Are you visiting Warsaw for a city break? Here are some advice on how can you make your stay in the capital of Poland an unforgettable experience!
Warsaw has two airports. The bigger one – Chopin Airport – is located nearby the city center. There are different ways to easily get to the city:
Trains and buses are part of Warsaw public transport system. The ticket for 75 minutes journey costs 4.40 PLN (more about tickets prices in “How to move around Warsaw?” section). A taxi ride costs around 30-35 PLN. Uber is usually cheaper, but keep in mind that only licenced taxis can pick you up from the Arrivals Part of Chopin Airport – your Uber will not be allowed to enter this area.
The second airport is Modlin Airport. It is placed around 50 kilometers from the center of Warsaw. The easiest way to transfer from there to the city is to use Modlin Bus. The price for 1 hour ride to the center is about 33 PLN. However, the ride can be cheaper if you buy a ticket online in advance. We highly recommend this option!
Warsaw has a very efficient public transport system called ZTM. A single-fare transfer ticket, which stands for 75 minutes travel, costs 4.40 PLN. You can buy them in bus/tram stops or in metro stations simply using a ticket machine. It allows you to freely use all kind of public transport within zone 1 area (pretty much the whole city of Warsaw!) for 75 min from the moment you validate the ticket. It means you can switch from buses to trams, metro or trains. If you are staying for longer, you may be interested in purchasing one day ticket (15 PLN), 3-day ticket (36 PLN) or a weekend ticket (24 PLN, valid from 7 PM on Friday till 8 AM on Monday).
If you are a student with ISIC Card you can buy reduced tickets for half the price!
You can also use Verturilo Bikes system. All you have to do is download the Verturilo app, pay the initial fee of 10 PLN and make sure you always have 10 PLN minimum on your account. Then you can use thousands of bikes you can find all around the city, only paying for rentals over 20min, and it’s only 1PLN if you rent the bike up to an hour!
Taxi services in Warsaw are affordable and traveller-friendly. Taxi prices are regulated and offical taxi drivers can charge maximum 8 PLN entry fee and 3 PLN/km (4,50 PLN on Sundays and between 22pm and 6 am). Also Uber and Taxify provide their services here.
Official currency in Poland is Polish Zloty (PLN or “zł”). Currently there are released:
You can easily exchange almost any currency to Polish Zloty in Tavex Currency Exchange. Our office is placed nearby the central railway station in the city center. You can check our exchange rates here.
|Product||Price (in restaurants)|
|A 0.33 l bottle of water||4-6 PLN|
|A cup of coffee||6-10 PLN|
|A bottled beer 0.5 l||8-12 PLN|
|9 pcs of dumplings (“pierogi”, traditional polish meal)||20-25 PLN|
|Dinner in a mid-range restaurant||25-30 PLN|
|Product||Price (in markets)|
|A 1.5 l bottle of water||1-2 PLN|
|A cartoon or a bottle of milk 1 l||2-3 PLN|
|A bottled beer 0.5 l||3-5 PLN|
|A bottle of wine 0.7 l or a bottle of vodka 0.5 l||20-25 PLN|
|Rice 400 g||3 PLN|
|Potatoes 1 kg||2 PLN|
|Apples 1 kg||2 PLN|
|A package of chicken or turkey breast 1 kg||16-22 PLN|
|A pack of cigarettes 20 pcs||15 PLN|
Warsaw Old Town and Krakowskie Przedmieście
Restored after World War II, during which it has been completely destroyed, Old Town is one of the most representative places in Warsaw. We highly recommend taking a walk from Old Town down the Krakowskie Przedmieście Street. On this route you can see multiple monuments, musical benches playing Chopin’s compositions, Presidential Palace or main hall of University of Warsaw.
Copernicus Science Center
One of the biggest scientific centers in Europe. Copernicus Science Center offers hours of experiences to thousands of visitors in every age. It is a must-see place for every person who strives for knowledge and is interested in science. They offer multiple exhibitions on different topics as well as planetarium shows. You can learn more on their website.
The Warsaw Rising Museum
The Warsaw Rising Museum was opened on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of fighting in Warsaw. The Museum is a tribute from Warsaw’s residents to those who fought and died for independent of Poland and its free capital. It gives you a great opportunity to learn a little more about complex history of Poland, especially during the WWII. To book tickets and learn more you can visit museum’s website.
POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews
POLIN Museum is a modern cultural institution. It is a narrative museum, which presents a 1000-year history of Polish Jews. It is also a place for meetings and conversations for all of those eager to learn more about the past and present jewish culture, to confront the stereotypes and to face the perils of today’s world, such as xenophobia and nationalistic prejudices. By promoting openness, tolerance and truth, POLIN Museum contributes to the mutual understanding and respect amongst Poles and Jews. Current admission fees are available on POLIN’s website.