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Romania - Traveling

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Entry requirements

Organizing your trip

Means of transport recommended in town

By taxi in the big cities.
Bucharest has a metro (metroul).
Maps of urban networks: Maporama

Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country

By bus, train.
Airlines
Name Type Domestic flights International flights

Traveling by yourself

Recommendation: The quality of the roadways is inconsistent. The only highway is from Bucharest to Pitesti. Roads are often congested with horse drawn wagons, unlit at night, and used by vehicles with defective lighting. It is therefore recommended not to drive at night. Fuel is readily accessible and plentiful. The speed limit is 50 km/h in cities and 80 km/h on all other roads. One should bring an international driver's license and validate their auto insurance.

The bus and train are two means of transport most commonly used. The rail network is dense and it is very easy to travel from one city to another. Beware of rush hours because tickets are often only available for sale one hour before departure. Local buses travel over short distance and are often the only way to get to some small medieval villages.;

Road maps: Romaniatourism

Visiting

Different forms of tourism

Historical: - The city of Bucharest,
- The Black Sea,
- The Valleys of the Prahova,
- The Monasteries of northern Moldova,
- The Danube Delta,
- The Maramures,
- The Apuseni Mountains,
- The Oltenia ....

 See the page on medieval tourism in Romania.

Cultural: Museums are often closed on Monday and in some villages on Sunday as well.
Religious: Churches and monasteries (classified as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO) attest to the medieval legacy.
See page of the Office of Tourism.
Thermal: Spas and thermal cures are numerous in Romania.
Visit the site of the Organization of Spa Owners or to book a trip online to a seaside resort.
Also see the site of the Romanian Tourism Office
Beach: In summer it is nice to visit the Romanian Black Sea coast, particularly in the south between Mangalia and Mamaia. There are sandy beaches and numerous spas and thermal cures.
Outdoor activities: Fishing in Bolitza and in the Aries valley.
Hiking: in the Apuseni, Maramures, and Bucovina mountains, or in the mountains of Moldova.
Tourism organizations: Romanian Tourism Board

Living conditions

Health and safety

Health precautions: To travel in Romania, a tuberculosis screening is obligatory.
For further information on sanitary conditions: Recommendations of the World Health Organization

Time difference and climate

Map of the time zone: Bucharest (GMT +2 in winter, GMT +3 in Summer)
Summer time period: DST is from late March to late October.
Climate: The climate type is temperate continental.
In winter, the temperature drops below 0°C and as low as -15°C in the mountains and -7°C in the city. It snows heavily.
Spring and autumn are rather short and rainy.
Summer is usually very sunny and temperatures can climb to 35°C.
The coldest month is January and the hottest month is July.

Eating

Food specialties: The Romanian cuisine is extremely rich in specialties: the mamliga (polenta) that is often eaten with cheese is commonly served at breakfast.
Other dishes of vegetables, meat or fish are served throughout the day:

- sarmales: stuffed grape leaves
- zacusca: an appetizer of vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs preserved in oil or brine
- mititei: small grilled sausages
- ciorba: sour fermented vegetable soup
- muschi: barbecue
- cozonac: a sweet yeast cake swirled with a raisin walnut, and poppy seed filling

For more information on traditional recipes.

Drinks: Romanian beer, red wine and rarely white wine, following the meal a small cup of Tuica or Rachiu, the traditional plum liquor, is an "eau de vie".
In areas near the borders, schnapps or vodka is also served.
‘Ceai’ is Romanian for ‘Tchai’, a tea infusion.
Dietary taboos: Serving rare meat is unthinkable in Romania, so if you really want a rare steak, you will have to give instructions about how long to cook the steak. Snails are not generally consumed.

Speaking

Getting some knowledge: For courses Romanian: Easyromania.com
To learn a few phrases: Romanianlessons.com
Free translation tools:
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