Bucharest

Travel Guide
Palace of the Parliament which includes street scenes, a sunset and heritage architecture
Explore Romania’s capital, a charming city with palaces, gardens, historic buildings, leafy squares and exciting nightlife.

With wide French-style boulevards, neoclassical palaces and large parks, Bucharest was known as the “Paris of the East” before the Communist era. Since the overthrow of Communism, it has been reclaiming its former glory. Today, visit this modern city with restored palaces, fresco-filled churches, open-air cafés, a thriving nightlife and rich cultural experiences.

Start with a tour of Bucharest’s architectural landmarks. Admire the sculptures and bas-reliefs of the Arch of Triumph. The large granite monument commemorates Romanian soldiers who fought in World War I. Explore the Palace of Parliament, one of the world’s largest parliament buildings. 

The dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife fled from Revolution Square in 1989. Here see the former royal palace, now the National Museum of Art, and Kretzulescu Church. This 18th-century place of worship is an example of Brâncovenesc architecture, a mixture of Renaissance, Baroque, Byzantine and Ottoman styles.

Bucharest offers many green spaces for relaxation. Wander through the 43 acres (17.5 hectares) of the Bucharest Botanical Gardens. Row a boat across the lake at Cișmigiu Park. During winter, skate on its ice rink. Glimpse part of Romania’s past at the Village Museum inside Herăstrău Park. The open-air center features traditional homes from all regions of the country. The oldest dates back to the 17th century.

For eating, drinking, dancing and socializing, head for the old town. Find restaurants serving Romanian dishes of sausages and cabbage. Some clubs and cafés stay open until sunrise. For classical music performances, go to the Romanian Athenaeum, the city’s domed circular concert hall.

International flights land at Henri Coanda International Airport, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of the city. You can also arrive by train from several European countries. Experience Bucharest’s art, history, culture and cafés by using the extensive public transportation network. Rental cars are available and taxis are relatively cheap.

Bucharest is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) from the archeological sites at Constanta and 105 miles (170 kilometers) from the mountains, medieval towns and castles of Transylvania.

Where to stay in Bucharest

Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest Airport
4 out of 5
11 Bd. Aeroportului, Otopeni, 075150
The price is HK$605 per night from 22 Aug to 23 Aug
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (500 reviews)
"Nice spacious room with all we need it. Big bathroom with a walk in shower. Overall clean, however we found a hair on the toilet and some spider net in the room hanging from a light fixture. Not something scary however given the price level we had to comment that."

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest Airport
The Marmorosch Bucharest, Autograph Collection
The Marmorosch Bucharest, Autograph Collection
5 out of 5
2-6 Doamnei Street, Bucharest, 30053
The price is HK$948 per night from 22 Aug to 23 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bucharest. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Popular attractions National Bank of Romania and Odeon Theatre ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (51 reviews)
fabulous stay!
"Was an amazing trip with beautiful accommodation in a perfect location. Rooms modern cosy with a lovely bathroom. Cafes and restaurants on the doorstep"

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2022

The Marmorosch Bucharest, Autograph Collection
Radisson BLU Bucharest
Radisson BLU Bucharest
5 out of 5
Calea Victoriei 63-81, Sector1, Bucharest, 010065
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$947 per night from 14 Aug to 15 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Bucharest. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 6 restaurants. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (999 reviews)
"All was wonderfull"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

Radisson BLU Bucharest
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.
Decebal Residence Apartments
Decebal Residence Apartments
3 out of 5
Str. Theodor D. Sperantia No. 119, Bucharest, 30924
The price is HK$252 per night from 6 Sep to 7 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Bucharest. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and an airport shuttle. Popular attractions Bucharest Mall ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (26 reviews)
Nice appartment
"very nice appartment -- nicely decorated and furnished. kitchen equipped save a microwave and cooker. two televisions, two balconies, two air conditioners too. washing machine was nice. it's on the 4th floor without a lift so be aware. good communication with manager and was allowed to check-in with ..."

Reviewed on 22 May 2022

Decebal Residence Apartments
Mosilor Residence Apartments
Mosilor Residence Apartments
3 out of 5
Mihai Eminescu no. 181, Sector 2, Bucharest, 20077
The price is HK$254 per night from 3 Sep to 4 Sep
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 Good! (28 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
Parliament & River View Apartments
Parliament & River View Apartments
4 out of 5
58 Splaiul Independentei, Bucharest, Bucharest, 30167
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Bucharest. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle and a terrace. Our guests praise the overall value in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (52 reviews)
"Great location. Wonderful staff. Places to eat in proximity."

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2022

Parliament & River View 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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