Bucharest Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by yvgr
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Vanity666
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Vanity666

Most Recent Warnings and Dangers in Bucharest

  • International tourist park

    by welshman11 Written Oct 16, 2006

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    a scam i faced was when a romanian told me about an international tourist park and that he would show me. he called a taxi and the taxi started to charge 12 lei a km. i told them to pull over so i could get money from am atm. when they stopped i called for police and they drove off. so watch out for this. who knows where i could have ended up

    Related to:
    • Theme Park Trips

    Was this review helpful?

  • Andraf's Profile Photo

    Stray dogs

    by Andraf Updated Sep 27, 2006

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I may be cute but beware! :)

    Bucharest used to have a big problem with stray dogs which roamed the streets including downtown but this situation has improved in the last years. Now it seems that the only stray dogs left in Bucharest are the ones residing in a garden near my parents-in-law's apartment. Joking aside, their number has decreased considerably but you'll probably still see a few strays downtown. I don't think there's need for a rabies vaccine (of course, in case something happens seek medical attention, but it's very very likely that nothing is going to happen). I lived there for 24 years and was never bitten nor any of my friends were ever bitten (and I don't think that the dogs prefer tourists over locals). I'm one of the people that are really afraid of dogs and the dogs can feel it and start barking as soon as I get close. Still, I don't believe Bucharest dogs are agressive. What I usually do is refrain from walking alone towards a barking dog or pretend to be throwing something at them in which case they usually go away.

    The dog in the picture is not a stray dog anymore, as it was adopted by my parents-in-law. Her name is "Mica" which means "The little one". They got her when she was a still a puppy and it's obvious that she exceeded their expectations.

    Was this review helpful?

  • draguza's Profile Photo

    Pickpocket on buses!

    by draguza Written Sep 11, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    When on very crowded buses in Bucharest, always keep an eye on your bag and belongings; in fact it is very common to meet "local thieves" that will try to reach your wallett or even try to steal your bag..beware of those people especially when you are standing on buses as you may not realize they are behind you

    Related to:
    • Trains

    Was this review helpful?

  • Careful with fake police!

    by mstancu Written Aug 20, 2006

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This has never actually happened to me, however I've heard that there are crooks posing as police officers around train stations who approach tourists and ask them to pay fines on the street. Never pay these people any kinds of fines! If they insist, say you'll go to the nearest police station with them and pay the fine there. This will usually make them go away.

    Was this review helpful?

  • USMarineRO's Profile Photo

    Reporting crime

    by USMarineRO Written Jun 3, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    OK, unfortunately I was robbed on my trip. If this happens to you be prepared for spending hours at the police station; and bring a Romanian friend along to help translate and negotiate. You will be ignored without having a local to run interfernece. I only encounterd two police officers in the station who spoke English and their job is to catch theives, not act as translators. So do not rely on someone to always be around in the station who speaks English.

    Related to:
    • Festivals
    • Gay and Lesbian
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • to and from airport opteni or baneasa!!

    by mosheschlapperman Written May 1, 2006

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    if you come from the north of rumania dont take the ringroad ex buzau and make turn off to the ringroad direction airports,absolute catastrofe, 10km about upto 2 hrs with wild rumanians passing the que on the left(field) or on the right(oposite field).
    better take the longer way via Proiesti. and there the traffic might be tough but moves,
    make sure at least 2hrs before you want to go to the airport to go, as always something new there(havocs).
    p.s. enjoy your stay

    Related to:
    • Business Travel
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • draguza's Profile Photo

    Beware of the Gypsies!

    by draguza Written Mar 22, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Romanian gypsies

    Romania has the largest Roma minority in Europe. According to the last official census, roughly two million Roma, representing ten percent of the population, are living in Romania today. They are considered to be "the most disruptive" minority; an opinion supported by statistics from the Romanian police that reveal a high proportion of crimes are committed by Roma.

