The most popular way of getting to Warsaw is by plane. There is a number of things you should know in relation to that. Firstly, Warsaw has two airports.
To learn about the standards of Polish airports, as well as about destinations, go to our transport by plane article.
Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)
This is Warsaw's main airport
, with connections to most large European cities, as well as a dozen long-haul intercontinental connections. It is divided into the North Hall and the South Hall (which form Terminal A),
and has 45 passenger gates.
Warsaw Chopin landside
Warsaw Chopin airside
getting to the city centre
There are a number of ways you can get from Chopin Airport to the city centre. Firstly, you can take an urban rail train
towards Modlin or Sulejówek-Miłosna and exit at Warszawa Centralna or Warszawa Śródmieście. This takes about 30 minutes.
Secondly, you can take bus
no. 175 towards Pl. Piłsudskiego and exit at Centrum bus
stop. This takes 25 minutes. Both these options will cost you 4.4 zł [1 EUR] each way.
Thirdly, you can get an Uber
for 25 zł [5.8 EUR] or a taxi
for around 40 zł [9.3 EUR]. This will take around 20 minutes.
Warsaw Modlin Airport (WMI)
Warsaw's much newer and smaller airport servicing Ryanair flights to European destinations, located 35 kilometers northwest of Central Warsaw.
Like most budget airports, it is comprised of a single terminal and has 10 gates.
Warsaw Modlin landside
Warsaw Modlin airside
getting to the city centre
This is a bit more time-consuming and costly than for Warsaw Chopin Airport. You basically have two viable options: the first is to take the single public bus
that goes to the airport to Modlin railway station,
and then take a local carrier train
towards Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina (Warsaw Chopin Airport) and exit at Warszawa Centralna. This will cost you 19 zł [4.4 EUR].
The other option is to take a dedicated bus
) directly from the airport,
which will cost you 33 zł [7.7 EUR]. For this bus
, it's best to book beforehand.
OKBus also runs services between the two airports for 39 zł [9.1 EUR].
The other fastest, though much less conventional way of getting to Warsaw, is by train
. This is a great option if you're coming to Warsaw from a different
Polish city, but can also be done internationally if you're all about train
You can learn everything there is to know about the standards of Polish trains, as well as about types of trains, buying tickets, and destinations by going to our transport by train article.
Don't underestimate the train - travel by train is great in Poland,
and it will make your journey much more convenient, cheaper, and more memorable.
Warsaw has 3 main long-haul stations, out of which one is by far the largest - Warszawa Centralna (Warsaw Central). The other two are Warszawa Wschodnia (Warsaw East) and Warszawa Zachodnia (Warsaw West).
Warsaw Central Station
Warsaw East Station
destinations and prices
Cracow - 4:30h | 62 zł [14.4 EUR]
Łódź - 1:30h | 31 zł [7.2 EUR]
Poznań - 4:00h | 55 zł [12.7 EUR]
Gdańsk - 3:30h | 62 zł [14.4 EUR]
Wrocław - 5:00h | 65 zł [15.1 EUR]
Katowice - 4:00h | 62 zł [14.4 EUR]
Szczecin - 6:30h | 72 zł [16.7 EUR]
All relevant international connections to Warsaw, along with their prices and times, can be seen in the transport by train article
As long-haul buses
re-gain popularity with the rise of companies like Flixbus, so does traveling to Warsaw by bus
. However, with the availability of cheap flights to Warsaw, travel to Warsaw by bus
makes the most sense from other Polish cities.
To learn about bus companies in Poland, as well as about how to find buses, buy tickets, and about the quality of buses, head to our transport by bus article.
In Warsaw, long-haul bus
typically stop at Młociny Metro
Station, Warszawa Zachodnia (Warsaw West Station), Warszawa Centralna (Warsaw Central Station) or Marymont Metro
Station. All those stops are very easily accessible by public transport.
Flixbus at Młociny Metro Station
buses at Warsaw West Station
Currently, from Warsaw you can go to all major Polish cities via direct connections.
The main direct bus
destinations from Warsaw are Berlin, Dresden, Nurnberg, Mannheim, Prague, Minsk, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Vilnius, Riga, Copenhagen, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, and many, many more.
Taking a road trip to Poland, or to Warsaw in this case, is a great idea, especially from Germany. Everything you need to know is explained in our transport by car article