Dangers & Annoyances

Romania is a relatively safe country, but there are some common scams to be aware of.

Watch out for jacked-up prices for tourists in Bucharest restaurants, taxis that charge extortionate fares (call for one from companies recommended by your hotel), and a lifted wallet if you’re not careful in public squares or jam-packed buses – pretty much like anywhere in the world. Outside the capital, and away from touristy zones like Braşov, you’ll probably end up being surprised you were ever concerned.

Stray dogs are an annoyance, but rarely pose a danger. Avoid the temptation to pat them. The best strategy is to stay out of their way and they'll stay out of yours.