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Living in Bucharest, Romania:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Bucharest, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 18 people living in Bucharest what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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If you consider moving to Bucharest you should be prepared for the crowded traffic and overpriced groceries and gas due to recent inflation. Also be careful about pickpocketers and beggers because they mostly target foreigners. On the bright side though, most of the people in Bucharest are pretty helpful if you need indications or recommendations about certain places and you might find our architecture from the old city center quite marvelous.

Raluca, says: 2022

It is more crowded than ever but it’s changing, evolving. It is not the most beautiful city I’ve seen, but it is interesting and it offers a lot of possibilities.

Alexandra, says: 2022

I hear a lot that my city looks a little bit like Paris. It has that vibe. The best thing about Bucharest is the people. Then of course, the food (sarmale and polenta), the architecture of the buildings and the nightlife. Bucharest is definitely an interesting city to visit.

Not many people speak any languages besides Romanian. A lot of people here will try to scam you of your money, even in plain daylight or in supermarkets. Some parts of Bucharest are very dangerous, especially at night!

Tiberiu, says: 2020

Traffic is currently the most pressing problem Bucharest faces. Should you wish to move here, where exactly to live is going to be one of the most significant decisions to make. The new residential areas currently being built at the outskirts of the city might bring the allure of fresh air and being close to nature—and might be the ideal setting for retirees or people working exclusively from home—but for anyone needing to reach downtown daily, a more modest accommodation close to one of the subway lines is by far the most efficient choice.

Luminita, says: 2020

Bucharest is very crowded, however a lot of parks and places for relaxation can be found here. Nightlife is rich and people are usually nice but in a hurry all the time. You may need to escape to the mountains often, especially if you have kids. There is a wide variety of jobs available, especially in the IT industry.

Bucharest is a surprising mixture of cultural influences, offering excellent opportunities for relaxation and enrichment of experiences for both a business traveler and a simple tourist passionate about knowledge. “Little Paris” has a varied identity, reflecting its rich and controversial history by wildly juxtaposing aristocratic values with those of the totalitarian system in recent history and with the cosmopolitan and hectic reality of today. Walking is the best way to discover the city, so you will need an accommodation that is in the middle of everything that happens in Bucharest.

Gabriela, says: 2020

To anyone moving to Bucharest, they should know rent prices and personal safety vary wildly depending on the neighborhood, with the cheapest and least safe being in the south of the city and the most expensive and safest being in the city center and in the north.

Sandra, says: 2020

Someone who moves here should be mindful of traffic and the prices. I reside in the capital of my country, so traffic here is more prominent than in other cities., depending of the country which the person is from, there may be either smaller or bigger prices in the possibly new location.

Sebastian, says: 2020

Bucharest is a very crowded city, with people who are very angry all the time. Traffic is awful daily. In summer it is very hot outside. There is a lot of pollution here. We do have a lot of nice parks, where you can really relax. My favourite one is Parcul Tineretului.

Robert, says: 2020

Anybody who wants to come to Bucharest must know about the tourist attractions here like old town in the center of Bucharest. The world’s biggest parliament is in Bucharest which is also something to see. And, because the country is famous for wine, there are many restaurants in the old town area that have excellent service and drinks.

Luminita, says: 2020

Bucharest blends various architectural styles under the aegis of the country’s past Communist regime, while recent decades brought a variety of changes and developments in the people’s way of life and the cityscape itself. At present, a significant fraction of the population are waiting for the completion of a new subway line.

Georgesc, says: 2020

it gets very hot in summer. Also, the prices are a little bit on the higher side. The parks, especially Herăstrău, are very clean and well groomed. The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest is one of the biggest buildings in Europe and you can always visit it.

Catalina, says: 2020

The nerve center of Romania, Bucharest, gets its name from the Romanian word for beautiful or joyful. It is the largest city in Romania and the sixth-largest in the European Union in terms of population. Bucharest is in the southeast corner of Romania, on the banks of river Dambovita. The city has a population in excess of 2. two million according to the 2010 reports. Bucharest is known as “Little Paris” for its elegant architecture and rich heritage.

Gregoria, says: 2020

It’s a very large and polluted town, however, it’s very nice. You can find something to do anytime of the day. There are a variety of restaurants here from European to Asian, oriental, south and north american. Some buildings are very old, and some are pretty new. It’s a good city.

As a person moving to Bucharest, or the ‘little Paris of the East’, know it is an extremely safe and beautiful place. Also, Bucharest is really affordable, so money wouldn’t be a problem. Most importantly, if you are a food lover, you should know that Romanian food is delicious, but predominantly meat-based.

Absolutely don’t move here. The level of pollution in Bucharest is exceedingly high, there is way too much traffic and therefore people constantly lose precious time on their way home from work, for example. Surely, there are some places they could visit, like Antipa Museum which is a really cool place, or bohemian pubs. But overall, I wouldn’t say it’s a welcoming city. I would add that people always seem stressed and angry so they might snap at you for no reason, no matter how nice you might be to them.

Andrei, says: 2020

Bucharest is the capital of Romania and one of the biggest cities in the European Union, with a population of around two million people in its metropolitan area. It is currently an economic hub in development. It is also very popular among western tourists as it offers a wide array of clubs and bars in the Old Town. Very close to the Old Town, one can find “Curtea Veche” (The Old Court), which is an old princely home, now used as a monastery.

Georgesc, says: 2020

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