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Navigating Public Transportation in Bucharest and Beyond

Public transportation in Bucharest is a great way to travel during your visit. For new travelers, it might seem overwhelming to understand how to make navigating the system, take the right buses, and learn how to buy your tickets.

We are here to help you with public transportation in Bucharest.

Public Transportation in Bucharest

There are hundreds of buses and trolleybuses routes and a few tens of tram routes that cover the Romanian capital and few suburban villages. Most routes start their program as early as 4:30 AM and are still in circulation as late as 22:50, and come into stations every few minutes.

After that, the night buses start their program, from 23:00 to 4:30. These are not as often but can still be a great option for you. You can find the routes and schedules of all of them on the STB site.

Not all materials on site are available in English, but you can use Google’s function to translate them by right-clicking on the page and choosing the “Translate to English” option.

The image below will help you read the schedules on-site and the ones you’ll see in most stations. The STB transport company now has an Android and iOS app that can also help you.

Metro public transportation in Bucharest is separate from the rest of the buses, trams, and trolleybuses. If you want to learn everything you need to know about riding the subway in Bucharest, read this article.

Ticket prices

You can buy an Activ Card for 3.7 RON and charge money on it. Then spend them on tickets as you are going. Ticket costs are:

  • 1.3 RON for a one-way ticket for a normal bus, trolleybus or tram ride
  • 1.5 RON for a one-way ticket to suburban areas
  • 3.5 RON for a one-way ticket express lines

Another option is the Multiple Card that costs 1.6 RON and additionally you’ll have to pay for either:

  • A one day pass, on all in city lines, that costs 8 RON or
  • Between 2 to 10 tickets at the prices indicated above.

The Multiple Card is not rechargeable.

There are separate tickets for the metro and the rest of the public transportation.  You can always opt for a Card for “Transport Public Integrat” that gives you access to all lines and metro.

In this case, 10 tickets of 60 minutes are 34 RON. That means you can validate the pass on multiple transportations within an hour and it will still charge only one ticket.

You can buy any of these at the STB purchase points and you can pay cash or with a Visa or Mastercard.

Public Transportation Outside of Bucharest

When traveling outside of Bucharest your options are trains, buses or planes. Trains usually take the longest time but you can enjoy the great views of the landscape while getting to your destination.

If you plan on getting to any other city in Romania and want to take the bus, you can find the companies and their schedules on the Autogari.ro site.

When going to any of the major cities in Romania your fastest options is always the plane. There are several cheap flights, which take less than an hour, which can take to:

  • Cluj-Napoca
  • Sibiu
  • Brasov
  • Baia Mare
  • Iasi
  • Satu Mare
  • Timisoara

The easiest way to get around Bucharest

In might seem like a lot to take in but this few tips we’ll turn you into an expert on public transportation in Bucharest. It will also save you a lot of money on cabs from all locations.

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