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Airlines
Six airlines fly direct to Romania now; it was only two for some time. Tarom, the Romanian airline has one of the youngest fleets in Europe and flies direct between Heathrow and Bucharest every day. British Airways has two daily flights between Heathrow and Bucharest. Both can be booked on the internet. Wizzair started flying direct between London Luton and Baneasa (close to central Bucharest) on 15th January 2007 and recently Easyjet have scheduled one flight per day between London Gatwick and Bucharest.  Blueair is now flying direct to Romania from London Stansted. There are a number of other carriers, including Lufthansa, KLM, SwissAir and Alitalia who fly from the UK to Romania with a stopover.  Check the links below.

Tarom  The Romanian National airline, flights from Heathrow Terminal 2 

British Airways  Flights based from Heathrow Terminal 1

EasyJet  Flights from Gatwick South Terminal

WizzAir  Flights from Luton Airport

BlueAir  Flights from Stansted

AerLingus  Flights from Dublin

Currency
The local currency is the Lei which is worth around 5 RON to £1. The RON is not an international currency so cannot be bought outside Romania. You can acquire cash in Romania by exchanging other currencies, ideally Euros. Cash machines are plentiful in towns and cities and dispense local currency.

Taxis
Taxis are plentiful in Bucharest and considerably cheaper than you would expect in Western European cities. A central city taxi ride is still possible for less than £2.

Hotels
Hotels can be booked from the UK on the internet. There are first class hotels and lesser establishments. For longer trips it may be worth considering an apartment.

 

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