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These few tips will help you keep your smile during your visit in Romania.


GETTING HERE


• by air

Bucharest is connected with the world's major airports by regular and charter flights of Romanian air carriers (notably Tarom, the national carrier) or by the foreign airlines with offices in Bucharest (KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, Swiss, Turkish Airlines, Malev, Alitalia, British Airways, Australian Airlines...).
Actually, there are low cost companies operating in Bucharest, Timisoara, Sibiu, Targu Mures, Cluj Napoca.
Romania's international airports are in Bucharest - Henri Coanda and Baneasa, Constanta - Mihail Kogalniceanu, Timisoara, Targu Mures and Cluj-Napoca.
Henri Coanda International Airport is located in Otopeni, 18 km from Bucharest city center. Transfers can be made by airport shuttle bus (line 783) or by taxi. It is wise to agree the price with the taxi driver before the transfer. Check this with your travel agent. Tour operators provide transfers at very competitive rates.



• by rail
International express trains connect the main central European capitals with Bucharest city, the main cities and the Black Sea coast.
For timetable see
www.cfr.ro or the Austrian one www.oebb.at

• by road
The principal access routes into Romania are: Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest-Petea E81; Wien, Prague, Budapest-Bors E60 or Nadlac E64 or Varsand E671; Trieste, Belgrade-Moravita E70 or Portile de Fier E70; Athens, Tirana, Sofia-Giurgiu E85; Istanbul, Sofia-Vama Veche E87; Moscow, Kiev, Chernovitz-Siret E85. All roads are marked in accordance with the international regulations.
When crossing the border, don't forget to purchase the ROVIGNETA - the compulsory road tax for the use of all national roads and the motorways !!!
Actually you may buy it online on the website www.roviniete.ro


WEATHER

In the last years, general climate has changed.
Those who are thinking to visit Romania in the Summertime may expect temperatures up to 40°C in the South, and up to 30 in the other regions. Sometimes, you may have rather hard storms, but not tornadoes.
In winter, snow of about 15-25 cm, but not lasting more than two weeks, and temperatures up to 15°C below zero.


DRIVING
Driving is like in Continental Europe (on the right side of the road and overtaking on the left). When driving on international roads, cross lights should be on in day time too.
• Driving licence
An international driving permit (IDP) could be useful. If you don't have one, your national licence should suffice (all European national driving licenses, the American and Canadian ones are recognised too). The British driving licence holders should note that licences not bearing a photo of the holder have been known to upset traffic police; try to get an IDP before you arrive.
• Speed limits in Romania
- 50 km/h inside localities
- 90 km/h on normal roads
- 100 km/h on national and European (E) roads
- 130 km/h on highways

There are fix and mobile speed cameras (speedometers) inside localities, as well as outside.

• Road tax
A road tax vignette (ROVINIETA in Romanian) should be bought after crossing the border from petrol stations. It allows you driving on national roads. For the moment, there are no highway taxes.
• Alcoholemy
The accepted alcoholemy is O!!!
• Fuel
You may buy all sorts of fuel, including GPL, in all major petrol stations. Major fuel distributors are present in Romania, as well as in towns and along the roads.
• Be careful
Take care especially when driving across villages!
You can meet on the road hen, geese, different animals (cows, dogs, sheep etc.), bicyclists, carts etc. Frequently in the afternoon and in the evening, sometimes even by night, the main roads in the villages are quite populated. Driving slow in villages is also a matter of respect to local people...
Don't believe all stories about driving on Romania roads! It's true we have a latin spirit in driving, but don't imagine that if you want to visit Romania and drive a car in Romania will be your worst decision you've ever made....


LANGUAGES

Besides Romanian (the official language), most of young people speak English, French or Italian. In Transylvania, many people speak Hungarian or German too.

PASSPORTS/VISAS
EU and American citizens don't need any visa for entering Romania. They may use only their ID card.
All those having valid passports recognized by the Romanian State might obtain entry or transit visa from the Romanian diplomatic and consular offices abroad. Applicants must prove they have the means to support themselves financially for the period of their stay in Romania.
Full updated information about visas can be found on the web site of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania

CURRENCY

National currency is LEU (plural LEI).
All major currencies are accepted in exchanges and banks. US$ notes issued before 1992 are accepted with difficulty.
Marked, torn or very used bank notes are often refused at the exchanges. Please ensure that every currency you bring is in good condition.
Avoid changing currency in the street!!! You risk being crooked
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TRAVELLER CHEQUES
You may cash them especially in banks (the exchange is open currently till 4pm).
Many merchants, including hotels and restaurants, do not accept travellers cheques.


CARDS

Visa and Mastercard/Eurocard, are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and some important shops. American Express is rarely accepted. You usually have to show your passport. It is however advisable to check in advance.

ATM-s (cash distributors)
The ATM network is in extension. Depending on bank owning the ATM or the bank which issued your card, there could be a daily sum limit.

MEDICATION
Actually, you may find in Romania most of medication for common use. As brand names differ, please ensure to bring your own medication.

VACCINATION
No special vaccination required.

PHONE CALLS
The country code is 40.
Direct dial national and international calls are available in most places. Use phonecards for public phones. For cell phones, you may buy Prepaid cards (Vodafone, Orange, Cosmote). VOIP phone cards (low cost communication via internet) are available in Post Offices or newspapers kiosks too.
For special services numbers of 3 or 4 figures (only in Bucharest) are used: 931 - telephone directory center, 952 - train timetable.

The national emergency number (Police, Ambulance, Firebrigade etc.) is 112.

INTERNET
In most of the towns you may find Internet cafés. Prices are reasonable - about 1 EUR/hour. Some hotels have local internet networks (cable or wireless).
Many cafés, clubs and restaurants have free internet hotpoints.


ELECTRICITY
220V/ 50 Hz AC, European plugs with grounding (SHUKO).

We wait for you to decide to visit Romania! You won't regret it.