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    Currency in Romania RON - Things to know

    Foreign exchange guide to Romania and the Romanian leu


    What currency is used in Romania?

    The official currency of Romania (country code: RO) is the Romanian leu, with symbol lei and currency code RON.

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    Things to know about the Romanian leu

    The Romanian leu (RON) is the official currency of Romania, a country located in southeastern Europe. Here are a few things to know about the Romanian leu:

    1. The Romanian leu is abbreviated as RON and is divided into 100 bani.
    2. The National Bank of Romania is responsible for issuing and regulating the Romanian leu.
    3. The exchange rate for the Romanian leu is determined by supply and demand in the foreign exchange market.
    4. Romania has a mixed economy, with a significant public sector and a large agricultural sector. The country is also a major producer of oil, natural gas, and coal, and has a growing manufacturing and service sector.
    5. The Romanian leu has been relatively stable in recent years, but the currency has faced challenges due to economic challenges such as high inflation and a large budget deficit.

    Travel money for Romania

    Save money and time by Ordering your Romanian leu online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the RON cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

    Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

    For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Romanian leu otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


    Travel Ideas and Money Tips for Romania

    Rugged stone churches and dazzling monasteries dot a pristine landscape of rocky mountains and rolling hills. Transylvanian towns have stepped out of time, while vibrant Bucharest is all energy. When people think of Romania, they tend only think of gypsies and Dracula, but there is much more the country than that.

    The Carpathian Mountains carve right through the centre of the country, leaving a swath of exposed rocky peaks surrounded by groves of pine and deciduous trees, and stretches of bright green meadow below. The harsh geography has limited human habitation, and the woods are filled with deer, elk and bear.

    Transylvania, the land that gave us Dracula, has no shortage of jaw-dropping castles pitched precariously on rocky hilltops. There's spooky Bran Castle, of course, with its spurious connection to Bram Stoker’s fictional count, but don’t overlook beauties such as Hunedoara’s 14th-century Corvin Castle or King Carol I’s sumptuous 19th-century pile, Peleş Castle.

    Romania is known for its magnificent castles.

    What currency to use in Romania?

    Romanian’s currency is the Romanian Leu (RON), which actually means “lion” and the shops will only accept the national currency. Euros are sometimes accepted at larger hotels in Bucharest. However, the Leu is the only currency that should be used in Romania. The currencies which are most available at the exchange houses are US dollars, UK pounds, euros, or Swiss francs so we recommend bringing just those.

    There are a lot of ATMs in Romania, so you can withdraw money, as well. It’s safe to pay with your card if you don’t want to withdraw money. Only VISA, MasterCard, and Maestro are accepted throughout the country. If your card is by American Express, for example, it will not work, so you need to have a backup. When traveling to rural areas, having cash is a must.


    How to get around in Romania?

    In the cities, you can take public transportation, a taxi or an Uber, all of which are extremely affordable. Uber is available in Romania in a few major cities, such as Bucharest, Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca, and Brasov.

    Passenger ferry or private boat is the only way of getting around much of the Danube Delta, where you can pick up ferries or hop on fishers’ boats from Tulcea.

    A mix of buses, minibuses and 'maxitaxis', private vans holding anywhere from 10 to 20 passengers, form the backbone of the Romanian national transport system. If you come to understand how the system works, which is not easy, you can move around regions and even across the country easily and cheaply.

    Unfortunately, there appears to be little logic behind how the system is organised and how it functions. Buses and maxitaxi routes change frequently; often these changes are communicated between people by word of mouth. Towns and cities will sometimes have a half-dozen different bus stations (autogara) and maxitaxi stops, depending on which company is operating a particular route and the destination in question. Once you've located the bus station and your bus, buy tickets at station ticket windows or directly from the driver. Have small bills handy, as drivers cannot usually provide change for big bills.

