Travel kit
Find your bearings in Bucharest, Romania during the Innovative Enterprise Week 2019 with our travel kit.
Traveling to/in Romania
Conditions of traveling to Romania

Since 2007 when Romania became an EU member, EU citizens can use a national identity card or a passport for traveling to Romania. For the list of countries whose nationals, holders of simple travel documents, must be in possession of a visa upon entry in the Romanian territory(list drafted according to the provisions of EC Regulation no. 539/2001), as well as for the exceptions to the obligation of getting a Romanian visa, please visit the official website of Romania`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the “Romanian Visa” Section at: http://www.mae.ro/en/node/2040.

Transport in Bucharest

The Otopeni Airport (officially named “Henri Coandă”) is located 17 km north of the city center, on National Road (DN) 1. To quickly order a taxi from there, it is best to use the touch screens in the arrivals hall which display the time the taxi arrives and its ID number. Take only authorised taxis. A standard price is around 1,69 lei/km to 1,99 lei/km (around 0.4 euro/km) plus the starting, which is about one kilometer’s ride. There are also some companies that charge 3.5 lei/km (around 0.8 euro/km), with some variations depending on the time of the day / night when you go and on the type of car.
Before getting on, be careful to observe the price printed on the side of the car and, before starting, be sure that the taxi meter is on. You can call a taxi at the following phone numbers: 021 9477, 021 9494, 021 9444, 021 9488.
The phone numbers of all taxi companies registered in Bucharest are available at https://www.taximetre.ro/taxi/bucuresti/ (website is in Romanian).
Also, some companies offer the possibility to order a taxi  online, through their website or through a mobile phone application: Speed taxi: www.speedtaxi.ro, Mondial taxi: http://taximondial.ro/order-online.php, Meridian taxi: http://www.meridiantaxi.ro/, Taxi 2000: http://www.taxi2000.ro/, Clever taxi app: https://www.clevertaxi.com/?lang=en. A local taxi app that allows one to order a taxi and pay the ride by card..

Please keep in mind that cash transactions for taxis are most common in Bucharest, so if you choose to order a taxi, make sure you have cash (RON) at your disposal.

Uber and Bolt (Taxify) are also available in Bucharest.

To get to the city center, you can also take bus 783 or bus 784 which stop in front of the airport and leaves every 30 minutes during the day and every 40 minutes during night time.
You can also take the bus 780 leaving for Gara de Nord (from around 05.15 to 23.00) every 30 minutes. Before boarding make sure you purchased an Active Card; the cost of a return journey to the city and back is 7 lei, plus the cost of 3.70 lei for the card itself. The card can be recharged at any ticket kiosk near bus stops and used on all buses, trolleybuses, trams and the metro in the city. One trip by surface transportation costs 1.30 lei. Please note that you cannot buy these cards on board. Buses, trolleys and trams run from around 04.30 in the morning to 23.00 while the night buses – all departing from Piata Unirii – run every hour during night time. The metro runs from 05.00 to 23.00 and the cost for one ticket (for two trips) is 5 lei; you can also choose to purchase ten trips at a cost of 20 lei or one-day pass at a cost of 8 lei.
You can also purchase rides via SMS by sending a message to the 7464 with the text "E783" for the 783 bus, "E784" for the 784 bus, "E780" for the 780 bus. The price for a ticket is 0.70 euro+VAT (3.87RON) and the ticket is valid for the whole day.

More information about airport transfers via bus you can find on the STB (Bucharest Public Transport) website: 
http://www.stbsa.ro/mobile/eng/expres_en.php.
Or use the STB trip planner: https://info.stbsa.ro/

Practical Information
Practical Information

Romania’s currency is Leu (plural “Lei”), abbreviated RON. The banknote denominations are 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 lei and the coins are 1, 5, 10 and 50 /bani/ pieces.
Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorised exchange offices. International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services.
Although some stores, merchants or taxi drivers may accept payments in $ US, Euros or other freely convertible currencies the National Bank of Romania regulations stipulate that payments for goods and services purchased in Romania should be made with Romanian money (LEI).

Romania’s electrical power is 230 V; 50 cycles and sockets take the standard continental European dual round-pronged plugs. A plug adaptoris required for non-European appliances.  Please remember that simple adapters do not convert voltage or frequency.

International direct dialing service is available throughout Romania.
Dialing within Romania:
0 + three digit area code + sixdigit telephone - when dialing anywhere in thecountryside or
0+ 21 + seven digit telephone # or 0 + 31 + seven digit telephone - when dialing a numberBucharest.
Three digit telephone numbersare local toll-free numbers for emergencies or businesses.

International dialing from Romania:
00+ country code + area code + telephone

Dialing from a foreign country directly to Bucharest:
International AccessCode +40 (country code) + 21 + seven digit telephone

Dialing from a foreign countrydirectly to any other city in Romania:
International Access Code + 40(country code) + three digit area code + six digit phone

Romania has several Internet access providers offering advanced services such asInternet messaging via mobile telephone, Internet paging, international roaming and more.
Internet access via Wi-fi hotspots is available in almost every restaurant, café or hotel for free.

