Flights from London to Bucharest
Flying to Bucharest? Before booking your cheap flights from London to Bucharest here is everything you need to know about the Romanian capital.
How to get to London Stansted airport
London Stansted airport (STN) is located 56km from central London and is served by a number of public transport services. The quickest way to the airport is by using the Stansted Express train which departs from Liverpool Street station. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the airport. The National Express coach will get you to the airport in about 2 hours from central London, or if you’re using London’s underground railway, it’ll take roughly 90 minutes to get to Stansted. If you’re driving to Stansted before your flights from London to Bucharest there are plenty of parking options available including short-stay, mid-stay and long-stay spaces.
London Stansted airport: Overview
After checking in for your London to Bucharest flights you’ll have plenty of cafés and restaurants to relax in, as well as numerous shops to pick up any last minute essentials before you fly from London to Bucharest. Stansted welcomes over 25 million passengers every year and is one of the UK’s busiest airports, so make sure you arrive with enough time to pass through security.
Bucharest Airport: Overview
Upon arrival at Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) you’ll find that it is located close to central Bucharest, just 16.5km north of the city. There is a shuttle bus from the airport that will bring you to the airport railway station where a train departs to Gara de Nord which is Bucharest’s largest train station. You can also take the RATB bus service. The number 780 provides an express service to Gara de Nord and the Gara Basarab stations in Bucharest. The 783 is an express service to Bucharest city centre. Central Bucharest is about a half an hour drive from the airport using route DN1. If you are driving in Bucharest be sure to check out Ryanair Car Hire for all the best deals.
What to expect on arrival in Bucharest
Bucharest remains pretty quiet in terms of tourism despite being a beautiful city to visit. After dropping your bags off in the hotel following your flights from London to Bucharest, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that the city is relatively inexpensive. A cappuccino is just over a pound and a pint of local beer is around the same. You can also eat well in a nice restaurant for around £40. We recommend visiting the Palace of Parliament, the famously colossal building. The free walking tour is also a fun and cheap way to explore the city with an experienced guide. Find more things to do in Bucharest on Try Somewhere New.
Five Fun Facts about Bucharest:
- The Palace of Parliament is the second largest building in the world and its electricity and heating bills are £5,500,000 a year. It’s also the heaviest building in the world
- Bucharest is nicknamed “Little Paris” because of the French influences in the city’s architecture, including Arcul de Triumf, modelled after the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris
- More than 10,000 people are bitten by stray dogs every year in Bucharest, so be careful if you’re tempted to pet any cute puppies
- Some restaurants in Bucharest sell cigarettes and even have dedicated sections on their menus
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel was partly inspired by Vlad the Impaler who lived in Bucharest
From London to Bucharest: Practical Information
Bucharest is very warm in the summer with peaks of 30°C from June to August and winters in the Romanian capital get quite cold, with temperatures often dropping to minus figures in December and January. If you’re not a fan of the heat or the cold, visiting Bucharest in the spring might be the best option, with temperatures hovering around a comfortable 12°C to 18°C. Make sure you pack a rain jacket before your flights from London to Bucharest because rain is common year round.
Bucharest has one of the best public transport systems in Europe with a wide network of buses and trams as well as a metro. Be on the lookout for pickpockets if you are using public transport, with locals trying to take advantage of tourists on crowded buses and trams. In order to use the buses and trams you’ll need to invest in an Activ or Multiplu card which are available from RATB kiosks around the city. Metro tickets are available at every metro station.
Before you arrive in Bucharest you will need to convert your pounds into the Romanian currency of leu. 1 pound is worth roughly 5 leu. You’ll also need to pack a travel adaptor before you fly from London to Bucharest if you want to use your electronic devices during your stay.
If you’re looking for a hotel in Bucharest make sure to use Ryanair Rooms for great deals which will save you money on your next Ryanair flight.
Now that you have a better idea of what is waiting for you in Bucharest, have a look at Ryanair’s massive selection of London to Bucharest cheap flights.