive, the Costume Collection comprises almost 20,000 traditional folk costumes, some dating from the beginning of the 19th century, giving visitors insight into the styles and traditions of the Romanian peasants.

The displays dip into all aspects of life in the Romanian countryside. Exhibits of agricultural tools, carpets, icons, furniture, photographs and films build up a complete picture of Romanian folk culture. In one of the galleries, you can see a wooden church and in another, a wooden peasant house. Four more wooden churches stand in the outdoor museum area. In 1996, the museum was named European Museum of the Year . Visitors can buy regional handcrafts and textiles in the museum's extensive gift shop.

National Art Museum (Muzeul National de Arta)

Address: Calea Victoriei 49-53 Tel: 021  313.30.30 www.mnar.arts.ro Open: Wed. – Sun.. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (May - September); Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (October - April); Closed Mon. & Tue. Admission charge (English guided available)

Bucharest - The Art Museum

National Geological Museum (Muzeul National de Geologie)

Address: Sos. Kiseleff 2 Tel: 021  212.89.52 www.Geology.ro Open: Mon. - Sun. 10 am - 4 pm Admission charge

Impressive collections of minerals and quartz formations specific to the area are found here, including a well-presented geological structure of Romania's territory.

  National History Museum (Muzeul National de Istorie al Romaniei)

Address: Calea Victoriei 12 Tel: 021  315.82.07 www.mnir.ro Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 am - 6 pm; Closed Mon. and Tue Admission charge

Housed in a 1900s neoclassical building that once served as the city's main post office, the museum offers a great introduction to the exciting history of Romania. Spread throughout 41 rooms, the exhibits recount the country's development from prehistoric times to the 20th century. The highlight is the National Treasury Hall where visitors can enjoy a dazzling display of some 3,000 gold items, including jewelry and valuable Neolithic artifacts.

Among the displays are the 12 pieces of the 4th century Pietroasele Treasure Collection. First presented at the 1867 World's Fair in Paris, it was considered the most valuable treasure collection in the world (the tomb of Tutankamon had not yet been discovered). One year later, the collection was displayed at the Second Annual International Exhibition in London and in 1872, at the International Exhibition in Vienna.

National Military Museum (Muzeul Militar National)

Address: Str. Mircea Vulcanescu 125-127 Tel: 021  638.76.30 www.MuzeulMilitar Open: Tue. - Sun. 9 am - 5 pm; Closed Mon. Admission charge

Founded in 1972, the museum illustrates the most important battles for independence and freedom in Romanian history. The museum features collections of Oriental and Occidental weapons, Romanian and foreign uniforms, military medals and awards, trophies, artillery, canons and airplanes as well as a library of historical military documents.

The centerpiece is the 1989 Revolution exhibit, displaying mainly personal belongings donated by families of soldiers and civilians killed during the upheaval.

National Museum of Contemporary Art (Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana)

Address: Calea 13 Septembrie 1, entrance E4 Tel: 021  411.10.40 www.mnac.ro Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 am - 6 pm; Closed Mon. & Tue. Admission charge

Bucharest - Modern Art, Contemporary Art Museum

National Museum of Old Maps & Books (Muzeul National al Hartilor si Cartii Vechi)

Address: Str. Londra 39 Tel: 021  230.44.68 www.MuzeulHartilor.ro Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 am - 6 pm; Closed Mon. & Tue. Admission charge

This museum is worth a visit, especially if you are interested in old maps and books.

Residence of Romania’s former Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu (The Spring Mansion) (Muzeul Palatul Primaverii)

Address: Bulevardul Primaverii 50 Telephone: 021 318.09.89 www.CasaCeausescu.ro Open: Tue. - Sun.: 10 am - 5 pm Closed Mon. Admission charge, Reservations are recommended

For a quarter of a century (1965 - 1989) the “Spring Mansion” served as the private residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu and their three children, Nicu, Zoia, and Valentin. A variety of woods, both native (oak, sycamore, cherry, walnut) and exotic (mahogany, rosewood, African pear, Canadian cherry), have been used for building and decorations. The residence is home to an impressive collection of paintings ( by Octav Băncilă, Camil Ressu, Rudolf Cumpăna, Dumitru Ghiață, George Baron Lowendal ), handmade tapestries and mosaics designed by Romanian artists Olga Porumbaru and Florin Pârvulescu.

Romanian Railways Museum - Bucharest (Muzeul Cailor Ferate Romane)

Address: Calea Grivitei 193 B Tel: 021  222.75.20 Access: Nord Train Terminal ( Gara de Nord ), track # 14. Website Open: Wed. - Sun. 10 am - 6 pm; Admission charge

The Railways Museum exibits include one of the largest train diorama in Europe, an 1869 Morse telegraph, railways memorabilia including pictures and Romanian Railways uniforms. Several passenger train wagons and engines are on display in the open-air section of the museum.

"Storck" Art Museum (Muzeul de Arta Frederic Storck si Cecilia Cutescu-Storck)

Address: Str. Vasile Alecsandri 16 Telephone: 021  317 38 89 www.MuzeulBucurestiului.ro Open: Tue. - Sun. 9 am - 4 pm; Closed Mon. Admission charge

This museum pays tribute to the works of sculptor Frederick Storck, founder of the Romanian school of architecture, and his wife, Cecelia Cutescu-Storck, an artist and a keen advocate of enhanced recognition for women in the arts. Some 150 paintings and 250 sculptures are featured in the beautiful Storck residence, built in 1913 by a French architect after the plans of Frederick Storck.

Technology Museum (Muzeul Tehnic)

Address: Str. Candiano Popescu 2 (Carol Park) Tel: 021  336.93.90 www.mnt-leonida.ro Open: Wed. - Sun. 11 am - 6:30 pm; Closed Mon. & Tue. Admission charge

This museum displays some 5,000 items covering a wide range of industrial models: turbines, compressors, steam engines, the cylinder from the first steam engine that was used in a Romanian factory, as well as antique cars and motorcycles.

Painter Theodor Pallady Museum (Muzeul Theodor Pallady)

Address: Str. Spatarului 22 Tel: 021  211.49.79 www.MNAR.Arts.ro Open: Wed. – Sun.. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (May - September); Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m (October - April); Closed Mon. & Tue. Admission charge

Housed in the beautifully restored Melik house, built around 1750 by the rich Armenian businessman Hagi Kevork Nazaretoglu, the museum features paintings and sketches by Romanian artist Theodor Pallady as well as numerous other art objects.

Village Museum (Muzeul Satului)

Address: Soseaua Kiseleff 28 - 30 Tel: 021  317.91.03   www.Muzeul-Satului.ro Open: Mon. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tue. - Sun. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Bucharest - Village Museum

Zambaccian Museum (Muzeul Zambaccian)

Address: Str. Zambaccian 21A Telephone: 021  230.19.20 www.mnar.arts.ro Open: Wed. - Sun.: 11 am - 7 pm; (May - September); Wed. - Sun.: 10 am - 6 pm (October - April); Closed Mon. & Tue. Admission charge

The museum exhibits the private art collection of art critic and collector Krikor Zambaccian (1889-1962). Works of Romanian painters: Ion Andreescu, Nicolae Grigorescu, Stefan Luchian, Theodor Pallady and Nicolae Tonitza, who have been inspired by the Impressionists, can be admired at the Zambacian Museum. Although Zambaccian was a big patron of the art of his home country, during his studies in Belgium and France (1907 - 1913) he purchased numerous European works from artists such as Cezanne, Renoir, Delacroix, Corot, Derain, Matisse, Pissaro, Bonnard, Utrillo and Picasso. The museum preserves the initial display as it was conceived by the art collector himself. There are also several beautiful small sculptures that complement the canvases.

Museum of Senses (Muzeul Simturilor)

Address: Cotroceni AFI Shopping Mall Bulevardul Vasile Milea 4 www.MuseumOfSenses.ro Telephone: 0757 070.073 Open: daily 10 am - 10 pm

Romania’s equivalent of Ripley's Believe It or Not is a place for fun and entertainment and a bad weather ‘refuge’ for locals and visitors.

