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Cheapest flights to Bucharest airports

Find the cheapest flights to these Bucharest airports from your nearest city or airport
Manchester
Bucharest Otopeni Intl Airport

CHEAPEST ROUTE FROM Manchester TO Bucharest

Liverpool (LPL) to Bucharest Otopeni Intl Airport (OTP)

Typically, flights to Bucharest from Manchester are cheaper when flying from Liverpool J. Lennon to Bucharest Otopeni Intl, which has an average price of £122

CHEAPEST MONTH TO FLY TO BUCHAREST FROM MANCHESTERMarch15% cheaperFlying from Manchester to Bucharest costs on average just £140 in March
MOST EXPENSIVE MONTH TO FLY TO BUCHAREST FROM MANCHESTERDecember48% more expensiveIt costs about £243 for flights to Bucharest from Manchester in December
MOST POPULAR MONTH TO FLY TO BUCHAREST FROM MANCHESTERDecember245% more users visitedMore momondo users searched in flights to Bucharest from Manchester in December than any other month

When is the best time to fly to Bucharest?

When you see a bustling metropolis with its grand Belle Epoque buildings and wide tree-lined boulevards, you know you are in Bucharest, also called “Little Paris in the early 1900s. Bucharest experiences hot summers with temperatures going up to 40 degrees Celsius and severe winters when the temperature drops to minus 20 – 30 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit Bucharest is from April – May or September – October as the weather is balmy and pleasant, and the average temperature is 25 – 29 degrees Celsius. You may experience a few rainy days, so remember to pack your umbrella and rain boots.

  • What is the absolute cheapest flight to Bucharest?

    The best deal found on momondo in the last two weeks was a flight to Bucharest from Bergamo for £12. This is 96% cheaper than most flight deals to Bucharest. To find the cheapest price to Bucharest from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.

  • What is the cheapest month to fly to Bucharest?

    The cheapest month to fly to Bucharest from United Kingdom is in March. Flight prices, which tend to average around £57, are often lower during this time because this is during the off-season. If you aren’t able to travel during the month of March, then book flights to Bucharest from United Kingdom during November instead. Flights to Bucharest in November, while not as cheap as those in March, still average around £61.

  • How far in advance should I book a flight to Bucharest?

    In general, most travellers find the cheapest time to book a flight to Bucharest is about 28 days prior to their departure date, when tickets on average are £104. Don’t hesitate to check prices now though, because momondo users recently found tickets for as low as £22.

  • What is the cheapest day to depart on your flight to Bucharest?

    According to our data, Wednesday is the cheapest day to fly to Bucharest from United Kingdom. The lowest ticket price found for a Wednesday departure recently was £126. Keep in mind that prices can always vary depending on your route and whether or not you are flying domestic or international. When flying out on a Saturday, the most expensive travel day of the week, you can expect to see flight prices from United Kingdom to Bucharest for around £144.

  • What is the cheapest time of day to depart on your flight to Bucharest?

    Flying to Bucharest from United Kingdom in the afternoon is the least expensive time of day to depart. momondo users have found prices as low as £128 when looking at flights departing in the afternoon. Try not to purchase tickets at midday because they tend to be around £163. Of course, these prices can vary depending on the time of year and what airport you fly to.

  • Is there a good place to hike near Bucharest?

    Hikers looking for a more family-friendly day in the great outdoors would be best suited to plan their flight to Bucharest for April, May, and June, when they can visit Parcul Herăstrău and enjoy all that the park has to offer.

  • Is there an alternative airport near Bucharest?

    Bucharest Otopeni Intl Airport can be an alternative airport used for travel to Bucharest.

  • Is there a cheaper alternative to flying into Bucharest?

    Prices vary based on where travellers are departing from, but on average, the cheapest airport to fly to in Bucharest is Bucharest Baneasa Airport where the average price is £275pp. Users typically find the best prices when using momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.


What are the current travel restrictions for Bucharest?

Currently, Romania travel restrictions include travel to Bucharest.

Romania has restricted the entry of all travellers who are not nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom. Flights from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom are suspended. Romanian nationals and their families, residence permit holders, and long-stay visa holders may still enter the country. Nationals of EEA Member States, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom with a residence in Romania may also enter the country. Diplomats, transport personnel, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers, travellers in family emergencies, and travellers in need of international or other humanitarian protection may also enter the country. All arriving travellers must self-isolate at home for 14 days.
If you are planning to travel to Bucharest at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.

