Below you will find my 5 suggestions to visit Krakow on budget.
Dopo la versione inglese troverai i miei 5 consigli per visitare Cracovia economicamente.
1- Eating: If you want to try traditional and original Polish cuisine, in ‘grandma’ style, for outstandingly good-value prices (a big lunch for one person for about 10 PLN) then find a ‘Bar Mleczny‘ (a milk bar – a kind of cafeteria very prevalent in Communist times so called because it serves no alcohol). You can find one on the right side of Ul. Grodzka (if you are going from Rynek Glowny). They offer classic Polish food such as ‘pierogi‘. Menu is only in polish, an English-Polish dictionary is recommended when ordering, there is no table service.
2- Visiting: Auschwitz is a must to see, and you can visit this historical site also by not joining the organized tours.Get a train from the main railway station to Oswiecin (polish name for the town Auschwitz). It takes 90 minutes to arrive and it costs only 9,5 zloty. From the Oswiecin station there are minibus or, even better, you can walk to the site. It’s only 1km far (20 minutes walking), go outside the station, take the street on the right, bedide the station and the first on the left, then walk straight until the sign of the Auschwitz museum. Entrance is free after 3 p.m.
3- Sleeping: Let’s Rock hostel is a friendly party hostel with a perfect location, in the very centre of Krakow, few steps from the main square and not far from Kazimierz, the former Jewish District which is now the centre of bohemian nightlife in Krakow; breakfast is included in the price.
4- Having fun: Drink polish vodka, here is where the original vodka was born. There are Wodka bars where for a cheap price you can enjoy a pleasant atmosphere. Most of Wodka bar are decorated in retro’ style. It is possible to drink vodka and beer for 4 Zloty/1 Euro and eating some small appetizers, for 8 zloty/2 Euro. The best area for fun, pubs and bars is Kazimierz, the former Jewish District. After or during a long drinking night, in the market square, there is also the most popular street food in Krakow, zapiekanka, a large open-faced baguette with baked toppings (traditionally is cheese and mushrooms)
5- Changing money: The currency exchange points (Kantor in polish) at the railway station usually operates at rip-off spreads. AVOID at all costs, unless you are in a big hurry or selling PLN. Actually the best rates (with less that 1% margin) can usually be found in several exchange offices that are located outside of tourist areas. In the centre I have found a good office exchange in Ul. Slawkowska (few meters from the main square)
1- Mangiare: Se volete provare la cucina polacca, in stile ‘fatto dalla nonna’, buona e conveniente (un pranzo abbondante, per circa 10PLN-2,5 Euro) prova un Bar Mleczny (un ‘latte bar’ letteralmente, una sorta di self-service molto diffuso in epoca comunista, così chiamato perché non serve alcool). È possibile trovarne uno sul lato destro della via Ul. Grodzka (se si sta andando dalla piazza principale, Rynek Glowny). Offrono cibo classico polacco come ‘pierogi‘. E’ come fare un salto nel passato recente, grazie all’ambiente e l’arredo. Il menu è solo in polacco, un dizionario è consigliato, non c’è servizio al tavolo, ma una volta che lo provi … ci ritorni
2- Visitare: Auschwitz. Se non ti piacciono i tour organizzati e preferisci sentirti libero di girare come vuoi tu, il modo migliore per visitare questo luogo storico, e’ di prendere un treno regionale, per Oswiecin (nome polacco per Auschwitz). Costa 9,5 zloty (2 Euro e mezzo). Impiega 90 minuti circa. Una volta arrivati a destinazione, uscire dalla stazione ed andare a destra. Alla prima strada sulla sinistra proseguire fino in fondo. Il tour gratuito del campo inizia alle 15
3- Dormire: scegli il Let’s Rock hostel e’ un bell’ostello per giovani, a pochi passi dalla stupenda piazza centrale, nella città vecchia ed ad un quarto d’ora a piedi dal quartiere Kazimierz, perfetto per divertirti e visitare la città. Colazione inclusa nel prezzo.
