Bucharest is the capital of Romania, being the largest city in country and the sixth largest cities in the European Union. First mentioned in documents in 1459, Bucharest was designated as the capital of Wallachia country in 1659 by Prince Gheorghe Ghica. In 1862 it became the capital of Romania. Bucharest is the main political, administrative, economic, financial, banking, educational, scientific center in the country, also being the center of Romanian media, culture and art.
The origin of the Romanian name București is uncertain, tradition connecting it with the name of Bucur, which, according to different legends was a prince, a shepherd, an outlaw, a fisherman or a hunter. The stem word Bucurie means “joy” in Romanian language, and it is believed to have Dacian origin.
Bucharest architecture is a mix of historical, inter-bellum, communist-era and modern. In the period between the two World Wars, the city's elegant architecture and the sophistication of its elite earned Bucharest the nickname of "Little Paris" (Micul Paris). You can find here some historical traces as Old Court (XV – XVII centuries), one of the most important medieval constructions, and New Court from 1771, known also as Burned Court, Manuc’s Inn (1808) the best preserved old inn in Bucharest, Coltea Church and Hospital (1701 – 1704, rebuilt in 1888), the Arch of Triumph reminding the reunion of the three Romanian countries in 1918, and several Palaces: Ghica (1882), Cotroceni (1893), Stirbei (1835), Cantacuzino (1898 – 1900), University (1857 – 1869), and many others important building, hosting today important institutions, mainly cultural ones. The XX century make Bucharest be known also as the place with the second worldwide building, the Parliament Palace, used to be called also the People’s House.
Bucharest is welcoming you with its charming and green parks and gardens, inviting for a walk in Cismigiu (1845), Herastrau (spread over 187 hectares around Herastrau lake) where The Village Musem is located, Botanical Garden (1860) hosting more than 10,000 species of plant on 17 hectares, Carol, Youth, Plumbita, Bordei.
The art lovers will be delighted to find here the Romanian Atheneum, built in 1888, hosting every year during September one of the most outstanding international classical music festival, the National Art Museum, first built in 1815, The National Theater, The National Opera.
164 Barbu Văcărescu Blvd.
2nd District, 020285
Phone: +4021-208-6100, +4021-208-6101
Bucharest has two main entry points – Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) and Bucharest North Railway Station
At Henri Coanda International Airport arrive all international flights.
The airport is located 16.5 km away from Bucharest city center, being directly connected to all major European cities.
TAROM – Romania Air Transport is the national flight company and it serves most of the European capitals from its base in Bucharest. It also operates domestic flight to Cluj-Napoca (CLJ), Iasi (IAS), Oradea (OMR), Satu Mare (SUJ), Sibiu (SBZ), Timisoara (TSR).
Please check the flight company site for time table.
From the airport to Bucharest city you can choose Bus or Taxi.
Bus (RATB - www.ratb.ro)
Express Line 783 is a 24 hour service, every 15-30 minutes during daytime and every 40 minutes at night, and it ends at Unirii Square. Express Line 780 is a daily service between 5.20 AM - 11 PM, departing from the Airport every 35 - 40 min. Please check the company site for prices, time table and connections.
You can choose a company taxi using the screen terminal for taxi request. When choosing a taxi from screen terminal you will get a ticket with taxi's number, taxi company and remaining time to the taxi arrival. Going outside, in front of the Arrivals terminal, you can take the taxi only by presenting that ticket.
If you have a problem with a taxi driver take the license number or the car’s plate number and call one of the following numbers:
+4021 201 3242 Transport Bureau of the Police Department
+4021 9844 Bucharest City Hall – Complaints
+4021 9551 Consumer’s Protection Authority
Bucharest North Railway Station
Bucharest North Station is the main train station, where you will arrive in if you will choose to travel by train. The station is located 4 km away from city center, and it offers daily connections to the main cities of Romania and Europe.
Tickets can be bought at the train station or online by accessing the link CFR
From Bucharest North station you can reach any place of the city by subway, tram (RATB), bus (RATB) or taxi.