Transportation in Bucharest
Buses are useful for short distances, but can get extremely crowded, especially during rush hour. Buy a ticket from a street kiosk and punch it once on board. The system runs at frequent intervals from 5am to midnight.
Taxis are a cheap way to get around town, but make sure you opt for a reputable provider. When hailing on the street, check the car has a taxi licence and, ideally, displays its rates.
Bucharest's underground network, or metro, consists of four lines and 51 stations. The system operates from 5am to 11pm and trains run in intervals of five to ten minutes. White signs with a blue M signal stations.
Walking is the best way to move around Bucharest's compact centre. Walk down Calea Victoriei, the city's oldest street, or around the Palace of Parliament – the only way to grasp the colossus' real dimensions.
Rent your car
In Bucharest, traffic moves fast, there’s a relaxed approach to road regulations and finding a parking space can be very frustrating. You’ll also have to watch out for trams and trolleybuses. However, a car might be useful if you’re heading out of the city.
Multiplu cards bought from RATB street kiosks can be loaded with up to ten trips on buses or trams. Alternatively, an Activ Card grants you access to the bus, tram and metro; essentially a pay-as-you-go card which you top up as neccessary. Make sure you validate your card once on board. The magnetic-strip tickets for the metro are valid for either two or ten rides, or for unlimited travel when you buy a monthly card. Make sure you look after your belongings on crowded buses or trams. When walking, be aware that the streets are not always in the best state.