4- Divertimento: Bevi vodka locale in un bar Wodka. L’atmosfera è ‘retro’, con interni che si rifanno agli anni 70-80. I prezzi sono economici, si beve vodka o birra per 4 zloty, 1 Euro e puoi accompagnare il tuo drink con un antipasto tipico, aringhe, salsiccie…al costo di 8 zloty/2 Euro. Visita il quartiere Kazimierz per la sua vivace vita notturna. Dopo una notte trascorsa a bere prova lo snack più popolare di Cracovia, lo zapiekanka, una grande fetta di baguette con diversi condimenti (tradizionale: formaggio e funghi)
5- Cambiare soldi: Gli uffici di cambio valuta (Kantor, in polacco) presso la stazione ferroviaria sono da evitare a tutti i costi, a meno che non si sia in gran fretta. In realtà la tariffa migliore (con meno di 1% di margine) di solito può essere trovata in molti uffici di cambio che si trovano al di fuori delle zone turistiche. La via migliore, per il cambio valuta, si trova vicino alla piazza del mercato, Ul. Slawkowska
Sightseeing tour of Krakow
An interesting free walking tour
Lunch at ‘milk bar’. Good food at very cheap price!
Kramieriz district and…new weird friends 🙂
Let’s start the nightlife at wodka bar
A fast and tasty local snack…zapiekanka
and the night fun can start!
Poznan by night
Poznan by day:
Have a drink at Pijalnia, polish vodka or beer for 1 €
Don’t waste your money! best places are the ‘milk bar’ (ask for bar mleczni) or small family run bistrò. Lunch (only, not open in the evening) for less than 2,5€ try the local pierogi (kind of ravioli) and kopitka (potato dumpling). In one of the main street from the main square there are two small and old style lunch bistrò that I strongly suggest. Mostly local people go there, so don’t expect translated menu!!!!
And at the end, for sport men… 🙂
@ Lech Poznan vs Gornik Zabrze
- Capital city: Warsaw
- Population: 38 M
- Currency: Zloty (PLN)
- Time zone: CET / AST (UTC+1)
Poland is the 19th most visited country in the world by foreign tourists. The most popular cities are Kraków, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Warsaw, Łódź, Poznań, Lublin, Toruń and the historic site of Auschwitz – German nazi concentration camp in Oświęcim.
Krakow is the most popular tourist destination in Poland and one of the most in central-east Europe, its historic centre belongs to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. You will fall in love with Krakow, a lively city, full of character, suitable for both a cultural visit and an active nightlife.
The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country. The climate is oceanic in the north and west and becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures between 18 °C (64 °F) and 30 °C (86.0 °F) depending on a region. Winters are rather cold, with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and −6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast. Precipitation falls throughout the year, although, especially in the east; winter is drier than summer.
Cracovia è la destinazione turistica più popolare in Polonia ed Europa centro-orientale, il suo centro storico fa parte della lista UNESCO del Patrimonio dell’Umanità. E’ facile innamorarsi di Cracovia, una città vivace, piena di carattere, adatta sia per una visita culturale sia per una vita notturna attiva.
Il clima è prevalentemente temperato in tutto la Polonia, con estati generalmente calde, con temperature medie tra i 18 ° C e 30 ° C . Gli inverni sono piuttosto freddi, con temperature medie di circa 3 ° C nel nord-ovest e -6 ° C nel nord-est. Precipitazioni durante tutto l’anno.
Act like a local!
– Want to hang out? Go to Kazimierz’s district. After a long drinking night try there also the most popular street foods in Krakow is, zapiekanka, a large open-faced baguette with baked toppings (traditionally cheese, mushrooms, and a lot of condiments like ketchup or garlic sauce)
– Old town is wonderful and romantic but is a tourist traps too. Visit Kazimierz district and its vibrant and intense nightlife for an authentic good time
– Drink polish vodka, here is where the original vodka was born. There are Wodka bars where for a cheap price you can enjoy a pleasant atmosphere, drinking and eating small appetizers.
