Getting Around Bucharest
Public transport in Bucharest is cheap and generally reliable.
The metro is the best way to get around the centre as not many bus
and tram routes go through the central zone, apart from some
express buses on major thoroughfares; these are the quickest way to
reach outlying areas, and cost about double the standard bus fare.
The metro is fast, and despite some poorly signed stations, easier
to navigate than the bus system. Buses, trolley buses and trams are
well integrated and tickets are valid on all three networks, but
they are usually crowded and pickpockets are a problem. There are
also private minibuses that travel along the major thoroughfares
and can be hailed anywhere along their route.
Taxis in Bucharest are reasonable, but foreigners are more than
likely to be overcharged. Hotels or restaurants should know the
approximate fare, which can then be negotiated and a fixed price
agreed before getting in. Car hire is targeted at business visitors
and is quite expensive; drivers need to be 21 years of age and have
a passport, international insurance policy, international driving
permit and valid driver''s license. Driving in the Bucharest can
also be a harrowing as locals drive erratically, and roads are not