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Wondering about the means of transport that are available in Bucharest? Here is an overview of the capital city's transportation network.

Like most major cities in Europe, 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, travelling across the Romanian capital city remains very easy and affordable and it won't be difficult to find the most suitable means of transport according to your needs and budget.

Subway

Subway is the fastest and most convenient way to get around Bucharest: the fares are very affordable and it operates on fixed schedules around the city centre. The subway network consists of four lines, namely M1, M2, M3, and M4 (yellow, blue, red, and green respectively).

You will find a total of 51 subway stations across the city. One thing to note is that subway cars tend to be quite crowded during peak hours. Tickets and subscription cards can be purchased at subway stations: you can buy a single ticket, weekly or monthly packages.

Bus and trolleybus

The buses and trolleybuses are the second most popular means of transport in the capital city. However, you are less likely to find these in the city centre, 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, though, buses are regular and comfortable. Note that bus tickets can also be used aboard trolleybuses 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, the inhabitants of Bucharest can enjoy night buses which are available all night long. You can access these buses in the South of Piata Unirii and travel anywhere across the city.

Tramway

Bucharest's tramway network consists of 26 lines that operate over some 145 km. These can get quite overcrowded, especially during peak hours. Still, trams are one of the most popular means of transportation — but do watch out for pickpockets and keep an eye on your possessions, especially when the cars are crowded.

 Good to know:

Make sure to purchase your ticket in a timely manner and have it on you throughout your trip on Romanian buses, trolleybuses and trams. Not having a ticket will result in a hefty fine.

Taxi

Bucharest hosts several taxi companies which provide quite affordable services. Indeed, you should have no trouble in travelling to neighbourhoods 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. Occasionally, some taxi drivers tend to request higher fares, especially when it comes to foreigners.

 Useful links:

Metrorex – Bucharest subway network
Régie autonome de transport de Bucarest – RATB
Bucharest bus line map
Bucharest trolleybus map
Bucharest night bus map
Bucharest tramway map

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