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Travel advise: payments in Romania
Jet off well-informed to Romania. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Romania.
Yes. The vast majority of vendors in Romania have a card terminal where you can pay with debit and credit cards. Romanian card readers work with chip and pin, similar to the point of sale systems in the UK.
Only in rural areas, most of them located in the North East of Romania near the Moldovan border, card payments may not be accepted so widely. This is especially the case in areas with a high share of Roma ethnics.
Contactless payments in Romania are available for purchases of up to 100 lei. For higher amounts you'll need to enter your PIN code.
If you are going to pay by card in Romania: Be aware of currency conversion fees and bank fees for card payments: Your bank's RON to GBP exchange rate may be not so competitive. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Romania, it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
We recommend that you take some Romanian Leu cash with you on your trip to Romania. Especially if you plan to travel beyond Bucharest.
You'll need cash for taxi rides, public transport, tipping, paying tour guides and for purchases from street vendors, on festivals and on traditional local markets, such as Piaţa Obor and Piaţa Matache.
Cash is a convenient and popular means of payment in Romania, and a great fallback option if card payments fail.
Romania is a great destination if you are looking for cheap prices: The average cost of living in Romania is 45% lower than the cost of living in the UK.
For a coffee in Bucharest expect to pay 7-9 lei. A three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant costs around 60-80 lei per person.
When eating and drinking out in Romania you are expected to leave a tip. An important part of waiters' salaries is from tips.
If you are happy about the service, consider leaving a tip of 5-10% of the bill. Always tip in cash.
Banknotes in Romania
The Romanian Leu is the national currency of Romania. The plural of 'Leu' is 'Lei'.
All Romania's banknotes are made of polymer plastic and have a see-through window. The current (new) Romanian Leu (RON) replaced the (old) Romanian Leu (ROL) in 2005, taking off four zeroes from the banknotes. For example, the 10,000 ROL banknote was replaced by the 1 RON banknote. Make sure to only accept banknotes dated 2005 and after.
Banknotes in circulation in Romania are 1 RON, 5 RON, 10 RON, 50 RON, 100 RON, 200 RON and 500 RON.
Coins in Romania
Romanian coins range from 1 ban (0.01 RON) to 50 bani (0.50 RON). The ban is the subunit of the leu, with 100 bani in 1 leu.
Did you get back from Romania with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Romanian Leu coins back to cash.
Romania's currency import and export regulations
There are no restrictions on bringing currency into Romania if you arrive from another EU member state. When arriving from outside the EU, travelers must declare currency with a value of over €10,000 EUR. This is also the case when leaving Romania if the destination is outside the European Union.
Ordering Romanian Lei online
Order Romanian Lei online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Romanian Lei online.
Selling back Romanian Lei
If you have Romanian Lei to sell, follow this link to exchange Romanian Lei to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'RON Romanian Leu'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Romanian Lei.