13 - 16 June, 2023

Bucharest | Romania

13 - 16 June, 2023

Bucharest | Romania

City & Travel Info

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About Bucharest (București)

Bucharest (București, pronunciation [Buku’reʃti]) is the largest capital in Romania and is the main cultural, industrial and university center, built along Dâmbovița river , about 60km north of the Danube river.  Firstly mentioned historically in 1459, Bucharest becomes the capital of the Kingdom of Romania in 1862. One may experience a mix of historical  eras, from neoclassical and Art Nouveau to the socialist and modern style.  Bucharest benefits from the largest cultural  and architectural development between the two World Wars, when it is called the Little Paris of the East.  Buildings such as the Atheneum, the Royal Palace ( now home to the National Art Museum), The (old) National Library,  the Athene Palace HotelTelephones Company Building (Palatul Telefoanelor – the first “skyscraper”),  the Building of the National Bank, etc.  stand out. In 50 years of Socialist ruling, buildings such as the House of the People (House of the Parliament),  the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, were built, becoming one of the main tourist attractions, today. The construction of such a megalomaniac building, meant the enforced replacement or displacement of old buildings and cultural monuments, e.g., the church of Monastery Mihai Vodă, moved on rails 285 metres east and hidden in its present location, behind residential buildings.   Other sightseeing attractions  include the National Museum of the Village “Dimitrie Gusti” (Muzeul Național al Satului “Dimitrie Gusti”) an open-air ethnographic museum located in the King Michael I Park (Bucharest, Romania), showcasing traditional Romanian village life. The museum contains the most impressive collection of traditional houses collected from all rural regions of Romania. Last but not least, one should relax in beautiful park of Bucharest, away from the bustling life of the city: Cișmigiu Gardens, King Carol I Park, Young People’s Park (Parcul Tineretului), King Michael I (Herăstrău) Park.

A visiting stay in Bucharest is an invigorating  experience. In a city that never sleeps, the bustling day life and nightlife is famous for the affordable eating, drinking and partying.

Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest at dusk. Air view of the building. Romania. Beautifull sunset Ateneu Bucuresti.
Historical monument in Buchareast, Arch of Triumph representing the victory of Romanian soldiers who managed to liberate the capital in the second world war.
Long exposure shot of the Revolution Square near Victoria Avenue in Bucharest, Romania. Traffic and historical buildings.Bucuresti
The Parliament Palace

Tourist Information

The official Tourist information website can be found here.


Romanian is the official language. English is widely spoken. French, Italian, Spanish and German are also spoken.


Typical Romanian summers are dry and hot. However, the beginning of June is sunny, with temperatures rising up to 27- 28 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. The nights are cool and breezy, with temperatures as low as 15 degrees Celsius. To be aware that rain showers may occur.  Note that all  information is subject to climate changes.

Currency, Banking Hours, Credit Cards

Romanian currency is RON (Romanian New Leu). The National Bank exchange rates can be seen here.

Typical banking hours for the public: Monday-Friday 09:00-16:30.

Two Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)  are within the university’s campus in Rectorate, AN and BN buildings.

Hotels, large shops, restaurants and public transportation normally accept credit cards.

Public Transportations

Cash is not accepted on Bucharest public transport. You can use your Debit/Credit card contactless or smartphone pay systems, or you can buy an e-wallet card for overground transportation or a magnetic card for the metro. More information on ticket fares and payment methods can be found on the STB website, for overground and Metrorex website for underground transportation.

Moving around Bucharest using public transportation with Metrorex, STB or ride sharing is cheap and fast.

Check the InfoTB app notification for the latest information on travelling safely and changes to services.

For more detailed traveller information on which stations to use and suggestions for the best route to reach your destination, or to plan ahead and get around Bucharest safely use InfoTB app.

Use the e-wallet or 24pay online for the easiest and cheapest way to travel around Bucharest.

Commuting between Conference Venue and Palace of Parliament


The House of Parliament can be reached from the UPB Campus, by STB bus service 136 to Pod Izvor from bus stop Universitatea Politehnica, reachable 15 min on foot from the conference venue.

Underground Metro

The House of Parliament can be reached from the UPB Campus, by yellow line M1 to Republica/Pantelimon  from station Grozavesti, alighting at station Izvor and then walking 15 min south.

On foot

The Palace of Parliament is within a  40-60 min walk to south east from the UPB Campus along Splaiul Independentei.


Information about authorize taxies can be found at this link. Although traveling by taxi in Bucharest is cheap, we advise hiring only authorized vehicles with logo, fares and contact numbers displayed on the vehicles. Hiring independent taxis should be avoided.

General Shopping Hours

Shop opening times vary depending on their type and location, though shops normally open at 9 AM and close at 6 PM. However, there are many supermarkets open 24 hours.

Chemist Pharmacies/Drug Stores

Pharmacists and drugstores stay open during shopping hours. Late night chemists can be found online.


Because of the 10% service charge levied in hotels and restaurants, a tip is not mandatory, but it is always welcome and is bound by the law to be printed on the charging bill.


It is recommended that participants arrange insurance for medical expenses, loss and accidents occurring during the conference. European Health Insurance card can be used in the public hospitals in Romania.

Electric Current/Voltage

Electricity in Romania conforms to the European standard of 220V to 230V, with a frequency of 50Hz. Wall outlets typically accommodate plugs with two or three round pins. Many hotels in Bucharest have adapter plugs that can be loaned to guests; you  could also purchase adapters in the supermarkets and shopping centers.

Romania Country Code

The telephone country code of Romania is +40.

Emergency Numbers

In case of any emergency call the emergency number 112, available on any mobile device or by installing the official app Apel 112 by the Romanian Special Telecommunications Service (STS).

COVID-19 Information

Please note that currently Romania has no restrictions due to COVID-19. Masks are not compulsory anywhere and testing is no longer advised.

COVID-19 self-tests are available in pharmacies. There are two pharmacies close to campus of the University Politehnica of Bucharest, located within  Orhideea Shopping Centre, Splaiul Independenţei 210-210B, 060025 Bucharest.

For detailed domestic travel guidelines contact Tudor C. Ionescu