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Cheap flights to Romania

Travelling around Romania is like travelling back in time. In this beautifully traditional, and at times austere, country the many eras of its past clearly influence its present. From villages that still use horses and carts as their main form of transport to spectacular cliff top castles and stark communist architecture, Romania has not tried to pander to the whims of the tourist.

Of course, Bucharest is a bustling, thriving and largely modern city but the overwhelming dedication to Christian and Orthodox faiths is clear, even here. The stunning churches that fill the city are always full of locals lighting candles in their lunch breaks.

The highlight of a trip to Bucharest has to be Ceausescu's Palace of Parliament whose size is utterly mind-boggling. This communist colossus is the second largest building in the world and also houses the National Museum of Contemporary Art. A tour is well worth the extra cost as it describes the vast proportions of the interior, from the use of 1 million cubic metres of Transylvanian marble, 3,500 tonnes of crystal to make the 480 chandeliers to the 200,000 square metres of woven carpet. Beautiful boulevards, cosy cafes, lively beer halls and tranquil gardens make this a fabulous city to explore.

Another must-see is enchanting Bran Castle, on its hilltop perch. The inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, vampire tat is in abundance around the periphery, but the castle itself is perfectly preserved and magical to wander through. Dracula fans should also visit Snagov Monastery, a bus ride from Bucharest. Sitting in the middle of a tiny island in Snagov Lake, the location is quite breath-taking and a nice resting place for Vlad the Impaler himself – or so legend has it.

Other towns to visit include Brasov with its picturesque main square and gaudy ‘Brasov’ Hollywood sign that sits high in the mountains that surround it. There is barely a building in Brasov that doesn’t date back to the 14th century, if not earlier. The Saxon town of Sibiu has some of Romania’s best museums while Sighisoara, it the heart of Transylvania, is not only the birthplace of Vlad himself, but an exquisite example of a walled medieval citadel, complete with 15th century towers, narrow cobbled streets and ornate churches.

For those who love the outdoors, Romania is a wonderland where you can soak up the sun on the beaches of the Black Sea coast, explore isolated villages that cling to the mesmerizingly foreboding Carpathian Mountains; see bubbling mud volcanoes in Buzău County, spot wildlife in the Danube Delta, run from bears and wolves in the deep dark Carpathian forests, bliss out in healing thermal spas, mountain bike, climb and trek in the Fagaras Mountain ranges and enjoy some amazing skiing in the winter months when the snow covered Carpathian’s really come into their own.

Romania is magical and there is no better way to enjoy it than with a glass of local Palinka in a cosy bar while the sound of traditional folk music whisks you away to another century.   

The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

There are several airports in Romania. The main one is Henri Coanda International Airport which is located 10.5 miles north of the capital Bucharest. The journey by car takes approximately 45 minutes. There is an airport railway that is linked by a shuttle bus and takes just 20-25 minutes to reach the city centre. Buses 780 and 783 also operate regularly from the airport to Bucharest taking between 30 and 60 minutes. Taxis are also available for hire.

Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport is located just 5.5 miles from the second largest city in Romania – Cluj Napoca in Transylvania.  It can be reached by car in approximately 15-20 minutes or by local buses 8 and 5 in 30 minutes. Taxis are also available.

Sibiu International Airport is 2 miles west of Sibiu, also in Transylvania, and takes approximately 5 minutes by car from the airport to the centre. Buses 11, 112, 116, 117 and 118 all take just 10 minutes to get from the airport into the city centre. Taxis are also available for hire.

Finally, there is Timisoara Traian Vuia International Airport which is located 6 miles from central Timisoara – in the central west region of Romania. It takes just 20 minutes to reach by car. Bus services E4 and E4B connect the airport to the city centre and the central railway station in just 20 minutes.

What you need to know

Currency: The Romanian Leu

Visas: UK and EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Romania. Passports must be valid for three months beyond the date of departure. Nationals of other countries may require a visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.

Laws: The legal age for consuming alcohol in Romania is 18. Smoking is prohibited by law in all indoor public places including bars, cafes, and restaurants and on public transport but this law is often ignored by locals.

Best Time to Visit

Romania is beautiful all year round. Summers are long and hot and ideal for exploring the cities, walking in the hills or lazing by the sea, while winters are cold and snowy and ideal for hitting Romania’s fabulous slopes for some skiing or boarding. The end of April to the beginning of July are quieter on the tourist front, with the most popular time to visit being from June to August – particularly the resorts on the stunning Black Sea Coast where temperatures can reach a scorching 40 degrees! Equally, autumn, from early September, is also still warm but with fewer tourists and cheaper flights. Ski season runs from December to March and is becoming more popular with tourists, especially around Christmas.

Bird watching in April and May and the famous Wine Tasting Festivals of September and October are popular times to visit. In Cralova the International Shakespeare Festival is an interesting choice with wonderful plays and workshops held by world leading thespians.

Sighisoara’s Medieval Festival is a fantastic opportunity to explore the history of the town from costumes and food to jousting and crafts. Bucharest of Old brings horses and carriages to the streets of the capital while the Hora de la Prislop in August is a festival celebrated in the Carpathian Mountain by villagers of Prislop who parade in traditional costumes and spend the day dancing, feasting, singing and having a ball. Halloween in Transylvania is a spooky affair with bonfires and tales of Dracula while the magical Christmas markets in December are a much more festive alternative. 

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