Contrary to most other East European cities, Warsaw opened its Metro after democracy came to Poland. The Metro currently consists of one line running from north to south (15 stations). The first part of the line was inaugurated in April 1995.
The Metro operates between 5 a.m. and 11.15 p.m. It is part of the public transport system of Warsaw, therefore tickets are valid for buses, trams and the Metro. Tickets have to be bought in advance and validated before boarding the Metro.
This is an entry to the underground.
There is only one line of underground in Warsaw, about 23 km length, but they just started to prepare to build the second line. It's a very good way of getting from the northern to the southern part of Warsaw.
You have to validate your ticket before you cross the "ticket zone" line (before you go to the platform).
The underground/ metro is clean and fast. Tickets are bought at a kiosk. We travelled from Natolin to Centrum for 2.40 Zloty each. As there is only one line, it is important to know the destination of the train in order that you go to the correct platform or you will end up going in the wrong direction. At each station there is an announcement about the next stop, but there are also signs in the train showing the various stops, so you can count how many there will be before you reach your destination.
Warsaw has a new metro line. It was opened few years ago but, unfortunatelly, the line is not complited yet and what is more there is only one line for all Warsaw.
The metro joins the city centre (Pl. Wilsona) with its southern part: Ursynow (Kabaty).
The subway operates between 5 a.m. and 0.41 a.m., and the trains run every 3-4 minutes during peak hours, and every 4-6 minutes outside peak hours. Every day about 350 thousand people use Warsaw metro transportation.
Warsaw has a one line subway running north-south. Its not very big in comparison with other European Subways, but it does the job. We used it a few times to get from Downtown Warsaw to the Old town.
We bought a 3 day card that cost us about 15zl, which was sufficient for our 3 day visit.
We found the trains to be fairly regular, and journey times very quick. The stations are very clean, and well lit, and we felt completely safe using the subway!
There is only one north-south metro line in Warsaw as for now (map here) which goes from about 5 am to about midnight. There are 16 metro stations signed by red M in yellow circle (detailed maps here). The metro line is not that much usuful for a visitor to Warsaw but for sure for commuting locals. There are two next lines planned. To cross the metro station gates you must put a ticket into a slot/reader and take it back after validation.
WARNINGS for users of Warsaw city transportation:
1. After boarding bus/tram immediatelly validate your ticket in validating machine (date and time will be printed in your ticket).
2. Always have a valid ticket! There are numerous check-ups run by conductors and a ride without a valid ticket costs 120 zl (32 euros)!
3. Some city buses and trams are very crowded in the morning and afternoon (always watch for pickpockets and read details in my warning and dangers tip, please).
4. If the doors are closed after stopping a bus/tram press the lighted button with the writing DRZWI (doors)
5. There are bus stops marked NA ZADANIE (on demand), you have to hail a bus like a taxi, otherwise it will not stop; and you have to press the button DRZWI in advance the driver to stop you to get off on such bu stop.
6. The bus lines marked in red (401 up and E-1 - E-5) are fast lines, they don't stop on each bus stop and are more expensive.
7. For security reasons there are no trash bins in metro stations. Littering like smoking is ticketed as I noticed (the Big Brother is watching).
8. Timetables (open my next picture) are in Polish language. Let me translate key words:
Przystanek = (bus) stop
Dni powszednie = business days
Swieto i sobota = Saturday and holidays (incl. Sunday)
Nie kursuje = doesn't go (dates are written dd/mm/yyyy mode).
The Underground is relatively efficient in Warsaw, although I only used it a few times and to get all over the city you really need to combine the Underground with buses and trams. Most of what you'll want to see is walkable, with a few exceptions. Be sure to pick up a map at a Ruch Newssand where you also can buy your ticket for 2.40 zl.
The Underground operates from 5 am to 11 pm.
There's only one metro line in Warsaw going south-north across the town. The northern end is still under construction and the works are progressing very slowly.
The metro itself is relatively new but the trains are usually quite crowded in the rush hours. Still, it's the fastest way to get from the southern suburbs to the centre.
The stations are quite clean.
You should hold a valid ticket when entering the platform.
Warsaw is an excellent city to get around using public transport. It is best to buy a weekly ticket if you're there any length of time. It costs the equivalent of £4.
Make sure you stamp your ordinary book of tickets correctly. On the Metro the machine is just inside of the station, otherwise do it as soon as you get on trams or buses.
Bulky luggage requires a ticket of its own.
You will find tickets on sale at Ruch Kiosks. Don't rely 100 percent on being able to purchase one at the station - especially on a night.
The Metro runs from Kabaty, to the residential suburbs of Ursynow into the centre of the city now and presently ends at Dworzec Gdanski.
Trains run approximately every five minutes during the day and every ten minutes in an evening.
