|Popular in||July||High demand for flights, 18% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||May||Best time to find cheap flights, 9% potential price drop|
|Average price||₱60,780||Average for round-trip flights in June 2022|
Romania is very old and, at the same time, startlingly new. Bordered by Hungary, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria and Serbia, it also has a stretch of the Black Sea coast. EU membership in 2007 has opened up the country and increasing numbers of UK and Irish flyers are searching for cheap flights to Romania.
The popular notion of Romania is as Vladislav Dracula’s homeland, the nobleman who inspired the name of the vampire in Bram Stoker’s famous novel, but there is so much more to this country than Bran Castle (where Vlad is said to have lived).
Its capital is Bucharest, known not only for its historic city centre – in the 19th century, it was known as “Little Paris” and it even has l’Arc de Triomphe – but also for the Palace of Parliament, the world’s second-largest building (after the Pentagon), built by Nicolae Ceausescu.
Brasov is the second-largest city. Close to the city centre, Poiana Brasov is the country’s largest ski resort, with ten miles of runs. One of Romania’s most famous tourist attractions are the painted monasteries of Southern Bucovina (near the Ukrainian border), many of them Unesco-listed.
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The climate in Romania is temperate, with four seasons. The spring is pleasant with cool mornings but warm days. Summer is warm especially in the lowlands of eastern and southern Romania. Temperatures often hit 30 degrees in July and August. The mountains are always cooler. The autumn months are cool and dry (the foliage rivals New England for vibrancy). Winters can be cold, particularly in the mountains. Snow may fall between December and mid-March.
The summer months, July and August, are high season.
In general, the winter months; however, this is when skiers and snowboarders step off their Romania flights and head for the slopes of Poiana, Sinaia (known as Carpathians Pearl), Busteni, Predeal and Azuga.
Spring and autumn are great, shoulder-season times to visit Romania. They’re outside peak season but the weather is usually pleasant.
Most of the major car-rental companies are represented in Romania.
Public transport is decent. Several bus companies offer reasonably priced services between the cities and there is a well-developed railway network as well. Tickets are inexpensive. Finally, taxis are plentiful. It’s a good idea to settle on the fare in advance.
Manila and Clark Airports in the Philippines cater to flights to Romania. Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport is a large and busy airport in Romania where most flights from Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport land. Flights can take around 16-33h due to needing one to three stopovers. Stopovers can last about 2-13h, which prolongs the flight. Clark International Airport in Angeles also services flights to Henri Coanda International Airport, which can be as long as 29h with at least two stops. Manila Airport has flights to Iasi International Airport and the flight time can be about 38h, whereas a similar flight from the Angeles Airport can take around 36h.
There are no direct flights offered from the Philippines to Romania. Travelling to Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport from Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport takes the shortest compared to flights to Avram Iancu International Airport, Cluj-Napoca. The stopover airports could be Istanbul, Lyon, Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi or Dubai. There are several Romania flight deals you can check; find yourself cheap flights to Romania that work for you.
Romanians have an effective public transport system: trains, bus, and light rail. Travellers will find this handy and comfortable. Trains are suitable if you wish to travel far from the city center or travel between cities. If you want to travel from Bucharest to Cluj-Napoca, there are trains that can reach the destination in around 10h. Check the timetable and pay for your ticket at the counter or via their website. If you are going to travel for more than 6h, getting a sleeper train would be best for you. Maxi-taxis are recommended for travelling around the town or in small villages. Their routes are displayed on huge placards by the windshield, which you can check to ensure you are jumping onto the correct one. Then you have the commonly used local bus, also known as autobuz. One thing you have to know is that most of the buses do not have air conditioning, and all windows are closed even under the sweltering heat of the summer sun. Romania also has a light rail called Tramvai that is used around the town. And lastly, you have the metro (metrou), which connects you to the popular attractions in Bucharest.
One thing Romania is known for is the Bran Castle, where Count Dracula is said to have lived and was home to Romania’s Queen Mary. Not far from Bucharest is Peles Castle, this 19th-century infrastructure has over 160 rooms, over two floors and a summer residence for the royal family. Also in Brasov, a Gothic masterpiece lies; the Black Church is perched in the middle of medieval streets and architecture. It is the worship place for Romanian Lutherans. After being fascinated with the grandiose, centuries-old architecture, experience Romania’s culture through their festivals. Head to Cluj-Napoca where most of the top universities in Romania reside. Cluj-Napoca offers festivities for art enthusiasts from the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF) for independent movies and artists, the Untold and Electrical Castle Music Fest for music lovers, to the Zain Design Festival for designers.
In order to travel to Romania, Philippine passport holders must secure a valid Romanian or Schengen tourist visa. While the Romanian visa will only give you access to the country, the latter will provide you with access to various European destinations. The visa fee is about €60 (₱3,460) and it can take up to two weeks to process your application. Filipinos can apply for a visa at the consulate office in the Philippines.