Are you currently looking for your next MICE destination? Have you already considered Bucharest? In case you haven’t here are some reasons why you should.
More and more companies are choosing Romania’s capital as their destination due to various reasons. Bucharest is currently very well connected, raking 5th in top European airports with highest air traffic growth in first 10 months in 2017. Also, Romania is among the most threat-free places on the planet making it one of the safest places to travel at the moment. The hotels, venues and specialised agencies in Bucharest offer great prices and packages for conferences, seminars and incentive trips. Last but not least, there are plenty of things to do and to see in the city and around it.
Planning your Bucharest trip
Hotels in Bucharest
Bucharest offers a wide range of hotels, both in the city centre and in the outskirts. Whether you are on a budget and are looking for a 3-star hotel or you would rather choose a 4 or 5-star hotel, our Capital can offer what you need.
Aside from the known hotels belonging to groups or chains, you might want to look at the local hotels as well. We would recommend Hotel Epoque – 5 stars, Hotel Cismigiu or Hotel Capitol – 4 stars, Rembrandt Hotel – 3 stars.
Most of the hotels in Bucharest also offer conference rooms both for smaller groups and larger ones. Should your group exceed 400 persons you will have limited options in case you want to host your event inside the hotel.
Most of the large event halls in Bucharest are not located in the city centre, yet are easily accessible. Even so, you could opt to use a palace, a museum or another public building for your event upon availability.
You could for example organise your event in the Palace of Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului or Casa Poporului), the second largest administrative building in the world or in the Royal Palace (Palatul Regal) which are both around Km 0 of the city. Several extraordinary venues are ready to host your event in other areas of the city or in the outskirts such as Stirbey Palace (Palatul Stirbey), Bragadiru Palace (Palatul Bragadiru), Snagov Club on a lake pier or why not, Tiriac Collection, a museum which includes over 150 historical vehicles manufactured since 1899, but also performant cars, with a current design. It also hosts the only collection in the world with the 6 Rolls Royce Phantom produced until 1972.
Transportation and accessibility
Otopeni Airport is a 30-45 minute drive north of the city depending on the traffic and your final destination. For larger groups we recommend booking transfers in advance.
For individuals there are several other options: bus (780 to Gara de Nord or 783 to the city centre), taxi (regular tariff below 2 lei/km, a trip from the airport to the city centre should cost below 50 RON and you should order the cab from the special devices in the arrivals hall), premium rides such as Black Cab or Alpha Cab, car sharing services such as Uber or Taxify.
Bucharest has four metro lines, namely M1, M2, M3 and M4 and the fifth one is under construction. Many of the hotels in the city centre are very close to the M2 line, as well as the Old Town which is easily accessible from two of the metro stops on the same line: Universitate and Piata Unirii.
Things to do in Bucharest
You can offer your delegates or guests thematic tours in Bucharest. The tours can be either walking or by car/bus or even by bike. For the more unconventional ones there are city quests or treasure hunts that can take place in different areas of the city which will help you discover Bucharest in a more active way.
In case you want to go out for dinner, there are several restaurants that serve traditional Romanian food and also have a programme with traditional Romanian music and dances every evening. The most popular ones are Caru’ cu Bere, Hanul lui Manuc, Hanu’ Berarilor or Zexe.
If you want to explore the city even further as well as the Romanian history we recommend a visit at the Parliament’s Palace, the Cotroceni Palace (former Royal residence and the current seat of our President) and/or Palatul Primaverii (resident of our former communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu). Also, you can learn more about the Romanian traditions through a visit at the Village Museum, the Peasant’s Museum or in a more non-conventional way at the Kitch Museum. Several other museums are waiting for you depending on your areas of interest: art, history and traditions, natural history, geology, memorial houses, sports, military, science etc.
Things to do around Bucharest
Bucharest, or Little Paris as it used to be called in the interwar period, is located in the southern part of Romania. Should you organise your meeting here, there are several places you should explore before flying back home.
The most common escapes are the Snagov Lake area and Mogosoaia.
Only 2 hours away from Bucharest lies the Prahova Valley, known for the Peles Castle (another former Royal residence) from Sinaia as well as for all the skiing and hiking opportunities close by. Further on lies Brasov, currently the most visited city in Romania both for its cultural heritage and the beautiful nature surrounding it.
In case you are a wine enthusiast you could go together with your colleagues or guests for wine tasting or a New Romanian Cuisine Cooking Class in the Dealu Mare area located less than 2 hours away from Bucharest. It is said to be the “Tuscany” of Romania and offers more than 2.000 years of history and excellent wines from sunny southward hills. There you can also find the Muddy Volcanoes, a unique natural phenomenon. Gas from 3,000 meters underground pushes water and clay to the surface. The area is full of small cones of mud which look like volcanoes.
You can also find more inspiration here: 100 places to see in Romania.