What should I need to know about Romania?Romania is the member of the European Union from 01 January 2007
Time zone: EET (UTC+2), +1 hour to Hungary
Currency: Romanian LEU (RON)
Exchange rate calculationApproximate price:
100 forint = 1.50 leu
1 leu = 67 forint
Actual exchange rateswww.bnr.ro – Romanian National Bank
www.mnb.hu – Hungarian National Bank
Where can I change currency?You can change currency at any currency exchange point in the city, where they do not charge handling fee anymore. Banks exchange at a pretty bad rate.
At most places in Szekler Land they accept Forints and Euros for accommodation.
Is there customs control when crossing the border?Since Romania is a member state of the EU, there is no formal customs control at border stations.
You can show your passport or valid identification card (papers)
Is there customs control when crossing the border?In Transylvania the weather is changing, like in Hungary.
In the Carphatian Mountains, and the Mountains of Bihar, as well as in higher mountains of Szekler land, rainfall is more frequent and the weather is chilly. This can be pleasant in the summer, and in the coldest season the snow is settling for a long time.
What kind of expenses should you expect if you travel by car?Today the state of the European, and national roads have improved considerably, they received a new asphalt layer even in Szekler Land.
Road fee (Rovinieta): In Romania car drivers have to pay a road fee, which is valid for every road. It costs a few hundred of forints, but it can only be taken out in some places. It is recommended to be purchased soon after passing the border, at the first PETROM filling station. And it has to be stuck on the windshield. Keep the receipt you receive at your purchase! You can choose from a whole 1 week, 1 month or 1 year lease. It is worthwhile buying a lease for a whole week, and buying two separate leases for 1 week, this way you can save a mug of beer’s price for the night.
Fuel is not much cheaper than in Hungary, at the pumps of the bigger firms, beside the main roads, you can buy good quality fuel. There are many MOL and PETROM filling stations in Szekler Land and Transylvania.
InsuranceWith a European Health Insurance card, you can benefit of the health services if you are from another member state of the EU.
Bus and train serviceBus from Budapest to Székelyudvarhely (15 km from the Guest-house), there are daily bus lines, according to schedule.
Train line between Budapest and Miercurea Ciuc, and between Budapest and Sighisoara (both towns are 60 km away from the guest-house.) There are international train lines, with trains running daily.