– Watch a football game. There are two city clubs in Krakow, Cracovia Kraków and Wisła Kraków, both have recently finished new stadiums located on two sides of Błonia park. There are ticket discounts for women, school kids and students aged under 26. However, do not display any team colors, jerseys as their fans hate each other and you don’t want to get involved in a trouble, do you? More info can be found here
– Polish people are very proud of both their nation and former pope Karol Wojtyla. Showing a bit of knowledge of the local language, history and habits will dramatically increase the opportunity to make a good friend among locals
– Need some relax? Walk around the Planty, the park that surrounds the entire Old Town, sunbath on the banks of the Vistula river
– Milk bars (bar mleczny )attract students and senior citizens, because of the low prices (soup and the main course together may cost as little as 10.00 zł). The food served by milk bars can actually be quite palatable. Even if you can afford more expensive meals, milk bars are interesting because they offer somewhat a view of life before democratization in Poland
Vuoi uscire? Vai al quartiere Kazimierz. Dopo una notte a bere prova gli snacks più popolari di Cracovia, zapiekanka, una grande fetta di baguette con condimenti (tradizionale: formaggio, funghi, e un sacco di condimenti)
– il centro storico è meraviglioso e romantico, ma è una trappola per turisti. Visita il quartiere Kazimierz e la sua vivace vita notturna
– Bevi vodka polacca, qui è dove la vodka originale è nata. Ci sono bar Wodka, dove ad un prezzo basso è possibile godere di una piacevole atmosfera, bere e mangiare piccoli antipasti.
– Guardare una partita di calcio. Ci sono due club della città di Cracovia, Cracovia Kraków e Wisła Kraków, entrambi hanno da poco finito i nuovi stadi situati su due lati del Błonia parco. Ci sono sconti per le donne e gli studenti di età inferiore ai 26. Tuttavia non indossate i colori della squadra, i loro fans si odiano, è un derby vero!
– I polacchi sono molto orgogliosi della loro nazione e dell’ex papa Karol Wojtyla. Mostra un pò di conoscenza della lingua locale, la storia e le abitudini, aumenterà notevolmente la possibilità di avere un buon amico tra i locali
If you want to try Polish cuisine‘grandma’ style for outstandingly good-value prices (a big lunch for one person for about 8PLN) then find a ‘Bar Mleczny’ (a milk bar – a kind of cafeteria very prevalent in Communist times so called because it serves no alcohol). You can find one on the right side of Ul. Grodzka (if you are going from Rynek Glowny). They offer classic Polish food such as ‘kroketka’. Find a ‘milk bar’ ‘Bar Mleczny’ and eat there! This is like going back to a recent past too, due to its basic furnishing. Menu is only in polish, an English-Polish dictionary is recommended when ordering, there is no table service, but once you try it…you go back
From airport Bus #292 and Bus #208 run to the city centre about once per hour. If you need to get to the Central Train Station, get off at the stop Dworzec Główny Wschód. This bus stop is located next to shopping centre Galeria Krakowska, approximately 100 meters from the entrance of the central train station. The ride takes around 40 minutes. Single-ride tickets from Balice Airport to the city center cost 3.40 zł (or 1.70 zł for ISIC/EURO 26 holders). Make sure you buy the “agglomeration ticket”, this type of ticket is valid in two zones, so also in the area where the airport is located. If you need help or information, try asking someone young to help you as most young Polish people speak communicative English and are very helpful and happy to help.
Krakow sightseeing can be enjoyed by walking around and admire this beautiful city with many charming corners. It’s also possible to do it by bicycle. Kraków has a reasonably priced system of public municipal bikes (1 hour – 4 zł, a weekly fee – 15 zł). There are 15 stations (mostly around Kraków’s centre) but the network should grow. Nice thing about this system is that you don’t need to return the bike to the same station you took it from – you just grab a bike for a few minutes to transfer from one point to another and drop it at any other station. In 2012 the system’s name changed to Roweres. Before using the bikes you need to register in the system and pay some small initial fee.
