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Cheap Flights to Warsaw, Poland

  • Area City : 517.24 km² (199.71 sq. mi)
  • Area Code : +48 22
  • Currency : Zloty (PLN)
  • Population City : 1,748,916 (2016)
  • Official Language : Polish
  • Time Zones : CET (UTC+1) Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
  • Airports : Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)

WAW is situated in the area of Wlochy just 10 kilometres south-west of the city and is the busiest and largest airport in the country. It opened in 1934, was totally obliterated during WW II and rebuilt after the war. Passengers can reach the city centre by rail that takes 20 minutes, by bus, taxi or rental vehicle.

Flights to Warsaw (all airports) can be taken with the following airlines from Johannesburg, South Africa:

  • South African, LOT (via Frankfurt) 13h 25m+
  • Swiss (via Zürich) 13h 45m+
  • Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 14h 15m+
  • Qatar Airways (via Doha) 15h 30m+
  • Virgin Atlantic, British Airways (via London) 15h 35m+
  • Turkish (via Istanbul) 15h 45m+
  • KLM (via Amsterdam) 17h 10m+
  • El Al (via Tel Aviv) 17h 10m+
  • Air France (via Paris) 17h 15m+
  • Emirates (via Dubai) 17h 15m+
  • Austrian (via Vienna) 18h 5m+

Including the above, additional airlines landing at WAW comprise:

  • Aeroflot
  • Air Canada
  • Alitalia
  • American Airlines
  • Brussels
  • China Southern
  • Delta
  • Finnair
  • Iberia
  • JAL

Reasons to Visit Warsaw, Poland:

  • With the first historical reference dating back to 1313, the sprawling capital city Warsaw exposes its turbulent history in a blend of architectural designed neoclassical palaces, castles, Gothic churches and cathedrals intermingled with contemporary structures. Meander along cobblestoned lanes through the Old Town – rebuilt after being destroyed during WW II – stop at one of many open-air cafes for respite after taking in attractions and the symbol of the city, located in the heart of the Old Town, the Monument of the Warsaw Mermaid. The Old Town was listed in 1980 as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Plan your excursion well as theres a plethora of wonderful varying attractions and experiences to be had in Warsaw.
  • Booking ahead, visitors can easily secure great budget accommodation, besides luxurious 5-Star hotels like the Warsaw Marriott Hotel, stylish 3-Star establishments, boutique hotels, B&Bs including a range of hostels and backpackers such as the Oki Doki Hostel.
  • Enjoy a fabulous night out at a superb restaurant, in a lively pub or café. Vegetarians wont be disappointed with the delectable veggie burgers from Krowarzywa thats always crowded! For a bit of French ambiance have breakfast with bubbly any time of day at Charlotte, a French-styled café that offers a range of delectable items or indulge in your morning meal at Zoliborz, a breakfast market with many stalls and a delightfully energised atmosphere.

When to Go Warsaw, Poland:

As Warsaws winters are cold with a fair amount of snow, this season is ideal for visitors wanting to spend time skiing. Summers get quite hot with temperatures averaging around 80°F but for agreeable weather, the best time to visit is late spring or early fall and with fewer tourists.

Places to Visit Warsaw, Poland:

