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29 / 12 / 2013 provides everything you need to plan your holiday - unbiased travel information based on extensive, personal travel and an unparallelled network of local specialists.

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A selection of the flights available for visitors to
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Flight prices vary subject to availability and demand. Scheduled flight prices are lower to destinations such as Bucharest which have a high volume of traffc than smaller airports such as Sibiu where most of the traffic is for business. They are also generally lower if travelling midweek. Early booking is strongly recommended for busy periods including Easter, Christmas and weekends during the summer holidays. No frills airlines now serve many Eastern and Central European destinations. For example there are excellent direct services with WIZZ from Luton to Timisoara, Targu Mures and Cluj, Blue Air and Easyjet to Bucharest or by Jet2 to Budapest. However, it should not be assumed that you will always secure lower prices by booking on the internet. Wizz fares are much the same as those for scheduled airlines during periods of high demand, especially when you take into account booking fees, baggage fees and credit card charges. However, they offer a great advantage of direct services into the heart of Transylvania, avoiding the long transfrers and congestion of Bucharest. It is always wise to check with a reputabe travel agent as they will have ascess to fares for all airlines travelling to a particular destination at their fingertips. If you are booking your holiday through a reputable, licensed travel agent, all of your travel arrangements will be financially protected under their ATOL or travel trust schemes. In addition they will be abe to assist if there are problems with connections leading to missed flights, accommodation or tours. However, if connecting flights are booked separately directly with airlines you will not be covered in the case of a missed connection, forcing you to pay again for the next available flight.Fares booked in conjunction with accommodation or a holiday are also sometimes less expensive.

British Airways and Tarom both operate direct, daily return services between London Heathrow and Bucharest Henri Coanda (still generally referred to as Otopeni) airports. British Airways have also added a third service from Heathrow while WIZZ have direct services from Luton to Bucharest , Timisoara, Targu Mures, Craiova and Cluj. There is also a direct service with Blue Air from Luton to Bucharest and to Bacau which is a useful gateway for the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina. H

There are numerous excellent connections with scheduled airlines via Europe offering some excellent value, especially where you can travel from an alternative airport. For example KLM usually have three daily connections to Bucharest from most UK regional airports. Lufthansa fly from Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow in addition to London, and also connect to Timisoara and Sibiu. Tarom also offer good value connections to Timisoara, Cluj, Iasi, Sibiu, Târgu Mures and Bacau via Bucharest Otopeni, whilst Austrian Airlines connect via Vienna to Baia Mare, Iasi, Cluj, Sibiu and Timisoara. All schedules subject to change by airlines.

Scheduled prices to Romania (Bucharest) normally start at around £ 190.00 inclusive of taxes.
Current Lowest Scheduled Fare to Bucharest: Swiss via Zurich from approx. £ 175.00. Wizz sometimes have fares to Timsioara and Cluj, from as low as £ 65.00-£75.00 return, but may levy additional booking, baggage and credit card fees.

Average high season prices can easily be £ 250.00 - 300.00 per person unless flights are booked early. These simply reflect flight availability. Tarom offer through connections to several Romanian cities at the same rate as their Bucharest flights offering particularly good value, though connections can be lengthy. Indirect flight prices are often lower but the difference is usually counterbalanced by the additional airport taxes levied by the intermediate airport.

British Airways fly daily direct to Sofia while Air Bulgaria fly daily from Gatwick to Sofia, and during the summer also to Varna. Wizz also serve the Black Sea from Luton. There are also charter and low cost flights to Sofia and Black Sea (Bourgas & Varna)
Scheduled prices to Bulgaria start at around £ 150.00 inclusive of taxes

British Airways and Austrian Airlines operate several daily flights to Vienna, whilst there are several budget routes including those of Ryanair from Stansted to Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz and Salzburg

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(renamed Bucharest Henri Coanda)
British Airways, Tarom - Direct
Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss.
KLM, Czech (CSA),
Air France, Aitalia

Wizz, Blue Air, Easyjet - Direct

Tarom, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa
Malev, Alitalia
Direct: Wizz from Luton

