Bucharest

Travel Guide
Palace of the Parliament showing a sunset, heritage architecture and a fountain

Visit the capital of Romania, a charming city with grand palaces, gardens, historic buildings, squares full of greenery and a vibrant nightlife.

Thanks to the French style boulevards, neoclassical palaces and large parks, Bucharest was known as the 'Paris of the East' during the communist period. Since the fall of communism, they’ve tried to restore the city to the original state. Visit it today and you will find restored palaces, churches full of frescoes, restaurants, an exciting nightlife and rich cultural experiences.

Start your visit by walking along the architectural highlights of Bucharest. Visit this Arcul de Triumf and admire its sculptures and the large granite monument that honours the Romanian soldiers who fought during the First World War. Make sure you take in the Palatul Parlamentului (Parliament Palace), one of the largest parliament buildings in the world.

Visit Revolution Square and behold the former royal palace, house to the former royal rulers of the country. The palace is now the location of the Muzeul National de Arta al Romaniei. You will also find the Kretzulescu Church here: this prayer house from the 18th Century is an example of the Brancoveanu style, with architectural features from the Renaissance, Baroque and Byzantine and Ottoman style.

Bucharest has lots of beautiful green spaces to relax in. An example is the Gradina Botanica Bucuresti, which is no less than 17.5 hectares. In Cismigiu Garden you can rent a rowboat on the lake and, in the winter, you can skate on the ice rink.

Visit the old town if you want to drink, eat and be merry. Find a restaurant that serves typical Romanian dishes consisting of sausage and cabbage before hitting the bars. Most of the clubs and bars stay open until sunrise. If you’re looking for some high culture, catch a show at Ateneul Român, the domed concert hall putting on the best classical music and ballet performances in the region.

International flights arrive at Henri Coanda Aeroportul Internaţional, about 16 kilometres north of the city. The city can also be reached from several surrounding European countries by train. Explore the art, history, culture and cafes of Bucharest on foot, by taking an inexpensive taxi or rent your own car.

Where to stay in Bucharest

RIN Airport
RIN Airport
4 out of 5
255 A Calea Bucurestilor, Otopeni, 075100
The price is £46 per night from 17 Jun to 18 Jun
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Otopeni. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (988 reviews)
"Proximity to the airport and having a shuttle to the airport are what makes this hotel special."

Reviewed on 5 May 2022

RIN Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest Airport
4 out of 5
11 Bd. Aeroportului, Otopeni, 075150
The price is £67 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Otopeni. Enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean rooms in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (418 reviews)
"Nice property, new, modern. Lots of USB plugs. Reception was good, efficient and responded promptly to my requests. I would stay there again."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest Airport
K+K Hotel Elisabeta
K+K Hotel Elisabeta
4 out of 5
Strada Slanic 26, Bucharest, 30242
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £57 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Bucharest. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (775 reviews)
"Everything went smooth and quick Also I was explained nicely about all the available options to me and where to go for them. Very pleased Thank you"

Reviewed on 4 May 2022

K+K Hotel Elisabeta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Mosilor Residence Apartments
Mosilor Residence Apartments
3 out of 5
Mihai Eminescu no. 181, Sector 2, Bucharest, 20077
The price is £27 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Bucharest. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the WiFi and the convenient parking ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (26 reviews)
Bucharest in November
"This was a solo traveller city break for 5 nights. I wanted somewhere that was relatively central to amenities and sights, that was comfortable and safe. Apart from a v noisy fridge right next to the bed and thin curtains that let a little bit too much light, this property met all my needs."

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2021

Mosilor Residence Apartments
Le Blanc Aparthotel
Le Blanc Aparthotel
4 out of 5
str. Corvinilor nr. 1-3, Sector 6, Bucharest, Bucharest
The price is £73 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Bucharest. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Bucharest Botanical Garden and Monument ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"very nice people, very clean hotel, very comfortable"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2021

Le Blanc Aparthotel
Decebal Residence Apartments
Decebal Residence Apartments
3 out of 5
Str. Theodor D. Sperantia No. 119, Bucharest, 30924
The price is £27 per night from 16 Jun to 17 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Bucharest. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the room service ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (22 reviews)
Pleasant property
"A pleasant stay"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2021

Decebal Residence Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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