I like Bucharest and felt safe there. I was thereby myself and bought the lonely planet book and did loads of sightseeing. I arrived at 1am so got a taxi, which was quite cheap and took me right to my hostel. but make sure you take a yellow taxi and not a private car who will rip you off something rotton. if you want to go by bus there is an information office at the airport. everyone speaks really good English. hope you enjoy it. Romania, and Bucharest in particular, get bad press sometimes, but I was in Romania 2 weeks and loved the country and people
I used to fly to Bucharest a lot in the early 70s. After landing and taxiing to the terminal, the plane would be surrounded by a detachment of soldiers with semis (guns). I wasn't stopping there; all BEA flights to Bulgaria used to fly to Bucharest first, as demand for Sofia/Bucharest alone was insufficient. So you'd get out, go past these soldiers, sit in Transit for an hour or so, then have to file past them again on the way back. The airport was a drab and depressing place, even by the standards of the time. Sofia wasn't much better, but there were no soldiers.