The capital of Poland with many attractions and city night life to see. Ryanair flies into Modlin Airport 35 KM north west of the city.
ModlinBus is the only carrier that offers direct bus connections of around 40 minutes from Warsaw Modlin Airport (WMI) to Warsaw city centre (Plac Defilad, opposite the entrance to the Palace of Culture and Science). There are plenty buses and they cost about £14 return. You should book them online in advance as they can sell out if a lot of flights come in. If you book tickets you can still get on an earlier bus but passengers with tickets have priority. Always check with the website that these conditions still apply.
Public Transport is consists of trams, trains and buses. Look for signs that say Bilety There are ticket machines on buses
5 zloty for a single journey
13 zloty for 24 hours in zone 1 ( central)
24 zloty for weekend ticket ( 17:00 Friday to 08:00 Monday)
40 zloty for weekend group ticket for 5 people
I found the hotels to be expensive here and wanted to be in the city centre with maximum freedom to explore and eat at the times I wanted.
The hotels I preferred were
St Andrews Palace, Chmielna 30, 00-001 Warszawa, Poland. This hotel is right next to the airport bus stop at the Palace of Culture and 2 minutes from the main shopping street Nowy Swiat
Apartament Okólnik, Okólnik 11, 00-368 Warszawa, Poland is also close to the main shopping street and attractions
Restaurants and bars
U Fukiera Old Town Market Square
Prasowy Communist Milk Bar where cheap food is served. This place is not really for tourist but lets you see how people ate under the communist regime. Very cheap. Marszałkowska 10/16, 00-590 Warszawa, Poland
Stara Kamienica Widok 8, 00-023 Warszawa, Poland Has very cheap lunchtime set menu and nice décor.
Same Krafty Nowomiejska 10, 00-001 Warsaw, Poland. Lots of excellent beers in old town.
Zapiecek – various locations around town. Great Polish dumplings.
Bamboo Eatery Communist Milk Bar where cheap food is served. English menu. Hoża 19, 00-001 Warsaw, Poland
Co Tu Vietnamese eatery. Cheap and family run. N, Nowy Świat 26/28, 01-999 Warsaw, Poland
Bhudda cheap lunch menu Nowy Świat 23, 00-029 Warsaw, Poland
Things to Do
Walk round the old Town.
There are Christmas stalls here but it is not as extensive as western Christmas Markets.
Cycle around Warsaw with a bike for £8 a day from Warsaw Bike.
City Tour I found the yellow bus to be best – runs 9:50 and 10:50 in the winter and takes two hours to do the circuit for £8. Starts at Zachęta – National Gallery of Art.
Palace of Culture and Science ul. plac Defilad 1, Warsaw 00-110, Poland – Great to look at from the outside and lift to XXX floor offers fine views open daily from 10:00-20:00 h. for 20 zloty.
Warsaw Uprising Museum Grzybowska 79, Warsaw 00-844, Poland. Free on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 08.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.,Thursday 08.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.,Saturday and Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.,Tuesday – closed 18 Zloty for entry. Sunday is free admission day.
Chopin Museum Pałac Gnińskich, 00-368, Okólnik 1, 00-368 Warsaw
Vodka Tour – quite expensive at 250 zloty this tour takes
Andrzej Mleczko Gallery, Polish Cartoonist, Marszałkowska 140, 00-001 Warszawa, Poland (closed Sunday and Monday)
Plac Unii City Shopping Puławska 2, 02-566 Warszawa, Poland
Złote Tarasy Shopping Centre Złota 59, 00-120 Warszawa, Poland
Bazar na Kole Flea Market, Obozowa 99, 01-433 Warszawa, Poland.