Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Well, the answer is “YES!”. It is ok to drink tap water in any city, town, or village in Romania without worrying that you’ll get sick.
Yet, Romanians use to drink bottled water whenever possible. It is not because the tap water wouldn’t be drinkable, but it is, we think because Romanians like to have a selection to pick up from.
Tap water in Bucharest is permanently analyzed and the local water company publishes the results regularly.
A good part of the Bucharest city-dwellers speaks English, at least at a conversational level. However, 40% of Romanians speak at least a moderate amount of English.
What is interesting for foreign tourists is that most Romanian people who work at hotels, museums, or restaurants speak English at a conversational level.
Most Romanians are kind and they will helpfully give you directions or advice where in their city.
As local guides, we can inform you that Bucharest is a safe destination for tourists.
Romania’s current national currency is the Romanian leu. At the moment, Euro is not yet accepted in Romanian shops, but when in Bucharest you can find an exchange boutique at every corner (literally).
The exchange rate is pretty good, and 1 EUR equals around 4.9 RON (Romanian leu). Also, 1 USD equals around 4.3 RON.
Romania is part of the European Union, but the national currency of Romania is the Romanian Leu. (lei, for plural).
Whether you have local currency or not, whenever in Bucharest or in Romania, you can use the good exchange rate to enjoy the attractions of the city.
Cabbage rolls (called sarmale), stuffed with spiced pork and rice, are so traditional they are regarded as the national dish of Romania and are a favorite main dish.
Anyway, mamaliga (polenta) or any dish with pork meat is considered a national dish by any Romanian. There are jokes about the national Romanian vegetable, which is pork meat. Don’t argue with them and eat what they offer you!
Joking aside, it will be a nice and interesting experience to go to the international restaurant chains (McDonald’s, KFC) and see the differences in the menus as compared to your own country.
An interesting fact here is that Romanian McDonald’s offers a large variety of chicken-based burgers, as the chicken is one of the latest replacements for the other Romanian “vegetable”, pork.
Bucharest is among the leading cities with speedy internet access. For an expat or for a young entrepreneur or a digital nomad, Bucharest is one of the cheapest and most rewarding places to live in.
According to our city rankings, Bucharest is a good place to live with high ratings in housing, cost of living, and safety.
For all of you beer lovers out there, here are some prices:
Keep in mind that the prices are for purchases from a supermarket, not a pub or a restaurant!
Choosing to visit Romania during late spring or early fall will provide you with the best possible weather, as you will be able to enjoy lots of sunshine, as well as comfortable temperatures.
But, of course, you can visit Romania or its Capital whenever you wish. Thus, you’ll be able to enjoy the Bucharest attractions, the Romanian seaside or the Romanian mountain resorts at your suitable time.
Bucharest merges its rich history with a modern identity and it certainly needs to be discovered and appreciated by international tourists.
VisitBucharest.today! is a platform where English-speaking locals and tourists can discover the most visited attractions in the city, but also some of its hidden gems. Not only that, but Visit Bucharest Today! also presents destinations within a day trip distance from Bucharest.
Whether we talk about its nightlife, its Old Town, or its highlights, foreign tourists enjoy Bucharest at the fullest.
Romania has generally a continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers.
Bucharest is in the Southern area, which means that the climate is warmer than in the rest of the country.
The average ranges from 2-5 degrees Celsius in January-February to 30-31 degrees Celsius in July-August.
Of course, you can use your debit card, but also you will be surprised to find out that Romanian shops accept alternatives forms of payment, such as with a Revolut card or Google Play.
For many people, using local ATMs is a convenient option, for simple access to your cash, with reasonable enough rates and fees. Romania has a developed banking system.
The cost for an airport taxi from Bucharest Otopeni Airport to Bucharest city center starts from 27 EUR for three passengers. Bucharest Aurel Vlaicu Airport (BBU) is located in the Baneasa district, approximately 8.5 km north of the Bucharest city center.
Recently, you can take the train from Otopeni towards Bucharest Gara de Nord, the main train station in Bucharest.
Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (Romanian: Aeroportul Internațional Henri Coandă București) is Romania’s busiest international airport and is located in Otopeni, 16.5 km.
There is a bus line connecting Henri Coandă International Airport with the city center of Bucharest. The 783 bus is available 24/7 with varying frequencies during the day and night.
Also, the trains can take you from the airport to Gara de Nord, the main train station of the city, situated close to the city center. Anyway, when at Gara de Nord, you can take the subway towards any available destination.
Otopeni Airport (OTP) is situated 16 km North of Bucharest. A ride from the airport to downtown can take from 30 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions.
Leaving from North Railway Station (Gara de Nord) in Bucharest take the Brașov train route. The journey takes around 3.5 hours. From there you only have to take a short bus or taxi transfer to Bran Castle.
If you want to visit Bran Castle, you can enjoy a nice one-day trip to Dracula’s Castle.
Bucharest is divided into 6 administrative units, named sectors (sectoare in Romanian), each of which has its own mayor and council, and has responsibility for local affairs, such as secondary streets, parks, schools, and the cleaning services.
Bucharest is 56.65% less expensive than New York (without rent). Rent in Bucharest is, on average, 84.47% lower than in New York.
Bucharest is not a cheap city, though, when it comes to real estate, for example. The prices for Bucharest properties are on the rise each year.
Yet, if you have a decent salary, you will afford to visit Bucharest at least on a city break.
To have a quiet and relaxing city break in Bucharest, we recommend 4 days. But, of course, there is also much to visit in a day in Bucharest.
Bucharest has many attractions and you can check our Bucharest highlights to pick up from them.
Bucharest is totally worth visiting! Known in the past as “The Little Paris,” Bucharest has changed a lot lately, and today it has become a very interesting mix of old and new that has little to do with its initial reputation. In fact, 2 million tourists, foreigners, and Romanian, visit Bucharest each year. Why wouldn’t you?
Yes, it is safe to walk around Bucharest, as its criminality rate is one of the lowest in the European Union. Tourists are free to wander around and explore Bucharest without any safety issues being involved.