This is where you can find useful links, help, advice and information about Romania.
Romania is situated in the south west of Europe, and is 237, 500 sq km in size. It is in the central European time zone – GMT + 2. The Carpathian mountains divide the country through the north and west. Bucharest is situated on the Wallachian plain to the south. You can see some maps here:
Romania joined the EU in 2007. Citizens of Canada and Japan can stay for up to 90 days without a visa. Citizens of Turkey can stay for up to 60 days and American citizens for up to 30 days. Citizens of all other non-EU countries, including Israel, are required to obtain a visa from their local Romanian Embassy or Consulate.
Here are a few useful links to sites for planning your travel to and withing Romania:
European trains to and from Romania: www.oebb.at
Internal Rail Timetable: www.mersultrenurilorcfr.ro
Eurolines European Bus Services: http://www.eurolines.ro
Internal bus services around Romania: www.autogari.ro
Buses and trams are plentiful in Bucharest, but it is not easy to tell which bus goes where and even for short journeys in the center they are often packed to bursting point. You can buy tickets from booths near the bus stops. Once on the bus you need to stamp the ticket in a machine.
Bucharest buses and trams: www.ratb.ro
The Bucharest Metro system is an easy and safe way to travel around the city. The stations cover most areas, especially in the center, and there are only four lines so navigating your journey is not too difficult. The stations themselves could do with more signs and assistants, but if you follow the crowd you usually can’t go far wrong. The minimum ticket is for two journeys and costs 2.00 lei but you can also buy tickets valid for ten journeys for 6.00 lei as well as commuter passes. Tickets are only available from official booths in the stations.
Bucharest metro: http://www.metrorex.ro
Bucharest has a continental climate, meaning hot summers and cold winters, with generally dry conditions. There is a difference, of course, between the weather systems of the Carpathian mountains and the Wallachian plain to the South and East, where Bucharest is located. Temperatures can get into the thirties Celsius in summer and reach below freezing in winter. Average temperature is 11 degrees in the plains and 2 degrees in the mountains.
You can find out the current weather conditions here:
Banking and Currency
In 2007 Romania introduced a new currency, the RON. You can get RON in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 200 and 500. At the time of writing, 1 dollar roughly equals 2.5 RON. Exchange houses are plentiful, safe and easy to use but you will need your passport to make a transaction. They can be found all over Bucharest and in any of the major towns across the country. Banks also frequently have exchange centers. Banking hours are, on average, from 9am to 5pm. Cash machines are common in the bigger cities and will accept credit cards.
You can find the latest exchange rates here: The National Bank of Romania
Customs and Traditions
Romanians are very friendly people and a great emphasis is placed on hospitality, especially for travellers. Large meals are common. You will often find yourself bombarded with many questions about yourself and your country. Men and women greet each other with a kiss. Women walk down the street linking arms or holding hands. Big handshakes are common among men. Romanians are a very expressive people and conversations are often accompanied by much gesticulation. The country is largely Christian Orthodox in religion – about 85% of the people.