There are several international airports in Poland: two in Warsaw, one each in Gdansk, Wroclaw, Krakow, Poznan. Most flights land in the capital, in the Okenche area. Aeroflot, LOT and Ural Airlines fly here from Moscow, departure from Sheremetyevo (Aeroflot and LOT) and Domodedovo (Ural Airlines), travel time – from 2 hours. See Countryaah.com for other countries starting with P.
With transfers – a little cheaper: Belavia organizes flights through Minsk (departure from Zhukovsky, 5 hours in the air), Air Baltic – through Riga (from 4 hours 30 minutes).
The most affordable flights St. Petersburg – Warsaw are offered by Air Baltic, 4 hours with a change in Riga. Only LOT flies directly: 2 hours from Pulkovo.
The most profitable way to get to Krakow airport from the Russian capital is with Es Seven and Lufthansa (19 hours via Munich), faster with LOT (4 hours via Warsaw). From St. Petersburg, “Norra” is carrying, 16 hours through Helsinki. LOT delivers to Gdansk from Moscow (4 hours via Warsaw), from St. Petersburg – again by Norra (23 hours via Helsinki).
You can get to Poland not only by air: trains and buses run regularly from both Russian capitals. A railway trip from Moscow to Warsaw will cost from 130 EUR (a trip on the Vltava takes 18 hours, departure from the Belorussky railway station). A trailer car from St. Petersburg departs from Vitebsky railway station once a week (26 hours on the road, compartment – from 145 EUR). An alternative is Ecolines buses: tickets – from 60 EUR, travel time – from 23 hours, details at office. carrier website.
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It is convenient to travel between Polish cities by rail. National carrier PKP trains come in several types: Os (slow daytime), IRN (fast daytime), Ex (daily express), IC (luxury express), EC (international express), NEx (night sleeper, non-stop) and P (day and night ambulances). Tickets are sold at the station ticket offices and online at the office. website (in English) and are valid for 2 days.
A trip from Warsaw to Krakow will cost from 150 PLN in the 2nd class to 230 PLN in the 1st, to Poznan – 140-200 PLN, respectively.
There are bus stations in the centers of all cities, most routes are served by the national carrier Polonus, PolskiBus and Polski Express. Buses are convenient for trips over short and medium distances, tickets are purchased at the box office, online and from drivers (with a small surcharge). You can get from the capital to Krakow and Gdansk for 25 PLN, to Bialystok – for 15 PLN.
Public transport within cities
Public transport in Poland – buses and trams, in some places – trolleybuses, in Warsaw – also the metro. Tickets in each city are different, but always the same for all modes of transport. You can buy them at stations, in kiosks with a seal and some grocery stores, but not everywhere from drivers. Travel cards are one-time, daily, weekly and temporary with an unlimited number of trips within a certain period (from 20 minutes to 2 hours). In Warsaw, a 20-minute ticket costs 4.40 PLN, a 30-day pass costs 100 PLN; in Krakow one trip costs 3.80 PLN.
Buses run from 5:00 to 23:00, in large cities there are night routes. The metropolitan metro is open until 1:00, on Fridays and Saturdays until 3:00. Two lines connect the center with the northern and southern regions, there are diagrams and signs at the stations. Taxis can be called by phone (there are discounts) or caught on the street (at railway stations – always more expensive). Landing cost – 8-10 PLN, 1 km of the way – from 2.20 PLN, from 22:00 to 6:00 fares double.
Rent a Car
If the upcoming trip is not limited to Warsaw, you should think about renting a car. There are many car rental companies in Poland: from small local ones to well-known international ones such as Avis and Hertz. Mandatory driving experience – at least a year, the tenant’s age – from 21 years, in the list of required documents – a passport and a Russian license. The car rental companies are obliged to give the customer a registration card, insurance, technical inspection card and a vignette required for driving on suburban highways. In return, you will need an advance payment and a deposit in the amount of the full rental price.
Renting a compact car in Warsaw will cost from 135 PLN, a station wagon – from 170 PLN, an SUV – from 260 PLN per day. In Gdansk and Krakow, prices are similar, in Bialystok 10-20 PLN higher. The cost of gasoline is about 4 PLN per 1 liter.
The roads in Poland are of high quality, the traffic is right-handed, there are toll highways (from 0.10 PLN per 1 km). In large cities, traffic jams are not uncommon, especially during peak hours, entry into the historical center may be prohibited. For violation of traffic rules, fines in the amount of 100-800 PLN are threatened. For example, for incorrect parking, you will have to fork out 300 PLN, so it’s better to make sure in advance that parking is allowed and free. Paid parking services cost from 3 PLN per hour.