Arriving by airplane – Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP)
International flights arrive at Henri Coandă (Otopeni) International Airport (Code: OTP), through which approximately 13 million passengers travelled in 2022. OTP is connected with more than 70 international destinations, ensuring connections with flights from all over the world. About 30 airlines belonging to all major alliances service more than 130 arrival flights per day to Bucharest. There are non-stop flights to Bucharest from all major European cities, the Middle-East and Canada, as well as connecting flights from the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
OTP is located about 17 km (about 10 miles) from the Congress venues and is accessible through public transportation (express bus lines to city centre, available 24 hours a day, or taxi/transfer services). Airport facilities include ATMs, currency exchange offices, taxi desks and car rentals, as well as lounge services. Major car rental companies have offices located on the arrivals/baggage claim level, albeit public transportation is advisable in downtown Bucharest.
All airlines that serve Henri Coandă International Airport can be found here:
Arriving by airplane – other major airports
Other major cities in Romania are served by their own international airports, which consist in either alternatives to OTP for getting to Romania (connection flights from those airports to OTP are available) or means of visiting Romania’s tourist attractions outside Bucharest before or after the Congress. The map of international airports in Romania can be found below:
If you choose to travel to Romania through a different airport than OTP, it is highly recommended to check the available connection flights and plan your trip well in advance in order to avoid delays, long layover time, or getting stranded at the airport. The flight time from all other airports in Romania is below or around one hour, so we encourage you to take the train for such short hauls. In this respect, we offer below additional information related to both international and domestic flights operated by the airports in other major cities in Romania.
Avram Iancu International Airport Cluj (CLJ) – this is the second airport in Romania reaching about 3 million passengers per year. It is served by both budget (low cost) and full service (traditional) airlines such as Lufthansa, Tarom, LOT, Turkish Airlines, Ryanair, Hisky, Animawings or Wizz Air, from/to major European cities. There are several direct flight options daily connecting Cluj to Bucharest, operated by Tarom, with an average flight duration of 50-55 minutes.
Traian Vuia Timișoara Airport (TSR) – serves the city of Timișoara in Western Romania. Budget (low cost) and full service (traditional) airlines that operate on TSR include Tarom, Lufthansa, LOT, Austrian, Turkish Airlines, Wizz Air, Hisky and Ryanair, providing flights to and from Bucharest, Paris, London, München, Frankfurt, Bruxelles, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Milan and Tel Aviv, among others. There are up to 6 daily direct flights connecting Timișoara to Bucharest, the average flight time being of 1 hour.
Iasi International Airport (IAS) – serving Iaşi (Jassy), the capital of the historic region of Moldova, IAS connects the North-Eastern region of Romania (Bukovina) to major European cities, providing flights operated mainly by Tarom and Wizz Air. The domestic flights to/from Bucharest have an average duration of 1h10m.
Sibiu International Airport (SBZ) – serving Sibiu (German: Hermannstadt), SBZ hosts flights operated by airlines like Tarom, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, and Wizz Air. The connections to Bucharest are less frequent, with flights scheduled on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.
Mihail Kogalniceanu International Airport Constanta (CND) – situated in the South-Eastern part of Romania, being the closest airport to the Romanian Riviera and the Danube Delta. CND has no direct connections to Bucharest.
Ștefan cel Mare International Airport Suceava (SCV) – provides flights operated by Wizz Air connecting Suceava to London, Rome, Milan and Bologna, as well as 1 daily connection to Bucharest, operated by Tarom.
Brașov-Ghimbav International Airport (GHV) s an airport located in Ghimbav, near Brașov, Romania, right by the future A3 motorway. It is the first airport to be built in Romania in the last 50 years, and the 17th commercial airport in the country.
Arriving by train – Gara de Nord railway station
The National Railways of Romania (Ro: Caile Ferate Române – CFR) is the national railway company, which through CFR Passengers (CFR Călători) provides railway public transport services offering the possibility of online purchasing of international tickets.
Tickets for international destinations can be purchased from the website www.cfrcalatori.ro, through the application Buy online tickets / International traffic or directly from this link. The application allows the online purchase of international tickets for one way or round trips. Tickets can also be purchased for a domestic route from a foreign country or for routes between two foreign countries.
Online ticket purchase for international destinations is possible within a range that can vary from maximum 3 months in advance, to:
If the trip includes local traffic trains, tickets can be purchased maximum 1 month in advance.
In order to travel with international tickets purchased online, the passenger must take possession of these transport documents either by picking them up from a CFR station or by courier delivery, at the passenger’s choice when making the order.
For updated information about the train timetable, passengers are asked to check the company’s website www.cfrcalatori.ro or to contact CFR Călători by phone at 0040.21.314.5528 (for international traffic in Bucharest).
Arriving by car
Driving to/from Bucharest is also possible but, albeit scenic (including on, arguably, the oldest road over the Carpathian Mountains, TransAlpina; the “spectacular Monument to Earth-Moving Megalomania”, Transfăgărășan drive, closed for weather conditions until the end of June; or TransBucegi, a beautiful cul-de-sac road that leads into the Bucegi Natural Park, open year-round), takes a long while. If your time in Romania can be extended outside the congress dates, we suggest to book accommodation on the road to/from tourist attractions located far from the city capital (about 500 km./300 miles), to avoid long and tiring driving times. The highway infrastructure is not extensive albeit slowly increasing, and often time European Routes pass through local villages and small cities, so drivers need to obey the 50/60 km/h (30/37 miles/h) speed limit. Major highways connect Bucharest to Pitești (A1), on the way to Transylvania, and Constanta (A2-A4), on the way to the Black Sea and the Danube Delta.
Transport to/in Bucharest
In Romania it is illegal for unauthorized or unsolicited drivers to approach travelers offering transportation services. Authorized transportation companies, means and apps should be used.
From Henri Coandă International Airport to Bucharest city center (about 17 km.):