May 18-20, 2016 Warsaw, Poland

Visiting Warsaw

First time in Warsaw? Not sure what to expect? Here are some essentials any new visitor to Poland should know.

Poland is in the European Union and Schengen Zone. If you’re a citizen of these visa-free countries, you don’t need any documents other than government ID (Schengen citizens) or passport (Visa-free citizens) to enter Poland for 90 days. If you do need a visa, Front-Trends is happy to provide a document for you to join us.

Poland has its own currency (Polish złoty ‘PLN’) and the exchange rates are very good for foreigners in 2015/2016. Poland maintains one of the most inexpensive standards of living compared to Western Europe, so your cash will go a long way in Warsaw for food, shopping, transportation, and more.

Communicating in English is very easy in Warsaw—most young and middle-aged people speak English fluently.

There is WiFi available everywhere in Warsaw - malls, cafes, restaurants, fast food chains and even local buses. Perfect for laptop warriors!

Flights and Trains

Wizz Air, Ryan Air, and Easy Jet are the three most popular budget airlines to Poland and across Europe in general. Note that Wizz Air arrives at Warsaw Chopin Airport, the best and closest location to Front-Trends and Warsaw in general. Ryan Air arrives in Modlin Airport, about an hour outside of Warsaw. Easy Jet flies to Kraków, a neighboring city that can be accessed by train or bus to Warsaw (not recommended if you’re just visiting Warsaw!).

Otherwise, many major international airlines such as LOT, KLM, Lufthansa, Air France, Qatar Airways, SAS and more fly directly to Warsaw Chopin Airport.

There are daily direct trains from Berlin, Prague and Vienna.

Hotels & Hostels

Front-Trends may have discounted accommodations at different hotels or hostels. You can check back here for any hotel discounts we acquire up until the event.

Like any city, it’s best to check Booking.com, Airbnb.com, or Hostels.com or other accomodation sites for the best deals and locations.

If you’re using the metro, tram, or buses to navigate around Warsaw, then you’ll want to use jakdojade.pl over Google Maps. It also has an excellent iOS and Android app that helps you navigate while you’re moving and autocompletes those hard to type Polish words!

The Warsaw Metro uses one ticketing system for all three modes (trams, buses and metro). For example, you can buy a ticket at the bus station and it will work for the metro or tram and vice versa. Times activate when you validate them (validation by placing the ticket into the metro terminal slot, or small machines on the buses and trams).

Approximate Pricing:

  • 20 minutes 3.40 PLN
  • 75-minutes 4.40 PLN
  • 1-day 15.00 PLN
  • Weekend 24.00 PLN
  • Group Weekend 40.00 PLN

Prepaid & Mobile internet

Mobile 4G internet is extremely simple and cheap to purchase in Poland. It’s as easy as walking into a store, buying a prepaid SIM, popping it in and using data. Current prices: 3GB for approximately €2 or 9GB for €4.5.

If you plan to only stay in Warsaw, PLAY is the best provider. It has the best coverage (works in the underground Metro) and provides high quality reception and customer service. If you’re traveling to other areas of Poland, Orange is your best bet.

Food & Drink

Here’s our picks for the best places to grab a bite or a drink in Warsaw.

Craft Beer

Check out Polish Craft Beers at these local multitap bars:

Restaurants

Bar & Pubs

For more, see restaurants at TripAdvisor, Like A Local Warsaw City Guide.