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Metro Bucharest

Bucharest has one of the best metro systems in Europe with a simple fare system, clean stations and even cleaner cars. It is surely my preferred way of getting around in Bucharest. Every trip has the same fare, no need to pay again if you change lines. There are no single tickets, just two-trip – passes, 10 trip – passes and passes which allow weekly or monthly travel. Ticket booths are at every entry, some of the larger stations have machines with an English menu. Be aware that at smaller stations or less used entries you may encounter old ladies at the counter who have been working for the metro since the days of the communist regime. Though many of them do not speak English I can only say good things about them – they have been very friendly and I got always the ticket or information I wanted.
Only drawback: Most routes are not really useful for tourists. The only really useful connections (beside to your hotel, of course) are the M2 on the Aviatorilor- Piata Victoriei- Piata Romana- Piata Universitatii - Piata Unirii section and M1 to the train station. Please keep in mind that Gara de Nord 1 and 2 are counted at two different stations and no interchange is possible without paying twice. For interchange between M1 and M4, do this at Bessarab. Interchange between M1/M3 and M2 is possible without any barriers, but Unirii was modelled after Bank/Monument in London – an endless labyrinth. Victoriei is a little easier for orientation.

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Sep 16, 2013

METRO (Subway)

The fastest way to get from one distant point to another in Bucharest. The city is pretty large - not easily to walk from quarter to quarter - and crowded when talking about roads and cars. The subway network is covering pretty much of the central area and lines to the exits. It is nor the biggest or the smallest subway network in Europe, but it is reliable, clean and safe

Prices:
- 2 rides ticket: 4 RON
- 10 rides ticket: 10 RON
- 1 day pass: 6 RON
- 1 month pass: 32 RON

Tickets can be found in every subway station, at cashiers, and recently at automatic ticket vending machines

Rush hours in the Bucharest metro system are in the morning (7-8am), when people go to work and in the evening (6-8pm), when people come from work.

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codrutz
Aug 26, 2011

Fast&cheaper

Subway is my favorite way of transportation(of course, we also have bus, tram or trolleybus-RATB but those are so many). Once you get used with the subway, everything's fine.
So,the sign for subway is a white square with a big blue "M" inside for the Metrou(Romanian word for subway)
Prices? You can choose between:
- a card of 2 trips (3 Lei- 0.70 Euro )
-a card of 10 trips (9 Lei- 2.10 Euro )
-a card for 1 day {unlimited trips} (5,50 Lei- 1.29 Euro)
-a card (subscription) for 1 week {unlimited trips} (15 Lei- 3.51 Euro )
-a card (subscription) for 1 month with 62 trips (27 Lei- 6.31 Euro)
-a card (subscription) for 1 month {unlimited trips} (50 Lei- 11.69 Euro) ---- > Prices in 2011
*mention:usually you buy this cards from the subway (open from 5:00 am - 11 pm -but is recommended to take the train until 10:30 pm)
=>>>you will find maps with the stations (names, lines) in every train and some general coordinates (the direction of the trains before reaching the platform)
here's the map: http://www.metrorex.ro/map_p61-2

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liliana91
Jul 15, 2011

Subway in Bucharest

The best option for travelling around Bucharest is definetly the subway.
Prices:
2 uses: ~0,7 Euros (can be used by 2 persons, at anytime)
10 uses: ~ 2 Euros (can be used at anytime, by anyone - it's not nominal)
1 day pass: ~ 1 Euro ( can be used at a 15 mins interval)
1 month pass: ~ 6,5 euros ( it's not nominal, but the same 15 mins use-break applies)
Timetable: from 5:00 A.M till 11:00 P.M. depending on the line.
My advice is to try to choose your hotel so that it's closely situated next to a subway station on the magistral (that's unless you'll be staying on Calea Victoriei ;) and you won't have to worry about getting a cab to take you everywhere):
Pipera- Aurel Vlaicu - Aviatorilor- Piata Victoriei- Piata Romana- Piata Universitatii - Piata Unirii - Tineretului.

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Sep 12, 2009
 
 
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Bucharest Metro: A Total Failure PART 2

A few years ago, as the original trains were getting old, there were signs of improvement when the company running them, Metrorex, decided to buy new Bombardier trains (made in Sweden and put together in Craiova). However, first of all they never adapted these trains to the climate in Bucharest (with much warmer summers than in Sweden), with an insufficient A/C capacity in trains during the peak hour in summer. But these issues are not important; every new train features 2 (two) bodyguards, occupying space (sitting, chatting) and supposedly 'defending public order', as the official saying goes; well, actually the IDs the guards bear mentions "paza tren" (En. train security). Oh dear.

Given an ever increasing demand and an ever higher traffic, Metrorex decided to... reduce the official (i.e. different from the real one) waiting time between trains from 5 minutes to 7 (yes, this is what they understood by "reduce") during the peak hours (especially 7 to 10 AM and 5 to 8 PM on week days). A ride on the subway train in Bucharest during the peak hour has turned into a lucky (or rather unlucky) bet, as, for instance, you might very well get stuck at Piata Victoriei 2 for 10-15 minutes, as the train is that full that doors cannot close and it cannot therefore depart, while the driver keeps on asking passengers to "allow the doors to close, as there is another train arriving in 3 minutes" (they like very much this "3 minutes" issue). Facing these problems, Metrorex turns a blind eye or typically looks elsewhere.

