Tipping 

 

  • Tipping is the norm. 
  • Romanian waiters are paid very low, as the owners expect them to get tipped.
  • A tip is normally not added onto a restaurant bill.
  • Try to tip the taxi drivers, the hair cutter, the valets at the hotel. Not much but any tip will make your stay far more pleasant.. 10% might do, but only if the total is above 50 RON or so.
  • There are many waiters who expect to be tipped just because this is the norm and don't understand that tip should be given only in exchange for very good service. Tip just if the people seem to deserve.

 

Etiquette 

 

  • Avoid bringing up controversial topics if you don't know the people you're talking to that well. Religion, politics and economics problems are ones to avoid, the list is not liited to these however.
  • Avoid bringing up topics like "Gypsies are Romanians" , there is a huge community of them in Romania, but the tendency to connect their often not-so-good behaviour with the Romanian people is upsetting. As per any country, it's rather advisable to avoid political discussion.
  • Another topic which would be better avoided is the relation between Hungarian and Romanians since there seem to be many historical and even current conflicts between these two countries.
  • Never share your personal and/or bank details with stranger. Also do not discuss the cost of your holiday or the value of your possessions if you don't trust the person you are talking to.
  • Saying "thank you" and "please", eating with cutlery and respecting queues is the norm in Romania, at least in Transylvania. Likewise, streets are pretty clean there, so throwing rubbish on the street will make people frown at you, unless you  are a kid, then you will be yelled at. Those who disrepect the rules are usually the homeless, vagrants and there are many of them.
  • People usually speak English/ French, so one can survive without learning the language.
  • Romanians are usually very friendly towards foreigners so as long as you are well behaved you will receive the same respect
  • Romanians usually cook large meals and invite people over. Declining an invitation is perceived as a personal insult.
  • Men are expected to always open the doors for women and pay for meals when they get together, even if it`s not a date. Most women will offer to pay for their meal though!