Congrats on deciding to visiting Romania! However, 5 days is by far not enough to do it! At the most you can have a peak preview to what Romania has to offer. I am sure you will fall in love and come back afterwards. If you don’t believe me have read what other tourists wrote about Romania here after they visited it the first time.
From the beginning, I must tell you that the best way to discover Romania is by car. So, you either come with your own car or you fly to Romania and rent a car. If you want to have an idea of the flight ticket and car rental price you can have a look here. Anyway, don’t rely on the public transportation, except in the interior of the big cities. Travelling by train in Romania is not something you want to use, trust me on this.
If you come by plane, the best airports you can land are the one in Bucharest called in Otopeni airport (if you want to visit also the capital of the country) and the one in Sibiu (the closest airport to Transylvania and the best option if you want to visit just Tranylvania).
If you come by car, the itinerary depends from the point you are entering Romania. Anyway, I would suggest to spend more than just 5 days and have a look at one week itinerary or even 2 weeks itinerary in Romania.
But coming back to our 5 days itinerary – ideally if you come by plane and you land in Bucharest. You will not need to rent a car for any of the below itinerary. The money saved like this you could use to have a 1 day or 2 days guided trips to Transylvania as you will see below.
5 days itinerary Romania – option 1 (no car needed)
Day 4: Dracula Castle – I would book a day trip to Dracula Castle and Peles Castle, so you can have a preview of Transylvania. The day trip includes the transportation (so you don’t need a rental car), the guide, pick you/drop off from any hotel/address in Bucharest. It’s a full day trip so expect to leave early and return late.
Day 5 : If you are a foodie like me, I would have another tour called Street Food’n’Culture Tour and you could try some of the Romanian traditional delights while finding more about Bucharest
5 days itinerary Romania – option 2 (no car needed)
Day 1 +Day 2 – Bucharest : Palace of Parliament (the 2nd largest administrative building in the world ) old City , museums you can have a look at the 3 days itinerary in Bucharest here for inspiration;
Day 4 +Day 5: 2 day trip to Transylvania (Besides the Dracula and Peles Castles from option one you can get to visit Sighisoara – the colourful medieval Citadel); Again you don’t need a rental car, you will have a guide and 1 night accommodaton included.
Day 5 :Therme relaxion and shopping
Road trip Romania 5 days (car needed see the rental prices here if you don’t come by car)