1. TRAVEL

Citizens of the listed countries are not required to be in possession of a visa when entering Poland for less than 90 days.

The best option to reach Warsaw by plan is to use Warsaw Chopin Airport or Warsaw Modlin Airport. Warsaw Chopin Airport is an international airport of the capital of Poland, located in the Włochy district. It is the busiest and the biggest airport in Poland, but not the only one serving Warsaw. The most popular international routes from Warsaw Chopin Airport are London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. Gdansk is the most busiest domestic route. The second one is Warsaw Modlin Airport, smaller and relatively new since it was open in 2012, and it is mainly used for low-cost flights. Though it serves Warsaw, it is actually located almost 40 kilometres from Warsaw, in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki to be precise.

TRAVELLING FROM WARSAW CHOPIN AIRPORT (WAW)

Local bus:

Line 175 – connects Warsaw Chopin Airport and Al.Jerozolimskie (Main railway station)

  • From 4:27 to 22:58 every 15/30 minutes (during daytime it is more frequent)

Line 188 – connects Warsaw Chopin Airport and Metro station Politechnika (city centre)

  • Buses run from 4:47 to 23:18 → every 10 mins from 06:00-10:00 and then every 20 minutes

Line 148 – connects Chopin Airport  with Ursynów-Praga (south/east of Warsaw)

  • Buses run from 04:34 to 22:35 → every 15-20 minutes

Line 331 – connects Chopin Airport with  Metro station Wilanowska

  • From 06:13 to 17:54 → from 06:13 to 08:56 every 10 minutes, and then again departs from the airport at 13:54 every 15 minutes until 17:54

Night line N32 – connects Chopin Airport with Central Railway Station

  • From 23:15 to 04:49 every half hour

Ticket prices:

  • 3.40 PLN (2 zones) –  valid for 20 minutes on all bus and train lines
  • 4.40 PLN (1 zone) – valid for 75 minutes on all bus and train lines
  • 7 PLN – single journey for 90 minutes
  • 26 PLN – daily ticket
  • NOTE: 1 PLN (Polish zloty) corresponds to ~0.2 EUR

Train: Besides 5 bus lines, Chopin Airport is also connected with the city centre by two Szybka Kolej Miejska lines (Fast Urban Railway):

  • Line S2 – from Chopin Airport to Sulejówek Miłosna station
  • Line S3 – from Chopin Airport to Warszawa Centrum (the main railway station)
  • Trains run frequently during the day, every 15 minutes
  • Ticket prices are the same as those for buses (above listed)
  • Tickets can be bought at Info desk in the Arrivals Hall, from ticket machines, from bus drivers

You can search connection and buy ticket also online.

Airport shuttle bus:   A shuttle bus from Warsaw Chopin to Warsaw Centre (Palace of Culture) runs several times daily and there’s also one night departure at 03:40. The first bus from Warsaw  to the airport departs at 06:40. The buses are operated by OKbus/ModlinBus so look for buses which have that name written on them. The price of a one-way ticket is 5€ and it includes the transport of luggage as well. You will find more information here

Taxi services: Comparing the prices from other European airports, taxis at Chopin airports are relatively cheap, for example, a ride to the Old Town will cost you approximately ~60 PLN (~13€). So, if you don’t prefer public transportation, get in the cab! There are three recommended taxi corporations: ELE TAXI: +48 22 811 11 11; SUPER TAXI: +48 22 196 22; SAWA TAXI: +48 22 644 44 44 all of them opened 24 hours.

Transfer: Good alternative to taxis is door-to-door transfer, especially if you’re travelling with family or friends. You can save up some money booking it in advance and you won’t get overcharged, which is sometimes often scenario with taxis. You can manage your Warsaw Airport transfer here.

Renting a car at Chopin airport: There are more than 10 car rental offices available at Chopin Airport, among which Avis, Hertz, Sixt, etc. Renting a car is a great idea if you are planning to visit local cities or if you just want to explore Warsaw on your own. You can also book your car onlineand have it ready for you outside the airport.