Cismigiu Garden (Gradina Cismigiu)

Address: Blvd. Regina Elisabeta (across from Bucharest City Hall)

Designed in 1845 by the German landscape architect Carl Meyer, the garden opened to the public in 1860. The name, Cismigiu, comes from the Turkish cismea , meaning "public fountain." More than 30,000 trees and plants were brought from the Romanian mountains, while exotic plants were imported from the botanical gardens in Vienna. Cismigiu is Bucharest's oldest park and a great place to stroll and enjoy a break from the hectic city. Set amid green lush lawns and winding paths, the park offers a lake with rowboat rentals, a beer garden, a playground for children, a chess area for amateurs and plenty of park benches for relaxing and people-watching.

Botanical Garden (Gradina Botanica)

Address: Sos. Cotroceni 32 (across from Cotroceni Palace) Tel: 021  410.91.39 Open: Mon. - Sun. 8:00am - 5:00pm Website Admission charge

Opened in 1891, the garden features over 5,000 varieties of plants from Romania and around the world. The garden is also home to the Botanical Garden Museum, housed in a beautiful "Brancovenesc-Style" building. Here, you can peruse manuscripts, old botanical research devices and a collection of artifacts made of vegetal materials. Locals treat the gardens as a park, and on warm afternoons, you may see more young lovers than plants. The huge greenhouses are open Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun, 9am - 1pm.

Carol I Park (Parcul Carol I)

Address: Calea Serban Vodá

Bucharest - Carol Park

Designed by French landscape architect Eduard Redont in 1900s, the park offers pleasant walks down tree-lined paths, a good view of central Bucharest (from the monument) and plenty of photo opportunities. In summertime, the park's Arenele Romane is the stage for open-air concerts.

Herastrau Park (Parcul Herastrau)

Address: Sos. Kiseleff 32

Spread over some 400 acres, from the Arch of Triumph to the Baneasa Bridge, the park is home to numerous attractions, including a boat rental complex, tennis courts, and a rather old-fashioned fairground. In the summertime, many terraces open up on the shores of the lake.

For an overview of the park, take a ride around the lake on the ferry or rent your own boat. The park is also home to the Village Museum. The area surrounding the park holds even greater treasures. The streets between Bulevardul Mircea Eliade and Soseaua Kisileff contain extraordinarily beautiful houses in architectural styles ranging from 19th century neoclassical to 20th century art nouveau and modern luxury villas. This is where Bucharest's elite once lived - and still do today.

Bucharest - Hop On/ Off Sightseeing Bus Tours

Hop-on, hop-off bus tours are operated daily - during the warm season (May through October) - on a fleet of double-decker buses. Travelers can get an introduction to Bucharest's fascinating architectural mix and get familiar with the city's central neighborhoods and places of interest, in less than one hour.

Current status: Available. 2021 (Tentative) Dates of operation: June 1 - October 31 (weather permitting) Bucharest hop on/ off tours will be suspended during the cold weather months (late-fall until late-spring). Hours of operation: 10 a.m. - 9:45 p.m. Last departure from Piata Presei Libere to Piata Unirii at 9:00 p.m., Last departure from Piata Unirii to Piata Presei Libere at 9:25 p.m. Frequency: every 20 minutes Total length of the route: 9.5 miles Number of stops: 14 (see/print map)

24-Hour Ticket (card) : Adults: 25 lei (about $6.25) Children (up to 7 years old): free Youth (7 to 14 years old): 10 lei (about $2.75)

Note: Tickets can be purchased on board or at most hotels and are valid for 24 hours from the time of validation.

Sights and major attractions include: Village Museum (Muzeul Satului) , Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf), Natural History Museum (Muzeul Antipa) , Geology Museum (Muzeul de Geologie), Museum of the Romanian Peasant (Muzeul Taranului Roman), Headquarters of the Romanian Government (Palatul Victoria), The Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman), National Museum of Art (Muzeul National de Arta), Church Cretulescu (Biserica Cretulescu), The Savings Bank (Palatul CEC), National History Museum (Muzeul National de Istorie), Parliament's Palace (Palatul Parlamentului), Romanian Patriarchy (Patriarhia Romana), Manuc's Inn (Hanul lui Manuc), Bucharest University (Universitatea), Museum of the City of Bucharest (Muzeul Municipiului Bucuresti), National Theatre (Teatrul National), Academy of Economic Studies (Academia de Studii Economice)

Bike Tours: Discover "Red Bucharest" with 'green' transportation ...

Ride a bicycle through some of Bucharest's parks and learn about the city's Communist architecture, including the massive Palace of Parliament and the House of the Free Press. Your local guide will also take you to back streets and will offer information about little-known areas of the city. When: every day at 3 pm, reservations are mandatory Tour starts: Charles de Gaulle Circus , at the entrance to Herastrau Park, next to General Charles de Gaulle statue. Staff wears a distinctive green outfit. Map Tour ends: at Parcul Tineretului (Youth's Park) Duration: three hours and 30 minutes(including one snack break). Price: from 115 Lei ($29.00) / participant (includes: Bike, guide, snack and bottle of water). More information

Walking Tours

Free walking tour of bucharest with a local guide, bucharest independent city walks.

This section is courtesy of Ms. Rosemary K. Rennon   

The following walks are designed to guide you around the four main areas of Bucharest, pointing out several unique sights. Stray from the routes as you wish, as you're sure to find other interesting places along the way that are not mentioned here. Allow approximately three hours for each walk.

Walk # 1 North of Center

This beautiful walk takes you through the quiet area n orth of the city center. Begin at Piata Victoriei with the government's Victoria Palace (Palatul Victoria) on its east side. Cross the square and walk north along tree-lined Soseaua Kiseleff. On your left are the Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum and the Museum of the Romanian Peasant; a little farther up on the right is the National Geological Museum.

After passing through Kiseleff Park, stroll northward along the grand old mansions that line the shaded avenue all the way up to the Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf) . There begins Herestrau Park with its lake, gardens and outdoor restaurants. You will also pass the entrance to the wonderful open-air Muzeul Satului (Village Museum); take time to stop in and admire the numerous traditional rural architectural styles.

Ending at the north end of the park, off Piata Presei Libere you'll find the RomExpo exhibit center and the World Trade Center Plaza at Pullman (former Sofitel) Hotel. There's a fancy shopping arcade inside and a very nice coffee shop in the hotel where you can get a bite to eat. Catch bus # 335 back to Piata Charles de Gaulle for the Aviatorilor subway station (Metrou) or bus #331 to Piata Romana.

  Walk # 2 West – Central

This walk follows the route of Bucharest's most famous historic avenue, Calea Victoriei , Beginning at Piata Victoriei , walk south along Calea Victoriei passing Casa Vernescu , the George Enescu Museum, housed in the beautiful Cantacuzino Palace, and the Art Collections Museum.

Two blocks south of Bulevardul Dacia , detour left onto Strada Piata Amzei where you'll come upon the colorful open-air produce market (Piata Amzei). Return to Calea Victoriei and turn left to resume the walk south, stopping in the shops along the way.

Upon reaching Piata Revolutiei you will find the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel, the Romanian Athenaeum (Atheneul Roman) concert house (ask for an inside tour), the National Art Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace, the beautiful University Library, the former Communist Party Central Committee building, and finally, the Kretulescu Church built in 1725.

Continuing south on Calea Victoriei , you'll pass more shops and hotels; note the Odeon Theater, sitting back from the street on the left. On the right you'll come to The Military Club which has an outdoor café and an art gallery.

Turn west (right) at the corner onto Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta and follow it to Cismigiu Garden, the last stop on this walk. Stroll around the lake or just relax watching the rowboats.   The boathouse café offers snacks and refreshments.

Walk # 3 East – Central

This walk takes you along Bucharest's busiest commercial and shopping area. The boulevard changes names five times, but here you will cover the length of only three of its five sections: General Magheru , Nicolae Balcescu and I.C. Bratianu.

Starting from Piata Romana , you might first walk east on Bulevardul Dacia for a look at some of the embassy mansions; then return to Piata Romana.

Next, head south on Bulevardul General Magheru . The street is filled with clothing stores, sidewalk vendors, pastry shops, cinemas, stationary stores (papeterie), and crystal shops.

