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Growing Eastern European capital
Warsaw is expanding rapidly and becoming a major European city. Visitors to the Polish capital can discover its Old Town and historical buildings, enjoy a visit at one of its museums, or simply indulge in a relaxing moment at the café.
Best seasons in Warsaw
The ideal period to travel to Warsaw is from May to October. Winters in the city are cold and summers can be quite hot.
Various classical musical events are held throughout the year, including the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, the Mozart Festival in June, and free Chopin concerts in Lazienki Park between May and October. The Midsummer festival is organised in June, with live music, street parties and fireworks. Another highlight is the "Warsaw Autumn" music festival, the Film Festival, and Jazz Jamboree, an international jazz festival that started in 1958.
Things to keep in mind
It is forbidden to drink alcohol in public in Warsaw.
The cost of living is much lower in Poland than in the UK. Visitors can enjoy basic meals for around 10 PLN or restaurant meals for about 40 PLN, and drink a beer for approximately 8 PLN or soft drinks for ca. 4 PLN.
A good idea for a day trip is the Kampinos National Park, about 15 km from Warsaw, where it is possible to hike in beautiful surroundings.
Warsaw's transportation and accommodation
From Chopin Airport, it is possible to travel to central Warsaw on the bus numbers 175 or 188 (and bus N32 at night), with a journey taking in the region of 30-45 minutes and tickets costing around 4.40 PLN. Otherwise, suburban trains S2 and S3, as well as KML trains take around 20-25 min, with tickets at ca. 2.50 PLN. Travellers can also take a taxi, with a fare of about 40 PLN.
Lodging options in Warsaw range from hostel rooms at approximately 35 PLN pp/night to 3-star hotels for about 250 PLN a night. Other solutions include holiday rentals or student accommodation during term break.
The public transport network is good and is comprised of buses, trams, metro, and overground trains. Numerous fare options are available, with short distance tickets costing about 3.40 PLN, single tickets between around 4.40 PLN and around 7 PLN. Travelcards, weekend passes and group tickets are also on offer. As for taxis, the fare starts at about 8 PLN and it's then ca. 3 PLN/km.