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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

Time Zone:

  • 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.

Off-Beaten Path:

  • 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.

Tourist Traps:

  • 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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    Marry walking, history, and food on this informative and fun walking tour of Bucharest. See the sites and taste the bites whi...

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    Join us for a 3-hour walking tour through the former Jewish neighbourhood of Bucharest, to discover the history of Jews in Ro...

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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 73.46 (High)
    • Water Pollution 55.19 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 56.73 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 64.06 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 46.84 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 62.2 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 55.78 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 48.67 (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 24.87 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 26.76 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 15.09 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 76.69 (High)
    • Car Stealing 20.1 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 37.66 (Low)
    • Attacks 22.01 (Low)
    • Drug offense 25.13 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.76 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 67.23 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 35.54 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.02 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 34.42 (Low)
  • Living in Bucharest - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Bucharest is 120.93 (High)

    • Safety Index 71.51 (High)
    • Climate Index 75.61 (High)
    • Pollution Index 73.21 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42.49 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 40.46 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 54.02 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.9 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 58.4 (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 7.06 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 78.61 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 67.66 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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