On the east side of the Bulevardul Balcescu section you will find the Libraria Noi bookstore which has a good selection of American picture books and English novels. There are several art galleries along here, including two in the National Theater which is next to the high-rise Intercontinental Hotel. Behind the hotel are the American Consulate and the American Library. Reaching Piata Universitatii , on the west side of the street you will see Bucharest University and the sidewalk book and flower vendors; sit a moment at the fountain in the adjoining plaza and watch the activity. The underground subway ( Metrou ) concourse has shops, newsstands with American magazines, and several fast food eateries, including a pastry shop and pizzeria. This underground passage is the easiest place to cross the boulevards, rather than deal with street traffic. South of Piata Universitatii the street name changes to Bulevardul I.C. Bratianu . On your right is the Bucharest History & Art Museum, housed in the neoclassical Sutu Palace, built in 1835.

Farther down, across the boulevard will be Sfantul Gheorghe cel Nou Church, built in 1701. The eastern end of Strada Lipscani meets the boulevard on the west side.

Continuing south, you will end this walk at Piata Unirii where you will find department stores, a large grassy square with park benches to rest on and its enormous complex of fountains. Piata Unirii's two subway ( Metrou ) lines link with all other subway stops.

Walk # 4 South

This route weaves through a tangle of colorful side streets in Bucharest's old historic district. Be extra alert here, as you will do some backtracking. Begin at the crossroads of Calea Victoriei and Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta . Walk south on Calea Victoriei , along the east side of the street. Duck into Pasajul Villa Cross (also called Pasajul Bijuteria ), a golden skylit arcade of boutiques. Follow its U-shape back to Calea Victoriei and walk south a block, to the beginning of Strada Lipscani.

Stroll Strada Lipscani to see the vendors and shops, then return to Calea Victoriei.

Heading south again on Calea Victoriei , next turn left onto Strada Stavropoleos to arrive at Caru cu Bere restaurant.  If you can't stop in for a beer or snack, at least peek inside to see its magnificent interior. Farther down the street is the tiny Biserica Stavropoleos (church), built in 1724. Here you can either cut south via Strada Postei to Strada Iuliu Maniu , or return to Calea Victoriei and go south, past the National History Museum to reach Strada Iuliu Maniu . Following Strada Iuliu Maniu east, you will come to the remains of the Curtea Veche (Old Princely Court) of the real Prince Dracula and his Princely Church, the oldest in Bucharest.

Just across the road is the former caravansary Hanul lui Manuc , now a restaurant and inn (currently closed for renovations).  Go inside the courtyard for a look at its timbered design, or stop there for some food and drink.

From this point, take the narrow side street south to exit the neighborhood at the Dambovita River.

Across the river you will see the 120-year-old Palace of Justice. Cross the boulevard to reach the broad, green Piata Unirii . Here you can rest while watching the fountains and the people.

From the south end you can see Nicolae Ceausescu's huge "House of the People", now Parliament Palace. When rested, head west along Bulevardul Unirii toward the Parliament Palace; this area is the Civic Center. When you reach the building, turn right, and walk north, back to the river.

Cross the Dambovita again at the Izvor Bridge. Walk in a block to Bulevardul Regina Elizabeta , then turn right and you'll wind up across the street from Cismigiu Garden.

To end this walk continue east on Bulevardul Elisabeta to Calea Victoriei ; or go a little farther toward Piata Universitatii and its subway ( Metrou ) station.

Mogosoaia Palace & Brancovenesc Museum (Palatul Mogosoaia & Muzeul Brancovenesc)

Where: 9 miles NW of Bucharest Address: Str. Valea Parcului 1 Access: Public transportation From Bucharest train terminal: subway M4 to Parc Bazilescu then metro-area bus 460 to Mogosoaia, From downtown Bucharest: bus # 331 to Damaroaia then metro-area bus 460 to Mogosoaia, car, taxi Tel: 0786 705.985 www.PalatulMogosoaia.ro Open: Tue. - Sun.: 10 am - 6 pm (May 1 - October 31) Tue. - Sun.: 9 am - 5 pm (November 1 - April 30) Admission charge

Mogosoaia Palace

Snagov Monastery (Manastirea Snagov)

Where: 25 miles north of Bucharest Map / Location Access: car, bus, taxi www.ArhiepiscopiaBucurestilor.ro

Snagov Monastery

Bucharest is a great starting point from which to explore the rest of the country. Away from the buzz of the city, you will find a different side of Romania - life in the countryside moves more slowly, the air is crisp and hospitality abounds.

Here are some Bucharest day-trips ideas:

Peles Castle & Sinaia Monastery

Where: Town of Sinaia, 87 miles north of Bucharest Access: car, bus, train Peles Castle Info

Bran (Dracula's) Castle & Bran Ethnographic Museum

Where: Village of Bran, 120 miles north of Bucharest Access: car, train or bus to Predeal or to Brasov Taxi from Predeal to Bran Bus or taxi from Brasov to Bran

Old, medieval, Town Brasov

Targoviste - curtea de arges - poenari fortress.

Where: northwest of Bucharest Distance: Bucharest - Targoviste: 51 miles, Targoviste - Gaesti - Curtea de Arges - Poenari: 89 miles Poenari - Bucharest: 112 miles. Access: car In Targoviste, tour the 14th century Princely Court (Curtea Domneasca) and Chindiei Watchtower (Turnul Chindiei) . The grounds are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From Targoviste, continue to Curtea de Arges .

Once you reach Curtea de Arges, visit the 14th-century Princely Court and the 800 years old Princely Church. Curtea de Arges was founded in the late 1200s by Prince Radu Negru (or Negru Voda). Between years 1369 and 1431 Curtea de Arges was the capital of Wallachia, the southern part of Romania.

A stunning architectural gem of the town is the 16th century, Byzantine style with Moorish arabesques, Curtea de Arges Monastery (Manastirea Curtea de Arges) . Romania's kings and queens are buried here.

Fifteen miles north of Curtea de Arges lay the ruins of Poenari Fortress, the authentic stronghold of voivode Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) or Vlad Dracul . Only the walls and towers still stand from the original fortress located near Poienari village, just off the Transfagarasan highway over the Fagaras Mountains (Transylvanian Alps). Access to fortress, perched on a cliff - high above the surrounding area, requires climbing of a 1,462-step stairway.

Horezu Monastery & Horezu Pottery Centre

The nearby village of Horezu is home to one of the biggest pottery centres in Romania. Nearly a century ago, local nuns taught the villagers how to make and paint pottery, and ever since, people have come from far and wide to get their hands on Horezu's ceramic .

Nearby in Hobita , the birthplace of Constantin Brancusi, you can visit the house in which the sculptor spent his childhood; it now houses a small museum dedicated to the master. The house preserves the original architecture and accessories (the bed, the cellar and the well). The village is also home to the national sculpture camp "Brancusiana".

Bucharest has numeros drama theatre and concert venues. Tickets can be purchased on-line or directly at the venue's box office.

Opera & Ballet

National opera & ballet (opera nationala romana).

Address: Blvd. Mihail Kogalniceanu 70 - 72 Tel: 021 313.18.57 www.OperaNB.ro Box office hours: Mon. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. The city's artistic life stood up to its Parisian nickname in the 1930s and today, is as vibrant as ever. The Opera House, completed in 1953, is worth visiting, not only for its brilliant performances but also for the lavish interior design. The world-renowned Romanian Opera performs in Romanian as well as Italian and German. You will be able to enjoy the classic repertoire - Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Mozart -, innovative staging, lavish costumes, seasoned performers and choreographers. The Romanian National Ballet also performs in this theatre. Performances are held Wednesday through Sunday evenings, except during July and August.

National Operetta Theatre (Teatrul National de Opereta 'Ioan Dacian')

Address: Blvd. Nicoale Balcescu 2 Tel: 021 313.63.48 www.Opereta.ro Box office hours: Tue. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Closed Mon. Comic plots, extravagant staging, lavish costumes, high caliber singers and orchestra are all part of the charm of the light, frothy performances at the Ion Dacian Operetta.

Symphonic Music

George enescu philharmonic at romanian athenaeum (filarmonica george enescu).

Address: Str. Benjamin Franklin 1    Tel: 021  315.00.26 or 315.25.67 www.FGE.org.ro Box office hours: Tue. - Fri. 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Closed Mon. The Romanian Athenaeum is the main venue of the biennial classical music festival "George Enescu" Festivalul de Muzica Clasica "George Enescu" Famous artists and conductors have performed here throughout the years. Among them: Erich Kleiber, Sergiu Celibidache, Ionel Perlea, Herbert von Karajan, Dinu Lipatti, Arthur Rubinstein, Pablo Casals and Yehudi Menuhin.

