16th CBM Collaboration Meeting
27 September - 1 October 2010
Mamaia, Romania

Registration Deadline:

Registration Closed


Welcome > Travel


By plane: There exists a small international airport in Constanta mostly used by charter flights. There are also a few direct connections to international destinations, most notably Brussels and Munich. From most locations a stop in Bucharest is mandatory where one can catch a domestic flight to Constanta or continue by train. We only recommend the latter alternative to those with a spirit of adventure as it may prove trickier than expected. If enough participants will support the idea we will organize transportation by bus from Bucharest Otopeni International Airport to Mamaia (there is a field in the application form where one can express her/his interest in this means of transportation).

For those who plan to go from Bucharest to Constanta by train on their own we list below three possibilities on how to reach the Bucharest North (Gara de Nord) railway station:
1) Taxi: It should cost something in the range of 60-70 Lei (15 Euros), but please only take cabs that have the proper taxing equipment installed and make sure they reset it to zero once you leave.
2) Train+Bus: There is a train connection between the airport and the railway station but the railway doesn't reach the airport and one has to take an additional special bus (specially provided to get to the train). Please follow the signs or ask at the information desk how to get to this bus.
3) Public transportation: Take bus nr. 780 (station in front of the terminal) which makes a stop at the main railway station (Gara de Nord), the ride takes about 20-30 minutes. Alternatively one can take bus nr. 783 and get off it at the bus stop Piata Victoriei (a large square, there is glass tower on the right, and a big building of the left - seat of the government). From there take metro line M1 to the Bucharest North (Gara de Nord) railway station (the first stop) - see map below.

By train: From Bucharest, Constanta is easily reached by train. There are trains departing regularly from Bucharest North Railway station (6-10 daily). The trip takes about 3-4 hours and costs about 15 euros one way (2nd class). When reaching the railway station coming from the airport one should always factor in delays as traffic jams are at the order of the day.

Visa Regulations: Participants from certain non EU countries will require a valid passport and an entry visa to travel to Romania. Participants from non-EU countries that posses a long term Schengen visa (>5 years or EC type) do not need an entry visa to Romania. We strongly advise you to make inquiries in this matter to the closest Romanian Embassy or Consular Office in due time. We will provide, upon request, a letter of invitation stating the purpose of your visit. Information concerning travel regulations can also be found on the web-site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania.

Currency: The Romanian currency is the Romanian Leu (RON). Currently, the following exchange rates apply: 1 EUR = 4.20 RON and 1 USD= 3.40 RON. Money exchange offices can be found most commonly in the airports and banks. We only recommend money exchange at offices that have proper inscription (ie. Exchange Office or Schimb Valutar). Credit and debit cards are nowadays accepted in many hotels and supermarkets, nevertheless smaller shops and restaurant generally do not accept this from of payment. Most banks do operate ATMs.