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How to Spend 2 Days in Bucharest

How to Spend 2 Days in Bucharest

Two days in Bucharest gives you plenty of time to tick off the main sights, and explore the city’s parks, museums, and neighborhoods. Here’s how to spend two days in Bucharest.

Day 1: Landmarks & Lakes

Morning: A guided walking tour is the perfect way to take in the many sights of the Old Town. Admire the magnificent Palace of Parliament; see landmarks such as Stavropoleos Monastery, the National Bank of Romania, and Romanian Athenaeum; and stroll beneath the colorful umbrellas of Pasajul Victoria.

Afternoon: Enjoy lunch by the lake in Herăstrău Park, then stroll around the scenic Japanese garden or enjoy a boat cruise on the lake. The park is also home to the Village Museum (Muzeul Satului), an open-air museum that offers a glimpse into life in rural Romania, while the dramatic Arch de Triumph (Arcul de Triumf) stands proudly at the southern entrance.

Night: Continue sightseeing into the evening on a night tour of Bucharest, which reveals the city at its most atmospheric. Learn more about Romania’s Communist history as you pass through Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei), and admire the illuminated monuments of University Square and Charles de Gaulle Square.

Day 2: Markets and Museums

Morning : Immerse yourself in local life on a visit to the Piaţa Obor market or opt for a food tour of Bucharest to learn more about Romanian cuisine. Be sure to sample local specialties such as chiftele (meatballs) or sarmale (stuffed cabbage), accompanied by a slice of sweet baklava and a shot of traditional Romanian palinca (brandy).

Afternoon: Explore the Cotroceni neighbourhood, where highlights include the Cotroceni Palace, the official residence of the Romanian President; the Botanical Gardens of Bucharest; and Bucharest Opera House. After admiring the sights, pay a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Cotroceni National Museum.

Night: Spend your final night in Bucharest bar-hopping in the Old Town. A drink at the Art Nouveau-style Caru' cu Bere, Bucharest’s oldest beer house, is the norm among first-time visitors but there are plenty of other bars, pubs, and nightclubs to tempt you; join a guided pub crawl for the lowdown on where to drink, dance, and party in the capital.

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Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Full Day Tour from Bucharest

Transylvania and Dracula's Castle Full Day Tour from Bucharest

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Set off for Transylvania from Bucharest during this guided tour that includes round-trip transport to Bran Castle and Peles Castle. Along with both optional castle visits, enjoy a walking tour of Brasov before your guide sets you free in the medieval town to enjoy some independent time.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.67
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$70.67
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Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Walking Food Tour

Bohemian Bucharest Markets and Mahallas Walking Food Tour

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Taste your way through Bucharest’s most charming and unusual ‘mahallas,’ or neighborhoods, on a small-group food tour. Venture beyond crowded squares and Communist architecture to discover the Romanian capital’s quieter, Belle Époque quarters, where Old World elegance meets bohemian flair. Along the way, pop in to lively markets, specialty shops, and cafes to sample the best of artisan Romanian cuisine like goats-milk cheese, cured meat, homemade bread, craft beer, and Wallachian doughnuts.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$76.66
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$76.66
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Bucharest Private Airport Transfer from or to City Center Hotel

Bucharest Private Airport Transfer from or to City Center Hotel

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The most casual and economic private transfer from the airport to your home, office or hotel. Enjoy the comfort and safety of a private OTP Airport transfer with fixed price from or to any location/hotel in Bucharest.
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  • 35 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$16.77
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$16.77
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Bucharest Half a Day Bike Tour

Bucharest Half a Day Bike Tour

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Experience both the highlights and best kept secrets of Bucharest on a four-hour bike tour. A bike and helmet are conveniently included, as is a your guide.  Explore the city by bike and expand your discovery radius without getting worn out or feeling rushed. See the city’s top attractions, including the Parliament Palace, and lesser known points of interest, such as the Gypsy neighborhood.
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  • 4 hours
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$39.32
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Hidden Gems of Bucharest Tour

