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Football travel advice: Romania v Northern Ireland

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Advice for Northern Ireland fans traveling to Bucharest, Romania, for the match Romania v Northern Ireland on Friday, 14 November 2014

Advice for fans travel to Romania for Northern Ireland versus Romania on Friday 14 November 2014

  • Date: 14 November 2014
  • Venue: National Arena Bucharest
Bucharest stadium
  • Kick off time: 2145hrs (local + 2hrs GMT)

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Romania

Passports and visas

  • you don’t need a visa to travel to Romania, but your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay

  • remember to bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) but also take out travel insurance, even if you’re only going for one night - it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties

  • we advise football fans to leave their passports in the hotel safe and use another form of ID, for example a driving licence or a photocopy of your passport.

Getting to the stadium

The National Arena is a football stadium in Bucharest in the Lia Manoliu National Sports Complex. The address of the stadium is 37-39, Bulevardul Basarabia, Bucharest. You can find a map here

On the day of the match coaches will be provided to transfer the visiting fans to and from the stadium free of charge. The coaches will depart from near the Europa Royale Hotel on Franceza Street which is the Northern Ireland fans recommended meeting point. Coaches will start to depart from 1700 hrs (local time).

If you decide not to use the free transport to get to the stadium there are two options by public transport:

  • to get to the National Arena from the city centre you can use Bus 104 from Piata Unirii 1 bus station for 8 stops to Maior Coravu bus station, route map here.

  • or you can use Tram 40 from Piata Sf. Vineri for 10 stops to Sos. Iancului tram station, route map

You can find details of public transport in Bucharest here

Yellow taxis in Bucharest should list prices on the side of the vehicle and display a company name. There are frequent reports of foreign visitors being overcharged by taxi drivers.

At the match

The recommended meeting point for the Northern Ireland fans is Str. Franceza, near the Europa Royale Hotel and surrounding area pre match.

Northern Ireland supporters should enter the stadium from Tony Bulandra Street through Gate H. Seating will be in sectors 126, 357 and 358. You should arrive early to access the stadium and take extra time when entering and leaving the seating deck area.

Your tickets will be checked twice, firstly at the entrance to the National Arena and then at the turnstiles which are operated by barcode readers. Visiting spectators should expect to be searched prior to entering the turnstiles. Only national and club flags are permitted.

Banners, alcohol, professional cameras, guns, fire sources, fireworks, pyrotechnics, firecrackers, glass or plastic bottle, umbrellas, are not allowed in the stadium.

At the end of the match visiting fans may be held back for up to 15 minutes.


  • no alcohol is allowed at the match. Fans who appear drunk will be refused entry. Drinking on the streets is not permitted and you could be fined 50 Euros

  • urinating in public is prohibited

  • loud shouting or singing after 10 pm is considered disorderly conduct and you may be arrested

  • all drug-related and sex offences are treated seriously, the age of consent 18

  • you should maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as in the UK

  • you should also be alert to the risk of petty theft in Bucharest or other Romanian cities and for pickpockets and bag snatchers in crowded areas, particularly near exchange shops, hotels, on public transport (especially to the airport), main railway stations and inside airport terminals

  • organised attacks by groups, often including children, occur. The most common method is of distraction whilst several people, often the children, attempt to snatch watches and jewellery from pockets or from around the neck and wrist

  • it is not advisable to drink the tap water

Contact the British Embassy Bucharest:

24 Jules Michelet 010463 Bucharest, Bucharest

Tel: (40) (21) 201 7200 (also for out of hours emergencies)

Office hours: Monday to Friday: 0800 - 1300 and 1400 - 1600

For more information please visit our website

Emergency services number: 112

Further information