National Radio Orchestra and National Chamber Orchestra

Address: Str. General Berthelot 60-64 (Sala Radio) Tel: 021 303.12.11 or 303.14.28 www.OrchestreRadio.ro The National Radio Orchestra, one of the best in the country, presents frequent classical chamber music performances at the music hall in the radio building.

Theatre performances are very popular in Romania and for most shows tickets sell-out within hours. While most theatre productions are performed in Romanian, sometimes, it is possible to find performances in German or English at various small theatres. There are 16 major theatres in Bucharest offering performances for all ages.

The theatre season closes during the summer, from July to September, although some small student and underground theatres do remain open.

National Theatre (Teatrul National)

Address: Blvd Nicolae Balcescu 2 Tel: 021 314.71.71 www.TNB.ro Three auditoriums host professional domestic and foreign plays by a broad selection of both classical and contemporary Romanian playwrights. The theatre's Great Hall (Sala Mare) , hosts the grand productions, while the Amphitheatre (Sala Amfiteatru) shows smaller productions and TV shows, and the Studio Hall (Sala Atelier) gets a mix of lower-key shows and presentations.

National Jewish Theatre (Teatrul Evreiesc de Stat)

Address: Str. Dr. Iuliu Barasch 15 www.Teatrul-Evreiesc.com.ro Tel: 021 323.39.70 The Jewish Theatre offers performances in Yiddish, Hebrew and Romanian (translation into Yiddish and Hebrew available).

Art Jazz Club Address: Blvd. Nicolae Balcescu 23A Tel: 0722 589.058 Open: Tue. - Sun. 1 pm - 3 am

Green Hours 22 Jazz Café Address: Calea Victoriei 120    Tel: 021  314.57.51 www.GreenHours.ro Open: 9 am -- 4 am (next day)

Laptaria lui Enache/ La Motor Address: Blvd. Nicolae Balcescu 2    Tel: 021 315.85.08 Located nearby the National Theatre, this bar is filled with university students, artists, musicians and young professionals. Usually crowded, the bar (called Laptaria lui Enache) is open all year long, while its rooftop counterpart (called La Motor) is open only during the summer when movies are shown on the terrace. At Laptaria, you can catch live music most evenings.

Foreign movies are generally shown in the original language with Romanian subtitles. Current film listings are available online www.sapteseri.ro

Bucharest Globus Circus (Circul Globus Bucuresti) Address: Aleea Circului 1 Tel: 021  210.24.19 or 210.49.98 www.CirculMetropolitan.ro Built in 1960, the enormous, permanent big-top circus is the centerpiece of a small park. With seating for more than 3,500 spectators, Bucharest's circus continues to host excellent performances, put on by both local and touring companies.

In recent years, several casinos have opened up in Bucharest, one of the few cities in east-central Europe offering gambling opportunities. Many 18th and 19th century palaces and mansions now house elegant beaux-arts casinos, where guests can play blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, baccarat and other games of chance, dine on sumptuous buffets and dance all night to live music.

Bucharest Casino (Inter-Continental Hotel) Address: Blvd. Nicolae Balcescu 4 Tel: 021  310.20.20 www.casinobucharest.ro

Grand Casino (J.W. Marriott Grand Hotel) Address: Calea 13 Septembrie 90 Tel: 021  403.08.01 www.Grand-Casino.ro

Havana Princess Casino Address: Blvd. Elisabeta 13 Tel: 021  313.98.23 Open: 24 hours

Lido Casino Address: Str. C.A. Rosetti 13 Tel: 021  311 0101 Open: 24 hours

Mirage Casino Address: Blvd. Magheru 8-10 Tel: 021  313.89.52   Open: 24 hours

Palace Casino Address: Calea Victoriei 133 Tel: 021  311.97.44 www.casinopalace.ro Open: 24 hours

Partouche Casino (Hotel Athenee-Palace Hilton) Address: Str. Episcopiei 1-3 Tel: 021  314.72.00 Open: 24 hours

Plaza Casino Club Address: Calea Victoriei 163 Tel: 021  310.24.80 Open: Mon. - Sun. 2:00pm - 7:00am

Queen Casino Address: Calea Dorobantilor 5-7 Tel: 021  599.11.26 www.queen-casino.ro Open: 24 hours

Public Transportation

Bucharest's public transportation network includes: bus (autobuz) , tram (tramvai) , trolley bus (troilebuz) and subway (Metrou) .

Buses, trams and trolley buses operate - between 5 am and 11:59pm.

The subway operates - from 5 am until 11 pm.

Tickets/cards must be purchased beforehand and validated upon boarding. Travelers may be asked to show the validated ticket/card during the trip. Travelers without a validated ticket must pay a 500 Lei ($120.00) penalty ( Suprataxa ).

Tickets or passes can be purchased at any kiosk displaying the STB logo.

STB maps can be found at kiosks near bus and tram stops or you can print one here .

Bucharest Public Transport Route Planner .

Bucharest above-ground local transportation (bus / tram / trolley bus) fares and passes:

  • magnetic travel card (electronic wallet): 4 Lei (approx. $0.95)
  • one-trip ticket (90 minutes): 3 Lei (approx. $0.75)
  • 10-trips (90 minutes each trip): 25 Lei (approx. $6.25)
  • day-pass: 8 Lei (approx. $1.95) 
  • three-day pass: 20 Lei (approx. $5.25) 
  • seven-day pass: 30 Lei (approx. $7.50) 
  • above-ground month pass: 80 Lei (approx. $19.50)
  • one trip with any public transport means (above-ground and subway): 5 Lei (approx. $1.20) (one subway ride and 90-minutes trip with any above-ground transport means)
  • all public transport month pass: 140 Lei (approx. $33.50) (unlimited above-ground transportation and subway rides)

Tickets are interchangeable for the bus, tram and trolley bus, with the exception of express buses.

Express Bus 783 connects Bucharest International Airport with downtown Bucharest (bus 783 operates 24 hours a day). Two or 10-journey tickets, as well as monthly passes, are available for all express buses. There is direct train service from the city's main train terminal (Gara de Nord) to Bucharest international airport.

Above-ground & Subway 'combo' fares:

  • one-trip (bus/ tramway and metro - unlimited validations within 60 minutes): 5 Lei (approx. $1.25)
  • 10-trips (bus/ tramway and metro - unlimited validations within 60 minutes): 34 Lei (approx. $8.50)
  • Day Pass unlimited: 17 Lei (approx. $4.25) - unlimited rides for one day

Bucharest Subway (Metrou) connects the outskirts of the city with the downtown and the main train terminal ( Gara de Nord ); subway operates - from 5 am to 11 pm.

There are five subway (Metrou) lines (M1, M2, M3, M4 and M5). Subway stations are indicated with the letter "M" (blue, on a white board).

Metro maps can be printed here or can be purchased in bookshops and newspaper kiosks. The final destination is indicated on the front of the train. Each stop is announced as the train nears the station. Trains arrive every four to seven minutes during peak times and every 15-20 minutes off-peak times. The average distance between subway stops is about one mile.

Subway fares:

  • one-trip metro card: 3 Lei (approx. $0.75)
  • two-trips metro card: 6 Lei (approx. $1.45)
  • 10-trip metro card: 25 Lei (approx. $6.00) 
  • Day Pass unlimited: 8 Lei (approx. $2.00) - unlimited rides for one day
  • 3-day pass unlimited: 20 Lei (approx. $5.00) 
  • 7-day pass unlimited: 30 Lei (approx. $7.50)  - unlimited rides for seven days
  • month-pass unlimited: 80 Lei (approx. $20)  - unlimited rides / calendar month

Airport Transportation

Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Address: Calea Bucurestilor 224 Tel: 021 204.12.00 or 021 204.12.10 www.BucharestAirports.ro

Most international flights arrive at Henri Coanda ( Otopeni ) Airport. Airport facilities include ATM, currency exchange office, Taxi Desk and cell phone rentals. Major car rental companies have offices located on the arrivals/ baggage claim level.

There are non-stop flights to Bucharest from most major European cities and in the Middle-East and connecting flights from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Domestic Flights:

Scheduled domestic flights from/to Cluj-Napoca (CLJ), Iasi (IAS), Oradea (OMR), Satu Mare (SUJ), Sibiu (SBZ), Suceava (SCV), Timisoara (TSR) also depart from/ arrive to Henri Coanda Airport.