TRAVELLING FROM WARSAW MODLIN AIRPORT (WMI)

Airport shuttle bus: Warsaw Modlin is connected to Warsaw city centre by shuttle bus operated by Modlinbus and it runs to Palace of Culture and Science (Plac Defilad):

  • The price of a single ticket varies from 37 to 46 PLN (8-11€)
  • See timetable and buy your ticket online

Train: Warsaw Modlin Airport is linked to Warsaw by trains of company Koleje Mazowieckie. It is important to know that these trains do not depart directly from the airport, but from Modlin train station

  • There is a regular shuttle bus operated by Koleje Mazowieckie which connects Warsaw Modlin Airport and Modlin train station. It runs every 15-30 min and it takes only 10 mins to get to the train station.
  • Trains depart exactly 5 minutes after the bus arrives to the train station.
  • Trains stop at several Warsaw’s stations: Wschodnia, Centralna, ZOO, Gdanska, Zachodnia and Warsaw Chopin Airport station
  • The price of a single ticket to Warsaw is around 19 PLN (3.97€) and the shuttle bus between Modlin Airport and Modlin railway station is included in the price. Tickets can be bought at the airport or online.
  • Shuttle buses can carry up to 70 passengers, they are air-conditioned and suitable for disabled persons. The bus timetable is adapted to train departures/arrivals.

You can search connection and buy ticket also online.

Taxi services: Sawa Taxi (+48 22 644 44 44) and Taxi Modlin (+48 600 105 105) are official airport taxi companies and their prices are fixed, but they depend on the city zone of Warsaw. Taxi fare to Warsaw is 119-199 PLN (27-46€) from 06:00 to 00:00 and 149-249 PLN (34-58€) from 00:00 to 06:00.

Transfer: Private door-to-door transfers are great alternative to taxis, in case you don’t want to use public transportation. And they’re cheaper option as well, since the average price (to Warsaw) for person is around 85 PLN (20€). You can manage your Modlin Airport transfer here.Renting a car at Warsaw Modlin airport: Car rental companies like Europcar, Avis and Express have their offices directly at Modlin Airport. But, there’s is always the possibility of renting a car online, and in that way you can avoid the queue.

TO WARSAW FROM ILERA WORLD CONGRESS

We know that some of you will be going to Warsaw from ILERA World Congress, Lund, Sweden, which takes place 21-24 June 2021. There are two airports close to Lund: one is Malmö (Sturup) Airport located 30 km south-east of Lund. The other one is Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup) in Denmark.

There is also a train station in Lund. Malmö Airport – Sturup has so far a connection with Warsaw Chopin Airport (Wizzair). There is a bus service from Lund to the Sturup airport. Sturup also has connections to other Polish cities (Krakow – by Rynair, Gdansk – by Wizzair, Katowice – by Wizzair). You can easily get to Warsaw from Krakow, Gdansk oraz Katowice by train. Krakow and Gdansk airports has a train connections to the main train station; the main train station in Katowice you can get by bus. From Sturup airport there are also frequently flights to Stockholm Airport, where you can catch a flight to Warsaw.

Copenhagen Airport – Kustrup. The train to the Copenhagen across the bridge to Sweden, Öresundståg, leaves Lund train station every 10 minutes. You may have to change trains at Malmö C. The travel time is about 35 min. Kustrup Airport offers flights to Warsaw Chopin Airport, but also to Poznan, Krakow, Katowice, Wroclaw or Gdansk, which have a good train connections to Warsaw. All mentioned cities also have bus connections to Warsaw (Flixbus and also local bus enterprises). Travellers outside of Europe

TRAVELLERS FROM OUTSITE THE EUROPE

In case you’re travelling outside of Europe, you can also consider flying to Berlin, Germany. Both Berlin Airports (Schönefeld, Tegel) has good connections (S-Bahn or bus) to Berlin main train station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof), where you can get a direct train to Warsaw.

