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Airlines
Since low cost airlines started flying into and from Warsaw there are more tourists coming than all the years before. Warsaw is still not a major tourist destination, but gay accommodation is limited and we recommend to book early. Low cost airlines operating in Warsaw are Easyjet www.easyjet.com; Germanwings www.germanwings.com; Wizz Air www.wizzair.com; Norwegian www.norwegian.no; Swiss www.swiss.com and Air Lingus www.aerlingus.com.


Etiuda terminal is closed. All airlines fly from Chopin Terminal 1 or 2.
The Chopin International Airport is Warsaw's main airport, which is also known as Okecie Airport and has terminals 1 and 2. Okecie is actually the name of the district where the Chopin airport is located. If you talk to taxi driver and you say 'Okecie', he will take you to the Chopin Airport just asking which terminal you want. Poles like to make things complicated. It is located 10 kilometers (six miles) south of the city centre.
Phone +48 22 650 4140 (information) or 3943 (departures) or 4220 (arrivals). Further Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Frederic_Chopin_Airport.
  • Aeroflot - al. Jerozolimskie 29, Phone +48 22 628 25 57, 628 17 10, 621 16 11 Web site http://www.aeroflot.com
  • Air Algerie - Phone +48 22 650 25 12, 846 70 46
  • Air France - ulica Krucza 21, Phone +48-22 628 12 81, 628 12 83, 650 45 08, 650 45 09 Web site http://www.airfrance.com
  • Air Moldova Phone +48 22 650 40 25
  • Air Ukraine - Mokotowska 27/5, Phone +48 22 622 03 50, 650 40 60
  • Alitalia - ulica Moliera 8, Phone +48-22 826 28 01, 827 40 14, 846 78 46 Web site http://www.alitalia.com
  • American Airlines - al. Ujazdowskie 20, Phone +48-22 625 30 02, 625 05 60, 625 04 67, Web site http://www.aa.com
  • Austrian Airlines - ulica Zlota 44/46 or Sienna 39 Phone +48-22 627 52 90, 627 52 92, 627 52 91, 650 35 16, 650 35 18, Web site http://www.austrian.com/
  • Balkan - Bulgarian Airlines - Marszakowska 83, Phone +48 22 621 12 78, 650 45 13
  • Air Baltic Phone +48 22 650 41 21, 650 31 21
  • Belavia - Belarussian Airlines Phone +48 22 650 23 14
  • British Airways - ulica Krucza 49, Phone +48-22 529 90 00, 628 94 31, 628 39 91 Web site http://www.britishairways.com
  • BD British Midland Phone +48 22 650 36 56-57 Web site http://www.flybmi.com/
  • Czech Airlines Hotel Sobieski Pl. A. Zawiszy 1, Phone +48 22 659 67 99, 650 45 14
  • Israel Airlines Al. Jerozolimskie 65/69, Phone +48 22 630 66 16, 630 66 18, 830 09 56
  • Eurolot - 17 Stycznia 39 Phone +48 22 606 62 64
  • Finnair - al. Jerozolimskie 81, Phone +48-22 695 08 11, Web site http://www.finnair.fi
  • KLM Krzywickie go 34 Phone +48 22622 80 00, 650 45 15
  • TE Lithuanian Airlines Phone +48 22 650 26 46, 650 26 47
  • LOT Polish Airlines - al. Jerozolimskie 65/79, Phone +48-22 952, 953, 628 75 80, Info line 0801 300 952, 0800 22 59 59, Web site http://www.lot.com
  • Lufthansa - ulica Nowy Swiat 19, Phone +48-22 826 15 01, fax +48-22 826 53 39, Web site http://www.lufthansa.com
  • Sabena Królewska 11, Phone +48 22 627 02 30/31
  • SAS - ulica Nowy Swiat 18/19, Phone +48-22 826 12 11/826 12 12, 650 45 10 Web site http://www.scandinavian.net
  • Tarom - Romanian Air Marszakowska 84/92 Phone +48 22 629 90 98, 621 72 93
  • Tunis Air Oeiêtokrzyska 36/34, Phone +48 22 652 04 92/93
 
Entry & Visa & Custom
In every case ask the Polish Embassy in your country to verify the latest requirements re garding visas ! It depends on your citizenship how you can cross the border of Poland.

