Bucharest, Romania

Area Code 01 $1=26,200Lei, 29 Dec, 2000

i Tourist Office: ONT: B.Magheru 7, T3158441 Staff are not so knowledgeable but they will help you as much as they can. It posts the opening hour, M-F8-20, Sa8-15, Su8-13:00. But expect shorter hour.
Useful publication
Bucharest in your pocket:
Excellent city guide. No guidebooks cannot compete with this booklet, 25,000Lei, worth more than a million $. It is available at most major hotels or tourist spots. If you cannot get it, Calea Victoriei 32034, T314-7923,
Many exchange agents in town. The rate varies so shop around. For T/C you have to go to banks but the commission is high. There are ATMs in town. It is 2nd best option after cash. Banks open M-F, the money changers are open everyday.
$1 Exchange: #43, GH Magheru. One of the best rate here. $1=26,300, DM=12,300lei.
City Bank: B Iancu de Hunedoara #8,
AE American Express: Marshal Turism #43, GH Magheru T212-5638, M-F9-17, Sa9-13. No cash T/C, no client mail but emergency cash and replacement for T/C available.
P Police: T955
P SOS Medical & Ambulance Service: Str Caracas 24 T222-9006 or T961
M0 Post Office: str Matei Millo 10 , M-Sa7:30-19:30
M1 Telephone office:
Express Mail
M2 DHL: Sr Emanoil Porumbaru 85-87, T222-1771
M3 Posta Rapida Romana: Str Virgillu 39, T6386496
H American Medical Center: Str. Dragos Voda 70, T210-2706 M-F8-20, Sa8-12:00
H American Medical Center: Str. Dragos Voda 70, T230-0106 24hrs
H Mediciver: Calea Plevei 96, T310-4040 8-20:00
H Dent A America: STr. Varsovia 4, T230-2608 M-F8-20
H Anti-rabic Center at the Colentina Hospital: Soseaua Stefan Cel Mare 1921, T210-5070.
Access: M1-Stefan Cel Mare and walk E.
Hp Farmadex: Calea Mosilor 280, 24hrs
Hp Sensiblu Pharmacy: Calea Dorobantilor 65 and many more in town. 24hrs
I Immigration: B. Unirii Block K4 section 5, T327-2211.

A Airport: 18km N from the city center.
Exchange is available with bad rate. Use ATM in the baggage claim area.
To the city, Taxi $12(bargain), Express bus #783, 10,000Lei?. Get a ticket from a kiosk, every 15min. It stops at Piata Victoriei, Romana, Unversitati, Unirii. All have major metro stations.
T1 Train Station Gara de Nord: Most of the trains leave from here. ATM, IDM Exchange, Telephone office, 24 hrs Luggage deposit for large luggage 26,000Lei, Mac Donald, supermarket and more. You need a ticket to get in. Wasteels: near the main gate.
T2 Train Station Gara Obor: B. Garii Obor. some trains to Tulcea, Snagov leave from here.
T Train Station Gara Baneasa: Str. Minovici1, Some trains to Constanta leave from here.
ta Wasteels: at Gara de Nord main gate. T222-7844 M-F8-19:00, Sa10-16:00
ta Agency de Volaj: Str. Bezoianu 10 + B.Domnita Anastasia T313-2642, You can buy train ticket advance. M-F7:30-19:30, Sa8:30-12:00
Agency de Volaj: Calea Grivitei 139
B Bus Station Gara Autobuz: Calea Grivitei, near the train station
ta Eurolines: Sofia St. 2b. T2303661

Tickets for Metro and bus are NOT compatible. Misusage of the tickets face the fine, 75,000Lei
Running 5-13:30. Very comfortable, covers most areas. Buy tickets at station booth. Validate the ticket as you pass through the gate.
2 rides: 36,000, 10 ride: 28,000, Day: 9,000, Week: ?
Buy at bus ticket kiosks. single: 3,000, Day 12,000 week 40,000Lei, Most of the ticket booths open only M-F5:30-2100, SaSu only at Piata Romana.
Express buses: 2 ride 16,000, 10 ride 60,000Lei
Ask to use the meter. 5,000Lei/km. To airport 80,000 + 50,000 charge to out from the city limit.
Alfa T9481, Cobalcescu T9451, etc.

