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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
Here’s our picks for the best places to grab a bite or a drink in Warsaw.
Check out Polish Craft Beers at these local multitap bars:
Great craft Polish beers with unique. Not too much seating, so get there early or go with a smaller group!
Tons of beer choices on tap that come in three different sizes (0.25, 0.33, 0.5 liters) so you can taste and test.
Great beers and tons of seating for larger groups.
Vegan burgers that taste great. A couple locations in Warsaw.
The only Japanese restaurant in Warsaw that serves more than sushi. Great noodles, drinks and Japanese dishes.
Good quality asian food and service in the center of Warsaw
High quality cafe, everything made in-house.
Cafe, restaurant, and bar all in one with good food and drinks.
An area of bars off the main street of Nowy Świat. Good for cheap drinks and lots large crowds of people.
Student-esque bar near Nowy Świat with lots of seating, beer and a relaxed atmosphere.