Visit Bucharest - Best of Bucharest
Capital of Romania, also the main cultural, industrial, and financial centre. The city is home to nearly two million people. Founded in the early 15th century, the city has unfortunately lost much of its charming past.
It is known there were settlements here since antiquity. The Old Princely Court, the ruins of which can still be seen, was erected in the mid-16th century. Eventually, it became the centre of the Wallachia. Several disasters, natural and man-made led to the city having to be rebuilt multiple times. The most notable of these were the 1847 fire, the communist rule, and the 1977 earthquake.
Many important treaties have been signed here, both to end wars and forge alliances. Bucharest became the nation’s capital in 1862, with the merger of Wallachia and Moldavia under King Carol I. It grew quickly for the next 70 years. Communism took hold from 1947 and was overthrown in 1989.
Bucharest Travel Tips
Essential travel information and Bucharest tips for your visit
- Eastern European Time Zone UTC+02:00
- Lei. Subunits are called ban
Electricity and Internet:
- European dual round-pronged plugs.
- Get a plug adaptor for non-European stuff
- Power converter may be required for devices of lesser voltage
- Voltage: 230V, 50Hz
- Romanian,Hungarian, English, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Russian, Slovak, Romani, Ukrainian, and German.
- 112 is the general emergency number.
- National Museum of Old Maps and Books
- Macca Villacrosse Passage
- Belly Cemetery
- Hanul lui Manuc
- Always tip waiters 10% of bill
- Hotel porter: 2 lei
- Hotel maid: 4 lei
- Spa staff: 10%
- Tour guides: 20 lei per day
- Taxis: Don’t tip, but round up the fair.
- Palace of Parliament
- Village Museum (Muzeul Satului)
- Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman
- Smoking banned in public
- No controversial conversation - religion, sex, politics and economics
- Don’t equate Romanians to gypsies
- Don’t bring up Hungary
- Don’t litter
- Think twice before declining an invitation.
- Open doors for ladies, but let them pay their share of the bill.
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Bucharest Tourist Information
Bucharest Tours for you
The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Bucharest
Bucharest Heritage City Tour - The Last Days of Communism3 Reviews
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Constanta and Mamaia Day Trip from Bucharest7 Reviews
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Facts and Stats for Bucharest*
Pollution Statistics in Bucharest
Know the pollution level of Bucharest before you plan your visit.
Air Pollution 73.33 (High)
Water Pollution 54.86 (Moderate)
Noise and Light Pollution 57.09 (Moderate)
Unattended dirt and garbage 64.08 (High)
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 47.16 (Moderate)
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 61.88 (High)
Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 55.09 (Moderate)
Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 48.86 (Moderate)
Bucharest: Crime and Safety
How safe is Bucharest for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bucharest.
Burglary and Theft 24.57 (Low)
Mugging and Robbery 26.48 (Low)
Assault and Armed Robbery 14.77 (Very Low)
Corruption and Bribery 76.72 (High)
Car Stealing 19.57 (Very Low)
Robbery of Car belongings 37.04 (Low)
Attacks 21.92 (Low)
Drug offense 25.06 (Low)
Safety walking alone during daylight 88.81 (Very High)
Safety walking alone during night 67.1 (High)
Insulting and offensive behaviour 35.02 (Low)
Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.05 (Very Low)
Property crimes and Vandalism 34.4 (Low)
Living in Bucharest - Quality of Life
Quality of Life Index of Bucharest is 121.09 (High)
Safety Index 72.04 (High)
Climate Index 75.61 (High)
Pollution Index 73.07 (High)
Traffic Commute Time Index 41.99 (Moderate)
Cost of Living Index 40.67 (Very Low)
Health Care Index 54.53 (Moderate)
Property Price to Income Ratio 11 (Moderate)
Purchasing Power Index 57.07 (Low)
Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.
Cost for Essentials in Bucharest
Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bucharest
Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
International Movie per seat 7.53 USD
Summer clothing in a chain store 36.81 USD
Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.69 USD
Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 66.73 USD
*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced and subjected to change without notice.