Private rooms and apartments are really budget-friendly. You won't have a hard time searching for something affordable. We managed to book a 20eur apartment in a cobblestone street in the centre of Sibiu.
When in Romania one doesn't need to worry about the amount on the bill after a tasty dinner. It was our first trip where we ate in a restaurant once a day every single day of our stay and at the same time managed to stay within our budget.
Oh well, if I really made a list of how you can save money while in Romania, it would be an endless one. There is so much to see, do and buy without leaving you broke. So use this to your advantage and, if possible, prolong your stay to take in as much as you can.
Indulge in local delicacies
Hand-picked blackberries, home-produced honey, smoked sausages, all sorts of cheese, boiled corn on the cob, different sweets and other delicacies can be found on stalls scattered around, or sold by grannies you might come across while wandering through the mountains.
Feast your eyes on beautiful castles
I'm not sure where to start here. Wherever you turn, you'll discover another beautiful castle. The ones we have visited are definitely worth checking out: the gorgeous Peles castle, the intriguing Bran castle (setting of Bram Stoker's Dracula) and the impressive Corvin castle.
Immerse yourself in colourful towns
If you like colourful streets that also look splendid on photographs, then you'll adore the charming Romanian towns. Visit the Medieval Sighișoara to find the house where Count Dracula was born. Stroll through the streets of Sibiu but don't get startled if it seems the houses watch back at you. 🙂
Rent a car for your whole stay
It's easy to budget in Romania so you can invest in renting a car and make better use of your time there. It will probably cost a lot but it will be worth it, especially if you decide to follow my next advice.
Escape into the mountains
Cross the Făgăraş Mountains on the Transfăgărășan and find out if it's truly the most beautiful road in the world. While you're there, spend a night or two at Balea lake and explore the spectacular surrounding mountainous scenery.
Along the way
When you are already on the road, you will more often than not drive through beautiful nature and tranquil villages. Don't hesitate to stop and rest along the way. Explore a bit and take in the character of your surroundings.