CITY INFO
WARSZAWA / WARSAW,
Poland

Area Code 022 $1= 3.76zl, EU=4.4zl Feb 6, 2004


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Useful Publications:
What, Where When Warsaw
, contains map and essential city info. Available from Tourist Offices and high class hotels. free.
Welcome to Warsaw free from high class hotels.
Warsaw Insider 4zl, An excellent monthly mag. Lots of insider info on restaurants, entertainment, etc., plus the essential info - transport, post, tourist services. Written by ex-pats.

i Tourist Office Central Train Station, Information Office. T5245184 F6542447 8-18:00 Summer 8-20:00.
The best tourist office in Warsaw. Very helpful staff with the most information on budget accommodation, will reserve accommodation (no charge). Free maps, What Where When Poland. Bus info at next counter.
i Tourist Office: pl. Zamkowy 1/13 T6351881 M-F9-18, Sa10-18, Free copies of magazine 'What Where When Poland'- (includes city map). Kantor, Info on all types of accommodation, will make reservations - 10zl charge.
i Tourist office: ul.krakowskie przedmiescie 89, inside of stare miasto 9:00-18:00 summer@9:00-20:00
i IT: 4 branches
1) at airport
2) PKO BP, Rotunda, ul. Marszalkowska 100-102, Open M-F8-19, Sa9-13
3) Hotel Dom Chlopa, pl. Powstancow Warszawy 2 T8273864
4)Museum Historyczne, Rynek Starego Miasta 28 T6351625
Useful publishment
What, Where When Poland
: contains city maps and important info for the town. free, available at the information offices and major hotels
Welcome to Warsaw: at major hotels free
Warsaw Insider
: 6zl, a monthly maganize contains lots of travel information, such as restaurants, entertainment, transport, postal and travel information.
Spotkania - Warsaw Information of Cultural
contains events for the month.
AE1 American Express: ul. Krakowski Przedmiescie 11. T6352002 F6357556 M-F9-18:00,
Mail Service Cash/TC encashment.
Commission: AmEx T/C 0%, Other 1%. Personal check encashment. It organizes int'l train tickets.
AE2 Branch: Gr F., LIM Center Hotel Marriott, al. Jerozolimskie 69/75, opposite Central Train Station.
$ EXCHANGE: Cash is the best in Poland, there are many Exchange bureaus (Kantor). Few banks accept travelers checks in Warsaw, service is slow. There are many ATM's in tourist area, train station. The Exchange bureau in the train station accepts T/C but the rate is terrible.
$1 Bank Pekao SA: Blue skyscraper, pl. Bankowy 2, T/C com 1%
$2 Bank PKO BP: Rotunda, ul. Marszalkowska 100-102 M-F8-19, Sa9-13:00 T/C Com 1%, min 5zl.
$ Exchange Bureaus (Kantor): Everywhere. Cash only. Better rates & better service than banks, no commission.
$a ATM: Many near train station, in town center and tourist area.
$a1 McDonalds: al. Jerozolimskie Am. Ex., Visa, etc.
$a2 Information Hall: Main Train St. Am Ex., Visa, etc.
$a3 American Express: ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 11 Am. Ex.
$a4 Delicatesy: 55 Nowy Swiat Visa MC.
I Immigration: ul. Krucza 5/11
P1 Police Station: ?
H Hospitals: emergency ul. Poznanska+ul. Hozna 56
H1 Hospitals: ul. Jezuicka
H2 Medical Center: Hotel Mariott, LIM Center, 3F al. Jerozolimskie 65/79
Hp1 Pharmacy: Top fl. Main train Station 24hr
M01 Post Office: GPO: ul. Swietokrzyska 31/33 24hr take a no. on entry. Long queues. Post Restante, kantor 7-22:00, T8266001
M02 Branch: ul. Ordynacka 15/17 M-F8-20:00, Sa/Su?
M01 Telephone Office: General Post Office
ul. Swietokrzyska 31/33 24hr.
Telephone: 2 types - card phone only



Transport
A Air/Airport: Okecie Int. ul. Zwirki I Wigury T6503000 10km S from the center.
transport to airport:
Bus
#175, 2.4zl. plus another ticket for a luggage.
Route: Nowy Swiat - al. Jerzolimskie-Airport
Night Bus #611,
4.81zl
Airport-City Express Bus route: various stops along Nowy Swiat - al. Jerzolimskie + at major hotels. 22zl, no charge for luggage.
T1 Train Station: Warszawa Centraln: There is an extensive service - domestic & international.
al. Jerozolimskie The main station in Warsaw.
Tourist Information Counter - reserves accommodation, Post Office, Pharmacy, Bankomat, Kantor (24hrs, changes cash and T/C at very low rates).
T2 Gdanski Station: ul. Slominskiego, Zoliborz (Limited services to north Poland)
B International buses: There are many international services between Poland and the main cities in Europe. Travel agencies are the best source of info. Visit 1 or 2 just to compare prices. Several bus companies have offices located around the Central Station. Pekao (Eurolines) has an office in the station complex. ul Swietokrzyska 30 T226204948
National buses: a few companies such as state-owned PKS, private Polski- Express.
PKS operates mainly from the main bus station. (Information available at Dnorzec PKS office near Warszawa Zochodnia station.).
Polski Express operate from al. Jana Pawla II, near the train station. Good services to the main cities. Can book tickets at travel agents.
B1 Bus Station Dworzec PKS: al. Jerzolimskie
Buses to all over Poland. Transport: Many buses- Take bus heading for 'Dw. Zachodni', the suburban train also runs here from Central Station.
B2 Polski Express (Private Bus Co.): al. Jana Pawla II, behind the Central Train Station, near Holiday Inn M-F8-19:00, Sa/Su9-16:30 Student discounts.



