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Warsaw

Old town, Warsaw

Practical Info about Warsaw

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. The standard two-pin European style plugs are used.

Currency

The official currency is Zloty (PLN), divided into 100 groszy. Poland is essentially a cash country, and it is sometimes difficult to use credit cards in the cities, and almost impossible in rural areas. Credit cards are, however, accepted in places frequented by tourists. ATMs are available in major towns and cities. Money (preferably US Dollars or Euros) can be exchanged in the cities and larger towns at banks, hotels or bureaux called 'kantors', which offer the best rates. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and some are open on Saturday till 1pm.

Communication

The international access code for Poland is +48. Mobile phones work throughout the country; local operators use GSM networks, which may not be compatible with some US cell phones. Internet cafes are available in most towns.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Easter Sunday 20 Apr 5 Apr
Easter Monday 21 Apr 6 Apr
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
Constitution Day 3 May 3 May
Corpus Christi 19 Jun 4 Jun
Assumption of the Virgin Mary 15 Aug 15 Aug
Our Lady of Czestochowa 26 Aug 26 Aug
All Saints Day 1 Nov 1 Nov
Independence Day 11 Nov 11 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec 26 Dec

Climate

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Warsaw has a humid, continental climate, with cold, snowy winters and mild to hot summers. On average, summer temperatures range between 47°F and 73°F (9°C-22°C), while winter temperatures range between 25°F and 42°F (-4°C-6°C). The average temperature in Warsaw is 27°F (-3°C) in January (mid-winter), and 66.7°F (19.3°C) in July (mid-summer), although summer temperatures frequently reach 86°F (30°C). July is the wettest month, although rain does fall sporadically throughout the year; generally rainfall is heaviest in summer, with winter receiving the least rain. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September, October, November) are both lovely seasons with pleasant, mild temperatures and plenty of sun, although autumn can be misty. Warsaw has a long tourist season and the city is lovely to visit any time between April and October. The peak tourist season is summer, especially July and August; however, the city can become unpleasantly crowded. Those who don't mind the cold and snow will find that Warsaw is a great winter destination.

Getting around the city

Buses and trams ply the streets from 5am to 11pm each day and are the cheapest way to get around. Tickets are valid for all modes of public transport and must be bought in advance. The metro trains run every five minutes to and fro between the southern suburbs and the city centre and the metro is the fastest way of getting around Warsaw. Metered taxis can be hailed on the streets or ordered by telephone from a number of different companies; it is best to agree on a price before getting in. Taxis ordered by phone are usually a lot cheaper. Hiring a car is unnecessary except for excursions out of the city. The historic Old Town is best explored on foot and a lovely way to get around the city is provided by the rental bike system.

Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport

www.lotnisko-chopina.pl

Getting to the city

Municipal buses 175 and 188 operate daily from 4:40am to 11pm ferrying commuters to Warsaw city centre and the right riverbank. Journey time is 30 minutes and a ticket costs PLN 2.40. Tickets are available in the 'Ruch' kiosks and at Tourist Information in the Departures Hall. Some hotels provide a shuttle bus service to and from the hotel on request. The Polski Express bus provides connections to the biggest polish towns. The bus stop is on the Arrivals Hall level of Terminal 2.

Car rental

Avis, Budget, Hertz and National operate from the airport outside arrivals in Terminal 1.

Airport taxi's

A taxi stand is located in front of the Arrivals Hall.

Transfer between terminals

Terminals are within walking distance of each other.

Facilities

There are shops, bars and restaurants at the airport. Other facilities include banks, bureaux de change, ATMs, a post office, and tourist information and hotel reservations kiosks. There is also an observation deck; a fee is charged and visitors are subjected to a security check.

Parking

P1 and P2, located in the multilevel garage opposite the terminals, cost PLN 8 per hour for one to three hours, and PLN 10 per hour thereafter. The outdoor, short-stay P3 parking lot starts at PLN 6 per hour for the first three hours. Finally, P4 is the long-stay lot and charges a daily rate of PLN 50, which decreases the longer you stay.

Internet

Free wifi is available in the executive and business lounges, which charge PLN 98 entry for non-members.