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Transportation at nite
You can choose from the whole variety of night clubs, bars and cafes. There's no problem if you wanna come back to your hotel late at night. Either take a taxi or if you wanna safe some money (taxis are pretty expensive, especially at night for international tourists cuz drivers are not always straight with them) you can take a night bus. All the night buses leave from a bus depot next to the Central Station every hour at :15 and :45 minutes (e.g. 1:15 and 1:45). If you have a problem with finding the right stop just ask somebody. If your hotel is next to the metro station during weekends you can use its services till around 4 a.m.
Bus 175 from airport to city
The bus to the city is the way to go on a budget!
It takes about 20 minutes to get from WAW to the train station and costs about .84 cents US.
There are two lines at the airport but 175 is the one to the city center and back.
The bus did get crowded as we got closer to the city but it was not at all unsafe and I was not in fear of any pickpockets.
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We found the bus to be an
efficient and inexpensive way
to get around Warsaw.
** NOTE ON TICKETS **
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ONE, AND
DO PUNCH YOUR TICKET IN THE
MACHINE WHEN YOU BOARD THE
They have ticket inspectors who
check the riders for tickets, and if
you do not have one, the fine can
This set of pictures will show you a
typical bus, kiosk where they sell bus
tickets, bus stop, and bus tickets ....
Tickets to ride the bus are available
at most all the little kiosk stands.
** NOTE **
Make sure you punch the machine
when you get on, because there are
agents who come thru and check
We saw a few people get written up for
not having a ticket, and we understand
that the fine is alot more than the cost
of the ticket.
So a word to the wise, get a ticket for
your ride, afterall, they are very cheap.
Hotel Shuttle Bus
One of the cheapest and efficient ways of getting from the airport to the city is by taking the Hotel Shuttle Bus. Its a shuttle bus service provided by a number of hotels in Warsaw. The bus picks you up from the airport and drops you off at one of a few hotels is serves.
We we were staying at the Interncontinental, we took it straight to the hotel, and it cost both of us only 15zl!!! What a total bargain!!
They can be found parked next to the car park as you exit the arrivals hall of the main terminal. If you are arriving at Etiuda Terminal, just walk over to the main terminal, and get them from there. They are white Mercedes buses, and tickets are available from the driver.
Apologies for not having a picture of the shuttle bus, I forgot to take one... so I posted a pic of our funky hotel!!
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By bus to Warsaw
Once I got to Warsaw from Krakow by PKS bus. Trains are mostly much faster and always more comfortable but a bit more expensive. If there is no direct and fast train from your destination to Warsaw check planes and buses (from Lithuania for example).
Polski Express (webpage exclusively in Polish, why?) runs scheduled long-distance domestic buses which arrive to Central Railway Station and to the airport. Check their timetable here (Poland) or here (Warsaw). They sell tickets (no reservation) in some tourist offices, at the Warsaw airport and at the office (Centralny Punkt Informacji i Sprzedazy Biletów PEX) in al. Jana Pawla II, between Central Railway Station and Holiday Inn hotel.
PPKS Warszawa (webpage in Polish only, why?) runs both domestic and international (Lithuiania!) scheduled long-distance buses which arrive to Warszawa Zachodnia (Western Warsaw bus terminal, Al. Jerozolimskie 144) and Warszawa Stadion (Warsaw Stadion bus terminal; Zieleniecka St.) where tickets are available (for some destinations at some tourist offices as well).
For international buses look here and check :
2. PKP Intercity which runs scheduled buses from/to Vilnius, Lithuania.
3. Comfort Lines
4. Aura - webpage in Polish only, why?
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In general, buses are not the way to go if you're planning a long distance route (there are some exceptions to this rule), however the local buses are great for avoiding tired legs.
Buses with red numbers in the window are the fast buses which avoid some stops. Bus 180 is a good bus if you want to get an overview of most of the most important sights in Warsaw. Number 116 will take you all the way from the Wilanow Palace in the southwestern part of town to the Old Town.
To buy a ticket, go to the Ruch Newsstand and they are available for 2.40 zl. The buses also run from 5 am to 11 pm.
Believe its for free.... All buses we took to move around as well trams we never paid for it, just one to come from the airport to the city... its a good service and the stops are so closer to the tram stops so you can choose!!
easy and free what more do you need !!!
General tips on using the system.....
