Romania by motorhome: rentals, tips, areas, itineraries

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Would you like to visit Romania in a motorhome or converted van? Read all our practical advice in this article!

Despite its undeniable riches, Romania is often overlooked by travelers. A country of contrasting landscapes, with mountains, beautiful towns and seaside resorts on the shores of the Black Sea, Romania is a wonderful place to discover. It’s also home to the legendary Count Dracula!

For motorhome enthusiasts, the country offers beautiful itineraries and a warm welcome for adventurers. Visiting Romania by motorhome means taking your time to appreciate the richness of the country and enjoy a unique holiday.

This article contains all the practical information you need to prepare your visit to Romania by motorhome. You’ll find ideas for itineraries, traffic regulations to be aware of, the most important camping areas and the best time to visit.

Route ideas in Romania by motorhome

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Romania is a big country, and it’s perfectly possible to spend 1 month wandering around. A 2-week trip is the ideal length of time to see most of Romania’s treasures. The 1 week itinerary is a bit of a sprint, for those who can’t or don’t want to do otherwise. But if you can’t stay longer, it’s better than nothing!

Each day, the aim is to stop at every stage mentioned, or even more if you find something through your own research. Journey times are indicative and do not take into account any stops for sightseeing or rest.

A word of clarification about the Danube Delta: although it is Romania’s largest National Park, it is difficult to access by motorhome. If a visit is included in the 1-month itinerary, it is optional for the 2-week itinerary when you are close to Galați. On the other hand, it’s virtually impossible if you’re only staying for a week.

1 week

You’ll see the essentials and the must-see sites. Rest time, however, is limited.

  • Day 1: Bucharest – Constanța (227km, 2h20 travel time);
  • Day 2: Constanța – Galați – Iași (444km, 6h10 travel time);
  • Day 3: Iași – Ceahlăui National Park (189km, 3h30 drive);
  • Day 4: Ceahlău National Park – Cluj-Napoca (268km, 4h55 travel time);
  • Day 5: Cluj-Napoca – Târgu Mureș – Sibiu (231km, 3h45 travel time);
  • Day 6: Sibiu – Brașov – Bran Castle (174km, 2h45min journey);
  • Day 7: Bran Castle – Bucharest (173km, 2h40 travel time).

2 weeks

The ideal length of time to spend a whole day in a city or national park. With the exception of the Iron Gates, all the must-see sites are visited.

  • Day 1: Day in Bucharest ;
  • Day 2: Bucharest – Constanța (227km, 2h20 travel time);
  • Day 3: Constanța – Galați (223km, 2h45min journey);
  • Day 4: Galați – Iași (221km, 3h30 drive);
  • Day 5: Iași – Ceahlău National Park (189km, 3h25 travel time);
  • Day 6: Day trip to Ceahlău National Park;
  • Day 7: Ceahlău National Park – Călimani National Park (170km, 3h30 drive);
  • Day 8: Călimani National Park – Rodna National Park (97km, 2h40 travel time);
  • Day 9: Day trip to Rodna National Park ;
  • Day 10: Rodna National Park – Cluj-Napoca (161km, 3h15 travel time);
  • Day 11: Cluj-Napoca – Timișoara (316km, 4h10 travel time);
  • Day 12: Timișoara – Hunedoara Castle – Sibiu (300km, 3h45min journey);
  • Day 13: Sibiu – Brașov – Bran Castle (174km, 2h45min journey);
  • Day 14: Bran Castle – Bucharest (173km, 2h40min journey).

1 month

For those who have the time and want to see Romania from top to bottom in a motorhome, this is the itinerary for you! You’ll even have the chance to see the famous Iron Gates, the magnificent Danube Gorge on the border with Bulgaria.

  • Day 1: Day in Bucharest ;
  • Day 2: Bucharest – Constanța (227km, 2h20 travel time);
  • Day 3: Constanța – Galați (223km, 2h45min journey);
  • Day 4: Day trip to the Danube Delta National Park ;
  • Day 5: Galați – Iași (221km, 3h30 drive);
  • Day 6: Day in Iași ;
  • Day 7: Iași – Ceahlău National Park (189km, 3h25 travel time);
  • Day 8: Day trip to Ceahlău National Park;
  • Day 9: Ceahlău National Park – Călimani National Park (170km, 3h30 drive);
  • Day 10: Day trip to Călimani National Park;
  • Day 11: Călimani National Park – Rodna National Park (97km, 2h40 travel time);
  • Day 12: Day trip to Rodna National Park ;
  • Day 13: Rodna National Park – Cluj-Napoca (161km, 3h15 travel time);
  • Day 14: A day in Cluj-Napoca with a visit to the Turda salt mine;
  • Day 15: Cluj-Napoca – Oradea (158km, 2h35min journey);
  • Day 16: Oradea – Timisoara (180km, 2h 45min drive);
  • Day 17: Day in Timișoara;
  • Day 18: Timișoara – Chateau de Hunedoara (171km, 2h 20m);
  • Day 19: Timisoara – Domogled National Park (184km, 2h 45m);
  • Day 20: Day at Domogled National Park;
  • Day 21: Domogled National Park – Portes de Fer – Izvoru Bârzii (65km, 1h 10m);
  • Day 22: Izvoru Bârzii – Hunedoara Castle – Grădiște Muncelului-Cioclovina Nature Park (266km, 4h35 drive);
  • Day 23: Day at the nature park Grădiște Muncelului-Cioclovina ;
  • Day 24: Grădiște Muncelului-Cioclovina Nature Park – Sibiu (130km, 1h 40m);
  • Day 25: Day in Sibiu;
  • Day 26: Sibiu – Bran Castle (139km, 2h 20m);
  • Day 27: Bran Castle – Brasov (29km, 29 minutes drive);
  • Day 28: Day in Brasov with the citadel of Rasnov;
  • Day 29: Brașov – Buzău (164km, 2h55 journey);
  • Day 30: Buzău – Bucharest (114km, 1h 45min drive).

