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1. Posted by ggina2309 (Budding Member 3 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hello guys,

At the beginning of May I will go on a short 4-day trip to Romania, more precisely in Bucharest. I would like to hear from you and tell me if you have visited Romania and whether you liked it or not.

- Where did you stay in Bucharest? Do you have places you recommend?

- How was the food? Did the food seem expensive to you? Any places you recommend?

- Have you ever visited something special? Like old tea house/coffee shop, theater, museums?

- How is it with transport in Bucharest? Is the public transportation system good enough or should I consider renting a car? I want to mention that I will have to leave the city quite often and I will have to move quickly from one place to another

Was it easy or difficult to communicate with the hotel / restaurant / shop staff?

Thank you in advance for your recommendations 😊

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1518 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hi ggina

I stayed in a hostel, walkable from the centre. It was... ok. Bucharest is mostly concrete, has a problem with stray dogs, and isn't the prettiest part of Romania. But the old town has things to see - I did a "free" walking tour, which I'd highly recommend - a google of Bucharest free walking tour will find them. You pay only what you want as a tip afterwards.

Communication was fine - everyone I interacted with understood enough English.

I didn't linger long in the city - we hopped on a train to Brasov to see some of Transylvania, and this was great with woodlands and hills, easy hikes, and some historic buildings.

It was all very cheap. Compared to the UK most things were a quarter of the price. For instance we went to a local swimming complex in Brasov, and for a "poor" country they had far better facilities than we have at home - swimming plus sauna suite, jacuzzis, steam baths, etc, was a couple of pounds. Evening meal in a restaurant for two or three pounds. A good place to spend some time.

3. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 194 posts) 5w 3 Star this if you like it!

Romania

  • very cheap
  • no issue with communication
  • no issue with food
  • drink is cheap

Bucharest

  • very cheap
  • good public transport and no need for a car as a tourist
  • nice city

My trip:
I was there for an extended weekend and took a train from Bucharest to Brasov. Also visited Bran and Rasnov. Great experience!

https://www.travellerspoint.com/map/#/trip/590739

4. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1207 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

I spent a fantastic driving trip in Romania two years ago. It was one of the greatest trips I've taken. I ranged all over the country. Bucharest, to me, was one of the only two let downs (the other being Cluj Napoca, not relevant).

I tend to agree with AndyF. Bucharest is mostly concrete, and often ramshackle. The Old Town is okay, though. The country is relatively inexpensive.. I found the restaurants I went into had it where if you ordered, say, a steak, that's what you'd get. Nothing else. Everything else was itemized. Be ready for that. I didn't eat anywhere super special, though. Fancy eating was not my intent.

The people were lovely and friendly. The booze was cheap. There was some English, though more in the city. I can't help you with the transport issues. I had a car the whole time.

Romania is a worthwhile destination. Have fun.

5. Posted by katieshevlin62 (Full Member 17 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

I loved Romania. I enjoyed my time in Bucharest, found it very interesting and the people lovely. I stayed in airbnb's all the way and they were great. I also visited Brasov, which was a quaint wee town. I agree do the free walking tour in Bucharest and Brasov. They are great and remember to give them a tip! :)

6. Posted by ggina2309 (Budding Member 3 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for the answers!

I found a very nice place to stay (thanks to airbnb) right in the Old Town. I think it will ease my transportation within the city and help me find the main attractions.

Because I have to go outside Buchares almost daily, I’m still not sure which option is best. Train? Renting a car? If you have any further advice, please tell me 😊

P.s: Guuys, you talked so beautiful about Brasov, that I’m thinking to make a stop there

7. Posted by stephany1865 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Hi ggina,

In 2018 I made a trip to Romania and decided to use the rental services offered by -snip-

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

8. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1518 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting stephany1865

Hi ggina,

In 2018 I made a trip to Romania and decided to use the rental services offered by -snip-

Hi Stephany1865

Have you any advice to give on the practicalities of getting around by car from Bucharest? I'm sure the OP can find a car rental company and your suggestion fell foul of our spam rules but I'm sure any advice you had would be useful.

9. Posted by AStraveler (Inactive 4 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

I had an amazing time during my trip to Bucharest. The city is famous for beautiful gardens, amazing architecture, beautiful cathedrals, several Escape Rooms, and much more. Four days is more than enough I think. Anyway, I would appreciate the timing that you have chosen to travel. The month of May is the best time to visit Bucharest as it is neither too hot nor too cold. So, the weather would be pleasant throughout the day. Now, let me help you with your queries!

I stayed at Hotel Capitol, which is located in the heart of -snip-. As it was close to several landmarks, museums, restaurants, and shopping area, I could save a lot of time. It would be perfect for you, as you are here for a short visit.

Food is cheap at some of the places. As my hotel was about two minutes away from Bucharest Old Town, I used to have most of my meals at the Caru’ cu Bere. There are several cafés and restaurants in Old Town where you can relish authentic as well as international dishes.

I would recommend you to visit the Cotroceni Palace and Museum as well as the Palace of Parliament. Both of them are ‘must-visit’ places of Bucharest, so add them to your itinerary now!

You may consider renting a bike to explore various areas. As there are several bike friendly routes, you will have a comfortable trip. Alternatively, you may book a ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus tours so that you can visit all attractions effortlessly.

At most of the places, you will find tours in English, Italian, and French languages. So, language was not a problem! Also, in the local shops, you will be able to find some of the other person who can understand English.

A few more tips that I would like to share is that if you are planning to hire a taxi then UBER would be the best choice as the local taxis may overcharge tourists. Do not smoke in public places as it is prohibited. Also, the traffic is insane in Bucharest, so drive or cross the roads carefully. Have a safe trip! ;)

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

10. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1207 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

There is a decent aggregate rental Service that is British that can find you a good rental from Bucharest. I rented a car for a month long trip from this service and was so incredibly happy about it that I hugged my car as I left it behind. You can, ( I think the rules allow this) private message me if you can't find the service yourself