Below you will find practical information about currency, tips, electricity and more in connection with trips to Romania.
- Language: Romanian
- Capital: Bucharest
- Population: 21, 5 million.
- Religion: Romanian Orthodox Church
- Currency: Romanian lei
- Surface: 238 391 km2
Romania is one hour ahead of Sweden, both in summer and winter.
Transport in Romania
On Albatro’s round trips in Romania, we use buses that are of good class.
The price level is far below the Swedish and this is especially true for food and drink. The finer restaurants may seem relatively expensive, but that is because they live solely on the tourists. Goods made in Romania (eg clothes, shoes and bags) are cheap and of good quality.
Tipping is not very common in Romania, but in restaurants it is advisable to add 10 percent to the bill if you are satisfied with the service.
Currency and credit cards
The currency in Romania is lei (RON). 1 RON = approx. 2.1 SEK (April 2017)
Visa and MasterCard can be used in hotels, restaurants and shops in the larger cities where there are also ATMs. We recommend that you bring cash (US dollars or euros), which can be exchanged at the many official exchange offices.
In Romania, 230 V is used and the connectors are of European standard and the same type as in Sweden.
Telephone and internet
According to Allcitycodes, Romania’s international country code is +40. Feel free to check with your own mobile operator about mobile coverage and prices for incoming and outgoing calls. In hotels, cafes and restaurants there is often wifi.
Drinking water and hygiene
There can be a long distance between the public toilets, they are often not very clean and it costs money to use them. For safety, bring toilet paper or a number of wet wipes. The toilets are better in hotels and restaurants.
We do not recommend that you drink tap water, but rather buy bottled water.
Customs and traditions
The Romanians are a hospitable people. They are more religious than we are used to in Sweden, so remember to show the inhabitants the respect and dignity required when you visit churches and other shrines.
Smoking is still very common in Romania. In finer hotels there are special sections for non-smokers, as well as in many restaurants. Smoking is not permitted in public transport.
Climate and weather Romania
Here you can read about the climate and weather in Romania – see, among other things, temperatures for Bucharest and Sibiu.
Romania has a temperate mainland climate. There are large temperature differences between summer and winter and also between mountain areas and lowlands. Across the small stretch of coast to the Black Sea in southeastern Romania, the climate is reminiscent of the Mediterranean climate with quite a bit of rain, and the mountain areas have to put up with most of the country’s precipitation, summer as well as winter.
The population and history of Romania
In total, just over 21 million people live in Romania on an area of 238,000 km2. Despite, among other things, Count Dracula’s brave opposition, Romania became part of the Ottoman Empire but regained its independence in 1877. That the history goes much further back than the interesting findings of the hitherto oldest remains of Homo Sapiens in Europe testifies. The finds were discovered in a cave near Anina in 2002 and are an impressive 42,000 years old.