The currency exchange point at the railway station usually operates at rip-off spreads. AVOID at all costs, unless you are in a big hurry or selling PLN. Actually the best rates (with less that 1% margin) can usually be found in several exchange offices that are located outside of tourist areas. The only one fair exchange office which is close to the market square and on the way from Railway station is the one which is open 24h – CFS 24h Exchange (Pawia 12 street). This is the only tourist oriented exchange office that has transparent and fair rates
Join the free walking tour, is the best way to discover the city, learn a bit of its history, monuments and most important habits and useful practical information. They provide four FREE walking TOURs in three of Polish cities.Two tours in Krakow: Krakow Old Town FREE walking TOUR – everyday at 11:00 am, meeting point in front of St Mary’s church and
Jewish Krakow FREE walking TOUR; one in Warsaw: Warsaw Old Town FREE walking TOUR – everyday at 12:00 pm, meeting point under Sigismund’s Column and one in Wroclaw:
Wroclaw Old Town FREE walking TOUR – every Saturday at 11:00 am, meeting point Aleksander Fredro’s statue in the Main Market Square
Enjoy a zapiekanka. A local fast-food consisting in a large baked face of bread with different topping (the classic one is with mashroom cream spread on it). Other ingredients are available for this ‘must to try’ of the city
-Se volete provare cucina polacca in stile ‘fatto dalla nonna’ incredibilmente buono sia in qualità sia nel prezzo (un grande pranzo per una persona per circa 8PLN) prova un Bar Mleczny (un latte bar una sorta di self-service molto diffusa in epoca comunista così chiamato perché non serve alcool). È possibile trovare una sul lato destro della Ul.. Grodzka (se si sta andando da Rynek Glowny). Offrono cibo classico polacco come ‘kroketka’. E’ come tornare indietro a un passato recente anche, grazie alla sua base d’arredo. Il menu è solo in polacco, un dizionario è consigliato, non c’è servizio al tavolo, ma una volta che lo provate … si ritorna
-Da aeroporto prendete i numeri 292 e 208 gli autobus vanno al centro della città circa una volta ogni ora. Se avete bisogno di raggiungere la stazione ferroviaria centrale, scendere alla fermata Dworzec Główny Wschod. La fermata del bus si trova accanto al centro commerciale Galeria Krakowska, a circa 100 metri dall’ingresso della stazione ferroviaria centrale. Il tragitto dura circa 40 minuti. Biglietti di corsa singola dall’aeroporto al centro città 3,40 zł (lo 1,70 zł per ISIC / EURO 26 titolari). Assicurati di acquistare il “biglietto agglomerato”, questo tipo di biglietto è valido in due zone, così anche nella zona in cui si trova l’aeroporto. Se avete bisogno di aiuto o di informazioni, prova a chiedere a qualcuno giovane per aiutare le persone più giovani parlano inglese e sono molto disponibili e felici di aiutarvi.
-Krakow può essere goduta a piedi, ammira questa bellissima città con molti angoli suggestivi. Cracovia ha un sistema a prezzi ragionevoli di biciclette pubbliche comunali (1 ora – 4 zł, una tassa settimanale – 15 zł). Ci sono 15 stazioni (per lo più attorno al centro di Cracovia), ma la rete dovrebbe crescere. Cosa bella di questo sistema è che non è necessario riportare la bici alla stessa stazione dove l’hai presa.
