By air. Passengers flying to Poland are initially greeted by the sight of Warsaw’s Chopin International Airport, only 30 minutes drive from the downtown. It plays host to many of the
world’s leading airlines. Polish traditional carrier is LOT Polish Airlines. Regularly scheduled service is available from over 30 major air centres in the West and in the East, from North America and Far East. By rail. It is an excellent way for a traveller to reach Warsaw from the leading cities and capitals of Europe. The modern trains Eurocity (EC) and Intercity (IC) offer rapid and regular service between major points of interest like: Warsaw-Berlin (6 h), Warsaw-Budapest (10 h), Warsaw-Prague (8 h).
Most of aircraft heading to Warsaw land at the Chopin Airport (www.lotnisko-chopina.pl) about 10 km from the city centre.
Important telephone numbers:
– Information on arrivals and departures +48 22 650 42 20
– Information of LOT Polish Airlines (national and international flights) +48 801 703 703, from mobile phones dial +48 22 195 72, www.lot.com
– Information about Customs at the airport +48 22 650 28 73
The airport handles more than a dozen airlines. A list of all airlines served by Warsaw airport
To reach the city centre you can use public transportation:
– Bus number 175 runs to the centre and around the Old Town (Stare Miasto)
– Bus numbers 148 and 188 run to the ‘other’ side of the river, to Praga, Grochów and Gocław
– Night bus number N32 runs to the city centre
Transport tickets are needed to use all lines.
In front of the Terminal is a taxi stop, with selected and reliable taxi companies: Ele Taxi, Sawa Taxi, Super Taxi.
There is a multilevel car park at the airport where you can leave your car for several hours or several days.
In 2012 the new Modlin Airport (www.modlinairport.pl) has been opened. It is located around 35 km north-west from the city centre.
In Warsaw there is a very elaborate public transportation system. The same tickets are valid for bus, tram and metro. Single fare ticket for a journey on one vehicle costs 4.40 PLN. There are also time tickets available:
- 20 minutes = 3.40 PLN
- 1 day = 15 PLN
- weekend = 24 PLN.
which allow for unlimited number of journeys within the fixed time from validation. The tickets can be bought at ticket vending machines or newspaper kiosks. More info on Warsaw Transportation System is available on:
Chopin Airport and Warsaw’s city centre are connected by a fast and convenient rail link. The trains depart every 15 minutes and ride from the airport to the city centre takes around 25 minutes. The service is operated by two companies – Szybka Kolej Miejska – SKM (Fast Urban Railway) and Koleje Mazowieckie -KM (Masovian Railways). SKM’s line: S2, S2C and S2S (timetable – www.ztm.waw.pl). KM’s line: (timetable – www.mazowieckie.com.pl).
Poland’s power grid supplies 230V/50 Hz current; round, European-style two-pin plugs are used. 110 V/60 Hz electrical equipment requires an adapter.
Direct connections with almost all countries.
The official Polish unit of currency is the zloty, the major convertible foreign currencies may be changed into Polish zlotys at banks, hotels and at private currency-exchange offices – the kantors. The major traveller’s checks can be changed and all major credit cards are accepted. EUR 1 is at present about PLN 4,1.
The population of Poland is 38 million. Over 1.8 million live in Warsaw – the capital of Poland. Polish is the official language, English and German are among the better-known foreign languages. The population is largely of Polish descent and more than 90% profess to be Roman Catholic.
Shopping and dining
Poles are known for their hospitality and love of food. Beetroot soup or borsch, is well known, as are kielbasa, pirogues’ and stuffed cabbage. Bigos is a stew of meat and sauerkraut, while roast duck comes stuffed with apples. In the summer, sample our delectable strawberries, blueberries, and cherries. Poland is fast becoming a shopper’s paradise. The most popular souvenir is amber from the Baltic sea. Each individual piece can be fashioned into a pendant, ring, bracelet or earrings. Poland is also known for its silver jewellery, small family-owned galleries sell handmade crafts and pottery as well as glassware and carved figurines.
The average day time high in September is 15 °C; the average night time low is 8°C.