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Romania Travel Guide

 

The Hunyad Castle, Romania

The Hunyad Castle, Romania

Romania is all about mountains, seas, beaches, great culture and history. Romania shares its border with Bulgaria, Moldova Serbia, Hungary and Ukraine. The Black Sea also borders the country. Romania, a country belonging to the European Union, is witnessing great economic progress. It became a member of the European Union in January 2007.

Romania is divided into 40 counties and one municipality. The country was previously a part of Turkey and proclaimed independence in the year 1877. The people in Romania speak the official language Romanian. English nowadays has also become popular in Romania.Its best to visit Romania during the summer season. The winters in Romania, like in Russia, are usually very cold. The temperature during summer hovers around the high 20s. You can reach Romania by plane, train, bus or even by boat. The major airlines of the country are Tarom and Carpatair. Intra-country traveling would be highly convenient if you use the trains. Cars are also a good option for getting around within the country. Buses offer the cheapest mode of conveyance in Romania.

Here are some places of interest for the tourists to visit:

  • Palace of Parliament, Bucharest
  • Palace of Parliament, Bucharest
  • Peasant Museum, Bucharest
  • Saints Paul and Peter, Constanta
  • Constanta Beach, Constanta
  • Astra National Museum Complex, Sibiu
  • Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle), Brasov

Checkout : Top things to do in Bucharest


Here you can find all the relevant information that are required by the tourists to obtain a tourist visa for making a trip in Romania and the requirements in the recent past have liberalized to a great extent and as a result the nationals of the European Union, United States of America, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand can stay up to 90 days in Romania without any visa. Nationals from Turkey can stay up to 60 days in Romania but citizens of most former-Communist Eastern European countries can only stay up to 30 days in Romania without any visa. Please know the fact that U.S. citizens do not require a visa for leisure or business travel and they can easily stay in Romania up to 90 days but a valid U.S. Passport is required. Any U.S. citizen who wants to visit Romania for any purpose other than tourism or business negotiations are advised to contact directly, the embassy or nearest consulate.

The credentials that are required to obtain a tourist visa in Romania and the travelers must submit their passport which has a validity of at least 6 months beyond the period of stay and other documents include: 1 Visa Application Form fully completed and signed; 1 Passport-type photograph required; Completed Cover Page; Photocopy of Alien Registration Card; Photocopy of round-trip airliner tickets or itinerary; Proof of medical insurance valid in Romania for the duration of the visit and Proof of sufficient funds for the period of stay in Romania. The tourist visa application will be checked and hand carried to the Embassy and then it is usually processed in 72 hours but time of processing can vary.

The citizens of the following countries are required to present an original official invitation issued through the Department of Immigration and Passports in Bucharest in order to obtain a visa: Armenia, Albania, Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Angola, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cambodia, Cape Verde Rep., Central African Rep., P.R. China, Chad, Comoros, Congo Rep. Democratic Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominican Rep, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Rep., Guyana, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kirgyzstan, Korea-North, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Morocco, Maldives, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan,
Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia. The Romania tourist for non-US citizens is usually issued for a single entry for a period of 3 months from date of issue if the passport remains valid for a period of stay in Romania and do not exceed 60 days and multiple entry visas can be issued on special request.

Romania is situated in between Central and Eastern Europe and of late Romania has started gaining wide spread acceptance as a premier tourist destination which is teemed with spectacular mountain scenery, historical cultural sites like the Painted Monasteries, beach resorts, and magnificent medieval towns. Due to its present popularity as an eminent tourist destination in Europe, there are numerous choice of transportation for getting to Romania.

