Warsaw’s public transport system (ZTM) includes buses, trams and metro connections. Below you’ll find some information regarding each type of the public transport possibility. In our opinion, the best option for MD attendees is to buy a weekend ticket. It’s valid from Friday 19:00 (7:00 PM) till Monday 08:00 (8:00 AM). It should look like this:
It is called “Bilet weekendowy normalny“ in Polish. “Normal” in the name means it is a standard ticket. You can buy it in ticket machines and in most newsstands (e.g. RUCH). The price is 24 PLN which is more or less about 5.60 EUR. Please remember to validate it immediately in a bus, tram or subway.
ISIC Card gives you 50% reduced fares (the ticket you should buy then is “Ulgowy” instead of “Normalny”)
One- or two-digit numbering system. Usually new machines, always yellow-red (as those are the colours of Warsaw).Warsaw Rail Map (Tram & Subway)
1xx, 2xx, 3xx – regular lines, stopping at all marked stops
4xx, 5xx – accelerated lines (marked in red)
E-x – lines operating in peak hours on weekdays (marked in red)
7xx – suburban lines
8xx – suburban lines operating on weekdays
Nxx – night buses which operate between the hours of 11.15 PM and 4:30 AM
The METRO (subway) consists currently of two lines.
M1 is connecting Bielany (Młociny station, north) and southern part of the city (Ursynów, served by Kabaty station).
M2 is starting from Wola district on the left bank of the Vistula river (Rondo Daszyńskiego station) towards Praga on its right side (Dworzec Wileński station).
The METRO runs daily between 5 AM and midnight (every 3-4 minutes during peak hours, every 7-8 minutes at off-peak times). Additional service is provided on Fridays and Saturdays between 00:15 AM and 2:30 AM (every 15 minutes).
More information about the Warsaw METRO at metro.waw.pl
That said, the best solution for the standard stay in out opinion is the weekend ticket for 24 PLN (roughly 5.60 EUR). If you come to Warsaw for a bit longer, here’s some more useful info:
All public transportation tickets can be purchased at ZTM points, in some newspaper kiosks and at ticket machines located at tram-, bus stops and in the metro stations, where you can pay either with cash or a debit/credit card. Instructions on the ticket machines are in Polish, English and German.
The Warsaw metropolitan area is divided into urban zone 1 (within the city limits) and suburban zone 2. Remember that a valid ticket that may be used to reach both zones is more expensive.
The prices of selected tickets:
- Single fare transfer ticket: standard, zone 1 – 4,40 PLN
- 20 minute ticket, zone 1 – 3,40 PLN
- Single fare transfer ticket, 90 min, zone 1- 7,00 PLN
- One-day ticket zone 1 (valid 24h): standard – 15,00 PLN
- One-day ticket zone 1 and 2 (valid 24h): standard – 26,00 PLN
- Weekend ticket zone 1 and 2 (valid from 7:00 PM on Friday till 8:00 AM on Monday): standard – 24,00 PLN
- Group weekend ticket, up to 5 people, zone 1 and 2 – 40,00 PLN
ISIC Card gives you 50% discount on the fares
VETURILO – BIKE RENTAL
Veturilo is one of the largest urban bike systems in Europe. Alternative means of transport, allowing quick navigation through our city. It is a good complement to public transport in Warsaw. Cyclists Veturilo are available to 316 stations and 4660 bicycles. Many of us use it and like it.
Please see the English (also available in Polish, German and Russian) website of the Veturilo:Veturilo – home page Veturilo – How it works? Veturilo – Stations map
Please refer to the official Warsaw Chopin Airport information, that can be found under the following link:Chopin Airport – Bus Transport Chopin Airport – Train Transport
MD Crew recommendation: just take a BUS to the city centre (more to see, more unique portals on the way, probably no speed lock).
Paid Parking Zone
The whole of the centre of Warsaw is a paid parking zone. This rule applies from Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 6 pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays parking is free.
• first hour: 3 PLN
• second hour: 3,60 PLN
• third hour: 4,20 PLN
• fourth and each subsequent hour: 3 PLN per hour
Drivers can also use paid public parking lots. Parking lots in the Warsaw city centre are found:
• next to large hotels, such as Sofitel Victoria, Mercure Centrum, Marriott, Sheraton
• next to the Supreme Court (Sąd Najwyzszy) building, and at Plac Krasiński (close to the Old Town)
• Plac Defilad at The Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kultury i Nauki); entrance is gained from ulica Marszalkowska.