Bucharest (București, pronunciation [buku’reʃti]) is the largest city in Romania and, along with being its capital city, it is also the counrty’s main cultural, industrial and university center, built along Dâmbovița river, about 60km north of the Danube river. First mentioned historically in 1459, Bucharest became 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 a large cultural and architectural development which took place between the two World Wars, when it is earned the nickname “Little Paris”. Buildings such as the Atheneum, the Royal Palace (now hosting the National Art Museum), The (old) National Library, the Athene Palace Hotel, Telephones Company Building (Palatul Telefoanelor – the first Romanian “skyscraper”), the National Bank, etc. , stand out. During the 50 years of oppressive socialist rule, buildings such as the House of the People (nowadays knwon as the Palace of Parliament), the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, were built, becoming one of the city’s main tourist attractions. The construction of such a monumental building brought about the enforced demolition or displacement of old buildings and cultural monuments, e.g., the church of Monastery Mihai Vodă, which was notably 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, showcasing traditional Romanian village life. The museum contains the most impressive collection of traditional houses collected from all historical regions of Romania. Additioanlly, the Cotroceni National Museum Complex – the Presidential Residence, is a 300 years old collection of buildings and monastic sites, endowed with a vibrant history. Last but not least, visitors can always relax in one of the many beautiful parks of Bucharest, away from the bustling life of the city, such as: Cișmigiu Gardens (Gradinile Cișmigiu), King Carol I Park (Parcul Carol), Young People’s Park (Parcul Tineretului), King Michael I (Herăstrău) Park (Parcul Herăstrău).
A visiting stay in Bucharest is an invigorating experience. In a city that never sleeps, the bustling city life is famous for the affordable eating, drinking and partying.
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. Rain showers are known to occur infrequently.
The Romanian currency is the RON (Romanian New Leu or simply LEU [leu:], plural LEI [lei]). 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.
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 Metro transportation.
Check the InfoTB app/Google Maps 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 or the real-time Google Maps planner. Note that Moovit journey planner as well as Citymapper mobility app are also available for Bucharest.
Use the e-wallet or 24pay online for the easiest and cheapest way to pay for travelling around Bucharest by bus, trolley and tram.
The Palace of Parliament can be reached from the UPB Campus, by STB bus service 136 to Pod Izvor from bus stop Universitatea Politehnica, reachable in 15 min on foot from the conference venue, southbound.
The Palace of Parliament can be reached from the UPB Campus, by yellow Metro line M1 to Republica/Pantelimon from station Grozavesti (or by Metro line M3 to Anghel Saligny from station Politehnica, with a direct access gate from the Campus), alighting at station Izvor and then walking 10-15 min southbound. See below the route from Izvor station to the Palace of Parliament.
The Palace of Parliament is within a 40-60 min walk to south east from the UPB Campus along Splaiul Independentei.
Information on authorized taxis is available at this link. Although traveling by taxi in Bucharest is cheap, we advise hiring only authorized cabs with logo, fares and contact numbers displayed on the vehicle. Hiring independent taxis should be avoided.
Shop opening times vary depending on their type and location, though shops normally open at 9 AM and close at 6 PM. There are, however, many supermarkets open 24 hours.
Because of the 10% service charge levied in hotels and restaurants, a tip is not mandatory, but it is always welcome.
It is recommended that participants arrange insurance for medical expenses, loss and accidents occurring during the conference. The European Health Insurance card can be used in the public hospitals in Romania.
Electricity in Romania conforms to the European standard of 220V to 230V, with a frequency of 50Hz. Wall outlets typically accommodate plugs with two 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.
The telephone country code of Romania is +40.
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.