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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
The visas issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Visa HQ
Diplomatic Representations
List of Romanian diplomatic representations
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
By taxi in the big cities.
Bucharest has a metro (metroul).
Maps of Urban Networks
Maporama
Mapblast
UT Library on line

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Bucharest - Baneasa (BBU) 8 km / 5 miles RON 40-50 / 20-50 min RON 5 for 2 trips / 20-45 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
By bus, train.
Rail Companies
Railway company in Romania

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
The quality of the roadways is inconsistent. The only highway is from Bucharest to Pitesti. Roads are often congested with horse drawn wagons, unlit at night, and used by vehicles with defective lighting. It is therefore recommended not to drive at night. Fuel is readily accessible and plentiful. The speed limit is 50 km/h in cities and 80 km/h on all other roads. One should bring an international driver's license and validate their auto insurance.

 

The bus and train are two means of transport most commonly used. The rail network is dense and it is very easy to travel from one city to another. Beware of rush hours because tickets are often only available for sale one hour before departure. Local buses travel over short distance and are often the only way to get to some small medieval villages.;

Road Maps
Romaniatourism

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
- The city of Bucharest,
- The Black Sea,
- The Valleys of the Prahova,
- The Monasteries of northern Moldova,
- The Danube Delta,
- The Maramures,
- The Apuseni Mountains,
- The Oltenia ....

 See the page on medieval tourism in Romania.

Cultural
Museums are often closed on Monday and in some villages on Sunday as well.
Religious
Churches and monasteries (classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO) attest to the medieval legacy.
See page of the Office of Tourism.
Thermal
Spas and thermal cures are numerous in Romania.
Visit the site of the Organization of Spa Owners or to book a trip online to a seaside resort.
Also see the site of the Romanian Tourism Office
Beach
In summer it is nice to visit the Romanian Black Sea coast, particularly in the south between Mangalia and Mamaia. There are sandy beaches and numerous spas and thermal cures.
Outdoor Activities
Fishing in Bolitza and in the Aries valley.
Hiking: in the Apuseni, Maramures, and Bucovina mountains, or in the mountains of Moldova.
Tourism Organizations
Romanian Tourism Board

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
To travel in Romania, a tuberculosis screening is obligatory.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Recommendations of the World Health Organization
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Recommendations of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 

Emergency Numbers

Police (emergency) 955
Police (40 21) 315 35 34 or 311 20 21
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Bucharest (GMT +2 in winter, GMT +3 in Summer)
Summer Time Period
DST is from late March to late October.
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
The climate type is temperate continental.
In winter, the temperature drops below 0°C and as low as -15°C in the mountains and -7°C in the city. It snows heavily.
Spring and autumn are rather short and rainy.
Summer is usually very sunny and temperatures can climb to 35°C.
The coldest month is January and the hottest month is July.
For Further Information
Daily weather in major Romanian cities
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
The Romanian cuisine is extremely rich in specialties: the mamliga (polenta) that is often eaten with cheese is commonly served at breakfast.
Other dishes of vegetables, meat or fish are served throughout the day:

- sarmales: stuffed grape leaves
- zacusca: an appetizer of vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs preserved in oil or brine
- mititei: small grilled sausages
- ciorba: sour fermented vegetable soup
- muschi: barbecue
- cozonac: a sweet yeast cake swirled with a raisin walnut, and poppy seed filling

For more information on traditional recipes.

Drinks
Romanian beer, red wine and rarely white wine, following the meal a small cup of Tuica or Rachiu, the traditional plum liquor, is an "eau de vie".
In areas near the borders, schnapps or vodka is also served.
‘Ceai’ is Romanian for ‘Tchai’, a tea infusion.
Dietary Restrictions
Serving rare meat is unthinkable in Romania, so if you really want a rare steak, you will have to give instructions about how long to cook the steak. Snails are not generally consumed.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Romanian New Leu
ISO Code
RON
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The Romanian currency is the Leu (“Lei" in the plural) (pronunciation: lay). Bills are in the denominations: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 lei. The coins are in the denominations: 1, 5, 10 and 50 bani rooms (pronunciation: bahnee) 1leu = 100 bani. The transition to the euro (EUR) is expected in 2012.

 

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and official exchange bureaus ("casa de schimb" or "birou of schimb valutar"). Money exchange bureaus are available in airports and major hotels. The ATMs are accessible at major city banks, airports and shopping malls. However they are rare in villages. Credit cards American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted at major hotels, car rental agencies and shopping malls in large cities. Far from the tourist centers and large cities, credit cards are not so widely accepted.

Possible Means of Payment
It is preferred to pay in cash rather than with credit card.

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Speaking

Official Language
Romanian, spoken by 89.4 % of the population.
Other Languages Spoken
It is important to note that the Hungarian and German are also widely spoken in the country. Regarding foreign languages, the most commonly spoken in Romania are English and French. After a decade, the speaking of Russian has slightly diminished.
Business Language
French, English and German.
Getting Some Knowledge
For courses Romanian: Easyromania.com
To learn a few phrases: Romanianlessons.com
Free Translation Tools
Tranexp : Translation software and handheld translators
Ectaco : Handheld translators

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Useful Resources

To Find an Apartment
Example of short-term apartment rentals
Example of short and long-term apartment rentals

To Find a Job
Romania on line: List of job recruitment websites in Romania
Job: Website ads for jobs in Romania
Romania.jobs: Website ads for jobs in Romania

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