Bucharest flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares from airports in United Kingdom to Bucharest found recently by users on momondo
Ryanair
3 Sep
SEN12:15London Southend
3h 00m
OTP15:15Bucharest Otopeni Intl
17 Sep
OTP17:40Bucharest Otopeni Intl
3h 10m
SEN20:50London Southend
Ryanair
6 Sep
SEN12:15London Southend
3h 00m
OTP15:15Bucharest Otopeni Intl
10 Sep
OTP17:40Bucharest Otopeni Intl
3h 10m
SEN20:50London Southend
Ryanair
6 Sep
SEN12:15London Southend
3h 00m
OTP15:15Bucharest Otopeni Intl
10 Sep
OTP17:40Bucharest Otopeni Intl
3h 10m
SEN20:50London Southend
Ryanair
30 Aug
SEN12:15London Southend
3h 00m
OTP15:15Bucharest Otopeni Intl
12 Sep
OTP17:50Bucharest Otopeni Intl
3h 10m
SEN21:00London Southend
Ryanair
14 Sep
STN15:50London Stansted
3h 00m
OTP18:50Bucharest Otopeni Intl
21 Sep
OTP02:50Bucharest Otopeni Intl
3h 20m
STN06:10London Stansted
Multiple Airlines
10 Sep
SEN12:15London Southend
3h 00m
OTP15:15Bucharest Otopeni Intl
1 Oct
OTP15:55Bucharest Otopeni Intl
3h 20m
SEN19:15London Southend

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Bucharest

If you're looking for one-way flights from United Kingdom to Bucharest, view some of our deals below provided by Blue Air, British Airways and Ryanair
Ryanair
22 Aug
SEN12:25London Southend
3h 00m
OTP15:25Bucharest Otopeni Intl
Ryanair
22 Sep
STN14:55London Stansted
3h 00m
OTP17:55Bucharest Otopeni Intl
Ryanair
22 Aug
SEN12:25London Southend
3h 00m
OTP15:25Bucharest Otopeni Intl

Which airlines fly to Bucharest?

Here you can see a selection of the most popular and cheapest airlines for flights to Bucharest

British Airways, TAROM, Blue Air, Ryanair and Wizz Air provide direct international flights to Bucharest from several destinations in UK. Other airlines flying to Bucharest include KLM, Iberia, Lufthansa, Pegasus Airlines, Aegean Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Air France, Air Siberia, LOT, Turkish Airlines, Alitalia, and many more.


Airports near Bucharest

Below you will find all the airports in Bucharest along with their distance from the city centre

Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport – Otopeni (OTP)

Henri Coandă Airport, also known as Otopeni Airport, is located 16 kilometres north of Bucharest city centre and is accessible by train, bus or taxi.

Buses

Local bus Express #783 leaves from the airport terminal every 15 – 30 minutes and makes several stops in the city including the Piata Unirii (Union Square) at the city centre. Another local bus Express #780 leaves every 30 minutes from the airport and makes stops at the Baneasa Airport as well as the Gara de Nord (main railway station). The price for a single trip is 3,5 LEI. Tickets are usually purchased in the form of a contactless card called MULTIPLU (the card costs 1,6 LEI), on which a minimum of 2 journeys must be loaded. The journey time varies between 45 – 90 minutes based on traffic conditions.

Trains

Henri Coandă trains run every hour from the Airport Train station to Gara de Nord. The Airport Train station known as Punct Oprire Aeroport is 2 kilometres from the terminals and can be accessed by the airport mini-bus. A one-way ticket costs 7,7 LEI on the Regional (R) train (including the transfer to the airport station) and the journey time is 50 – 60 minutes.

Taxis

Licensed taxis with fares between 1,39 lei – 3,5 LEI per kilometre are available on the ground floor, in front of the Arrivals terminal. Typical fare from the airport to main railway station will be 30 – 50 LEI depending on traffic conditions and the taxi service you choose to take.

Rental Cars

Offices of various car rental agencies are located in the passageway between the departures and arrival terminals. You can also look for the best deals online for car rentals with momondo.

Aurel Vlaicu Airport – Baneasa (BBY)

Aurel Vlaicu Airport, commonly known as Baneasa Airport is the hub of low cost airlines and is located 8 kilometres north of Bucharest city centre. You can travel from the airport to Bucharest city centre by several local bus routes (#131, #335, #148, #112 and #301), one tram line (#5) and one metro line (M2). A one-way ticket costs 1,3 LEI. Express Bus #783 and Express Bus #780 which link Otopeni Airport to the city centre and main railway station respectively, also make stops at Baneasa Airport. The ticket cost is 3,5 LEI for express routes and 1,3 LEI for all other routes. Your travel time is between 20 – 35 minutes. Taxis and car rentals are the other options to travel from the airport to the city centre.