The most popular means of transportation for getting to Romania is by availing international flights that are available from numerous major destinations of Europe. Romania has 17 civilian airports and of these 17 airports, 9 airports are being served by regular scheduled international flights. Bucharest’s Henri Coanda Airport is the largest as well as the busiest airport in Romania and it is served by a host of flights which provides direct service to Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca, Oradea, Satu Mare, Sibiu (Transylvania), Constantans, Bacau, Iasi, Suceava, Targu-Mures and Baia Mare. TAROM is the national airline of Romania and provides excellent flight services to a host of major international airlines and it has got its base in Bucharest Otopeni. Carpatair is another airline which is based in Timisoara and links the city with eight Italian and three German destinations.Another popular option for comfortably getting to Romania is by trains and Romania is considerably well connected with the European rail network
and there are daily trains to Munchen, Prague, Venice, Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, Belgrade, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Chi?in?u, Kiev and Moscow. Trains are particularly ideal for arriving at cities at in western and central Romania like Brasov, Sighisoara, Oradea or Cluj-Napoca. International trains to Romania are also inclusive of Euro City trains which are of a moderately high standard and there are also night trains facilities. International trains to Romania include Euro City trains which are of a relatively high standard and night trains. Romania also forms an integral part of the Eurailpass offer.

Another option for getting to Romania is traveling by buses and in Romania, buses are emerging as one of the most popular way to reach the country from overseas and especially from the Balkans and the former USSR and also from some countries of Western Europe like Germany and Switzerland. A large number of private operators are offering quicker and more comfortable coach services to and from cities such as Chi?in?u, Kiev, Odessa, Sofia and Istanbul. If you want to travel by boat then you can simply opt for Cruises on Danube but these cruises are usually pretty expensive and they start from Passau or Vienna and halt at major destinations like Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Romania.

The highly developed system of Transport in Romania makes it convenient for the tourists get around comfortably in Romania within a short period of time. The well developed Transportation  lets the visitors explore the innumerable sightseeing attractions of the country and enjoy a fantastic time in Romania with their near and dear ones. The transport system in Romania is shaped with the purpose of providing several options to the travelers for enjoying a pleasant trip in Romania and for getting around in Romania, the most preferred as well as the most frequently opted choice of transportation is train. The railway network in Romania is one the largest and most dense network in Europe and the regular trains connects every city of Romania with the other cities and villages of the country. Most trains in Romania are run by the state carrier, Caile Ferate Romane which is abbreviated as CFR and the visitors will get the tickets at the railway station or at a CFR agency which
are usually available in the city center. One of the most popular modes of transport, CFR offers the following four main types on trains in its route network:

  • “P” Personal: Slow trains which stops at every stop on the rail line and these trains are extremely cheap
  • “A” Accelerat: Semi-slow trains which often cross-country routes and stops in all towns but skips any halt at the villages. The cost of transport in these trains is cheap but is twice as expensive as Personal.
  • “R” Rapid: these trains are better, more comfortable and faster trains used on trunk routes from Bucharest but they are more expensive as well.
  • “IC” Intercity: these trains are the best of CFR’s network and are cheap when compared to Western standards.

Another popular mode of transport is traveling by planes and of late domestic flights have attained enormous popularity among the travelers while they tour in Romania. TAROM is the national carrier of Romania and it serves most of the major cities from Bucharest at least once a day. Carpatair is another popular airline in Romania which provides domestic flights to a host of popular cities of the country. Transportation also includes traveling by bus and it is the cheapest mode of transportation for getting to other towns of Romania and in each and every town and cities of Romania, the travelers are bound to come across the bus terminals from which buses and minibuses depart for the towns and villages in the nearby area as well as to other cities in the country. Traveling by buses are also the best solution for a number of routes that are badly served by the railway network like Bucharest – Piteti – Râmnicu Vâlcea, Bucharest – Alexandria, Bucharest – Giurgiu and Piteti – Slatina.

The easiest way to get around in Romania is definitely by car or coach and every year most of the international travelers opt for this mode of transportation but rentals can be pretty expensive in Romania and you must be above 25 years old to rent a car in Romania. Another popular and common way of transportation in Romania is traveling by taxicabs and the highly reasonable charges make taxis a popular way to travel with both locals and travelers. Before getting into a taxi it is best to check out that whether the taxi are using meters and whether they have a proper license or not. If the taxi don’t have meter then it is better to be accompanied by a Romanian guide as otherwise the drivers can cheat the visitors by charging high.

