Travel from outside Romania
For those who come from outside Romania, the first destination should be Henri Coandă International Airport.
Bucharest has reasonable connections with most European capitals and with the largest cities in Romania. The city is also reached by a large number of low-costs flights, mainly from destinations in Italy and Spain as well as from some major cities in Germany, France, the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Hungary, Turkey, Austria, Israel etc. The airport is located in Otopeni, 18 km north of downtown.
Transport to the city
There are several options to get from Henri Coandă International Airport to Bucharest:
Express bus 783 goes from the airport to downtown Bucharest. It runs approximately every 20 minutes, daily, including weekends and holidays (every 40 minutes during the night). Timetable for departures from Henri Coandă Airport to the city center is available at the bus station. Expect the trip with bus 783 to be about 40 minutes long (from Piaţa Unirii to the airport) or even longer during rush hour traffic. At night the bus can be much quicker, making the journey is 20 to 30 minutes. If however you want to avoid all the route until Unirii, simply disembark at Victory Square where you can take the metro (M1,M2).
Express bus 780 links the airport with the main train station, Bucuresti Nord (Gara de Nord). It runs approximately every 40 minutes, daily (including weekends and holidays) from 5.30AM to 11.00PM.
Henri Coandă Express trains run every hour, 7 days of 7, providing transportation between Gara de Nord and Henri Coandă (Otopeni) Airport.
To facilitate the passengers’ access from the airport on Henri Coandă Express trains, boarding into the transfer minibuses from the overpass is made on the 1st floor, international arrivals area, at the ticket office.
Tickets can be purchased at all ticket counters in CFR stations and travel agencies, including the ticket office opened at the International Henri Coanda Airport.
Public Transportation in Bucharest
Bucharest’s public transport system is made up of the Bucharest Metro (signaled with big "M"), and a surface transport system run by RATB, which consist in buses, trams, trolleybuses and light rail.
Map of Bucharest metro network here: http://mapa-metro.com/mapas/Bucarest/mapa-metro-bucarest.png There are 5 subway lines, from north to south, from east to west, and you have at the entrance of any station the map of this lines. The cost for 2 trips card is 5 RON, 1 day pass for one person - 8 RON, 10 trips - 20 RON, weekly pass for one person - 25 RON, valid one month - 70 RON.
For buses, trams and trolleybuses you can buy a daily pass (8 RON, about 1.8 €) or a weekly pass (17 RON, about 4 €). See here the map of all the RATB routes in Bucharest.
Taxi Companies in Bucharest
On-demand taxi services are available at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport. You may order a taxi car by using the touch screen devices in the public area of the Arrivals Terminal. The passengers get on the taxi-cabs right outside the terminal, on the first floor, by showing the ticket issued by the automatic touch screen.
The standard tariff for taxi in Bucharest is 1.39 lei (0.30 EUR or 0.22 GBP) per kilometer. Most of the taxi companies are using this fare per kilometer. There are also other companies that have bit more expensive fares as 1.75 lei (Taxi 2000) or even 3.5 lei.
We recommend you to use only some of the biggest taxi companies. You will be able to spot the logos below on the lateral front doors and on the back of the car.
- Fare: 1.39 RON/km
- Call Center: 021 9477
- Fare: 1.39 RON/km
- Call Center: 021 9455
- Fare: 1.39 RON/km
- Call Center: 021 9451
Emergency Number in Romania
The European emergency number 112 is the only emergency number in Romania. It is possible to call 112 from a mobile phone even without a SIM card.
112 calls are answered within 4 seconds. In addition to Romanian, the calls are answered in English, French, Hungarian, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian, depending on the call center.
Accommodation in Bucharest
Intend to spend more time in Bucharest? For accommodation, you can find a fair range of hotels and hostels in Bucharest on booking.com or you can contact your local travel agency.