Bucharest is the Capital of Romania and, at the same time, the economic, social and cultural centre of the country. The city is one of the largest in Central and East Europe, representing an important industrial and commercial centre.
The city is situated in the Southern area of the country, on Baragan Plain, at half distance between the Danube and the chain of Southern Carpathians, being crossed by the rivers Dambovita and Colentina
2,351,000 inhabitants – in 1996
There are 37 museums, 22 theatres and concert halls, art galleries, antiquities stores, bookshops.
Health & Police
The phone number for an ambulance is 961.
The emergency Police number is 955.
Money can be exchanged at banks, hotels and private exchange offices. There can be major differences in rates, especially between the banks and the private exchange offices.
Official currency is the Leu (lei). The divisions are: coins of 100, 500 and 1000 and bills of 1000, 5000, 10.000, 50.000, 100.000 and 500.000. Banks are open weekdays from 8:30 to noon.
Bucharest’s public transit system covers the entire city with buses, tramways, trolleys and metro (subway), operating from 5 a.m. to 11,30 p.m. Tickets and magnetic cards can be bought at RATB kiosks, located in bus stations.
Taxi can be found near the hotels, subway stations, bus stations, Railway Stations, airports, etc. You can stop a taxi in the street or you can order the special companies at the following phone numbers: 9461, 9791, 9451, 9411.
The Post Offices are open between 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Saturday. Central Post Office – 10 Matei Milo Street, opened between 7.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.
Public phones work with phone cards, which can be purchased from Post Offices and permit international phone calls and mobile phone calls.
Bucharest International Airport (Otopeni) – for international flights only. Ph.: (401) 230.00.42, Switchboard: (401) 204.10.00 Customs: extension 1514, Lost luggage ext. 1043, Airport Police: ext. 1523
Transport from/to Otopeni Airport
RATB City Bus # 783,
Connecting Otopeni to the City Center. Important stations: Sofitel Hotel, Victoria Place (Romanian Government Building), Romana Place, Unirii Place.
6 to 43 passengers shuttle bus possibilities. Prices vary from $1 to $6 for person.
Train tickets can be bought from the Railway stations or from one of the SNCF Agencies (National Romanian Railways Society). Reservations at: 313.26.44 (10 Ion Brezoianu St.).
- Athenee Palace Hilton *****
1-3 Episcopiei St., ph: (401) 303.37.77, fax: (401) 312.65.47
- Bucharest Marriott Grand Hotel *****
90 Calea 13 Septembrie, ph: (401) 403.00.00, fax: (401) 403.00.01
- Sofitel Hotel ****
1 Expozitiei Blvd., ph: (401) 224.30.00, fax: (401) 224.25.50
- Capitol Hotel ***
29 Calea Victoriei, ph: (401) 313.94.40, fax: (401) 312.41.69
- Turist Hotel **
3-5 Poligrafiei Blvd., ph: (401) 224.20.00, fax: (401) 224.29.84