TO WARSAW BY CAR

If you plan to go to Warsaw by car (the whole route, or just from the other Polish airports like Krakow, Gdansk, Katowice, Poznan, Wroclaw), we recommend you to learn something about Polish highways. You can find usefull informations on Wikipedia.

2. HOTELS AND ACCOMMODATION

To be announced soon.

3. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Warsaw offers a huge number of ways to spend your free time – whether you are looking for a cultural, historical, gastronomic or purely entertainment offer.

It is difficult to list all the attractions of the Polish capital city in one place, so the proposals should be treated only as an introduction and encouragement to get to know the city and all its attractions.

Particularly recommended (by official Warsaw tourist website)/characteristic places to see include:

  1. Old Town
  2. Royal Łazienki Museum and Park
  3. Palace of Culture and Science
  4. Palace at Wilanów
  5. Warsaw Uprising Museum
  6. National Museum
  7. Museum of the History of Polish Jews Polin
  8. Copernicus Scince Centre
  9. Fryderyk Chopin Museum
  10. Vistula Boulevards 

You can find more details about abovementioned places here.

For those who would like to feel the atmosphere of modern city, Koszykowa street and it’s pearl Hala Koszyki is a perfect choice. 

Nowy Świat street and Krakowskie Przedmieście Street is a basin of wide variety of different restaurants, bars and pubs where in the very center of Warsaw everyone will find something that suits every taste.

Not to forget about still in vogue Plac Zbawiciela filled with loads of trendy places.

If that’s not enough why don’t try right-bank part of Warsaw (Praga Północ district) with it’s own character, and visit Koneser, where among other attractions one will find Museum of Polish Vodka. Be careful!

And that’s just for start – Warsaw offers so much more… ☺

Around Warsaw:

Kampinoski National Park

Warsaw is the only capital city in Europe situated right next to the national park. Kampinoski National Park was created on January 16, 1959. The area of ​​the park is 38 544.33 ha, of which 72.40 ha falls on the Bison Breeding Center in Smardzewice in the province Łódź. Due to natural values ​​and social significance, in 2000 the Kampinos National Park together with the protection zone was recognized by UNESCO as the World Biosphere Reserve under the name „Kampinos Forest”.

The park is an important recreational and leisure base for the capital. Visitors have at their disposal 350 km (!!!) of hiking trails, a 200-kilometer (!) bicycle trail, horse-riding routes as well as 19 parking lots and 12 recreational clearings located on the outskirts of the park

Fort Modlin

The fortress is located at the confluence of the Vistula and Narew, about 30 km northwest of Warsaw. It consists of – located on the right bank of the Narew, fortified forecourses: Kazun and Nowy Dwór and two rings of forts. The Modlin Fortress is one of the largest and best preserved fortresses in Poland and Europe, it can only be compared with the Verdun Fortress with nearly 200 years of history.

The Modlin Fortress is an international monument of defensive architecture formed by a complex of fortifications, which have been repeatedly expanded and contains elements of French, Russian and Polish fortifications. The armies of four countries were stationed alternately in the Fortress: France, Russia, Germany and Poland.

Żelazowa Wola

Zelazowa Wola is a must see for all who love music of Fryderyk Chopin. This small village situated 52 km from Warsaw is a birthplace of Poland’s most famous composer of all times. The first mentions of Zelazowa Wola come from the first half of the 16th century.

Zegrzyńskie Lake

Most of the recreational facilities are located on the eastern side. The lake joins the Vistula River through the Zeranski Channel and this is the route used by sailors and canoers to reach the huge lakes in Mazury region.

Other cities 

Due to central location of Warsaw and very good communication, it is worth considering one-day trips to other Polish cities. Within a short train journey in a comfortable conditions there is for example Łódź (80 minutes), Kraków (150 minutes), Gdańsk (180 minutes), Poznań (180 minutes) or Wroclaw (220 minutes) . In the case of Gdańsk, Kraków, Poznań and Wroclaw you can also choose direct flights.

