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ATM and Credit Cards


Currency exchange:

Romania's currency is Leu (plural "Lei" - pronunciation: lay). Abbreviation: RON


We are at the forth Leu generation now – first one was in 1877, second one in 1947, then 1952, and the current one in 2005. The current notes are made from polymer and were introduced for 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 lei. A 200 lei note was added in 2006.

Banknote denominations: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 lei

Coins: 1, 5, 10 and 50 bani pieces. (pronunciation: bahnee)

1 leu = 100 bani

Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks orauthorized exchange offices (called: "casa de schimb" or "birou de schimb valutar"). International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services. Romania's currency (Lei) is not readily available abroad. If you do not wish to keep your leftover Romanian Lei please make sure that, before leaving Romania, you have converted them into the currency of your choice.

ATM (Bancomat)

ATM machines are available at main banks and at airports and shopping centres. There are very, very few ATMs in remote areas or villages. ATMs that have symbols for international networks such as STAR and PLUS will accept US/ Canadian banking cards.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards including American Express, Mastercard and Visa are accepted in large hotels, car rental companies and stores in the main cities. However, credit cards are unlikely to prove useful in small towns or away from tourist areas.

Contrary to practice in the United States, a PIN is usually required to make credit card purchases. Many American banks allow cardholders to establish such a PIN prior to travel, in case one is needed. If you do not have a pin just tell the cashier "this is a no pin credit card". Regardless, it is a good idea to notify your bank of your international travel, and the potential legitimate use of your card abroad, prior to leaving home.