I don't know why would any tourist want to rent a car in Warsaw, unless it is the base and starting point for driving outside the city. The parking issue in the center or the old town area is a real issue indeed. The public transportation system is more then just adequate. The "3 days pass" is a nice option, even after the last raise in prices from last May, and for 24 PLN you can have free ride in all means of public transpot i.e. bus, metro (underground) and tram (electric street car):
(have no idea why they canceled the "7 days pass")
tickets can be bought in any kiosk with "RUCH" wite-on-green
letters or in the grocery shop 150 meters from the Joka cars rental on other side of Okopowa. The traffic jams in Warsaw during rush hours are another reason to avoid driving your own car for such a short term of visit, not knowing all the short cuts etc.
another good option is the taxi. Any car with company's logo and phone number and yellow-red stripes along front doors is a registered licenced taxi. Just wave your hand to any empty one strolling the streets and you'll be getting fare and reliable service for reasonable price. Most odf taxi drivers know English good enough for getting you to whereever you like.
Using a taxi will be my advice regarding being at the airport on time.
The address of this car rental business is about 100 meters from the entrance to the Jewish cemetery. On the other side of Okopowa, on corner of Aniliwicza st. there is the bus station where line 180 stops. It is a "tourist's line" going via major places in the city like royal route, the old town, nowy swiat st, and way to lazienki park. if you print the time table you can make very convenient plan using your time smartly. After having your luggage in the hotel go there, return the car and come back using it. You can hope off on corner of Jana Pawla II st, go 100 meters to Pawia place (remains of the infamous prison) and wolk tro the monument of warsaw ghetto uprising. from there only short wolk to "umschlag platz" along the route and corner of Mila st. Just take any good guide book for warsaw.
The Warsaw uprising museum is of course a "must" to see. it is located on small street paralel to Towarowa (the smae long street, changes its name after the junction with Grzybowska st) and can be reachd by any tram going along this street.
Have nice visit in Warsaw. When in Lazienki park (on the route of bus 180) don't forget the small package of nuts for the squirrels.
As for hotels, it depends on you budget. There are private double rooms in almost any hostel for 190-200 PLN (my favorite one
is room 11 in www.hostel-helvetia.pl) and up to nice luxurious corner suite in Bristol or alike for 1400 USD for night, and everything in between.
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.
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Warsaw metro / subway
When we arrived, we got a taxi at the airport. Check the price on the window of the taxi as they charge per km ranging from 1.80 to 3.00 pln. Some have a set rate from the airport to the city centre of 40pln which is the cheapest we reckoned. Also, taxi's are cheap to get around Warsaw but we found it better not to ask in advance for a price to get somewhere, using the meter was cheaper. Some taxi drivers charged us more when we asked for a price in advance. We discovered after a couple of days, the trams were easy to use and way cheaper than taking taxis. Also, we found asking the locals for directions was useless. They didn't want to know even though they understood us. They either ignored us and walked away or say they didn't know. Ask at your hotel or accommodation for any directions or information before setting off.
Warsaw's municipal transport consists of trams, city buses, suburban buses and the underground (metro).
Buses and trams are the safest and the cheapest means of transport in big cities in Poland. You can use most of the lines between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. on working days.
Be aware of the fact that they are usually full in rush hours - it means between 11.00 p.m. and 4.30 a.m.
The bus and tram tickets can be bought in kiosks, ticket machines located at stops or you can buy them directly from drivers. In Warsaw the tickets fare is 2,40÷4,80 PLN. There is a possibility of buying 24h ticket - 7,20 PLN, 3-day ticket - 12,00 PLN or weekly city ticket - 24,00 PLN.
Warsaw's subway has one line, which joins the city centre (Pl. Wilsona) with its southern part: Ursynów (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.
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.
This is a great way to get places. Just buy a normal ticket from a kiosk. If you are travelling around on public transport and planning to stay for a few days, it's good to get a ticket for a few days or for a week etc. (Just remember to cancel it in the machines) The same ticket can then be used for the trams, buses, subway and probably the trains (but I didn't go on the trains in Warsaw so you might want to check this)
As long as you know the name of where you are going. It can get pretty confusing otherwise and often quite disorientating being underground.
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 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.
* Please feel free to rate this tip, or any of my other tips. I am always looking to improve them. Thank you...
As you are in Warsaw you can survive and enjoy it using only public transportation. Both buses and trams cover the whole downtown with an extended network of mostly bus connections even to the most remote suburbs of Warsaw.
There is also one line of the subway (metro) that connects, as of 2003, Kabaty Forrest and Ursynow area with the downtown.
Tickets are cheap (PLN 1.20/2.40 that is around USD .3/.7 per student/adult per trip on one means of transportation) with wide selection of various passes for a day or few days stay.
Although the public transportation operates from around 5AM till after 11PM, there are also night buses covering the gap (ticket prices are higher then on daily buses).
When you travel with big luggage on public transportation in Warsaw make sure that you have ticket validated also for your luggage.
For details have a look at www.ztm.waw.pl (unfortunatelly it is mostly in Polish only)!
("rozklady" provides you with timetables of all of the lines, and at the bottom of main section you can find information on tarrifs and passes' prices in English).
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.
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.