Henri Coanda International Airport, formerly known as Otopeni Airport, is situated in the north part of Bucharest at approximately 14 km from the city center area and can be reached by car or bus. The trip time to the downtown area can take from 40 - 90 minutes depending on the traffic.
A very convenient way to reach Bucharest is by taxi. You can order a taxi via the two automatic machines situated in the Arrivals area next to the passengers exit. Once you order the taxi please collect the receipt with the car details and proceed outside and wait for your taxi to arrive.
The total taxi fare until the city center can vary between 40 - 60 RON (approx. 10 - 15 EUR). Please make sure you have cash RON currency as EUR is not accepted and payment by card is not possible in most taxis).
Uber service is available in Bucharest with minimum fares starting for UberX from 10 RON and for UberSELECT from 12 RON. The basic fares per km start from 1.3 RON for UberX and 1.65 RON for Uber Select. The approximate fare with no surcharge to the city center area is approx 40 RON (10 EUR).
The pick up point at the airport is in front of the Arrival Terminal in the outdoor parking situated in front of the exit. (please note that the UBER cars cannot be taken from the taxi waiting area).
Express line (Otopeni Airport line)
E783 (Airport to Bucharest Downtown - Piata Unirii 2) & E780 (Airport to Central Train Station - Gara de Nord)
- 7 RON for two way trip (the fare is valid for the Activ Card users)
Where to buy the Active Card?
You can purchase the Activ Card from specific ticket boxes situated next to the bus station at the Otopeni International Airport (opening hours: 24 hours). At these location the card can be purchased using also a VISA or MASTERCARD card but it is advisable to have cash as well for these small amount transactions.
How to buy your ticket?
- Activ Card is a card that can be used on all public buses and trams. To validate your trip you need to scan it on the card readers situated in each bus/tram. The minimum amount loaded on the card is 15 RON and the maximum is 50 RON. The cost of the card is 3.7 RON and can be shared between a group or family as long as the card is scanned for each member of the group.
- Pay by SMS.
Simply send a SMS to 7458 with the text “E783” and you will buy a one way ticket with the express airport line. The price of the SMS is 0.72 EUR + VAT.
Another option is to send a SMS to 7458 with the text “A” and you will buy a day ticket that can be used on all ground public transportation + one way ticket with the express airport line. The price of the SMS is 1.65 EUR + VAT.