Even though very few people know exactly where Romania is on a map, it is a pretty large country and getting from one place to another might prove to be very difficult (or at least take a long time) if you choose to travel by train or car. Fortunately, there are multiple airports in Romania and many of these offer international flights. This makes it easier – with a bit of planning – to always be close to your destination.

Most people know about the Bucharest “Henri Coandǎ” International Airport (also referred to as “Bucharest Otopeni” since this was its former name). But getting from Bucharest to Timisoara, for example, takes over 9 hours by train. Getting to Cluj Napoca takes even longer. So why not fly directly to Timisoara or Cluj Napoca?

Hopefully this list of international airports in Romania – and the map of these airports – will make it easier for those looking to visit the country to get as close to the city they plan to visit as possible. Even more, starting this year, local flights between major cities became a reality, so you now have the option to travel from Bucharest to Timisoara by plane in about one hour. Now that sounds nice!

These being said, here is the map of the international airports in Romania, followed by details on each of them:

Image via Google Maps

Now here is the list of the major Airports in Romania:

Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport

This is the largest and busiest airport in Romania. It has the largest number of connecting flights and might be the best option in most cases – unless you really need to get to Eastern or Northern Romania.

Official website here

Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport

The second largest International Airport in the country, it should be the perfect choice for those looking to get into the North and North-West of the country.

Official website here

Traian Vuia International Airport (Timisoara)

The third largest and most popular airport in Romania, this one is perfect for those looking to get in the South- Western part of the country or to get close to Hungary or Serbia.

Official website here

Iași International Airport

If you’re looking to get into Moldova or the North-Eastern parts of the country, this airport is your best choice. It’s also the one that closes the list of Major International airports in the country.

Official website here

Other international airports in Romania

The airports below are smaller and usually offer very few options when it comes to destinations from around the world, but they’re worth checking out as you never know what pleasant surprises they might hold for you, especially if you’re coming in from Europe.

George Enescu International Airport (Bacau)Official website here

Sibiu International AirportOfficial website here

Transilvania Airport (Targu Mures)Official website here

Craiova International AirportOfficial website here

Mihail Kogălniceanu Airport (Constanta)Official website here

Ștefan cel Mare Airport (Suceava)Official website here

Oradea AirportOfficial website here

Satu Mare International AirportOfficial website here

Danube Delta Airport (Tulcea)Official website here – This one doesn’t seem to be active though and might only work for private flight. Could not find any flight schedules for it anywhere.

Arad International AirportOfficial website here – I wasn’t able to find any flights for this one either, but the good news is that Timisoara is very close with a ton of connections.

Romania has even more airports, but since traffic to the country – and especially to the smaller cities – is not that great, they have been shut down. For example, the Tulcea Airport is no longer working for a while now, while the Baia Mare Airport is closed for renovation at the moment. Other smaller cities have airports (this is the case of the city I am currently living in – Drobeta Turnu Severin) but there are no plans for them to start working.

So, if you’re planning to visit Romania or move to Romania, you should check the map and see what airport is closer to you. Then take a look at the Bucharest International airport and see if there are local flights from there to or close to your destination since Bucharest does offer most options when it comes to connections with the rest of the world.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Calin: Now if only Tarom would restart flights to the USA. I would think they could do that with single-aisle planes (Boeing Max or Airbus Neo). Tarom could work with the Romanian Tourist Bureau to extol the virtues of Romania.

    I just hope Tarom doesn’t go the way of Malev!
    Very interesting article. Love anything airplane related.;-)
    ~Teil (USA)

    • Hello Teil,

      Tarom is in a lot of financial trouble, but I’ve seen some nice movements from them on the market. They bought new airplanes as you shared and they also started running some cool promotions and discounts in the country. Hopefully they’ll be able to survive the competition.

      As far as flying to the US goes, they offer an option (through partners, it’s true) through Paris. So you get to see the Eiffel Tower on your way here 🙂

  2. I see Ryanair flies from London to Oradea. Very good info. I’m finally retired and am either going to spend most of the year in Georgia, or 90 days at a time between several countries, Romania included. Done quite a bit of research, one of numerous things about Romania I like is they are far and away the best country to go to the movies. I’m currently in Mexico, will be looking at flying over next March. Great website as always!

