-- 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.
The quickest and easiest way to the airport is the 175 bus. It leaves from outside Warszawa Centralna, but on the opposite side to the large bus terminal. Tickets are 2.40PLN right now i think. It drops you right outside the airport.
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.
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 !!!
Although i walked most places because i wanted to explore the city thoroughly and had great weather, you could easily catch the buses or trams. You just have to know what bus goes where. I used bus 180 to return from Jewish area of Warsaw ( i walked there from nowy swiaty which was about 5 miles or so but a nice walk). You could buy tickets from ticket vending machines or from newstands or sometimes on buses. Not every bus has a dispensing machine inside of it ( the 180 bus which is a popular bus, did not have one , so i had to get off bus to buy a ticket and wait for next bus because i didnt want to take a chance on bus without ticket). Make sure you validate ticket immediately. I was on the 175 bus to go to airport and an inspector came and inspected. Fine could be pretty big i heard, someone said 50 or more euros if you get caught...
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.......
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.
Date of incident 25th Sept. 2011: I took Bus 175 from Warsaw Airport to city centre. Upon arrival in the main central square, 3 men attacked me on the bus, one pulling my hand luggage off my hand the other one tried to reach my wallet in the same time. There was no reaction or help from the passengers and as soon as I managed to put the thieves off, all three scattered to different directions empty handed. The driver was indifferent too and drove off as soon as I got off the bus. I informed the Police who came to the Hotel Lobby. Police did not file any report nor asked any specific questions about the attackers before living the hotel. The thieves were wearing smart suits and about 40 to 50 years old (beware they may not look like stereotype pickpockets). Do not accept any offer of help no matter how heavy your luggage is. My Polish friends have heard about similar incidents on BUS 175 and there are some reports on the internet. Pickpockets are found in almost all big cities but gang attack on a public bus mid-day and right in the city centre is alarming.
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.
The bus lines have numbers from 100, as well as letters. Busses with 100's numbers belong normal lines, those operate all days and stop at all the stops along the route. Vehicles with numbers greater than 300 operate during business hours. 400's and 500's are faster lines, these operate almost daily, move faster around, because they don't stop at every single stop along their route. The busses with letter are the fast lines. They have only few stops along their routes. The other category are the night busses marked with 600's. They operate in the night along main streets of Warsaw and all have one stop close to the Palace of Culture and Science, so the passenger can easily change the line. Upon entering the bus you should punch your ticket. The ticket punch is usually located next to a window.
When it comes to taking the bus, you should realize that they are kind of slow. So, if you have a choice between a bus, a tram, or the subway make the bus your last pick.
International and domestic buses usually go to Dworzec Zachodni (western station). They have also the only countrywide information about bus schedules, which can be printed and handed in. The information about international buses can be found there as well as in Saturday edition of 'Gazeta Wyborcza' - leading daily provides schedules, prices and contact of ticket offices of different operators.
Some buses - mostly from Eastern and South Eastern Poland come to Stadion Station. This, almost hidden by the great flea market place is accessible by trams # 7, 8, 12 and 25 from the centre.
Buses of the company called 'Polski Express' stop at the airport and the bus stop on Al. Jana Pawla II, near the Holiday Inn hotel just close to the Central Railway station.
We got a Eurolines bus from Vilnius to Warsaw, which took about 13 hours on account of the bus drivers stopping every so often for a cigarette. Border crossing was the longest I've ever had to experience. Depending on the number of passengers, Eurolines could easily take you to Warsaw in a mini-van!
No Direct flights from Warsaw to Dublin, we had to change in Copenhagen. Sinead & I on airport coffee
Warsaw is huge, so you will need to use the local bus/tram network.
Since April, there is a new scenic bus route for tourists in Warsaw. Bus # 100 runs every hour during daytime, starting at Plac Zamkowy (Castle Square) and going to Lazienki Park, the former summer residence of the Polish kings. It´s not taking the direct route, however, criss-crossing the Vistula river, taking a detour to the former Jewish neighborhood with the monument of the Ghetto rising and driving along some of the back streets in the embassy area.
Since last year, there is already another tourist route on bus # 180, which runs about every 15 minutes. It takes you from the baroque castle and Park of Wilanow to Powazki cemetary, also along the so-calles 'Royal Trakt' Lazienki-Plac Zamkowy
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.
If you travel to Warsaw from other big cities in Poland, choose PolskiBus. It's reliable, quite comfortable and cheap. They offer a small snack and free Wi-Fi aboard. They operate not from the city centre but from the station Warszawa Wilenska which is also the name of the metro station and is situated close to it.
PolskiBus also operates between Warsaw and Vienna, Bratislava, Berlin, Prague. Remember: the sooner you buy the ticket, the cheaper it is.(once I paid for the ticket from Gdansk to Warsaw 1 zloty=25 cents or 60 zloty=15 euro from Warsaw to Vienna )