Bucharest Currency Guide


Bucharest uses the Romanian Leu.


ATM facilities are everywhere in Bucharest, especially outside major banks and in the airport and shopping centres, although Romania is predominantly a cash economy. There are very few ATMs in remote areas or the Romanian countryside. If you plan on withdrawing money or using your credit card while travelling, don’t forget to notify your bank before you go for security purposes and check what international withdrawal fees may apply to your card.


Before you travel it is important to convert some of your Australian Dollars into Romanian Lei to have with you when you arrive.

Credit Cards

For large purchases, it’s a good idea to bring a credit card with you on your holiday to Bucharest instead of carrying a lot of cash. If you don’t have a credit card, consider a debit credit card that allows you to access your savings account and the local currency from ATMs and wherever Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted. Credit cards are not readily accepted in remote areas or villages in Romania.