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All international and domestic flights use Henri Coandă International Airport, often referred to in conversation by its previous name, ‘Otopeni’. Henri Coandă is 17km north of Bucharest on the main road to Braşov. Arrivals and departures use separate terminals (arrivals is to the north). The airport is a modern facility, with restaurants, newsagents, currency exchange offices and ATMs. There are 24-hour information desks at both terminals.
The airport is the hub for the national carrier Tarom. Tarom has a comprehensive network of internal flights to major Romanian cities as well to capitals and big cities around Europe and the Middle East. At the time of writing, there were no direct flights from Bucharest to North America or Southeast Asia.
There’s a regular shuttle train service (8 to 15 lei, 30 minutes) from Gara de Nord to Henri Coandă International Airport. The trains leave hourly at regular intervals throughout the day, starting at 5.40am and continuing until around 7pm.
Taking a reputable taxi from the centre to Henri Coandă International Airport should cost no more than 50 lei. To hail a taxi, go to a series of touch screens located in the airport arrivals hall, where the various taxi companies and their rates are listed. Choose any company offering rates of from 1.39 to 1.69 lei per kilometre (there’s little difference in quality). The touch screen will then spit out a ticket with the taxi number clearly displayed. Leave the hall and wait for the taxi outside, keeping a close eye out for your number.