Getting to Warsaw by CarInternational Driving Permits and European and US national driving licences are accepted for the first six months in Poland. Drivers should carry their vehicle registration documents and Green Card insurance. Information about road travel can be obtained at border crossings and from the Polish Motoring Association (PZM), ulica Kazimierzowska 66 (tel: (022) 849 9361; fax: (022) 849 1951; e-mail: email@example.com).
Getting to Warsaw by Air
Warsaw-Okecie International Airport (WAW)
Tel: (022) 650 4140 (information) or 3943 (departures) or 4220 (arrivals).
Getting to Warsaw by Train
Polskie Koleje Panstwowe (PKP) (Polish Railways) operates trains on the Polish rail network (website: www.pkp.com.pl). The main lines passing through Warsaw are the Moscow-Berlin and Gdansk-Ostrava routes. Tickets can be purchased at the station or through Orbis tourist offices, and information can be obtained from national rail enquiries (tel: (022) 620 0361 (domestic) or 4512 (international)).
Most international services arrive at Warszawa Centralna (Warsaw Central), aleje Jerozolimskie 54 (tel: (022) 524 4320), adjacent to the Centrum metro station. Station facilities include tourist information, 24-hour left-luggage, post office, bureaux de change, ATMs, shops and snack bars. The other main stations are Warszawa Wschodnia (Warsaw East), Warszawa Zachodnia (Warsaw West) and Warszawa Gdanska, which receives trains from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.
Rail services: EuroCity and InterCity trains from Cracow (journey time - 2 hours 40 minutes), Berlin (journey time - 6 hours 20 minutes) and Prague (journey time - 8 hours 50 minutes) arrive at Warsaw Central station. Care should be taken on some night train routes, where thieves have been known to operate.
Transport to the city centre: All of the stations are connected to the bus and tram network. From the Central railway station, crossing the street to the Marriott Hotel to obtain a taxi is recommended.
The Municipal Transport Board (ZTM) operates the bus and tram network, connecting all parts of the city (tel: (022) 827 3747 (0700-1530); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.ztm.waw.pl).
Buses and trams run 0500-2300. Night bus routes converge near Central station half-hourly 2315-0445. There is a one-line metro system, running every 5-8 minutes 0500-2315 from the southern suburbs to the city centre. Plans for the completion of Warsaw's first metro line to Wolczynska Street are dependent on levels of investment in the forthcoming years.
Tickets, valid for all modes of transport, must be purchased before boarding. They are available at the green Ruch kiosks, post offices, hotels and most restaurants. A single fare costs Z2.40. With every change of vehicle, a new ticket must be punched in the metal boxes inside the bus or tram, or before entering the platform on the underground. A full-price ticket must be punched for each large piece of luggage. The fare for night buses is Z7.20, and can be paid directly to the driver.
A one-day pass costs Z10 and is valid until midnight. A group ticket (two adults and three children) costs Z16. A one-week ticket costs Z36. A weekend ticket for a group of up to five people is valid from 0000 Friday to 0000 Sunday and costs Z28. These can be purchased from kiosks, at the City Transportation Office, in the concrete building on plac Unii Lubelskiej, or at ulica Senatorska 37 between 0730-1500 (entrance from Saski Garden). Students up to the age of 26 (on production of an ISIC card) are entitled to reduced fares; children under four years old travel free. Pickpockets operate on some routes - especially bus 175 from the airport. Valuables should be kept close at hand and out of sight at all times.
Taxis are metered and can be hailed on the street, although fares are usually cheaper if the taxi is ordered by telephone. There are also a number of private firms. Payment can be made by credit card with the following companies:
Halo Taxi (tel: 96 23), Ele Taxi (tel: 811 1111),
O'K! Taxi (tel: 96 28) and
MPT Taxi (tel: 919).
Other taxis firms include:
BT Taxi (tel: 622 2222),
Nowa Taxi (tel: 96 87) and
Wawa Taxi (tel: 96 44).
