Flights to Bucharest:Flights from UK to Romania
Flights to Bucharest from which airports in the UK?
Long overlooked in favour of cities such as Budapest, Bratislava and Prague, Bucharest has finally made it onto the tourist map, while a burgeoning economy is also beginning to attract significant numbers of business travellers.
However, air links from the UK still have some way to go, with the only international flights into Bucharest originating in London. Direct flights link the two capitals from London's Heathrow, Luton and Stansted airports.
Airlines which fly to Bucharest
Both the Romanian and the UK national airlines, namely British Airways and TAROM, fly from London Heathrow to Henri Coanda International Airport.
For travellers on a budget, cheap flights are available, while the Airel Vlaicu International Airport has been transformed into a low-cost flights hub over recent years.
Blue Air offers flights to the second airport from London Stansted, while low-cost rival Wizz Air flies from London Luton.
Where is Bucharest in Romania?
Romania's capital is located in the south-east of the country, on the banks of the Dambovita River. Bucharest is easily the most economically prosperous city in the country, having benefited from being one of the main industrial hubs of the whole of Eastern Europe. In spite of its industrial might, the capital's eclectic and grand architecture, as well as its strong intellectual scene in the 19th Century, earned it the nickname of the 'Paris of the East'.
Where would you have to fly over?
Flights between London and Bucharest take around two-and-a-half hours, with Romania two hours ahead of GMT. Flights head over France and Germany before loosely following the route of the River Danube and into Romania.
A couple of areas of interest in and around Bucharest
Though Romania is keen to leave its Communist past behind, the Palace of the Parliament continues to dominate the city centre and remains the number one tourist attraction – hardly surprising since it is officially the largest public building in the world and is still not completed. Other landmarks include the Triumphal Arch from 1935, based on its predecessor in Paris, and the stunning Memorial of Rebirth, a modernist tribute to the 1989 revolution.
Culturally, Bucharest still deserves the plaudits, with the National Museum of Art and the Museum of the Romanian Peasant well worth a visit.
At night, hundreds of bars and nightclubs play all manner of music – though mainly electronic or jazz – into the early hours, though there is also a strong classical music and ballet scene. What's more, the city's many hotels suit all budgets and range from grand historic piles to chic, contemporary affairs.
Notable trips out of the city include to the Black Sea coast, where dozens of resorts fill up with holidaymakers over the summer months, as well as to Transylvania, which can be easily reached in a hire car.