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FlightAware showed me out of the last week, only one Ryanair flight flew from Stansted to Bucharest. Everything else from all three major London airports, including those Wizz Air flights, was cancelled. There is another Ryanair flight (1007) scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, if you want to try your luck.


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This doesn't depend on regulations or restrictions, and isn't imposed by any government or airport either. It depends entirely on the airlines. According to this Corriere della Sera article (in Italian), airlines are intentionally selling tickets that they know will be cancelled, because COVID-19 brought them to their knees and these "ghost" ...


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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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One option is Trianastar(BG). There is a daily bus in 16:00 from Bucharest(Filaret), 22:00 in Sofia. One way ticket costs 52 BGN (26 EUR), return ticket costs 82 BGN (41 EUR)


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I tried to make contact with airlines, and Blue Air emailed me back to let me know they were running two repatriation flights to Bacau (not Bucharest) and to book online. Today’s one actually flew with about 60 passengers on board from a very quiet Luton airport, so my own problem has been solved. They say the next one is Sunday 28 June. To get a level of ...


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Your best bet actually comes from the main taize.fr site, where they mention St Sylvester's church in Bucharest, when talking about Brother Alois' visit to Romania in 2008: Fr. Bordasiu, current parish priest of St. Silvester, who began sending groups to Taizé from Bucharest in 1990, remembered the visits of Brother Grégoire already in the 1970s. So ...


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Several well known fast food restaurants in the train station itself open early (McDonald's - 04:30) or are open 24/7 (Springtime). If you're after a bar, Oktoberfest is a well known one that is open until 05:00, and nearby Bound closes at 06:00. However be aware that they are not close to the train station. Realistically your best options are in the Old ...


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Yes, it's likely that Australian dollars will be available at any given exchange counter. They won't have small denominations, so your change will be in local currency. Hit the exchange counter before you hit the duty free shop (which will take your change as partial payment). Airport currency exchanges always, always gouge you, no matter if you're in "the ...


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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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It's the Bosphorus Express, the only train between Europe and Turkey. So there is nothing else. Here is a very detailed description with part two which seems to be from March this year. It's not that easy to find on the different national rail websites, since the number changes twice and most national train websites do not care about where a wagon coming ...


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The Romanian dish I can recommend is the soup, "Ciorbă" (pronounced like 'chorba'. It's described in the Wikipedia as... Ciorbă (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈt͡ʃorbə]), from Persian shorba (شوربا), via the Turkish word çorba, is a general Romanian word describing sour soups consisting of various vegetables and meat. Most Romanians differentiate ...


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I've been going to Bucharest often during the last ten years. The acceptance of credit cards is good, although varies. Generally: Taxis and public transport do not accept any cards. You can take Uber, which works there, or prearrange airport transit with hotel. A taxi ride should be around 30-50 RON (7-12 Euro) one way. There is still no decent public ...


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In my experience at several RyanAir airports, no. Often it's the same staff that arrive, check people in, and then reappear at the gate to board you. It's all done as part of an operation to have fewer staff costs. So them being there the night before? Maybe if there's another RyanAir flight at the same time. But most airline in my experience also won't ...


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Since you have a valid Schengen visa, you're allowed to transit Bucharest airport (even though it's not in Schengen) for max 24 hours on your way to Budapest.


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There are numerous parks in Bucharest which are of course paradise for joggers and runners. You can find more information and useful descriptions on the official city website, under Culture/Leisure -> Parks and Gardens. Searching for bucharest jogging on google reveals that the web is scattered with jogging trail maps for Bucharest. Some, if not most, of ...


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Since i couldn't find any conclusive information on the rumor that splitting the trip from Bucharest to Sofia makes it cheaper i decided to do some empirical research so here goes: Direct train from Bucharest(from Bucharest Nord) to Sofia costs 140 ROM (35euros) lei and there are few departures per day, 12:55, 23:55 that i am aware of. Direct bus costs 52 ...


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Well yes you can in theory. There may be only one currency exchange inside the departure area after passing security. On March 22, 2020 I asked and they said there wasn't another, and I didn't see another. I didn't see any in the main area around the check-in desks, but I didn't look thoroughly. But at this time of Covid 19, the one exchange had no ...


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WizzAir is a so-called low-cost carrier. With them the price of a return is the sum of two single tickets. You won't get an extra discount if you book a return ticket. So as to get cheap tickets, you have to book as early as possible. And/or you have to be flexible with your travel dates. However, if you are late and not flexible, there is not much you can ...


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Ryanair no longer enforces their "visa check" policy in practice, so you can proceed directly airside and ignore their statements about needing to go to the check in desk first. Your visa will be checked at the gate instead. See this post for another anecdote of skipping the checks. To clarify, there is still a "visa check" at the check-in desk, however ...


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You can indeed take the train. However it cannot be booked online. According to the Man in Seat 61, the price is 25-30 GBP. Source: http://www.seat61.com/Bulgaria.htm


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Well, if train is not an option you can take a bus. This company: http://marina.autogari.ro/index.php runs buses from Bucharest at 17:00, arriving 05:00 next day. Be warned however that if you find trains a bad option then you might not like this bus either. Here is a testimony from another site: http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/Istanbul/Transport/...


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There is a list of castles in Romania on Wikipedia, you can figure your favourite from this list. Reaching some of them within a day by public transport is possible, for example: Bran castle (nicknamed Dracula's castle) is located near Braşov, it is possible to take a train (2h45) and then a bus (45min) to reach it, Peleș castle and Pelișor castle are ...


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The Man in Seat 61 says that there is luggage storage in Gara de Nord: Bucharest: Left luggage office at Bucharest Gara de Nord, 50m past the Relay newsagents. 4 Lei (around €1) per 24 hours. No lockers or left luggage office visible at Brasov. There's reportedly now a staffed left luggage service at Sighisoara station, 7 lei per 24h.


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George Y.'s answer is very good, but I can provide more information: Indeed taxis and public transportation rely on cash (and make sure you also have smaller banknotes because they always claim not to have small banknotes to give back to a larger banknote). Also, a very recent Government ordinance virtually outlawed Uber's and Bolt's (Taxify) activity ...


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Without local knowledge, it's hard to answer, but, the internets can come to your rescue. It seems you have to switch buses in Ruse: http://www.rome2rio.com/s/Bucharest/Istanbul


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It is possible to get from Bucharest to Sarajevo on train - likely requiring a rather roundabout route via Budapest, Hungary and Zagreb, Croatia or even Salzburg, Austria an thus easily taking as much as 48h. A map of the railway lines in Europe may be found on the interrail website and their timetable/trip planner will provide connections and times. ...


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I took the train in 2009 from Bratislava to Budapest, then to Bucharest, then to Istanbul. Even then, it stopped for several hours in Bulgaria, while it changed engines (mildly concerning to see it detach and leave us without any announcement that we could understand). There was also only one train per day from Bucharest to Istanbul. Rome2Rio seems to line ...


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