Sulina is a largest town in Danube Delta. It is also the most eastern point of E.U. Situated on Mouth of Danube, at the end of Sulina branch of Danube delta, city lies on Danube river as well as Black sea cost.
Nowadays, small fisherman city and summer resort, Sulina had a vivid history. Due to her strategic position as Gate to the Black sea, Sulina port was one of the most important ports on Danube. It housed the seed of European Danube Commission (C.E.D.), was the first duty-free zone in Europe in the 19th century. City was also a starting point for British explorers who were mapping Delta in the 19th century. Many of the cites from that time still exist,not all in a good shape, but giving a glance of previous glorious times.
There are no roads to get to Sulina, so the water ways are the only way to get from mainland Romania. If you are traveling by car, it is wise to leave your car in secure parking lot in Tulcea harbor. Price is around 10 lei per day. There is a way to get your car in Sulina, but, it is very expensive and not practical. There is nowhere where you can use your car in the city.
From Tulcea there are two boat options: slow ferry operated by state company NAVROM or any of the many "speed" boat companies. NAVROM ferry trip takes about 4h more or less. Tickets can be purchased in Tulcea port or online. For online tickets CLICK HERE Tickets can be bought one way or return. There's no need to buy tickets much in advance, 'cose those ferries can take around 200 passengers. Departure time from Tulcea is once a day, at 13:30 and from Sulina at 07:00. Price for one way ticket is around 45 lei.
There are many speed boat companies doing Tulcea - Sulina - Tulcea transport. They have small boats, that can transfer not more than 20 passengers. Reservation, one day up front is very recommendable. Journey takes 90 min. Price is 60 lei for foreigners, 50 lei for locals. Earliest one is at 8 a.m. and the last one is at 4 p.m. (in the summer at 6:30 p.m.).
To reach Tulcea, it is very easy with the train or bus from Bucharest or Constanta. Check HERE for trains timetable and price as well as HERE for bus timetable and price. Getting train online ticket will give you 5% discount on the price.
Getting around the city is easy by walking or by bicycle. There are two bicycle rental places, situated on a river promenade. Price is 5 lei per hour with minimum rental for 2h. All day rental is 25 lei.
Pretty Orthodox church (St. Nicholas), on a river promenade, very close to ferry port.
Old building of Danube Delta Commission (C.E.D) (just behind ferry port).
Lighthouse of C.E.D, just behind of Danube Delta Commission building. Now museum, but under renovation since 2018.Renovations are expected to last 36 months.
Abandoned Fish can factory on the north part of the city.
Old, 19th century water tower, north part of the city, after the factory.
Multicultural Sulina cemetery, situated on the road to the beach.
Sulina beach (Plaja Sulina).
Nice gallery, just next to Greek cultural center, with very nice, old pictures and photos of Sulina, present and past. Gallery owner doesn't speak English well but he is quite fluent in French and German. You can buy printed reproductions in postcards and poster sizes from 3 - 20 lei/peace.
Visit the lighthouse for 5 ron. Open the double door at the top to access the open air terrace. Since 2018, Lighthouse is under renovation that will last 36 months.
Stop in at the multinational cemetery (free). It's divided into Christian, Muslim & Jewish sectors, and has many nationalities represented. Poles, Turks, Greeks, English, Germans, French, Italians, Romanians, Bulgarians and many others lived in Sulina back in its heyday. Cemetery is also resting place for the Royal princess and prince of Moldova and have a Pirate grave too.
Take one or more boat tours around Delta. It is an amazing experience. Tours last from 2h up to whole day, depends on the tour. There are many companies advertising on the promenade. The best way is to book your tour with your accommodation for couple of reasons. Many of them don't speak English at all so you might get into all Romanian tour and if you get lucky you can get someone who will translate it for you on the boat. Another reason is not to be overcharged.
Spend the day exploring Delta with canoe or kayak. Rent one or take a guided tours.
Spend the day relaxing on the beach. There is arranged part of the beach with sun beds, umbrellas, beach bar and a small fast food place. Aside from that part there is a wild beach, one of the best preserved wild beaches on Black sea coast. There are many birds and wild horse wondering around.
Party on the beach in summer nights. Sulina beach bar and nearby club are very popular during summer nights. Club is open from Thursday - Sunday and beach bar is open every night. Very easy reachable from the city with taxi (cost 10 lei per car, one way).
City have one big supermarket on river promenade and couple more small shops on promenade and 2nd street. There is also one meat shop. They are very well equipped. Payment options are cash (Romanian Lei only) or credit card (Visa and Master card mostly, not so much American Express). If you want to buy fish, the best way is to cross with the small boat on Prospect island (crossing point is near Hotel Perla, one way cost 1 lei). When you get there you will see a bridge on your right side. Cross the bridge and first building there is fish market. Getting there early (before 8 a.m.) giving you a chance to buy good, fresh fish. Price goes from 6 lei up.
There are two banks operating in the city, CEC Bank and BCF Bank. They are also an Exchange offices. CEC Bank requires valid travel document for exchanging currency while BCF Bank requires valid Romanian ID only. They are also closed on every weekend and National holiday. There is also one post office in the city center. Exchange rates are bit lower than the ones in the big cities like Constanta or Bucharest. There are also 3 ATM's in the city center.
There are quite a few restaurants in the city but, try first to get good meal in one of the few home-stay places. These are locals who will prepare for you full lunch or dinner, three meals course with fish soup, grilled fish and traditional Romanian side dishes. Experience is priceless and meal is unbelievable good. Price range is between 60 - 90 lei and must be reserved one day in advance.
Restaurants have good menu and prices are very reasonable. If you are breakfast person, keep in mind that breakfast in the restaurants is served until 10 a.m. Not many (if any) fast food joints in the city. Hot dogs available but nothing more so far.
Casu Nicushor Fifth Street no.14 (Strada a V-a nr. 14). The owner doesn't speak any English but his son does. About 13 euro pppn. They also offer tours of the delta.
There are two fast ferries and one slow ferry leaving daily between 7 and 8am to Tulcea.
There are no boats on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Nor is there a boat at 8 am outside summer. The Mon Tue Thurs Fri Sunday timetable alternates between the regular big boat and a catamaran that seats 198 passengers.