Airlines offering flights from Bucharest to major cities in Romania include: Tarom (flights to all destinations above) Blue Air (flights to/ from Cluj, Iasi, Oradea and Timisoara) Ryan Air (flights to/ from Timisoara) Wizz Air (flights from Bucharest to Cluj)

Transportation between Henri Coanda International Airport and city centre:

Distance from Bucharest airport to downtown: 18 km (11 miles). Several Taxi companies operate in Bucharest, and their rates can vary. Taxis can be called by using the touch screen computer ( Dispecerat Automatizat Taxi ) available next to the Taxi Desk ( Taxi la Comanda ) located in the arrivals terminal. There is no flat rate taxi transportation available from Bucharest Airport to downtown.

Rate / km: 1.99 lei to 3.50 lei ($0.50 -- $0.90). There is no extra-charge for luggage. The average fare from the airport to downton Bucharest is less than 70 Lei (the equivalent of $18.00).

Do not accept rides from drivers who might approach you inside or in front of the terminal, you will risk to be overcharged.

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 Bucharest 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).

Shuttle service from / to Bucharest airport: www.shuttledirect.com/en/airport/OTP www.bucharestairportshuttle.com/airport_shuttle.php

Express Bus 783 takes travelers from the airport to the city centre, with stops at Baneasa Airport, Piata Presei Libere, Piata Victoriei, Piata Romana, Piata Universitatii and Piata Unirii . Bus 783 leaves from the Arrivals terminal every 15 to 20 minutes (every 40 minutes between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.). The journey to Bucharest downtown takes approximately 40 minutes.

Note: Before boarding the bus, please purchase a public transportation card ( "Activ Card" ) available from at the 'STB' ticket booth in the arrivals terminal or next to the bus stop. The bus ticket booth is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.). One 'Activ Card' costs 3.70 Lei (about $0.85). To ride the bus you will also need to add value to your card (add 7 Lei for two trips from / to the airport or 3.50 Lei for one trip). Your Activ card must be validated as you board the bus.

Transportation between Henri Coanda International Airport and Bucharest main train terminal ( Gara de Nord ):

By Train Henri Coanda Express Train to the main train terminal (Gara de Nord) The journey from the airport to the train station takes about 22 minutes. One-way ticket costs 5 Lei ($1.25) for Adults 3 Lei ($0.75) for Childrens (up to 10 y.o.). Tickets can be purchased at the CFR kiosk International Arrivals Terminal. Train Schedules and Reservations

Baneasa Airport Address: Sos. Bucuresti-Ploiesti 40 Tel: 021 232.00.20 or 9713 baneasa-airport.ro

Baneasa Airport , located six miles from downtown Bucharest, is mostly used for private planes.

Public transportation between Baneasa airport and city centre: Bus #131 and #783 to downtown Bucharest Bus #205 to the main train terminal (Gara de Nord) Taxi - $12.00 (average)

Train Transportation

Bucuresti North - main train terminal (Gara de Nord) Address: Blvd. Garii de Nord 2 Tel: 9521 Bucharest's main train terminal, Gara de Nord , is located three miles northwest of Bucharest downtown.

International trains

There are daily trains from/to Athens , Belgrade , Budapest , Istanbul , Kiev , Moscow , Prague , Sofia , and Vienna . Trains from/to Western European cities run via Budapest.

Getting to Romania / By Train To check international trains schedule to/ from Bucharest please visit: http://www.RomaniaTourism.com/Transportation.html#ByTrain

To check schedules and fares for domestic trains please check our Romania Transportation section.

Note: For Bucharest please select Bucuresti Nord .

SNCFR Ticket Offices :

Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR - Griviţa Address: Calea Griviţei, 139 Telephone: 021  313.26.42 Open: Mon. - Fri.: 8 am – 6 pm; Closed: Sat. and Sun.

Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR - Unirii Address: Piata Naţiunilor Unite – Postal Office Telephone: 0752 504.262 Open: Mon. - Fri.: 8:30am - 6:30pm; Closed: Sat. and Sun.

Agentia de Voiaj SNCFR – Bucharest Airport Address: Bucharest Airport – Arrivals Terminal Telephone: 021  201.33.04 Open: non-stop

The SNCFR ticket offices offer train schedules information and ce tickets for future travel. Tickets for same-day travel can only be purchased at the train station.

Bus Transportation

International Bus Companies serving Bucharest:

Atlassib Tel: 021  222.47.35 www.atlassib.ro Destinations: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden Departures from: Soseaua Alexandriei 164

Autotrans Calatori Filaret Tel: 021  335.95.83 www.acfilaret.ro Destinations: Bulgaria Departures from: Piata Garii Filaret 1

COMATI PSG Tel: 0723 450.475 www.comati-psg.ro Destinations: Denmark, Sweden Departures from: Str. Buzesti 44

DoubleT Tel: 021  313.36.42 www.doublet.ro Destinations: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland Departures from: Calea Victoriei 2

Eurolines Touring Tel: 021  210.08.90 www.eurolines.com Destinations: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland Departures from: Str. Buzesti 44

Nordic Tours Tel: 021  305.60.06 www.nordic.ro Destinations: Denmark, Norway, Sweden Departures from: Piata Garii Filaret 1

Orlan Tel: 0269  224.101 www.orlan.cz Destinations: Czech Republic, Slovakia Departures from: Gara de Nord (North train terminal)

Perla Trans Tel: 021  336.00.13 www.perlatrans.com Destinations: Greece, Turkey Departures from: Soseaua Viilor 54

Torpedo Tur International Tel: 021  232.02.87 www.transportchisinau.cabanova.ro Destinations: Republic of Moldova Departures from: Gara de Nord (North train terminal)

Taxi companies

Several taxi companies operate in the city. Taxis can be summoned by telephone or hailed on the street. Fares per km are posted on driver's and passenger's doors.

Average Taxi fares: Initial Fee: 1.99 Lei ($0.50) plus 2.0 Lei / km ($1.12 / mile)

Please note that some taxi companies may post and/or charge up to five times the fares indicated above. Check the taxi fares and ask the driver to confirm the approximate cost of the ride, if not sure.

Bucharest Taxi Companies include: Alfa - 9488 As - 9435 Cristaxi - 9461 Cobalcescu - 9451 Fly - 9440 Leone - 9425 Meridian - 9444 Mondial- 9423 Perozzi - 9631 Prof Taxi - 9422 Speed - 9477 Taxi 2000 - 9494

Do not accept rides from drivers who might approach you at the airport, train station or in the street; you will risk to be overcharged. 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 complaint you can call 021 9551 (Consumer Protection Authority) and/or 021 201 3242 (Transportation Bureau of the Police Department).

All major international and local car rental companies are represented in Romania's capital city.

Contact us if you need a list of all car rental companies in Bucharest.

Bicycle Rental

Bucharest bicycle rental centers

Teo Bikes E-mail www.Teo-Bikes.ro

La Bicla Loca E-mail www.LaBiclaLoca.ro

Zebra Bike Contact www.Zebra-Bike.ro

Bate Saua E-mail www.BateSaua.ro

I Velo E-mail www.IVelo.ro

Since the 1990s, brand names and high-end stores have been pushing their way into the Romanian market. From high fashion boutiques to art galleries, shopping in Bucharest can fit any taste or budget. Stroll down Blvd. Magheru from Piata Romana to Piata Universitatii for a shopping extravaganza or hit one of the many shopping malls favored by the local rich & famous.

Handicrafts (Artizanat)

Folk crafts, such as embroidered clothing and linen, painted or beaded eggs, carpets, pottery, woodcarvings and icons, make interesting gifts and souvenirs. Romanian peasants do magnificent embroidery on cotton, wool and leather. Look for blouses, skirts, exotic coats, rugs, tablecloths and lacework. Icons, new and old, painted on glass or wood are outstanding. A good selection can be found at the Romanian Peasant Museum , the Village Museum , most department stores.

