I Travelled from Cologne Germany to Warsaw Poland on the night train,quite comfortable in mixed couchettes, where the seats are seats by day and pull down as beds by night,with sheets, blanket and pillow. I stayed 3 nights in Warsaw before continuing by day train to Vilnius in Lithuania, if you are doing this journey make sure your train is not travelling through Belarus, unless you have a Belarus visa.
Unless you ride the " Inter City " train where standard conditions are more then acceptable, It is advisable to choose the first class ticket, if you travel in Poland using the standard train. Less crowded and more chance to get free seat.
For route planner (timetable) in English see here: http://rozklad.pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en?
Or http://www.intercity.pl for realy express/direct high standart trains.
And keep your luggage close and supervised.
We arrived in Warsaw by train, traveling from Krakow. Before traveling, I searched the Polish Rail website for info about timetable and prices. There are several trains a day between Warsaw and Krakow, the journey takes about 3h (no stopping train). However, I noticed there were different prices for the journey, and we decided to take the cheapest train, which is also direct (about 3 hours) and costs 43.5 zl (about 11 euro, March 2011). The difference for the more expensive tickets (more than 100 zl) is that there is no reserved seating and trains are not as modern. But they are fairly reasonable for a 3hour trip and much cheaper, so on or way back from Warsaw we choose to travel, once again, on the cheapest trains.
My advise would be to arrive early at the train station and decide fast when your enter the train. We we weren't aware of this, we took our time to enter the train in Krakow (our first trip) and we had a hard time finding 3 seatings with space for the luggage. The train seems to be packed with both tourists and young people (students?) - we travelled to Warsaw on a Friday and returned to Krakow on a Sunday. On our way back to Krakow, conscious of the lack of space, we were amongst the first to enter the train and we managed to sit on a small, quiet and more comfortable cabin (former 1st class, nowadays the train is only 2nd class, eventhoug some carriages still hold the old the 1 sign).
Both Warsaw and Krakow Central Stations are within walking distance of city centre and near other transportation such as buses and underground/ tram. Sometimes signs are only in Polish and platform is Peron.
An advice concerning buying your tickets: in Krakow there seemed to be some queuing at ticket offices, so arrive early and don't miss the train!
last autumn I took the night train to Lvov. This time I have been checking: db.de, pkp.com.pl and uz.gov.ua
These web services don't sell tickets to Lvov.
Does anyone know a nice travel agency in Warsaw, which could get these tickets before us arriving to Poland.
Warszawa Centralna, is the main trainstation of Warsaw. As Poland is not the richest country in Europe, trains are a popular meaning of transport instead of taking the place.Tthere are a lot of international train connections at hand.
A selection to destinations:
Berlin Lichtenberg, DE (1x daily, 8hrs)
Berlin Zoo, DE (3x daily, 6hrs)
Bratislava, SK (2x daily, 8hrs)
Budapest, HU (2x daily, 10hrs)
Kiev, UR (2x daily 15hrs/17hrs)
Minsk, BR (3x daily, 9hrs, 1 daily train leaves from Warsaw Wschodnia station)
Moscow, RU (2x daily + 3x weekly, long ride, 1 daily train leaves from Warsaw Wschodnia station)
Prague, (3x daily, 8hrs)
St Petersburg, RU (1x daily, long ride)
Vienna, AT (3x daily, 7hrs)
Also several fast trains to Gdansk, Gdynia, Poznan, Wroclaw, Katowice and Krakow leave from Warsaw, frequency is several trains a day.
This is a new addition to Warsaw transport, which everybody, and especially visitors to the city will find a great improvement on the present public transport to and from the airport. You can now reach Chopin's Aiport by train. It takes ca 25 minutes to get to Warszawa Centralna - the main station right in the city centre. There are ticket machines on the train so just make sure you have some Polish currency on you and hop on. If you are coming for the Euro in June 2012, there will be English-speaking conductors on the train then and you can get the tickets from them. Some of the trains will be going directly to the National Stadium or else you may have to change at Warszawa Centralna. Ask the conductor for more info.
