Romania Travel Guide

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Romania Travel Guide

Romania was such a pleasant surprise when we visited. Whilst Romania and the Romanian people have been through horrific times in the near past the country and her peoples are re-bounding making Romania a wonderful place to visit.

One of the highlights for me was visiting Roma and Saxon villages deep in Transylvania and exploring these fascinating cultures. And we were lucky enough to be in Sighisoara during the annual Romany festival when the town came alive with music and dancing and wonderful food.

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Need To Know - Romania Travel Guide

Five Quick Facts About Travelling In Romania

  1. Romania is a relatively safe, cheap and easy country to travel in however normal safety precautions should be taken.
  2. The Romanian Visa policy aligns with the Schengen Visa Policy. See the VISA tab for further information.
  3. Some English is spoken in the main cities of Romania however do not count on it in the more rural areas.  It is recommended (and polite) to learn a few basic words.
  4. Romania has a large number of stray and abandoned dogs, it is advised to avoid contact with these dogs to avoid the risk of rabies. Also, if hiking be on the lookout for dogs guarding flocks of sheep, they will have  horizontally-hanging sticks under their necks. Stay away from these dogs as they will become aggressive if they perceive you as a threat to the flock they are protecting
  5. If hiking or wild camping in remote mountains and forests be aware of bears and wolves of which Romania has many..

Romania weather is very diverse ranging from extremely hot in the summer to very cold in the winter.

High Season (June to August)

  • Europeans are all on holiday and the Black sea plus castles, and other tourist attractions are in full swing and heaving with visitors.
  • The weather is very hot in July and August.

Shoulder Season (April t/ May & September / October)

  • Spring and Autumn see milder weather and less crowds.
  • Some tourist attraction are operating at less hours.
  • The Danube delta is popular with birdwatchers.

Low Season (November to March)

  • Weather is cold with snow.
  • Ski resorts are busy are busy mid December to early March.

Romanian Currency

The currency in Romania is the Leu.

ATMs can be found in larger towns and cities. It is advisable to always carry a small amount of cash as not all eftpos machines accept foreign cards.

Romania Visa Policy

While not part of the Schengen Area Romania has a Visa Policy based on that of the Schengnen Area Visa Policy.

Nationals / Citizens from Schengen States have right of movement and entry without a visa but will need a passport as proof of identity.

The policy applies to the Schengen Area which is 22 E.U member states and 4 non E.U states which are part of the EFTA – Iceland, Liechenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia and Romania are not part of the Schengen Area but have visa policies based on Schengen acquis.

 

Schengen Visa Policy Map

 Schengen Area
 Other EU member states outside the Schengen Area but bound by the same visa policy and legally obliged to join the Area when they meet the criteria, and special territories of Schengen member states (freedom of movement in the Schengen Area)
 Members of the EU single market with independent visa policies (freedom of movement in the Schengen Area)
 Visa-free access to the Schengen states for short stays, usually 90 days in any 180-day period (
 Visa required to enter the Schengen states, and to transit some Schengen states in some circumstance
  Visa required to transit any Schengen state
 Travel documents not accepted

Schengen Area Map

 Member state
 Countries de facto participating
 Members of the EU legally obliged to join the Schengen area, but not yet members

Source: Wikipedia

Romania has an excellent internal rail system with trains running to just about every town in the country.

Train

Romania has a extensive rail network throughout the country.The system is dated and often slow but is still the best way for long distance travel.

There are 3 types of trains in Romania.

  1. Regio (R) – Very cheap but also old, slow and uncomfortable. Best avoided if possible.
  2. InterRegio (IR) travelling on medium and  longer routes the InterRegio is faster (although not fast) and some what more comfortable than the Regio particularly if you get the newer carriages.
  3. Intercity (IC). Faster and more comfortable Intercity trains travel between the larger cities. More expensive than the other train types.

Buy tickets are all rail stations or at CFR booking agencies (agentie de voiaj CFR) at most larger towns.

Bus

Buses are a cheap and inexpensive way to get around towns or between towns. Most towns and villages have a bus station (autogara) where tickets can be purchased.

What To Pack In Romania

What to pack for Romania is very dependent on when you will be travelling to the country and where you will be going. Summers are warm to hot but if travelling to the mountains a jacket or coat is advisable.

Winters are cold especially in the mountains so cold-weather gear will be needed.

It’s all about layering which allows you to add or loses clothing as needed

Packing List

Clothing

1 pair jeans – I know they are heavy and take ages to dry but I wear them constantly and find them comfortable
1 pair black travel type pants – Black pants are little smarter than jeans so good if going somewhere a little dressier. Mine is the lightweight fabric in the style of jean,
2 x pair of shorts. 1 denim and one lightweight travel fabric
2 x singlets – good for layering and sleeping in
4 x short sleeve cotton shirts, lightweight and breathable
1 x long sleeve sloppy joe.
1 x zip-up shell jacket
1 x lightweight raincoat – packable version that packs down into a small bag.
5 x socks
5 x underpants
2 x bras

Shoes

1 x pair walking or hiking shoes.
1 x pair slip on flats
1 x pair flip flops (great for hostel showers)

Toiletries
Shampoo & Conditioner
Bar of Soap
Deodorant
Razor
Tweezers
Brush / Comb
Hair Ties

Electronics

1 x Earbud headphones.Light and small,
1 x IPad
1 x 6S iPhone
Charging leads for above
2 x USB
1 x power bank
1 x Cable organiser which keeps everything tidy
1 x 14” laptop – we run a business so this is essential for us.

Photography

This year I have left behind my DSLR and lenses to travel only with a GoPro and a LUMIX TZ80. At the end of the day it came down to weight when travelling a long way and having to carry a pack – so let’s see how we go….

1 x GoPro Hero 5
2 x Spare GoPro Batteries
1 x LUMIX TZ80
Spare micro SD Cards

Other Stuff

1 x padlock
1 x headlight or torch
1 x Swiss knife
1 x medical kit
Ziplock bags

World Destination Guide 

There are 195 countries in the world stretching across seven continents – so there is an awful lot to see.Where to begin? Many people are inspired by a movie they have seen or a story they have heard, or a desire to see the land of their ancestors. 

Use the drop-down on the right to explore the world.

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