-Il cambio valuta presso la stazione ferroviaria sono da evitare a tutti i costi, se non si è in gran fretta. In realtà la tariffa migliore (con meno di 1% di margine) di solito può essere trovato in molti uffici di cambio che si trovano al di fuori delle zone turistiche. L’unico ufficio scambio equo si trova vicino alla piazza del mercato e sulla strada dalla stazione ferroviaria è quella che è aperto 24 ore – 24 ore CFS Exchange (Pawia 12 Street). Questo è l’unico ufficio di cambio turistico orientato che ha tariffe eque e trasparenti
-Bevi vodka locale in un bar Wodka. L’atmosfera è ‘retro’, i prezzi sono economici e puoi accompagnare il tuo drink con un antipasto tipico
-Partecipa al tour gratuito a piedi free walking tour, è il modo migliore per scoprire la città, imparare un pò della sua storia, i monumenti e le abitudini più importanti e utili informazioni pratiche. Essi forniscono quattro visite guidate gratuite a piedi in tre dei tour cities.A Cracovia: Cracovia Old Town Tour a piedi gratuito – tutti i giorni alle ore 11.00, punto di incontro di fronte alla chiesa di Santa Maria e Cacrovia Ebraica, escursioni a piedi, uno a Varsavia: Varsavia Old Town Tour a piedi gratuito – tutti i giorni alle ore 12.00, punto di incontro in Colonna di Sigismondo e uno a Wroclaw: Wroclaw Old Town Tour a piedi GRATIS – ogni Sabato alle ore 11.00, la statua punto di incontro Aleksander Fredro nella Piazza del Mercato
-Godetevi un zapiekanka. Un tipo di fast-food che consiste in una grande fetta di pane con con crema unghi e formaggio
-Hai bisogno di un po ‘di relax? Passeggia intorno al Planty, il parco che circonda l’intero centro storico, o prendi il sole sulle rive del fiume Vistola
– Krakow Film Festival. One of the oldest film events dedicated to documentary, animated and short fiction films in Europe. In a week over 200 films are shown in around six cinemas (10 screens) around the city and in an open air one next to Wawel castle. May
– Off Camera. International Festival of Independent Cinema. April
– Etiuda&Anima. International film festival built around animations and short films. November
– ArtBoom Festival. Street art. June
– Photomonth .One month long photography exhibitions around the city. May
– Coke Live Festival. Typical summer open-air music fest. August
– Unsound. World renowned experimental music and art event. October
– Sacrum Profanum. Music fest with taking place in churches, museums and factories. September
– Wianki St. John’s Night (Midsummer) celebration. Concerts and fireworks show next to Wawel castle. June
– Christmas Market. From the end of November to the end of December on Main Market Square.
– Krakowskie Noce (Krakow Nights). Five nights (one in each month from May to September): Night of Museums (free museums), Night of Theaters (free theaters), Night of Jazz (free jazz concerts), Cracovia Sacra Night (free concerts of church music) and Night of Poetry (free poetic evenings).
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Getting in the city
– Warsaw is served by a total of two airports: Chopin Airport (also known as ‘Okecie’) for major airlines. Modlin Airport was opened in July 2012 and it handles the low cost traffic.
Chopin Airport is located in the area of Okęcie in Włochy, some 10 km south of the center point of the city. For many years the airport used to be called just Okęcie, but this reportedly caused confusion and it was renamed.
The airport train station, Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina, opened on 1 June 2012. Trains depart every 10-12 minutes during peak times and every 15 minutes otherwise. Both the SKM (Warsaw’s suburban railway system) and KML (the provincial local train operator) operate trains to and from the airport.
The SKM offers the following connections from Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina:
- Line S2 through Warszawa Zachodnia, Warszawa Śródmieście (walking distance to Warszawa Centralna), Warszawa Stadion and Warszawa Wschodnia to Sulejówek Miłosna
- Line S3S through Warszawa Zachodnia, Warszawa Śródmieście (walking distance to Warszawa Centralna), Warszawa Stadion and Warszawa Wschodnia to Legionowo Piaski
- Line S3C through Warszawa Zachodnia, Warszawa Centralna and Warszawa Wschodnia to Legionowo Piaski. This is an “express” train which skips the local train stations between Warszawa Zachodnia and Warszawa Wschodnia, including Warszawa Stadion.
