Thinking of visiting Romania? Well you're in for a treat! Romania is a fantastic blend of rich history, stunning landscapes and a vibrant culture.
Imagine this, wandering through medieval streets of Transylvania, where Dracula's legends come to life or trekking through the Carpathian Mountains with its breathtaking views.
And don't even get me started on the picturesque villages with their colourful houses and traditional vibes – like stepping into a fairytale. Also let's not forget the cities, Bucharest, with its dynamic energy, wonderful food and buzzing nightlife.
But one of the best things about Romania is its diverse seasons. From the snow-covered landscapes in winter to the vibrant wildflower meadows in summer, each time of year brings its own magic.
So, whether you love a bit of history, nature, or just soaking up the local atmosphere, Romania has something for every type of traveller, a destination that truly captivates the soul.
So before we look at when the best time to visit Romania is let’s first look at its climate.
Climate in Romania
Romania's climate is diverse so let's break it down:
Spring (March to May): During spring temperatures in Romania start to rise, ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit) and rainfall is moderate so a fantastic time to explore the country.
Summer (June to August): Summer is the prime time for tourists, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius (77 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit). It's warm and sunny, so perfect for getting outside and exploring. Rainfall is relatively low during the summer so there are plenty of clear days to go exploring.
Autumn (September to November): Autumn is a wonderful array of colours in Romania. Temperatures gradually drop back to 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit) and is a great time to visit if you prefer an atmosphere that's more relaxed. There is however an increased chance of rainfall, so worth taking a jacket or an umbrella.
Winter (December to February): In Winter Romania becomes a snowy wonderland, especially in the mountains. Temperatures can range from -5 to 5 degrees Celsius (23 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit) in lower areas but in the mountains the temperatures will be much lower and there will be plenty of snow so if you like winter sports or seeing lovely snowy landscapes then this is the time to visit.
So overall, Romania has a varied climate and will suit people in lots of different ways but always make sure to check the specific weather forecast when you travel to make sure you pack the proper clothing for the conditions.
We’ll now look at the seasons in more detail to help you decide when the best time for you to visit is.
High Season in Romania - June to August
Romania is a fantastic destination, especially during its high season which is during the summer, from June to August, when the weather is at its best with warm sunny weather and longer days.
In the cities like Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, locals and tourists spend lots of time in outdoor cafes, at cultural events and visiting historical sites.
The Carpathian Mountains are the perfect place to visit if you like to go hiking and absorbing stunning scenery.
Things to do in Romania during its peak season
- Visit some of the iconic landmarks like Bran Castle, usually associated with Dracula, or the medieval town of Sibiu.
- Romania is well known for its stunning mountain ranges, in particular the Carpathian mountains. The peak season is the perfect time to go trekking as the weather is more reliable and the days are longer.
- Visit the beaches in the Black Sea resorts. There's Mamaia which is a great place sunbathing, water sports and has a great nightlife.
- Romania has numerous festivals during its peak season. There's the Electric Castle music festival and lots of more traditional events that celebrate local culture, there's always something happening.
- Try the local food. There's mămăligă (polenta) or sarmale (cabbage rolls). Summer is also the season for fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Explore the Danube Delta, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The diverse ecosystem comes alive during the summer and there are fantastic opportunities for bird watching and to go on a boat tour.
- Wander through the streets of Bucharest. It has lots pf outdoor cafes, street art, and a lively atmosphere, especially in the summer.
- Go caving as Romania is home to some amazing caves. You can take a guided tour in caverns like the Turda Salt Mine or the Scarisoara Ice Cave.
Low season in Romania - November to March
The low season, from November to March is when the landscapes in Romania transform into a winter wonderland, with snow-capped mountains and picturesque towns. It's obviously a bit chilly at this time of year but that just means you get to wrap up warm and see Romania in a different light.
Another benefit to visiting during the low season is that there are fewer crowds, so you can visit the historic sites and local attractions in peace and it'll be easier to get into places.
So in a nutshell, Romania in the low season is more serene, authentic and a lot quieter.
Things to do in Romania during its low season
- Visit the Transylvanian Castles like Bran Castle and Peles Castle without the busyness of the peak tourist season.
- If you visit during the low season, particularly in winter, you can go skiing and snowboarding or head to the mountains.
- Take your time exploring the capital, Bucharest, without the summer crowds.
- Head to the countryside and explore the beautiful Romanian countryside.
- Relax in Romania's thermal spas to warm up after a day in the snow.
- Romania is famous for its wine, so visiting vineyards during the low season means you can have a more personalised wine-tasting experience.
- Go in Dracula's Mythical Trail and dive into the mysterious world of Dracula by exploring the regions associated with the legendary character. Visit Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler.