The general emergency phone number is 112.
Reaching the Innovative Enterprise Week Venue – University Politehnica of Bucharest
Adress: Splaiul Unirii 313

The new Aula of UPB can be found on  Google maps by searching "Aula Noua Universitatea Politehnica Bucuresti".

Directions to the venue:

UPB has two entrances accesible by tube:

For more details, check the Bucharest tube map.

If you use “Piata Unirii” subway station, please be aware that are two terminals: “Piata Unirii 1” and “Piata Unirii 2” – You have to take the subway from “Piata Unirii 1”! However, the two terminals are connected by an underground passage.

By bus: 
You can use busses 601 or 336 to get to station: "Politehnica" from the city centre.

Accommodation

Close to the venue (walking distance)

Hotels in the city center close to subway station “Piata Unirii 1”

Bucharest offers othernumerous accommodation options to suit everyone`s taste.

Examples of some of the city’s finest hotels (5-star) closeto the city center:

Other exquisite hotels (4-star, over €150/night) are Lido by Phoenicia (https://lido.ro/en/), Alexander (Sos. Pipera-Tunari 1/VI, tel. (+4) 021 569 51 10/(+4) 021 569 51 19, www.alexanderhotel.ro), Marshal Garden (Calea Dorobanti 50B, , tel. (+4) 021 319 44 44, www.hotelmarshalgarden.ro), Parliament (Str. Izvor 106, tel. (+4) 021 411 99 90, www.parliament-hotel.ro). For €100-150, you can choose Angelo Airporthotel Bucharest (Calea Bucurestilor 283, tel. (+4) 021 203 65 00, www.angelo-bucharest), Berthelot (B-5, Str. General Berthelot 9, tel. (+4) 031 425 58 60/(+4) 0771 65 40 09, www.hotelberthelot.ro), Capital Plaza (B-dul Iancu de Hunedoara 54, tel.(+4) 0372 08 00 80, www.capitalplaza.ro), Duke (B-dul Dacia 33, tel. (+4) 021 317 41 86/(+4) 021 317 41 87, www.hotelduke.ro), Residence Arc de Triomphe (Str. Clucerului 19, tel. (+4) 021 223 19 78/(+4) 0372 15 07 00, www.residencehotels.com.ro), Hotel Cismigiu (Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta 3, tel. +40.031.403.0500, https://www.hotelcismigiu.ro/en/).

For less than  €100, excellent choices are: Boutique Hotel Monaco (Str. J. L. Calderon 74, tel. (+4) 021 310 56 68, www.hotelmonaco.ro), Caro (B-dul Barbu Văcărescu 164A, tel. (+4) 021 208 61 00, www.carohotel.ro), Golden Tulip Victoria Bucharest (Calea Victoriei 166, tel. (+4) 021 212 55 58, www.goldentulipbucharest.com), Hotel Nonna Mia (Str. Chile 10, tel. (+4) 021 231 22 83/(+4) 0728 60 22 83, www.nonnamia.ro/hotel-nonnamia), Ibis Palatul Parlamentului (Str. Izvor 82-84, tel.(+4) 021 401 10 00, www.ibishotels.ro), Ramada Bucharest Plaza (B-dul Poligrafiei 3-5, tel. (+4) 021 549 20 00, http://www.ramadaplazabucharest.ro), Ramada Bucharest Park (B-dul Poligrafiei 3-5, tel. (+4) 021 549 20 00, www.ramadabucharestparc.ro), Minerva (Str. Gheorghe Manu 2-4, tel. (+4) 021 311 15 55, fax (+4) 021 312 39 63, www.minerva.ro), Rembrandt (Str. Smardan 11, tel. (+4) 021 313 93 15, www.rembrandt.ro).

If you prefer hostels and villas and you are looking for a great bargain, here are some great choices: Flower`s B&B (Str. Plantelor 2, tel./fax (+4) 021 311 98 48, www.flowersbb.ro), Vila 11 (Str. Institutul Medico Militar 1, tel. (+4) 0722 49 59 00) or  X Hostel (Str. Balcesti 9 tel. (+4) 021 312 76 13, www.xhostel.eu).

Please note that UEFISCDI does not have a special agreement with any of the hotels listed above. This is a non-exhaustive list with hotels in Bucharest.

