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FAQs & travel information about Romaniarumänien

Romania is situated in Europe and is most famous for two things among enduro riders: the legendary Red Bull Romaniacs as well as the Carpathian mountains, famous for their exciting trails and beautiful landscapes. Before you’re heading out on your adventure through Romania with us, we would like to provide you with some basic knowledge on the country you’re travelling to and answer some of our most frequently asked questions.

FAQs & travel information about Romaniarumänien

Romania is situated in Europe and is most famous for two things among enduro riders: the legendary Red Bull Romaniacs as well as the Carpathian mountains, famous for their exciting trails and beautiful landscapes. Before you’re heading out on your adventure through Romania with us, we would like to provide you with some basic knowledge on the country you’re travelling to and answer some of our most frequently asked questions.

What do I need to enter Romania?

To travel to Romania as an EU-citizen, you will need a passport, an identity card, a provisional passport or a provisional identity card that must be valid until the end of your journey at least. Conveniently, you do not need to apply vor a visa however.

Which vaccinations do I need to be allowed to enter Romania?

If you directly enter Romania from Germany, no vaccinations are needed. However, we recommend being vaccinated against all standard vaccinations according to the calendar of vaccination of the Robert-Koch-Institut. You should also consider talking to a tropical disease specialist.

Which currency is being used in Romania? When and where can I exchange my money in Romania?

The Romanian currency is called Romanian Leu (RON) and it's exchange rate is about 1 Euro = 4,85 Romanian Leu. Speaking from experience, it is mostly the cheapest option to exchange your money in Romania instead of in your home country, however you have to consider that you might have to pay an additional fee if you are planning to deduct the money that is to be exchanged from your card instead of bringing it in cash.

Is there a time difference between Romania and Germany?

The time difference between Romania and Germany is +1 hour.

Which language is Romania's official language?

The country's official language is Romanian. Furthermore, many Romanians also speak French, Russian and Hungarian. In areas with many tourists, English is also common and in Transilvania, people even speak German.

What is the climate in Romania like and when is the best time to travel through Romania on an enduro?

The climate in Romania is moderate, partly continental, with mediterranean tendencies near the coast of the Black Sea. Thus, Romanians enjoy warm summers with average temperatures between 27 °C and 30 °C as well as cold winters, with temperatures of around - 7 °C and more rain or snow. For an enduro tour, autumn is just perfect, as very little rain has to be expected during these months and the temperatures still range between 17 °C and 23 °C. Therefore, the best time to travel to Romania is between April and November, which is the period in which we offer our enduro tours multiple times per week.

How can I travel to Romania the easiest?

Our enduro tour through Romania starts and ends in Sibiu, which is why we recommend flying to the international airport of Sibiu (SBZ). After your arrival, our tour guide will welcome you at the airport and drive you to your hotel, where you can rest after your short flight. At the end of your motorbike tour, we will also drive you back to the airport so that you can end your trip in the easiest and most relaxed way possible. If you would prefer to travel to Romania with your car or your motorbike, you can of course also do so - simply shoot us a message and we will be more than happy to assist you in planning your tour!

How can I book an enduro tour through Romania and which dates are available?

Each Wednesday between April and November, our five day enduro tour departs from Sibiu. To book your tour, simply select your preferred travel date, enter your data and click on book - we'll take care of the rest. If you would like to book further ammenities such as a couple of extra days to go swimming or to explore the country on your own, just let us know - the more information we receive, the better and quicker we can organize your next motorbike tour for you and the earlier you can lay back and relax, looking forward to travelling to Romania with your enduro!

How can I pay for my tour?

After your booking, you can pay for your tour via bank transfer or PayPal, the information that you need to do so will be mentioned on your invoice. An initial deposit payment amounting to 20% of the total tour price must be paid immediately after receiving the invoice, the rest of the payment is due 30 days before your scheduled departure. Exceptions can be made if flight bookings have to be paid in total in advance, which depends on the chosen airline.

Can I book an enduro tour through Romania as a beginner?

Just because you are new to riding your enduro, it doesn't mean that you cannot book one of our enduro tours! Simply let us know your level of riding and we will do our best to match you with other riders that are on the same page as you are, so that you do not have to worry about the trails being too tough (or too easy, for that matter)! After all, Romania has got many trails for beginners, intermediate riders and experts which we would love to show you!

How old do I have to be to participate in one of the tours? Do I need a driver's license?

All participants in our enduro tours through Romania need to be at least 16 years old, however all minor riders must be accompanied by a legal guardian. To participate, riders furthermore need a valid license that enables them to ride the motorbike that they would like to ride the tour on - e.g., if a rider wants to ride their 125cc motorbike, the German A1 license would be sufficient.

If you do not have a valid license, this doesn't mean that you cannot participate in our tours however - just let us know that you do not have a valid license during the booking process and we will design our tour in a way that does not require us to ride on public ground, enabling you to participate in our enduro tour without a license. 

You do not need an international license in Romania.