Accommodationencompasses a diverse variety of options to keep up in tune with the increasing attentions that the country is receiving from the international tourists of the entire world. Presently Romania is considered as one of the most eminent tourist destinations in the whole world as a result, the Accommodation here are specially designed to suit the multifaceted requirements of the visitors who assemble here from different corners of the world to enjoy an delightful vacation with their near and dear ones. Some of the most frequently opted choice of accommodation  includes hotels, cabins, youth hostels, motels, cottages, hotels, inns, resorts, holiday homes apartments and lodges.

Accommodation has never posed any problem for anyone and irrespective of whatever be the budget; the visitors are bound to come across some good places to stay while you are touring in Romania. If you are willing to spend money then there is no dearth of international standard of luxury hotels in Romania. Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel and Inter Continental Bucharest are two premier luxury hotels in Romania that has appealed to the tourists since its inception.

Most of the luxury choice of accommodation offers a diverse array of facilities to the guests and it usually include superb dining facilities, immaculate room facilities and attentive room service, world class fitness and recreation facilities and a host of additional facilities that will take care of each and every minute detail of the hotel guests. But if any of the travelers have any sort of restraint in their budget then there is nothing to get worried as the Accommodation is also teemed with innumerable options for those travelers who are keen in finding a decent place to stay which will consist of all the basic facilities at a reasonable charge. So plan your next trip to Romania and choose your favorite accommodation and spend a delightful trip with your friends and families.

Romania is a magnificent country which is considered as the perfect retreat for the holiday goers and is teemed with innumerable options for entertainment in Romania makes it unanimously appealing to tourists of all age group. The most commonly opted choice for entertainment includes going to night clubs, bars and dancing pubs and the pulsating nightlife in Romania immediately catches you in its whirl. The best place to participate in the exuberant Romanian nightlife is its capital city Bucharest and this city takes immense pride in its increasing number of discos and nightclubs which remains particularly crowded during the week ends. In these nightclubs you can shake your legs or enjoy live performances and casinos also form an integral part of the sparkling nightlife in Romania. Gambling facilities is one of the chief elements that creates electrifying nightlife ambiance. If you want to try out something different in Romania then you can watch operas
or enjoy performances of orchestras and if you have any interest in folk entertainment then you can enjoy it in Romania.

Other popular mode of entertainment  is to indulge in the plethora of adventurous sports activities that are the prime attractions of Romania and water sports are more particularly popular in Romania. The sea is clean and since there are no tides in the sea therefore it becomes ideal for swimming, windsurfing and many other types of water sports. Sailing is widely practiced on the coast and many of the rivers in Romania are perfectly suitable for kayaking. If anyone is keen on exploring the waterways of the protected and UNESCO-listed Danube Delta then he or she must abide by the strict conservation regulations and the travelers who are arriving with their own boat must pay a fee at Tulcea Harbor Station and they need to produce their passports, a sailing license and valid registration papers for their craft. Fishing is another sport that is widely popular among the visitors and Romania has many easily accessible sites for fishing like the Danube Delta and on lake shores around big
cities.

Winter sports are also another popular option for leisure and there are numerous facilities for skiing in almost all mountain resorts and most of them are even with equipped with cable cars. National and international skiing and bob-sleighing competitions are held every year in Romania and sledging tracks, skating and ice hockey are primarily popular at most of the mountain resorts. Entertainment options also include elaborate facilities to enjoy health spas and in Romania the visitors will get the choose from 70 health centers as well as 3000 mineral-rich thermal springs and the most eminent health resorts in Romania are Baile Herculane in the Cerna Valley, Baile Felix and Sovata. Traditional folk music and dancing is still very much popular in Romania and the tourists can catch shows of traditional folk music and dancing in many hotels and restaurants of Romania. For many tourists, shopping is the best option for entertainment in Romania and if you
want to relish some new shopping experience in Romania then head for the weekly traditional countryside shopping fair and here you can get everything from live animals to clothes and vegetables.

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