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Getting from Bucharest Airport to City

As the main airport of Romania, Henri Coandă International Airport has ground transportation to multiple districts including the city centre of Bucharest. Direct transportation to the centre of the city is offered only by taxis and the Express line 783 bus. In addition, the airport is connected to the northern railway station through the Express line 780 bus as well as the CFR train. Bucharest airport taxi rides to the city usually cost around 15€ while the total trip should take approximately 20 minutes. A one way ticket for the 783 bus to Unirii Square costs 0.85€. However, considering the amount of stops and traffic condition, the ride might take 40 to 60 minutes. Lastly, public transportation tickets to the main railway station cost 0.85€ as well.

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How to get from Bucharest airport to Bucharest city centre by taxi

To begin with, the taxi service in Bucharest Airport (OTP) functions in a different way than most airports. Getting a taxi requires to prebook a ticket at the taxi machine outside the arrivals hall. Your booked taxi will arrive according to the waiting time on the ticket with the corresponding number on the side of the vehicle. Taxis at Bucharest airport are always yellow and carry signs with their company name as well as their rates per kilometer.

Taxi fare from Bucharest airport to Bucharest city centre

The taxi system of Bucharest functions under just 2 variables when it comes to the taxi rates: the total distance in km and the type/class of the vehicle. In most cases the rate from Bucharest airport to the centre of the city should range around 15€. Time of the day does not affect the charging rate.

Taxi prices
Day time
Night time
20 min
20 min
15 min
2 h 15 min


Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis at the airport are available throughout the day.

Where do I get it from?

All booked taxis must be picked up outside of the arrivals terminal right in front of the exit gates of the building. Your taxi should carry the number of your ticket.


In general, taxi rides are considerably the fastest mean of transportation to the centre of the city. However, the amount of daily scams involving tourists is a major deterrent factor. Nevertheless, the convenience of a private car is unmatched compared to a cramped public transit.

Editor’s Note

The general rule is to avoid any person that might approach you in the arrivals hall, since licensed taxis can only be booked through the machines inside the airport.

Useful Tips

Remember that even with luxury vehicles the rate should never exceed 20€. Always keep an eye on the taxi meter.
Sometimes it might be a better idea to negotiate a fixed price with the taxi driver before entering the vehicle.

How to get from Bucharest airport to Bucharest city centre by bus

Surprisingly, there is only a single bus line connecting Henri Coandă International Airport with the city centre of Bucharest. The 783 bus is available 24/7 with varying frequencies during the day and night. The total trip to the central P. Unirii stop usually requires 40 to 60 minutes depending on the traffic. The price for a one way ticket is 0.85€ similar to any other public transportation in Bucharest.

How much is the bus from Bucharest airport to city centre?

Like most public transportation in Bucharest the 783 bus line follows the same ticket rates: 0.85€ for single tickets, 1.7€ for two way tickets and 2€ for a rechargeable card.



Trip Duration

50 Min.

Waiting time for the 783 is 15 minutes during the day and 40 minutes during the night.

Value for Money

The 783 bus line is available 24/7

Where do I get it from?

The bus stop for the 783 line is located outside of the arrivals hall, in front of the exit doors. There is also a ticket machine along with the ticket public transportation ticket counter.


When it comes to traveling directly to the city centre of Bucharest, the 783 bus line is the only available option. Although the trip can take more than twice as much as with a car, tickets costs only 0.85€, which allows for very affordable transportation if personal comfort is not a major deal-breaker.

Editor’s Note

When you are in the city the ticket cards can be recharged at most bus stops. You cannot buy tickets from the bus.

Useful Tips

Traveling back to the airport remember to buy a ticket in advance since there is not any ticket counter at P. Unirii station.
Remember to always have Lei on you since Euro is not accepted in most cases.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Bucharest. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Bucharest Airport to Bucharest city centre?

The average fixed taxi fare from Bucharest Airport to Bucharest is 15€. Factors, such as the time of the day and traffic do not affect the taxi fares.

How much is a bus ticket from Bucharest Airport to Bucharest city centre?

Regular one-way bus tickets cost 0.85€ for adults. Tickets can be purchased through ticket machines and from the ticket counter next to the bus station.

How far is it from Bucharest Airport to the city center of Bucharest ?

The total distance from Bucharest Airport to Bucharest city centre is 17.7 km. The total trip with a car usually takes around 20 minutes.

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