The KML offers connections ending at Warszawa Wschodnia, calling at Warszawa Zachodnia and Warszawa Centralna. These trains are less frequent than SKM services.
Regular Warsaw transport tickets issued by ZTM (the local transport operator which runs city buses, trams and the metro) are valid on SKM train services between the airport and Warsaw. There are ticket machines in the terminal as well as on board. ZTM day passes, three-day passes and monthly tickets are also valid on KML trains, but not regular tickets. It is possible to purchase single tickets for KML services from the airport to the city center aboard the train.
Four bus lines operate between points in the city and the airport from 4:40am to 11:00pm. At all other times, night bus N32 runs between the city center and the airport. Single-fare tickets for the bus cost 3.60 PLN (effective autumn 2011) from any kiosk; or buy one from the bus driver or vending machine in the bus (this is more risky – you will need exact change for the driver, or coins – not bills – for the machine; driver may refuse to sell ticket if he is late, the machine may be broken…). You can also buy tickets from the ticket machine at the bus stop (which accept coins, notes and credit cards).
- Bus 148 operates between the airport and Rondo Wiatraczna in Praga Południe, on the eastern side of Warsaw. This bus passes by the Imielin metro station.
- Bus 175 operates between the airport and Plac Piłsudskiego, crossing through the city center and stopping at the central railway station, Centrum metro station and the historic city center, including Nowy Świat and the University of Warsaw. The trip takes 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic. Buses operate every 7 minutes during rush hour. This bus used to have a bad reputation for pickpockets; although it’s better now, caution is still advised.
- Bus 188 operates between the airport and Gocławek Wschodni in Praga Południe, passing through to the south of the city center. This bus passes by the Politechnika metro station.
- Bus 331 operates between the airport and the Wilanowska metro station in Mokotów. While this bus is particularly useful for passengers connecting to long-distance bus services operated by PolskiBus, as the bus stops at the terminal where PolskiBus buses stop, this bus only runs during peak hours.
Avoid the taxi drivers soliciting customers inside the terminal, as they severely overcharge.
Modlin Airport was opened in June 2012. It’s located near a town Nowy Dwor Mazowiceki 40 km north from Warsaw. WizzAir moved to Modlin from WAW and Ryanair started operating flights to Modlin and have announced a base at the new airport.
KML operates train connections between Modlin and Warszawa Centralna. From the airport terminal you need to take shuttle bus to the railway station and get on a train to Warsaw. A combined ticket for bus and train costs 12 zł.
There is a direct bus by Modlinbus from the airport terminal to the center of Warsaw (car park near Warszawa Centralna station). The price is 29 zł.
There is also indirect bus connection by Translud. Ticket costs 8 zł. Take bus no 2 or 6 from Warsaw Center (next to Domy Towarowe Centrum) to Modlin Twierdza Pętla station. Remember to tell driver of bus no 2 or 6 that you are going to the airport – he will contact with the driver of another bus which will take you from Modlin Twierdza Pętla directly to the airport. Whole trip should be less than 1,5 hour.
– Warsaw has three stations for long-distance trains:
- Dworzec Centralny or Warszawa Centralna (Warsaw Central) ul. Emilii Plater
- Dworzec Wschodni or Warszawa Wschodnia (Warsaw East) between ul. Kijowska and ul. Lubelska (on the right bank)
- Dworzec Zachodni or Warszawa Zachodnia (Warsaw West) Al. Jerozolimskie near Rondo Zesłańców Syberyjskich
Unless you really know what you’re doing, the best option is Dworzec Centralny (Warszawa Centralna) station, as it has best connections with all the places in the city. All long-distance trains pass through this station and all stop there. It is the only long-distance station underground. It isn’t the last station on the route!
The Berlin-Warszawa Express runs from Berlin to Warsaw daily and is quite inexpensive if booked in advance.