-- The "Self service" doors on the bus:
It does not mean you'll have to drive it your self, only that you have to open the door you want to use. The driver will not open all doors at once in order to preserve heat, but the passenger has to do it by him self. It is done by pressing the blue or white, square or rounded button marked usually with word " DRZWI " (door in Polish) and located on the metal bar just in front of every door. On the outside of the bus by the door there are rounded unmarked buttons one should push or the door shall stay closed and the driver will drive the bus away.....
-- NA ZĄDANIE :
Those words mean that the bus will stop only "by request".
If you see those words marked on label with the bus' number on the station you are waiting, or on the time table there, be advised to raise your hand to signal the driver.
Same goes with signaling the driver when you are on the bus. It is done in advanvce by pressing the "stop" button located on the metal bar by the doors, or the little rounded buttton in the center of the black plastic cover above the door in the old noisy buses. No button? ask the driver.
In every bus there is a plate with the route/stations the bus is serving and those "by request" stops are marked as a little circle instead of a black big dot.
-- Reading the time table:
In almost all stations/stops one can find the time table of every bus/tram that stops there. The drivers are relatively acurate by the time.
The right-side labled as " Swiêto i Sobota " means Saturday, Sunday and holidays, when the buses/trams are less frequent as on weekdays (dzien powszedni). Download the picture as an example.
All means of transportation with 1 ticket
One day (24 hours), three days or 7 days (weekly) ticket - is the "all in one" ticket you can buy, valid for all means of transportation in Warsaw. The public transportation system is very convenient and relatively efficient. This one ticket can get you everywhere in a "hop on - hop off" way, including the trams (electric street cars) and the Metro (underground). The clock for using it starts to tick from the first use only, not from moment of purchasing it. Should be available at all kiosks (green - yellow RUCH kiosks) and at the local transportation administration center at the "Ratusz" metro station. Also at many hotels etc.
Don't forget to "cash" (validate) the ticket on first use ! Just put it in the yellow tricky slot box on the bus or tram and it will spit it back with "valid until" time printed. The fine for not having a valid ticket is very high and the inspectors are very firmly built.......
Take bus 180, hop on and off
Bus No. 180 will take you to all the major sites you'll probably want to see. Route starts by Wilanow palace and gardens, through the main parts of the city, the "Royal way / King's route" with Belweder and the Lazienki park, the "3 crosses square", Nowy Swiat (new world) street, the Old Town, the Royal castle, the "Warsaw Uprising" monument, the Monument to theHeroes of the Jewish ghetto, up to the Jewish cemetery and the last stop is by the military cemetery.
The all-day ticket (as the 3 day- or the week's tickets) is a good way of using this option. Validate the ticket on first "hop".
Bus stops for red-numbered buses
Some buses in Warsaw have red numbers: they are express buses and don't stop at all stops, only at selected ones. For instance, none of them stops near the entrance to the Lazienki Park, so, if you happen to take one, get off at Plac na Rozdrozu and walk on. If you miss that stop, you will have to walk a long way back from the next stop, like some Japanese tourists I saw on my way back from work today. Black-numbered buses, on the other hand, stop right in front of the entrance to the park, opposite Chopin's monument.
To and From Warsaw by Bus (Coach)
Buses constitute a relatively cheap and popular means of transport. They are not really comfortable (with few exceptions) but reach places where trains cannot reach.
Travelling by bus is safer than by train but you still shouldn't flash your digital camera or laptop computer.
There are several bus stations in Warsaw, the most popular ones close to PKP train stations: Warszawa Zachodnia and Warszawa Stadion (close to Jarmark Europa).
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Excellent bus system
Warsaw has an absolutely outstanding public transportation system, the most important part of which is the extensive bus network. Bus stops are conveniently located all over the city, with numerous bus lines running anywhere you'd need to go. For tourists two of the most useful lines are 116, which goes all the way from Wilanow to Old Town, and 519, which follows the 116 route in the southern part of the city but then veers west and goes north to Centrum, Plac Bankowy, and beyond. I bought tickets that were good for a week at a time, and they also work for the trams and metro.
One word of warning: Do not try to cheat the system by riding without a ticket or failing to stamp your ticket the first time you use it. Law enforcement officers make very frequent spot checks of passengers on buses. I had my ticket checked no fewer than four times during my eleven-night stay in Warsaw, which is a very high enforcement rate.
Note: Bus riders with luggage used to have to buy a ticket not only for themselves but also for each piece of large luggage. This is no longer the case. The rule changed sometime before late August 2004.
They cost 3zl. Standards of the vehicles are very high. Good information on the routes is available on the buses themselves and at every stop. Bus 175 goes to the airport, connecting it with Central Station and the Old Town. I'm quite satisfied with the bus system in Warsaw.
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