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If you wanna take the BUS Line 780 or 783 from the Airport Otopeni Henri Coanda to the city, the bus stop is downstairs, in front of Arrivals Entrance (from International Arrivals, take the stairs, follow the signs to get to Arrivals and then exit) or follow the yellow Bus signs. There is a kiosk/ machine where you can buy tickets, the driver don't sell tickets, the price is 7-8 lei (ron).
Line 783 connects the Otopeni "Henri Coanda" Airport with Central Bucharest via the following stops: Airport Henri Coanda Arrivals,Airport Henri Coanda Departure, ICSITMUA, Otopeni City Hall (Primaria Otopeni), AMCO, CFR Passage (Pasaj CFR), Privighetorilor Alley (Aleea Privighetorilor), Metheorogical Institute (Institutul Meteorologic), Baneasa Airport, Baneasa Bridge (Pod Baneasa), Press House(Triumph Arch - Casa Presei), Docentilor, Victory Square (Piata Victoriei), Romana Square (Piata Romana), 21 December Square alias Universitate (Piata 21 Decembrie), Unirii Square 1 (Piata Unirii 1), Unirii Square 2 (Piata Unirii 2) - where this service ends.
NB as Piata 21 Decembre or Universitate is central and often will be a place for departure it is good to know that the busstop is in front of the big hospital near the square, the Spitatul (hospital) Clinic Cottea.
At Victory Square (Piata Victoriei), Romana Square (Piata Romana), 21 December Square (Piata 21 Decembrie), Unirii Square 1 (Piata Unirii 1) and Unirii Square 2 you have easy acces to Subway (Metrou).
Line 783 is a 24 hour service, every 15-30 minutes during daytime and every 40 minutes at night, according to the following timetables: Timetable 783 to P. Unirii and Timetable 783 to the Airport . A single journey lasts 40 minutes during off-peak hours and 60-90 minutes at rush hour.
Tickets: You can only buy a return journey card at the cost of 7 lei/two journeys + 1.6 lei the Multiple Card (Card Multiplu) = 8.6 lei. When you are in the city these cards can be bought easily at the many small busticket booths near many, perhaps most, bus stations, at least the major bus stations. It was necessary to go from another location near another busstation to a busstation of the 783 line and to buy two tickets at the booth nearby, a ticket for the ride to the 783 bus station and a ticket for the ride by bus 783 to the airport. All was easy. People at the ticket booths may not understand English, but they will understand what you need. The total cost just over 13 Lei, which is just under 4 Euro. Make sure you activate the card in the bus. Active Card (Card Activ), when you touch the card you will be charged 3.5 lei/journey from you available credit. Note that tickets cannot be purchased from the driver!
The departure from the Airport is at the Arrivals Terminal bus stop, outside the doors, where the ticket/card booth is also located. There is also a ticket machine where you can purchase a Multiple Card or you can top up your Active Card. The drop off point to the Airport is the Departures Terminal bus stop in front of the doors. The buses are operated by RATB (Bucharest Public Transport Services).
Note: for the trip to the Airport from bus stop P. Unirii, please buy the ticket in advance, since there is no ticket service at this bus stop.
If you wanna go to the North Railway Station (Gara de Nord) you can take express line 780 from Henri Coanda Airport (check next chapter).
Other informations about express line on ratb.
Line 780 is a daily service between 5.20 AM - 11 PM, departing from the Airport every 35 - 40 min, according to the following timetables Timetable line 780 to Gara de Nord and Timetable line 780 to Airport. A single journey takes 40 - 60 min, depending on traffic.The pick-up point from the Airport is the Arrivals Terminal bus stop, at the doors, where also tickets can be purchased from the ticket booth or from the ticket machine.
Prices and card options are the same as for Express 783 above (you must get at least a return trip, minimal cost is 7- 8.6 lei ).
The drop off point to the Airport is the Departures Terminal bus stop in front of the doors. The buses are operated by RATB (Bucharest Public Transport Services).
cannot be purchased from the driver!
