Moldova is one of the least visited countries in Europe, a tiny, former Soviet country filled with loads of surprises and unusual places to visit.
For all the practical information and things to do, don’t forget to check my Moldova Travel Guide
need to know for traveling in Moldova
Population: 2.6 million (138th)
Language: Moldovan, which is like Romanian, a Romanic language. Russian is widely spoken.
Area: 33,851km² (135th largest country)
Up to 103 nationalities, including all high-GPD countries (see the full list here) can get a free visa on arrival valid for 90 days within a 180-day period.
Chisinau has the main international airport, but you can easily travel overland from Ukraine and Romania.
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Best time to visit
Harvest season, from mid-September to mid-October should be the best time, as wine is a big deal in Moldova and one of the highlights.
Spring should be great too, as the weather is pleasant and the countryside becomes colorful.
Summer is high season, but most of Moldova has a continental climate, so it can get overwhelmingly hot, while winter is freezing.
The official currency is Moldovan Leu
1 USD = 18 MDL
You can find ATMs and pay by card in many cities, but not in rural areas.
Budget: starting at $35 a day for budget backpackers.
The unrecognized country of Transnistria
Transnistria is a breakaway territory that legally belongs to Moldova.
It’s a Russian-speaking and Soviet-nostalgic, unrecognized territory for which a separate visa is required, they use a different currency and basically, it acts like an independent country.
Read my Transnistria travel guide
Top experiences in Moldova
Wander around the ghost country of Transnistria
A country within Moldova which was never recognized by the UN. Read my Transnistria travel guide
Moldovan is a wine country and, as well as visiting all the wine bars in Chisinau, you must see how villagers produce it in the traditional way.
Spend one night in a Moldovan village
Moldova is by far, the most traditional country in Europe, a country filled with timeless and super authentic villages.
Discover the Soviet Heritage of Chisinau
Loads of concrete and Soviet architecture.
Check our 12-day Moldova itinerary
tips for Moldova
There are hotels and hostels all across the country for all pockets.
From Chisinau, there are endless activities, day trips and excursions that you can easily book with just one click.
Marshrutka is the way to go, as distances aren’t particularly long and you just get so many options all day long.
There is a train line in Moldova but it is not that convenient unless you are traveling to places outside of Moldova, like Odessa or Bucharest.