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Is Romania expensive to travel? Plan your holidays in Romania

„First we have the budget and then we decide where to go!” After this motto, I plan all my trips, including my holidays in Romania!

Romania is located in the Eastern part of Europe bordering Hungary to the northwest, Serbia to the southwest, Bulgaria to the south, the Black Sea to the southeast, Ukraine to the east and to the north and the Republic of Moldova to the east.

Comparing with the countries located in Western Europe, Romania is a very affordable country with many beautiful museums and attractions and very rich fauna and flora.

Is Romania expensive to travel? How much money do I need to spend a holiday in Romania?

Generally, when I plan a trip I look at the accommodation price, at meal costs, entrance fees!

Actually, I am interested in the cost of living in that country! I need this information just to have an idea of how much money do I need!

To be sure that I got a good price for accommodation I started to search for rooms with a few weeks or even months before the departure date.

I didn’t wait for last-minute offers as I was too excited about this trip and I want to be sure that I will stay in the most spectacular places!

I like to have everything booked from time in order to get the best quality at the best price!

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Besides the price, reviews from internet websites from all over the world are very important for me.

And Romania has many positive reviews written by tourists and nomad travellers from all over the world.

Holidays in Romania Is Romania expensive to travel
Holidays – is Roumania expensive to travel?

Holidays in Romania accommodation

For my holiday in Romania, I found accommodation for about 20-30 USD per night per person!

The quality of the amenities and the room were very good and the hotel was conveniently located close to the main attractions of the city!

For about 50 USD per night per person, you can find mid-luxury accommodation in traditional houses and medieval castles!

My favourite place when I visited Romania was Zabola The Machine House , a castled owned by a royalty which is one of the best examples of royalty treatment from all over the country.

Just by knowing the accommodation price, you cannot say if is Romania expensive to travel.

Transportation prices

You need to include in your budget the cost of a meal in Roumania that must include Romanian food, the gasoline price if you rent a car and any other related costs when you visit Romania.

Transylvanian Traditional food Holiday in Romania
Transylvanian Traditional food

Transylvanian Traditional food Romanian food

If you are interested in renting a car I advise you to book it in advance! It is the same as for accommodation!

To get a better price, book in advance and keep an eye on other people’s reviews!

For about 15 USD per day, you can book a Logan.

You can find the best price for a car rental in Romania on the websites that offer car rentals!

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Logan (Dacia) is Romania’s national car, very good for a trip inside the country!

If you don’t feel comfortable to drive in a foreign country then you can book a tour with a travel guide and a driver and all you have to do is to relax and enjoy your holiday.

This little treat might cost you more than organising a trip by yourself, but at least you don’t have to worry about anything as the guide takes care of all.  

For sure, cities like Bucharest Cluj Napoca, Sibiu which was the European capital of culture a few years ago and Dracula’s castle will be on your itinerary.

You will be able to take a complete tour of the country if you have 10 days of holiday at least as the country is pretty big and the attractions are spread across the entire country.

Don’t worry about the price because the answer to the questions is Romania expensive to travel is no, it is an affordable country!

The guide will know for sure which are the best places to see and the most efficient way to organize your tour to maximise your time spent abroad.

If you don’t like this option either and want to travel to Romania on a budget, then you should know that there is always the third option, and here I am talking about using public transport.

It might not be that comfortable as renting a car or a private tour but for sure it is way cheaper.

A price for a train ticket from Bucharest to Cluj Napoca cost around 15 euros per person, and the ride lasts for about 8 hours.

You most probably will land on Bucharest, the capital city and from there you can take the train or buses to travel along with the country and visit the most important attractions.

No matter which option you choose to travel, Bran Castle, Brasov, Sibiu and Cluj Napoca should be on your travel list as they are very beautiful cities.

Also, you have to book a few nights in Transylvania which is the best part of Romania with its fortified churches, charming villages and many traditions kept alive.

Food price

Regarding the food price for your holidays in Romania, I can tell you that you can eat in a restaurant a traditional meal with about 5-7 USD per person.

If you are looking with more fancy restaurants than you must know that the price of the food will be at about 10-15 USD per person for a 3 course meal.

But for this money, you will get tasty food, from fresh products and really nice services in a good restaurant conveniently located near the main attractions!

We are delighted by the Romanian food we ate in restaurants all over the country, every region having its specific taste and a specific recipe for the traditional Romanian food.

Don’t leave the country without trying some romanian traditional food!

Of course, you can eat some fast food when in Romania as KFC, McDonald’s and Subway have restaurants in all the major cities, but it is a pity to visit this amazing country and not try the traditional food.


My answer to the question: Is Romania expensive to travel is obviously NO! You can use the chart below to get some idea of how much you need to budget daily for your Romanian trip, depending on your travel style.

AVG daily cost
Budget12 euro10 euro11 euro10 euro43 euro
Mid-range40 euro20 euro15 euro20 euro 95 euro
Luxury100 euro50 euro40 euro25 euro215 euro

It is the perfect budget destination for tourists from all over the world, including you!

There are so many beautiful places to visit in this country!

And with a small amount of money you can plan an unforgettable trip to Romania so you should definitely consider planning one of your holidays in Romania!