FAQs concerning Warsaw
Our Web Site collects several links to
sites concerning traveling to Poland, sightseeing Warsaw,
exchange rates etc. You also find there train and flight connections to Warsaw.
Consult these pages for details in the future.
Below some preliminary answers to
Frequently Asked Questions concerning Warsaw.
Warsaw International Airport is very small so you will not get lost.
It is located just in the city, only 8km form the centre.
At the arrival level (ground floor) you find several ATM machines and Tourist
Information. Getting to town by TAXI will cost about 30zl. There are three
authorized taxi stands just in front of the arrival hall,
all accept credit cards.
The taxi cabs wait just at the exit from the main hall.
You can trust them, they have license to serve the airport passengers.
DO NOT ACCEPT a lift from one of the taxi touts that hover around the
arrival hall and suggest to walk somewhere! They will try to cheat you.
The bus to the City Centre has number 175 and stops on
the fourth island outside
the terminal. Warsaw train station (Warszawa Centralna)
is 16 bus stops from the airport.
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ICTAM04 Team will have a stand in the aiport on Sunday Aug. 15, from 9:00 to 22:00, ready to help you in finding transportation. In addition every two hours there is ICTAM04 bus shuttle provided by Mazurkas Travel. It leaves the airport to the main hotels at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00 and 22:00 on Sunday Aug. 15. If you do not want to use a taxi, ask our ICTAM04 Team when the next bus comes.
Opening hours of shops are usually from 9.00 to 19.00
Monday - Saturday. Super- and hyper-markets are open 7 days a week, usually
until 21:00. Small shops close on Sunday or are open until
noon only. Most of the banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Polish Money is Zloty (abbreviations used ZL or PLN). Payments on the conference site will be done in Zloty, please change money in advance.
It is very difficult to pay with foreign money (even US dollars and Euro) in the shops, taxis or restaurants. You may exchange cash in large number of "KANTOR"s (exchange kiosk) around the city. Some of them are open 24 hours. There are few hundred ATMs (Bankomat) at the main streets, hotels, airport (arrival deck), at the railway, gas and metro stations, around supermarkets, etc. Most of them accept major international cards. Current exchange rate you may find here.
Warsaw has rather well developed network of bus (Autobus) and tram (Tramwaj) lines as well as one underground (Metro) line, connecting south part of the city with the center. Tickets are available at RUCH (newspaper kiosks) and must be validated after entering the bus/tram. Regular fare is below 3 zloty. You can also buy tickets from the driver (extra charge apply).
There are over twenty taxi companies operating in Warsaw. Every legal taxi has its identification, counter and driver's ID displayed. Their prices per kilometer vary from 1.20 zloty to over 3 zloty. This price should be displayed on the side window. There is no extra charge for calling taxi by phone. They are usually coming within few minutes and you pay only from the place you start.
Some relatively cheap and reliable companies: MPT - tel. 919 (accepts also credit cards), Hallo - tel. 9623 , OK - tel. 9628, Volfra - tel. 9625, Wawa - tel. 9644, Super - tel. 9622, Plus - tel. 9621, Sawa - tel: 6444444. If calling from mobile phone add prefix 22 or +4822 to these numbers.
To use telephone you need a phone card. It can be bought at RUCH kiosks. One calling unit costs about 0.3 zloty, it allows for 3 min local call. One minute to Europe costs below 3 zloty. There are four mobile phone companies. Add prefix +4822 to all stationary numbers in Warsaw if you call from your mobile. One cellular minute costs below 2 zloty.
To reach the ICTAM04 Congress site from the City Center (coming
by train) you may use underground to Politechnika.
From the railway station Warszawa Centralna walk east
about 600m to Marszalkowska Street (direction Novotel - Forum Hotel).
Politechnika is only one stop of the underground Centrum
station direction south to Kabaty.
From the Airport the simplest way is to take a taxi.
We are only 6km from the Airport, it shouldn't cost you more than 30-40 zloty.
If you decide to take a bus, best is to take the bus 175
running to the City Centre.
Warsaw has about 2mln people, it has about 30km north-south and 20km west-east. Despite small size of the city due to missing fast transit routes it may take you more than one hour to drive across.
You may have sometimes problems finding people speaking any
foreign language. Prepare some simple expressions in a body
language. The Warsaw central point, Palace of Culture and Science PKiN
("Stalin's gift"), is the well visible orientation point.
Everybody knows where is Politechnika and main hotels.
Keep such name written and show it to get help.
Warsaw, just like other cities in Europe, has some
higher risk areas. In trams and busses, markets
and especially around the Central Railway Station and in bus
lines from the Airport always watch out for pickpockets collecting
the "Tourist Tax". The codes of safe behaviour
are much the same wherever you are going in Europe.
Just try to use experience you maybe already gained visiting other tourist
The toll-free Police emergency number is 997 (and 112 from a mobile).
But we are sure you will not need it.