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Introduction

Oradea

Oradea

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Oradea is the capital city of the Bihor County in the northwest of Romania and has about 200,000 inhabitants in the city, and around 250,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area.

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Getting There

By Plane

The Oradea International Airport (OMR) has flights to Satu Mare and Bucharest and is supposed to have more flights to other Romanian and Italian cities from 2011 onwards. Oradea Transport Local provides a bus service between Oradea International Airport and the city centre of Oradea. Cabs/taxis are also available.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Atlantic Hotel - Oradeastr. Iosif Vulcan, nr. 9Hotel-
Eden HotelStr Cantacuzino nr.4Hotel-
Elite Hotelstr.I.C. Bratianu 26HOTEL-
Hotel Continental Forum OradeaAleea Strandului 1Hotel-
Impero HotelB-Dul Decebal, No 69Hotel-
Iris HotelBorsului Road 400Hotel-
Maxim HotelVictor Babes 5Hotel-
Oradea HostelOradea, Tudor Vladimescu 40.hostel-
SilverHotelLouis Pasteur, nr 102hotel-
Transit HotelStr.Ogorului nr. 62Hotel-
Perla Hotel - OradeaBaile 1 Mai, Nr. 65/BHotel-
Avalon RoomsPrimariei 35GUESTHOUSE-
Oradea Room to Rent5 Primariei streetGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes exist in most cities and towns. The number of internet cafes seems to be declining in bigger cities recently because of cheap availability of computers and the rising living standard here. Wifi is widely available in University areas, airports, public squares, parks, cafes, hotels and restaurants. Pay-as-you-go Wifi is also available in many venues. If uncertain, look for plazas near the Town Hall, large parks or other important buildings. Most (if not all) McDonald's restaurants and Starbucks in Romania have Wifi access and so do most 3-star (and higher) hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Romania's country code is +40. To dial to other countries from Romania, dial 00 and then the international number usually without the first 0.
Public phones work well and are available in all areas. You must purchase a phonecard from a kiosk to use them. When dialing within Romania, dial 0 + three digit area code + six digit telephone.

There are five networks - four GSM/3G (Orange Romania, Vodafone, Cosmote and DigiMobil) and one CDMA (Zapp). Orange and Vodafone have almost full national coverage (98-99% of the surface of the country), while the newly-merged Cosmote+Zapp are expanding quickly. Tariffs are average for the European Union (€0.08-0.30/min, €0.04 per SMS). Both pre-paid cards and subscriptions are available, and special options for discounted international calls exist with some pricing plans. Roaming is available but is, like in most of the EU, rather expensive. Pre-paid cards or recharge codes can be bought in almost every shop, either rural or urban.

On prepaid SIMs you can activate extra options ("extraopţiune") starting from €5 (+ 24% VAT) in total = RON27-32, with a validity period of 30 days, containing thousands (200 -3,000) of minutes and SMSs within the same network and up to 100 minutes outside the network, including most European Union fixed land-line networks and two or three mobile networks.

Post

Posta Romana is the national postal service of Romania. Postal services are generally very affordable, reliable and reasonably fast. Post boxes are red and can be found near the post offices, along the street or in main train stations. Post offices can be found in even the smallest towns and the opening hours are generally Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm and Saturday 8:00am to 12:00, closed on Sunday. You can buy stamps here or at kiosks. Prices for international mail start at around €0.55 and takes at least 3-5 days to countries within Europe. It's slightly cheaper and faster for domestic mail to be send. Intercontinental post is slightly more expensive but takes much longer. For slightly more expensive but faster and more reliable services you can also try international courier companies like TNT, DHL, FedEx or UPS.

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