    Taxis are cheap, reliable and a useful supplement to the public-transport systems. Drivers are required by law to post their rates on their doors or windscreens. The going rate varies from city to city but ranges from 1.69 to 1.99 lei per kilometre. Any driver posting a higher fare is likely looking to rip off unsuspecting passengers. While it is usually fine to hail one from the street, it's much better and safer to order taxis by phone from reputable companies or to ask a hotel or restaurant to call one for you.

    Streets of Bucharest.

    Travel tips for Romania.

    The rocky peaks of Transylvania and Moldavia, snow-capped from mid-October in some years, call out for conquering, and well-marked trails lead to summits from all directions. There are less adventurous but no less rewarding walks through woods, meadows and villages in other parts of the country. The Danube Delta is a vast and unique protected wetland and makes a perfect backdrop for fishing, boating and, especially, birdwatching in spring. In summer, from mid-June to early September, the action moves to the Black Sea coast. Beach resorts fill up with swimmers, divers, sunbathers and partiers, who come for the all-night, open-air clubbing marathons.

    For centuries, a highly productive peasant culture thrived in much of Romania. The hilly geography and lack of passable roads necessitated the emergence of hundreds of self-sufficient villages, where old-school crafts such as bread-making, pottery, tanning and weaving were honed to an art. Folk museums, particularly the open-air skansens and village museums, are a must.

    Many isolated hamlets, where the old folkways are still practised, are museums in themselves. This is most evident in Maramureş, where oversized hay racks, horse carts and stately wooden churches dominate, and towns and villages have seemingly stepped out of the Middle Ages.

    The rock sculpture of Decebalus is a huge carving in rock of the face of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia.


    USD/RON Market Data

    The below interactive chart displays the USD/RON change and UP📈 DOWN📉 trends over the past 1 Year.

    1 USD =
    4.6778We compare provider deals to this wholesale mid-market rate. Read more
      1 RON = 0.2138 USD   (Inverse rate)
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What currency should I use in Romania?

    The domestic currency in Romania is the Romanian leu.

    What is the Romanian leu currency code and symbol?

    The three letter currency code for the Romanian leu is RON — symbol is lei.

    Which countries use the Romanian leu?

    It is the domestic currency in    Romania.

    Is the Romanian leu a closed currency?

    No, the Romanian leu is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?

    What are equivalent amounts of USD and RON?

    Here are some popular conversion amounts for USD to RON (US dollar to Romanian leu)*.

    $ 1 lei 4.6778
    $ 5 lei 23.39
    $ 10 lei 46.78
    $ 20 lei 93.56
    $ 50 lei 233.89
    $ 100 lei 467.78
    $ 250 lei 1,169
    $ 500 lei 2,339
    $ 1,000 lei 4,678
    $ 2,000 lei 9,356
    $ 5,000 lei 23,389
    $ 10,000 lei 46,778
    $ 20,000 lei 93,556
    $ 50,000 lei 233,890
    $ 100,000 lei 467,780
    $ 0.2138 lei 1
    $ 1.0690 lei 5
    $ 2.1380 lei 10
    $ 4.2760 lei 20
    $ 10.69 lei 50
    $ 21.38 lei 100
    $ 53.45 lei 250
    $ 106.90 lei 500
    $ 213.80 lei 1,000
    $ 427.60 lei 2,000
    $ 1,069 lei 5,000
    $ 2,138 lei 10,000
    $ 4,276 lei 20,000
    $ 10,690 lei 50,000
    $ 21,380 lei 100,000

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    *Converted at the current USDRON interbank exchange rate. Calculate actual payout amounts for Send Money and Travel Money exchange rates.

    Send Money to Romania - Best Rates

    To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to Romania you need to find and compare exchange rates for International Money Transfers (IMTs).

    The available FX rates for sending money abroad can be very different to the mid-market (wholesale) rate which you see reported online and in the News.

    You should especially compare your own bank's exchange rates to those available from Money Transfer specialists to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.

    Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Romania

    When sending money to Romania it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

    1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
    2. You specify the local or Romanian leu amount you want to transfer
    3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
    4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted RON amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Romania.

    Use the above calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Romanian leu deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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