Sunday, 20 August 2017

Towns in Romania



Why Go

When to go

Bucharest is most pleasant during the warmer months of the year, but a visit during the winter also has its charms. The city has regained some of the splendor it had lost in the 1990s, so it looks quite grand covered in snow. Though winter’s shorter days and freezing temperatures make outdoor walks unadvisable, the city’s museums provide visitors with an interesting experience throughout the year.

How to get there


By Air

The Bucharest international airport, Henri Coanda, is located 17 kilometres from the city centre. It links Romania’s capital to other destinations in the Balkans, to most Western European capital cities, quite a few cities in the Middle East and to North America, via direct flights to New York. Some of the bigger cities in Romania can be reached by air from Bucharest through the domestic airport, Baneasa. 

By Rail

The central train station of Bucharest, Gara de Nord, connects the city, through a good rail network, to most of the country and the region. Trains are relatively cheap and punctual, though they are quite slow and sometimes not very comfortable. From Bucharest, there are daily trains to Budapest (14 hours), Sofia (11 hours), Belgrade (12 hours), Chişinău (13 hours), Istanbul (19 hours) and even Kiev (27 hours) and Moscow (39 hours). International tickets must be bought in advance. 

By Road

Romania’s road infrastructure is relatively dense, but the condition of the roads is still quite poor, making car travel to and from the capital a slow and sometimes frustrating experience. Bucharest is connected to the rest of the country by four motorways – the E70 to Pitesti (1 hour), the E60 to Brasov (3 hours) via Ploiesti (1 hour), the E85 to Giurgiu on the Bulgarian border (1 hour) and the E60 to Constanta on the Black Sea coast (3.5 hours). Though buses connect Bucharest to other cities in the country and the region, rail travel is almost always a faster and more comfortable option.

Where to stay

Most of the hotels in Bucharest are housed in old buildings that have been renovated with varied degrees of success, but some modern establishments are also springing up. Generally, the service also leaves more to be desired, though it is improving. Accommodation prices in Bucharest are higher than the average in the Balkans and the rest of Romania. It is worth knowing that better options and most of the hostels are available outside the city’s immediate historic centre.

Hotels Five Stars

Howard Johnson Grand Plaza

Howard Johnson Grand Plaza is a five-start hotel of contemporary design in located in the very heart of Bucharest’s city centre. It offers the on-the-move business traveller well-deserved peaceful state-of-mind and top-comfort. The Ligne Roset French furniture especially designed for this...



Hotels One Star

Villa 11

This is a family-run hostel located some 200 metres away from Bucharest's central railway station. Housed in a 1920 villa and with an interior to match the early twentieth century style, it is the kind of a place where one would stop to drift away for a while, sipping coffee and doing nothing....



Where to eat

In Bucharest, food tends to be a bit pricier than in the rest of the country.

There are two types of eateries: the first type is restaurants, offering traditional Romanian foods, dominated by grilled meat, especially pork, and often pizza; the second type is the street vendors selling pizza and döner kebabs. Some cafes and bars offer pastries or sandwiches.