Romania, home to cosmopolitan cities, balmy beach resorts on the Black Sea and spectacular scenery around the Carpathian Mountains, is fast making a name for itself as a popular holiday destination. From the opulent 18th-century Peles Castle in Sinaia to the forested valleys of Transylvania and the charming medieval town of Sighisoara, this culturally diverse and historically rich destination has something to offer every traveller. Best of all, with a whole host of airlines now competing to offer direct flights to the country from across the UK, cheap flights to Romania are more accessible than ever.
Romania offers different experiences depending on the time of year, so you should plan your visit accordingly. Those looking to hike in the Carpathian Mountains should travel in spring, when the area’s 300 flower species come into bloom in a riot of colour, or in autumn when the trees in Transylvania take on a breathtaking number of seasonal hues. July and August can get quite hot, and this is when locals and visitors alike flock to the Black Sea coast. It’s also when flight and accommodation prices are at their highest. There may be some differences depending on where you fly from, but in general the best months to get your hands on bargain flights to Romania’s biggest airports are November and February.
For the best choice in direct flights to Romania’s top airports, consider flying from London. British Airways and Romania’s flag carrier Tarom operate daily services from London Heathrow that touch down in the Romanian capital in just over three hours. You can also fly to Bucharest with Ryanair from Stansted, or from Luton, Liverpool and Glasgow with Romania’s low-cost airline, Blue Air. Blue Air also offers routes from Luton to the eastern cities of Bacau and Iasi, while Ryanair operates flights from Stansted to Timisoara.
The most convenient methods of onward transport from Romania’s main airports to your final destination are taxi or bus. The 35-minute journey to the city centre from Bucharest’s Henri Coanda International Airport should cost around 70 Romanian leu (RON). Alternatively, you can pay around 10 RON for a round-trip bus ticket at a booth just outside the airport and hop on the 783 Express bus, which will whisk you to the centre of Bucharest in 45 minutes.
Bucharest’s mammoth Palace of the Parliament is possibly the most enduring reminder of the Ceausescu regime. This giant structure is the second-largest administrative building in the world, comprising over 1,000 rooms, including an underground network of passages and a nuclear bunker. It can be visited on a pre-booked guided tour. After your taste of history, visit the picturesque mountain town of Sinaia, 90 minutes from Bucharest, where you can admire the stunning Peles Castle or take a cable car to the top of the peaks for some amazing panoramas.
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