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Romania Travel Guide

Quick Facts

💰Currency Romanian leu (RON)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = RON4.57
💬Language Romanian
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Bucharest
👥Population 19.41 million
🚘Driving Side right
🔌Plugs C, F
🕑Time Eastern European Time (UTC+02:00)
🍽️Must-Try Sarmale, Mămăligă, Ciorbă de burtă, Mici, Papanaşi

Backpacker Budget: US$32 (RON 146)

Hostel Dorm US$10 (RON 46)
Takeaway Meal US$5 (RON 23)
Public transport US$1.5 (RON 7)
Long-distance bus US$20 (RON 91)
Entrance Fee US$10 (RON 46)
Beer US$2 (RON 9)

When to go?

May to September High season - warm and sunny, ideal for outdoor activities
November to February Low season - cold and snowy, perfect for winter sports
March to April, October Shoulder season - mild weather, fewer tourists

What's unique?

Welcome to Romania, a captivating country in Eastern Europe. Known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality, Romania is a destination that will leave you breathless. From the medieval towns of Transylvania to the charming villages of Maramureș, Romania offers a unique blend of old-world charm and natural beauty.

One of the highlights of Romania is its impressive castles and fortresses. The most famous is Bran Castle, often associated with the legend of Dracula. Perched high on a hilltop, this Gothic masterpiece offers breathtaking views and an intriguing glimpse into Romanian history. Even more impressive from the outside are Corvin Castle and Peleș Castle.

With their breathtaking landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and numerous outdoor activities, the Carpathians offer an unforgettable experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

But Romania isn't just about history and nature; it also has vibrant cities like Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca that offer a lively urban experience. Bucharest boasts grand architecture juxtaposed with modern skyscrapers, while Cluj-Napoca captivates visitors with its youthful energy and thriving cultural scene. And don't skip the old towns of Brasov and Sibiu.

Whether you're exploring medieval castles or hiking through picturesque countryside, Romania promises an unforgettable journey filled with surprises at every turn.

Peles Castle, Transylvania
Peles Castle, Transylvania

Must-See Romania
(2 weeks)

  1. 1
    Bucharest

    Visit the capital city of Romania and explore its historical buildings and lively atmosphere.

  2. 2
    Peles Castle

    Admire the stunning architecture of Peles Castle, a Neo-Renaissance masterpiece located in the Carpathian Mountains.

  3. 3
    Brasov

    Discover the charming town of Brasov and explore its medieval landmarks, including the Black Church and the Council Square.

  4. 4
    Sibiu

    Immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of Sibiu by visiting its historical center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  5. 5
    Sighisoara

    Step back in time and explore the well-preserved medieval citadel of Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler.

  6. 6
    Cluj-Napoca

    Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Cluj-Napoca and visit landmarks such as the St. Michael's Church and the Banffy Castle.

Rimetea
Rimetea

Fun Fact

Romania is home to the largest population of brown bears in Europe.

FAQ

Is Romania a safe country to visit?

Romania is generally a safe country to visit. However, it is always recommended to take normal precautions and be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded areas and tourist areas.

What are some popular tourist destinations in Romania?

Some popular tourist destinations in Romania include Bran Castle, Transylvania, Bucharest, Sighisoara, and the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina.

What are some essential phrases in Romanian?

Some essential phrases in Romanian include: - Hello: Buna ziua - Thank you: Multumesc - Please: Va rog - Excuse me: Scuzati-ma - Where is the bathroom?: Unde este baia? - How much does it cost?: Cati lei costa?

What's the best way to get around in Romania?

The best way to get around in Romania is by rental car or train. The country has a well-developed network of roads and highways, and the train system is slow but affordable. In cities, public transport is complemented by affordable taxis (Bolt app).

Travel Tips

  • Money Cards are accepted at most places
  • ATM Fees Most ATMs charge no fees
  • ATMs to avoid (high fees) Euronet
  • Do dress modestly when visiting monasteries or churches.
  • Do try the local cuisine and traditional dishes.
  • Do be polite and respectful to locals.
  • Do try to learn a few basic phrases in Romanian.
  • Don't visit churches during religious services unless you plan to participate.
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