The Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport(OTP) functions as the most comprehensive aviation hub for Romania. Located in Bucharest, the capital of the country, and roughly 19km from the centre of the city, making it a convenient airport to travel to. Named for Henri Coandă, an inventor, who specialised in aerodynamics, this airport has contributed to the air travel of Romania in one way or another since the 1960s.
It has expanded since then, handling roughly 11 million passengers per year flying to over 80 direct destinations. There is one main terminal in the airport, though a second terminal is planned. Passengers will find plenty of amenities here, with two banks, several ATMs, and bureau de change booths.
In terms of communicating with friends and family, or your accommodation or transport contacts, you can access payphones, and free WiFi, as well as a post office. If travellers are feeling hungry whilst they transit, they can find numerous cafes and restaurants in the departure lounge, and at least one food outlet in the arrivals section of the terminal. Shoppers can browse the duty-free goods, or purchase local food goods, souvenirs, or gifts. Lastly, if you have a long wait, why not take advantage of the VIP and business lounges available at this airport.
Airlines typically running routes to Bucharest from Australia are Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and TAROM. As this route will involve one layover, and maybe two, we can show you how to take full advantage of your layover destinations.
· The drive is about 30-40 minutes, and fairly straight forward. Hop on the DN1/E60 then at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Bulevardul Ion C. Brătianu/DN5/DN6/E85, and stay on the DN6to get into town. There are several car rental agencies, with international and local companies operating out of the airport. You can secure your booking when you land, or organise all the details well ahead of time by reserving your car online.
· Bus route 783 runs right into the city centre, and only costs 3.50RON ($1), though this can take up to an hour to get into town depending on the time of day. If you’re hoping for a shorter connection, you can book private airport transfers with Skyscanner to meet you when you arrive.
· Trains also serve the airport, with shuttle buses linking passengers from the terminals to the airport station. This is one of the fastest ways into town, at a journey time of about 20-25 minutes and a cost of about 7RON ($2).
· Regular taxis can be located just outside of the terminal buildings, and the 30-40 minute journey will cost you between 25-45RON ($8-14) depending on the time of day you are travelling.
Please note that information is correct as of April 2017