10 Day Trips From Bucharest For An Amusing Experience

Bucharest Day Trips

1. Brasov
2. Sibiu
Rasnov Citadel
Veliko Tarnovo
Bran Castle
Piatra Craiului Mountains
Prahova Valley

Taking a day trips from Bucharest lets you witness the beauty of medieval architecture, ancient ruins, and the best of the Romanian countryside. Some of the most scenic destinations near Bucharest where you can spend a day include Snagov, Piatra Craiului Mountains and Prahova Valley. You can start your day trip from Snagov as the island port is merely 40 km from the city. The beautiful Prahova Valley is among those places from where you can move above the Bucegi Mountains in a cable car to witness the mysterious Sphinx Rock formation.

The Piatra Craiului Mountains is another scenic location known for hiking to reach the top of its highest peak Varful La Om. Owing to the popularity of Dracula in Romania, the best day trip in Bucharest lets you explore Bern Castle. You can also visit the iconic Snagov Monastery which has connections to the real-life Dracula and contains his alleged mortal remains.

Here are some of the best day trips from Bucharest:

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Bran Castle

  • Popularly known as “Dracula’s Castle”, the Bran Castle is the most intriguing day trips from bucharest at a distance of 186 km.
  • Nestling at an elevation of 762 meters above the ground and southwest of Brasov, this place is all heavily marketed as Bram Stoker’s infamous character, Dracula’s Castle. 
  • You can tour the castle to witness the art and furniture collection of Queen Marie of Romania.  
  • The open-air museum inside the castle displays cottages, barns, and equipment of traditional Romanian peasants.


  • One of the best day trips from Bucharest is to visit Brasov which is at a distance of 185 km from the city. 
  • The Transylvanian town of Romania is mostly known for its historical attractions and colorful baroque buildings built in medieval architecture. 
  • Brasov offers you to explore large squares throughout its area encircled by the beautiful Carpathian Mountains.
  • You can wander around the city to enjoy its lively cafes and witness bastions and Saxon walls. 
  • The most popular historical attractions of the city include the gothic-style Black Church, Piata Sfatului Council Square, History Museum, Dracula’s Castle, Liberty Brown Bear Sanctuary, and Europe’s narrowest street Strada Sforii.


  • Exploring Central Romania’s Sibiu is perhaps the best day trip bucharest offers, as it presents you with the charm of its medieval walls.
  • Sibiu houses the best examples of Germanic architecture in Romania and is situated 278 km from Bucharest.
  • The 13th-century Council Tower and Evangelical Cathedral are among the main highlights of the city.
  • Sibiu lets you explore its old town for German medieval buildings and the upper town for its modernism.
  • The Upper Town’s buildings house the Baroque Style Brukenthal National Museum, known for its European paintings. 
  • You can tour its old town for sightseeing experiences in Great Square, Goldsmith’s Square, and the Bridge of lies.

Rasnov Citadel

  • Located 179 km away from Bucharest, Rasnov Citadel is a defense fortress that showcases the history of shelter for Transylvanians during the war.  
  • Rasnov Citadel is among the heaviest fortresses made from stone and bricks with sharp cliffs surrounding its area. 
  • You can take a guided tour of the fortress to witness its two courts, interior courtyard, and Feudal Art Museum.
  • Several artifacts, weapons, and crafts feature in its museum to narrate to you the history of the inhabitants of the fortress.
  • It is a popular day trips from bucharest that lets you witness the infamous legendary well believed to hold a 300 year old treasure.

Veliko Tarnovo

  • Veliko Tarnovo is a Bulgarian town located 180 km from Bucharest and a perfect weekend getaway. 
  • You can take a day trips from Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo for its medieval Bulgarian architecture and beautiful hilly landscape that touches the shores of the Yantra River. 
  • The Samovodska Charshia Market displays the best of wooden carvings, art and traditional items for you to get a souvenir from Bulgaria.
  • You can hike to Tsarevets Fortress to pay homage to Patriarchal Cathedral St. Ascension. 
  • Watching the sunset at Asen’s monument near Sveta Gora Park while enjoying traditional Bulgarian food with some wine is the most loved activity among visitors of the city.


  • One of the oldest cities in Europe, Constanta is a port located on the Shores of the Black Sea. 
  • With a humid subtropical climate, it lies 228 km towards Northern Dobruja in the Southern Carpathians. 
  • Constanta is one of the best day trips bucharest offers to help you explore ancient ruins, historical monuments, and museums.  
  • The Roman ruins of Constanta like Ovid’s square, Roman public baths, Archaeological Park, etc. are among the most popular sightseeing experiences in Romania. 
  • You can explore its modern-Romanian-style attractions like Abandoned Casino, Genoese Lighthouse, Constanta Aquarium, and House with Lions. 
  • Several Ottoman sites like Hunkar Mosque, and Grand Mosque of Constanta narrate the history of Turkish rule in Romania.

