The charm and happiness of “Little Paris“.
The Romanian capital, for a long time mistreated by the big tourist circuits, is a city absolutely worth a visit: museums, theaters, libraries, large avenues, historic buildings and lots of nightlife. It is no coincidence that the name itself derives from the term Bucura, that is, to be happy.
You will not be indifferent to the beauty of the Lipscani district, in the historic center: a tangle of narrow streets, shops, lounge bars. Or Soseaua Kiseleff, a sort of Elysian Fields. And again: the Royal Palace, the splendid building where the Parliament is housed and Calea Victoriei, one of the most fashionable streets.
So, have the courage to pack your bags and go to the heart of Wallachia: you will not be disappointed.
HOW TO GET
Henri Coanda Airport, also known as Otopeni, is well connected with major European destinations. Numerous companies connect the city with the major capitals, including Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Madrid, Rome and Paris.
From the airport, the Express 783 bus (recommended) connects the city center, and vice versa. Buses run day and night, and the stop is located either outside the Arrivals or Departures Terminals. They leave about every 20 minutes (40 ‘in the evening) and take a little more than 40 minutes to get to the center. Alternatively, there is the Express 780 bus connecting the airport with the Gara de Nord station; from here, it is then possible to take the train to reach the city.
By train, the Henri Coanda Express Train takes you to Bucharest’s Gara de Nord station in about an hour.
Bucharest is connected by train to the cities of Budapest, Vienna, Venice, Sofia, Chisinau, Istanbul, Kiev, Belgrade and Moscow. There are 5 railway stations: Gara Basarab, Gara Obor, Gara Progresului, Gara Baneasa and Gara de Nord; the latter is the only one to be reached by international trains, and is managed by Căile Ferate Române. Information on routes and timetables is available on the CFR official website.
We could say anything and everything about the Romanian motorway system. In terms of efficiency, it could be compared to the Italian “Salerno-Reggio Calabria”. During one of my travels, I often came across detours, construction works, and even sudden chasms. However, a journey by car is always exciting, especially if you are about to take the A1 Bucharest-Pitesti to reach Transylvania. Recommended for those who love adventure.
However, we would like to point out that the entire stretch of the motorway is free of charge, with the exception of the toll provided for crossing the Danube on the A2.