Hidden Gems of Bucharest Tour

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Discover tucked-away pockets of Bucharest that even most locals don’t know about this 3-hour city tour. Travel off the beaten path to some of the city’s most charming and lesser-known historic neighborhoods while learning how layers of Romanian, Ottoman and communist influence have shaped the urban landscape. Experience the capital’s serene side with stops for snacks and refreshments in historic summer gardens and tea houses.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.91
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Small Group or Private Bucharest Sights and Bites with Traditional Romanian Meal

Small Group or Private Bucharest Sights and Bites with Traditional Romanian Meal

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Get acquainted with Bucharest’s cultural sights and culinary delights on a half-day walking tour of the Romanian capital. This tour combines sightseeing with eating and is, therefore, ideal for both history buffs and food lovers. Tick off all of Bucharest’s top sights—including Revolution Square and Lipscani, Bucharest’s historical center—and feast on a 3-course meal of Romanian classics. Don’t risk having a bad meal as this tour guarantees fine food and excellent historical commentary. Lunch and a drink are included.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Bucharest Communist Tour with the People's House and Ceausescu Residence

Private Bucharest Communist Tour with the People's House and Ceausescu Residence

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Since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, many visitors to Romania are intrigued by the country’s recent Communist history. Get a fascinating overview of how Communist rule shaped Bucharest with a full-day thematic city tour of Soviet-era landmarks, like the massive Palace of Parliament, dictator Ceausescu’s former home in the Spring neighborhood, the one-time headquarters of the Communist press and a museum dedicated to political prisoners. It’s a respectful and authentic way to understand this tumultuous chapter in Eastern European history.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.96
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Chauffeur Service in Bucharest

Chauffeur Service in Bucharest

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Enjoy a day of luxury with your own vehicle and private driver thanks to this chauffeur service option in Bucharest. Choose your itinerary and select from top landmarks and attractions to ensure all your interests and travel needs are met. Enjoy the city worry-free as your professional driver navigates the traffic and city streets. This personalized service is a near guarantee of a perfect day of self-guided exploration.
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  • 8 to 11 hours
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Half Day Bucharest Sightseeing Tour

Half Day Bucharest Sightseeing Tour

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Discover the many hidden gems of Bucharest on this half-day sightseeing tour. Your friendly guide will pick you up at your central hotel, then set off to explore. Learn about Press Square (Piata Presei Libere), see The Arch of Triumph (Arcul de Triumf) and Victoriei Square (Piata Victoriei) and take a rest at one of the city’s vistas. Moving on, listen to your guide inform you about the history of this fascinating city, and visit Revolution Square (Romanian Atheneum, Revolution’s Memorial) and much more. Your tour includes an option to include a visit to the Parliament Palace and The Village Museum (additional expense).
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.91
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Extended Walking Tour of Bucharest

Extended Walking Tour of Bucharest

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Exploring Bucharest on your own can be a daunting task. Get an insider’s perspective on the city’s most important landmarks and hidden gems this 6-hour guided tour. See where locals come to play at Herăstrău Park, explore traditional peasant life at the National Village Museum and ride the subway to University Square. Learn about Bucharest’s multilayered history on a walking tour of the city center, concluding at the jaw-dropping Palace of Parliament — the most famous legacy of Romania’s Communist era.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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$100.62
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Bucharest City Tour by Night

Bucharest City Tour by Night

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Delve into the heart of Romania’s capital on this 1.5-hour sightseeing tour of Bucharest at night. Meet your guide at a central location, just as nightfall sweeps over the city. On this tour, you’ll see a new side of Bucharest, when the locals hang out in cafes, bars and restaurants with friends and family and the buildings glow in the streetlights. Your local guide will illuminate the architecture, parks and streets with fascinating information. See The Free Press Square, The Arch of Triumph, The Palace of Parliament, Charles de Gaulle Square and many more iconic sites. You’ll never look at Bucharest the same way again.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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