  • One of the citys oldest and most imperative buildings is the impressive St Johns Archcathedral where construction commenced in 1390.
  • The Royal Castle that opened in 1619 has served as the official residence for Polish monarchs for centuries. It houses an art collection and offers guided tours of the royal apartments.
  • The Baroque Łazienki Palace is located in Warsaws picturesque Royal Baths Park, the citys largest park comprising more than 76 hectares.
  • A top tourist attraction is the red-bricked Warsaw Barbican – a semi-circular fortified outpost – located between the Old and New Towns.
  • Another major attraction is the conspicuous Palace of Culture and Science, constructed in 1955, its a remarkable structure built in Stalinist architecture style with more than 3,000 rooms and a terrace on the 30th floor.
  • Become immersed in history in the beautiful Wilanów Palace (or Wilanowski) designed in Baroque styled architecture by Augustyn Locci, the kings court architect. This royal palace survived both World Wars and came about when King John Sobieski III took ownership of a village in 1677. Striking features not be missed are the Statue of Jan III Sobieski (who during the Battle of Vienna in 1683 was the victorious commander), The Chapel, The Kings Library, The Kings Bedroom and many more splendid rooms filled with wonderful historical remnants.
  • The Copper-Roof Palaces name stems from its copper roof that was unique during the 18th century. Construction with an architectural style of Rococo began in 1698 and the palace opened in 1701. The palace forms a branch of the Royal Castle Museum where its located.
  • The stately Ujazdów Castle with Baroque and Neoclassical styles is located in the historical area of Ujazdów. Surrounded by Agrykola Park visitors have superb vistas. The castle was originally the residence of a local duchess until 1624 when King Sigismund III Vasa began constructing a castle for use by rulers as a retreat. It was also turned into a hospital but after the war was destroyed, except for its palatial basement. It was rebuilt in 1974 and today is known as the Modern Art Centre Exhibition that showcases works by Polish and international artists and also comprises educational venues.
  • Situated in the centre of Warsaws city is Ostrogski Palace, built between 1681 and 1685 in Baroque style by the prominent Ostrogski family. The building today houses the Fryderyk Chopin Society and the Fryderyk Chopin Museum.
  • Great fun for children is visiting the Warsaw Zoo, spread over 40 hectares and affording more than 4,000 animals from around the world, including lion, wolves, elephants, hippos and more.
  • After sunset, a spectacular sight is 367 water jets lighting up with accompanying music at the Multimedialny Park Fontann. The show only occurs during season but a fabulous alternative is the Wroclaw Multimedia Fountain, the largest in the country with 800 lights and 300 water jets, located in the scenic Szczytnicki Park.
  • Bridge enthusiasts have numerous bridges to view and cross over the Vistula River. The 479m long Świętokrzyski Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge with two lanes for cars including a cycle path and pavement for walkers. The Gdański Bridge with two elevations has a history dating back to the communist period. The Śląsko-Dąbrowski Bridge was constructed from 1947 to 1949 on the remaining pillars of the Kierbedzia Bridge, destroyed during WW II. Connecting the Praga quarter with Powiśle is the arch Poniatowski Bridge, built between 1904 and 1914, damaged during both World Wars and rebuilt. And still theres the Kierbedź Bridge, the Łazienkowski Bridge, the General Stefan GrotRowecki Bridge, Siekierk Bridge and the Citadel Rail Bridge.
  • The city offers visitors numerous theatres to attend for a fabulous evenings entertainment including The Grand Theatre – National Opera, a complex and opera company that opened in 1833 and is one of the largest in Europe.

Getting Around Warsaw, Poland:
Warsaw affords an integrated public transport system operated by Zarząd Transportu Miejskiego that comprises buses, trams and the Metro. Most convenient is all modes utilise the same ticketing system.

Main routes operate from around 05h00 to 23h00 with services being fairly reliable and frequent, but crowded during rush hour.

Purchase your tickets before boarding any form of transport from Ruch and Relay news-stands, some general stores, a few hotels, Metro stations and post offices, simply look out for signs stating ‘Sprzedaży Biletów ZTM’. Information, tickets and timetables are also available at ZTM Information Desks located at a number of underground stations as well as the Ratusz-Arsenał, Centrum and Świętokrzyska Metro stations. A variety of tickets can be purchased, dependent upon your requirements and these include night travel.

The Metro:
Youll find the entrances to Metro stations from yellow signage with a large red letter M and each station has a public toilet and lifts for disabled passengers. Comprising two lines, the Metro operates until 02h30 on Friday and Saturday nights.

After 23h00, several bus routes link major suburbs to the city centre with the night-time hub located at ul Emilii Plater, adjacent to the Palace of Culture and Science where bus departures are every 30 minutes.

Not overly expensive, taxis are can easily be located throughout the city. MPT Radio Taxi is reliable with English speaking dispatchers.

Car Hire and Motorcycle:
The city streets surfaces are not in the best condition so exercise caution when driving.