Information regarding transportation in Bucharest
From & to Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport
Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport (OTP), commonly known as Otopeni, is about 19 km north of the city center. Going by taxi or ride service is the easiest way to get into the city, but it’s also the most expensive. The bus is budget-friendly, but can take a long time (approximately 45 minutes to reach Bucharest downtown). The train is another economical option, but it involves taking a shuttle bus to the railway station, and can be confusing for non-locals to use.
Taxis – Licensed taxis can be found at the taxi stand outside Arrivals. You can also order an authorized taxi from a specific company using the yellow stand with touch screens. With these, once your order is confirmed, you will get a receipt that tells you your taxi’s number, found on its side, the cost per km and its estimated arrival time. A ride into the city center takes from 30 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic, and generally costs around 8-11 euro. Local companies serving the airport include: Cristaxi (+40-21-9466); Taxi Cobalcescu (+40-21-9451); Taxi Meridian (+40-21-9888).
Ride services – Ride services such as Uber or Taxify are an alternative to taxis, matching passengers with drivers via mobile app. The fare for a ride between the airport and the city center should start at around 10 euro for the least expensive option, and takes 30-40 minutes, depending on traffic. Note that rates can go up during high-demand periods.
Bus – There are 2 RATB bus lines serving the airport: the Express 780 (Airport – Main Railway Station) and Express 783 (Airport – Piata Unirii via Piata Romana). The bus stop is on the ground floor, just outside Domestic Arrivals. The 780 bus runs from about 5 AM-midnight daily, while the 783 operates 24/7, every 15-20 minutes. You can buy tickets from vending machines or the booth next to the bus stop (cash or credit card), but not on board of the bus. A regular round-trip ticket costs 7 lei – approximately 1.5 euro (single tickets are not available). There is also a small initial fee for a reusable magnetic card that serves as your ticket; the card can be subsequently used for city transportation, but not the Metro.
Public transport in the city
Bucharest’s public transport system includes an underground metro operated by Metrorex and an extensive network of buses, trolleys and trams, all run by RATB. The RATB’s seasonal Bucharest City Tour buses can be useful for sightseeing.
Metro – The city’s metro system, called the Metrou, is operated by Metrorex. Particularly useful for visitors is line M2 from Pipera to Berceni, which hits most central attractions, including Piata Unirii (Unirii Square), Piata Universitatii (University Square), Piata Romana (Romana Square) and Piata Victoriei (Victory Square). The Metro runs from 5 am to 11 pm. Note that it can get extremely crowded during rush hours.
Buses and trolleys –RATB operates the city’s bus and trolleybus system, which operates from 5 am to 11 pm. Night buses are also available, but run infrequently. When entering buses and trolleybuses, you tap your card on the orange machines near the doors.
Tram – Bucharest’s tram lines, operated also by RATB, run throughout the city. When entering trams, cards are tapped on orange machines near its doors. Service times vary by line, but trams generally run from about 6 am to 11 pm.
More information on Bucharest public transportation may be found here.
How to reach the Conference venue
There are many public transportation options to reach Piata Romana, the Conference Venue. We suggest Metro line M2 – Piata Romana station. Also, various buses and trolleybuses stop in Piata Romana. Google Maps and Moovit are applications that can be easily used to see available transportation depending on your location.