Guide to Polish Currency
Train travel in Poland is one of the easiest and cheapest ways of getting around the country.
Rail tickets are comparatively cheaper than many other countries and using the trains in Poland is a relatively hassle free option to see more of the country.
The quality of trains in service varies quite a lot from brand new Pendolino trains to old communist stock.
I would recommend always booking a ticket in advance over the internet for several reasons. Firstly, it is much easier to understand a train timetable in the comfort of your own home or hotel room then in a busy railway station. Most websites allow you to type in the name of the station you are leaving and your destination and the website will then present you with different options and times for your selected journey. You can play about with the timings of your journeys and create a travel plan very easily.
Another reason why it is better to buy train tickets online is that it removes the need of having to communicate with the Polish ticket seller. If you feel confident about trying out your Polish then go ahead but the comfortable option is to already have a ticket in your hand.
If you really need to purchase a ticket at the train station then it’s a good idea to write down the name of your destination and departure time on a piece of paper and hand it to the ticket seller.
An excellent site for planning your journey is http://rozklad-pkp.pl/en.
1/ Taxis from the airport
A taxi ride should take around 20 minutes and taxi fares are approximately 50 zloty. Usual airport taxi etiquette applies i.e. ensure you only use airport approved taxis from the taxi rank otherwise you may get stung for a higher fare than you were expecting. General advice is to only use the taxis with the name of their company displayed on the roof but you can always ask airport staff if you’re not sure.
May be a little cheaper if you ring for a taxi on arrival but you may have to contend with language issues when you make the call. However, there are some good apps available now and one that is usually recommended is www.teletaxi.pl although there are others on the app market too. Don’t forget to download the app BEFORE you arrive !
For further information then please visit the Frederick Chopin Airport website
The second international airport in Warsaw is called Modlin and is generally favoured by the budget airline, Ryanair. Modlin is located 40km from Warsaw’s city centre so knowing the best transfer options takes on extra importance.
1/ Taxis from Modlin to Warsaw city centre
The easiest way to get from the airport to the city centre but also the most expensive. Expect to pay around 159 PLN zloty if you use the official taxi companies outside the airport. You may be able to get it for less if you choose another taxi company but you will need to phone them to arrange although your hotel may be happy to sort that out for you. Transfer times from Modlin airport to Warsaw city centre are approximately 40 minutes.
The airport offers a shuttle bus service which will take you to Modlin train station from where you can then catch a train to Warsaw’s city centre. Prices are very reasonable although this option can add a little bit of extra stress when you first land so is probably only advisable for those who are confident enough to handle public transport in a foreign country.
The Modlin bus service is a very affordable and comfortable option to get to the city centre. If you pre-book your ticket then expect to pay only 9 PLN zloty but if you buy at the kiosk within the airport then the price increases to 35 PLN zloty
For further information then please visit Modlin Airport’s website.