About the Conference City
The conference will take place at the Marriott Hotel in Warsaw, Aleje Jerozolimskie 65/79:
Important links for travellers
http://www.warsawtour.pl/en - Official Tourist Website of Warsaw
http://www.um.warszawa.pl/en - The Official Website of the Capital of Poland
http://wikitravel.org/en/Warsaw - Wikitravel - about Warsaw
Getting to the city centre from the airports
Chopin International Airport
- By Train
There is a direct train service from the Chopin Airport to the city centre (arrival next to the Marriott Hotel). To get to the train station turn right after leaving the arrivals hall and follow the signs for the station. Keep walking until you reach the station entrance on your right (Train Station sign). We recommend using S2 or S3 line, which will both bring you directly to the city centre. It will take you approx. 25 minutes to reach the city centre.
Tickets can be purchased at the Passenger Information Point in the airport arrivals hall, or from ticket machines at the station. You should buy a single fare ticket, which costs 4.40 PLN (appox. 1 EUR)
- By Bus
Line 175 will take you to the Central Railway Station (Warszawa Centralna). Single fare ticket will cost 4.40 PLN (appox. 1 EUR) The journey will take approx. 25-35 minutes depending on the traffic.
- By TAXI
There are 3 licenced taxi corporations operating from the airport - ELE SKY TAXI, SUPER TAXI, SAWA TAXI. You do not need to pre-book on this route, simply approach the taxi rank and get in an available licensed taxi. The taxi rank is located outside the arrival hall of the Chopin Airport. For safety reasons we strongly advise you to use only licensed taxi services. Taxi tariffs should be clearly displayed in the car window.
The taxi fare from the airport to the city centre is approx. PLN 40 (10 EUR). Note that only PLN is accepted as currency. You can exchange your money or withdraw from ATM/Cash Machines located inside the arrivals hall. Most taxis do not accept credit card payments. The journey will take you 20-40 minutes depending on the traffic.
Modlin Airport is located 35 km north-west from Warsaw, but there are a number of options to get to the city centre.
- By Modlin Bus
You can take the bus directly from the airport (bus stop in front of airport terminal) to Warsaw city centre. The journey takes approx. 40 minutes. You will arrive at the parking at the Palace of Culture and Science, on the Plac Defilad (Parade Square) at the Marszalkowska Street side. It is approx.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of the journey online at modlinbus.com, or on arrival at airport sales kiosk. Alternatively you can also buy it directly on the bus in cash or with credit/debit cards. Payments in EUR, GBP, NOK, SEK, USD (banknotes only) are accepted. Prices start at 9PLN (approx. 2.25 EUR/ 1.80 GBP) if bought ahead online or approx. 30PLN (7.5 EUR/ 6GBP) if bought on arrival.
- By Train
You can reach Warsaw city centre by Koleje Mazowieckie train. Special airport shuttle buses (green, white and yellow) run from Warsaw/Modlin Airport terminal to Modlin train station every 20-30 minutes. The shuttle bus timetable is coordinated with arrivals and departures of trains. You will arrive at the Central Railway Station (Warszawa Centralna).
Total journey depending on available shuttle buses should take you around 1 hour. You can buy a special Airport Ticket (Bilet Lotniskowy) for 15 PLN (approx. 3.60 EUR/ 3GBP) for your entire journey from the airport to the city centre (shuttle + train). Tickets can be bought in the arrivals hall where you collect your baggage. Alternatively separate tickets can be bought on the shuttle (5PLN/ 1.20 EUR/ 1 GBP) and on the train (board the train in the first wagon to approach the conductor).
- By TAXI
Companies recommended by the Warsaw/Modlin Airport for passenger services are SAWA TAXI and TAXI MODLIN. Fares for travel from Warsaw/Modlin Airport to Warsaw city centre are fixed – up to 159 PLN (approx. 40 EUR) during the day. Travel time to Warsaw city centre is about 35-45 minutes.
General travel tips when travelling to Poland
Currency and Currency Exchanges
The zloty is the Polish unit of currency. As there are usually long waits at banks, currency exchanges, or (kantor), are ideal for changing dollars or euros into zloty. ATMs are also plentiful and will allow you to withdraw zloty with your credit or debit card.
Using Credit Cards and Travelers' Checks in Poland
Higher quality restaurants, hotels, and shops will accept widely recognized credit cards (Visa, American Express, JCB, Eurocard, and Mastercard), though it is good to have cash in reserve for minor transactions. Travelers' checks are widely accepted in Poland, though they can only be exchanged for zloty at banks.
Poland uses European continental plugs (two-pin, 230 volts).
Temperatures in June range between 10 – 25 centigrades. On average the weather is sunny, temporary rains are possible.
Despite being the largest cities of Poland, Warsaw is still very safe and crime rate is relatively lower than other famous cities in Europe. Still it is always good to keep valuable items, credit cards and extra cash out of sight. It is also advisable to be aware of pick-pockets usually in crowded areas or at famous tourist sites.
In Warsaw, service charges are usually not added to the bills of restaurants or hotels. For groups of 4 and more service charge may however be automatically added (note on the bottom of the bill). Tipping is always accepted to appreciate good service or food. The average tip will be around 10-15 % or just round up the bill to a whole number. It is not obligatory to give a tip to the taxi drivers.