Bucharest

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The "Little Paris" label may have been shredded by decades of war and oppression, but the Romanian capital's rich culture is thriving once again. Bucharest today is open and green – a place where tradition partners with modern life! Here's what to see and do.

Frequently asked questions about Bucharest

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days?

    2 or 3 nights will probably be enough in Bucharest, but why not stay a little longer to enjoy day trips to Romania's nearby historic sites? Sinaia, Brasov, and Transylvannia are all unmissable!

  • Where to stay?

    Most of Bucharest's tourist attractions and sights are located downtown, as are its best places to eat and drink. Of the 3 squares there, Universitatii is the most pleasant for visitors. There is also Unirii Square, which is the shopping district, and Romana Square is well-connected though more residential.

Good to know

  • Language
    Romanian
  • Currency
    Romanian leu (lei)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +40
  • Best time to visit
    It's best to visit from April through June, and also September and October, when you can avoid the hot, dry summer and cold winter, instead enjoying sightseeing in milder temperatures.

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What people are saying about Bucharest

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,883 reviews

This is was a wonderful tour and better than what I expected! We were picked up at 8 am by a Mercedes sprinter and greeted by Euguene, who was an excellent tour guide throughout. The journey to peles castle was about 2 hours but the views were on the way were enjoyable. We spent over 2 hours at Peles and and Eugene was very knowledgable about the place. Next, there was a short journey to Bran castle and this castle from the outside was stunning as were the views - breathtaking! Again, we had a personal tour of the castle while we were given free time to look around a Bran itself and have some food! Finally, another short trip to Brashov and a quick tour of the city centre which was very beautiful - this was rather short but I think it was enough! The journey back to Bucharest was 3 hours! Overall, this was excellent value for money and was an enjoyable day taking in some landmarks of Romania! Euguene and the driver were friendly, helpful and knowledge - they made this tour!

Alex gave us the option of a 4 hour tour and it was fantastic! It was a very warm day but the pace was perfect. We passed many architectural beauties and Alex gave good history of each stop. So many parks in the heart of Bucharest and we stopped for refreshments at the midway point. My wife and I are 58 years old and the pace Alex kept in the 90F/33C heat was never a problem. We highly recommend this for anyone considering. It was a top highlight of our Bucharest stay.

Definitely recommended guys. If you are after a chill half day tour within the city, this is the one for you. Alex is knowledgeable and made the tour so fun.

This was so much fun and our guide was excellent. He has a lot of knowledge to share and has a good sense of humor.

It was super interesting to learn about the history and the effect of it from a local. Really nice tour!