# A Guide to Warsaw
This is a quick guide to traveling to and around Warsaw. We hope you find the information useful.
It may also be good to know that Polish people these days are usually at least conversational in English and very often more than willing to help!
## Getting to Warsaw
### Flying in
If you're flying into Warsaw Chopin Airport, you'll be happy to know you'll actually be quite close to the city centre. You can take the **175** bus line towards **Plac Piłsudskiego** which leaves from the bus stop outside the airport. It will take you less than half an hour to get to the very centre (**Dworzec Centralny 01**).
### Taking a train
When coming in from places like Berlin, you'll probably be getting of at **Warsaw Central Station/Warszawa Centralna**. That lands you right in the centre of the city with many options of further transit.
If coming in from **Łódź**, depending on the train you take, you might:
* take a direct train to **Warsaw Central Station/Warszawa Centralna**,
* take a train which requires a change at **Warsaw West Station/Warszawa Zachodnia**. You will need to change platforms and head to **platform 2** to board an SKM city train ([this](https://www.skm.warszawa.pl/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/0601_thumb_1280_800.png) is what they look like) which you will need to buy a 20 minute ticket on board in the ticket machine. You will need to travel two stops and get off at **Warszawa Śródmieście**.
* take a train to **Warszawa Śródmieście**. This station is just next to **Warsaw Central**. It will land you in exactly the same place, bang in the centre of Warsaw.
**How to buy a train ticket**
You can of course buy a ticket at the station, but please remember that there's a limit of tickets per train and this might be risky to do last minute.
For buying tickets online, you can use [this website](https://rozklad-pkp.pl/en).
Once you click the *Buy ticket* buttion, the page you'll be redirected to will probably be in Polish, but most sites will have an English page: just remember to check in the top left/right corner to switch languages.
## Getting around Warsaw
### Getting a ride
In Warsaw you can use two popular car ride apps. We have the well known [Uber](https://www.uber.com/global/en/airports/waw/), as well as [Bolt](https://bolt.eu/en-gb/) which is also popular with locals. With taxis, things can obviously be a bit more tricky, for more info you can take a look at this [taxi guide](https://www.inyourpocket.com/warsaw/Getting-Around/Taxis) for some reputable services.
### Public transport
Public transport in Warsaw is actually pretty great. We have two metro lines which cover some of the most important parts of the city, as well as trams and buses. For figuring out how to get around Warsaw you can of course try Google Maps which is usually reliable with showing the correct options, or a dedicated app like [Jakdojade.pl](https://jakdojade.pl/warszawa/trasa/).
Tickets are quite cheap: a 20-minute ticket will cost around 70 cents, and you can find the full ticket tariff [here](https://www.wtp.waw.pl/en/ticket-tariff/).
You can buy tickets in several ways: using ticket machines (with card or sometimes also cash) in the city or on trams/buses/the metro, as well as using a dedicated app (more info on that can be found [here](https://www.wtp.waw.pl/en/where-to-buy-a-ticket/)).
Remember to make sure you validate your ticket! If you buy your ticket on-board the tram/bus it's usually already validated, but otherwise you may need to use the ticket validating machine on-board.
### City bikes & scooters
If you like the idea of cycling around the city, there's a very good public bike service. You will need to sign up for it - [this website](https://veturilo.waw.pl/en/) will get you up to speed with what to do.
We do also have the popular scooters: [Uber Lime](https://www.uber.com/pl/en/ride/scooters/) and [Bolt scooters](https://bolt.eu/en-gb/scooters/).
## Getting to the event venue
Regardless on where you will be staying and how you will choose to travel, the most important piece of information is the address of the event venue, *Mała Warszawa*: **Otwocka 14**. [This](https://goo.gl/maps/yv63YqxvbywnrrrR8) is the exact location. The closest stops are:
- for tram: **Kawęczyńska - Bazylika 02** (the **7** tram will get you there from the centre),
- for bus: **Szwedzka 02** (the **160** bus will get you there from the centre).
## Finding accomodation
There are many options in Warsaw to choose from, but here are a few popular places which are tried and tested.
1. InterContinental - https://tinyurl.com/4nvxdern
2. The Westin Warsaw - https://tinyurl.com/2p979mhn
3. Wawa Centrum by Your Freedom Apartments - https://tinyurl.com/2pbjvz6c
4. Hotel Metropol - https://tinyurl.com/ywrd74nn
5. Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre - https://tinyurl.com/yr7u7c7k
6. Novotel Warszawa Centrum - https://tinyurl.com/2p8nmv4p
8. Holiday Inn Express - https://tinyurl.com/38mr8nt8
9. Hotel Polonia Palace - https://tinyurl.com/3ujemtuy
10. Hotel Mercure - https://tinyurl.com/3rft3maj
## Eating in Warsaw
There's a tonne of amazing places to eat at in Warsaw. If you prefer to order some food and eat in, you can use [Uber Eats](https://www.ubereats.com/pl-en?slr=1) or [Bolt Food](https://food.bolt.eu/). Vegans might find the [Happy Cow website](https://www.happycow.net/) useful. Warsaw is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in Europe!
## Exploring Warsaw
The Polish capital is a bustling place bursting with culture and rich history, which offers an insight into times gone by, while also feeling very modern and progressive. Warsaw us generally speaking a very safe place and we really recommend experiencing as much of the city as possible - it's really worth it! You might find it interesting to see the [Old Town](https://warsawtour.pl/en/project/old-town-2/) which was painstakingly rebuilt by Warsaw's citizens after being entirely destroyed in World War II. You can learn more about the history of the Warsaw Uprising by visiting the award-winning [museum](https://www.1944.pl/en/), visit the many [art galleries](https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g274856-Activities-c49-t1-Warsaw_Mazovia_Province_Central_Poland.html) and beautiful [parks](https://warsawtour.pl/en/green-warsaw/) of the capital.
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