Popular routes to Bucharest

Most frequently searched flights to Bucharest along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
Edinburgh to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time3h 30m
Cheapest price£18
London to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time2h 59m
Cheapest price£23
Manchester to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time3h 30m
Cheapest price£28
Liverpool to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time3h 20m
Cheapest price£28
Birmingham to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time3h 05m
Cheapest price£49
Bristol to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time3h 15m
Cheapest price£72
Doncaster to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time3h 05m
Cheapest price£74
Nottingham to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time14h 35m
Cheapest price£78
Glasgow to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time5h 45m
Cheapest price£92
Newcastle upon Tyne to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time10h 55m
Cheapest price£116
Inverness to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time15h 05m
Cheapest price£148
Aberdeen to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time5h 05m
Cheapest price£155
Southampton to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time5h 20m
Cheapest price£179
Belfast to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time17h 50m
Cheapest price£205
Leeds to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time5h 20m
Cheapest price£221
Grimsby to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time5h 30m
Cheapest price£248
Cardiff to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time5h 25m
Cheapest price£354
Londonderry to Bucharest Flights
Fastest flight time16h 25m
Cheapest price£436

How to get around in Bucharest?

Ground Transportation – Buses, Trams and Trolleys

Bucharest has a dense network of buses, trams and trolleys operated by RATB and they cover virtually every area of the city from 5 am to 11.30 pm. Tickets are interchangeable and typically cost 1,3 LEI for a single journey on local routes and 3,5 LEI on express routes. You will need to purchase a Multiple card for 1,6 LEI and load it with 2 – 10 trips of 1,3 LEI per trip or a 1-day pass for 8,0 LEI. The day pass allows you unlimited usage of buses, trams and trolleys (excluding the express line routes) all day long.

Underground Transportation – Bucharest Metro

The subway is operated by Metrorex and lines M1, M2, M3 and M4 cover all of Bucharest underground transportation from 5.00 am to 11.00 pm. Metro tickets cost 5,0 LE for 2 trips, 20,0 LEI for 10 trips or a 1-day pass for 8,0 LEI allows unlimited trips for the day.

On foot

Most top attractions in Bucharest are scattered throughout the city, hence exploring Bucharest on foot may not be worth it, unless you have plenty of time and are an avid walker with high endurance.

Taxis

Several taxi companies operate in Bucharest and charge by the taximeter but the fares per kilometre will vary. Remember to check the fare written on the rear door of the vehicle you travel in, and ensure that the taximeter charges you on the basis of that rate. Also, try to schedule your journeys keeping in mind that traffic during rush hour is quite heavy and your travel time can increase significantly. This applies to traveling in local buses as well.


What are the visa and passport requirements when flying to Bucharest?

UK Nationals

UK citizens must have a passport, but no visa is required for up to 90 days. Passport endorsed British Citizens, European Communities, British Dependent Territories Citizens or British Subjects only need a passport.

Other Nationalities

Romania is not yet part of the Schengen visa agreement. However, Schengen Visa holders do not need to get a (special) Romanian visa to visit Bucharest provided their Schengen visa allows at least 2 entries in Schengen space and the number of entries and/ or length of stay has not yet been utilised. To check if you need a visa, please check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.


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Additional info and tips about visiting Bucharest

Things to do and places of interest in Bucharest

Bucharest’s landscape is an interesting mix of old historic buildings, ancient churches, lush parks, lakes, and elegant boulevards. In recent years, several restoration projects have been undertaken to bring the older structures and architecture back to their former glory. Here are a few things that you must see and do when visiting Bucharest:

  • Take a tour of the Parliament Palace (Casa Poporului), the world’s second largest administrative building (after the US Pentagon), with more than 1000 rooms and ornate interiors.
  • Wander around the Historical District of Bucharest, also called Lipscani area, to view the Church of the Old Princely Court, the Macca-Villacrosse, and the Stavropoleos Church. Choose from a multitude of bars and restaurants to enjoy a drink or sample some local Romanian delicacies.
  • Spend some time at the Revolution Square, which houses the National Art Museum, the stunning Romanian Athenaeum and the small but beautiful Kretzulescu Church. It is also hard to miss the somewhat odd structure of Memorial of Rebirth, a 25-metre blood-soaked marble obelisk piercing through a basket-like structure at the top.
  • Explore some of the museums, such as Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cotroceni National Museum.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the city from atop the Triumphal Arch (Arcul de Triumf), on Kiseleff Street.
  • Make time to visit the lush and beautiful Cismigiu Park and Herastrau Park.
  • Music lovers, you are in for a complete treat if your visit coincides with the National Opera Season, the George Enescu International Festival of classical music or the International Jazz Competition.

Tips and tricks for visiting Bucharest

Try some traditional Romanian fare such as the tripe soup, the sarmale (stuffed cabbage rolls), or the large range of borsch dishes, as well as the mititei (grilled minced-meat rolls). Also try out the tuică, a traditional spirit made from plums. Visit Carturesti Carusel, one of the coolest and prettiest bookshops in the heart of the city’s Old Town with a huge collection of books, vinyl, stationary, and novelty items. As is true of any busy city, be careful of pick-pockets and keep your wallets and sundry items safe in crowded public places. Also be alert around stray dogs.