Language: Romanian, but most young people do speak English and older ones French.
Visas: US, Canadian, Australian, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and many other nationalities do not need to apply for visa for stays of up to 90 days. European Union nationals can stay indefinitely. Romania, while a member of the European Union, is not part of the EU's common border and customs area known as the Schengen area.
Local transportation: The metro, which has four lines (M1, M2, M3, M4) and covers the city quite extensively, is usually a cheap (5 lei for 2 trips, 20 lei for 10 trips and 70 lei for a monthly pass) and easy way to get around even though there are surprisingly few stops in the city center.
Bucharest has a very complex network of buses, trams and trolleybuses due to the intricate web of hundreds of bus, tram and trolleybus routes found in the city. Ticket can be bought at any RATB street kiosk, marked ‘casa de bilete’, located at major stops and public squares.
There are a lot of taxi companies in Bucharest and you'll easily find a cab here, but you should be aware of pirate taxis that copy the logos of the reliable companies. Always stick with the large safer companies, these include Speed Taxi, Meridian, Taxi 2000, National Taxi, Cobalcescu and Dartex. Avoid Cris Taxi, Leone, Titan, Street, Decebal and Aresenal. Uber is available in Bucharest.
Where to buy a SIM card: There are four cell networks available in Romania, although you’re most likely to only notice the two larger companies, Orange and Vodafone. SIM cards are available from dedicated phone shops, most convenience stores and newsstands. All shopping centers (of which there are many) will have a Vodafone and Orange shop.
Popular areas: Old Center (Lipscani), Piaţa Romană, Piaţa Unirii
Popular food: Chiftele (large fried meatballs generously spiced with garlic and traditional herbs), Mititei (grilled minced pork, beef and lamb roll), Sarmale (stuffed cabbage rolls)
Things not to do: Don't forget to tip. In Romania, waiters get tips, 10 percent of the bill is normal, but always check the restaurant bill, especially in the tourist areas, if there is something you don’t understand, ask, and always check to make sure they haven’t added a little extra on the bill.
This is a city where the East has met the West. Bucharest captures the finest of both worlds, and is a place where grand European history enlighten new ideas. Finding a 300 year old church, a steel-and-glass office building and Communist-era apartment blocks next to one another is a common sight.
Bucharest is becoming a digital nomad hot spot due to the country's fast internet speed (the fastest European country regarding average bandwidth and one of the fastest in the world), availability of free wifi in many cafes, and cost of living is also lower than Western Europe. The city has a vibrant startup environment, with a growing number of coworking spaces.
Bucharest is generally safe for women digital nomads, but there are some areas in some parts of the city where it isn't safe to walk around at night, like Pantelimon, Ferentari, Giulesti, and the Gara de Nord area.
The best months to visit are April, May, June (can be a little rainy), July, August and September. Temperatures during summer are close to 40°C (104°F). Although the temperatures in winter can drop to -20°C (-4°F) for a few days, the real winter only lasts a few weeks.
Coworking Spaces in Bucharest
Cafes with wifi
Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.