We recently left the wonderful country of Bulgaria to come to the stunning Bucharest, Romania. Another place we had heard little about but instantly fell in love with. We spent six days exploring as much of this beautiful city as possible.
It, therefore, seemed only fitting that we put together our guide to Bucharest;
Before you go anywhere you’re going to need travel insurance. Travel insurance covers you for small things such as loss of baggage or larger things such as illness or death abroad.
Whilst it isn’t compulsory I personally wouldn’t go anywhere outside of the UK without it. I have travel insurance as part of a service with my bank. If you don’t have travel insurance already then I recommend using a comparison service such as Go Compare to find the cheapest / most suitable insurance policy for your needs.
For the purposes of this study let’s say that you don’t have travel insurance but you manage to pick up an annual worldwide travel insurance policy for £10.
We got a one-way bus ticket fromVarna to Bucharest which was 40 Lev for students or 45 for adults. This roughly translates to £17.99 each. If like us you’re looking to get a coach from across Europe (or beyond) to Bucharest then I recommend using GoEuro. They are a free to use coach comparison service. They compare a number of different routes and services and the best news – it’s all in English.
However, if you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway then return flights from the UK can be picked up for as little as £24 return. I’d recommend using the free flight aggregator search platform Skyscanner. Skyscanner will help you to find the cheapest flight on a given set of dates from any airport(s) in the world.
In the city of Bucharest, you’ll find a dedicated bus service and metro system available. There are frequent buses to and from the airport, you need to purchase a ticket before catching the bus which cost you 5 lei each.
Due to the fantastic location of our hostel during our stay in Bucharest, Romania we only needed to use public transport once – when visiting the Village Museum. The amount you spend on internal travel is going to depend on;
1. The different cities you want to travel to within Romania
2. Where you stay when at your particular destination
While the public transport in Bucharest is affordable and convenient if you’re looking for an added bit of luxury and convenience – particularly in transferring from the airport to your hotel then consider using Hoppa.
In Bucharest, we stayed in a shared an 8-bed dorm at The Midland Hostel in the Old Town. The total cost of our accommodation for 6 nights in Bucharest was £79.98 each. That averages out around £13.33 each a night.
However, if you’re looking to go a little further upmarket then check out some of the latest deals available;
We began our time in Bucharest with a free walking tour – at the end of the tour we were offered a discount card for other attractions and museums (ideal if you’ve not already got yourself a student card)
If you’re looking to explore more of Bucharest then there are huge perks to being a student. We visited the National Museum of History of Romania the entry fee usually 10 lei (£1.91) but we as students paid 5 lei (£0.95). As well as the National Art Gallery is usually 15 lei (£2.86) but students are 4 lei (£0.76).
If you’re looking for more information on Bucharest attractions then check out my post on 4 things you must do in Bucharest, Romania.
As we were staying in Bucharest, Romania for an extended period of time we took advantage of the hostel’s kitchen facilities and shopped locally.
However, we did go out to experience some of the cuisines in Bucharest. To help you with your trip we have made a guide as to where to eat, drink and work.
As always we opt not to purchase souvenirs. Our trip to Bucharest, Romania on a budget was no different. As with all of our budget trips we instead put the money we would have spent on another trip, and the chance to make even more memories.
That’s my complete guide on how to visit Bucharest, Romania on a budget. If you have enjoyed this post then check out some of my other budget travel guides – allowing you to see more of the world for less. If you’ve been to Bucharest and think I’ve missed something then feel free to leave me a comment below.