Romania Warnings and Dangers

  • Rural Romania
    Rural Romania
    by balhannah
  • Rural Romania
    Rural Romania
    by balhannah
  • Rural Romania
    Rural Romania
    by balhannah

Romania Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of pickpockets!

    Pickpocketing is quite common in large cities in Romania especially the popular tourist destinations of the city of Bucharest. Be extra careful when you are in crowded areas like the large shopping centres and flea markets. Pickpocketing is also common in crowded public buses especially bus #783 to and from the international airport, trams and...

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  • WATCH FOR HORSE & CARTS

    In rural Romania you will probably see quite a few Horse & carts on the roads, we did!Out in these areas, the Horses seem very quiet and used to traffic, I guess they have to be as drivers go speeding by without consideration for them, especially on the Highways! I was very surprised to see them on these roads where people can go extra fast.We went...

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  • DRIVING THE MARAMURES REGION

    If your driving a car in the area, then you will need to be aware to allow extra travel time for the bad road conditions in this area.These would be the worst roads I have ever travelled along. How to dodge potholes when the road is full of them, deep ones too! You can't, so you just travel at approx. 20kph so the car isn't wrecked.Tourist coaches...

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  • Improper Treatment at the Customs

    My intention of writing this text is to inform you about the impolite and indecent behaviors of some officers working at the customs of Bucharest. On 21st of April 2011 I applied for a touristic visa for my intended visit to Bucharest and Constanta between 28th of April and 3rd of May.I have two passports attached with full of visas including...

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  • Ciordeala

    Ciordeala is the subject for the verb "a ciordi" which means to steal, to jack. Ciordeala is a national sport practiced every day and every night, it employes more than 99% of the Romanian people. :))There are various forms for "ciordeala": ) This is the reason to recomand you strongly a tour guide in the first day when u come over Bucharest :)),...

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  • Transfagarasan highway in Winter

    I highly recommend taking the Transfagarasan Highway (7C), its a great mountain road with some fantastic views. But be informed that during winter it is closed. In May, it 'may' still be closed. It depends on the annual snow, but at that time of year, it is best to have a back up plan. HW 7 is a valid alternative.

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  • Traffic in Romania.

    It can be very dangerous to drive in Romania. I drove car in Romania and it can be very dangerous and the traffic is not what I was used to. In Sweden it is more safe to drive and here all vehicles dont have lights or the drivers havent seen the limits of speeding..... Be careful when you drive on the roads in Romania! But dont be to frightened of...

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  • Romania, car rent

    I rented a car for 2 days from a local company - promotor. We recieved the car dirty and damaged.Upon return the agent tryed to find reasons to fine us. He found a cigarette whole in the fabric which we did not mention on the contract as an existing damage. (and of course we were not responsible to)He charged us 150 Euro for that. Since we had no...

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  • Wild dogs.

    In Romania you find a lot of wild dogs every where. I have never seen any wild and dangerous, but you never know. It is better to watch out for them even if they look so cute!

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  • Fake taxi Drivers - Watch out of...

    Watch out of fake "regular" taxis. They stay in front of Baneasa airport and seem to be regular yellow cabs but they aren't. I was charged 350 Lei (110 €) from one of them, after agreeing at the beginning 200 Lei (that in any case was incredibly high): he told me just "there was much traffic, it's not my fault" The ride was no more than 20 minutes....

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  • Traffic. BEWARE.

    Drivers in Romania should obey to traffic rules. Hell, they do not. You will see everything, from someone which drives in the opposite direction than the compulsory one, to people driving along the sidewalks in order to avoid traffic jams, people parking their cars in the most inappropriate, well, no, stupid is the word, yes, stupid places ever, or...

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  • Be careful by driving or parking

    You must be careful by driving on the Romanian streets.This car is an example for imprudence, isn’t it?The owner of the car came with his car, directly into the walls of the house, and marooned it there.This is an attraction on the way between Buhusi and Bacau.I think, actually is here a motorcar service.

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  • 1. In cities like Bucharest or...

    1. In cities like Bucharest or Brasov, be very careful with taxis, always only take taxis belonging to one of the registered, bigger companies, like Perrozzi, XXL, Valentino, Cobalcescu, Meridian, Nova, Leone (Bucharest). In Bucharest generally avoid to take a taxi from / to the airport or station, as the public transportation covers both of them...

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  • Food warning!

    Be v. careful about eating pork in anyone's home or at weddings etc., especially in more rural areas. Trichinoza (liver fluke), a parasite pigs can carry, can cause very serious long-term health problems and there are regular outbreaks in Romania. This is caused by people not bothering to get the meat analysed after slaughtering the animal, or the...

