November is the start of winter in Romania. Temperatures aren't as low, or snowfall as high, as later in the winter, but there is still a distinct chill in the air. Plus, days are relatively short. The average temperature range in Romania in November is between 35° and 50°F (2° and 10°C), so you'll need to bring a warm jacket. Temperatures tend to be colder in western, northern, and central Romania, and of course in the mountains, too.
Crowds & Costs
November is low season for travel to Romania. While the country is always quite a budget-friendly destination, if you're looking for a culture-related vacation at a lower price point, November isn't a bad time to visit.
Where to Go
Romania's towns and cities are the best places to visit in November because you'll be able to retreat indoors if the weather is cold. Base yourself in one or two towns in Transylvania—such as Cluj-Napoca or Sibiu—to enjoy the best of both worlds. Venture into the Transylvanian countryside to see incredible medieval castles and churches, and then cozy up in a good restaurant or bar at night. If you don't have long to spend in Romania you could base yourself in the lively capital, Bucharest, and take a day trip to the famous Bran Castle, which Bram Stoker wrote about in his novel Dracula.
What to Do
Some of Romania's highlights are not weather-dependent, so don't let the cold, gloomy weather put you off cultural sightseeing. The most important, well-known sites are still open to visitors in winter, especially UNESCO-listed places. The Bucovina region of northeastern Romania is a highlight for travelers interested in culture, art, history, and architecture. The incredible painted monasteries and churches of this region are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many churches are concentrated in the city of Suceava, which makes a convenient base for exploring the other scattered sites.
Events in November
St. Andrew's Day, 30th November. This saint's day is a national holiday in Romania and, like many religious festivals in Romania, incorporates elements of pre-Christian traditions, too.
Traveling to Romania in November? Check out these great itineraries
The Villages of Romania's Bucovina and Maramures - 9 Days. Step back in time and immerse yourself in bygone rural traditions on this 9-day tour of the Bucovina and Maramures villages, two regions that have carefully preserved their heritage.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Romania & Bulgaria - 15 Days. Romania and Bulgaria are home to a range of historic sites that have been honored as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This 15-day itinerary takes you to see many of them, starting in Romania.
Discover Medieval Romania - 6 Days. Discover medieval architecture and modern culture in Romanian as you travel by train around the country.