by Mark Albert
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All major transportation services are available, including trains, rental cars, subway, tour groups, and drivers for hire.
The country’s largest airport is Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP). Trains connect the airport with Bucharest North Railway Station every hour and can be purchased for around $2 USD. See Money-Saving Tips below for discounts.
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Romania has a robust train network, including city light rail, regional, and international trains. Intercity trains typically have two types of tickets: first class (70 lei; approx. $17.50 USD) and second class (49 lei; approx. $12.30). The carriages aren’t that much different, although first class typically has more electrical outlets and privacy, including multi-passenger suites.
Cruise ships dock on the Black Sea and on the Danube River at various ports of call.
While Romania is part of the European Union, it is not part of the border-free Schengen countries. So visitors must complete customs and immigration upon arrival.
The currency is the Lei (RON). While prices may be quoted in Euros, as well, most merchants only accept Romanian Lei.
In Bucharest, tickets for the Palace of Parliament must be made in advance, through its website (for groups) or by phone (when its phone lines are actually working and answered). English tours are at 9:45a, 11:30, 11:45, 12:00p, 1:15, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00p. Tickets are 35 Lei (approx. $8.75 USD) for adults and 18 Lei (approx. $4.50) for students. The Parliament building, with 2,800 chandeliers, is the second largest administrative building in the world—second only to the Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States Armed Forces—and is well worth the tour.
In Brasov, the Table Mountain cable car is not always prompt. It’s supposed to be open 9:30a-6p Tuesdays through Saturdays (the last cable car up at 5:35p) and 12p-6p on Mondays. They should run every 15 minutes, but the actual times may differ significantly. The walk to the top of the mountain (or down to the bottom) is about 45-60 minutes.
Many places in Romania have reduced hours or are closed on Mondays.
The emergency number (equivalent to 911 in the United States) is 112.
When arriving at the international airport in Bucharest, take the train into the city. Discounts include: kids under five ride free; kids 5-10 years old, students, and seniors get 50% off.
Taxis do not have the best reputation for honesty. So, to save money, consider a ride-hailing service, such as Uber, or the taxi app CleverTaxi, to ensure set rates at reasonable prices. From the Old City to OTP International Airport is approximately $11 USD.
The subway is also an efficient, money-saving option.
What did you do on your visit to Romania? Share your favorite tips and tricks in the comment section below!
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