    Facing cruel poverty ,the Roma are trying to survive by begging in the street, but be careful as some will also try to "pickpocket" you or steal your bag

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Travelor2005's Profile Photo

    Travelers Cheques and Romanian Currency

    by Travelor2005 Updated Mar 15, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    ATM's can be found in most of the larger cities and are connected to the banks in North America. The one surprising issue which I encountered was the problem I had in cashing American Express Travellers Cheques at any bank or money exchange. To cash the cheques I had to provide copies of the original bill of sale from the bank where I purchased the travelers cheques. Luckily for me for some unknown reason I had the original bank receipts with me so I could make a copy and provide it to the Romanian Bank. Without the original bill of sale it is impossible to cash the travelers cheques!!!!!

    There was a recent change with the Romanian currency - the LEI. Two different versions of the currency are in circulation. The newer currency drops three of the zeros found on the original currency bills. If you are not paying attention - the locals will take advantage of your confusion with the currency - ensuring that the transaction favours them!!

    Beggars and gypsies are everywhere - don't give them any money at all. The best way to deal with them when you are approached is to firmly tell them "NO" "NO" and keep walking.

    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Singles
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

  • DPando's Profile Photo

    Evening

    by DPando Written Jan 25, 2006

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Be careful at evening..when the sun is set... mostly streets are so so dark and you dont see people is coming you in front indeed... yes its real ... i could experiment by myself.. i didnt feel bad or unease but i just say that my 6th sense in some streets so close from the train station told me "david go back !! "

    Was this review helpful?

  • DPando's Profile Photo

    traffic

    by DPando Written Jan 25, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    My first impression was ufff !!!! when i saw the main street from the train station i thought what ***ing is going on here ??? !!!!!!!
    the traffic light are not usefull...zebra crossing i dont understand why there are ...drivers dont respect it at all....its worse than Italy,,,everybody drives wherever they want so be so wary on these situations

    Was this review helpful?

  • DPando's Profile Photo

    Gara du Nord

    by DPando Written Jan 25, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Be careful there is the main point to take the city, once you get off the train there is a lot of people .....there are 12 or 13 tracks and the end is the main plattform with some stalls a Mc donalds and other restaurant to take a breath ...this place is a little bit dirty and crappy so be careful in crowds or meanwhile you are looking at the screen that show destinations and tracks...

    A large corridor through the station runs to the main entrance to the station where there are cabs and people doing nothing and asking for anything they believe you could need !!!
    i didnt feel so much confident in those taxi drivers so we moved on looking for some place apart the station

    Was this review helpful?

  • Be careful!

    by Mrs.Passport Written Jan 19, 2006

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I've never felt myself so unsafe like in Bucharest! Luckily I didn't carry a lot of money with me or I could have gotten a heart attack. ;) Many young men were just wandering on the streets and they didn't look very friendly. The city itself is a weird mixture of beautiful buildings and massive ugly blocks of flats.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • Mugged in Bucuresti

    by musictravelller Written Dec 27, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Christmas morning(well 2,30am)...came out of the Juke Box a little worse for wear but happy.......broke all my rules here...did not get taxi immediately.....decided to walk to main street.......suddenly surrounded by gypsies who appear to live in the block nearby......ripped royal...lost my wallet cash credit cards 2 mobile phones even my spectacles.....first time i had a prob in 20 visits to bucuresti and i kicking myself for being too lacksadaisical and walking alone down side streets...that hurts me even more i broke my basics....spent most of christmas day with police but not much hope.....BE CAREFUL and you will be safe....side streets late at night ...alone...my own fault:(

    Was this review helpful?

  • Dabs's Profile Photo

    Beggars

    by Dabs Written Jun 8, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Particularly around churches, you will find young children begging, mostly dressed in rags. We actually had few following us around the fountains around the Piata Unirii area. It seems rather heartless not to give them anything but local governments never encourage you to give to beggars so I don't.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Dabs's Profile Photo

    Stray dogs

    by Dabs Updated Jun 8, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Stray dogs are a problem not just in Bucharest but all over Romania. But I think reports of packs of wild, snarling, rabid dogs are misleading, we never had an unfriendly stray dog approach us, most just seemed to be looking for food or a scratch behind the ears.

    It was heartbreaking seeing all of them, some with their little puppies, many eating out of garbage dumpsters. I had a couple of very anxious moments watching some of them chasing after cars in busy intersections.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Bucharest

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

100 travelers online now

Comments

Bucharest Warnings and Dangers

Reviews and photos of Bucharest warnings and dangers posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Bucharest sightseeing.

View all Bucharest hotels