One train per day runs to Kaunas and Vilnius in Lithuania, with a change of trains near the border.
There’re also trains to Russia – Moscow, Saint Petersburg and even direct cars to Saratov or Irkutsk, Belarus – Minsk, Ukraine – Kiev and direct cars to Simferopol or even Astana in Kazakhstan. There are many direct connections to central and western European cities too.
– Most buses (like Eurolines, Ecolines, Simple Express ) arrive at Dworzec PKS Warszawa Zachodnia, Al. Jerozolimskie (near Rondo Zesłańców Syberyjskich).
Polski Bus buses from biggest Polish cities and Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava and Prague stop at Dworzec Autobusowy Metro Wilanowska
Getting around the city
The public transport system in Warsaw is generally well-developed, with some 200 bus routes and 30 tram lines. The route descriptions on the tram stops are easy to follow (although bus stop notices are more complex) and the tickets are cheap. It can be painfully slow, however, to travel between destinations far from the city center.
There is also a modern underground line going from south to north on the left bank, and a recently-introduced Rapid Urban Railway or SKM which has proved to be a big disappointment, but now it’s becoming more and more popular. Travelling to districts like Włochy, Ursus, Rembertów or Wesoła by SKM instead of bus can save a lot of time.
– Warsaw’s subway system, called Metro, opened in 1995 and is one of the newest underground railway systems in Europe. It runs daily from early morning until midnight at 3-10 minute intervals. On Friday and Saturday, Metro runs until 3 am. Trains and stations are clean and neat. The system currently consists of only one line, which was designed to carry commuters from the densely populated new districts at the northern and southern outskirts into the city center. As a result, the subway does not go to many tourist destinations, however several stations will take you in a general vicinity of some attractions.
– Buses operate usually from 5.00 to 23.00, but you should always check the schedule.
Warsaw has well-developed night bus communication, that will take you basically to every part of city. Most buses start and finish at the back of Central Railway Station (Dworzec Centralny). They start every 30 minutes, hour by hour, at XX:15 and XX:45.
Requesting a stop – certain bus stops are request-only (Polish: na żądanie):
- If you want to get off, press the stop (red) button. In certain old buses, the button is located above the door (and it’s not red).
- If you want to get on a bus, wave your hand (or star-jump, or do whatever it takes to attract the driver’s attention).
Sometimes the door will not open automatically. To open it, locate the button drzwi (blue) and press it. Then you have 15 seconds until the door closes back.
– Night buses operate on 38 routes: N01 to N95 . The first digit indicates the area of Warsaw the bus travels to. All parts of the city are covered, but travelling to distant locations is particularly time-consuming. All buses operate at 30-minute intervals and depart from their central stop at Dw. Centralny 15 and 45 minutes after the hour, which facilitates changing.
When travelling on a night bus, it is essential to know the location of your bus stop at Dw. Centralny. There is a map  that will help you.
All night bus stops except Dw. Centralny and Centrum are request stops. Signal well in advance as some night bus drivers may be too busy accelerating to notice.
– Although trams are not faster than buses unless there is a heavy traffic jam, they may have some appeal for a tourist as it is easier to predict where they are going – they usually go straight ahead and only rarely turn.
– Tickets can be purchased in kiosks, ticket machines and any shop that displays the Sprzedaż biletów ZTM (“WTA tickets sold here”) stickers for around 3-6 Euros depending on the type of ticket. For buses and trams, the single-ride ticket can also be bought on board from the driver. In Rapid Urban Railway (SKM) you can buy a ticket from train attendant or (in new trains) in the ticket machine. There is no extra charge for buying tickets from drivers, though they can refuse to sell you a ticket if the bus is over 3 minutes late.
Timed (24-hour or 3-day) tickets are probably the simplest way of paying for public transportation, if you want to see as much as possible.
