Trident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 927 times:
I'm off to Romania next week for a holiday taking in Bucharest, Transylvania, the Carpathians and the Danube Delta.
Anyone got any insider tips on what to see or do or any little customs or foibles I should look out for?
A couple more questions,
I cant get any Lei in the UK, should I take Sterling,Euros or Dollars?
Anyone on here any experience of flying on Tarom and of travelling on Romanian trains and buses?
Thanks for your help, I'll post a trip report when I return
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TLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 892 times:
The Romanian trains and buses aren't nearly up to Western European standards, but they are much cheaper. Be careful at Gara de Nord, the main train station. There are hucksters there who want to help you with your luggage & buying tickets. Don't accept! You will be ripped off! That being said, you may have a little trouble buying train/bus tickets unless you know some Romanian. However, you may happen to get an agent that knows English, or you can show them the name of the city you want to go to in your guidebook.
As far as currency, I think any of them will work equally well, the British pound possibly being a little less popular.
I can't help you much with travelling on Tarom. I flew Tarom ORD-TSR, and OTP-AMS-ORD, but that was back in 1998 when they still flew to ORD & JFK. I haven't travelled with them since then.
Checo77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 866 times:
Visit the Bran Castle in Transylvania. Beautiful area with wonderful scenery. Visit also Sinaia, make hikes in the mountains, visit there the Peles Castle. In Bucharest, visit Caucescu palace and the "Arc de Triomphe".
I went to Rumania a couple of months ago, its a beautidul country, but look for your personal belogings a lot.
PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9755 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 846 times:
Change currency when you arrive at the airport and do NOT follow the guys offering you a taxi. Take the Taxi that looks like a small van and pay the guy in Lei, it is much cheaper because the others charge you Euros or Dollars at least twice the going rate. I paid about €14,00 from the airport to the Hilton, next day from the Hilton to the fair grounds € 20,00 and that is half way.
It has been mentioned before, you will be ripped off.
Es saugt und blaest der Heinzelmann wo Mutti sonst nur blasen kann. Frueher war mehr Lametta.
Kingsford From Belgium, joined Nov 2003, 427 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 806 times:
I agree with panHAM - you can change money upon arrival at the airport. Do not accept the taxis from people offering they will charge you twice. take a FlyTaxi, they are waiting for you by the side wlak, a bit on the right side when you exit the arrivals.
Trains are ok. Many people tell you to mind your belongings. True but do not fear, after living there for one year and spending nearly all week-ends for two more, I can tell you Romania is quite safe.
In Bucharest you have to see the people's palace as the dimensions are so impressive. The rest of the country is very charming.
Tarom is ok, they still serve hot food and will sometimes show you a movie or boring programs so take your i-pod. The only problem I have with them is that the crew starts smoking in the cockpit after the in-flight service. It reeks of it in the plane and the crew is not much to look at.