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Bucharest Metro from tickets to lines Romania Travel Guide 7

Welcome to our ultimate guide on how to use the Bucharest Metro! In this video, we will answer all your questions - from ticket prices and train frequencies to travel cards, line information, and even using your mobile phone for payments. If you're tired of traffic and want a convenient and efficient way to explore Bucharest, you're in the right place! To make things easier, we've split this video into parts so you can skip ahead to the sections you're most interested in. Let's get started!

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Ticket Price

Let's talk tickets! A single trip costs 3 lei and a 10-trip card costs 25 lei. Also, for unlimited travel for a day, you can get a card for 8 lei, a week for 30 lei, and for a month it's 80 lei. You can buy tickets from the ticket office or self-service machines at any metro station.  If you're planning to make multiple journeys, we recommend getting a rechargeable contactless card for more flexibility and convenience.

Travel Card

As we mentioned before, if you're planning to use the Bucharest Metro regularly, it's wise to consider getting a travel card. The travel card is a rechargeable contactless card that allows you to load credit and use it for multiple journeys without the need for single-trip tickets. Not only is it more cost-effective, but it also saves you the hassle of purchasing tickets every time you ride the metro. For tourists, we suggest the 72-hour pass, costing 20 lei.

There is also a 10-trip option for 25 lei.

Train Frequencies

Now, let's talk about the train frequencies in Bucharest. The Bucharest Metro operates from 5:00 AM till about 11:00 PM, and during peak hours, trains arrive every 4 to 6 minutes. Off-peak, wait times can be up to 10 or even 15 minutes. So, check the metro map, plan your journey and off you go! You can download a free metro map via this link


Line Information

With 63 stations spanning 77 kilometers, navigating the city becomes a breeze. It's a much faster alternative than road transport, especially during peak hours.

Bucharest Metro consists of 5 lines, each color-coded for easy navigation. The lines cover numerous destinations, including popular attractions, shopping centers, and residential areas. Whether you're planning to explore the historic heart of the city or visit the outskirts, the Bucharest Metro network has got you covered with its extensive coverage.

M1 is the yellow line.

M2 the blue.

M3 the red.

M4 the green.

M5 is the newest line, still expanding.

Be sure to check your destination when using the yellow line, to avoid a big circle from the wrong direction.

There is also a line connecting Gara de Nord Train station with Henri Coandă Airport and we have two video guides covering all the details.  


Mobile Phone Payments

In this digital era, mobile phone payments have become increasingly popular, and the Bucharest Metro has embraced this convenience. You can now use your mobile phone to pay for your metro tickets by simply downloading the official Bucharest Metro app and linking your preferred payment method. Say goodbye to fumbling for change and enjoy a seamless payment experience!

With the 24 pay app you can buy a ticket only using your mobile phone. The system accepts Mastercard and Visa. Use the links below to download the app.


Historic Background

The idea of a Bucharest metro system was initially proposed in the early 20th century by engineers Dimitrie Leonida and Elie Radu. Plans emerged in the late 1930s but were disrupted by World War II and political changes. By 1970, Bucharest's public transport system was inadequate, leading to the approval of the Bucharest Metro's first line in 1974. Departing from Eastern European norms, the initial stations prioritized simplicity and speed, while locally manufactured trains deviated from the regional construction style. The M1 line, inaugurated in 1979, covered 8.1 km with six stations. Despite unique designs and a focus on practicality, some stations remained dim due to 1980s energy-saving policies. As one of the largest metro networks in the region, future extensions are planned to surpass 100 km with around 80 stations.

You now have all the essential information you need to navigate the Bucharest Metro system confidently. From ticket prices and train frequencies to travel cards, line information, and mobile phone payments, this guide has got you covered. So, why waste time in traffic when you can efficiently explore the Romanian capital using the Bucharest Metro?

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