Travelling to the capital of Romania for the first time? There are some things that you should know and
will find useful while in Bucharest.
Taking the Taxi
You will probably use taxi services in Bucharest and here’s a tip so the taxi drivers don’t charge more than it costs (that happens a lot). Use this app named Star Taxi. It is easy to use and prices posted by the registered drivers there are always fair.
You must know that the local currency in Romania is RON and all the places use it, so bring RON with you or exchange your currency at the special exchange places. You can find exchange places near Le Boutique Hotel Moxa: Exchange Non-Stop and MS Exchange Office. Credit cards are accepted in
restaurants, hotels, and malls, but you will need cash for other services like taxis or buying from small markets/shops.
A new law prohibits smoking in every public and closed space; fines are imposed on offenders (individuals or businesses).
In Romania the tip is not included in the bill so it is up to you how much you want to tip. People usually leave 10% of the value on the bill. Bring some cash with you for tipping.
You can use your valid U.S., Canadian, Australian, EU driver's license in Romania. We drive on the right side of the road and seat-belts are mandatory. Don’t talk on the phone and drive at the same time unless you have a hands-free device.
Most Romanians speak English; however, information is not always translated into English. If the signs are in Romanian, we recommend you ask a Romanian person to translate. We are very welcoming and warm people. Just in case, get a translation app to help you in extreme cases.
Visiting a Romanian family?
If you are invited to the house of a Romanian family, expect to be welcomed with warmth and joy. You can bring flowers or little gifts. If you bring flowers make sure it’s an odd number of flowers, even numbers are usually for funerals. Romanians usually leave their shoes at the door before entering the house, so you will have to do the same.
Most laws and customs in Romania are not that different from other European countries, so you don’t have to worry much. Once you arrive at Le Boutique Hotel Moxa you will feel the warm spirit of Romanian people and you will know your stay will unfold just fine.