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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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) :
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!