Flying to Bucharest is the most straightforward manner of getting to the capital of Romania. Bucharest is serviced by two airports: Henri Coandă Airport (Otopeni) and Aurel Vlaicu Airport (Băneasea). Both of these airports connect Bucharest with major cities in Europe, such as Naples, Paris, Pisa, Rome, Dublin, Amsterdam, Madrid, Vienna, Milan, Istanbul and Budapest. They are also used by airline companies which provide domestic flights between Bucharest and all the other major airports in Romania: Cluj, Timişoara, Iaşi.
Băneasea Airport is chiefly used for charter and low-cost flights. Blue Air, German Wings, Wizz Air and MyAir are the main airline companies operating at Băneasea, whereas Otopeni Airport is the place where Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Turkish Airlines or Lufthansa operate.
A general feature is the passengers who land at Băneasea or Otopeni can get quite easily to anywhere in Bucharest. There are plenty of buses which connect the two airports with places like the center of the city and the North Train Station.
The North Train Station is the main train station of Bucharest. Located some 3 kilometers northwest from the center of the city, this station is the terminal of plenty of trains which travel throughout Romania, linking Bucharest to all the major cities of the country.
It is also the place where the international trains heading for Romania arrive. Thus, Bucharest has railway connections with European destinations like Budapest, Vienna, Belgrade, Prague, Sofia, Athens, Istanbul, Moscow and Kiev.
In order to learn more about the trains heading to / departing from Bucharest, please visit SNCFR. Tourists interested in extending their stay in Romania might find the information on the domestic train trips from Bucharest to other national destinations useful, which is why they are advised to visit the railway guide provided by SNCFR.
For international connections, visitors should make reservations at the authorized travel agencies of the Romanian Railway Company (Compania de Căi Ferate) which can be spotted both in Bucharest and in the major cities of the country. The list of these agencies is available on the official website of the railway company.
In order to get from the train station to anywhere else in Bucharest, tourists can take the subway, the bus or the trolleybus. There are plenty of taxis outside the train station, but visitors are strongly recommended against resorting to their services, since taxi drivers tend to overprice the rides, capitalizing on tourists lack of familiarity with the city and with the national currency of Romania.
The road infrastructure of Romania is renowned for its precariousness, with few motorways and sluggish traffic. However, given Bucharest is located some 70 kilometers north of the Giurgiu-Ruse border checkpoint, the bus trip to Bucharest might not prove to be as troublesome as expected.
Tourists who come to Bucharest and enter the country through the west border checkpoints (Vidin, Drobeta Turnu Severin) might find it upsetting to realize a trip from the west border to Bucharest can take substantially longer than normally expected.
Eurolines is said to be the most reliable bus company which provides trips to Bucharest, linking the capital of Romania to virtually the entire Europe. However, other bus companies can also be resorted. The following is but a short list of these companies:
Eurolines has about 9 branch offices in Bucharest. The headquarters in the Buzeşti Street (Strada Buzeşti) is the one which operates nonstop.
Headquartered in three distinct places in Bucharest, Atlassib is yet another solution at hand for people who want to get to Bucharest by bus.
Traveling by car to Bucharest is not the most inspired solution. People who, in spite of this recommendation, want to venture into driving to the capital of Romania, must keep in mind they can follow, depending on where they start their journey, sundry European roads and motorways until they reach the Romanian border. Romania is, on the other hand, crisscrossed by national and county roads, and only by three short motorways (A1, A2 and A3 respectively) of which only two are linked to Bucharest.
For complete information on the road traffic rules of Romania, as well as for the complete map of the motorways, national and county roads, visit the National Company of Motorways and National Roads and the Road Map of Romania.Go to top