What is the budget for motorhome travel in Romania?

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Romania is still an inexpensive country, and this is reflected in the rental of a motorhome. On Yescapa, you can find a vehicle for €600 per week, insurance included! Local agencies are equally affordable, offering rates ranging from €115 to €145 per day, including insurance, depending on the season.

Backcountry camping is common practice in Romania, and you won ‘t be charged much for parking. Many camping areas are accessible free of charge. We therefore add €50 per week for parking, should you wish to stay a few nights in more luxurious areas.

Finally, for petrol, this is only an estimate, since it depends on many factors, but one thing is certain: we drive a lot. The mandatory freeway vignette has also been added.

The budget mentioned is therefore a high average. You can lower it by driving slowly or staying only in free areas.

Average budget for 1 week

  • Motorhome rental + insurance: 600 €;
  • Petrol + toll: €173 (including €3 vignette) ;
  • Parking: €50;
  • Total: €823.

Average budget for 2 weeks

  • Motorhome rental + insurance: €1,200;
  • Petrol + toll: €347 (including €7 vignette) ;
  • Parking: €100;
  • Total: €1,647.

Average budget for 1 month

  • Motorhome rental + insurance: €2,400;
  • Petrol + toll: €687 (including €7 vignette) ;
  • Parking: €200;
  • Total: €3,287.

Driving a motorhome in Romania: traffic rules you need to know

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What documents should I carry?

As Romania is a member of the European Union, some of your French documents will be valid on Romanian roads. First and foremost, your valid driving license (usually B, but not always – see our dedicated article), if possible a new version so you don’t have to prove it’s really you in the photo, the vehicle registration certificate and proof of up-to-date roadworthiness tests.

For other documents, it is of course essential that your insurance covers your travels in Romania. For this, you’ll need an international insurance card and a European accident report. You can obtain this green card directly from your French insurer or directly in Romania, from an agency or private individual.

What are the speed limits?

The speed limits are as follows:

  • 50km/h in towns and built-up areas;
  • 80 or 90km/h on national roads for vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes(90 or 100km/h for cars);
  • 110km/h on freeways for vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes(130km/h for cars).

The fuel

It’s easy to find petrol stations in Romania, whatever the route.

Prices vary regularly, and it’s difficult to give a range. The good news, however, is that it’s generally 40% cheaper than in France. For example, when a liter of petrol costs €1.40 in France, it costs €1 in Romania.

Drinking and driving

In Romania, the rule is clear: drive or drink, the choice is yours. As a result, the country has zero tolerance for drivers who break the law, and you’ll be punished even for 0.01g/litre of blood.

Freeway tolls in Romania: how much does your motorhome category cost?

Romania is very well served by freeways, with almost 1,000 km. There are no tolls in Romania, but a vignette, which is described in the next paragraph.

Further information about driving a motorhome in Romania

To rent a vehicle, you must be at least 21 years old. For motorhomes, the rule is even stricter: the minimum age is 25.

In order to drive on Romanian roads, you need a vignette, which you can buy online before driving. The price varies according to duration: €3 for 7 days and €7 for 30 days. So it’s quite affordable.

Headlights must be on day and night.

For the rest, the Romanian highway code does not differ from the French one.

How and where to rent a motorhome in France?

Would you like to visit Romania by motorhome, but don’t have your own vehicle? It’s now very easy to rent these vehicles between private individuals, especially in France. There are many online rental platforms, such as Yescapa. Bear in mind, however, that it’s a 20-hour drive from France to Romania!

How does it work?

  • First, you need to choose the motorhome in your city (e.g. Bordeaux, Nantes, Toulouse, Paris, Montpellier or Marseille).
  • Make sure you choose unlimited mileage, check the number of berths available and whether international travel is possible.
  • Make your rental request online and share your travel information (dates, rental options, mileage, etc.) with the owner.
  • If your request is accepted and after payment, you will have access to the owner’s contact details to arrange a first meeting.
  • On the day, present your driver’s license and pay the deposit.
  • An inventory of fixtures is drawn up and a rental contract is signed by both parties. You’ll need to sign it as soon as you return from Romania, and once you’ve done that, you’re all set!

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RV parks in Romania: where to park?

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While the country is welcoming to van travelers, camping sites are not all that plentiful, given Romania’s size. Perhaps the best-known is Vampire Camping, close to Bran Castle, Count Dracula’s « home » – hence the name! If you want to spend the night at a campsite, it’s best to look in advance.

Nevertheless, all the must-see sites have a motorhome park or at least a parking lot nearby. Don’t hesitate to consult a website or an app like Caramaps to find local areas.

The good news is that wild camping is allowed, and you can do it practically anywhere. Here are a few rules of good conduct:

  • If you want to camp in the wild, make sure before you set up that it’s not private property. If this is the case, ask the owner, who will generally accept bivouacs for one night;
  • Leave nothing lying around and respect nature.

When is the best time to travel in a motorhome in Romania?

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Romania’s climate is continental. It therefore varies considerably from one season to the next. What’s more, it can vary depending on the city or region. In general, it’s best to leave between June and September. Sometimes May and, more rarely, October are also good months for walking, with very few tourists.

The rest of the year is not recommended. Winter is only for the brave: it can be (very) cold, some roads are impassable and many camping areas are closed.