What to Do
Go on a Tour of Warsaw – the Old Town and surrounding districts are sufficiently compact to allow a number of excellent walking tours through its history-filled streets. You’ll see amazing things you would otherwise miss. Details are usually available from the reception desks of hostels and hotels.
Explore old Praga to get more shady (but safe) insight into old Warsaw. Find charming art cafes and galleries hidden around Ząbkowska, Targowa, Wileńska, 11 listopada, Inżynierska streets. In night, there are lot of vibrating clubs on these streets.
- Warsaw Film Festival (Warszawski Festiwal Filmowy)
- Warsaw Summer Jazz Days
- Warsaw Autumn (Warszawska Jesień)
- Old-Polish Music Festival (Festiwal Muzyki Staropolskiej)
- Garden Theaters Contest (Konkurs Teatrów Ogródkowych)
- Noc Muzeów (Long Night of Museums). Noc Muzeów is a fun night that sees thousands of people turn out to spend the night wandering around Varsovian museums and galleries for free. It’s a great opportunity to wander around with your date of friends, as many people do, and grab an ice cream cone from one of the many cafes that stay open late. Most museums and galleries will stay open past midnight. Noc Muzeów usually occurs around mid-May.
For those on a budget go to a milk bar, is simply the best option. Remnant of the communist era, milk bars (Polish: bar mleczny, bary mleczne) were originally created in the sixties to serve cheap meals based on milk products. After the fall of communism, most of them closed down but some survived and still bear the climate from the old days. Almost everything inside looks, feels and smells like in the 1980s. Milk bars attract students and senior citizens, because of the low prices (soup and the main course together may cost as little as 10.00 zł). The food served by milk bars can actually be quite palatable. Even if you can afford more expensive meals, milk bars are interesting because they offer somewhat a view of life before democratization in Poland.
Old Town and areas like pl. Trzech Krzyży, ul. Nowy Świat, ul. Chmielna, Krakowskie Przedmieście in Śródmieście are saturated with cafés, pubs. Coffee typically costs about 10.00 zł. Beer can cost anywhere from 5.00 zł to 15.00 zł for a pint. Drink prices in clubs can go up to 50.00 zł (and possibly more). Drinking alcoholic beverages in public places is prohibited, but this is often ignored by locals with regard to public drinking in parks.
If you’re looking to meet with real ‘Varsovians’ there’s a well-kept, secret row of nameless, dark bars located off of Nowy Świat. Walk through the gateway at Nowy Świat 22. You’ll find the bars that attract a younger crowd who want to socialize over a beer. The number one tip about visiting one of these bars is go early if you want find a seat. You won’t be able to find one after 10PM.
Clubs are plentiful in Warsaw and are a very popular way to spend nearly every night out.
The most popular nice and chic clubs are on ul. Mazowiecka in Śródmieście. Note that you will definetly be denied entrance if you wear sport shoes, no matter how expensive they are.
Student clubs are popular and usually moderately priced, but can be hit or miss. Normally, the centrally located Hybrydy is a good option for night out. Other student clubs, like Stodoła or Remont in Śródmieście, and Park in Mokotów, are less predictable and quality isn’t necessarily a concern for these clubs’ patrons. If the point is to get drunk, then these are the place to go for a cheap drink. Beware of certain bouncers (for example in Park), they are not the talkative kind if they suspect you of something.
In addition, there are clubs in Wola and Mokotów as well as several popular and down-to-earth clubs in the Praga districts.
There are plenty of accommodation options in Warsaw at all budget levels. If you are on a budget, do not assume that hostels are your only option. Booking in advance at 3/4 star hotels can yield prices only slightly higher than backpacker hostels, for far greater comfort. Check reviews for hostels carefully. Many hostels still have a communist mentality with regard to acceptable facilities like soap in the bathrooms, as well as service. Reception staff are paid low wages and can be quite surly. Nathan’s Villa is famous for its bedbugs!
There are campgrounds in Włochy, Wawer, Wola, Ochota and Mokotów.
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