Fairy tales come alive
Romania may be misunderstood, but that’s to the savvy traveller’s advantage. There’s no Count Dracula in Transylvania, just castles that are straight out of a fairy tale, such as Bran, Corvin and Peleş. As you wander through medieval towns like Sighişoara and Sibiu, where trendy coffee houses line historic streets, you’ll forget all the stereotypes you’ve ever heard about Romania. Along with medieval towns, Romania is also home to the vibrant capital, Bucharest, arty Timişoara and gorgeously Gothic Braşov. In short, expect to be surprised.
Mountains, valleys and sea
This vast country should be on every nature-lovers’ bucket list. The wetlands around the Danube delta create the largest reed beds in the world, attracting some 300 species of birds. Then there are the miles of well-maintained hiking paths through meadows, forests and spectacular scenery in the Carpathians’ Piatra Craiului National Park. During the summer months, the coast of Black Sea plays host to ‘sun-worshippers’, offering a mix of vibrant nightlife spots and relaxed seaside towns.
In times gone by
For travellers interested in learning more about ancient ways of life that have all but vanished from Europe, then the pastoral idyll of the Maramures region beckons. Find cheap flights to Romania and discover the land that time forgot. The people of this region’s thriving farming villages go about life much the same way as their ancestors did: by tending livestock, riding in horse-drawn carriages, cutting hay with scythes and making delicious cheeses and traditional foods.
When to go
The most popular times to visit Romania are during the summer months when the great outdoors and mountain regions are at their most accessible. Music, dancing and food festivals pop up throughout the country during this time. Summers can be hot in southern Romania, but those living near the cost of the Black Sea benefit from cooling sea breezes. Prices tend to be higher during the summer, so use Netflights’ search engine to see all the deals available for your travel period.
Ski resorts run from December through mid-April as snow and low temperatures are common throughout the country during those months. Christmas can be a busy – and more expensive – time for travel, though last-minute deals can still be found if you’re patient and lucky.
The spring and autumn shoulder seasons are also popular times to visit Romania when flight prices are at their lowest. April to June and September to October are popular periods for sightseeing; the cities are not too hot and not too cold, and wild flowers or autumn leaves dominate the countryside. During the spring, the bird migration in the Danube delta attracts birdwatchers to the area to witness one of nature’s spectacles.
Airports and airlines
If you’re looking for the best deals on flights to Romania, you can optimise your search on Netflights by choosing not to specify dates or airports. Use the control panel to compare deals several airlines. Search by month to get a good idea when flights to Romania are at their cheapest.
With direct Romania flights from cities in United Kingdom (UK) like London, Bristol and Sheffield, Bucharest's Henri Coanda International Airport is the busiest airport in the country. Transylvania’s Cluj-Napoca International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the country. Cheap flights are also available to Timișoara’s Traian Vuia International Airport.
Airlines that provide direct return UK-Romania flights include Whizz Air, Blue Air, TAROM, British Airways and Ryanair. Other carriers include Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Air France and KLM. It’s recommended that you book your flight at least two months prior to travel to ensure that you find the best rates and routes for your trip.