3) Car Hire
Prices range from Zl200-1500 per day. The major car hire providers in Warsaw are
Avis (tel: (022) 630 7316 or 650 4871/72),
Budget (tel: (022) 846 7310 or 650 4062),
Hertz (tel: (022) 621 0239 or (0800) 143 789 - free call) and
Intercar (tel: (022) 838 8724).
4) Bicycle Hire
Cycling is not a popular option in Warsaw. Care should be taken while travelling in heavy traffic and at intersections. Bikes can be hired from Bike Rental, ulica Ostrobramska 73 (tel: (022) 613 6525).
Flying into Warsaw is pretty easy from all over Europe. The airport is only about 20 minutes from downtown.
When I wasn't walking, I took buses and trams around Warsaw. There is a metro, but it doesn't actually go many places. You can buy bus and tram tickets at most newspaper kiosks.
Warsaw is a large City and you might find Public transport useful or essential if staying out of the centre. There is a good network of trams and buses (where the trams don’t go). Transport is cheap. Get your ticket in advance from shops and kiosks displaying the “Ruch” sign. Consider a few spares as the shops and kiosks may not be open in the evenings or weekends. Do get your ticket as inspectors do check tourists and fine heavily if you don’t have one. If you have any baggage like a haversack or suitcase (not a back bag or handbag) you need a ticket for that as well. I got a very good map of the Public transport network in my hotel. I assume that are readily available. Pick one up if you can
By air: Warsaw-Okecie Fredric Chopin International Airport is located 15 kilometres (9 miles) south of the centre. In year 2000 4.5 million passengers traveled through WAW. There are plans of expanding the existing international terminal by 2005 and building a second one by 2010. The airport is quite user-friendly- it's not big and everything is well marked. List of major airlines flying to Warsaw:
LOT Polish Airlines (www.lot.com)
British Airways (www.britishairways.com)
Air France (www.airfrance.com)
KLM/ NorthWest (www.klm.com)
ElAl Israel (www.elal.co.il)
American Airlines (www.aa.com)
If you'd like to get more information on the airport go to www.polish-airports.com.
For flight schedule click here
By train: All trains call at Warszawa Centralna (Central Station). It's best to use InterCity and EuroCity trains- they're faster and more comfortable. There are international trains to Warsaw from: Berlin, Hannover, Koeln, Dresden, Kiev, Lviv, Odessa, Bucarest, Budapest, Vilnius, Vienna, Prague, Moscow, Bratislava, St. Petersburg
Warsaw has a good public transportation system: You can use busses, trams and the Metro (underground).
You can buy your ticket at newspaper kiosks, ticket machines or at the driver. You will have to save your ticket for the entire journey and remember- you've got to have one ticket per ride. You will also need a ticket for your baggage or dog. Always remember to validate your ticket!
If you fly in, you´ll start at Okecie Airport. Otherwise, you might start your stay in Warsaw at the Central Station 'Warszawa Centralna'. Conditions for tourists have hugely improved since the city authorities banned the local taxi mafia from these tourist spots. Nowadays, only three taxi corporations are permitted to work there and you don´t risk a rip-off any longer for a short trip
When getting around, you´ll have no problem with public transport. Well, busses and tramways are rather old but reliable. I recommend you to buy a one day ticket for 7,50 Zloty (not quite 2 $) ore a weekly for 26 Zloty, because you´ll need a new ticket every time you change your bus/tram. If you have spacious baggage, you´ll need a ticket for your suitcase of backpack as well - controls are rather frequent and they charge a 60 Zloty fine for 'overload'
I arrived by train from Krakow for 66 Zloty on an InterCity Express, in just under three hours.
Warsaw has an extensive bus and tram system which you will need to use if you want to see more than the Old Town, unless you are a found of long walks. Driving seeme pretty crazy and parking is definitely a problem unless you have one of these little malucas.
Bus, flyght, car, train, hitch hiking, moto, horse exc.
if it is not too cold, walking around the city is the best way to virit it, anyway taxis are not expensive and really honest.