Is Romania realy that bad ? (1 Viewer)

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Doesn't seem such a popular place to visit from my information gathered on here..Anyone spent time in their van there recently ?
 
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We were there last year, stayed a few days "wilding" on our way from Bulgaria. Had a stopover near Dracula's castle. Campsites are far and few between and command a high price for the standard there is. Roads leave a lot to be desired, It's not somewhere i'd be racing back to.

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My son was thare last year would he go back I asked him yes its right in place's neads a lot of infrastructure in place's
Lots of EU mony getting wasted
Corruption still a problem
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Never been to the country but I know a few Romanians who live here and they're great people, really hard working.

One of the things I hear about a lot in addition to the bad roads are the standards of driving.

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Just left Romania after best trip in many years. Simple good sites available on Campercontact, wild mountain scenery and beautiful historic towns. Kids trying to persuade me to go again next year. Roads harsh in some places and few roads by-passing towns made for slower than usual progress but that let us see so much. We went to Transylvania then Mamamures which was awesome. Heard wolves howling from one site, saw a brown bear (from a distance thank goodness), enjoyed the driving on mostly quiet roads and were treated well by everyone we met. Can’t recommend a visit there enough
 

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I'm Romanian - if you need any info just ask :)
Generally speaking the entire road infrastructure is 30-50 years behind Western countries in terms of spread and quality. It takes twice as much to get through A to B, not to mention you have to be extra careful as people don't respect other traffic members.
This is the entire motorway network, about 480 miles that currently begins and ends nowhere (Yellow lines are under construction and Black lines are still to be built.. years away)
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To put things in perspective, this is on a country twice as big as Hungary, which has 931 miles criss crossing the country! (Green bits are planned and red under construction)
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Progress is slow as most funds get stolen by neo-communists (same people from lower echelons in Ceausescu's time) or their offpsrings/network in power.
But there are breathtaking places and I would love to go back in the motorhome, actually I'm thinking of a long trip in the next 2-3 years.
 
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Hi. Can you advise what I need to get for a motorhome over 3.5ton please for road tolls. Several country treats campers over 3.5ton differently . Not sure what category we would be and can we buy online? Thanks
 

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Hi. Can you advise what I need to get for a motorhome over 3.5ton please for road tolls. Several country treats campers over 3.5ton differently . Not sure what category we would be and can we buy online? Thanks
I don't think you need anything for Romania. Austria and Switzerland are the places which do and folk normally get what they need as they approach the border. Have a search on here for Go boxes (Austria) and the Vignette for Switzerland.

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Thanks. I have obtained those as I am in Hungary now. Just planning in case we enter Romania
 
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We’ll not get to Romania until we can go away for longer holidays. But it will then be on the list.

For more info check out some of the motorhome and cycling blogs ... yes, there are problems with roads and also packs of wild dogs (particularly for cycle touring) but they seem to be outweighed by the beauty of the country and the welcome of the people.
 
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i also worked their a few years ago my son still work there from time to time traveling through and working their there is a big difrance my brother in law owns and menages apartments and corruption is a problem even still traveling through a country on holiday and getting thing's done to get a job done on a day to day basis totally difrant
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Hi, I would be interested in your recommended stops for Romania as we intend to visit Greece next year and return via Bulgaria, Romania and a few other countries leading back to Luxembourg.
 

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We are staying in camping Belgrade Avala just south of the capital city in Serbia. Lovely camp and the owner is so welcoming. He makes his own wine and has a great cellar. Don't be afraid to drive through Serbia too. The people are lovely. The Romanian border is the other side of the Danube . Great stopover.
 

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We are staying in camping Belgrade Avala just south of the capital city in Serbia. Lovely camp and the owner is so welcoming. He makes his own wine and has a great cellar. Don't be afraid to drive through Serbia too. The people are lovely. The Romanian border is the other side of the Danube . Great stopover.
Was getting insurance for Serbia difficult?
 

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No I checked safeguard insurance and we were covered and LV medical insurance too. So we just decided to go in the day before. At the border we showed passport and logbook and straight in.
 

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It's just personal experience. In other parts it is said its OK but I went to the Black Sea resort and definitely would never consider returning no matter what the temptation.
 
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Thanks for this, it has opened OK and It will be very helpful for our forward planing. I too intend to spend time on the Black Sea coast , then head across to Bucharest.
 
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We're in Bulgaria at the moment, have been at Obzor on the Black Sea for a week now and intend driving home through Romania next Wednesday. We would have preferred to have driven back via Serbia as it's quicker and easier, but our friends who we're travelling with have not got the necessary paperwork for their dog.

Pete
 

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Well we are in Romania now. For our motorehome 3.8ton they insisted on calling it a caravan and we got the vignette for 3€ for 7 days and category A. Ask at the border where to buy it. Otherwise do it online. We also saw them selling them at post office. Our van broke down and was repaired by Fiat at Sibui. Our campsite owner at Saleste booked us in within 2 days. Lovely people. Impressed so far with this country.
 

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As I have mentioned on here recently, I'm following a Dutch biker riding from India, all over the place and currently in Turkey. What has struck me is the similarity of places rather than differences. One barren landscape is much like another barren landscape, one forested mountain is much like another forested mountain. People are all the same, friendly and generous on the whole and even Mongolian herders are glued to their mobile phones.

So instead of "is it safe to go there", is the better question "what will I gain from going that far ?".

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