Shopping Centers

Afi Palace Cotroceni Mall Address: Blvd. Timisoara Tel: 031 425.75.10 www.aficotroceni.ro Open: Mon. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Baneasa Shopping City Address: Sos. Bucuresti – Ploiesti 42 Tel: 021  306.06.58 www.baneasashoppingcity.ro Open: Mon. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Bucuresti Mall Address: Calea Vitan 55-59, Bucharest Tel: 021  327.67.00 www.bucurestimall.com.ro Open: Mon. - Sun. 10 am - 10 pm

Grand Arena Mall Address: Blvd. Metalurgiei 12-18, sector 4 Tel: 031 425.75.14 www.grandarena.ro/orar.php Open: Mon. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Liberty Center Address: Str. Progresului 151 - 171 Tel: 021  369.98.75 www.libertycenter.ro Open: Mon. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Mario Plaza Address: Calea Dorobantilor 172, Bucharest Tel: 021  230.47.71 Open: Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 9 pm, Sun. 10 am - 2 pm

Plaza Romania Mall Address: Blvd. Timisoara 26, Bucharest Tel: 021  407.84.16 www.plazaromania.ro/index.php Open: Mon. - Sun. 10 am - 10 pm

Unirea Shopping Center Address: Piata Unirii 1, Bucharest Tel: 021  303.03.07 www.unireashop.ro Open: Mon. - Sat. 9 am - 10 pm; Sun. 9 pm - 8 pm

World Trade Plaza Address: Blvd. Expozitiei 2, Bucharest Tel: 021  202.44.50 www.wtcb.ro/shopping_gallery.html Open: Mon. - Sun. 8am - 8pm

Art Galleries

Galeria 23 Address: Str. Lipscani 63 - 65, Bucharest Tel: 740.819.826 Web: www.hantei23.com Open: Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 6 pm; Sat. 10 am - 2 pm; Closed Sun.

Galeria Galateca Address: Str. C. A. Rosetti 2-4, Bucharest Open: Mon. - Sun. 11 am - 7 pm

Galeria Galateea Address: Calea Victoriei 132, Bucharest Tel: 021  659.38.14 Open: Mon. - Sat. 11 am - 7 pm; Closed Sun.

Galeria Hanul Cu Tei Address: Str. Blanari 5-7, Bucharest Tel: 021  313.01.81 Open: Mon. - Sat. 11 am - 7 pm; Closed Sun.

Galeria Nemtoi Address: Calea Victoriei 126, Bucharest Tel: 021  312.98.00 Open: Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 8 pm, Sat. 10 am - 6 pm; Closed Sun.

Galeria Noua Address: Str. Academiei 15, Bucharest Tel: 021  322.81.59 Open: Wed. - Sun. 11 am - 7 pm; Closed Mon. & Tue.

Galeria Orizont Address: Blvd. Nicolae Balcescu 23A, Bucharest Tel: 021  315.89.22 Open: Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 7 pm; Sat. 10 am - 2 pm; Closed Sun.

Galeria Simeza Address: Blvd. Magheru 20, Bucharest Tel: 021  659.38.25 Open: Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 6 pm; Sat. 10 am - 2 pm; Closed Sun.

If it is antiques that you fancy, Bucharest provides plenty of opportunities to fulfill your every whim. Antiques can be found in art galleries along Calea Victoriei and around the Old Historical Center (Lipscani street).

Thomas Antiques Str. Covaci 19 (zona Lipscani) 030094 Bucharest, Romania Open: Sun-Mon. 10:00am - 10:00pm; Fri, Sat. 10:00am - 12:00am

Amadeus Antiques Address: Str. Quinet 3, Bucharest Tel: 021  315.10.83 Open: Mon. - Fri. 10:00am - 6:00pm; Closed Sat. & Sun.

Craii de Curtea Veche Address: Str. Covaci 14, Bucharest Tel: 021  314.83.04 Open: Mon. - Fri. 10:00am - 6:00pm; Sat. 10:00am - 3:00pm; Closed Sun.

Da Vinci Address: Calea Victoriei 118, Bucharest Tel: 021  210.40.94 Open: Mon. - Fri. 9:00am - 6:00pm; Sat. 9:00am - 3:00pm; Closed Sun.

Galeria de Arta Dorobanti Address: Str. Tudor Stefan 13, Bucharest Tel: 021  231.49.53 Open: Mon. - Fri. 10:30am - 6:30pm; Sat. 11:00am - 3:30pm; Closed Sun.

Hanul cu Tei Address: Str. Lipscani 63, Bucharest Tel: 021  315.56.63 Open: Mon. - Fri. 10:00m - 6:00pm; Sat. 10:00am - 3:30pm; Closed Sun.

Quasar Antiques Address: Calea Victoriei 63-81, Bucharest Tel: 021 313.47.26 www.quasarantiques.net Open: Mon. - Fri. 10:30am - 7:30pm; Sat. 10:30am - 2:30pm; Closed Sun.

Book stores (Librarie)

Libraria Carturesti Location 1: Str. Edgar Quinet 9, Bucharest Tel: 021  311.06.46 Location 2: Str. Pictor Verona 13, Bucharest Tel:  021  212.19.22 www.carturesti.ro Open: Mon. - Sun. 9 am - 10 pm Books, tea, music . (some books in English)

Music (Muzica)

Visitors interested in Romanian music can find recordings of pop artists and bands, such as Loredana Groza and Morandi, pan flute artist Gheorghe Zamfir and popular folk singers such as Maria Tanase.

Magazinul Muzica Address: Calea Victoriei 41- 43, Bucharest Tel: 021  313.96.74 Open: Mon. - Fri. 9:30am - 7:00pm; Sat. 9:30am - 2:30pm; Closed Sun.

Fresh Produce Markets (Piata)

Piata Amzei Address: Str. Christian Tell 6 (between Calea Victoriei and Blvd. Magheru, near Piata Romana) Tel: 021  211.67.26 This is the city's most centrally located outdoor market. The outdoor market is surrounded by butcheries, cheese, flower and medicinal plant shops.

Piata Dorobantilor Address: Blvd. Radu Beller 3 - 5 Tel: 021  231.92.99 Upscale neighborhood market with a selection of fresh produce and flowers

Piata 1 Mai Address: Blvd. Ion Mihalache 123 Tel: 021  317.14.63 Resembling an Oriental bazaar, this is the place to find everything from fresh cheese and eggs, fruits and vegetables, to flowers and household items.

Piata Obor Address: Campul Mosilor 5 Tel: 021  252.69.54 Bucharest's biggest outdoor market; here, you can find here a huge food market and a "bazaar".

Hotels and other Accommodations in Bucharest

If interested to stay in a historic, distinctive hotel please visit RomaniaTourism.com/Distinctive-Hotels.html#Bucharest

Rembrandt Hotel Bucharest

Tourist Info

Bucharest Tourist Information Office Address: Piata Universitatii underpass ( Pasajul Universitatii ) Telephone: 021 305.55.00 extension 1003 [email protected] www.SeeBucharest.ro

Bucharest is safe and hospitable ; violent crime is almost non-existent. As in any large city visitors are advised to take usual safety precautions. Do not draw unnecessary attention to your person, money or jewelry and be aware of pickpockets and scam artists. Never accept taxi/ car rides, tours or guide services from strangers, no matter how presentable or fluent in English, who approach you on the street.

Bucharest has a four-season climate. In the spring, the weather can quickly alternate between rain and sunshine. June, July and August are the hottest months. As the leaves begin to change color, you can still enjoy warm and sunny days while taking a stroll in the city's many parks or down Calea Victoriei. Winters can be quite cold with moderate snowfall.

Bucharest Weather Forecast http://www.weather.com/weather/today/l/ROXX0003:1:RO

Postal Services & Telephone

Post offices display a postal horn symbol and the word Posta .

Main Post & Telephone Office Address: Str. Matei Millo 10 (off Calea Victoriei) Open: Mon. - Fri. 7:30am - 8 pm; Sat. 8 am - 2 pm; Closed Sun.

Telephoning Bucharest from Abroad International Access Code +40 (country code) + 21 or 31 (area code) + telephone number (seven digit number)

Pharmacies & Hospitals

Pharmacies in Bucharest are well stocked and pharmacists are authorized to recommend medication for most (minor) ailments. There are several pharmacies (Farmacie) open 24 hours a day.