Local Transport
Warsaw has an extensive and efficient transport system operating 24hrs (limited night bus service 23-5:00).
Tickets valid for metro, bus and tram can be bought from Ruch kiosks (NOT from driver) -
single tickets (no transfers) 2.4zl, St.1.2zl. (incl. foreign students).
Backpacks also require a ticket.
Day ticket 'Bilet dobowy' 6.2zl. Weekly 20zl
Must validate ticket on entering bus/tram. Inspections are common, 100zl fine, 40zl if you don't have a ticket for your backpack.
Night buses: #611 4.8zl
Metro: Only 1 line at the moment, running from in front of the Palace of Culture to the South of Warsaw.
Bus/Trams Important routes: #175 Airport - Nowy Swiat.

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Warning Popular with pick-pockets (often work in gangs, 1 distracts you whilst another tries to rob you).
Bus/tram routes are listed at bus stops, all bus stops are named so it's easy to know where to get off.
Tx Taxi Basic charge 6zl plus3zl/km. 50% extra after 22:00 and on weekends. From the airport to the train station 25zl For long distance, bargain with the driver. Overcharging common!!!
Rc Rent-A-Car: a few companies near Warsaw train station. Kowalik Rent A Car Poland i7s cheapest option 70zl/day with insurance.
Travel Agents:
ta Bus Travel Center: al. Jerozolimskie 63 T6286253/F6284616 M-F9-18, Sa10-14:00
Buses to most major European cities.
ta Anna Travel: Central Train Station (upstairs)
T8255603 M-F8-18, Sa9-14
ta Orbis: ul. Bracka16+ T8277603. / Pl. Konstytucji T8277603
M-F8-19, Sa9-15:00 Sells all types of transport tickets
ta - branch: ul.Pulawska31 T6462772, M-F9-18:00, Sa9-13:00
ta Campus Travel: University, ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 24 T8261522, email: warszawa@campus.pl M-F10-19:00, Sa10-14 Student travel agency. Very helpful
ta Almatur: ul. Kopernika 15T8262639
M-F9-16:00 Sa 10-14:00 Student travel agency.
Transport tickets.
ta Pekaes (Eurolines) Bus Co. Central Train Station Complex (Holiday Inn Exit)

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Warning DON'T reserve student hostels through Almatur, they charge almost one night charge for their commission for none students.


Shopping
Markets?
Enjoyable to look around ul Nowy Swiat-Stare Miasto.
s2 Souvenir shops: Cepelia: Novy Swiat 35 M-F11-19, Sa10-15:00
s6 Supermarkets Marcopol: Next to Palace of Culture M-F8-21, Sa9-20, Su9-18:00
s1 mini mart: ul. Nowy Swiat 25
s4 American Bookstore: ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 45 M-Sa11-19:00, Su11-16:00
s5 Empik: Nowy Swiat+al Jerozolimskie. Large selection of foreign magazines - many people standing reading from cover to cover.
s6 Branch: Marszalkowska
s3 Ksiegarnia: Nowy Swiat 41
Photo Developing/Quality: Cheap 24 photos 25zl
La? Laundry: ?



Entertainment
During the summer there are excellent classical music concerts held at various locations. All info listed in Warsaw Insider magazine - 6zl., Welcome to Warsaw, or ask at tourist office.
MUSIC PERFORMANCES
Chopin Music Concerts: venue: Chopin Monument, Lazienki Park
May- September, Su at 12:00 & 16:00 free.
Chamber Concerts: Su 13:30 at Palace on Water, Lazienki Royal Park, & Su16:30 at Wilanow Palace.
Royal Concerts: Wilanow Palace.take place every Su at17:00,
Jazz in the Old Town: July-September Jazz festival
Cinemas: Many, mainly in original language with Polish subtitles. The popular cinemas charge 15-20zl, art cinemas are cheaper.
c1 Agrafka: pl. Zelaznej Bramy 2,
Film club style, small theater, shows less commercial movies.
c2 Kultura & Rejs: ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 21/23. 18zl.

Festival
The lists below are annual festival. More festivals/events are scheduled.
6/21 Midsummer's Eve:
7/ -9/ Summer Festival
W/P Anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising
9/17-18 Music in monuments of Warsaw Music festival commemorating St Adalbert
9/ Warsaw's Autumn International Music festival
10/ Warsaw Film Festival
10/ International Jazz Festival



@ Internet Services @
@ Casablanca: ul.Krakowskie Przedmiescie 4/6 (Right side of Domino Pizza) T8281447 9:00-25:00, 9zl/hr
Trendy Internet cafe. Fast service. Very popular.
www.casablanca.com.pl, info@casablanca.com.pl
@ Cyberland: (Land shopping mall) ul.Walbrzyska 11 T599276 10:00-24:00 6zl/hr
www.cyberland.com.pl, grzesiek@cyberland.com.pl
@ Internet Cafe Piekna: ul.Piekna 68, T6223377
12:00-23:00, 4zl/hr(2zl/30min) beer 5zl
www.piekna.pl, kurek@piekna.pl
Useful HP: www.explore-poland.pl/

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