Visiting Warsaw

First time in Warsaw? Not sure what to expect? Here are some essentials any new visitor to Poland should know.

Poland is in the European Union and Schengen Zone. If you’re a citizen of these visa-free countries, you don’t need any documents other than government ID (Schengen citizens) or passport (Visa-free citizens) to enter Poland for 90 days. If you do need a visa, Front-Trends is happy to provide a document for you to join us.

Poland has its own currency (Polish złoty ‘PLN’) and the exchange rates are very good for foreigners in 2015/2016. Poland maintains one of the most inexpensive standards of living compared to Western Europe, so your cash will go a long way in Warsaw for food, shopping, transportation, and more.

Communicating in English is very easy in Warsaw—most young and middle-aged people speak English fluently.

There is WiFi available everywhere in Warsaw - malls, cafes, restaurants, fast food chains and even local buses. Perfect for laptop warriors!

Flights and trains

Wizz Air, Ryan Air, and Easy Jet are the three most popular budget airlines to Poland and across Europe in general. Note that Wizz Air arrives at Warsaw Chopin Airport, the best and closest location to Front-Trends and Warsaw in general. Ryan Air arrives in Modlin Airport, about an hour outside of Warsaw. Easy Jet flies to Kraków, a neighboring city that can be accessed by train or bus to Warsaw (not recommended if you’re just visiting Warsaw!).

Otherwise, many major international airlines such as LOT, KLM, Lufthansa, Air France, Qatar Airways, SAS and more fly directly to Warsaw Chopin Airport.

There are daily direct trains from Berlin, Prague and Vienna.

Hotels & hostels

Like any city, it’s best to check Booking.com, Airbnb.com, or Hostels.com or other accomodation sites for the best deals and locations.

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Public transport

If you’re using the metro, tram, or buses to navigate around Warsaw, then you’ll want to use jakdojade.pl over Google Maps. It also has an excellent iOS and Android app that helps you navigate while you’re moving and autocompletes those hard to type Polish words!

The Warsaw Metro uses one ticketing system for all three modes (trams, buses and metro). For example, you can buy a ticket at the bus station and it will work for the metro or tram and vice versa. Times activate when you validate them (validation by placing the ticket into the metro terminal slot, or small machines on the buses and trams).

Approximate pricing:

  • 20 minutes 3.40 PLN
  • 75-minutes 4.40 PLN
  • 1-day 15.00 PLN
  • Weekend 24.00 PLN
  • Group Weekend 40.00 PLN

Prepaid SIM, Internet and WiFi

Last year in 2016, people were able to buy prepaid SIM cards like buying a bottle of water. This has changed since July 2016, as Poland now requires individuals to register personal data for prepaid SIMs by showing a Polish national ID card, or a foreign passport. It is not recommended to purchase prepaid SIM cards at kiosks that cannot perform the registration, instead, visit the official physical stores for each carrier.

Fast internet is widely available in Poland, 4G and cable connections are commonplace in most areas, shops, malls, cafes and offices. WiFi is abundant in many public areas as well, and completely free of charge.

If you plan to only stay in Warsaw, PLAY is the best provider. It has the best coverage (works in the underground Metro) and provides high quality reception and customer service. If you’re traveling to other areas of Poland, Orange is your best bet.

Current prices: 3 GB for approximately €2 or 9 GB for €4.5.

Food & Drink

Here’s our picks for the best places to grab a bite or a drink in Warsaw.

Restaurants

  • Krowarzywa

    Vegan burgers that taste great. A couple locations in Warsaw.

  • Uki Uki

    The only Japanese restaurant in Warsaw that serves more than sushi. Great noodles, drinks and Japanese dishes.

  • Spring Roll

    Good quality asian food and service in the center of Warsaw

  • SAM

    High quality cafe, everything made in-house.

  • Między Nami

    Cafe, restaurant, and bar all in one with good food and drinks.

Craft Beer

Check out Polish Craft Beers at these local multitap bars:

  • Kufle i Kapsle

    Great craft Polish beers with unique. Not too much seating, so get there early or go with a smaller group!

  • Hopsters Multitap

    Tons of beer choices on tap that come in three different sizes (0.25, 0.33, 0.5 liters) so you can taste and test.

  • Cuda na Kiju

    Great beers and tons of seating for larger groups.

Bars & Pubs

  • Pawilony

    An area of bars off the main street of Nowy Świat. Good for cheap drinks and lots large crowds of people.

  • Nie Powiem

    Student-esque bar near Nowy Świat with lots of seating, beer and a relaxed atmosphere.

For more, see restaurants at TripAdvisor, Like A Local Warsaw City Guide.

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