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Flights

Warsaw is served by two international airports: Chopin Airport and Modlin Airport.

Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) is the main international airport, located 10 km south from the city centre. It handles major airlines traffic and offers direct flights to all key European airports and major cities in North America (Chicago, New York), Asia (Beijing, Beirut, Tel Aviv) and Africa (Cairo).

The transfer between airport and city centre is quick and easy - can be done by:

  • SKM Train - all lines offer connections to both railway stations in the city centre, Warszawa Centralna (Warsaw Central) and Warszawa Śródmieście, located close to each other and next to the underground line (Metro). The journey takes approx. 25 minutes. All regular Warsaw city transport tickets are valid on SKM trains.
  • Bus 175 / Bus N32 - lines operates between airport and city centre. The trip takes approx. 40-50 minutes, depending on traffic. In the nightime the route is served by N32 night bus.
  • Taxi - three taxi corporations are licensed to provide service from the airport: Ele Sky Taxi, Super Taxi and Sawa Taxi. The journey takes approx. 25-30 minutes, depending on traffic, and costs approx. 40 PLN in the nightime (less in the daytime). Avoid taxi drivers soliciting customers inside terminal, as they severely overcharge.

Warsaw Modlin Airport (WMI) is newly opened (June 2012) international airport, located near Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki town, 40 km north from the city centre. It handles low cost airlines traffic offered by WizzAir and Ryanair. The airport offers direct flights to many European cities.

The transfer between airport and city centre is more complex and takes more time - can be done by:

  • Mazovian Railways (Koleje Mazowieckie) - train operates connection between Modlin town and the Warsaw Central railway station. Shuttle bus links the airport and Modlin railway station. The trip takes approx. 40 minutes. Combined ticket for bus and train costs 12 PLN.
  • Modlinbus - the bus runs between the airport, northern end of underground line (Metro Młociny) and Warsaw Central railway station. The ticket costs 33 PLN.
  • Taxi - there are no licensed taxi corporations for providing service from the airport. The trip may be very long (up to 1 h) and expensive (approx. 100-150 PLN, depending on corporation). Taxi transfer from the airport is not recommended.

Railways

The main Warsaw railway station for international connections is Warszawa Centralna (Warsaw Central).

Warszawa Centralna (Warsaw Central) railway station is located in the heart of the city, in the middle of city's biggest traffic junction, next to the underground. It serves direct international routes to Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Hannover, Minsk, Moscow, Nice, Kiev, Prague, Saratov, Villach and Wien.

Although the structure of PKP (Polskie Koleje Państwowe - Polish National Railways) is pretty complex, tickets for international routes can be simply obtained on the websites linked in the proper section in left menu.

Bus

Warsaw is served by to international bus stations: PKS Warszawa Zachodnia (PKS Warsaw West) and Metro Wilanowska.

PKS Warszawa Zachodnia is the main international bus station, located close to the city centre and next to the railways station with the same name. It serves biggest intetnational bus operator, like Euroline or Ecolines, which offer connections to nearly all of European major cities.

Metro Wilanowska bus station is much smaller, located next to the underground station with the same name. It serves the newest and most comfort Polish international bus operator - PolskiBus.com, which offers connections to Berlin, Bratislava, Prague and Wien.

Car

Warsaw can be accessed by car:

  • from the North via the route E77 (from Gdańsk)
  • from the West via the route E30 (from Poznań)
  • from the East via the route E67 (from Białystok) and E30 (from Terespol)
  • from the South via the route E67 (from Wrocław) and E77 (from Wrocła)

Please mind that only the route E30 from the West is a motorway on full lenght (A2 Motorway from Berlin to Warsaw).

Visas

Within the borders of European Union visas are not required. Since December 2007 Poland has been a member of the Schengen Agreement.

Citizens of following countries can travel to Poland without a visa: Albania (only for holders of biometric passports), Andorra, Antigua Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina (only for holders of biometric passports), Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (Special Administrative Region), Macedonia (only for holders of biometric passports), Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro (only for holders of biometric passports), Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia (only for holders of biometric passports), Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (for holders of passports which include an identity card number), United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican (Holy See), Venezuela.

Organizing Commitee offers assistance in obtaining the visa for all conference participants (invitation letter, confirmation of the purpose of visit etc.).

Currency

Poland uses Polish złoty (PLN) currency. Numbers of foreign currencies can be easily exchange in many exchange offices in Warsaw. Debit cards (Visa, Maestro) and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) are widely accepted. Warsaw has a very dense ATM network.

1 Polish zloty is approx. 4 EUR / 3,3 USD.

Weather

Warsaw's climate is humid continental. The average temperature in the period of the conference is from 2,9 °C in November to -0,5 °C in December. Monthly rainfall averages from 38 mm in November to 33 mm in December. The average humidity is from 80% in November to 86% in December.

However weather in Warsaw is traditionally changeable. Dense snow and very low temperatures in late November are not unusual. It is good to be prepared for cold and dense snowfall. Checking the weather forecast in a few day advance before the trip will be very useful.

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