Getting there

Bucharest is the capital city, cultural, industrial, and financial center of Romania. It is the largest city in Romania, located in the southeast of the country and access from all EU countries and from neighbor countries as well.

Getting there by plane, by car, by train.

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How can you reach Bucharest?

By plane

The Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP/LROP) is located a short distance north of the city and is Romania's busiest airport. Most low-cost airlines fly into nearby Aurel Vlaicu International Airport (BBU), in Băneasa. Numerous airlines serve these airports, from many European destinations.


To/from Henri Coandă Airport

To/from Aurel Vlaicu Airport (BBU):
The airport is situated 8 kilometres north of Bucharest city centre and is accessible by RATB buses: - from Roman Square: 131
- from Dorbanti/Herastrau: 335
- from city center (Unirii Square, University Square, Roman Square, Victoria Square) Airport Express 783.
- from North Railstation: 780 Airport Express
- tramway 5 or taxi.

By car

For those arriving by car, a driving licence, the vehicle registration documents and a valid car insurance are essential.

Coming from the direction of Vienna, Prague or Budapest, the border crossings are in Bors on the E60, Nadlac on the E64 and Varsand on the E61. Bors and Nadlac are the busiest due to trucks that pass through those two customs points. Coming from the direction of Trieste or Belgrade on the E70, the entry is in Moravita and Portile de Fier. E85 goes from Athens through Tirana and Sofia. and enters Romania in Giurgiu. The other border crossing with Bulgaria is at Vama Veche for those who come from Istanbul or Sofia on the E87. Arriving in Romania from Moscow, Kiev and Kishinev customs are in Albita on the E58 or in Sculeni, Stânca Costesti or Oancea. Coming from Warsaw, Kiev or Chernivtsi on the E85 the customs is in Siret in Bucovina.

The distances between Bucharest and European cities are: Athens-1252 km, Berlin-2154 km, Bern (Zurich)-2125 km, Brussels-2394 km, Bonn-2100 km, Budapest-893 km, Copenhagen-2587 km, Frankfurt-2100 km, The Hague (Amsterdam)-2428 km, Helsinki-2900 km, Istanbul-704 km, Kiev-1065 km, Kishinev-445 km, Lisbon-4120 km, London-2577 km, Madrid-3530 km, Minsk-1650 km, Moscow- 1963 km, Oslo-2820 km, Paris-2401 km, Prague-1465 km, Riga-1955 km, Rome-2149 km, Sofia-407 km, Stockholm-3100 km, Vienna-1100 km, and Warsaw-1797 km.

Romanian driving regulations are more or less the same as the rules in other European countries. Obviously, for every driver a valid driving licence is compulsory, as well as valid insurance (Green Card) for the car. In case of an accident, contact the police to make a report. Drinking alcohol and driving is absolutely forbidden. The speed limit inside town limits is 50 km/hour and outside built areas 90 km/hour.

By train

International sleeper trains arrive in Bucharest from to Venice, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Bratislava, Kosice, Krakow, Belgrade, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Moscow, Kiev, and Chisinau.

Train travel is generally slower than bus travel. See Infofer for domestic trains and DB Bahn website for international train timetables and fares.