No visa requiered: The list below indicates all countries where Poland has a non visa agreement. If you hold the citizenship of one of these countries you do not need to apply for a visa in advance. Just show your passport at the boarder (with some countries only your ID is requiered). The date indicates when the agreement came into force.
  • Andorra 08.04.1991 up to 90 days
  • Argentina 22.11.1990 up to 90 days
  • Austria 01.09.1991 up to 90 days
  • Belarus 13.12.1979 (tourist trips passport & voucher; private trips passport and invitation; business trips passport with 'ab' stamp.)
  • Belgium 08.04.1991 up to 90 days
  • Bolivia 29.04.1994 up to 90 days
  • Brazil 14.07.1999 up to 90 days
  • Bulgaria 08.06.1965 up to 30 days
  • Chile 24.02.1995 up to 90 days
  • Croatia 08.12.1992 up to 90 days
  • Costa Rica 08.07.1992 up to 90 days
  • Cuba 27.01.1979 up to 90 days
  • Cyprus 27.10.1992 up to 90 days
  • Czech Republic 28.05.1991 up to 90 days
  • Denmark 01.03.1991 up to 90 days
  • Ecuador 04.03.1999 up to 90 days
  • Estonia 26.02.1993 up to 30 days
  • Finland 01.05.1991 up to 90 days
  • France 08.04.1991 up to 90 days
  • Germany 08.04.1991 up to 90 days
  • Greece 24.06.1995 up to 90 days
  • Honduras 11.01.1994 up to 90 days
  • Hungary 08.10.1991 up to 90 days
  • Ireland 20.11.1992 up to 90 days
  • Island 01.07.1992 up to 90 days
  • Israel 29.12.1999 up to 90 days
  • Italy 08.04.1991 up to 90 days
  • Japan 14.02.1999 up to 90 days
  • Korea South 24.12.1993 up to 90 days
  • Latvia 17.12.1992 up to 90 days
  • Liechtenstein 03.09.1991 up to 90 days
  • Lithuania 07.05.1993 up to 90 days
  • Luxembourg 09.04.1991 up to 90 days
  • Macedonia 02.08.1963 up to 30 days
  • Malaysia 24.05.1998 up to 90 days
  • Malta 01.05.1991 up to 90 days
  • Mexico 08.06.1999 up to 90 days
  • Monaco 08.04.1991 up to 90 days
  • Netherlands 08.04.1991 up to 90 days
  • Nicaragua 10.02.1995 up to 90 days
  • Norway 15.04.1991 up to 90 days
  • Portugal 30.06.1993 up to 90 days
  • Rumania 28.06.1971 up to 30 days
  • Russia 13.12.1979 (tourist trips passport & voucher; private trips passport and invitation; business trips passport with 'ab' stamp.)
  • San Marino 18.01.1991 up to 90 days
  • Singapore 02.09.1999 up to 30 days
  • Slovakia 28.05.1991 up to 90 days
  • Slovenia 15.12.1992 up to 90 days
  • Spain 31.01.1994 up to 90 days
  • Sweden 01.06.1991 up to 90 days
  • Switzerland 03.09.1991 up to 90 days
  • Ukraine 17.08.1997 up to 90 days
  • United Kingdom 01.07.1992 up to 180 days
  • Uruguay 02.09.1991 up to 90 days
  • USA 15.04.1991 up to 90 days
A tourist visa is valid for the time listed. If you want to stay longer you have to apply for a visa before the period expires. Besides the paperwork (forms in Polish only), you'll need two photos, a passport that is valid at least 9 months and a good reason for staying. The cost varies depending on the type of visa you'd like. Apply at the Urzad Wojewodzki, Wydzial Spraw Obywatelskich, Oddzial d/s Cudzoziemcow (Phone +48 22 625 59 04) located on ulica Krucza 5/11.

