Flights from Stansted to Bucharest take three hours and 15 minutes, and there’s generally a strong availability of direct services throughout the year. Flights are least expensive over the winter months, but remain well-priced during the summer period.
Services tend to depart early in the morning or just before midday on the outbound journey, while the return leg can take off either at midday or late in the afternoon. It is possible to tailor the time of day you travel for each leg, provided you book early enough.
Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport lies just over 10 miles north of the city centre, which can be easily reached by public transport. There are plans to extend the city’s metro system to the airport in 2016, but for now Henri Coanda Express trains take passengers to the Bucharest North railway station, in around half an hour. Last trains are around 10pm, while tickets are inexpensive and can be purchased from the ticket office in the international arrivals hall. The station is about 900m from the terminal building, with shuttle buses available, which are included in the price of the train ticket.
There are also public buses that run the route to the main train station and city centre, including the 780 Express line for the former and the 783 Express for the latter; which is also available throughout the night at 40 minute intervals. Bus stops are located in front of the arrivals and departures terminals, with tickets costing about half the price of the train.
Taxis can be ordered with touch screen devices found in the public area of the arrivals terminal, which are then available right outside the terminal building. There is also a taxi stand at the exit of the arrivals terminal, with a fare to the city centre costing 5 – 15 euros. Car hire facilities are found between the arrivals and departures terminals, with Autonom, Avis, Boca, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and Touring all represented.