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Romania Getting There - International Travel
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Air

Romania’s national airline is Tarom (RO).

Other airlines that fly to Bucharest include Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa and Swiss.

Approximate flight times

Approximate times are as follows:

From Bucharest to London is 3 hours.

International airports

Bucharest (BUH) (Otopeni) is 16km (10 miles) north of the city (travel time – 25 minutes). The airport has been very much updated in recent years, but some visitors may find it somewhat limited compared to Western European or American standards. A bar, snack bar, restaurant, left luggage, first aid, post office, car hire and full duty free services are available. There is an express bus service (bus no. 783) which runs every 15 minutes between 0530-2330 Monday-Friday and every 30 minutes Saturday-Sunday and holidays; the journey takes roughly 40 minutes. Taxis, minibuses and limousines are available 24 hours (travel time – 25 minutes).

There are also international airports at Arad (ARW), Constanta (CND) (Mihail Kogalniceanu), Cluj (CLJ), Sibiu (SBZ) and Timisoara (TSR).

Departure tax

None

Sea

The main international passenger port is Constanta on the Black Sea.

Sea ferries

Not running at present. Contact the Romanian National Tourist Office for up-to-date information (see Contact Addresses section).

River cruises

Sailings from Passau to Constanta on the Black Sea along the Danube are available; these stop at a variety of places of interest, including Budapest, Bazias, Bratislava, Giurgiu, Vienna, Calafat and Bucharest. The cruises include different itineraries: archaeological sites, historic towns, monasteries, art collections, museums, folk evenings, nature reserves, spas and of course, the dramatic scenery of Eastern Europe, including the ‘Iron Gate’ through the Carpathians. With the opening of the Main-Danube Canal, some companies now offer travel as far west as Rotterdam along the Rhine. For further information, contact the Romanian Tourism Promotion Office (see Contacts section).

Rail

The main international train from Western Europe to Romania (Bucharest) is the Wiener Waltzer, which runs to Bucharest only in summer (June to September) and includes 2 nights’ travel from Basel, arriving in Bucharest 2 days later. There are no through carriages from Basel, which means moving to the Bucharest coaches in Vienna. As well as day carriages, there are sleeping cars from Vienna to both Bucharest and Constanta on the Black Sea coast. There are also trains from other Eastern European cities. InterRail allows unobstructed train travel in Romania.

Road

The most direct international routes to Romania are through Austria, Germany and Hungary. The best route from Hungary is the E64 from Budapest to Szeged through Arad, Campina, Brasov and Ploiesti. There is also a route from Szeged to Timisoara. A more frequently used route from Hungary to Germany is via the E60 through Oradea. Eurolines, departing from Victoria Coach Station in London, serves destinations in Romania. For additional information, contact Eurolines (tel: (08705) 143 219; e-mail: welcome@eurolines.co.uk). For permit regulations, see Documentation in the Getting Around – Internal Travel section.
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