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Practical info Warsaw, Poland

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 frequently 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.

Time

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

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 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 3pm 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 and 3G networks. Internet cafes are available in most towns.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Warsaw Chopin Airport

www.lotnisko-chopina.pl

Getting to the city

Municipal buses 175, 148, 188 and 331 operate daily from 4.35am to around 11pm ferrying commuters to Warsaw city centre and the right riverbank. 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, and Hertz, along with a number of other companies, 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.

Parking

Short-stay parking at P1 and P3 parking lots starts at PLN 10 per hour for the first three hours. P1 level 0 and P4 is the long-stay lot and charges a daily rate of PLN 100 and PLN 60 respectively, which decreases the longer you stay.

Internet

Wifi is available at the airport. In the VIP and Executive lounges wifi is free for four hours.