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  • Paths conditionsin Romania.

    Footpaths and roads in most of Romania are in a terrible state of repair. Watch where you put your feet.

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  • Street kids, taxi, women

    Becarefull about the street kids, even I allso feel sad for them, then it is not your job to save them, stay away from them, they can attack you and rob you, if you want to help then give money to a organistion.The taxi company are really bad here, agree on a price before you get in. I will write the name of some of the good companys...

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  • Self catering accom

    In the old part of Bucharest a great deal of the old Bohemian style villas are being refurbished and turned into flats and apartments for self-catering accommodation. They are really lovely, very ornate, solid and nicely decorated. In close proximity to the centre of the city. However the down side is the emergency escape system in the event of...

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  • Watch out your valuables

    I got a lot of useful info about pickpocketing in Romania. I should stress out though that Romania is generally a very safe country and I felt no harassment at all during my stay there.The only threat is that you might "loose" some valuables like cameras etc if you are not careful enough. It is almost unknown that you'll face any threat of your...

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  • Exchange rates

    There are numerous exchange offices in every city in Romania. Note that exchange rates are not fixed in exchange bureaus and prices may differ. You have to look around a bit before you choose where to exchange your money.In general avoid changing money at the airport, the rate is the poorest I saw. The same accounts in train stations. The best you...

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  • Watch out for the muggers!

    I was walking down the street to a great little Irish pub that I found, when a guy on the street picked me as his "mark". Thankfully, a long hard stare in his direction, while he was following me, let him now that I was not going to be an easy target!

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  • Taking a Taxi from Otoperi Airpot...

    As soon as you step off the plane in Bucharest, you are going to be greated by a swarm of taxi drivers trying to rip you off. Do NOT attempt to barter with them. I had a driver who I got to agree to take me to Gara du Nord train station for 50 Lei. When we arrived, he demanded 130 or he'd call the cops. My luggage was locked in his trunk, he had...

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  • Careful with Exchange offices!!!!

    The best way to exchange money is to do it in a bank. Banks are however not every day opened. Then one has to be careful for small exchange offices which for the first sight look ok.You go in, you change money and then you relise that you got less than supposed. But everything is legal -on the top there are 2 columns - on the right the rate for...

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  • Roads

    Roads are ok in Romania as long as you are driving during the day and as long as it is not the road from Brasov to Sighisoara. At night on the roadsoutside the cities is totally dark, so when you dont know the way, you'd better make a tent and sleep there till the morning.Another thing is the road from Brasov. It is a nice road, with nice view, but...

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  • Extreme hospitality.

    If you are walking as a male as an obviouse turist (helps if you are blond with a huge backpack on your back) past M. Vteazu nr 10 in Timisoara you might just get invited by a few female to sit with the in theyr garden. If you speak German you'll probably get invited in for some coffee and then they might even offer you to stay for a few nights...

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  • becareful where you walk and drive

    There is really nothing to worry about when going to romania. I wouldnt advise walking around town at night if you are alone. There was afew times when I was with my guy friend that it got alittle scary. Also when going through small gypsy villages becareful and lock your doors. Even my friend who lives there gets a little scared going through. We...

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  • Wild Dogs

    In Bucharest, and to a lesser extent in other places, there are many stray dogs. In Bucharest only the toughest and strongest hounds survive, so do not make eye contact with them as they'll probably be aggressive. If confronted by a wild dog your best bet would be to appear big and strong and maybe throw a rock.

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  • If you get sick...

    If you have to go to the hospital make sure you have some cash on you. Things wil go alot smoother if you give a litte money. There has been cases that some people have not been given any medication or help because they did not pay the bribe. Its sad but true. Im not sure if the docs woud be ike that to foreigners but to locals I do know thats...

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  • TAXIS

    If you're considering the possibility of going to Romania and have already done some research for your trip, you've probably heard a lot of people telling you to be careful when using taxis because they usually overcharge foreign tourists. Well, unfortunately, that's true...At the airport, some taxi drivers wanted to charge us 3 times more than we...

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  • Not to much to worry about

    I was a little worried about traveling to Romania myself, but there is not to much of threat. I lived in Gaesti at a orphanage for 3 months, and I met a really nice guy, that to etremely great care of me. Even though Gaesti has only about 15000 people, I was never allowed to walk alone.... I am very glad that my friend made that rule for me,...

