Travel Guide: How to Get There
Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (im. Fryderyka Chopina
International Airport) (IATA: WAW) Tel: (022) 650 4140, information
or 3943, departures or 4220, arrivals.
Poland’s main airport, located ten kilometers (six miles) south of
the city centre, annually serves 3.5 million passengers on 60
scheduled routes worldwide. It is one of the most modern and
well-equipped airports in Central and Eastern Europe, operating
more than 60,000 flights a year. The domestic airport, located
next to the international terminal, has connections to the largest
cities in Poland – Gdansk, Krakow/Cracow, Poznan, Szczecin,
Wroclaw and Katowice.
Airlines, is the flag carrier of Poland. Based in Warsaw, LOT was
established in 1929, making it one of the world's oldest airlines
still in operation. Using a fleet of 55 aircraft, LOT operates a
complex network to 60 destinations in Europe, the Middle East,
North America, and Asia. Most of the destinations are served from
its hub, Warsaw Chopin Airport.
International carriers at
Warsaw Airport include: Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Austrian Airlines, CSA Czech Airlines, El Al, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines,
Lufthansa, SAS, Finnair, Swiss, Turkish Airlines, along
with many low-cost-carriers and ULCC.
flight times to Warsaw: From London is 2 hours 25 minutes; from
New York is 8 hours 40 minutes; from Los Angeles is 14 hours 10
minutes; from Toronto is 9 hours 25 minutes and from Sydney is 21
hours 45 minutes with stopovers.
Airport facilities: The airport includes a transit hotel, tourist
information centre, post office, currency exchange/bank/bureaux de
change (kantors), duty-free shops, ATMs, bars, restaurants and car
hire from Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz.
Business facilities: There are three airport Executive Lounges (tel:
(022) 650 2761 or 2768) in the departures area. A VIP lounge is
available for reservation (tel: (022) 650 4383), as is conference
facilities and audiovisual equipment (tel: (022) 650 4151).
Arrival/departure tax: None.
Transport to the city: The Polski Express coach service (tel:
(022) 620 0330; website: www.polskiexpress.pl) departs from
platform 4, outside terminal 1, every 20 minutes (Sundays and
public holidays every 45 minutes), 0450-2310, stopping at the
major hotels and central railway station. Tickets cost Z6 and
there is no baggage charge (journey time – 25 minutes). The
airport’s tourist information point provides further information.
The local ZTM (tel: (022) 827 3747; e-mail: email@example.com;
website: www.ztm.waw.pl) bus 175 departs from in front of the
arrivals hall and passes through the city centre and near the Old
Town, 0450-2310 daily (journey time – 30 minutes). Bus 188 goes to
the right-bank (the eastern part) of Warsaw (Praga, Grochow,
Goclaw). A night bus follows the same route, as far as the central
railway station, every half hour (2247-0247). Ticket prices are
the same as other ZTM buses – Z2.40 during the day and Z7.20 for
night buses – the same fee applies to each piece of luggage. Be
aware of your personal belongings at all times.
The Marriott Hotel offers a minibus service costing Z22 – there
is no baggage charge. Taxis to the city centre cost approximately
Z37-45 (journey time – 20 minutes). It is advisable for visitors
to book an official taxi and to confirm the price before setting
off. Taxis cost Z2 per kilometer and can be hired in the arrivals
hall at the airport or by calling MPT Radio Taxi (tel: (022) 919).
Guide: How to Get There: Visa Requirements for Poland
As of May 1,
2004, citizens from all the states of the European Union and
European Economic Community Organization - Austria, Belgium,
Estonia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France,
Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland,
Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway,
Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, and Sweden.
In accordance with free movement of persons European Union rule,
citizens from the above mentioned countries enjoy stay in Poland
without visas granted by Polish consulates abroad.
Citizens of the following countries may travel to Poland for
tourism and business purposes without a visa if the planned stay
in Poland does not exceed 90 days: Andorra, Argentina, Australia,
Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia,
Korea, Ecuador, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia,
Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Romania, San Marino,
Switzerland, USA, Uruguay.
If the planned stay in Poland does not exceed 90 days: Hong Kong:
holders of "British National (Overseas) Passport" and "Hong Kong
Special Region Administration Passports." Macau: holders of "Macau
Special Administration Region Passports."
If the planned stay in Poland does not exceed 30 days: Singapore,
Visa is not required also for: holders of United Nations
Citizens of all other countries must obtain a visa in order to
enter and stay in Poland legally.
However, Poland's accession to the European Union does not impact
the right of holders of visas to Poland on their right of stay in
all and each other EU country.
Visa approval to access Poland gives right of stay on the
territory of the Republic of Poland only.
VISAS are issued for travelers going to Poland for tourism and
business purposes. Regular visas allow for one or multiple entries
into Polish territory and stay in Poland for maximum up to 90 days
and are issued for the definite period of stay. When applying for
a visa, please indicate the number of days you plan to spend in
Poland and a date of intended arrival. Holders of regular visas
are not authorized to work.
TRANSIT VISAS are issued to persons traveling through Poland to
another country. Under the transit visa traveler is allowed to
spend a maximum of up to 5 days on Polish territory. Travelers
applying for a transit visa must first present a visa to the
country of their final destination. Transit visas can be valid for
one, two or multiple entries.
AIRPORT TRANSIT VISAS are issued to citizens of certain countries
traveling through Poland to another country. Under the airport
transit visa traveler is allowed to spend a maximum of 2 days in
international transit zone of Polish airport. Travelers applying
for an airport transit visa must first present a visa to the
country of their final destination. Airport transit visas can be
valid for one, two or multiple entries. (see separate list of
WORK VISAS are issued for multiple entries and are valid for max.
of 1 year of stay in Poland with the possibility of extension
while in Poland . All persons who intend to work in Poland must
apply for this type of visa and additionally submit a valid work
promise certificate issued by appropriate local executive
authorities (Office of Wojewoda) in Poland. Work visas w are
issued only by Polish Consul with the office appropriate for the
applicant's legal permanent residence. An alien intending to work
in Poland must enter the territory with a valid work visa, as no
visas can be delivered in Poland. Employment without prior
authorization is strictly prohibited. English language teachers
planning to work in Poland at universities (colleges) instead of
the work promise certificate must submit Certificate of Employment
issued by president of that university/college.
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