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Sports / Rugby Tour to Bucharest

Sophie Webber, BA

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Sports / Rugby Tour to Bucharest

Bucharest is the up and coming, alternative and must-do Eastern European city break.

The Romanian capital gives both Prague and Budapest some hearty competition, with its unique yet opponent nature and exciting vibe.

Bucharest is found between Transylvania’s Carpathian Mountains and the Black Sea. It is the up and coming city break which is earning a very positive reputation for itself, attracting more and more people as they appreciate all it has to offer.

This is the ultimate guide that highlights why you need to organise your Rugby Tour to Bucharest.

What to do in Bucharest Old Town

A Romanian Rugby Tour would be incomplete without visiting Bucharest’s Old Town. The beautiful and charming heart of the capital is somewhere you will find opulent architecture and intimate, trendy hangout places.

The Old Town is teeming with bars and clubs at nightfall.


The quirky character of the statures of Old Town are extremely eye pleasing. You may have previously imagined Bucharest as a place of Communist-style apartment blocks and concrete structures. In truth, Communist Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu bulldozed parts of the beautiful city under his power, but definitely not all of it. These blocks are but only a tiny shade on the true ambience of the city. If anything, the mix of these buildings with more appeasing structures adds to Bucharest’s individuality. The stylistic architecture, green squares and historic statures of Old Town proves any concrete stereotype to be untrue. Dramatically changing any previous stereotypes. Wandering around this beautiful city it’s clear that Bucharest has an undisputed and charming beauty.

If you need a quick bite to eat, which we all do, then head to the Caru’ cu Bere. This is a huge restaurant which has six set menus with plenty of options for everyone to choose. This costs a small price of 22 lei (only £4.50 each!) – absolute bargain.

This part of Bucharest is a must-visit whilst embarking on your tour to the exciting Romanian city. It will leave you awe struck, and leave some of the best memories long after tour has finished.

The best places to drink in Bucharest

If you take a wander around Old Town after sundown you will discover an infinite amount of charismatic bars and cheap drinks, which is without a doubt the best combination. The Old Town truly offers an array of thing to do. The exciting and energetic vibe is undeniable. It can be overwhelming when deciding where to spend your night, especially due to the endless choice, so here is a list of some of the bars and clubs worth checking out:

The best bars and clubs in Bucharest

BOA Beat of Angels Bucharest: This club deserves its place at the top of this list. Whilst it may appear only to be an old warehouse from the outside, if you venture through the doors you will discover an exciting wonderland. The club boasts an enormous and luxurious venue, two local DJ’s who know how to work a crowd and undeniably good music. BOA is the Bucharest night-out of all nights out, a must to experience. – need more convincing? See for yourself...

Bordello: An absolute favourite, Bordello has an outstanding reputation as a destination for a night out. Known to be packed and buzzing every night of the week, it is popular with party-goers. Prepare yourself for a late one

Corks Cozy Bar: Some nights are for a few drinks and conversations with our peers. Corks Cozy Bar is a quirky little wine bar hidden on a side street. It is perfect to check out for a classy glass of wine and some nibbles, perhaps on one of your tamer nights out.

Control Club: consistently houses live acts whose mission is to entertain. The combination of both quirky bands and International acts means there is music suited to the taste of everyone. You can head to Control Club early to start your night, or end up there to finish.

Old City: A diverse club which offers the experience of the hedonistic Romanian nightlife, a huge lounge, plush cocktails, pub-style food and football. There is undeniably a danger that you will never want to leave.

Mojo: Love karaoke? Love sport? With plenty of big screens, Mojo is just the place to belt out a rendition of 'Sweet Caroline' after the big game.

Fire Club: Love sport but just want loads of great, cheap local beer via table service? Then the Fire Club makes the venue for tour HQ. Plnety og big screens showing sport. You may even bump into the legendary Arlechinii Bucuresti club there.

In the spirit of letting loose and experiencing Bucharest’s culture to the fullest, you must try a shot of the traditional spirit made from plums called ‘tuica’ on your night out.

Take a sneak peek at what a night out in Bucharest could look like here.

The best excursions in Bucharest

The Palace of Parliament: So large, it has a cathedral in it's back-garden.

Bucharest’s infamously good nightlife is not all the city has to offer. There is also a variety of activities to enjoy during the daylight hours.

The gargantuan Palace of Parliament is an immense historical stature, and is one of the most expensive building projects ever to be carried out. It controversially resembles the previously mentioned Dictator Ceausescu’s urban development plan. Whether the stature is found to be visually appealing is personal to the viewer, but it is a remarkable building to experience - making it a must-visit when in the Romanian capital.

Map of main Bucharest landmarks.


Taking a stroll around the beautiful Herastrau Park further show the city in all its beauty. The park is a place the Romanians themselves head to in the summer to enjoy the fresh air. Due to its sheer size, the park never feels overcrowded, so is the perfect place to wander around and enjoy some chill time whilst remaining inside the city. The park itself is located near the metro station, so is an easy place to visit during the afternoons of your break.

Take the Bucharest Bike Tour and make your way around the city by bike instead of foot. By viewing the city this way, it is possible to see Bucharest in its true entirety. The tour is also ideal to get some well-needed fresh air and exercise after a few nights of indulgence!

Finally, feast your eyes on some 21st century art. The galleries which are worth checking out are the Zorzini Gallery, the H’art Gallery, and the Galateca Gallery. You do not have to be a budding artist to appreciate the quirky and surreal artwork exhibited.

How expensive is Bucharest?

Another positive to this European city is the relatively cheap food and drink prices. No one likes to be surprised by overpriced cocktails or brunches out, so you can be confident that your money will go far with this city break. Your next tour destination must be Bucharest - the charm, energy and quirkiness of the city will be sure to make you fall in love with the Romanian capital.

Transport in Bucharest

So, hopefully the low-down on Bucharest has won you over. However, we understand the importance of being able to get to, and around your choice of destination. You’ll be happy to know that there is a 24/7 bus route (Express Line 783), which runs between the airport and central Bucharest. From disembarking your plane, the line is clearly signposted, meaning you will find where you need to go with ease.

The journey between the airport and Bucharest is an easy and quick 25 minutes, so catching a taxi to your accommodation would not be at an extortionate price. A rough price range that this may be is between 30 – 40 lei.

If there are a few parts of Bucharest that you want to get around, giving your feet a bit of a rest after some hard exploring and partying, then you can head to the subway. There are 5 metro lines (north to south and east to west), serving a large part of the city.
How to get around Bucharest: A copy of the Bucharest metro map


So, hopefully the low-down on Bucharest has won you over. However, we understand the importance of being able to get to, and around your choice of destination. You’ll be happy to know that there is a 24/7 bus route (Express Line 783), which runs between the airport and central Bucharest. From disembarking your plane, the line is clearly signposted, meaning you will find where you need to go with ease.

How safe is Bucharest?

As if Bucharest couldn’t be any more appealing, the Romanian city is also considered one of the safest to visit in Europe. Check out the safety stats yourself.

It is incredibly clear why Bucharest needs to be your next city break - the charm, energy and quirkiness of the city will be sure to make you fall in love with the Romanian capital. It is a must-visit destination and ideal place for your next Rugby Tour.

Key information for Bucharest

Average price for taxis, beer and food in Bucharest.
Average temperatures for Bucharest (source:http://www.worldweatheronline.com).

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