Bucharest Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Bucharest

  • Know the pollution level of Bucharest before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 73.76 (High)
    • Water Pollution 55.59 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 57.67 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 64.5 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 47.78 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 62.24 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 55.89 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 49.36 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Bucharest for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bucharest.

    • Burglary and Theft 24.53 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 26.52 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 14.97 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 77.03 (High)
    • Car Stealing 19.5 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 36.97 (Low)
    • Attacks 21.79 (Low)
    • Drug offense 25.52 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.54 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 66.94 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 35.36 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.49 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 34.42 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Bucharest is 118.9 (High)

    • Safety Index 71.89 (High)
    • Climate Index 75.61 (High)
    • Pollution Index 73.69 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42.27 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 40 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 53.32 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.29 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 54.97 (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.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bucharest

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.37 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.97 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.84 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 64.65 USD

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

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