Getting Around Romania
Traveling by Road:
The road network in Romania is one that is a constant project and being worked on to improve. The network does connect most major towns and cities together but secondary roads are the ones to watch out for. Secondary roads, usually marked as yellow on maps, can be in poor condition in parts, particularly in rural areas. Traffic drives on the right-hand side, you must be 18 years old to drive and at least 21 years of age to rent a car in Romania.
Traveling by Rail:
Romania features a limited rail network that only connects major cities and towns. Rural areas are currently inaccessible by rail, but work is done to change this. Bucharest acts as the main rail hub for the country. Romania has several different types of train, all varying in speed, price and comfort. The fastest and most expensive option is the Inter-City rail. Tickets for the Inter-City rail must be purchased in advance and sleeper cars or couchettes are available for long haul trips.
Traveling by Bus:
While there is no national bus service, Romania features numerous private companies that offer bus transportation throughout the country. Most major towns and cities offer bus service, ranging from local trips to long haul journeys to neighboring countries. Prices tend to be on par with train fare, and the comfort level is subpar compared to traveling by rail.
Traveling by Boat:
The major port of Romania is Constanta, located on the Black Sea. Regular ferries and charters run to Turkey, Ukraine and Bulgaria. There are also a number of companies offering scenic cruises on the Black Sea offering a unique perspective of viewing this country.
Traveling by Taxi:
Taxis can be hired in most major towns and cities. They can either be booked by telephone or hailed on the street. Taxis in Romania are all equipped with meters, so make sure there is one present before employing that taxi. Taxis that are hired at the airport in Bucharest will try and inflate their prices, so make sure that doesn't happen to you when leaving the airport. Taxi drivers do not expect tips but will appreciate them after good service is delivered.