How to get to Warsaw?
Warsaw is easy to reach by plane. There are two airports:
- Chopin Airport: 30 mins by bus/urban rail from the city centre
- Modlin Airport: 1 hour by train from the city centre
There are also direct train connections from many European cities including Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna, Prague or Kyiv (Buy a ticket – www.intercity.pl). Direct bus connections from many other European cities, including Paris, Rotterdam, or London, are also available (Rail & bus tickets, Timetables » e-podroznik.pl).
Do I need a visa to come to Poland?
Poland is a member of the European Union and the member of the Schengen zone. To check, if you need a visa and what the requirements are, consult, please, the information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, VISAS – Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland – Gov.pl website (www.gov.pl), and the Polish embassy or consulate in your country.
Where to accommodate in Warsaw?
Conference participants are responsible for their own accommodation. Warsaw offers diverse accommodation in the city center, including 1 to 5 star hotels, apartments to rent or hostels. The prices are reasonable, from 30 euro to over 250 euro, depending on the standard. The list of hotels and hostels close to the conference venue is available here.
How to commute in Warsaw?
In Warsaw, public transport is well developed and affordable. It includes buses, trams, subway, and urban rail. Tickets can be obtained at the Passenger Service Points, ticket machines, by mobile phone or online (Where to buy a ticket? – Warszawski Transport Publiczny (wtp.waw.pl). The 75-minute standard ticket is 4.40 PLN (less than 1 euro); the one-day standard ticket (valid 24h) is 15.00 PLN (3.20 euro).
Can I pay in euros in Warsaw?
Poland is not in the euro-zone. In Poland, a currency “Polish złoty” (PLN) is in use. 1 euro is around 4,67 PLN, you can check the current value here: Polish zloty (PLN) (europa.eu). Therefore, except in certain contexts (e.g., paying the conference fees), the euro is not in use. You can exchange your money in one of many exchange offices. There is no commission fee in Poland, although exchange rates vary, and they tend to be less favorable in such places like airports or tourists sites. Visa and Mastercard cards are accepted in most places.
What can I visit in Warsaw?
Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is a city where history meets modernity. The Old Town and the Royal Castle are within 20 minutes walking distance from the conference venue, down the historic Royal Route. The modern city center, with the Palace of Culture and Science (1955) and brand-new skyscrapers, is also within 20 minutes on foot. You can take a rest in one of many parks and green spaces, including historical palace-garden complexes Łazienki or Wilanów. You can visit many museums, including Warsaw Uprising Museum, POLIN. Museum of the History of Polish Jews, National Museum or Frederic Chopin Museum. More about Warsaw: Warsaw – Official Tourist Website of the capital of Poland (warsawtour.pl), Warsaw (poland.travel).
Can I also visit Cracow during my stay in Warsaw?
Direct trains to Cracow depart from the Warsaw Central Railway Station every one or two hours daily. It takes only 2 h 30 mins to get from Warsaw to Cracow. For train schedules see: Journey planner – www.intercity.pl.
Can I visit the Memorial Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau during my stay in Warsaw?
The Memorial Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau is situated near Oświęcim. There is a direct bus from Cracow there (circa 1 hour 20 mins). More on visiting the Memorial: Auschwitz-Birkenau.