Warsaw has few big railway stations. The most well known is the Central Station - almost all long distance trains go through it. Just 200 meters east of it the Srodmiescie Station serves local trains going in east-west and south directions. Warsaw Commuter Railway is located just 100 meters west of the Central Station.
Dworzec Wschodni (Eastern Station) is located in Praga district. All westbound trains originating from Warsaw start their journey there. Dworzec Zachodni (Western Station) serves the same purpose for the eastbound trains and may be important for those who want to change train for a long distance or international bus (the biggest bus terminal is there). Not all trains stop at Zachodni. Other stations include Dworzec Gdanski (north of the centre), where you can take a suburban train to the north and Dworzec Wilenski (in the centre of Praga district) serving commuters travelling to the north-east.
The train schedule is posted in many places on each station, you can check it also on the internet (http://bahn.hafas.de - for the whole Europe). Tickets for any destination in Poland can be purchased on any station as well as in many travel agencies in the city.
My visit to Warsaw part of a trip incorporating Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow and back to Berlin.
I travelled from Berlin by train. The service was provided by PKP, the Polish Railways. I booked and paid for my tickets in Dublin before travelling, which was helpful. The Train was fine but not up to DB standards. The journey took 5 ½ hours, but I like train travel so it was ok. There was a restaurant car but the food was a little disappointing. The beer (Polish) was good. You could pay in Polish Zlotys or Deutsche Marks but the prices charged were definitely Polish. So off to a good start.
When we got to Warsaw it was raining so we took a taxi to our Hotel. It was quite a short journey and I paid £ Ir 4. When we were leaving the Hotel booked our taxi and the return trip cost me
£ Ir 2. I think I might have been subjected to the taxi rip-off.
We took the train frm Krakow to Warsaw as all the locals told us not to take the bus. We decided to travel first class as second class is over full almost and when you have a bit of luggage, it is a great problem. It was worth the extra zloty that we paid. Much more comfortable and spacious and also not so full.
Taking a train to Krakow wasn't part of our original plan but after our flight from Chicago arrived late and LOT didn't hold our connecting flight for us or the other dozen or so passengers on our flight, our options were to take a train and get into Krakow at 9pm or wait for the next available flight and get in around midnight, missing night one of the VT meeting. We arrived at the Central Station with about 7 minutes to spare, we knew we'd never get through the ticket line so we headed to the train where we confirmed with station staff that we could purchase a ticket on board. We also didn't have any Polish currency so a helpful American passenger traded us some USD for some Polish zloty and we hopped on the train. Turns out we didn't need it as the ticket agent carries around a portable credit card machine. For the two of us it was 227zl one way for a fast IC train.
Be sure to check the travel time, trains to Krakow take anywhere from 2 1/2 hours to about 5 hours, we almost got on the wrong train as two trains to Krakow were arriving on the same platform at the same time.
The IC trains are comfortable, the 2nd class compartment we were in didn't appear to have any required reservations and sat 6 to a compartment
I arrived on the train from Krakow, there are 3 trains of varied speed - 5hrs, 3,5hrs and 2,5hrs. I fell asleep but I'm sure the countryside was nice. The important thing is to get off at Warszawa Centralna, this is the slightly underground train station bang in the middle of Warsaw. Apparently many a tourist has been caught jumping off at Wschodnia or another near by station.... so make sure you get the right one.
The train station itself is pretty safe, there are a few people trying to con you into giving them money for a train home aka drugs. Just say nye, no or ignore them.
The main rail station in the city is Warsaw Central. It lies on al. Jerozolimskie. From here you can find rail connections to many major European cities and also to many cities and towns within Poland.
This is the main and the biggest train station in Warsaw - Dworzec Centralny. It's in the centre of the city so if you come to Warsaw by train it's the best place to leave.
Warsaw's Centralna Train Station is quite adequate. I departed Poland by train to Berlin from there.
Taxi, trolley, car.