16 days in Romania & Budapest Itinerary

16 days in Romania & Budapest Itinerary

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16 days in Romania & Budapest Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
2
Alba Iulia, Romania
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Timisoara, Romania
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

4
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Bucharest is known for parks, nightlife, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stravrapoleos).

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Toronto, Canada to Bucharest is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Bucharest due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Bucharest when traveling from Toronto in September, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Alba Iulia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains
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Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

2
nights
Alba Iulia, Romania

Alba Iulia ©
Alba Iulia is a city located on the Mureş River in Alba County, Transylvania, Romania, with a population of 63,536. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Framm's, pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's Roman Catholic Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Obeliscul lui Horea, Closca si Crisan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedrala Reintregirii Neamului (Coronation Cathedral), then contemplate the long history of Sala Unirii, and finally steep yourself in history at Traseul Celor Trei Fortificatii. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Citadel of Alba Iulia, explore the fascinating underground world of Scarisoara Ice Cave, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Union, then browse the collection at Batthyaneum Library, and finally explore the ancient world of Roman Castrum Ruins.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Alba Iulia trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Bucharest to Alba Iulia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Bucharest, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Alba Iulia, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Timisoara.

Things to do in Alba Iulia

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Scarisoara Ice Cave
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Citadel of Alba Iulia ©
Citadel of Alba Iulia
Framm's ©
Framm's

3
nights
Timisoara, Romania

Timisoara ©
Timișoara is the capital city of Timiș County, and the main social, economic and cultural centre in western Romania.The third most populous city in the country, with 319,279 inhabitants as of the 2011 census, Timișoara is the informal capital city of the historical region of Banat. Timisoara is known for museums, nightlife, parks, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Piata Victoriei, stroll through Cathedral Park, get in on the excitement at Poligon MAG Tehnica, and admire the landmark architecture of The Palace of the Serbian Episcopacy.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Timisoara sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by car from Alba Iulia to Timisoara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Timisoara can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Timisoara

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Roses Park ©
Roses Park
Piata Victoriei ©
Piata Victoriei
Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral ©
Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral

5
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Parliament, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Budapest road trip planning app .

Getting from Timisoara to Budapest by car takes about 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Timisoara to Budapest. In September, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Parliament ©
Parliament
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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