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Bucharest, Municipiul Bucuresti, Romania

How much does it cost to travel to Bucharest?

You should plan to spend around $139 (lei642) per day on your vacation in Bucharest. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $59 (lei271) on meals
  • $26 (lei121) on local transportation
  • $127 (lei586) on hotels

A one week trip to Bucharest for two people costs, on average, $1,947 (lei8,984). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Bucharest cost?

A one week trip to Bucharest usually costs around $974 (lei4,492) for one person and $1,947 (lei8,984) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Bucharest on average costs around $1,947 (lei8,984) for one person and $3,894 (lei17,968) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Bucharest will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Bucharest on average costs around $4,172 (lei19,252) for one person and $8,345 (lei38,504) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Bucharest has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Bucharest expensive to visit?

Prices in Bucharest are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Bucharest is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Tenerife or Innsbruck.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Bucharest Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Bucharest?

The average Bucharest trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Bucharest travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) lei586 ($127)
Local Transportation 1 lei121 ($26)
Food 2 lei271 ($59)
Entertainment 1 lei68 ($15)
Alcohol 2 lei21 - 64 ($5 - 14)
Accommodation Budget in Bucharest
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Bucharest is $64 (lei293). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Bucharest is $127 (lei586). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Bucharest

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Bucharest based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $48. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Bucharest
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Bucharest is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $26 (lei121) per person, per day, on local transportation in Bucharest.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Bucharest
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Bucharest can vary, the average cost of food in Bucharest is $59 (lei271) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Bucharest should cost around $23 (lei108) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Bucharest is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Bucharest
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Bucharest typically cost an average of $15 (lei68) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Bucharest
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $9.29 (lei43) on alcoholic beverages in Bucharest per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Bucharest On a Budget
Bucharest Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest is the capital and largest city in the country of Romania. With about 2 million residents living in the city and about 2.4 million in the surrounding urban area, it is also one of the largest cities in Southeastern Europe. As such, it is the economic, industrial and commercial center for the country. As a visitor, you will likely enter Romania by arriving in Bucharest. The city continues to grow and change, and there are ongoing infrastructure projects that continue to modernize the city. It is not uncommon to find historic churches on the same block as modern office buildings and Communist style apartment buildings. There are also many sights around town and the city continues to grow as a trendy and fascinating city.

Bucharest has a temperate continental climate that is similar to that found throughout Romania. There are four seasons with hot summers and cold winters. The spring and fall seasons are quite short. Summer high temperatures average about 29 degrees Celsius and winter high temperatures are around 2 degrees Celsius. Winter temperatures have dropped to -20 degrees Celsius before, although it rarely falls below -12 degrees Celsius. In general, the best times to visit the city are April through June and September through October.
Major landmarks in Bucharest include Parliament Palace, Lipscani, Revolution Square, the Arch of Triumph, Romanian Atheneum, and the WWII American Memorial. Museums include the Village Museum, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, the Art Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Old Court Museum, Cotroceni Palace Museum, and the Bucharest History Museum, among many others. There are also many churches and monasteries in the city. These include Curtea Veche Church, Pariarchal Cathedral, Stavropoleos Church, Coltea Church, New St. George Church, Kretzulescu Church, Plumbuita Monastery, and Otetari Church.
Bucharest is very much a mix of the old and the new. It is not uncommon to see old buildings next to new ones. Neighborhoods throughout the city continue to change and modernize. The downtown area has most of the city's more visited attractions including Parliament Palace, the Bucharest University, and most of the museums. There are also many bars and an active nightlife.

Most of the city's neighborhoods are referred to by the nearest metro station. Neighborhoods without metro stations include Dorobanti in the northeast, Drumul Taberei in the west, Rahova and Ferentari in the southwest and Lipscani, or the old city center which is located between Unirii and Universitate Square.

There are some good walking tours of the city center, some of which are even free. During the peak season you may have to book in advance. Ask for information at your hotel or a tourist information center.

Another interesting activity is to tour the many old urban buildings that have been left over from the Communist era. They can be a fascinating look into the past. Check out this guide to Urban Ruins in Bucharest for more details.

Parks are popular places to relax in the city as well. Cismigiu Garden is a small park near the center of town. It's also the oldest park in the city and has boat rental in the summer or ice skating in the winter. Other parks worth visiting include Herastrau Park, which is one of the larger parks near a lake on the Colentina River, the Botanical Gardens, Carol Park, Tineretului Park, and Titan Park. If you want to see a concert, some of the best venues are Opera Nationala, Filarmonica George Enescu, and Teatrul National de Opereta Ion Dacian.
Food and Dining
Eating out in Bucharest is cheap by European standards. There are restaurants that range in price and style and you can usually find something you like whether you're looking for fine dining, are quick and cheap. Many restaurants have a menu option that includes an appetizer, main dish, dessert and drink for about 7 euros. There are popular fast food places and Shaorma is availabe everywhere. It's possible to find traditional Romanian food as well as international options such as Turkish, Italian, French, Chinese, Spanish, Indian, Greek, and Japanese.

Public transportation in Bucharest is very comprehensive, although it is often crowded and chaotic. The metro has four lines and covers most areas in the city. It's very cheap and is a relatively easy way to get around. There are fewer stops in the city center than you might expect but it is still a great way to get around, particularly if your hotel is in an outlying area.

There is also a very elaborate network of buses, trams and trolleybuses. It can feel confusing at first, simply because it is so large, but once you've figured out where you're going, it can be a great way to travel. The vehicles are very frequent and there are stops almost everywhere. It can be crowded, particularly during rush hours, but the prices are good and the travel times are relatively fast.

It's also easy to find a taxi in Bucharest, but you should avoid any independent cab drivers and stick with the major companies. The rates should be displayed on the door and read these numbers closely as the prices can be somewhat misleading.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.