In Bucharest, tourists can get around by using the public transport means and the taxis, as well as they can drive around or, why not, explore certain parts of the city on foot. Depending on their priorities, the advantages and drawbacks of each of these means must be carefully taken into account, in order to have a successful and rewarding stay in Bucharest.
The surface public transport consists of a wide network of bus, tram and trolleybus lines. Virtually all areas of Bucharest are covered by such lines, which means there is nowhere one might want to go and not have the possibility to get there by the surface public transport.
As far as tickets are concerned, the main advantage is bus, tram and trolleybus tickets are interchangeable. On top of that, ticket sale points are to be spotted throughout Bucharest, chiefly at or nearby the stations. Tickets must be validated after getting on the vehicle in order to avoid possible unpleasant circumstances, the outcome of which consists of a 50 lei fine (surcharge) (the equivalent value of some 13 euros).
Travel cards (electronic wallets) are also available. They can be used both for the surface and the underground transport, depending on the type of card purchased by the traveler.
The surface public transport is available from 5am to 11.30 pm, but the main drawback refers to the fact the buses, the trams and the trolleybuses can get quite crowded, to put it gently, not to mention during the rush hour, these means do not represent the most recommendable manner of making a tourist experience of Bucharest. Furthermore, newcomers must keep in mind that, given the circumstances, they can easily become victims of the pickpockets who exploit the situation to their advantage and at the expense of unadvised travelers.
RATB (Regia Autonomă de Transport Bucureşti, meaning the Autonomous Transport Administration of Bucharest) is the company in charge with managing the surface public transport of Bucharest. For the complete list of bus, tram and trolleybus lines, as well as for details on the ticket purchase and validation rules, use the indications below:
Taking the subway train is, by far, the most time efficient manner of searching out Bucharest. It’s true metros too can get quite crowded during the peak times, but the efficiency of this means of transport evens the said drawback.
Tickets or subscriptions can be purchased from the metro stations. The stations are indicated by a big blue sign (M), so they can be easily identified from the surface.
The underground of the capital is crossed by 4 lines (M1, M2, M3 and M4), M1 and M2 being the largest and most comprehensive of all. M1 is the line which intertwines with all the other metro lines.
Metrorex is the company which manages the underground transport of Bucharest. For the complete list of the metro stations, the map of the network of metro lines, ticket and subscription sale points and validation, use the indications below:
In Bucharest there are several taxi companies which give tourists and locals alike the possibility to get around in the city without the constraints of the public transport. Passengers should, however, pay attention at the taximeter, and make sure the fare written on the rear doors of the vehicle (or on the windows) is the one charged by the taximeter. On top of that, a previous familiarization with the streets and districts of Bucharest might come in handy in order to make sure taxi drivers do not extend the ride more than necessary.
Some of these companies have conceived special services to airport transfer purposes.
The following is a short list of the most reliable taxi companies in Bucharest:
Exploring Bucharest on foot can be quite a handful, mostly for newcomers or tourists familiar with destinations where the top things to see are crammed into a single compact area. In Bucharest, the tourist sights are scattered throughout the city, which is why visiting them all might imply the use of sundry means of transport.
On the other hand, taking long walks in the several large parks of the city or on the locally celebrated sidewalks of Bucharest can be fairly rewarding since, thus, tourists have the chance to stumble upon less popularized objectives which, nonetheless, are worth the trouble of combing the somewhat gray landscape of Bucharest.
Road traffic in Bucharest is far from being a joyful experience. On the contrary, it is, perhaps one of things one should avoid doing in Bucharest, especially during the rush hour. The chaotic traffic behavior of both the drivers and the pedestrians is a factor which, regardless of its picturesque Balkan je ne sais quoi, should keep thorough visitors far from the madding bustle of the streets.
However, given driving around in Bucharest has its acknowledged advantages, such as the enhanced autonomy of searching out the surroundings of the city and the city itself at leisure, tourists can rely on the services provided by the car rental companies which operate in Bucharest.Go to top