Can I rent a motorbike for the duration of the tour?

Yes, the tour price already includes the rent for one of our rental enduros on all riding days. Usually, we use KTM 300 TPI or KTM 350 EXC.

Can I rent an enduro without booking a tour?

You cannot rent an enduro bike without a tour guide unfortunately, as we think that going for a ride without knowing the area or even the local language is too dangerous.

I would like to participate in the tour with my own enduro - what do I need to consider?

If you would like to, of course you can also ride the tour on your own enduro. To do so, your motorbike should be legally registered, in a generally good state and equipped with proper enduro tires. If you are not sure whether or not your bike is suitable to ride the tour, write us an e-mail, call us, text us on WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram and we will be happy to assist you!

What happens if my motorbike breaks down during our tour?

If a part of your enduro breaks during our tour, our guide will try to fix it for you. Should this not be possible on our way, we will try to provide you with a replacement bike so that you can continue your tour as if nothing had happened.

If we need to fix enduro-typical damages such as scratches on our rental enduros, we will not charge you anything as long as you didn't enforce the damages willfully. For larger damages that require us to exchange the damaged parts, we need to charge you according to the KTM spare parts catalogue. We will, however, take care of the installation for you free of charge.

What kind of safety gear do I need to wear during the tour? Can I rent it?

For your own safety, we require you to wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads, a chest guard, gloves, a motorcycle jacket, goggles and durable motorcycle boots while riding. You can rent a helmet, knee and elbow pads as well as a chest guard from us for an additional fee of 30,00 EUR per person per day.

What should I bring in addition to my safety gear?

Besides of the safety gear mentioned above, we recommend bringing the following items to your motorbike tour:

  • A hydration pack or a normal, small backpack (incl. a rain cover)
  • A rain coat that can also be worn while riding your motorbike
  • Leisure clothing: t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, jeans, comfortable shoes, swimwear, underwear, socks
  • Towels, cosmetic products and personal hygiene products
  • Personal medicine as well as a first-aid kit
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Passport, driver's license and your wallet

I would like to add some additional days to my tour, would that be possible?

Romania is a beautiful country that surely has a lot more to offer than we can cover in just a few days of riding. Thus, we would be more than happy to assist you in booking some additional nights, whether you would just like to spend some more days in the city or you would like to enjoy some more action with one of our guides!

Which hotels will we stay in during our tour through Romania?

During our tour, we will stay in good 3-star guesthouses that we have only made positive experiences with so far.

What does the Romanian kitchen taste like?

The Romanian kitchen lives from its opposites and, just like its official language, features many different eating traditions. In the northernmost regions, you typically find many dishes with Austrian-Hungarian origins and in the South, many dishes stem from the Turkish and Greek kitchens. Generally speaking, Romanian food is hearty, contains lots of meat and is often times a bit sour. Furthermore, Romanians like to serve their dishes with mujdei de usturoi, a typical garlic sauce.

Mămăliga, a corn mush, is especially common and some of its variations are served with almost every meal. Another speciality are Romanian stuffed cabbage filled with ground meat, rice and dill, which are called Sarmale. To experience the sour taste we previously mentioned, order yourself a Ciorbă, a series of soups made with vegetables, meat or fish. With regards to dessert, Romanians like to eat sweet, just like we know it from Turkey for example. Common desserts entail Halva, Baklava, or Papanași, little doughnuts served with sour cream, marmelade and fruit. We say: Bun venit!

Which insurances should I conclude before my trip to Romania?

We advice you, as for any trip, to conclude a travel health insurance before your tour.

What happens if the weather gets bad during my tour?

Enduro riding is an outdoor sport, which is why the weather is always a risk factor. Should the weather be bad, our guides will determine whether they think that we can ride the tour anyways or not and if any changes to the routing must be made so that you can enjoy a safe adventure. Should our guides decide that going for a ride is too dangerous given the current situation, we will cover the kilometers in our support vehicle and try to adhere to the rest of the program as good as possible.

What happens if I cannot participate in the motorbike tour I booked?

You can find all information regarding the cancellation of your booking in our terms and conditions.

What else should I consider?

Now, that you have got a general overview of what to expect on your trip to Romania, you can take a look at the website of the government of the UK on travel advice for Romania to get even more information. We at Viaduro care for your safety, and therefore we would like to provide you with some information that enables you to travel safely. However, we can always only assume which information is important to the average traveler, so you might as well look for more information regarding your specific needs elsewhere (for example but not exclusively on the site of the German ministry of foreign affairs). Although we are regularly updating this information, it might also happen that not everything is up to date as frequent changes can always take place, thus, all information provided is not legally binding.

One last advice, please always make sure to listen to our guides! We can guarantee you that the only thing they want you to do - except having fun of course - is to be safe, and they are the ones that know this country best and that have the best overview of the ongoing situation. With that being said, you are now ready to read through the actual travel information. Enjoy your trip!

- last update: 03.07.20 -

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