Wondering about the means of transport that are available in Bucharest? Here is an overview of the capital city's transport networks.
Like most major cities worldwide, Bucharest also has its own developed transport system. Indeed, the city hosts not only bus and railway networks, but also a tramway network along with several taxi companies. Thus, traveling across the Romanian capital city remains very easy and affordable. But make sure to choose the most appropriate means of transport according to your needs and budget.
Subway is the fastest and most appreciated means of transport in Bucharest. In fact, its fares are very affordable and it operates on fixed schedules around the city center. The subway network consists of four lines, namely M1, M2, M3 and M4. As regards subway stations, you will find a total of 51 across the city. Note, however, that wagons are generally very crowded during peak hours.
Tickets and subscription cards can be purchased at subway stations. A single ticket, which costs 4 lei, allows you to travel on two routes. You can also opt for weekly packages which cost 20 lei and unlimited monthly packages for 60 lei.
The bus and trolleybus are the second most popular means of transport in the capital city. However, you are less likely to find these in the city center, except for a few Express buses which circulate on Bucharest's main roads. Bus station indications are not as clear as those of subway stations. In general, buses are regular and comfortable. Note that bus tickets can also be used aboard trolleybus and tramways which make up the Régie autonome de transport de Bucarest (RATB).
On the main roads, you can also find private minibuses which can be stopped anywhere along the route. Finally, inhabitants of Bucharest can enjoy night buses which are available all night. You can access to these buses in the South of Piata Unirii and travel anywhere across the city.
Bucharest's tramway network consists of 26 lines that operate over some 145 km. These are usually overcrowded, especially during peak hours. But the tramway is a very popular means of transport despite the presence of pickpockets. You are thus advised to be careful while traveling aboard the tramway.
Bucharest hosts several taxi companies which provide quite affordable services. Indeed, you shall have no trouble in traveling to neighborhoods that are less or not covered by the public transport network. However, you are advised to be very careful regarding the taxi meter. Make sure that it is operational while boarding the vehicle and that the indicated fare is the same as that requested by the taxi driver. In fact, some taxi drivers tend to request higher fares, especially when it comes to foreigners.
Metrorex – Bucharest subway network www.metrorex.ro
Régie autonome de transport de Bucarest – RATB www.ratb.ro
Bucharest bus line map www.ratb.ro/maps1/Autobuze.pdf
Bucharest trolleybus map www.ratb.ro/maps1/Troleibuze.pdf
Bucharest night bus map www.ratb.ro/maps1/Trasee_noapte.pdf
Bucharest tramway map www.ratb.ro/maps1/Tramvaie.pdf