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Old Mar 1, 03, 10:05 am
Join Date: May 1998
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From the "in your pocket" guide to Bucharest:

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">All international flights land at Otopeni International Airport (Aeroport International Otopeni), which is a 30 minute drive from the city centre. After getting off the plane and easing your way through passport control, you’ll find yourself in the baggage reclaim area. Ignore any of the services on offer here, be it currency exchange or limousines to the city centre. Instead, grab your luggage, which usually arrives promptly (if it fails to arrive head for the small office on the left hand of side of the exit, where staff will help you find out where it might have gone), and then it’s off through customs to the waiting taxi drivers in the arrivals area. Ignore these taxi drivers, complete with meaningless ‘official driver’ badges, at all costs. . . . . [T]hey now seemingly have complete control over all traffic in and out of the airport . . . meaning that should you call a taxi from an honest company (CrisTaxi tel. 021 9461 or Meridian tel. 021 9444) you will probably have to wait for it at the entrance to the car park, opposite the exit from the terminal. If you need local money, then there’s an ATM in the arrivals hall. If you need to use a public phone, you’ll have to first procure an Evrikard from one of the dispensing machines (found in the arrivals hall next to the ATM, and which accepts both 50,000 and 100,000 lei notes). There is no tourist information desk.</font>
(Emphasis added, certain information deleted for legal reasons.)

For more information, check out this link.

As I noted above, when I was there recently and stayed at the Marriott, the Marriott sent a van which was waiting to collect us at the airport when we landed, charged about $12, and added it to the bill.
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