FAQ about visiting Romania
Everyone has questions before adventuring to a new country. But don’t worry, because we’re here to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Romania. And if you have a question that is not addressed here, don’t hesitate to contact us.
What is the spoken language in Romania?
Our official language is Romanian, a Romance language evolved from several Latin dialects. According to the Foreign Service Institute, it is one of the easiest languages to learn in the world. But don’t worry, because you won’t have to learn a whole new language a couple of days before your vacation. 31% of the Romanian population can speak English and over 20% can speak French.
Do I need a visa to travel to Romania if I am not an EU citizen?
Americans, Canadians, as well as citizens of Australia, New Zealand and most of the non-EU countries, do not need an entry visa to travel to Romania for stays shorter than 90 days. If you plan to stay longer than 90 days you will need to contact the Romanian Embassy to obtain a visa.
All European driver licenses, as well as U.S. and Canadian, are valid for driving in Romania for 90 days from the date of entry into Romania.
Entering and leaving Romania is free, no travel tax is charged.
What is the Romanian currency?
Although Romania is an EU member, the official Romanian currency is the Leu (lei), with the international abbreviation RON. It is valued at €0.2 – 0.3.
The Romanian currency cannot be bought from abroad, so if you want to exchange foreign currency in RON it is best to find a local exchange office or a bank that displays 0% commission. In general, exchange offices located at the airport or near railway stations offer lower exchange rates, and usually, it’s better to exchange currency at exchange offices rather than banks.
What’s the easiest way to find a location?
We recommend using Google Maps as it is highly accurate most of the time, but you can always ask a local just to be sure.
What timezone is Romania in?
Romania uses the Eastern European Time Zone, UTC+02:00.
What’s the weather like in Romania?
Romania has a temperate continental climate, with the average temperature of 11° C (52° F) in the south and 8° C (46° F) in the north. During the summer, the average temperature in the city can reach 30° C (86° F) and during winter the temperature easily drops below 0° C (32 °F), with temperatures getting as low as -20° C (-4° F).
Internet and telecommunication
Which means of communication are available?
There are 3 big providers of mobile communication in Romania: Orange, Vodafone, and Telekom. The smallest price for a prepaid phone card with 5 euro credit is almost 30 lei (€6 – 6.5) from one of those 3 providers.
There are no public telephones in Romania, and the dialing code of the country is +40.
What is the internet access like in Romania?
The Internet is widely available in Romania. Most of the hotels, restaurants, cafes, pubs, shopping centers, and even some stores provide free wi-fi access. You’ll only have to ask for the password.
According to a top made by Akamai in 2015, Romania ranks the 10th country in the world when it comes to internet speed and the 1st in Europe, with the average Internet peak connection at 73.6 Mbit/s.
What payment methods can I use?
The most widely used payment method in Romania is by cash. But most businesses also accept credit card payment. The main credit cards accepted in Romania are Visa International, EuroCard/MasterCard (EC/MC), Europay International and America Express.
But if you’re looking to use your credit card in rural settlements you might find it a bit difficult, so we suggest keeping some cash around.
How much does „stuff” cost in Romania?
- A cup of coffee – 3-6 lei (€0.65 – 1.3)
- A glass of beer – between 4 and 7 lei (€0.9 – 1.5)
- A glass of wine – 8 lei (€1.75)
- Pack of cigarettes – 15 lei (€3.2)
- 1 km for taxi – between 1.5 and 3.5 lei (€0.3 – 0.75)
- Public transportation ticket – between 1.5 and 2 lei (€0.3 – 0.4)
- One film ticket costs approximatively 26 lei (€5.7)
- A small pizza – 25 lei (€5.5)
- Dinner at a nice restaurant – around 45 lei (€10)
Is tipping customary in Romania?
Tipping is usually expected by service workers with low wages, such as taxi drivers, waiters or hotel staff. Usually, a tip of around 10% is sufficient, but feel free to tip more for excellent service.
At restaurants, the tip is usually not included in the bill.
Health & Safety
Do I need a health insurance?
Even though traveling to Romania doesn’t require any immunization due to the lack of infections and poisonous insects, we highly recommend getting health insurance before visiting us. Better safe than sorry.
What is the supply voltage?
The supply voltage is 220V, 50Hz and the electricity plugs supported in Romania are CEE 7/4, CEE 7/16 and CEE 7/17.
Is Romania safe to travel to?
Romania remains one of the safest countries in Central and Eastern Europe, with a crime rate below the European average. You can check out our article regarding safety in Romania for more info.
Is it safe to drink tap water?
Usually, the tap water is considered safe to drink in Romania. But be careful about the waters found in fountains – you should never drink it without purifying or boiling it first unless assured that it’s safe to drink by a guide or the local authority.
What number should I dial in case of an emergency?
If you have an emergency you can call 112 from any phone, even if you don’t have a sim card.
Working hours & public holidays
What are the opening hours in Romania?
- Banks: 9 am – 5 pm.
- Malls: 10 am – 10 pm.
- Drugstores: 8 am – 9 pm from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, they are usually open until 4 pm and most of them are closed on Sundays, but every city has at least one drug store that is open 24/7.
- Cafes, restaurants and other eat&drink places: 9 am – 10 pm from Monday to Friday and 11 am – 24 pm during weekends. Some local places stay open until the last client, but the program usually varies depending on the restaurant policy.
- Supermarkets: 7 am – 10 pm. There are also several supermarkets with a 24h program.
What are the public holidays in Romania?
There are a few public holidays when Romanians have the day off and banks, public offices, and many private businesses are closed. The holidays are:
- 1st and 2nd of January
- 24th of January – Union Day
- 1st and 2nd day of Easter (16th and 17th of April for 2017)
- 1st May – Labor Day
- 1st and 2nd day of Whitsuntide (4th and 5th of June for 2017)
- 15th August – Assumption of the Virgin Mary
- 30th November – Saint Andrew
- 1st December – Romania’s National Day
- 25th and 26th December – 1st and 2nd day of Christmas
Booking a tour
Which tour best suits you?
First, you must think how many days you want to stay in Romania. It is 1 day, 3 days, 7 days or 2 weeks? We offer tours starting from one day up to 14 days. After you decide how long you want your holiday to last, you must decide on your budget. The prices for our tours start from €50.
Next thing you must take into consideration is the number of persons. That also will help you decide what type of tour you want, as we have family trips, self-drive trips or group trips. In case you want to take your children on vacation, it is important to specify their age.
Another important aspect is the period of your vacation. Romania has a lot of beautiful festivals and holidays you can take part.