Tarom, Austrian Airlines,Alitalia, Malev
Direct: Wizz from Luton

Tarom, Wizz (direct)
Note: risk of delays due to
fog in winter

Direct: Blue Air from Luton

Tarom, Austrian

Tarom (direct), Austrian

Tarom (via Otopeni)
Austrian to Baia Mare


Bucharest Otopeni (Tarom) to/from:
Timisoara, Cluj, Iasi, Suceava
Târgu Mures, Sibiu, Oradea
Arad, Satu Mare, Baia Mare, Bacau

Timisoara (Carpatair) to/from:
Oradea, Cluj, Sibiu, Iasi,
Bacau and Chisinau (Moldova)


British Airways, Bulgaria Air - Direct
Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss.
KLM, Czech (CSA), LOT,
Air France, Aitalia

Air Bulgaria
British Airways
Various Charter flights


Sofia (Bulgaria Air) to/from:
Varna, Bourgas


British Airways, Austrian Airlines
Connections with all major
European Airlines

Austrian Airlines / Tyrolean Airways


Luton to Bucharest, Timisoara,
Cluj, Targu Mures, Craiova,
Budapest, Varna,
Bourgas &Sofia
Blue Air
Luton to Bucharest and Bacau,
Air Berlin
Stansted toVienna
Gatwick to Bucharest
to Budapest

Bristol, East Midlands. Gatwick,Luton,Newcastle
Kent-Manston to Salzburg & Prague
Birmingham, Southampton
to Salzburg
Leeds-Bradford & Belfast to Prague
Manchester to Budapest

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For your protection you should always ensure that your travel agent has an Air Travel Organisers' Licence and are an IATA accredited agent. Air holidays and flights booked with these agents are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. ATOL protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom. Click on the ATOL logo if you want to know more.

Times are subject to change. British Airways flight schedules from Heathrow maximise your time in Romania. The Tarom schedule is based on a morning return flight from Bucharest and may be less convenient for those wishing to travel onwards into Transylvania since the outward arrival misses the night sleeper train connections, and the return flight leaves early so a night in Bucharest might be required. However, Tarom offer excellent international connections to and from Timisoara, Cluj and Iasi, and less frequently toBacau, Suceava, Târgu Mures and Sibiu. Other European airlines also provide daily connections to Bucharest, and Timisoara, from the United Kingdom but require a brief change of planes in Europe. Some, such as KLM and Czech Airlines offer excellent connections from many UK regional airports. Carpatair fly between Timisoara and several cities in Germany and Italy, and between Cluj and Budapest

London Heathrow to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) - daily
London Heathrow to Sofia (SOF) - daily
London Heathrow to Budapest (BUD) - daily
London Heathrow to Vienna (VIE) - daily (several flights)
London Heathrow to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) - daily
London Heathrow to Iasi (three direct flights per week)
There are scheduled international connections to other Romanian cities including Arad, Bacau, Baia Mare, Cluj Napoca, Iasi, Oradea, Sibiu, Suceava, Târgu Mures and Tmisoara. Check with your travel agent for connections.

Current Schedules (subject to change):

London Luton - Bucharest Otopeni OTP (daily x 2)
London Luton - Cluj Napoca CLJ (6 x per week)
London Luton - Targu Mures TGM (4 x per week)
London Luton - Timisoara TSR (6 x per week)

WIZZ have regional hubs in Budapest and Cluj; they operate numerous direct services from the UK to destinations in Eastern and Central Europe including many Polish cities from UK regional airports. They also operate from other useful European cities into various Romania airports, including flights from Paris Beauvais, Madrid, Barcelona and Rome.

Convenient, frequent service from Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, London Heathrow and London City via Frankfurt and Munich to Bucharest, Timisoara, Sibiu and Sofia. Romania services offer several daily connections including convenient early morning departure times. Connections in Munich and Frankfurt are relatively brief and facilities are good.

