All in one, Warsaw
The little gondolas which leave from the Palace steps are a colourful sight as they meander their way around the swans and ducks. A nice experience for families with young children who may be too hot to walk around the pond and island. The trips cost just a few zoltys so why not go for a little sail while admiring the beauty of nature.
The last photo shows the little carts which traverse the many footpaths using pedal power, again a nice thing for children while Mum & Dad relax.
Buses and trams are convenient public transportation in Warsaw. We used bus 180 to get from Nowi Swiat street to Wilanow (it is the last stop of bus). Also another bus was used to get from Warsaw uprising museum to Praga district (No 190).
If you want to get to Warsaw uprising museum from Rondo del Golle, you have to take tram 22 or 24 till stop Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego.
Bus - tram ride of max. 20 minutes cost 2 zloty, if it is around 30 minutes, it cost 2,80 zloty. You could buy tickets in kiosks, as drivers sometimes don't have time to purchase it. There are sometimes ticket purchase machines inside buses.
Warsaw has a great transit system that can get you to pretty much anywhere you need to go throughout Warsaw. The buses are reliable when it comes to their time schedules, and the Metro and Trams run every couple minutes.
People in Warsaw are always willing to help you out when it comes to train times and bus routes. So dont be affraid to ask. I have never asked someone that didnt try their best to help.
Tickets are cheap 1.20 zloty (students) 2.40 (normal) the normal price comes out to about 60 cents (American) for a one way bus,tram, or metro ticket.
Like any subways stations throughout the world, be careful at night and make sure u know when the last train or bus is. Times very depending on whcih route u are taking.
Have fun in Warsaw and be safe.
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The most popular way to travel around Warsaw is by bus or tram. They're relatively inexpensive, although price list is getting more and more complicated.
While traveling by bus or tram mind your pockets.
Travelling around Warsaw by public transports seem to me a little tricky. Trams and buses routes and maps available make me confuse. So I choose to travel simply by taxi which is quicker and not expensive at all (look only for official taxis).
Warsaw public transport is very efficient and relatively cheap. Buses and trams go everywhere, you can also take underground from the centre to the south of the city. There is a bus/tram timetable on every stop and all bus/tram stops are named. There are also route boards inside bus or tram, so you can follow the way. Some less used stops are marked 'na zadanie' - you should wave your hand to stop the bus or use a special button above the door if you want to leave. Daytime buses, trams and the underground operate mostly between 4:30 am and 11 pm. Night buses go all around the city every 30 minutes and meet at the Central Railway Station every 15 and 45 minutes after the full hour. Daytime buses run usually every 5-15 minutes on weekdays and every 10-20 minutes on weekends.
Tickets can be purchased in numerous kiosks. You can also buy a single ride ticket from a diver with a small surcharge.
The map of Warsaw is displayed on many bus stops.
There are numerous kinds of tickets. Single ride costs 2,40 PLN (night buses: 7.20), but most of people use 24-h, 72-h, weekly (tygodniowy), weekend , 30 and 90 days tickets. For tourists the 24h, 72h or weekly tickets are recommended. There are two kinds of tickets of each above category: cheaper within city limits (miejski) and more expensive for the whole network (sieciowy). The prices are shown on each bus stop and inside all means of transport, as well as on the internet (www.ztm.waw.pl)
ISIC card holders are entitled to 50 % discount.
Tickets should be punched immediately after boarding the bus or tram, or at the entrance to the underground station.
One day, weekly and monthly tickets are not valid on night buses, but the weekend ones are.
The worst tourist trap in public transport are the luggage tickets. You have to pay additional fare (single ticket) for each piece of luggage with sum of dimensions exceeding 120 cms. Do not neglect that especially on a bus #175 from the centre to the airport.
If you want to do a sightseeing in Warsaw better leave your car in the garage ;-) There is quite good public transportation. You can choose from buses (about 140 lines), trams ( about 30 lines) or underground (only one line but it's still built) . And if you want to go somewhere close to Warsaw you can also go by local railways.
You can came by train or fly.
Warszawa is at the middel of Poland. It's good for start your trip here.
Tram, bus, metro.
http://www.twojemiasto.pl/ there is a map of transport, city and other.
But in my opinion the best way to travel is.... on food.
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: email@example.com; 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).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.