Piatra Craiului Mountains

  • While deciding on the best day trip bucharest offers, one should always include the Piatra Craiului Mountains and its deep gorges.   
  • Located at a distance of 208 km from Bucharest, this range is dubbed as “King’s Rock Mountains”, owing to its rocky and narrow ridge trails. 
  • You can have the thrilling experience of passing through the Karst landscape of sharp-pit slopes.  
  • Journey through Piatra Craiului Mountains starts from traditional Romanian villages and covers the natural reserve. 
  • You can hike to the highest peak Varful La Om Mountain at an elevation of 2238 meters to witness the confluence of the Dambovita and Dambovicioara Rivers.

Prahova Valley

  • Prahova Valley tour is a scenic bucharest day trip that takes you 100 km north of the city. 
  • You can witness the enchanting look of the breathtaking Prahova River flowing between the Bucegi and Baiu Mountains. 
  • The beautiful town of Prahova Valley offers you to indulge in winter sports, bike trails and hiking activities across the mountains. 
  • There is a cable car that takes you to the Bucegi Mountains while presenting you with the panorama of Babele and Sphinx Rock formations. 
  • You can check out the small town’s attractions like Sinaia Monastery, Cave Monastery, Peles Castle, and Pelisor Palace.


  • Exploring Snagov lets you witness a unique blend of Romanian countryside and historical architecture.
  • Lying 40 km towards the north, Snagov is a tiny island that offers the quickest day trips from bucharest.  
  • The Snagov Natural Complex Reserve features a forest at the shore of the lake where you can spend a day away from the hustle bustle of city life. 
  • You can visit the Snagov Monastery, the burial site of the notorious real-life Dracula Vlad the Impaler. 
  • Located at the shore of Snagov Lake, the Romanian Brancovenesc-style Snagov Palace is among the most visited places on the small island.
  • Owing to its presence on the shores of the lake covered with forest, the Snagov Club is an ultimate relaxation spot with its pool bar and a luxe spa.


  • Craiova is a commercial town situated at a distance of 253 km from Bucharest. 
  • Touring Craiova is a modern bucharest day trip to witness buildings and parks by some of the Greatest Romanian Leaders.
  • The industrial city houses popular gardens like Nicolae Romanescu Park, Alexandru Buia Botanical Garden and Puskin Park.
  • There are several museums to check out in Craiova like Oltenia Museum, and Craiova Art Museum. 
  • The small town of Craiova is home to the beautiful lake of Prega Vacay around which you can spend a leisurely evening. 
  • Owing to its modernism, Craiova features several restaurants, bars and casinos to chill like Las Vegas Games, WinBoss, Epoca Steak House and Wine Bar, etc.

People Also Ask About Bucharest

  1. Which are the best day trips from Bucharest?

    1. Exploring Brasov’s colorful baroque buildings and Europe’s narrowest street Strada Sforii.
    2. Visiting Sibiu’s Brukenthal National Museum for its Baroque Style.
    3. Witnessing Roman Ruins of Constanta on the shores of the Black Sea.
    4. Taking a day trips from bucharest to hike the Piatra Craiului Mountains' highest peak Varful La Om.
  2. How long does it take to explore the Piatra Craiului Mountains?

    It takes around 3-4 days to explore the Piatra Craiului Mountains through hiking. You can take a one-day hike to the mountains or indulge in a 3-4 day hike to the highest peak of Varful La Om Mountain nestled at an elevation of 2238 meters.
  3. How is the weather in Bucharest?

    Bucharest witnesses a continental climate throughout the year owing to its close proximity to the mountains, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. You will experience a pleasant climate with average temperatures ranging between 7°C to 24°C.
  4. Which are the best day trips from Bucharest with family?

    1. Visiting the infamous Dracula’s Castle or Bern Castle.
    2. Taking your kid to Brasov’s Liberty Brown Bear Sanctuary.
    3. Relax with your family in the Island city of Snagov. 
    4. Sit in a cable car ride to the Bucegi Mountains.
  5. How to reach Bucharest?

    By Air: Take a flight to Henri Coanda International Airport of Bucharest which has interconnectivity between major cities across The Middle East and Europe.  

    By Train:
    Take an international train from cities like Budapest, Vienna, Athens, etc, to reach Bucharest’s Gara de Nord Railway Station.  

    By Bus:
    Get on an international bus from countries like Greece, Bulgaria, and Turkey to reach Bucharest.
  6. What is special about Bucharest?

    Bucharest is special because it possesses medieval beauty and Romanian Monuments showcasing its brave history, Belle Époque buildings, etc. Bucharest is dubbed as “Little Paris” for its elegant architecture, Romanian lifestyle and its countryside featuring quite a few gardens and boulevards.
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