Bucharest Romania ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
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Key information about Bucharest

Population

1,830,000

Country
Romania
Money
Currency
RON - Romanian Leu (L)
Exchange rate
1 USD = 4.15 RON
ATM fees

Official bank ATMs don't charge fees; avoid Euronet ATMs as they have high fees (plus your own bank's fees)

Credit cards

Accepted almost everywhere

Tipping

5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis

Airport
Main airport

Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP)

Airport to city center

Airport Bus #783 (~5 RON), Taxi (~50 RON - order from the official kiosk machines in the Arrivals Hall)

Other options

Flights from European countries to other cities in Romania, such as Cluj and Timisoara, are possible.

Transportation
Taxi apps

Star Taxi, Uber

Public transportation

Metro: 5 RON for two-trip ticket
Tram/Light rail: 1.3 RON per ride (cannot buy onboard)
Bus: 1.3 RON per ride (cannot buy onboard)

Getting around

Tickets need to be purchased at stations or kiosks; unlimited monthly passes are available for the metro and for the bus/tram system and can be purchased at kiosks located at major stations

SIM card
Best options

Vodafone, Orange

Expected cost

25 RON for 5 GB data valid for 1 month

How to buy

Visit an official network shop in the city center. 5 minutes needed. Bring ID.

Language
Official language(s)

Romanian

Level of English

High

Food
Tap water

Not drinkable

Overall cuisine

Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine.

Local food specialities

Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi

Eat like a local

Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias

Vegetarian / vegan options

33 listings on Happy Cow

Food delivery apps

FoodPanda, Takeaway.com, UberEats

Supermarkets

Mega Image: Standard supermarket, fresh food and bakery, reasonable prices, locations everywhere, delivery available
Kaufland: Huge selection, reasonable prices, good offering of vegetarian/vegan items, only a couple of locations
Carrefour: Hypermarket, decent selection, good prices, few locations, delivery available
Local markets: Great selection of fruits and vegetables, low prices, Obor Market is the largest