Romania

Capital Bucharest

Population 19,861,408

Area 238,391 km2

Key facts

Romania is a member state of the European Union located in Eastern Europe. There are 5 countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine) that Romania shares its borders with. The official language of Romania is Romanian. Although English is not the official language, a large number of people in Romania are fluent English speakers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Romania was ranked 15th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Romania is Romanian leu (RON). The leu (lei) is subdivided into 100 bani.

Romanian
Banknotes

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Romanian
Coins

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Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest No data available.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Romania has more ATMs.62.72 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Romania without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Romania. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2024, Romania will celebrate 17 national public holidays. The next one Pentecost will take place on June 23.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2024 New Year’s DayAnul Nou
January 2, 2024 Day after New Year’s DayAnul Nou
January 6, 2024 EpiphanyBobotează
January 7, 2024 Saint John the BaptistSfântul Ion
January 24, 2024 Union Day/Small UnionUnirea Principatelor Române/Mica Unire
May 1, 2024 Labour DayZiua Muncii
May 3, 2024Moving holiday Good FridayVinerea mare
May 5, 2024Moving holiday Easter SundayPaștele
May 6, 2024Moving holiday Easter MondayPaștele
June 1, 2024 Children’s DayZiua Copilului
June 23, 2024Moving holiday PentecostRusaliile
June 24, 2024Moving holiday Whit MondayRusaliile
August 15, 2024 Dormition of the TheotokosAdormirea Maicii Domnului/Sfânta Maria Mare
November 30, 2024 St. Andrew’s DaySfântul Andrei
December 1, 2024 National Day/Great UnionZiua Națională/Marea Unire
December 25, 2024 Christmas DayCrăciunul
December 26, 2024 St. Stephen’s DayCrăciunul

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Romania?

There are no Mariott hotels in Romania.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Romania.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Romania.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Romania.

There are Radisson hotels in 3 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Romania.

What fast food chains are present in Romania?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Romania.

The KFC chain operates in Romania.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Romania.

The Subway chain operates in Romania.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Romania.

The Starbucks chain operates in Romania.

Weather

What is the weather like in Bucharest?

Today the sun in Bucharest, rises at 5:30 AM and sets at 9:02 PM. The climate of Bucharest may be categorized as a Humid subtropical (Cfa), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayJun 18ThunderstormLow: 22°C (71.6°F)High: 33.8°C (92.84°F)
WednesdayJun 19OvercastLow: 21.1°C (69.98°F)High: 35.1°C (95.18°F)
ThursdayJun 20Partly cloudlyLow: 21.1°C (69.98°F)High: 37.6°C (99.68°F)
FridayJun 21OvercastLow: 21.1°C (69.98°F)High: 31.6°C (88.88°F)
SaturdayJun 22Partly cloudlyLow: 19.7°C (67.46°F)High: 33.7°C (92.66°F)
SundayJun 23OvercastLow: 18.7°C (65.66°F)High: 36°C (96.8°F)

Weather data for Bucharest (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Bucharest.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 19 cities. Bolt is available in 26 cities.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Romania.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.0, Romania is placed 65th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Romania traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  456.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 10.30 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Romania

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Illegal
Medical usage: Legal in certain circumstances

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling wine)
  • 110L of beer
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%
  • 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 4L of wine
  • 16L of beer
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

Tobacco allowance

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco
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