Souvenir shops
Many are in center of the town. Calea Victoriei, B.Magheru, B.Regina elizabeta, Piata Unirii, Calea Dorobantilor
s Romartizana: Calea Victoriei 18, T3140770, Romanian handcrafts
s Caleria Halelor: Str Halelor 3, T310-1932
s Galeria Noi: B-Balcescu 18, T314-3786
m Piata Amzei market: Str Piata Amzei, near Piata Romana
m Piata1 Mai market: B-Mihhalache
s OK: Str M. Rusetti 7-9, 24hrs supermarket
s Gima: Bucuresti Mall Calea Vitan55-59

As other Central European cities, It is also excellent place to enjoy operas, classical music and performances with low cost.
th Opera Romana: B kogainiceanu 70-72, T313-1857
Lunch free concert: Hanul cu Tei: Str Lipscani 63 T313081 M-Sa 12-13:00
th Jewish Theatre: Sr Barasch 15 T323-4530
th National Theatre: B. Balcescu 2, t314-7171Operette Theatre Ion Dacian: B Balcescu 2, T313-6348
th Tandarica Puppet Theatre: Str Grigorescu 24, T211-3288
Many excellent and beautiful cinemas in Bucharest. Admission varies but very cheap. New movies 2-35,000rei. Each cinema has the cheaper day.
c3 Patria: Blvd Magheru 12, Near the tourist information office, T211-8625, One of the most beautiful cinemas in Bucharest. Tu-Su35,000lei, M 20,000lei
c5 Scala: Blvd Magheru 2 S from the Patra, T211-0372, W-M30,000lei, Tu20,000lei
c6 Studio: Blvd Magheru 29, T659-5315

Cultural Center: @-internet, R-restaurant
c11 Ceske Centrum(Czech): str. Ghica 11, T312-2537
c12 British Council: Calea Dorobantilor 14 T211-6635 @ M-F10-18, Sa10-13:00 membership req.
c13 L'Institute Francis: Bd. Dacia 77 T210-0224, T210-0225 @ R M-Th10-20:30 F10:30-16:30, Very nice cafe
c14 Institute Italiano di Cultural: str. Sfantui Stefan 3 T322-7172, M-F9-14:30
c15 Hungarian Cultural C.: Hungarian House, str Batistei 39 T210-4826, MW10-17:30, TuTh13:30-17:30 F10-14:00
c16 Spanish Cultural C.: Str. Serghiescu 12, T230-1781 M-F10-18:00, Sa9-13:00
c17 Goethe Institute(German): str Henri Coanda 22 T312-0231

Sport Facilities
sw1 National Tennis Centre: B Pierre de Coubertin 8-10, tennis, swimming pools(indoor/outdoor) 9-21:00
sw2 Tineretului Complex: Aleea Strandului 1, T222-9107, 7-21:00, swimming 50,000Lei, tennis 60,000/hr

FESTIVALS (98info)
major festivals throughout Romania.
July 20 Saint Ilie Day: Folk Art Festival
Aug 1-24 Summer on the Lane: Folk festival Village Museum(Muzeul Satului)
Aug 15 Saint Mary's Day:
Sep 6-20 George Enescu Festival: International Classical Music. Rumanian Athenaeum
Sep 8 Saint Mary's Day:
Oct 26-31 Open Gate Day: theatrical performance, music, dance, etc. in honor of Saint Dimitru
Oct (end) Chinese Art Festival: Chinese art exhibition at National Museum of Art in Romania
Oct (end) Dakino: International Film Festival: hosted by National Children's Palace
November Gaudeamus: Book fair
? Ethnographical Museum: in Cluj, Transilvania
? Traditional Summer Festival: Musli de Vara

There are many internet cafes in Bucharest.
@ Raffles Computer Shop: Calea Victoriei 25, T311-2681 M-Sa 9-22:00, 30,000Lei/hr
@ PC Net Shop: Jl Calderon 1-5, T312-3232, M-F9-21:00 Sa10-14 30,000Lei/hr
@ Kappa: B.Regina Elizabeta 25, Free!!! 24 hrs
@ GDS library(Biblioteca GDS): Calea Victoriei 120, 9-22:00, 20,000/hr.student 10,000lei Rec
@ USA Internet Cafe: B. Balcescu 23 ap10, T310-3532, 24hrs 10-22:00-20,000, 22-10:00-15,000Lei
@ Xnet Cafe: str. Toma Caragiu 3, T310-3332 M-F10-21, SaSu10-16:00, 10,000Lei/hr student 5,000lei/hr
@ L'Institute Francis: Bd. Dacia 77T210-0224, Very nice facilities, but their key boards are French.

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