How to get from Bucharest Airport to Bucharest City Centre
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.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Bus|| €1.70|| 50min|| 24/7|
| Taxi|| €15|| 20min|| 24/7|
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.
Waiting time for the 783 is 15 minutes during the day and 40 minutes during the night.
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.
When you are in the city the ticket cards can be recharged at most bus stops. You cannot buy tickets from the bus.
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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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.
FROM OTP - TO HOTELS IN CITY CENTRE
FROM OTP - TO CITY CENTRE
FROM OTP - TO MAIN TRAIN STATION
FROM OTP - TO BRASOV
2 h 15 min
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.
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.
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.