Visa requiered You have to apply for a visa if you are a citizen of a country that is not listed above. Just contact the next Polish embassy for details re garding the procedure.
 
Airport Transfer
After coming through customs, you may well be offered a taxi by men waiting amongst the crowd. Never accept this offer. There are several solutions:
  • Take a taxi waiting in the second line in front of the airport. There are two lines. Closer to the entrance are taxis that sometime cheat. Most taxis in the second line are ok. Or better you a operator at the taxi desk to call a legitimate taxi.
  • Or buy a phone card at the newspaper kiosk and call 9644 (Wawa taxi). There should be an English operator. Ask for the taxi to come to Odloty (departures) upstairs. The taxi normally comes in 10 minutes and you will have to give your name to the driver to confirm he was ordered for you. Or, if the kiosks are closed, go upstairs to departures and try to get a taxi there. Never take a taxi not displaying a corporation name & a phone number. A ride into town will cost between 20 and 35 PLN depending on the tariff (50% extra evenings and public holidays). You must have polish currency to pay them. Taxis don't carry much change so try to have 50 PLN note. Never let a taxi driver drive you un-metered.
  • It's cheaper to take a bus. But be warned of a high number of thieves in these busses! The local buses 175, 188, or the night line 611 will bring you to and from the central train station (Dworzec Centralny) for the cost of a ticket for yourself and one for your luggage. The bus stop is at Aleje Jerozolimskie on the Station side, not on Mariott hotel side (see the public transport chapter).
  • There is no Airport Shuttle.
 
Trains
If you want to check the train schedules we recommend the huge online database at http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en - you'll find all schedules there.

The Web of the Polish Railway is at http://www.pkp.com.pl). Tickets can be purchased at the station (latest 10 minutes before train is departing) and for information you may call +48 22 620 03 61 (domestic) or 45 12 (international).

International buses don't operate from central railway station anymore. Now they depart from Central Coach Station (West Train Station). There is also a Stadion Coach Station only for Eastern lines but that station is not so popular.
 
Busses
Busses from abroad arrive and depart from central train station Centralna or from Warszawa Zachodnia (West station). From Zachodnia you may take the public Buses 127, 130, 508, 517, 523, 605 and E5 to the center. Bus companies that operate routes to and from Warsaw are http://www.eurolines.com and others.
 
Ships
If you would like to go for a sightseeing by ship or bus, please ask for information at the Tourist Information offices listed above.
 
Cars
  • Speed limit inside Warsaw is 50 km/per hour.
  • Speed limit in other urban areas is 60 km/per hour.
  • Speed limit outside urban areas is 90 km/per hour.
  • Speed limit on dual carriage ways is 110 km/per hour.
  • Speed limit on motor ways is 130 km/per hour.
  • Seat belts obligatory, Mobile Phone usage forbidden.
  • First aid kit & warning triangle & fire extinguisher obligatory.
  • Limit for alcohol is 0.2 percent blood/alcohol level.
  • Penalties are 70 PLN for missing seat belt, 100 PLN for mobile phone usage and 500 PLN for exceeding the speed limit.
  • Foreigners can drive with the licence of their home country up to six month after entering the country.
  • For road emergency call 981.
  • Parking meters are in the center of Warsaw everywhere: The standard rate is 0.6 PLN for 30 minutes parking. 2 PLN for one hour. 4.60 PLN for two hours and 31.80 PLN for a whole day's parking. Mostly it's needed to pay only during the daytime: Mondays til Fridays from 8 am til 6 pm & Saturdays from 8 am til 3 pm. Sundays it's free all the day.
 
Left Luggage
Public left luggage facilities are located at the main Station, Warzawa Centralna. Open 24 hours. Fees: ?
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