This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Bucharest. To help you make friends with Bucharest before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Bucharest is a very urban city. This Eastern Balkan capital is the by far the most developed and commercial city in Romania. Culturally there is plenty to do and see in Bucharest, but most of all travelers flock here to take up the communist past and see the dynamic development as well as for the famed night life. Yes, beer here is cheap, and there were massive communist building projects that are now giving way to massive commercial investments, but the city's previous past is not to be overlooked. Once deemed the “Paris of the East” there are still relics to the grandness, indeed similar to Paris, that once graced this city.
Just a few years ago Bucharest hostels were hard to come by, but now finding the right one may seem daunting. The sights in Bucharest aren't all terribly centrally located. The “old-town” isn't huge and much of the nightlife is touristy there. Just consider the ease of getting to your Bucharest hostel, most people arriving by train get in at North Station “Gara de Nord“ which is on the subway and serves a big city bus hub. Districts in Bucharest often cover a few neighborhoods and numbered from the center outward. So district 1 is most central. Check that your hostel is adjacent to major public transportation, as it makes getting around this big city much easier. Drivers should on the other hand be leery of parking or driving in the center of town.
There are plenty of excellent hostels in Bucharest, with very friendly staff, and the Hostelz.com Burcharest Hostels list is the best way to find the right hostel for your trip.
Written by local enthusiast for Bucharest hostelsCarl