After what locals describe as seemingly endless years of planning and construction, Warsaw finally has a metro system, albeit an extremely short and limited one. For now there is only one line extending from Kabaty in the south to Dworzec Gdanski in the north. An extension of this line and the addition of two more lines are on the drawing board for the future, but locals mostly just laughed when I asked when those would be open.
I only rode on it a couple times but I found it to be one of the cleanest and most comfortable underground systems I've ever experienced. No need to buy a separate ticket for the metro. Your bus ticket gives you access to the metro and also the trams.
Warsaw Metro has been a blessing for me and has deeply influenced my life and the person I am right now. Right now you`re probably like "what the hell" but let me explain that to you... Unlike many other capitals, when you look at Warsaw Metro line`s map you don`t see a net of crossing lines looking all crazy and impossible to understand or ever survive in- you see just one straight line going from a suburbian area called Kabaty through to the city center. But this line is enough to influence one`s life as it has mine lol! It deeply influenced my decision of choosing a high school- if it hadn`t been built I wouldn`t have been able to get to my dream HS in less then 1 hour therefore I would have gone to a different high school. If I had gone to a different high school I wouldn`t have ever gone on Rotary Youth Exchange to the States. If I hadn`t gone on the exchange I wouldn`t have met my friends, families, I wouldn`t have changed so much, I wouldn`t have been on VT and therefore my whole future and present life would be so much different!!!! I don`t wanna say worse, but really different and since I love it now I know I owe so much to the WARSAW METRO!!!! :) lol I love it truly and deeply and I`ll be grateful forever! :)
There are still building new stations and they are planning to start building a new line soon, but if you ask me I think my grandkids are more likely to see it lol. So right now I`m just gonna write down the stations of the coolest Metro Line in the whole world and what`s close by, so you guys know! :)
POLITECHNIKA- From there you can take buses either straight to the city center or to Lazienki- not to the main gate but to another one. If you want to do so take 521 or 131 and watch out for the park!
CENTRUM- Finally we`re in the city center!!! It takes about 20 minutes to get there from Kabaty. From here you can go anywhere in Warsaw- the Palace of Culture and Sience is right outside!
SWIETOKRZYSKA- From here you can take buses to Krakowskie Przedmiescie and Nowy Swiat, but if you wanna head to the OLD Town stay on!
RATUSZ- Frpom here you can take trams (any number) and buses to the Old Town! It takes about 3 minutes to get there!
Warsaw Metro is safe, clean and awesome! Get on and see if it influences your life as well lol! ;)
KABATY- it`s the station with a big and cheap supermarket- Tesco. Also, there is a huge and really nice forest close by so if you wanna take a relaxing walk or a bike ride it`s an awesome place to do so! Other than that it`s more of a casual suburb, not a whole lot of places to go or things to see.
NATOLIN- That`s where I live and that`s the most interesting fact bout this place.
IMIELIN- That`s where an immense movie theater called Multikino is.
STOKLOSY and URSYNOW- These are just suburbian areas. Unless you have Polish friends living there there isn`t much to do there or see.
SLUZEW- That`s the station you should get off on if you wanna go to the most popular shopping mall in Warsaw- Galeria Mokotow. The mall is the one I wrote about in my shopping tips, a big laisure and shopping place loved by the people of Warsaw! Get off on this metro station, go in the "Walbrzyska" directions and then take one of those buses- 117, 141, 189. Have fun!
WILANOWSKA and RACLAWICKA- Getting closer to the center, you are in the "old Warsaw" area now. I find it really interesting how the metro goes through different areas of Warsaw and times in history in the same time! Kabaty, Natolin, Imielin are the newest suburbs with many new and pretty buildings- they are the ones built after the year 1989. The buildings surrounding stations Stoklosy. Ursynow and Sluzew are the ones built under the communism- big, cheap and not the prettiest. Getting to Wilanowska, Raclawicka and further you`re getting into the "old Warsaw"....I know none of you will ever have time to get off on every station and check it out, I just thought it was kinda interesting how taking the metro you can see different faces of Warsaw. I believe you have enough brains not to do so lol!
POLE MOKOTOWSKIE- Getting closer to the center. There is a nice park called Pole Wokotowskie there- if you had checked Lazienki out and wanna go for a walk to see some casual "Warsaw life", go there.
In case you are in Warsaw's downtown and want to experience nature the easiest way is to use metro (subway) to arrive to Kabaty Forrest. It is great destination for both walking and biking in the nature. Happens to be crowded on weekends.
Generally metro is the only means of public transportation that allows bikes on-board so take advantage of it:-)
Metro is also a great means of transportation when you eq. live in our 'bed-room' district - Ursynow - and want to see the downtown.
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