Eastern Transylvania

Western Transylvania

General Information

Transylvania Proximity



The monetary unit in Romania is Leu (plural "Lei" - pronunciation: lay) and equals 100 bani.
Abbreviation: RON
Banknote denominations: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 lei
Coins: 1, 5, 10 and 50 bani pieces. (pronunciation: bahnee)

Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices (called: "casa de schimb"). International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services.

Note: Romanian currency cannot be purchased or sold outside of Romania's national borders. Make sure that, before leaving Romania, you convert your leftover Lei into the currency of your choice.

Credit cards

Major credit cards (some restrictions apply to American Express) are widely accepted throughout Romania at banks, hotels, stores, restaurants, taxis, car rental companies and stores in the main cities. However, credit cards are unlikely to prove useful in small towns or away from tourist areas.

You can get cash with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any "Bankomat"(ATM) available at main banks and at airports and shopping centres.

Travelers' Checks

Preferably in US dollars or Euros, Travelers' Checks can be cashed in large banks, some hotels and selected exchange offices but most of them charge considerable commissions. Do not count on cashing such checks outside Bucharest and a few other major cities. For travel around the country it is a good idea to carry cash. Street handicraft vendors prefer Romanian currency.