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About Bucharest

Romanian legend tells that Bucharest was founded on the banks of the Dambovita River by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name means “joy”. By playing the flute he amazed the people, and his wine from nearby vineyards was very popular among the local traders, who gave his name to the place.

As one of Europe’s most up-and-coming destinations, Bucharest has had to react quickly to its newfound status. As a result, there are a bevy of recently opened venues to eat, drink, shop, club and sleep. Not only this, but standards are high and local residents have come to expect only the best.

From Piaţa Universitatii, most sights of interest are easily accessible. The nearby Calea Victoriei is a great starting point for shopping. These two landmarks constitute the central Bucharest area where many of the most well-known restaurants and bars are situated. Walking in this part of the city is the best way to see Bucharest, but do not be afraid to venture further north, east and west to discover many more treasures.

Wander the tree-lined streets, take in some authentic folk art and sample a range of international cuisine. Whether you want traditional Romania or contemporary city life, come and find it all before the rest of the world does.

Bucharest night
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Tips

Good to know

Public Transport

You can easily walk or bike around the city, but you can also take the bus, tram, trolleybus or metro around Bucharest. With these forms of public transport you can get around the city safely and efficiently.

Bus, tram and trolleybus tickets can be purchased at any RATB kiosk. Punch your ticket in the machine board to avoid a fine. Transport runs from 5am to midnight.

Bucharest’s metro has four lines. Trains run every 4-7 minutes, every 15-20 off-peak, from 5:30am-11pm. Sit at the front of trains to avoid missing station signs which are not clearly signposted. The metro is good for travelling longer distances.

Tickets can be used on all means of transportation except the express buses.

Electricity

220V / 50Hz

Standard European Plug

City connections

Alghero

AHO Italy, Italian Republic

Antalya

AYT Turkey, Republic of

Atena

ATH Greece, Hellenic Republic

Barcelona

BCN Spain, Spanish State

Birmingham

BHX United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland

Bordeaux Airport

BOD France, French Republic

Bruxelles

BRU Belgium, Kingdom of

Catania

CTA Italy, Italian Republic

Cluj

CLJ Romania

Constanta

CND Romania

Copenhagen Airport

CPH Denmark, Kingdom of

Corfu

CFU Greece, Hellenic Republic

Dublin

DUB Ireland

Florence

FLR Italy, Italian Republic

Glasgow

GLA United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland

Hamburg

HAM Germany

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

HEL Finland, Republic of

Heraklion

HER Greece, Hellenic Republic

Hurghada

HRG Egypt, Arab Republic of

Koln

CGN Germany

Lamezia Terrme

SUF Italy, Italian Republic

Larnaca

LCA Cyprus, Republic of

Lisabona

LIS Portugal, Portuguese Republic

Liverpool

LPL United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland

Londra-Luton

LTN United Kingdom of Great Britain & N. Ireland

Lyon

LYS France, French Republic

Madrid

MAD Spain, Spanish State

Malaga

AGP Spain, Spanish State

Milano - Linate

LIN Italy, Italian Republic

Napoli

NAP Italy, Italian Republic

Nice

NCE France, French Republic

Oslo Airport

OSL Norway, Kingdom of

Palma de Mallorca

PMI Spain, Spanish State

Paris - Beauvais

BVA France, French Republic

Roma

FCO Italy, Italian Republic

Salonic - Thessaloniki

SKG Greece, Hellenic Republic

Sevilla Airport

SVQ Spain, Spanish State

Stockholm-Arlanda

ARN Sweden, Kingdom of

Stuttgart

STR Germany

Tel Aviv - Ben Gurion

TLV Israel, State of

Timisoara

TSR Romania

Torino - Caselle

TRN Italy, Italian Republic

Valencia

VLC Spain, Spanish State