Tourist information

With an area of 92,043 square miles (approximately the same size as the United Kingdom and slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Oregon), Romania is the largest country in Southeastern Europe and shares borders with Hungary to the northwest, Serbia to the southeast, Bulgaria to the south, the Black Sea to the southeast, Ukraine to the east and to the north and the Republic of Moldova to the east. Romania`s terrain is approximately evenly divided between the splendid Carpathian Mountains (also known as the Transylvanian Alps), traversing the center of the country, hills and plateaus rich in orchards and vineyards, and fertile plains mainly devoted to agriculture.
The main attractions in Romania include:
-       the Danube Delta - the second largest and best preserved delta in the world, home to over 5,500 flora and fauna species;
-       the national parks in the Carpathian Mountains providing numerous choices for exciting outdoor experiences such as rock climbing, bird watching, horse riding, wandering through the countryside, visiting caves or studying the endangered flora and fauna;
-       the Black Sea resorts;
-       Romania`s outstanding collection of castles and fortresses: Peles Castle in Sinaia, Rasnov Fortress, Bran Castle, Cisnadie Fortified Church, Corvinesti Castle in Hunedoara, Fagaras Fortress, the fortified Saxon churches in Biertan, Calnic, Darju, Prejmer, Saschiz, Valea Viilor and Viscridesignated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites;
-       the painted monasteries in Bucovina (UNESCO World Heritage Sites);
-       the wooden churches in Maramures (UNESCO World Heritage Sites);
-        the towns of Brasov, Sibiu, Cluj Napoca, Sighisoara, Bistrita, Medias, Sebes, best illustrating the rich medieval heritage of the country;
-       traditional Romanian villages rich in architecture, traditions and history;
-       the natural spas in Baile Felix, Bazna, Eforie Nord, Mangalia, Ocna Sibiului, and Sovata – some of them founded by the Romans in ancient times and unique in Europe.

Bucharest, the capital city of Romania and its political, administrative, financial, economic commercial, cultural and scientific center is the largest city in the country, with a population of over 2.3 million inhabitants. Populated since 500 BC and first documented in 1459, the city of Bucharest is said to have been founded on the Dambovita River banks by shepherd Bucur whose name literally means ‘joy’. The city which became known as ‘Little Paris’ for its glorious Belle Époque buildings and its reputation for the high life is now a busy metropolis. The city`s unique charm is perhaps best reflected by its old historical center: the area of Lipscani - named after the numerous German traders from Lipsca or Leiptzig, which today hosts a variety of art galleries, antique shops, coffeehouses and restaurants; the remains of the Old Princely Court and Church built in the 15thcentury by Vlad Tepes, known as Dracula; Manuc`s Inn, The Beer Cart Restaurant, and the National Bank of Romania should not be missed.Bucharest’s main attractions include:
-       the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum (http://muzeul-satului.ro/en/), one of the largest open-air museum in Europe;
-       the National Museum of Art (https://www.mnar.arts.ro/en/visit)
-       the Palace of Parliament, one of the largest buildings in the world (http://cic.cdep.ro/en/opening-hours-and-tariffs)
-       the Romanian Peasant’s Museum (http://www.muzeultaranuluiroman.ro/home.html)
-       the Romanian Athenaeum
-       the Cotroceni Palace / National Museum (http://www.muzeulcotroceni.ro/index_eng.html)
-       the House of the Free Press
-       the Arch of Triumph
-       Victoriei Avenue – one of the oldest and one of the most beautiful streets in the city, home to the Cantacuzino Palace (“George Enescu” Museum), the historical Revolution Square, the Military Club, the National History Museum, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Athenee Palace Hotel, Kretzulescu Church, the Royal Palace Great Concert Hall, the Palace of the Savings Bank and many others.

Other wonderful places to visit in Bucharest are its historic churches (such as the Apostles` Church, the Metropolitan Church, the Stavropoleos Church, St. Joseph`s Cathedral, St. Nicolas Church) and its beautiful parks and gardens - like the Cismigiu Garden, the Botanical Garden, HerastrauPark or Carol I Park. For getting familiar with the city`s central area and its main places of interest in less than one hour, hop-on, hop-off bus tours are available daily during the warm season by new double-decker buses.Also, there are a number of tour-operators offering guided tours and experiences:
-       Interesting Times Bureau (https://interestingtimes.ro/),
-       City Compass (http://www.citycompassevents.ro/bucharest-tours/),
-       Travel Maker (https://travelmakertours.com/),
-       Bucharest Step by Step (https://www.buchareststepbystep.com),
-       Bucharest Guide (http://www.bucharest.guide).

Contact UEFISCDI

You can contact us at contact@innoenterprisebucharest2019.eu, or you can contact UEFISCDI staff directly:

Marius Mitroi
E-mail: marius.mitroi@uefiscdi.ro
Elena Simion
E-mail: elena.simion@uefiscdi.ro
Raluca Coscodaru
E-mail: raluca.saftescu@uefiscdi.ro
Anamaria Ravar
E-mail: Anamaria.ravar@uefiscdi.ro

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Romania’s electrical power is 230 V; 50 cycles and sockets take the standard continental European dual round-pronged plugs. A plug adaptoris required for non-European appliances.  Please remember that simple adapters do not convert voltage or frequency.