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Cars are by far the most popular way to get around, so renting a car would be the first choice if you look for comfort and flexibility. Just be prepared for very long driving times. Roads are not bad, but they are usually 2 lanes (which means you can get stuck behind trucks or other slow vehicles), and pass through villages (where speed limit is 50km/h). ...


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Easy. If you're taking a laptop, Skype is the answer. Romania has the second fastest internet speeds in the world (I know, I was shocked when I read it two months ago, which is why it stuck in my head). Hostels have wifi as well, some hotels will too, so that's really probably your best option, if price is your primary factor to consider. Others may ...


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I was there in 2009. I highly recommend it, and the trains are very easy to use and are quite comfortable. Even when we had an overnight train on chairs, they have a 'backpacker' carriage just for the foreigners, and if there's space they assign you an empty seat next to you at all times, so you can stretch out and try and sleep. I'v also been told ...


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From http://www.ferrylines.com/en/ferries/ferries-in-the-black-sea/ it would seem to be NO, but it does indicate you could travel to Bulgaria. Aussies don't need a visa for Bulgaria, so you could then take a train up to Bucharest from within Bulgaria. Bucharest to Istanbul is 16 hours, so from Bulgaria wouldn't be a long trip.


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As usual, the definitive resource for this kind of information is the embassy of the country you want to visit in the country where you are a citizen of, in your case the embassy of Ukraine in Australia. Its visa requirement page, as is common, doesn't have all the information you want. You do need a visa to enter Ukraine, either a tourist visa or a transit ...


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I think the question is fine, and very valid. As a New Zealander, when I went in 2008 it was required to get an invite from someone in the Ukraine - easy to get, just google for Ukraine invites. Once you have that, you need the visa, where you have to present your invite too, as well as an itinerary (that you're not held to). If you do get in, and can ...


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Officially at least, the information you've received seems to be completely wrong. As you're probably already aware, Romania is NOT a Schengen country. They do however have special provisions to allow people with a Schengen Visa to transit through the country for up to 5 days, but only where the intent of the travel is for transit to a third country. In ...


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Bing Maps shows a route to Sulina by car. However, you shouldn't trust it, because... The Sulina article on English Wikipedia says Sulina is only reachable by boat The Sulina article on Romanian Wikipedia says you can only reach it by way of the Black Sea or the Danube. (That article offers a link to what it claims is the official web site for the city, ...


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A Romanian friend who used to stay in the US told me recently that she purchased a cheap pre-pay card from the carrier Orange that included many minutes of free calls to the US. Perhaps this is something to look into if you don't have reliable internet access (in which case communication is a non-issue). I suggest you find an Orange shop where they speak ...


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Your first choice is Skype. Skype has a helpful list of minimum and recommended network bandwidth needed for various types of calls. As you can see there, the recommended minimum for voice calls is 100kbps, which you should find easily at most WiFi hotspots. And this is a bit anecdotal, but if you have a smartphone then install Skype on it and use over WiFi: ...


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We have been in Romania in 2003 and we were using public transport most of the time - very reasonable, I don't remember having any issues with it. Both trains and minibusses were fine. Hitchhiking is quite popular, but beware that you are supposed to pay for it! (similar fee as for the bus). If we couldn't find any form of transport, we actually ended up ...


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The most comfortable and popular way is by train. There are trains toward most of the cities/villages. The train station in Bucharest is called "Gara de Nord" You can go fast from Bucharest to mountain cities such as Brasov, Sinaia, Predeal (all these in the same zone) or farther to Sibiu. I think you may hire guides for mountain trips. Young Romanians also ...


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My experience with Serbian Railways tells me that such a service could be introduced or cancelled without much notice, it'd be a good idea to check in again closer to when you're travelling. I've emailed Mr. Popvic at the Wasteels Travel Agency Office in Belgrade station, since he tends to be in the know on such matters. I'll post here if he responds. I ...


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As of now, Romania is not a part of the Schengen area. Coming implementation should be in March, 2015. It is also worth mentioning that this is not the first implementation plan, other ones were delayed before, and it's also worth mentioning not to expect Romania to be part of the Schengen area by March as it is a long process. Regarding visiting Romania, ...


