What To Do In Bucharest In 3 Days For Solo Travellers
TLDR: Embark on a captivating journey through Bucharest with this three-day itinerary, designed to offer a blend of history, culture, and social experiences for the independent adventurer. Enjoy our Bucharest in 3 Days itinerary.
- Discover the pulsating energy of Lipscani, Bucharest’s historic and nightlife district.
- Marvel at the architectural grandeur of the Palace of the Parliament.
- Step back in time at the Village Museum, a window into traditional Romanian life.
- Unwind in the serene surroundings of Herastrau Park.
- Dive into Bucharest’s dynamic nightlife at popular local spots.
Bucharest, nestled on the Dâmbovița River, is a city where the past and present coexist. Its continental climate brings hot summers and cold winters, with an average annual temperature around 11°C. The city truly shines during the mild spring and autumn months, offering a perfect escape from the tourist crowds of more mainstream European destinations. Bucharest stands out for its affordability, making it an attractive destination for those seeking to experience a rich cultural tapestry without breaking the bank.
Where to sleep?
Bucharest’s central neighbourhoods are home to hostels that are more than just a place to sleep. They’re social hubs where you can connect with fellow travellers. Podstel Bucharest, located in the city’s heart, is renowned for its friendly vibe and social events. Little Bucharest – Old Town Hostel offers the buzz of the city right at your doorstep, while T5 Social provides a cozy and sociable retreat.
How to get to and from the city
Henri Coandă International Airport, north of Bucharest, connects the city to the world. The 783 Express line offers a direct route to the city centre, operating round the clock. If you’re arriving by train, the city’s main station, Gara de Nord, is your gateway to Bucharest. The city’s public transportation, along with services like Uber and Bolt, make navigating Bucharest a breeze.
TIP: If you use a taxi from the airports (there is more than one) – either use Uber or make sure the driver turns the meter on and provides you an estimate of the fare cost. I’ve had drivers try to charge me £100 for a £15 journey, pretending that the route is some form of ‘Grand Tour’. Taxi scams are still very really sadly in Bucharest.
Our 3 Day Bucharest Itinerary
With Parisian style Boulevards in ‘little Paris’, use your first day to get acquainted to the city and find your feet, literally. Walk around, work off those in-flight Pringles, rack up the steps and see Bucharest from ground level. It’s not the smallest city in the world but it is still very walkable.
Start your day by visiting the Great Synagogue (Sinagoga Mare), a beautiful and historic synagogue that is one of the largest in Europe. Explore the Bucharest Jewish History Museum located nearby, which offers insights into the rich Jewish heritage of Romania.
Visit the Holocaust Memorial, a solemn and moving tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. Afterward, head to the Choral Temple (Templul Coral), an architectural gem and one of the most important synagogues in Bucharest.
Take a stroll along Victoriei Street (Calea Victoriei), one of the main boulevards in Bucharest, lined with beautiful buildings, shops, and restaurants. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and consider having dinner at a local restaurant.
After you’ve explored the city’s historic landmarks, parks, and vibrant neighbourhoods, why not experience Bucharest’s social scene through hostel-organized linkups? These events offer a unique blend of cultural immersion and fun, allowing you to meet fellow travellers and locals alike.
Stay in St. Christopher’s hostel and join fun events!
If your day 2 lines up nicely with a weekend it’s a great opportunity to sample the diverse night time scene in Bucharest. From bohemian bars, to high end clubs, take advantage of being able to sleep it off knowing you don’t need to travel tomorrow. But before any hedonism, there’s a beautiful city painted by history, revolution and rebirth you should explore.
Start your day by visiting the Romanian Peasant Museum (Muzeul National al Taranului Roman), which showcases the traditional Romanian way of life through its extensive collection of folk art, costumes, and artefacts. Explore the nearby Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Roman), a stunning concert hall and a symbol of Romanian culture.
Take a walk to the CEC Palace (Palatul CEC), a magnificent historic building that now serves as a bank. Enjoy the beautiful architecture and learn about its history. Afterwards, visit the Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei), a significant location in Romanian history, known for its role in the 1989 revolution against communism.
Head to the Arcul de Triumf (Arch of Triumph), a triumphal arch that stands as a symbol of Romania’s independence. Enjoy the panoramic views from the top and take a leisurely walk around the area. Consider having dinner at a restaurant nearby.
Hostels around the city frequently plan activities ranging from walking tours that delve deep into Bucharest’s rich history to spirited pub crawls that introduce you to the city’s lively night life. Whether you’re a solo traveler looking to make new friends or a group eager for a collective adventure, these linkups add a dynamic and enriching layer to your Bucharest experience. Don’t miss out on these special events—ask at your hostel’s front desk for the week’s itinerary and sign up to mix, mingle, and make unforgettable memories.
Come to Bucharest and join fun events!
If you’re wearing last night, then before you set off and make the most of the embers of your trip, there’s a great healthy cafe group called ‘FruFru’ dotted around the city, who are really well priced too.
Start your day by visiting the George Enescu National Museum (Cantacuzino Palace), dedicated to the life and work of the renowned Romanian composer. Explore the beautiful palace and its exhibits, which include musical instruments, manuscripts, and personal belongings of George Enescu.
Take a walk to the Bucharest University Palace, a historic building that houses the University of Bucharest. Admire the architecture and explore the surrounding area, which is known for its lively atmosphere and student culture.
Return to the Arcul de Triumf (Arch of Triumph) in the evening to see it illuminated and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. Consider having dinner at a restaurant in the area or head to Lipscani, the historic center of Bucharest. Wander through its narrow streets, filled with cafes, restaurants, and shops. Visit Stavropoleos Monastery (Manastirea Stavropoleos), known for its beautiful architecture and peaceful atmosphere. End your evening with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
Time to leave
If you enjoyed this Bucharest in 3 Day itinerary, or want some more inspiration on what to do here or elsewhere, check out our Linkups feature on the Hostelworld app. With thousands of travellers just like you, you can meet up, plan trips and make friends. Meet the world. If you are heading west from here, you should check out our Belgrade in 3 days itinerary next.
Referenced: Romanian Tourism Board
When I’m not working in marketing I like to explore the world. I’m of Romanian descent so regularly visit the country of Dracula with family. Sad fact: I can count 20 places in my head to buy avocado on toast in Bucharest. Send help.
David | @masononsocial