The CFR (Romanian Rail Services) provides a transfer by shuttle from the Airport to the Airport Station (PO Aeroport) (about 10 minutes away), where you board the "Henri Coanda" Express train to Bucharest North Station. The shuttles and the trains are synchronized. The service runs between 5.25 AM and 8.50 PM and it takes 60 min. to complete. Please check schedule "Henri Coanda" Express train (RO) . The pick-up point from the Airport is the Arrivals terminal, in front of the door.
Fares: A single trip costs 7.7 lei (according to CFR website) for the combined service (it's valid both for the bus and for the train) Children under 10 pay half and children under 5 travel for free.
Note: please look in the Airport for the signs to the CFR ticket office. At this office tickets for travelling all over Romanian Rail can be purchased.
you can book online and in advance from Bucharest Airport without any surprises. This are best and safest companies for Airport Transfer Services:
From 15june Bucharest Airport change again the taxi sistem at the airport.
Taxi access in public parking is prohibited by law. Attention! Do not let yourself approached by fake taxi drivers!
Accosting customers, both by taxi drivers and by middlemen, is sanctioned by taxi law (Law 168/2010 on the approval of the Government Emergency Ordinance 34/2010). Any violation of the law in the airport area shall be handled by the Transport Police (phone number: +4021 201 3242).
The National Authority for Consumer’s Protection phone number: +4021 9551
The best way is to ask from the begining the taxi driver how much is the total trip to dont have surprises at the end of your journey.
At the Arrivals Hall there is a MACHINE (touchpoint) called Clever Taxi where you can choose the taxi company and price per km you want to pay. You will find taxis from 1,39lei/km - 3,50lei/km, most of them are Dacia Logan but at also can find Mercedes at 3,39lei/km - 3,50lei/km.
The machine will print you out a ticket giving a waiting time and a number; this number will be on the side of the taxi which arrives for you, just wait outside for it , show him the ticket and keep the ticket for complaining if you have "surprises". Never to give the ticket to the driver.
The prices for taxi in Bucharest are 1,39lei/km-3.5lei/km and they are ok for romanian people, but soon the City Hall will change that after the penalties from Competion Council in 08.01.2015 for "THE 8" taxi companies for having a concerted tacit understanding to fix the transport tariffs.
The Bucharest taxi drivers they will try to cheat all the time the client until the City Hall will apply the new law and they will increase the price per km.
Ignore all other blandishments, your taxi will arrive; show the driver your number but keep the ticket. In general, never get in a 3+lei taxi; all taxis have the per km rate painted on the outside; always insist the meter is turned on - if not get out; there is no such thing as a night rate. Taxis waiting around the edge of the old town are there to rip you off.
The airport no longer has an official taxi company. The "airport licensed" cabs waiting at the Arrivals terminal exit charge 3 - 3.5 lei/km (more than twice the normal Bucharest taxi rate), their meters are very dubious and even so they usually prefer to negotiate the price rather than use the meter (the end price will always turn out higher). Basically, most of them are rip off taxis.
A ride with them to downtown costs from about €20 up during the day and over €30 at night. It's sometimes possible to catch legitimate taxis (with the normal rate, 1.39 lei/km) at the Departures terminal entrance, if you move in quickly right when they're dropping off someone (non-airport licensed taxis aren't allowed to hang around). With them the trip to downtown costs €9-€10.
The cheapest way to travel is to combine BUS 780 or 783 with Subway (Metrou) stations, the nearest is Victoriei (bus 783) or Gara de Nord (bus 780), so:
- take the BUS 783 to Victoriei, Romana, University or Unirii station and from there take the Subway (Metrou) or RATB or Taxi to your final destination.
- take BUS 780 to Gara de Nord Railway Station and from there take the Subway or RATB or Taxi.
- take TAXI to Victoriei Square and from here take the Subway (Metrou).
- map with public transport (RATB) - http://www.ratb.ro/harta.php