If you haven’t visited Bucharest yet, now is the time. The Romanian capital, also known as “Little Paris,” is a vibrant city full of architecture, culture, and delicious cuisine. To make planning your upcoming trip to Bucharest as easy as possible, here is some practical information and handy tips that every tourist should know!
1. Spring and fall weather is the best
Bucharest has a continental climate, which means that it experiences four distinct seasons during the year. The weather in Bucharest is quite hot in the summer and cold and snowy in the winter. The fall and spring offer pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine, ideal for strolling the city’s streets and seeing the sights. One of our best Bucharest travel tips is to plan your trip anytime between mid-April to late October to enjoy the best weather of the year.
2. Romania does not use the Euro
While Romania became a member of the European Union in 2007, it does not use the euro. This is important to know in case you’re traveling around Europe and need to change money. Romanian uses lei, often abbreviated as RON. Currently, 1 euro is equivalent to 4.76 lei.
3. Public transportation is great
As with many European cities, public transportation in Bucharest is quite complete and efficient. There are several modes to choose from like subway, tram, bus, and train. Public transportation is cheap, easy to navigate, and will get you to anywhere in the city. Additionally, you can also utilize Uber, another great option for getting around the city! Taxis have a reputation for being sketchy, so avoid them if possible.
4. Bucharest is very safe
Bucharest remains unknown to many tourists, and for that many don’t know what to expect when it comes to safety. However, Bucharest is quite safe and and welcoming, as long as you practice good, common sense. Another of our Bucharest travel tips is to make sure that you mind your belongings when out and about. Even though petty crime and pick-pocketing are less frequent when compared to other European cities, it’s still important to be aware at all times.
5. Brush up on the city’s history
Romania was a Communist country and part of the Soviet Union, which is a huge part of Bucharest’s identity. It might be a good idea to skim over some of the most important events in Romanian history to better understand the significance of monuments like the parliament and Revolution Square, among others. Having a basic understanding of Romania’s past will better help you to understand its present, as well as its people.
6. Restaurant tipping is appreciated
Tourists in Europe are often confused when it comes to tipping in restaurants. In some countries it’s unnecessary, in others it might even be seen as insulting. However, a 10% tip at the end of the meal is always appreciated in Bucharest. If you enjoyed the restaurant’s service, let your waiter know!
7. Bring a water bottle
The water in Bucharest has a high chlorine content, so it’s safe to drink but doesn’t taste very good. The majority of the locals prefer to drink bottled water, which you’ll find easily available everywhere. However, to cut back on plastic waste, bring a reusable water bottle that you can refill with boiled water.
8. Romanians dress for the occasion
Bucharest’s residents love to dress up and show off their clothes and accessories, so this might be something to keep in mind when packing. Of course, you should wear whatever makes you most comfortable, but if you don’t want to stick out too much you should ditch the plastic flip flops for a pair of nice walking sandals.
9. Visit the Old Town
The heart of Bucharest is the Old Town, where the most historical buildings and avenues tell the story of the city. Stroll down Lipscani Street, see the beautiful old banks, and visit the ruins of the old palace courts. You’ll really get to know the city in the Old Town, in addition to enjoying the various shopping and dining options. The center of activity and culture, this is where you’ll find it all!
Do you have any other Bucharest travel tips? Let us know in the comments!
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