Emergency Clinic Hospital (Spitalul de Urgenta Floreasca) Address: Calea Floreasca 8 Tel: 021  317.01.71 or 317.01.21

Bucharest - Useful Telephone Numbers

General emergency phone numbe : 112

A compilation of Romania’s main events is available at www.RomaniaTourism.com/Festivals-Events

Events that take place every year in Bucharest include:

  • Easter Gifts - Arts & Crafts Fair (April)
  • Rokolectiv festival of electronic music and arts (April)
  • BRD Nastase Tiriac Tennis Trophy (April)
  • 'Next' International Film Festival (June)
  • Bucucuresti International Film Festival (B-EST IFF)
  • International Music Festival 'Jeunesses Musicales' (May)
  • Bucharest International Jazz Competition (July)
  • Bucharest International Music Festival 'EuropaFest' (May)
  • Bucharest of Old Festival (in Old Town Bucharest) (May)
  • 'GayFest' Gay Pride Festival (June)
  • Bucharest 'ArtPhoto' Image & Photography Festival (May - June)
  • OstFest Music Festival - (June)
  • Rock The City - Music Festival (June)
  • Bucharest "D'Ale Bucurestilor" Street Music Festival (June)
  • Craftsmen's Fair at the Village Museum in Bucharest (May - July)
  • B'ESTFEST top international dance, indie and world music acts (July)
  • Bucharest Street Theatre Festival (July)
  • International Festival of Radio Ensembles "RadiRo" (September)
  • International Furniture and Interior Design Fair (BIFE-TIMB) - (September)
  • George Enescu Music Festival (September- biennial, every odd year)
  • Early Music Festival (from medieval pieces to Renaissance, Baroque, Byzantine and Gregorian) - (October)
  • Autumn Fair at Bucharest's Village Museum (October)
  • Romanian National Theatre Festival (October)
  • 'eXplore Dance' International Contemporary Dance Festival - (October)
  • 'Kinofest' - cutting-edge short films and new media (October)
  • St Nicholas Fair at Bucharest's Museum of The Romanian Peasant (December)
  • Winter Gifts Arts & Crafts Fair - Museum of the Romanian Peasant (Dec)
  • Eduard Pamfil International Festival of Young Guitar Players (December)

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Bucharest subway introduces new travel card options this weekend

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Several additional travel card options are available at the Bucharest subway starting Sunday, October 15, the capital’s metro operator announced.

The new options are: a one-trip card, priced RON 2.5 (EUR 0.5); a yearly pass, priced RON 720 (almost EUR 158); a card for a group of three people, priced RON 5 (a little over EUR 1); a card for a group of four people, priced RON 6.5 (EUR 1.4); and a card for a group of five people, priced RON 8 (EUR 1.75).

The travel cards already in use will not change their price, Metrorex said.

The new yearly card is meant to serve regular commuters, and comes at a lower cost compared to the combined purchase of monthly cards, Metrorex said. Those opting for a yearly card can benefit of approximately a month and a half of “free” subway transport, the operator said.

At the same time, the group cards target tourists, and offer better prices per trip compared to the existing cards.

This year, Metrorex replaced its old turnstiles with a swing gates system, designed to work with contactless cards.

Bucharest mayor, Gabriela Firea, announced this summer plans for a single ticket for the state-owned companies such as RATB, Metrorex, and CFR .

EC gives EUR 252 mln for metro line in Bucharest

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Why to visit bucharest.

Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is a beautiful city with a rich history. There are many reasons to visit Bucharest, including its museums, art galleries, and historical landmarks and all this experience will be included in your Bucharest City Pass. The city is also home to a number of excellent restaurants, cafes, and bars. Bucharest has something to offer everyone, whether you're looking for a relaxing vacation or an action-packed adventure. Bucharest is an ideal destination for tourists who want to experience a mix of old and new. The city has something to offer everyone, whether you're interested in its history and culture or its nightlife and restaurants.

Bucharest is home to many interesting and unique tourist attractions, but one of the most popular is Dracula's Castle. Situated just outside the city centre, this imposing structure is said to be the home of the real-life Dracula - Vlad the Impaler. Other tour options would include Village Pub Crawl, NightLife Tour, Wine Tasting in Bucharest, etc. With your own personal guide, you'll be able to explore different places around the city and learn all about its history.

Day Tours in Bucharest

Transylvania and Dracula Castle Full Day Tour are included in the Bucharest travel pass that takes you to some of the most iconic and significant locations in the country, including Dracula's Castle, Peles Castle, and Brasov. You will visit Peles Castle, built in the neo-Renaissance style and considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. Tuk Tuck Bucharest Private Tour will show you the city's best-kept secrets, from its hidden courtyards and alleyways to its lively bars and clubs. Bucharest Half a Day Bike Tour is the perfect way to explore Romania’s vibrant capital as local guides will take you on a leisurely ride through the city’s parks and historic neighbourhoods, sharing stories and insights along the way.

Transylvania & Dracula Castle Tour

Best Experiences in Bucharest

Be sure to include Transfăgărășan Highway and the Wild Brown Bears while purchasing a Bucharest Pass. You can visit Bucharest Panoramic Sightseeing which offers a great way to see the city from above, and a VIP party night in Bucharest is a great way to experience the nightlife. Bucharest Pub Crawl in the Old Town is a great way to explore the city's many bars and pubs.

The Village Pub Crawl tour is included in Bucharest City Pass which takes you to some of the best bars and clubs in the city, all within walking distance of each other. You can reveal the traditional Romanian pub for a few drinks, then move on to a wine bar for some delicious Romanian wines. Enjoy a club where you can dance the night away with Wine Tasting in Bucharest. And if you're looking for something even more adrenaline-pumping, check out the hot rod fun tour – you'll get to zoom around Bucharest in a muscle car.

Transfăgărășan Highway & Wild Bears

Top Attraction Tickets in Bucharest

Dracula Castle, Peles Castle and Brasov Tickets are the top attraction tickets in Bucharest. They are all worth visiting and offer a great experience. Another popular ticket would be Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket as this ticket gives you access to the Palace and its grounds, as well as a guided tour of the building. You'll learn about the history of the Palace and see some of its most impressive features.

There are various historical tours included in the Bucharest City Pass that can be enjoyable for visitors. The Bucharest Pass will include Ferestroika Museum Tickets and Ceausescu Mansion Tickets. The museum is located in the former dictator's mansion, and visitors can see how he and his family lived in luxury while the Romanian people suffered.

Dracula Castle, & Brasov Tickets

Plan Your Visit to Bucharest

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  • By Air: By air, there are direct flights from major airports around the world to Henri Coanda International Airport.
  • By Train: One can take a train to Bucharest North Railway Station or Bucharest South Railway Station.
  • By Car: If you're coming from Bulgaria, you can take the A2 to Râmnicu Vâlcea and then get on the E81 to Bucharest.

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The best time to visit Bucharest is from May to October when the temperatures are mild, and the city is full of life. During these months, you can enjoy the local festivals and attractions, such as the International Folk Art Festival or the Jazz Festival with Bucharest Pass. In November and December, when winter sets in, Bucharest can be pretty cold, so it's a good idea to prepare for colder weather by wearing warm clothes and shoes.

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  • By Air: For domestic travel, there are several smaller airports located around the city.
  • By Train: By train, Bucharest is serviced by a number of different lines. The main station is located in the center of the city, making it easy to get around.
  • By Car:  The city has a well-developed infrastructure and a number of highways and roads that lead in and out of the city.

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For those who want to enjoy a more relaxed experience, some of Bucharest's best neighbourhoods are the perfect places to stay. Lipscani is home to many historic synagogues and churches. The area has also seen significant development over the years; now, it is one of Bucharest's most popular neighbourhoods with a mix of trendy bars, restaurants, and traditional Romanian homes. Palatul Regal is another of Bucharest's most opulent districts, boasting historical buildings such as the Regal Palace and Casa PreseiLibere (the Romanian press headquarters).

