While planing your trip, please take some of the following into consideration........ thank you :
Romania is a SAFE country.
though, in crowded places, be careful to the very experienced pick-pockets.
be sure to keep your passport and other documents in a safe place
local currency is the Romanian Leu (RON) - it is rather hard to come by outside the coutnry, therefore.... don't bother looking for it, as you can find several places to exchange money in Romania
in towns and cities several ATMs, exchange offices and banks (incl. for exchanging Traveller's Cheques) can be found in each and every corner. Regular working hours: 09:00 - 17:00 (weekdays).
avoid changing large amounts of money at train / bus stations and airports (as the exchange rate is not the best)
very important: at exchange offices, look twice for the exchange rate and the notice "Commission 0%" (otherwise, you could be tricked)
do not exchange money on the street at dubious persons
after leaving Romania, it will be hard to change the local currency RON to any other currency; therefore we suggest to be careful on the amounts of money exchanged in the last few days of your stay. Though, you can exchange RON into (almost) any currency at exchange offices in the city and at the airport.
** in Romania bills do not include the services !! **
restaurants, bars & taxis: a 10-15% tip is espected (please do not use coins as they are considered an offence)
hotel staff (bell-boy, room service etc.): 1-3euro/serivce
drivers & local guides: 1-2euro/person/day
tour guides: 2-4euro/person/day
Please take into consideration....
always use yellow & marked cabs
coins do not have any value in Romania and therefore tipping in coins is considered to be an offence
in restaurant-menus, all dishes, garnishes, salads, bread etc. are specified separately and are to be ordered separately
do not exchange money with foreigners on the street
Getting here & back
on January 1st, 2007 Romania joined the European Union - therefore the same conditions apply as for entering other EU-states
although the major international airport is located in Bucharest (Henri Coanda airport), there are numerous smaller airports which offer domestic and international flight connections (especially for low-cost carriers)
if you are travelling from the US, please try the regular direct New York - Bucharest flight
check out some of the numerous low-cost carriers: www.blueair-web.com, www.skyeurope.com, www.wizzair.com, www.myair.com.
distances are measured in kilometers (km)
very important while planing your trip: average driving speed is 60km/h (due to road conditions)
for train travelers the Romanian railway company offers good connections and quality-trains, especially the newly introduced Blue Arrow. www.cfr.ro
very affordable taxi prices (average km pricing: 0,50 eur), mostly in Romanian vehicles (www.dacia.ro), except the ones at airports and train stations
rent-a-car services offer a large variety of vehicles, though you must be very careful driving yourself as Romanian drivers are quite "nervous" and street signs are often lacking
Romanians are very open and welcoming people
in larger towns and cities, most Romanians speak besides Romanian also: English, French or German. So it is relatively easy to get information.
in rural areas, you need someone who speaks the local language
try attending one of the many traditional Romanian holidays like: Easter (May 1 st ), Christmas, National Day (December 1 st ), commemoration of Orthodox saints or local celebrations. For more detailed informations, please feel free to contact us.
Country Handbooks & Informations
for infos on specific towns, please use www.ghid(NAME OF THE TOWN).ro (ex. for Brasov: www.ghidBRASOV.ro)
the best guidebook on Romania is the Rough guide (www.roughguides.com)