Blue Air, British Airways, Ryanair and Wizz all fly direct to Romania from the UK. London to Bucharest is just over 3 hours. Bucharest’s main airport is Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) located just over 10 miles from central Bucharest. Romania’s other airports are Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport (CLJ), Sibiu International Airport (SBZ) and Timisoara Traian Vuia International Airport (TSR).
There are no direct trains from London to Bucharest so take the opportunity to stop off in some of Europe’s other cities – your options include London, Paris, Munich and Bucharest and London, Brussels, Cologne and Bucharest – for train times all across Europe check out www.bahn.de. The train station in Bucharest is Gara de Nord (Bucureşti Nord).
By car the trip will take a good 24 hours, by coach Eurolines will get you there in around 44 hours with stops in Belgium & Germany for about £130 one way.
Constanta on the Black Sea is Romania’s main port but the best way to get to Romania by boat is up the Danube with optional stops at Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest along the way.
Having arrived at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport, take the shuttle bus from the Arrivals Terminal to the CFR ‘Airport Stop’, from there take the CFR train to Gara de Nord (Bucureşti Nord) in Bucharest – a one-way ticket will cost 6.8 lei. Alternatively, take the 780 Express bus to Gara de Nord – this service runs throughout the day & night. Price for one journey is 3.5 lei. A taxi can be booked using the touch screen machines in Arrivals – the taxis are located outside the terminal on the fist floor – just show your ticket issued by the touch screen machine. Price is maximum 3.5 lei per KM.
Public transport in Romanian cities is very good and mainly involves buses, trams, trolleybuses and maxitaxis. Bucharest has a metro system. Tickets for buses and trams can be bought at newsagents or kiosks with bilete or casă de bilete. Don’t forget to validate your ticket once onboard.
Train travel tends to be slow but it is reliable and covers most of the country including the top tourist destinations. The national rail network is Căile Ferate Române (CFR). Sosire is Arrivals and plecare is Departures.