Information & Facts
Romanian is the official language, but English will be
understood in Bucharest and other tourist areas.
The Leu (RON) is the official currency, which is divided into
100 bani. Money may be exchanged at banks, international airports,
hotels or authorised exchange offices called 'casa de schimb' or
'birou de schimb valutar'. ATMs are available at large banks,
airports and shopping centres in cities. American Express,
MasterCard and Visa are accepted in the main cities. Travellers
cheques, preferably in Euros, can be cashed in large banks, some
hotels and certain exchange offices in Bucharest but commission is
high. It is recommended to travel with some Euros in cash in case
of difficulty using credit cards or travellers cheques. US Dollars
are also accepted fairly widely.
Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 between the last Sunday in March
to the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).