UEFA Euro 2020 will be the 16th edition of the European Football Championship. As 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the tournament, the competition was originally scheduled to take place in 12 European cities between 12 June and 12 July 2020, but was postponed to 11 June-11 July 2021 due to COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

In Bucharest there are scheduled the fixtures from a group with Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine. Also, a round of 16 will be played on National Arena, the biggest Romanian stadium with 55,600 seats.

Here's everything you need to know about Bucharest if you come here during the UEFA Festival.

Facts about National Arena

The National Arena stands on the site of the old National Stadium, previously home to Romania's national team and the preferred venue for cup finals.  The old ground staged two Michael Jackson concerts and was the venue for a famous 1-0 EURO qualifying defeat of Italy in 1983.

The stadium was reopened in 2011 and it has a capacity of 54,000 seats, has an area of ​​108,000 m² and a height of six floors. The National Arena has a retractable roof which takes only 15 minutes to open or close. It is the largest stadium in the country and the first UEFA elite stadium in Romania.

In 2012, the National Arena hosted the UEFA Europa League Final. This was the first European final hosted by Romania.

The Bucharest National Arena is the home for the following teams: FCSB, Dinamo București and Romania National Team.

Matches on National Arena Bucharest

Getting in Bucharest

By Plane

There are currently two functional airports in Bucharest: Henri Coandă International Airport(originally “Otopeni”) and Aurel Vlaicu International Airport (initially “Băneasa”). Henri Coandă is the largest airport in Romania and the main center for the national operator TAROM. From here, daily flights depart and arrive from other cities in Romania as well as numerous other airports in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.

By Train

Bucharest is the main railway hub of the national company Căile Ferate Române (CFR). The most important railway station is Gara de Nord, from where daily trains leave and arrive from various Romanian localities, as well as from European cities, including Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Turkey, Austria, Russia, Belarus and others.

By Coach

Coach remains one of the most popular ways to travel to Bucharest. Local carriers provide a vast network of routes across Europe.

By Car

Bucharest is accessible via European routes E60, E70, E81 and E85. If you plan to travel to Bucharest by car, please, note that Bucharest National Arena will not provide parking for private vehicles during the event. Instead, plan to park your car at a transport hub and use public transport to get to the stadium.

Transport in Bucharest

Public Transport

Bucharest has the largest public transport network in Romania and among the largest public transport networks in Europe, as it serves more than 2 million inhabitants.

The public transport system in Bucharest is composed of the 77 km metro system and the surface transport network - buses (120 lines), trolleybuses (15 lines) and trams (24 lines).

Several express bus lines connect the airport to Bucharest’s city center. It’s slower than going by taxi, but it’s certainly the best option for those travelling on a budget. Express line 780 takes you to Gara de Nord, the main railway station. Line 783 goes to Unirii Square in the city centre with an approximate journey time of 40 – 60 minutes. Tickets are not available on the bus, so make sure you buy them at the booths just outside of the terminal buildings.

Taxis & Ridesharing

Ride-sharing apps like Uber, Bolt and Yango are well-established in Bucharest and represent a good alternative to taxis.

You can read more about public transport in Bucharest here.

Also, there are a lot of possibilities for e-mobility transport. From CityLink to Lime, you have many options to choose from. Read more about e-mobility options in Bucharest here.

Accommodation in Bucharest

Bucharest is a budget-friendly destination, with lots of affordable options. Many of the major international hotel chains have establishments in Bucharest, but there are plenty of independent, cheaper options, from hostels to pensions.

Before booking, be sure to read up on the accommodation’s policy. For a better experience, pay attention to the following:

  • Adding an extra guest to your accommodation may result in additional costs. Be sure to know the final number of people staying before you confirm your booking.
  • For smooth travels, be aware of your accommodation’s check-in and check-out policies.
  • Room prices may vary depending on city/VAT taxes. Extra bedding, towels, accommodation activities and facilities may also occur additional costs.
  • Double check if your accommodation properties accept credit cards, require a deposit or an upfront payment.

The prices for Bucharest accommodation are (prices depend on the period in which the reservation is made, the number of days in advance, the events that take place) :

  • Hostels: from €7 / night
  • Hotels: from €40 / night
  • Apartments: from €30 / night
  • Luxury hotels: from €190 / night

Depending on your preferences, you will find accommodation in Bucharest for all pockets and for all tastes. Whether you want to stay near the airport or the stadium, or maybe you want to stay in the city center to enjoy the nightlife of Bucharest, you will find hotels that meet your needs. Just make the bookings in advance!

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