It is also funny to see the Metrorex mechanics that, not knowing how to simply switch one engine off and the other one on at line ends (in the case of the new Bombardier trains), simply turn the whole train off and then have it restarted. To witness this, one can go, for instance, at Dristor 2.

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Romanian_Bat
May 18, 2008

Bucharest Metro: A Total Failure PART 1

First opened to public in 1979, the Bucharest subway is a convenient means of transportation sometimes (i.e. not during the half a day rush hour), with its 45 stations. Stations are rather poorly marked on surface (with letter "M" usually placed on a metal pole). Access is granted based on cards (for 2 or 10 rides, as well as for 1 day or 1 month). Changing trains or commuting between lines does not require paying again except for Gara de Nord 1 and 2 (which can be avoided by commuting at Basarab). The system works from 5 AM to 11.30 PM (which means that the first train starts at its end at 5.00 AM, and that the last train departs Piata Unirii 1 and 2 at 11.30 PM); they have promised lately to keep trains running until 00:30 on Friday and Saturday. Trains (should) run approximatively every 7-10 minutes at daytime during the weekdays, respectively every 10-15 minutes after 8.00 PM and during the weekends. Do not rely on the last train, as you might have a surprise, when they decide that the train stops for the night at Crangasi, without any sort of explanation. Hoping for a system that runs around the clock? You must be day dreaming.

Built under the former communist regime, master of the super-planned economy, the lines do not cover the city well; whole districts like Drumul Taberei, Pantelimon or Ferentari are not served by it. Oh yes, they are expanding the network. But do not hold your breath: people have got used to the never ending works along 1 Mai - Laromet or Nicolae Grigorescu - Soseaua de Centura lines, surface traffic is strangled because of these works and, you've got it right, they hardly move a truck from here there on a spring day featuring good weather (for in summer it is too hot, in winter too cold, and in autumn it rains). The long debated line supposed to make the junction with Bucharest Otopeni Airport (still a project) will probably be open when nobody remembers when and what trains were used for; for the moment, the Metrorex is arguing with the City Hall, because the latter wants to build the line facing Metrorex's dolce far' niente.

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Romanian_Bat
May 18, 2008

Metro

The Metro is the best way to travel around Bucharest. It opened in 1979 and is efficient, cheap and reasonably clean. It's not perfect though. You often have to wait for more than ten minutes for a train, especially late at night and on Sundays. The trains stop running at 11.30pm. The Metro stations can be really hot and stuffy in the summer months, but pleasantly warm in winter.

Probably, the main problem is that there aren't enough stations and the network isn't extensive enough, although it is being extended. There are four lines: M1, M2, M3 and M4. There is no station in the south-west of the city, so you can't use the Metro to go to Steaua Bucuresti's Ghencea stadium, for example. The most useful line for most visitors is M2, which runs north-south through the centre of the city, with stations at Piaţa Aviatorilor, Piaţa Victoriei, Piaţa Romana, Universitate, and Piaţa Unirii.

The Bucharest Metro operates from 5:00 to 23:30, every 8-16 minutes off-peak and every 4-5 min. during rush hours. The Metro is run by Metrorex RA and carries some 250 million passengers a year.

You buy your ticket from a booth after you have descended the steps down into the station. You then place your ticket in a slot in the turnstile to go through to the platform. A 2-trip ticket costs 2 lei while a 10-trip ticket costs 7 lei. There is also a one-day ticket for 3.50 lei. I buy a monthly ticket, which costs 22 lei. It is valid for one month from the day you start using it. If you want one, ask for an abonament lunar.

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iwys
Nov 24, 2007

By metro

When we flew into Bucharest we took the bus to Piata Victoriei where we changed to the metro.

If you plan to use it a few times, you can buy a ticket with 10 rides for 7 RON. Several people can travel on it at the same time just hand it back to the next person after you are through the turnstyle. You are not allowed to take pictures in the underground.

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Oct 28, 2007

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Not the most expansive network

The Bucharest Metro may not really be of a great deal of assistance to you on your travels, as most of the lines do not really serve the centre of the city that adequately, or necessarily go to anywhere where you might wish to go to. I used the Metro only a couple of times, as otherwise I walked everywhere (when it was dry) or got taxis (when it was wet!). Tickets cost RON 2 for a 2 journey ticket or RON 7 for a 10 journey ticket. You have to stamp your ticket each time before going through the turnstiles.

On the platform you can see which direction the train is heading in from the overhead signs. Trains seem to come every 5-6 minutes during the day, and the Metro runs from around 6am to 11pm. Maps are notoriously hard to find except for in Metro stations themselves. The trains themselves were clean and reliable and seemed fine to me.

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morgenhund
Aug 27, 2007

Bucharest metro

I am sorry to say Metro of Bucharest is not so good,trains are dirty,far between and very crowded.
No maps except at the entrance to metro,so you have to memorise where you going to change.
At the city centre,"see picture" outside of metro is a disgrace,at first I thought it was closed,city itself is very nice shame about the metro..

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benazer
Jan 29, 2007

Metro system

There are 4 metro lines in Bucharest and they are quite frequent. Prices are like this: for 2 rides you pay 2 RON (romanian lei), for 10 rides - 7 lei. It's the best and fastest way to go around the city.

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7_seconds
Jan 05, 2007

Metrorex

This metro system didn't open until 1979, and nearly 400,000 people use it everyday. I used it for two quick trips to aid my exploration of the city. There are five lines total.

Each ride costs 1 RON, which equals about 40 cents US.

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Oct 09, 2006

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