Guide to Romania
For many centuries Romania`s economy was based on agriculture. In the 1930s Romania was one of the main European producers of wheat, corn and meats and it used to be called "the bread basket of Europe." In the 1950s the communist leader of Romania, Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej, began developing heavy industry. There has been a shift towards heavy industries since the 1970s but the agriculture is still economically important and employs about one-third of the workforce.More >
CURRENCY AND CHANGING MONEY
Romanias currency is Leu/Lei.
Banknote denominations: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 lei
Coins: 1, 5, 10 and 50 bani pieces.
1 leu = 100 bani
The official exchange rates are given by the National Bank of Romania. Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks and authorized exchange offices ("casa de schimb" or "birou de schimb valutar"). On international airports, in larger hotels you can find currency exchange services.
Never change your money on the streets!
WHEN TO GO?
Romania offers possibilities all year around. For sightseeing the best period is from the end of April to the beginning of July and from and the end of August to the end of October because of the pleasant temperature. Summer can be warm mainly in Southern Romanian cities. By the Black Sea the temperature is better because of the sea breezes. For the sun lovers the best period is July and August. By the Black Sea in the beginning of June and mid September a holiday can also be nice when the sunrays are not burning so much. The summer season is warm also in the mountain resorts and higher elevation areas too. For mountain trips the recommended period is between the end of April until the end of October. In November also but in this month you have to make your trip with more attention!
When Romania joined the European Union it began a huge development in terms of roads, airports and railways. That is why there are plenty of options to travel into the bigger cities.More >
Romania is located in the central-east part of Europe. It is bordered by Ukraine (north: 362 km, east: 169 km) and Moldova (450 km) in the northeast; Hungary (443 km), Serbia and Montenegro (476 km) in the west and Bulgaria (608 km) to the south along the Danube River. Geographical location of Romania: between latitudes 43 37 07 and 48 15 06 North and longitudes 20 15 44 and 29 41 24 East. Romania is the second largest country in the area, after Poland. Romania extends approximately 300 miles North to South and 400 miles East to West.More >