There are two international airports in Bucharest. On this page you will learn how to get cheaply to the city centre from Bucharest’s two airports.
Bucharest-Baneasa International Airport
If you are flying with a low cost company like Blueair, Wizzair or German Wings you will be arriving at Bucharest-Baneasa International Airport (Aurel Vlaicu) which is fairly close to the city. This airport is rather small as it used to be used for internal flights only, but it is currently being expanded.
You can get into the city centre from here by bus numbers 131, 335, 148, 112, 301 or tram number 5 – cost of 1 way ticket is 1,3 RON (0,2 EUR), express bus 783 – cost of 1 return ticket is 7 RON (1,5 EUR) or by metro (Aurel Vlaicu station) – cost of 1 return ticket is 3 RON (0,65 EUR). You can also get a taxi into city centre, the journey takes 10 minutes long and it costs up to 15 RON (3,2 EUR).
Henry Coanda International Airport
If you are flying any other airline British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Aegean, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Easyjet, Czech Airlines, Iberia or the Aerlingus low cost airline, you will be arriving at Henry Coanda International Airport in Otopeni. This is Bucharest’s main airport, quite medium in size for an international airport and it’s situated 16,5 kilometers away from Bucharest.
There are various means of transportation you can pick from according to your budget. You can take the 783 Express line which stops in front of Arrivals and Departures Terminals. The cost of 1 return ticket is 7 RON (1,5 EUR) and the bus has the following schedule: weekdays 5:30 – 20:00 every 15 minutes, weekdays 20:30 – 23:00 every 30 minutes, Saturday, Sunday and National Holidays 5:30 – 23:00 every 30 minutes.
Taxi is not recommended as it can be quite expensive, the highest tariff is 3,5 RON (0,76 EUR) per kilometer and the journey takes an approximate 30 minutes to city centre and costs up to 30 RON (6,5 EUR).
There is also a train connection into the city. You will arrive at Gara de Nord – Bucharest’s main international train station which is 15 minutes away from city centre. Trains run from 5:26 (first train) till 20:50 (last train). The journey takes about 30 minutes long and costs 6 RON (1,3 EUR) and you can either purchase your ticket from the airport or book your ticket on line by accessing the following address: https://bileteonline.cfrcalatori.ro/loginuser.aspx?lng=ro the site has an English version as well.