tourist attractions are unique in Europe
Bucharest ( BUH );
No vaccinations are required to
enter Romania from any country.
No airport tax is levied on
passengers upon embarkation at the airport.
(not for re-saleand not for children): 4 litres of wine or beer, 1 litre of
spirits, 200 cigarettes or 200 grammes of other tobacco articles;
reasonable quantities ( not for resale!)of perfume, medicines and travel
souvenirs, 200 grammes of cocoa, 200 grammes of coffee;
two cameras, one small movie camera, 24 cassete films, one portable radio,
one TV set, one tape recorder, 1 binocular and 1 typewritter;
small gifts up to a value of ROL 2,000;
jewelry and art objectsprovided inscribed in the entry customs declaration.
All kinds of uncanned animal
products, meats, milk or diary products.
cats and dogs need a combined
Health and Rabies Inoculation Certificate (legalized by Veterinary Service
in the country of origin), issued at least 1 month, but not more than 12
months (for cats six months before transportation).
any souvenirs bought at tourists or stateshops accompanied by a billstating
that they were paid in foreign currency;
gifts up to ROL 1,000.-
clearance: baggage is cleared at
the first airport of entry in Romania.
baggage of transit passengerswith a
destinationoutside Romania, provided the onward flights is within 24 hours.
Bucharest being the
country's capital, is naturally the most heavily populated and important
city in Romania. It is also the nation's principal city for political,
administrative, economic, financial, educational,scientific and cultural
affairs. After decades of almost complete isolation imposed by the former
comunism regime, it is now working hard to re-establish its ties to other
large European cities and to show that Bucharest is, once again, an European
centreof culture, forward looking, dynamic and attactive for its beauty and
The city is located on the
plain in Muntenia County in the South-east of Romania, just 60 to 90 metres
above sea-level, on the Dambovita and Colentina rivers.
Population and Area
The city occupies an area of
228 sq. km and has a population of 2,021,000 that accounts for 15% of the
urban and 9% of the national total. In terms of population, Bucharest ranks
third in the region, after Athens and Istanbul.
86% of Bucharest's population
is Christian-Orthodox. There is also a large Roman Catholic community as
well as adherents to the greek Catholic, Baptist, Adventist, Jewish etc.
Bucharest is a city with a
profound cultural heritage. It boasts a large number of historical
buildings, museums, theatres, concert halls, cinemas, bookshops, art
galleries, other attractions at very affordable prices. Visitors who enjoy
such places will find themselves spoilt for choice, with too little time to
indulge in them all.
For the administrative point
of view, Bucharest is divided in 6 districtes, calles "Sectors",
divided radially from the centre of the city ( Piata Universitatii). Each
sector is represented by an elected deputy-major, all of whom are
subordinate to the General Major of the city. Bucharest also has a governor
and two deputy governors appointed by the Prime-Minister.
of 1 July 2005, Romania's legal tender, previously coded as ROL, has been
redenominated so that ROL 10,000 are exchanged for 1 new leu (RON).The
existing banknotes and coins, i.e. the old lei, shall be legal tender until end-December
31 December 2006, the existing banknotes and coins, i.e. the old lei, are to
be replaced gradually by the new banknotes and coins.
1 January 2007, the exchange shall be made only at the NBR branches
carrying out payments and at the offices of the credit institutions
authorised by the NBR Governor's order to perform the exchange.There is no
time limit for exchanging ROL notes and coins for RON notes and coins.
can be changed at banks, hotels and at the numerous currency exchanges
offices throughout the city. Much of the time the exchange rate given at
these small exchange offices is more favourable than those of the high
street banks. Wherever you you choose to exchange your money, visitors are
warned to look carrefully at the comission rate before handing over any
money. some places try to take advantage of the unwary by charging comission
rates up to 10%. These days, however, the majority of money changers
have found a commission free rate attracts more custom!
are normally open for public business between 09.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. (
many are open until 03.30 p.m.) Monday to Friday. They are closed on
Saturday and Sunday and public holidays.
can be called at 955.
offices are open for various services between 08.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.
can be found near all the major hotels, outside subway stations, railway
stations, main street corners and airports, etc. You can order one from the
licensed companies or even stop a taxi in the street. Always check the
price, bfore travelling!
ticket for public transport must be pourchased before travelling by tram,
bus or trolley-bus. these can be purchased from special kiosks that be found
at major cross-roads and major bus stations. this type of ticket must be
then punched (using the special machine that all buses and trams carry)
immediatly upon boarding. For Express buses and underground ( subways ),
there are magnetic cards (purchased from the same places as one trip tickets
above). Subway trains run at approximately five minute intervals from 05.00
a.m. to 12.00 p.m. The subway is known as the "Metro" and station
entrances are marked by square sighs with a large white "M"
on a blue background.
Airport ( international flights) - phone: 021-2041000;
Airport ( domestic flights and few international flights) - phone
reservations call one of the SNCFR ( National Romanian Railways Society).
- Special Information;
- Railway Information ( SNCFR );
- Time; 981 - Fire Fighters; 9591 - Weather
- International Telephone Servies;
- Consumer Protection; 983 - Family Protection
- Health emergency; 973 - Puls;
- SOS Medical & Ambulance emergencies;
- Salvavet (veterinary )
41 90 - Stomatological ( dental ) emergencies
useful phone numbers:
- Tarom reservatins;
- Taxi Meridian
- Taxi Perozzi