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I googled your question and found some websites (listed below), that contain general information regarding visa for the ukraine. You might find your answers there. On a dutch website, I also found an advice to ask ukraine travel questions on an expat forum specifically for the Ukraine http://www.travel-2-ukraine.com/visa-support/ ...


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I found an official site for the Romanian railways, and according to it, there is really a train from Constanta to the Bucharest, which will be at your station at 13:06 local time. There is no other trains to the Bucharest, according to the same site (and here), so I think this train will be :) According this site, the price will be 23.8 RON. All I can ...


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About the crime, Romania is a civilized EU country and you are safe. The border officers are susceptible to bribes, especially since you have foreign plates. There were recent controls/arrests, one of the measures in order for Romania to qualify for Schengen (which didn't happen yet). There are very few sections of highway (1), so the traffic might be ...


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Yes you can! This is how to do: You have to have a valid Schengen Visa You are eligible to stay up to 5 days in Romania You have to show the immigration that your next destination is a Schengen Country (ex: Greece, France, etc.) and in this case your trip should be Dubai - Romania - Athens (for transit) - Dubai This type of visa is called a transit Visa ...


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Answers to both questions are found on the website of the Romanian embassy in the UK under the section "consular services, visas" In short they are: 1 - yes that's correct. 2: You may apply for or collect the Romanian Visa, in person, based on prior appointment, TUESDAY from 14.00 to 15.00 hrs or FRIDAY from 10.00 to 11.00 hrs (excluding public ...


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About 4 years ago I received a Ukrainian visa from the embassy in the Netherlands (I'm Australian). They even did it super fast as I didn't have much time. There is a train from Romania to Odessa that passes through Moldova. For $20 you can get a transit visa for Moldova (at the embassy in Bucharest) within an hour or so.


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According to the InterWebs there are only two Korean restaurants in Romania, both in Bucharest (Dami and Korea-house), however where-ever there is a good number of Korean tourists or workers, there is usually also a Korean restaurant. Looking at the web site of Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries. all the managers listed there have Romanian names, the ...


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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria doesn't mention anything on their website about a relaxed visa regime for holders of Schengen visas or resident permits, so it's safe to assume this doesn't provide any additional benefits. However, a holder of a Schengen visa can stay up to two days in Bulgaria provided that the arrival and departure countries ...


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There's a Facebook page for Airsoft Cluj, which I imagine would be a great source of expert knowledge in the area, if you were to ask for maybe some people to meet up with. This is assuming you need a club. If you're just looking for a field, I'm worried the question may be too broad and may need additional detail.


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Given that you will go to Romania after the 1st of February 2014; you will go to Romania during the validity of your Schengen Visa; you will stay in Romania for less than 90 days; you don't need a visa to enter Romania. Source: Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs => Do I need a visa to come to Romania? Conditions of travelling to Romania


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There's a couple of restaurants that sometimes have live gypsy music. If you got in touch with them you should be able to find out if they have any bands playing while your friends are in town (assuming this isn't too late). Casa Doina sometimes has them playing in their wine cellar. Locanta Jaristea sometimes has Taraful Cailor de Curte Veche playing.


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I was in Bucharest recently. It's a safe, pleasant city - and very tourist friendly. I felt perfectly safe carrying my passport around in a buttoned down pocket. If you're nervous about losing it, I can suggest the following: When you check into your hotel, the front desk will make a photocopy of your passport. Ask them for an extra copy and take that ...


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Good to hear you like Romania so far, my suggestion is you visit more of the west part, Transilvania (Sibiu, Brasov, Sighisoara or Cluj) than Bucharest. I don't think you should feel obliged to tip at all. Romania in not a third world country although it is the second poorest in the EU. Tipping in hotels, I do not know about, as a Romanian. Do the same you ...


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I recommend you have a look at rome2rio which find both bus and train connections between those two cities. Trains seem to go every two hours, take 7h of total traveling time and cost €26, changing twice in Püspökladany and Biharkeresztes. Buses are direct either from Budapest Nepliget bus station (easily reachable by metro from anywhere in Budapest) or ...


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Can I apply for schengen visa from the embassy of The Netherlands? Not only that but you must apply for a Dutch Schengen visa to go to the Netherlands (if you need a visa to enter the Schengen area, obviously). Romania isn't part of the Schengen area yet and cannot issue a short-stay visa that would allow you to travel to the Netherlands. Will it ...



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