Arena Națională is the national stadium of Romania, opened in 2011 and located on the site of the former national stadium, Stadionul Național which closed in 2007. The stadium hosts the majority of Romania international matches, as well as the Cupa României final. FCSB (formerly known as Steaua București) play their home fixtures at the stadium, with significant matches for Steaua’s rivals Dinamo București, including the Eternal derby between the two, also played at Arena Națională.
The stadium, which features a retractable roof, was due to be opened with a friendly match between Romania and Argentina in August 2011 but the match was cancelled after the Argentinian manager Sergio Batista left his position. The first match was instead a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier between Romania and France which finished 0-0.
The 2012 UEFA Europa League Final was played at Arena Națională, in which Atlético Madrid defeated fellow Spanish side Athletic Bilbao 3-0. The stadium has also been chosen to be one of the host venues of UEFA Euro 2020, hosting three group matches and a quarter-final.
Tenants: FCSB (Liga I), FC Dinamo București (Liga I – some matches) & Romania national football team
Tickets at Arena Națională
FCSB – FCSB have relatively low attendance figures at the Arena Națională for the majority of matches, except for derby and European matches. Tickets for league matches start at 10 lei, rising to 100 lei for a VIP ticket. Tickets for FCSB matches are available to purchase online on the official website here, with the ticket office opening a couple of days prior to each match (check the official website for opening times).
FC Dinamo București – Matches that FC Dinamo Bucuresti play at Arena Națională start at 20 lei, rising to 80 lei. Tickets are available to purchase on the club’s official ticketing partner here, or at the ticket office at Arena Națională or the club’s main stadium at Dinamo Stadium in the days leading up the match (check the official website for opening times).
Romania national football team – Ticket information for Romania international matches will be published on the official FRF website, with tickets available to buy on the ticketing section here. To give an idea on pricing, a ticket for a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match against Sweden in November 2020 cost between 35 lei and 120 lei.
Location & Travel to Arena Națională
The Arena Națională is approximately 5 kilometres to the east of central Bucharest, the capital city of Romania.
Air – Henri Coandă International Airport is Romania’s busiest airport, situated 16.5 kilometres north of Bucharest city centre. The airport has flights on offer across Europe, as well as several destinations in the Middle East.
From the airport, you can take the express bus to central Bucharest for 3,5 lei:
- Gara de Nord (the main rail station of Bucharest) – Line 780
- Băneasa Shopping Center – Line 782
- City center (Unirea Square) – Lines 783 and 784
Alternatively, a new rail station has opened 900 metres from the airport, with a journey time of 20 minutes to Gara de Nord (the main rail station of Bucharest). You can reach the airport station via shuttle bus from the arrivals hall, with tickets costing 6,8 lei.
Bus – Bus line N109 runs from Piața Unirii (Unirea Square) to Arena Națională stop, just outside the stadium.
Metro – The metro system is an efficient way of travelling around Bucharest, with metro station Piaţa Muncii being a 15 minute walk from the stadium. The station is on Line 1, if travelling from Gara de Nord travel in the direction of Dristor 2.
Train – Gara de Nord is the main rail station of Bucharest, with train services across Romania as well as internationally to Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Gara de Nord is approximately 7 kilometres from Arena Națională, therefore take the metro as above. Further information on trains in Romania is available on the state railway website here.
Tram – Trams 40 and 56 run from Piata S2nta Vineri, close to Piața Unirii, to Arena Națională stop, just outside the stadium.