Romania road trip guide

Truth, nature and culture!!!

Is the word that best reflects the essence of Romania, Romania is
A vibrant country full of history, art and beautiful scenery.

Romania offers countless unique travel experiences that are waiting to be discovered.
A journey of three of four hours, by car or train, can take you from the Danube River to a beautiful, intact, medieval town; from Bucharest-Romania’s capital city-to the Black Sea;
from Southern Transylvania to the historic regions of Bucovina or Maramures.

Take a step back in time as you visit one of the unique painted monasteries in Bucovina, the perfectly preserved hilltop citadel of Sighisoara or an authentic, centuries-old, village in Maramures.
Explore Romania’s many architectural treasures and experience its vibrant and flourishing arts scene.

Road trip

Romania, the country with the most charming natural scenery, idyllic cities and fairytale castles, what is the best way to explore it by road trip? A road trip through Romania will not only take you to another destination, but also allow you to enjoy the entire journey. In awe of the beautiful scenery, visit the castle that is difficult to reach by public transport.

However, road trips abroad are sometimes daunting, especially when renting a car, driving abroad and deciding where to go. Therefore, to make it easier for you, we have created a Romanian road trip guide that will help you plan the perfect road trip.

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Renting a Car in Romania

The most important thing about road travel is that you need a car. However, few people will drive a car from their country to Romania. Usually people will rent a car to travel.

The process of renting a car abroad may be slightly different from renting a car in your home country. Therefore, to make it easier for you, we have written down all the necessary information needed to rent a car in Romania, so that once you arrive at the car rental company, you can travel in Romania without worry.

Requirements for renting a car in Romania

The requirements of each company are usually slightly different. I have compiled the terms of the car rental company in Romania. I found these general requirements:

  • You must be at least 21 years old. If you are between 21 and 25 years old, then you can usually expect to pay more for young drivers on top of the rental fee.
  • Your driver’s license must be retained for at least 12 months, and must be currently valid.
  • All non-EU citizens are required to obtain an international driving license. If your driving license is issued in a non-EU country, you need to have an international driving license.
  • If your driver’s license uses non-Roman letters (eg Greek, Persian, Arabic, Japanese, etc.), you will need an international driver’s license.
  • You will need a credit card using the driver’s name.
  • You must have a valid ID, such as a passport.

However, not all local leasing companies strictly enforce the terms. If you forget to bring an international driving license, you will still find car rental companies willing to provide you with services. The Romanian government is not efficient, and many laws have a lot of room to consider when they are implemented.

What you should pay attention to is:

Although you can bring injuries to the road, when law enforcement officers find you, you will face penalties. It’s like gambling in Las Vegas. The only difference is that you have a high chance of winning.

Cost of renting a car in Romania

Usually, smaller cars are widely used by car rental companies, which is the most economical option. I suggest that you rent a small Japanese car at a car rental company. For example, the Honda Fit I rented pays 30 Euros per day. The 30 Euro per day includes the following:

  • Unlimited mileage.
  • Road tax.
  • 24/7 Road assistance.
  • Theft and accident insurance (TP and CDW) with a deductible of €300.

If you plan to travel by road in Romania, be sure to check the cost of any other services your car rental company may charge you.
Minimize your deductible. In Romania, the deductible may be as high as 1500 euros, but many car rental companies offer the option of paying additional daily expenses, so you can choose a lower deductible or even 0 euros.


Importantly, I want to share some tips when renting a car. If you have rented a car abroad before, this may seem obvious to you, but if you have never rented a car abroad, then these tips may help reduce trouble. You know, here is Europe:

  • Take photos of the car. Before leaving the leasing company and signing a contract with the leasing company, please check the car from inside to outside. Look for scratches on the car, check the tires, and make sure to check the car windshield for scratches.
  • Get a copy of the lease agreement and receipt. Before leaving, make sure that you have obtained a signed copy of the lease agreement containing the above points.
  • Before leaving, ask the car rental company to fill the car with gasoline and record the odometer. However, if you are only given half a fuel tank, a dispute will occur when you return the car.
  • Some car rental companies will specifically request the return of washed cars filled with fuel tanks. Or use dirty cars as a condition for deductions. This is almost always necessary, and if you do not return the cleaned car, you may receive a bill that is much higher than paying for these services yourself.
  • Give priority to cash payments, this is to reduce the willingness of credit card fraud.

Road quality and safety in Romania

To help you prepare for driving in Romania and let you travel worry-free, I have shared our tips on road quality and safety in Romania below!

Road quality in Romania.

I experienced the torture of Romanian roads: potholes, dirt roads, and I could not drive at a speed of 60 kilometers per hour.

But to be honest, I think it’s my courage. When you are surprised by the quality of roads in Romania and complain in a car. Romanian locals will overtake at a speed of 100 km/h. Although you cannot expect all highways in Romania to be like highways, the quality of highways is generally good. Highways often make it easy for me to drive at speeds exceeding 120 km/h.

Driving in Romania

What is the driving style in Romania? Compared to driving in the United States, driving here will bring a completely different experience: different rules and regulations, but also different driving methods and traffic police. To give you a better understanding of how it feels to drive in Romania, please review some of the most important information and tips below:

  • In Romania, they drive on the right side of the road.
  • Don’t drink and drive, you will go to jail.
  • You must always fasten your seat belt.
  • Romanian driving style can be very aggressive, especially on highways. You will find that many people try to surpass you instead of obeying the speed limit. I am very happy that Romania is a backward economy in Europe. I have seen people driving at speeds over 150 km/h, so I speculate that if he owns a Lamborghini, he will drive at speeds over 250 km/h.
  • The emergency number for Romania is 112.
  • In Romania, the use of car horns between 10pm and 6am is not allowed. The use of speakers is always prohibited in some towns.


