Bucharest is one of the most famous Eastern European capitals and a cosmopolitan city, so it might be hard for some to imagine discovering it on a budget. However, the Romanian capital features among the top European capitals to visit on a budget. What does this mean? That here you will find accommodation, food, and entertainment even if you don’t have too much to spend.
Bucharest has something to offer for each and every tourist, from solo travelers to family with children and even couples looking for a honeymoon destination. The cost of accommodation in or close to the city center is a fraction of what you would have to pay for the same location in London or Paris for example, not to mention that the services are very good here. Le Boutique Hotel Moxa is located in downtown Bucharest and is the perfect combination of luxury quality and affordable rates.
The food is also affordable, and you can find restaurants where you can have lunch for no more than 20 to 40 lei (5 to 10 USD), and the menu includes a soup, a main course, and a drink. If you want to grab a bite while discovering the city, you can get a pretzel (covrig) for as little as 1 lei or a ham and cheese pretzel or hot dog pretzel for no more than 2 to 3 lei (50 -75 cents!) and you certainly won’t need anything else for a few hours. Once you have sorted food and a roof over your head, we can move on to discuss entertainment options for when traveling to Bucharest on a budget.
Before anything else, you should know that there are always free concerts, fairs, and exhibitions in Bucharest that can be visited for free, you just need to check in advance to ensure there will be something when you get here. More than this, there is plenty of sightseeing that can be done without putting a dent in your wallet. You can go visit Casa Poporului (Palace of the Parliament) and even walk around it if you need a bit of exercise. It is one of the most interesting and large buildings in Europe.
If you are interested in discovering tourist venues without having to pay a cent, check the websites of the art galleries and museums you are interested in visiting. You will be surprised to discover that many of them have a day in the month or an hour interval each day when they can be visited free of charge. For example The National Museum of Art of Romania has free entry on the first Wednesday of the month.
After you are done with museums and galleries, you can just walk around the Old city center and discover cobbled stones where history is present at every corner and legends show their marks. Make sure to pay a visit to the Stravrapoleos Church, Manuc Inn, and the Voievodal Palace. It is good to know that there are free walking tours organized regularly that you can enjoy if you want an opportunity to learn more about what Bucharest is all about.
No matter if the weather is warm and nice or cold and snowy, you can still have a walk in one of the many parks in Bucharest. You will be enchanted by the scenery, whatever the season might be.