Warsaw’s public transport is considered to be one of the best in Europe. So, how to travel around the city?
First of all: the ticket. The same type of ticket can be used in buses, trams and subway (metro). Warsaw is basically zone 1, except for the suburbs, so there is 99% chance you won’t leave zone 1 during your stay.
Tickets can be bought in newspapers stands (kiosk) and vending machines next to some major bus stops. Vending machines can also be found in buses, less frequently in trams, but some are traditionalists and will only accept coins, while others seem more on the geekish side and accept only cards.
There are several types of tickets:
- Basic tickets
- A 20-minute ticket entitles to an unlimited number of journeys for a period not exceeding 20 minutes from its validation. Price: 3.40 pln.
Tip: This ticket is valid for zones 1 & 2.
- A single fare transfer ticket entitles to an unlimited number of journeys for a period not exceeding 75 minutes from its validation. Price: 4.40 pln.
- A single fare transfer group ticket entitles a group of up to 10 people to an unlimited number of journeys for a period not exceeding 75 minutes from its validation. Price: 22 pln.
- Short term tickets:
- A one-day ticket entitles to an unlimited number of journeys for 24 hours from its validation. Price: 15 pln
- A 3-day ticket entitles to an unlimited number of journeys for 72 hours from its validation. Price: 36 pln
- A weekend ticket entitles to an unlimited number of journeys from 7:00 PM on Friday till 8:00 AM on Monday. Price: 24 pln
- A group weekend ticket entitles a group of up to 5 people to an unlimited number of journeys from 7:00 PM on Friday till 8:00 AM on Monday. Price: 40 pln
NOTE: During the first journey the ticket should be validated immediately after boarding the vehicle. When traveling by metro, you should validate the ticket at the entrance gate before entering the platform, or in the validating machine available next to the lift.
175 goes from Chopin Airport, via Central Railway Station & the Palace of Culture and Science to the Old Town area.
180 goes to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Jewish Cemetery, the
Old Town, the Łazienki Royal Park, and Wilanów.
128 goes from the Old Town to Central Railway Station & the Palace of Culture and Science.
13, 26 go from Old Town to Praga.
Useful Metro stations:
Centrum for city center, Central Railway Station & the Palace of Culture and Science
Świętokrzyska for the Nożyk Synagogue, Grzybowski Square and transfer to the M2 line
Rondo Daszyńskiego for the Warsaw Rising Museum
Świętokrzyska for the Nożyk Synagogue, Grzybowski Square and transfer to the M1 line
Nowy Świat – Uniwersytet for the university and the Royal Route
Centrum Nauki Kopernik for University Library, Copernicus Science Center, bars & clubs at the river bank.
Dworzec Wileński for Praga
Travel by night
Warsaw has a very good network of night buses. All routes (numbers beginning with “N”) depart from the Central Railway Station every half an hour.
NOTE: All night bus stops are on demand! Don’t forget to push the “stop” button before the desired bus stop, or wave the approaching bus down.
Tip: Fridays and Saturdays the metro runs till 03:00 AM.
Taxi is also an option to consider. There are many taxi companies in Warsaw and their prices may vary between 1,40 pln and 2,40 pln per kilometer + a fixed initial charge of 8 pln. Remember that night-time, Sunday and holiday fees are double.
NOTE: Be cautious when catching a taxi on the street or near railway stations and airports. Fancy limos with no adds or telephone numbers might charge you an extra coolness fee – up to ten times the regular fare! Be sure that your taxi has a price info on the side window!
Tip: You can also use Uber in Warsaw.
Useful information about public transport can be found here: http://www.ztm.waw.pl
Now you know everything. Enjoy the ride!