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  • Take some time to research the different areas and attractions so you can make the most of your time while you're there.
  • Choose your accommodation carefully. There are many different options available, from hotels to Airbnbs.
  • Make sure you have a good map. Bucharest can be confusing to navigate, so it's important to have a good map or GPS system to help you get around.
  • Allow plenty of time for sightseeing. There's a lot to see in Bucharest, so make sure you allow enough time in your itinerary to explore all of the city's highlights.
  • Visit during off-peak times,

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  • Weather: The city can be hot and humid in the summer and bitterly cold in the winter. The best time to visit Bucharest is from May to October when the temperatures are mild, and the city is full of life. So, you should consider your favourable weather while purchasing the Bucharest Pass.  
  • Language: The official language of Romania is Romanian. However, there are also significant numbers of speakers of other languages, including Hungarian, Turkish, and Bulgarian. Local people also understand and can speak a little bit of English, which will be feasible for foreigners.  
  • Time Zone: Bucharest is in Eastern Europe, so it's 8 hours ahead of EST. 
  • Budget: Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is a bustling city with plenty of attractions and activities to fit any budget. Consider using public transportation as Bucharest has an extensive metro and bus system, making travelling around the city easy and affordable. The Metro runs from early morning until late at night, so it's perfect for getting around during the day or when you're looking to save on your nightlife budget. Local markets are great places to find cheap eats, souvenirs, and clothes. Don't forget to haggle!
  • Currency: If you're planning a trip to Bucharest, budget for the Romanian currency, the lei. The official currency is the leu (plural: lei), but several other currencies are also in circulation, including the Hungarian forint and the United States dollar.
  • Visa: You can apply for a tourist visa at your local Romanian consulate or online through the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website before purchasing Bucharest City Pass. The process is relatively simple and straightforward, and once you have your visa, you will be able to stay in Bucharest for up to 90 days.

FAQs For Bucharest Pass

How many days is enough to see bucharest.

If you're just looking to get a feel for the city and see the main sights, then two or three days may be sufficient. However, if you want to really explore Bucharest and experience all it has to offer, then you'll need at least a week. Make sure to purchase a Bucharest travel pass as it comes with a guide to travel around the city.

What is the best time to visit Bucharest?

The best time to visit Bucharest is during the spring or fall. During these months, the weather is milder and there are fewer crowds. If you're looking to avoid crowds, the best time to visit Bucharest is during the week, as opposed to the weekends.

What can I do in Bucharest on a budget?

Take public transportation, as Bucharest's public transit system is one of the best in Europe and is very affordable. Look for deals online for comparing prices before purchasing the Bucharest travel pass. Visit smaller attractions instead of spending money on large museums or tourist sites. And finally, Invest in a guidebook or travel guide.

Why should I book Bucharest day trips online?

When it comes to booking Bucharest day trips, there are a few good reasons to do it online. First, you'll have a much wider selection of options to choose from. Second, you can easily compare prices and find the best deals. And third, you can book and pay for your trip all in one convenient place.

Are there any discounts offered on experiences in Bucharest?

There are discounts available on sightseeing tours, attractions, and even some restaurants. To find the best deals, it's best to check online or ask your hotel concierge for recommendations.

Is Bucharest expensive?

Bucharest is not an expensive city, but it is not a cheap one either. The cost of living here is lower than in most Western European capitals but higher than in other Eastern European cities.

Is Bucharest worth visiting?

Bucharest is worth a visit as the architecture is stunning, and the food has a lot to offer – not to mention the nightlife. There's something for everyone in Bucharest, so whether you're looking for relaxation or excitement, there's sure to be something here for you.


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Bucharest Solo Travel Guide

Bucharest Palace of the Parliament

Planning a solo trip to Bucharest ? Here’s everything you need to know for your visit:


  • Capital and highest populated city of Romania ( 1.7 million residents).
  • Known worldwide for  good food and for its unique and diverse architecture .
  • Not the home of Count Dracula (vampire enthusiasts should visit Transylvania !)
  • Nicknames: Little Paris, Paris of the East.


  • Currency:  Romanian Leu  (RON), although some places also accept Euros.
  • Spoken languages:  Romanian  (English and French also widely spoken)
  • Best time to visit: from  March  to  June and from September to November  (gets very hot in July/August).
  • Arriving via airport: airport train (Henri Coanda Expres) is 6 RON , public transport (Expres 780, Expres 783) is  7 RON , taxi is  25 RON . 


  • Best Bucharest hostel for solo travelers: Mil Pasos (clean, safe, and extremely friendly owners that will help you make the most of your city experience).
  • The Unirii area is the most convenient area to stay, as many points of interest are close by. This area is also well connected with the public transport in the city (Metro and buses).
  • The Baneasa and Floreasca areas in the north parts of town are also good, although not as accessible with public transport.


  • Bucharest has an extensive Metro network, which is arguably the most convenient way to get around. The cheapest ticket for the Metro is a 2-trip card and costs 4 RON . A weekly pass costs 20 RON .
  • The public transport system ( RATB ) consists of buses, trams, and trolleys. It is the cheapest way to travel, but not the most comfortable. An electronic card ( CardActiv ) must be bought for travel on the RATB. This card costs 2.6 RON , while a single trip costs 1.3 RON .
  • Common tickets for both Metro and RATB are available. A ticket valid on all means of transports costs 5 RON and is valid for 60 minutes .
  • Taxi is another popular mean of transport, though not as convenient as the Metro. All registered taxis in Bucharest are yellow (watch out for unmarked and unmetered taxis). Fares range from 1.39 RON/km (minimum) to 2.8-3.5 RON/km, depending on the company. Taxis can be ordered at AutoCobalcescu (+40219451), Taxi 2000 (+40219494) and Taxi Grant (+40219433).
  • As an alternative to taxis, Uber is now available in Bucharest (as well as in most major Romanian cities).
  • While cars can be rented in Bucharest, this is not recommended due to the chaotic traffic. Car rental firms can be found at the airport.
  • In the spring and summer you can rent bikes. These will be most readily available in the Piata Romana , Universitate and Unirii areas.


  • Drinking age is  18 , last call is 4 AM .
  • Hip/local scene: bars, clubs and restaurants in the Centrul Vechi area ( directions ).
  • College crowd: bars and clubs in the Regie area ( directions ).
  • Posh scene: lounges/clubs and restaurants in the Floreasca area ( directions ).
  • Great pubs and bars in Bucharest for solo travelers: Hop Hooligans Taproom, Hangar by Ground Zero, Grivița Pub&Grill (great beer with delicious food), Beer O’Clock, and Zeppelin Pub.


  • The Palace of Parliament is probably the most known landmark of Bucharest. Built by Romania’s infamous dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, it is the large civilian-used building in the world, the heaviest building in the world and the largest by volume. It offers great views of the city.
  • The Arch of Triumph ( Arcul de Triumf ) is located in the north area of the city. The Carpathian Mountains can be seen from the top.
  • The Village Museum ( Muzeul Satului ) is the most visited museum in Romania. Located in a local park, it contains traditional houses, churches, and mills from every corner of Romania. A great place for taking photos and learning about local traditions.
  • Revolution Square is one of the most important open areas in Bucharest, and is the setting of the 1989 Romanian Revolution. Here you can find the Romanian National Art Museum, the Romanian Athenaeum, Carol I’s statue and the University’s Library Building (all of them are architectural monuments).


  • Note : watch out for stray dogs while walking in Bucharest – they can get aggressive!
  • A walk on the Calea Victoriei is a must, especially in the area between B-dul Dacia and Piata Natiunilor Unite.
  • A night-time walk on Lipscani Street is pleasant. You can find lots of places to grab a bite to eat.
  • Go for a morning walk or run through  Herastrau Park , the largest park in Bucharest.


  • Even in the summer, bring a sweater or a light jacket with you. Weather is very unpredictable in Bucharest.
  • Although the Centrul Vechi area is notorious for its clubs and bars, avoid drinking or making loud noises after 1 AM on the street. The police is vigilant.
  • Do not give money to beggars or street hawkers.
  • Tipping waiters and taxi drivers is common in Romania. In general, a good tip is 10-15% for a good service.
  • Great restaurants that locals love: Le Bab ($$$), NOUA Bucătărie Românească, Beautyfood ($$), Ivan Pescar & Scrumbia Bar ($$), Terasa Obor ($ – the real Bucharest experience!)
  • Where to find  good cheap eats : available all over town, especially in the Piata Romana area. Shawarma/kebab stands are the most common.  Good bagels, chips and wursts (sausages) can also be found easily.
  • Dangerous areas : Bucharest, despite all rumors, is one of the safest capitals in Europe. Use common sense and you’ll be fine. At night, avoid the Pantelimon , Rahova and Ferentari areas.

Recommended trip duration:  1-2 days

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