Early Registration and a first glance at Romanian Culture: 1st of July 17:00
Registration and Forum Start: 2nd of July 08:30
Start of Pre-Registration: 1st of February
Start of Bursaries Applications: 1st of February
End of Pre-Registration and Start of Registration: 8th of March
End of Registrations: 16th of May
End of Bursaries application: 22nd of March
Working Group funding application: 20 February 2020
Porto Research Award submissions: 22nd of March
To be announced
Visa regulations depend on your nationality and country of origin. We suggest you contact your local Consulate for official instructions on the specific visa regulations and application procedures that may apply to you. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required. Romania is part of EU but not Schengen. Please inform us if you need any invitation letter or other type of documents.
The official currency in Romania is the Romanian Leu (RON).
Payment in Euro is not accepted.
The Romanian National Bank official rate of exchange can be checked here:
You can exchange Euro at various exchange offices and most of them are trustworthy. We recommend official bank exchanges and Dristor exchange. Make sure to check the exchange rate.
We do not recommend to exchange currency in the airport, if you have to do this to pay for the taxi or bus, change a small amount and wait to get to the city.
You can pay by card almost anywhere. ATMs are widespread and trustworthy. Banca Transilvania, ING, BRD, BCR , Raiffeisen are the most common ones and they are safe. They only carry RON.
STB – Buses and Trolleys
Buses and Trolleys are cheap. You can acquire transportation card from ticket sale booths. The average ticket is 1.5 lei (0.30 eurocents) per trip. We recommend acquiring the tickets during weekdays as most of the ticket booths are closed on Saturday and Sunday. The fine for not having a ticket is 50 RON (~10euro)
Metrorex – Subway
1 euro for 2 entries ticket. It’s even cheaper if you buy a 10 entries ticket which costs 20 RON (~4.5 Euro). The subway is quite an efficient way to move around the city as during daytime ground traffic can be quite intense.
Uber and others
Uber is reliable and fairly cheap 1.5-2 RON/km (0.40 eurocents) per kilometer.
Taxis are widespread and most of the times only accept cash. We recommend being careful when using taxis on your own as they tend to overcharge tourists. The general quality of services is also quite low. In case you do opt for a taxi, these are some very important aspects
- Taxis in Bucharest should be yellow, do not take taxies of other color. The vast majority are Dacia Logans
- The fare is 1.99 RON /km or 2.29 RON/km with an added ~2 Ron for “starting”. We recommend asking for an approximate price for your destination before boarding just to make sure
- Tip is not included and is usually 10-20% but most of the times it comes to round-up. For example if the fare is 13 lei then you should pay 15.
When travelling to Bucharest by plane, you will most likely land on the Otopeni Airport, 15km away from Bucharest’s city center. As walking could prove quite difficult here are the three easiest ways to get to Bucharest City Center.
The variant of bus travel provided by STB (Bucharest Transport Company) is certainly the cheapest option, the price of a trip being only 3.5 lei.
You should know that the buses running between Bucharest and Otopeni Airport (express lines 780, 783 and 784) are buses similar to those in the city, Mercedes Citaro type or newer versions, OTOKAR, often articulated buses.
If the price of an intra-urban trip in Bucharest is 1.30 lei (by using transportation cards), the price of the journey on the express lines is 3.50 lei, regardless of the number of stations traveled. The lines connecting the Capital Airport are the only express lines currently available by STB.
The Airport bus stops in front of the Arrivals Terminal and Departures Terminal. Price for one trip is 3,5 lei. The magnetic card valid for two travels costs 7 lei.
The ticket office from which you can buy the ticket is in front of the Arrivals Terminal, at the ground floor, in the internal arrivals area. If you arrive on an international flight, after taking your luggage and leaving the security area, to get down, you can go down the escalator. The program of the ticket office / travel ticket counter is non-stop.
The 784 Express line connects Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport with the city center (Unirea Square) – fast lane.
The 783 Express line connects Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport with the city center. This line runs day and night. At night, the bus leaves every 40 minutes.
The 780 Express line connects Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport with the Gara de Nord (main railway station). The 782 Express line connects Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport with Băneasa Shopping Center.
Uber is available in Bucharest and runs legally in the country. Uber and similar apps are available in Bucharest. Uber is reliable and fairly cheap 1.5-2 RON/km (0.40 eurocents) per kilometer. Uber is very popular and there’s usually a fare surcharge because of high demand.
When ordering a UBER in the Airport be mindful that they will not come to the taxi reserved place! You will have to meet them in the parking lot. Its fairly easy to get there. Once you exit the terminal look straight ahead and you will see a barrier, a parking paying booth and the parking space. Wait for the Uber near the parking paying booth.
Ordering a taxi from the Airport is easy, fast and convenient as long as you do it right.
DO NOT GO OUTSIDE and just get into a taxi!
Use the official ordering booths. They will give a receipt that has the name of the car company and the license plate number. We recommend ordering “Meridian Company”. The final price difference between choosing 2.3 and 1.99 is not that great so we recommend choosing both options when ordering. A trip to the city center should be around 45-70 lei (10-15 Euro)