Shoulder season in Romania - September - October, April - May
Visiting Romania during the shoulder season months is the sweet spot between the busy peak tourist season and the quieter off-season.
During the shoulder season in Romania, typically in the spring and autumn, you get the best of both worlds. The weather is not too hot or too cold, perfect for exploring without getting too hot or having to bundle up like an Eskimo. There'll be fewer crowds, so you can explore all that Romania has to offer at your own pace.
There's also a certain peace in the air during Spring and Autumn which can make your trip feel more intimate and personal.
So the weathers great and there are fewer people, what's not to like!
Things to do during the shoulder season in Romania
- Take a stroll through Romania's historic cities like Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Brasov, and Sibiu. Wander around the old streets, check out the architecture and soak up the local vibe.
- Go hiking as the shoulder seasons are perfect for hiking in the beautiful Carpathian Mountains, with its stunning views, forests and plenty of fresh air. Plus, you're more likely to have the trails to yourself without the summer crowds.
- Don't miss the chance to explore Transylvania, famous for its quaint villages, medieval churches and legendary castles. Visit places like Bran Castle (aka Dracula's Castle) and Peles Castle for some serious fairytale vibes.
- Keep an eye out for festivals and events happening during the shoulder seasons. From music festivals to cultural celebrations, there's always something exciting going on in Romania.
- Get your adrenaline pumping with outdoor activities like biking, horseback riding and rock climbing. Romania's countryside is the perfect place for all sorts of adventures!
- Treat yourself to a relaxing time at Romania's thermal baths and spa resorts.
- Try the local food in particular traditional dishes like sarmale (cabbage rolls), mici (grilled meat rolls) and mamaliga (cornmeal porridge).
- With its stunning landscapes, Romania is a dream for photographers. So get your camera ready to capture all the beauty that you'll certainly see during your trip.
- Romania has a growing wine scene, and the shoulder seasons are a great time to visit vineyards, taste the wines and maybe even bring a bottle or two home with you.
- Explore all of Romania's national parks and nature reserves. You may just spot bears, wolves and lots of other amazing creatures that live out there.
When is the best month to visit Bucharest
The best time to visit Bucharest is generally in late spring (May and June) or early autumn (September and October) as this is when the weather is at its best, not too hot or too cold, so a great time for wandering through the city's streets and for being outside in general. As these months are not peak travel times to Romania there will be fewer people around and you are more likely to pick up a good deal on flights and accommodation prices plus the attractions will be less busy.
What outdoor activities can you do in Romania
- Go hiking in the Carpathian Mountains with its spectacular landscapes and lots of hiking trails. There's the Făgăraș or Piatra Craiului mountain ranges for stunning views and diverse flora.
- Go caving in Apuseni Mountains and visit the Scarisoara Ice Cave or the Bears' Cave for a unique underground experience.
- Go skiing in Poiana Brașov, if you visit during winter, Poiana Brașov is a popular ski resort with excellent slopes.
- Go biking in Transylvania and explore all the charming villages and scenic countryside of Transylvania on a bike. With its rolling hills and medieval landscapes its a great place for a bike ride.
- Go kayaking in Danube Delta, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a perfect for kayaking. You can paddle through an intricate network of water channels and try and catch a sight of a bear or 2.
- Rock Climbing in Turda Gorge, a stunning natural reserve. Its limestone walls mean there are lots of challenges for climbers of all levels.
- Go bird watching in Danube Delta as with over 300 species of birds, its a haven for bird watchers. So don't forget your binoculars to spot pelicans, swans, and various other migratory birds.
- Go on a hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia and experience its fairy-tale landscapes. The unique rock formations and sunrise views make it a memorable adventure.
How many days in Romania is enough
The ideal time to spend in Romania will depend on the specific places you want to explore and the pace you like to travel. Its worth however spending at least 7 to 10 days to get a good feel for the country. Here's a possible itinerary:
- Bucharest (2 days): Explore the capital city, visit historical sites like the Palace of the Parliament and the Village Museum, and enjoy the nightlife and local food.
- Transylvania (4 days): Visit cities like Brasov, Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca and explore medieval castles like Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle
- Carpathian Mountains (2 days): Immerse yourself in nature with a trek or hike in the Carpathian Mountains. The Făgăraș or Piatra Craiului mountains are particularly beautiful areas.
- Danube Delta (2 days): Head to the Danube Delta for a unique ecosystem. Take boat trips through the waterways, look for bears and woves and relax.
Romania has a diverse array of experiences throughout the year with each season bringing its own unique charm to this beautiful country. So whether you're drawn to the colorful landscapes of spring, the vibrant festivals of summer, the rich cultural heritage of autumn, or the magical winter wonderland, there really is something for everyone in Romania.