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Images of haunted forests, dark monasteries and Dracula’s castle are usually the first thoughts that come to mind when talking about Romania. But there’s more this country than vampires and haunted homes. Savvy travellers book cheap flights to Romania for excellent skiing options in the mountain region, and unparalleled nightlife in Romania’s capital Bucharest. But before Romania was a popular tourist destination, it was a communist country struggling to survive. Thanks to increased tourism, however, Romania’s economy has flourished and travellers continue to book flights to Romania every year.
It’s likely you’ll encounter a few vampire hunters on your flight to Romania. The country’s most famous tourist destination is Transylvania, home to Bran Castle, where Count Dracula was said to visit. Sitting atop a cliff, legends of vampires roam the castle quarters and wait patiently for nightfall. Situated just behind Transylvania are the Carpathian Mountains. Nature-enthusiasts book flights to Romania for amazing skiing and hiking trails in the mountains. If sun and surf is more your style, head toward the beaches of the Black Sea. For the night-lover, a stay in Bucharest will be a highlight of the Romania trip. Stylish restaurants, booming nightlife and plenty of bars and attractions keep the city alive with character and charisma.
Romania has four distinct seasons. The best time to visit is between May and June or September and October, when the cool spring and fall months make for a comfortable sightseeing. It’s hot from July to August and very cold and snowy from December to March. It rains throughout the year, with spring and summer seeing the most moisture.
The summer months, July and August. May to July is a good time to look for cheap flights to Romania. The weather is pleasant and the tourist attractions are uncrowded.
In general, the winter months; however, this is when skiers and snowboarders head for the slopes of Poiana, Sinaia (known as Carpathians Pearl), Busteni, Predeal and Azuga.
Most of the major car-rental companies are represented in Romania.
Public transportation is decent. Several bus companies offer reasonably priced services between the cities and there is a well-developed railway network as well. Tickets are inexpensive. Finally, taxis are plentiful. It’s a good idea to settle on the fare in advance.
The following chart gives approximate journey times from Bucharest (in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in Romania.