Parking spaces in Romania-Although it is not difficult to find parking spaces in Romania, parking fees are paid almost everywhere. Parking fees are usually $0.5 per hour, and parking fees in cities are higher, usually around $2 per hour. However, it must be paid in cash.

The new parking fees approved by the Bucharest General Council (CGMB) in mid-June 2018 entered into force on July 1. This means higher parking tariffs, especially in the center of the city, where the fee increased from RON 1.5 per hour to RON 10 per hour.

The measure is aimed at easing the traffic in downtown Bucharest, but also at reducing air pollution and promoting alternative transportation and the public transport, according to the City Hall.

Best time to travel in Romania

Summer (June to mid-September)-The peak season is one of the seasons where I try to avoid traveling anywhere. However, sometimes I have to do this. Summer is the peak season in Romania and the best time to travel. I do not recommend that you choose another time.

The disadvantages of traveling to Romania during the high season are obvious. Long queues of busy cities and castles. In addition to this, accommodations and attractions are more expensive and are not the best choice for travelers with limited budgets. The advantage of road trip is that you can live in the car. So even traveling in the high season can save some accommodation costs.

Spring and autumn (April/May and mid-September/October) – mid-September, the children go back to school, which means that the long line of students will disappear, and on weekdays, you will find the city empty, The long queues waiting for the attractions to disappear.

Winter (November to March) – Romanian winter looks beautiful, especially in some medieval-style towns. When the city is covered with snow, it is like a fairy tale world. However, driving in the snow is very difficult, so be sure to take this into consideration.

How many days does Romania road trip take?

Romania has a small territory, and it only takes about 600 kilometers to travel through this country. If you take the ring road is about 1200 kilometers. 7 days is a simple plan, and 15 days is a very sufficient plan. This is enough to see all the main attractions mentioned in the travel guide.

I used a 7-day plan, and I determined that for those with travel experience, that route would take 7 days (one way), including daily sightseeing and daily driving. If you want to slow down a bit, you can plan for 10 days. If there is enough time, we can say that 15 days is the best choice, enough to see the main highlights of Romania.

Best Cities To Visit in Romania on a Road Trip


The capital of Romania is the ideal place to start your trip to Romania. The city fully embodies the country’s rich history, modern elements, and buildings from the communist past. In the 1900s, Bucharest was called “Little Paris” for its elegant architecture and cobblestone streets, but then entered the period of communism. What happened after you can imagine.

There is no shortage of things to do and sightseeing in the Romanian capital. The biggest attraction of scale and fame lies in the Parliament Building. It is the second largest administrative building in the world-the Pentagon won the first place. With more than 3,000 rooms and more than 330,000 square meters of the Capitol, its luxurious neoclassical design is a feast for the eyes.

Strolling along the memory trail, you can visit the old town, where the buildings date back to the 15th and 16th centuries.

Okay, this is standard polite words.

Now I want to talk about my true feelings. Bucharest is the ugliest city in Romania. Without one of them. Is the ugliest. This is only suitable for daily purchases and supplies. When you have enough rest and the necessary items are prepared, you can go on the road. You have to be careful with gypsies in Romania. I don’t like racial discrimination myself, but I want to say, for your safety, please don’t try alms or dialogue. You will pay a huge price.


The beautiful city of Brasov. The streets are full of colorful houses, the most beautiful scenery, and close to one of Romania’s most popular attractions: Bran Castle (aka Dracula’s Castle).

Biserica Neagră Braşov

I personally recommend that you stay in Brasov and its surroundings for another day to see some of the nearby attractions, because Romania is not large, equivalent to the size of Oregon, and will soon pass by.

For those who come to Brasov, please make sure to check out:

  • Black Church-Brasov’s famous landmark and Romania’s leading Gothic church.
  • Brasov’s fortifications-so far, the Saxons know how to build stone walls! Make sure to check out the White Tower (Turnul Alb)
  • Close to the Graft Bastion, there is a wooden staircase that takes you directly to the top of all 200 steps, where you can admire the beautiful view of the old town.
  • Admire the beautiful scenery on the Parliament Square in the center of medieval Brasov, lined with beautiful merchants.


Sighisoara has many histories and myths. The city is beautiful and rich, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The narrow alleys and houses with colorful spots make it look like a scene in a Disney movie.

Sighișoara is considered to be one of the most beautiful and well-preserved castles in Europe. The history of the town dates back to the 12th century.

The most notable feature of Sighisoara is a 64-meter high and well-preserved clock tower, built in 1556, which protects the city’s main entrance. The tower can be seen from anywhere in the town. It used to be the town hall. It is currently used to house the Sighisoara Historical Museum.

Although you can visit this town in just a few hours, I suggest you take some time to enjoy every little corner. First, check out the clock tower and start the tour-climbing all the way to the top of the mountain and enjoying the panoramic view of the town-is absolutely essential in the list of “must-see attractions” in Romania.

Then stroll through the open squares and narrow streets. You will not be able to resist cute cafes and shops.

4.Corvin Castle of Hunedoara

This castle is the reason why many people travel to Romania. To be honest, it impresses people in real life. Corvin Castle makes me feel like I walked into Dracula’s castle!

Visiting Corvin Castle is the highlight of our Romanian road trip, and I think it is absolutely necessary to visit Romania. Although there is nothing to see in Hunedoara, you must go to Hunedoara in order to see the castle.

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