Excellent daily connections from Heathrow via Vienna to Bucharest Otopeni, Timisoara and Sofia. Good connections to Cluj, Iasi, Sibiu and Baia Mare. Also Chisinau (Moldova). Austrian and Lufthansa flights may be combined.

Good connection to Bucharest Otopeni and Sofia from Heathrow.

Convenient connections from many UK domestic airports(London Heathrow, Bristol, Cardiff, Norwich, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds-Bradford, Humberside, Newcastle, Glasgow, and Edinburgh) via Amsterdam to Bucharest Otopeni and Sofia. Morning and afternoon flights. Regional flights more expensive than direct flights but from time to time they offer excellent special low-cost offers, mainly in the low season.

Excellent value flights to Bucharest and Sofia via Prague. Departures from Heathrow, Birmingham, and Manchester . Some of the regional flights arrive late in Bucharest or depart Bucharest very early on certain days. These are less convenient unless spending time in Bucharest.

Good value flights from Gatwick and Heathrow to Bucharest, Timisoara, Targu Mures, Varna and Sofia. Opportunities for stops in Bucharest. Connections and prices to Timisoara very good.

Connecting flights from Manchester, Birmingham and Heathrow via Milan Malpensa or Rome to Bucharest, Timisoara and Color Cluj. Prices are usually very attractive though connections can be tight. There are several connections from other Italian airports to Timisoara, Sibiu and Bucharest with low cost Italian carriers.

Other airlines with reasonable connections include AIR FRANCE and LOT - POLISH AIRLINES.


Direct flights to Bucharest and Sofia take approximately 3 hours 15 minutes. Please note two hours time difference between London and these two cities.


Please note, that due to severe traffic congestion in and around Bucharest, transfers from the Otopeni airport to the city centre or Nord railway station often take 90 minutes. You should always allow a minimum of 3 hours between your arrival time and train departure times.

It is possible to take a transfer to Ploiesti to catch trains heading north from Bucharest. This takes abou 60 minutes. If you are travelling to Sinaia or Brasov it is worth considering a direct transfer from the airport, rather than travelling into Bucharest.

Transfers from Baneasa into Bucharest are much shorter due to the closer proximity of the airport to the city centre.


Otopeni Airport:

Baneasa Airport:

Consider taking the Train

The current surge in air travel is one of the biggest causes of climate
change contributingup to 15% of greenhouse gases each year.
Greenhouse gas emissions caused by UK air travel have doubled
in the past 13 years from 20.1m tonnes in 1990 to 39.5m tons in 2004.
In addition aircraft emissions which go directly into the stratosphere
have 2.7 times the environmental impact of those on the ground.

Air travel produces 19 times the greenhouse gas emissions of trains,
in other words a trip to Vienna, Prague, Budapest or Bucharest by train
would emit 95% less carbon dioxide than the equivalent flight.

Train travel is no solution for a short trip to eastern Europe
but it is certainly worth considering for a longer holiday
where stopovers and spectacular scenery can be
incorporated into the overall experience.

There are a wide range of rail tickets from the UK via Paris
and Brussels to Austria, Hungary and Romania
in addition to Eurodomino and Balkan Rail Passes
for unlimited rail travel. Click below for details:

International Rail Tickets do one thing ~ they plant trees for people who fly.

When we take a flight we burn up hundreds of litres of fuel, a non-renewable resource that took millions of years to make, and we produce a lot of CO2, the main culprit for global warming. Theres no way of avoiding it, flying is inherently environmentally destructive and we shouldnt do any more of it than we have to. Planting a tree is an ecologically constructive thing to do. Trees use the suns energy to absorb CO2, taking it out of the atmosphere and turning it into the renewable material that we call wood. Trees also encourage biodiversity and are fantastic air purifiers. However, they take ages to grow. When you order a Treeflight that this is not a quick-fix and your flight will not suddenly become carbon neutral. But the tree planted for you will make a significant, positive difference, over time, to our atmosphere.

For further information, or to order a Treeflight please visit:

Vienna, Budapest or Bucharest by train would emit
95% less carbon dioxide than the equivalent flight.

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