Measures

Romania uses the metric system of weights and measures. Speed and distance are measured in kilometres; goods in kilograms and litres; temperatures in Celsius – Centigrade. Length conversion 1 centimetre = 0.4 inches 1 inch = 2.54 cm 1 metre = 3.3 feet = 1.1 yards = 100 centimetres 1 foot = 0.3 metres 1 […]

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Romanian Language Conversation Guide

Romanian (limba română) is the official language of Romania. The name Romania, and its derivatives, come from the Latin word ‘Romanus’ (citizen of Rome), a legacy of the Roman Empire who took control of ancient Dacia (today Romania) in 106 A.D. Romanian retains a significant number of features of old Latin and also contains words […]

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Telephone

International direct dialing service is available throughout Romania. Most public telephones require the use of a calling/ telephone card. It is very easy to rent or buy a cellular telephone in Romania. Dialing within Romania: 0 + three digit area code + six digit telephone # when dialing anywhere in the countryside or 0 + […]

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Taxes & Refunds

VAT / Value Added Tax (or in Romanian: T V A – Taxa pe Valoare Adăugată ) A sales tax (TVA) of 19% is added to most retail sales . The TVA is usually included in the prices posted in stores, hotels and restaurants. VAT Refund – VAT refund offices (Birou de Restituire TVA) can […]

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Public Holidays

Approximately 90 percent of Romania’s population practices the Eastern Orthodox Christian religion. Therefore, many of the holidays in this country are based on religious doctrine and cultural observances. According to Romania’s Labour Code, fourteen official holidays are recognized throughout the year. In addition to public holidays, Romania also recognizes religious observances. These observances are not public […]

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About Money

Romania’s currency is the LEU. Euros are often accepted other Foreign currencies are usually not accepted; some hotels and tourist shops do take major international currencies (Euros, GBP CHF DKK SEK NOK USD etc.), but the exchange rates they offer are frequently lower than the normal rates.  1 euro (EUR) is about 4.5 lei (Romanian […]

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Can I visit Dracula’s castle?

Yep. Let’s get this one out of the way first. The Transylvania region, in the centre of the country, was home to Vlad Dracula otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler (a name that gives a better clue to the blood thirsty nature of this historical villain) on whom 19th century novelist Bram Stoker’s fictional character […]

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How do I get there?

Tourist agency Romania.travel advises that the majority of European airlines – including the Romanian national carrier Tarom – offer flights from most European cities in Western and Central Europe to Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi, Sibiu and Timisoara. Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport is 17km north of Bucharest. Low-cost airlines (such Air Berlin, Blue Air, Carpat Air, […]

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Do I need a visa?

Not if you are a citizen of the EU, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and you plan to stay no more than 90 days either in a single visit, or multiple visits over six months. The Romania Tourism guide advises that for stays of longer than 90 days, visitors must apply for a temporary […]

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How do I get around?

From Bucharest it is possible to get to most places in the country by bus or multitaxi – the tricky part is working out where the bus goes from. Check out www.autogari.ro (in English) and www.cdy.ro (in Romanian). Check out this site http://cfrcalatori.ro/ for trains and buses. TT-ers generally report that buses are faster, cheaper […]

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