If you would like to feel a unique atmosphere of Gothic – Toruń (130 minutes) should be your choice. It is in Toruń where one can find vast Gothic cathedrals, magnificent Gothic Old City Town Hall, ruins of the very first in Poland Teutonic Castle, the Gothic Leaning Tower, many Gothic townsmen’s houses and preserved city defence walls with Gothic gates and turrets.

4. SPECIAL TIPS

BEFORE YOU GO…

Welcome to Poland!!!

Here are some good reasons to visit Poland…

Poland with its 312 000 km² of land  and more than 38 millions of population is among the biggest countries in Europe. It is  situated  in the heart of Europe, and is considered a Central European not an Eastern European Country. It’s capital and the largest city is Warsaw with about 2 millions of people.

Since 2004 Poland is a member of European Union.

The dialing code for Poland is +48 and the country code is PL.

Language

Polish is the official language. Foreigners will find it easiest to communicate in English and Russian. A small number of Polish people speak German, Belarussian and Slovakian.

Although it is not easy, mainly because of a terrible array of bizarre vowels and consonant combinations, you may try to learn a few Polish words, as Poles really appreciate the effort. 

Here are some usefull examples:

Yes – Tak (tahk)

No – Nie (nyeh)

Good morning – Dzień dobry ((jane-doh-brih)

Good Night – Dobry wieczór (doh-brihvieh-choor)

Hi/hello/Bye – Cześć (cheshch)

Thank you – Dziękuję (jen-koo-yeh)

I am sorry/ Excuse me – Przepraszam (psheh-PRAH-shahm)

Here you are – Proszę (proh-sheh)

How are you? – Jak się masz?(yahk shay mahsh?)

Cheers/Bless you – Na zdrowie (nahzdroh-vyeh)

If you are still not enough:

Time zone and Climate

Poland is in Central European Time (CET). UTC/GMT +1 hour. In Poland the time is shifted forward by 1 hour on 29 March 2020 and 1 hour back on 25 October 2020.

Poland is not as cold as you think. You will not encounter on polar bears on the street. Poland is located in the transitional zone between oceanic and continental climates. Between 27 and 29 June 2020 the sunrise will be 04:25 AM and sunset will be 08:45 PM. The days of 27-29 June 2020 will the beginning of the summer in Poland. Typical summer is warm. In June you may be expected a pleasant temperatures in the range between 11°C and 22.0°C, but exceptions are also possible as low as 3°C and high as 35°, as observed in previous years. Rain is possible all year round. The average amount of rain observed during June in Poland is 78 mm. It is therefore recommended to take both light and warmer clothes. Capes and umbrellas can come in handy.

The weather in Poland is also famous for being constantly changing – so be prepared for different circumstances even though we will try to organize it to be warm and sunny☺

Currency

Poland is not in the eurozone and has its own currency- Polish Zloty (PLN),
marked with short zł. This means that, only with few exceptions, it is not possible to pay with Euro or US Dollars.

Approximate currency rate:

1 EUR – 4,26 PLN

1 GBP – 5,04 PLN

1 USD – 3,91 PLN

1 zloty () is 100 groszy (gr). The bills in circulation are 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 zlotys; the coins are 5, 2 and 1 zloty, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 groszy.

It is wise to have some coins and small banknotes in your wallet. Various newsagents, vendors, or small shops might not have enough cash to give you the change if you pay with a larger denomination.

Foreign currency can be fully exchanged at all border crossings, hotels, banks and exchange offices (called Kantor). Most banks are open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some banks, especially in small towns, are closed on Saturdays and could have shorter work hours on weekdays. Some exchange offices are open 24 hours.Since the money market is free individual banks, currency exchange offices and hotels can exchange money at the price they wish. It is therefore good to consider before you settle for a deal. The exchange office is the best option, since in general it offers better exchange rates. You can find Kantors everywhere, mainly in the city center, larger hotels, train stations, airports, shopping centers.

The best option is to exchange money, but until you get your hands on Polish złoty do not stress. In Poland you can pay with debit or credit card in hotels, practically in all restaurants, in the majority of shops, but to make a purchase at a newsstand or in a small, neighborhood grocery it would be better to prepare some cash. Most debit or credit cards are accepted i. e. American Express, MasterCard, VISA, MAESTRO and Diners Club. All of them are accepted by major ATMs (called bankomat) in Poland that you can find all over the place. There are more than 22 000 ATMs located in Poland that operate 24 hours a day.

