Question - I have to get from Bucharest Otopeni airport to Piata Unirii in the city. I know that there is a metro station Piata Unirii, but what do I do to get from the airport to the metro? Is this the fastest way?
Thanks in advance
You can get a bus (783, i believe) direct from the airport to Unirii, which might take a bit longer, but saves you hassle of transferring, having to have small denomination LEI to buy metro tickets etc
Maybe you also know what is the best way to get from Piata Unirii/or from Sos. Viilor, if possible, to the train station?
Gelli is right, you can take bus 783 from in front of the airport, it goes straight to Piata Unirii (btw this bus is the only public transportation link between Otopeni airport and Bucharest city). This bus runs daily between 5.30AM and 11.05PM and a two trips card for it (the cheapest type available) costs 7 lei (about €2).
In case you want to make it a bit faster, instead of taking bus 783 all the way to Piata Unirii, you can get off at Piata Victoriei station and from there take the subway on line M2 to Piata Unirii; a two-trips card for the subway is just 2.2 lei (€0.6).
If for some reason you decide to take a taxi from the airport into town remember to be very careful: at the airport take only taxis owned by a company named FlyTaxi and don't accept to pay more than the equivalent of €20 (that's the normal price for the trip into town, but there still are some bogus taxi drivers at that airport that can charge you hundreds of euros for it).
Thanx so much, rmm!
That's the main thing I'm afraid of - getting ripped off by a taxi driver.
I assume that by "the train station" you mean Bucharest North (Gara de Nord) station, that's the main one (but there are also three other smaller stations).
So, to get to Bucharest North train station from Piata Unirii just take the subway on line M1 and get off at Gara de Nord.
To get to that train station from the Viilor area, frankly it's better to get from there to Piata Unirii with tramways 7 or 32 and then do as above.
You could also take bus 173 from Viilor road to the 13 Septembrie area and then trolleybus 96 all the way to the station, but that will take longer and it might get quite confusing.
Yes, taxis can be a problem (in Bucharest there are unfortunately two types of taxis: the ones operated by companies, which are generally OK to use and the ones operated by individual taxi drivers, which should be avoided at all costs.)