Travel to Romania: A First-timers Guide

Romania is the home of medieval treasures, great hiking trails, and plenty of other natural and historic wonders. Pasqualina Perone shares her tips on travel to Romania.


Craft market in the citadel of Sighisoara Photo © iStock/mladensky

From Monasteries to Mountains

Travelers are spoilt for choice in Romania.

Hikers and nature lovers should check out the Fagaras Mountains, the Danube Delta or the Bucegi Mountains for some of Romania's more famous natural wonders.

Or if you’re more of a history buff, look no further than the 15th to 16th centuries old monasteries in Bucovina, and marvel at many centuries of alternative architecture in the capital, Bucharest.

Want to take the tourist route? Plan ahead and book a trip for a very memorable Halloween party in Bran Castle ('Dracula's Castle') in the picturesque city of Brasov, or learn all about 'Vlad the Impaler' and medieval Romania in historic Sighisoara.

The countryside is also littered with other historic castles, such as Peles Castle and Corvin Castle, which are a great spot for photographers, and a glimpse into the lives of royalty from centuries ago.

As if this wasn't enough, there’s also the impressive Neamt Citadel, and festivals such as Hora de la Prislop – which are fantastic displays of art and culture from times gone by.

Romanian Currency – A Brief Cost Guide

The only currency used is the Romanian leu. Despite being a European country, euros are not accepted anywhere in Romania.

  • Set aside approximately 10 – 30 RON per day for attractions.
  • On average 50 – 60 RON for a dorm bed, or 120 RON for a room in a modest hotel.
  • Between 40 – 80 RON a day for food, depending on your appetite.

If you’re into luxury accommodation and expensive meals, these costs will be higher!

Tipping in Romania

Tipping is expected as Romanian waiters are paid a very low wage, so be sure to also factor this in when drawing up your budget.

Romania: Know Before You Go

Seasons to Visit

The most popular times for tourists are in Spring (May - June) or Autumn (September – October).

There’s always something to do year-round, so why don’t you try beating the crowds and visit in winter, when many of the towns and landscapes are covered in a stunning blanket of snow.

Visas in Romania 

Visas are not required for up to 90 days for many foreigners, with European citizens able to stay in the country indefinitely.

Getting Around Romania

There are many modes of transport available for travelers, with regular flights, trains and long-haul buses running quite frequently between destinations. 

Insider Tips

  • Romania is relatively safe, but be aware of extortionate prices for tourists in larger cities at restaurants and in taxis. This is particularly so in main touristy areas like Bucharest and Brasov.
  • Keep an eye on your valuables in crowded areas around these regions – outside of Bucharest and Brasov, this shouldn't be as much of a problem.
  • Also be aware that public toilets are few and far between; they can sometimes be poorly maintained, and will usually require a small fee for you to use.
  • Unfortunately, you won't find Dracula in Romania. However, with its beautiful landscapes, warm and welcoming people, and a never-ending list of things to see and do, it's definitely worth checking out!

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