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You should be vigilant to petty crime, particularly in Chisinau. It is advised to always carry a photocopy of your passport for identification purposes, as police checks are frequent. 

There is a zero tolerance policy for possessing or supplying drugs; therefore, there are strong penalties for possession or use of drugs.

Avoid taking photos of military or government installations.

Things to do

Explore the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, which stands on the banks of the small River Byk. Visit the monuments, churches, parks, museums from the capital and other historical places such as monasteries and fortresses, wine cellars and other from Moldova.


Don't just stop at the first hotel that you heard about, do some research

In Chisinau there are over 30 different hotels, ranging in rates from $50 to $240 per night. A couple of these hotels are old and were built during the soviet era. The rates are pretty high, but don't expect much luxury.
Do some research on the Internet. There are a couple of complete online Chisinau hotels guides, compare rates, pay attention to photos and descriptions. It is better to spend 10 minutes on research than curse the hotel for a couple of days.

Public Transport

There is no subway system in Chisinau, although there is an extensive bus, trolleybus and mini-bus system which is used by most local residents. Buses and trolleybuses normally begin service at 06:00 with buses operating until 22:00, trolley buses and mini-buses until midnight.
Tickets are not used and cannot be purchased in advance. Route numbers are posted on the front and side windows.
 Single trip fares for buses are: 3 lei (0,18 EUR)
 Single trip fares for trolleybuses are: 2 leu (0,12 EUR)
 Single trip fares for minibuses are: 3 lei (0, 18 EUR)

Transportation fare is paid directly to the conductors or the driver.
 Taxi companies are widely spread in Chisinau. An average cost of a trip from one rayon to another is about 2,4-3 EUR.
If you need to travel more through the city or the country you can rent a car.


The official language of Moldova is Romanian. 
One very important fact is that the majority of the people from Moldova speak Russian too. This happened because in the Soviet period everyone was forced to study this language. So, if you speak intelligible Russian or Romanian and ask someone from the street a question in one of these languages he/she will easily answer it.
But now many young people speak foreign languages. The most popular languages are English, French, German, Italian.


Moldova has enriched its own culture adopting and maintaining some of the traditions of its neighbors and of other influence sources.

Don't do anything that you wouldn't do at home!
This is probably the best advice: don't do anything here that you wouldn't want others do in your country. All general rules apply here, just like in any other country. Treat people with respect and you will be treated with respect as well.

Food and Drink

Moldovans wines and champagnes - taste them. The average bottle of wine costs 3 - 7 EUR, with the finer wines being in the 7 -13 EUR range. Best advice would be to visit restaurants that have Moldavian cuisine. Ask the locals or at the reception desk, you will surely get some good recommendations.


In Chisinau, there is a good selection of theatres and concert halls, and an opera house. The Mihai Eminescu Theatre specialises in Romanian productions, as does the Youth Theatre Luceafarul (Poetic Star). All performances in the Chekhov Drama Theatre are exclusively in Russian (the building used to be the Chisinau Choral Synagogue). The Philharmonia Concert Hall houses Moldova’s Symphony Orchestra. It is also the base for the folklore Doina Choir, the internationally-renowned Zhok National Dance Ensemble and the Fluerash Orchestra of National Music. Russian and Romanian productions can be seen in the puppet theatre Licurici (Glow-worm). Operas and Ballet you can see in National opera and ballet theater. The country is famous for its tradition of folk arts and there are many lively musical groups (Tarafs), which play a variety of rare folk instruments including the tsambal (not unlike a dulcimer), cimpoi (bagpipe), fluier and nai.


Good buys are the vividly - coloured costumes, handmade carpets and locally-produced wines and brandies. The main open-air market (Piata Centrala) is on Armeneasca street, in the center of Chisinau. Although crowded, it sells everything and is a good place for bargains. There are several craft centres where trades include woodcarving, enamel painting, embroidery, weaving, and the making of musical instruments.

Shopping hours: Larger shops open Mon-Fri 08:00-20:00; all others open 09:00-20:00. Grocery stores are generally open seven days a week.