Romania Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Romania

Where is it: Romania is located in southeastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Ukraine

Why do people go here: Romania is one of the more advanced Eastern European countries, but traditional folklore festivals, midevil castles and beautiful countryside still remain.
What are the main entry points: There are five countries bordering Romania, all of which are at different states of development. Many travelers come from Hungary and the Ukraine, although Bucharest is clear across the country.

Currency used: Leu

Country Code for Phones: 40

Area codes for Major Cities: Bucuresti (Bucharest) 1

Religion: Eastern Orthodox (including all sub-denominations) 87%, Protestant 6.8%, Catholic 5.6%, other (mostly Muslim) 0.4%, unaffiliated 0.2%

Population: 22.3 million

Ethnic Breakdown: 89.5% Romanians, 6.6% Hungarians, 2.5% Roma, 1.4% other minority groups

Government: Unitary semi-presidential republic

Languages: Romanian (official), Hungarian, German

Travel Information

Major Cities: Bucharest

Attractions: Dracula’s Castle, Black Sea, Carpathian Mountains

Accommodations: Romania Hostels, Romania Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Carpati National Travel Office of Bucharest 7, Blvd. Gral Magtheru Bucharest, Romania +40-1-4-51-60; RoNTO@erols.com //www.romaniatourism.com/

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Bicaz Gorge, Red Lake, Peles Castle

Health Issues: No vaccines are required to travel to Romania

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Aim for June – warm weather, only slightly packed beaches and lots of goings on

Common Phrases: Yes = Da, No = Nu, Please = Te rog, Thank you = Multumesc, Do you speak English? = Vorbiti englezeste?

Specific Events/Holidays: Unification Day (of Romania and Transylvania), 1 December (1918)

Getting Around: Trains are the best way to go: buses may be cheaper, but they aren’t worth your time, unless you want the experience of going verrrrry slow and waiting around a long time.

Good to know: Romania is the 6th biggest city in Europe.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Romania is the Henri Coanda Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Romania travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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