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Romania Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting


Romania travel guide and destination overview of the country. Key information, general overview, and more for travelers to Romania.

Updated: 2019-06-22.

Romania | România

First of all, where is Romania? Romania is a country in southeastern Europe bordering Bulgaria to the south, Moldova to the east, Ukraine to the north and east, and Hungary and Serbia to the west. It has some real estate along the Black Sea; some people say that Romania looks like a fish jumping west out of the Black Sea (see the map of Romania, below).

Romania is a member of the European Union and NATO. It has not entered the Eurozone (currency), and it is still awaiting admission into the Schengen Zone.

Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania, located near the southern border with Bulgaria. Other traveler-favorite cities are Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara, Iași, Constanța, Craiova, Brașov, and Galați, by order of population size.

Romania as a whole remains a budget traveler’s dream destination. Though it is in the EU, prices are cheaper on average than those in any of the other EU countries. Large cities dispersed throughout the country, seaside resorts, and great train and bus connections keep tourists and backpackers coming back year after year.

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Romania Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Romania – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Bucharest (& largest city)

Population: 19.52 million (2019 estimate)

Language(s): Romanian

President: Klaus Iohannis

Prime Minister: Viorica Dăncilă

Currency: Romanian Leu (RON)

Area: 238,397 km2 (92,046 mi2)

Dialing Code: +40

Time Zone: Eastern European Time “EET” (UTC+2), DST/Summer Time: Eastern European Summer Time “EEST” (UTC+3)

Demonym: Romanian (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: România (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 112

Drinking Age: None, 18 to purchase

Smoking Age: None, 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 15/18

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 230V, 50Hz, Plug Types C / F (define)

ISO Country Code: RO

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