Warsaw's Okecie Airport (Zwirki i Wigury 1; tel. 22/650-42-20; www.lotnisko-chopina.pl), sometimes called by its formal name, Fryderyk Chopin Airport, is 10km (6 1/4 miles) from the city center. Most major international carriers land at, and take off from, the new Terminal 2. The older Terminal 1 is still in use for domestic flights. Terminal 2 is well served by a tourist information office, automated teller machines, car rental booths, and kiosks for tram and bus tickets. By bus or taxi, it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to get to the city center. During the day, take bus no. 175; in the evening, bus no. N32. Tickets cost 2.80 z. Taxis, operated by SAWA, Merc, and MPT, make the run to the center for around 40 z. Watch out for unlicensed drivers; there are fewer of them these days, but they still manage to nab unwary travelers, charging three to four times the going rate. Another alternative is the shared or private transfers operated by Warsaw Shuttle (tel. 500/012-838; www.warsawshuttle.com), which charges 9.90 z per person. You can pre-book your ride on their website.
Major international and domestic trains arrive and depart from Warsaw's Central Station (Warszawa Centralna; Al. Jerozolimskie 54; tel. 197-57; www.pkp.pl), located in the heart of the city in Sródmiescie (just across the street from the Marriott Hotel). Centralna is, to put it mildly, confusing. It's a vast 1970s concrete jungle, filled with underground passageways that seemingly lead nowhere and misleadingly marked stairways that will have you coming and going, and getting no place at all. Fortunately, the officials at Polish Rail have cleaned up the station. Centralna is well served by tramlines and buses; the only trick is finding which stairway to use to locate the tram going in the direction you want to travel. Taxis stationed here are expensive; it's cheaper to call for an independent taxi.
Warsaw's main bus station (Dworzec Autobusowy Warszawa Zachodnia; Al. Jerozolimskie 144; tel. 703/403-330; www.pksbilety.pl) is situated in the city center, about 1km (1/2 mile) to the west of the Centralna train station. The station handles all of the bus traffic to and from Western Europe, as well as most major Polish routes. The station is well served by tram, bus, or taxi to anywhere in the city. Buses no. 127 and 130, and night buses no. N35 and N85, run to the Centralna train station. Journey time is about 15 minutes. A 2-z ticket, valid for 20 minutes, will suffice. Validate your ticket upon boarding.
As Poland's capital city, all roads lead to Warsaw. You'll have no problem finding your way here. You may be surprised, though, by how long it takes to get here, and once you're here, by the sheer volume of traffic. After you've found your hotel, stow the car and use public transportation and taxis.
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