Traveler’s cheques can be cashed only in two Polish banks (PKO BP and Pekao SA).

Electricity

For Poland there are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. Poland operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Culture and Traditions

Poles are generally polite and kind and usually very friendly towards foreigners.

Greeting and good manners

As a greeting, Polish people shake hands, when they meet a new person and a single kiss on the cheek when they are with people they already know (but a kiss is generally reserved for females). Three kisses in the cheek are rather reserved for family gatherings. If you are female do not be surprised when older gentleman may attempt to greet you with a kiss on the hand, perceived as a sign of gallantry and respect. For the same reasons, Polish men open doors and let women always first through the door whether into or out from the restaurant, store, car or through any other door.

Gatherings and invitations

When visiting someone’s home it is the custom to bow during the greeting and introductions, and to bring some flowers to the hostess. You should always take your shoes off, unless you will be explicitly told that you can leave them on. If you are invited for a dinner, expect to be fed until your stomach is bursting according to the well known proverb „Guest in the house brings God to the house”, which illustrates Polish hospitality.

The usual traditional clothing is fine for most occasions. For event held in the evening or parties held in elegant restaurants it is customary to come in evening wear.

In Poland the value of time is relatively high, so punctuality is in good taste.

Local laws and common offences

Driving a car under the influence of alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited. The drinkdriving limit in Poland is 0.2 (20 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood – which is lower than in most of the countries. So be careful that you can be charged if you drive even after a drink (a single unit of alcohol). Same rules apply for riding a bicycle.

More information: https://etsc.eu/blood-alcohol-content-bac-drink-driving-limits-across-europe/

There is also a strict approach to drinking in public. Smoking is prohibited in a public space, e.g. public buildings, banks, railway station, public bus/tram stations, restaurants, cafes, etc. It is considered as an offence and if the police spot you, you will have to pay a fine.

While in a car you have to fasten your seat belts that must be used in both front and back seats.  It applies also to passengers (even in a taxi).

We are also quite strict about crossing the street – you should cross only at recognised crossing points and only with the green light. Otherwise if you get caught by the police you will be fined.

More information about legal regulations that might be useful.

Public transport

In a public transport you need to have a validated ticket ( “Bilet”) at the beginning of the journey. There are usually quite high fines for travelling without a ticket but it can be easily bough at most of the newspaper stands, kiosks, automatic ticket machines and in some cases even on your mobile phone.

Food and Eating out

Poland has a very rich and famous cuisine which differs in every region. While you’re here you have to taste some of the local most famous specialities like the classic Polish pierogi (you will find them in almost every restaurant with many different fillings but the best ones are always made by our grannies). Another typical Polish dish is calledgołąbki – traditional cabbage rolls filled with rice and meat, usually served with potatoes.

If you are more into sweets and pastry, you cannot leave without a bite of Polish jam-filled doughnuts (“pączki”), the famous cheesecake (“sernik”) or the traditional apple pie („jabłecznik/szarlotka”) served usually with vanilla ice-cream and/or mounted sweet cream. But the selection of pastries does not end here – you will find inspiring cafeterias and pastry shops (Cukiernia or Kawiarnia) at every corner! The diet is definitely not in the sightseeing programme.

While you are eating, the customary tip in restaurants, cafes and taxis is 10-15%. No tips need to be left in self-service restaurants. Tips for porters in hotels and railway stations are up to the traveller.

Health and safety

Poland’s standard of medical service is comparable to this in other EU countries. Citizens of EU countries in case of emergency have access to free medical treatment in Poland.

We hope that your stay in Poland will be pleasant and relaxing. But in case you will need to call an ambulance for example, these are the useful numbers to remember:

112 (from mobile phones)

999 (from stationary phones)

If you need more information about health protection it can be found here.