    • Happy to hear that, Wade! Yay for the adventure to come! 🙂 Regarding Georgia, it’s very likely that you know about the blog already, but I am mentioning it just to be sure: ReinisFischer.com – he’s been living in Georgia for quite a while and has a lot of useful info about the country.

  3. Wizz Air seems to have pretty good coverage of Romania. However, they fly from really obscure airports in Germany which take forever to get to by bus. Although Wizz Air has very low airfares, they charge extra for checked baggage. I envisioned myself wearing all my clothes at the same time instead of putting them into a suitcase. I would look like the Michelin Man! That’s probably not a good idea in summer when it is very hot in Romania but maybe in winter I would try it. That’s a shame that the Romanian train system is so slow. I was amazed at how extensive the railroad network is. I keep hearing that the EU wants to give Romania lots of free money for infrastructure improvements but the Romanians can’t get their act together to submit proposals in time. Lots of EU money has been “left on the table.”

    • Indeed, it’s really sad that so much money has been left on the table. Not only railways-wise, but speedways as well… we are really lacking in that department and there’s a scandal related to them every month 🙂

      Another solid low cost company in Romania is Blue Air which is very similar to Wizz. Ryanair also has some amazing discounts and offers but yes, in most cases, you have to try and wear all your clothes unless you want to pay extra for the luggage 🙂

  4. Any updates on the construction of the airport in Brasov? I understand that the locals there are optimistic regarding its potential as a source of job creation. Also, how complete is the A3? As a gear head and Californian, I’m always interested in the ability to take a good road trip.

    • Jim, probably if all goes well my nephews will get the chance to drive on the A3 from one end to another :)) Progress has been really slow – as it usually is when speedways are involved in this country – and I doubt it will be ready anytime soon. Unfortunately, I know nothing about the airport in Brasov, but I’ll look into it.

  5. Stuart’s comment made me laugh as l have indeed seen a lot of people wearing tons of stuff on the flights then heading to the bathroom to take them off. There have even been accounts of people fainting due to the heat from all the clothing :-). I was asking you about Craiova remember as that is where the direct flight from Valencia goes, but it seems Wizz Air might have one going straight to Bucharest so l am watching the prices and will book when it gets reasonable :-). With any luck, we’ll see you this year! 🙂

    • Many of my friends do this as well. When they’re leaving for just a weekend break, it makes little sense for them to pay extra, so they put on as many clothes as they can. Everybody does what they think is best :))

      Regarding flights to Bucharest, you can also keep an eye on Blue Air, they also have direct flights from Valencia to our capital: http://www.blueairweb.com/destinatii/11_valencia It would be great to finally meet this year!

  6. Herllo Calin:
    I see “Humpty Trumpty” will be hosting your president, Klaus Iohannison, on Friday. I hope his handshake is as strong, or stronger, than President Macron’s. What aircraft will the president use, as I see as of 2016, Romania no longer has an official aircraft, but a project to acquire one or more has been approved.
    So, what do you think of all the terrorism in England? Do you scratch you head trying to understand it? I know I just can’t figure it out. Does Romania have contingency plans if the terrorist cancer metastasizes to Romania?
    It’s definitely a scary world!!!
    So now, I am looking at Oradea as the most likely spot in Romania to retire to. Is that city on your radar for a trip review? Plus, it’s a two-hour (or so) bus trip to Budapest, I think.
    Take care,
    ~Teil (USA)

    • Hello Teil,

      I have no idea regarding the President’s aircraft. I didn’t know he had a dedicated one :))

      Things are definitely scary regarding the terrorism acts and that’s exactly their goal, in my opinion. I feel extremely safe in Romania on that matter, to be honest, and the same would go for most of Europe. Yes, there seem to be some hot spots in a few countries, but I am also confident that they will find a way of dealing with this.

      Oradea is in a nice area indeed and close to Budapest or Debrecen. I have never been there though so I can’t offer first hand experience, but from what I heard and saw, it would be indeed a good choice!

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