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.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).
Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. The standard two-pin European style plugs are used.
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.
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.
|New Years Day||1 Jan||1 Jan|
|Easter Sunday||20 Apr||5 Apr|
|Easter Monday||21 Apr||6 Apr|
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|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|
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|Boxing Day||26 Dec||26 Dec|
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.
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.
Avis, Budget, Hertz and National operate from the airport outside arrivals in Terminal 1.
A taxi stand is located in front of the Arrivals Hall.
Terminals are within walking distance of each other.
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.
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.
Free wifi is available in the executive and business lounges, which charge PLN 98 entry for non-members.