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  • Get Money Changed Before Traveling

    I experienced considerable difficulty changing American dollars in Romania. Outside of Bucharest, many of the exchange houses would not change the money. The worst experience was at the Bank of Romania office in Sighisoara, a good sized tourist city. The bank refused to change much of the money claiming that each little fold, tear, mark, etc made...

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  • Beware of gipsies

    You can see them in most of the cities, roaming around and sending their children to beg for money. According to the locals, the main source of gipsies' income is theft and they can easily spot the unwary foreigner. When they approach you, watch for your wallet.

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  • Gypsies

    Romania has the largest gypsy population in Europe. Gypsies originate from India and have noticable darker skin than locals. You may feel inclined to give them money, but be warned, they will continue to ask for more and more and you may very soon find yourself being swamped by 4 or 5 of them.

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  • Children beggars

    Romania is home to a LOT of homeless children, but some may attempt to steal from you, especially at train stations. Always be aware, alert and avoid being totally alone. If you want to give money to begging kids, consider making a donation to a local organization that will help them, or make sure to NEVER pull out your wallet.

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  • Taxi cheats

    We were ripped off by a taxi driver in Brasov and almost ripped off by another will driving village to village. ALWAYS check for meters or agree on a price beforehand. Don't look like you don't know what you're doing.

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  • Dogs Dogs and more dogs

    Romania has a particularly bad problem with stray dogs, locals may try to reassure you by insisting the government exterminated a lot of the dogs, well perhaps this is true, but if it is they are nowhere near getting on top of the problem.

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  • Driving obstacles

    Where do I start? Long winding roads through the mountains, further complicated by cows and sheep crossing the road and rural folks riding in horse drawn carts. Throw in a few stray dogs and drivers that pass whether or not they can see (but they always use that blinker!).In the city there are roundabouts I still can't figure out plus pedestrian...

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  • Driving in Romania

    Driving is the only way to see everything in Romania you should see, because no public transportation goes everywhere and in a taxi, you take your life into your own hands. The main highways are OK. Watch for radar politia at the top of hills. They sit four to a car and stand in the middle of the road, politely directing you to the shoulder. They...

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  • WARNING about Ambasador Hotel

    Ambasador has good rooms and location. I had an early flight out of Bucuresti, I asked the front desk clerk if he would mind arranging for FlyTaxi to pick me up early that next morning and take me to the airport. When I was ready to leave the next morning, I was greeted friendly and told that the hotel had a car available to take me to the airport...

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  • Ambasador Hotel

    The hotel is in a great location and the rooms are nice.... HOWEVER, I had an early flight and asked the front desk to call "FlyTaxi" to drive me to the airport. BUT when I woke up that morning, I was greeted and told that one of the employees would drive me to the airport as a courtesy and "better than a taxi".... AND when we arrived at the...

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  • Don't do this!!

    I saw this on teh mountain in Sinaia. People having their picture taken with a baby tiger. Mama tiger was held on a short leashe. And i think she was drugged in some way or maybe she lost all interest in everything. The fact that people still have their picture taken with these kind of animals make it interesting for the ' photographer' to keep...

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  • Driving in Romania

    One of the few things to say about being problematic in Romania is: traffic.While noticing that Romania is making an effort to enhance their road network, the roads, mainly the secondary roads and in small villages, have poor quality. In some places you, while driving, have to pay attention to avoid the holes.Another thing to be careful is the...

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  • Missing history

    Most Romanians learned very little of what happened in their countrybetween 1850-1950, as the knowledge was suppressed. Rumor and governmentpublications were the only sources of info. Even after the revolution muchremains poorly known. New textbooks are only gradually being developed. Many schools cannot afford them anyway. Many teachers were not...

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  • Be carefull when driving

    This is a general tip and it doesn't hold true for all roads in Romania but if you're not used to drive in Romania take this advice at heart. If possible don't drive after dark. On many roads you can (and probably will) encounter horse-drawn carriages. Usually they have no lights. And yes, they're also on the road after dark. Then there are people...

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  • The Worst Train Station in the World

    Gara du Nord train station in Bucharesti is definitely the worst train station I have ever seen. Its full of people trying to either scam you or steal your *&#$! I loved my time in Romania but I did not love the few hours I spent at this place. When I first arrived I had one guy follow me for 10 minutes telling me he would take me to a hostel (rob...

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  • Toilet warning!

    Not sure if this should be under warnings or local customs but anyway it is the information that counts. In Romania it is quite normal that toilets don't have a lock. So unless the door is actually open and it is quite clear there is no one occupying the toilet, don't burst in! Knock! It doesn't really matter whether it is a small village...

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