How to get here

By plane
Warsaw is served by a total of two airports: Chopin Airport (WAW) for major airlines. Modlin Airport (WMI) was opened in July 2012 and it handles the low cost traffic. Łódź Airport (LCJ) is also conveniently accessible from Warsaw.

By train
Warsaw has three stations for long-distance trains:

  • Dworzec Centralny or Warszawa Centralna (Warsaw Central) ul. Emilii Plater
  • Dworzec Wschodni or Warszawa Wschodnia (Warsaw East) between ul. Kijowska and ul. Lubelska (on the right bank)
  • Dworzec Zachodni or Warszawa Zachodnia (Warsaw West) Al. Jerozolimskie near Rondo Zesłańców Syberyjskich

Dworzec Centralny (Warszawa Centralna) station is located just a couple of hundred meters from Hotel Westin. All long-distance trains pass through this station and all stop there. It is the only long-distance station underground. It isn’t the last station on the route!

Trains running eastwards start at Warszawa Zachodnia, stop at Warszawa Centralna and then at Warszawa Wschodnia, while trains heading westwards make the same trip in the opposite direction (except that they don’t always stop at Warszawa Zachodnia). The same is true for arriving trains. Tourists often find it confusing that the main train station (Warszawa Centralna) is not the last station on the route.

The Berlin-Warszawa Express runs from Berlin to Warsaw daily and is quite inexpensive if booked in advance. It’s a fairly comfortable six hour trip. Schedule are available on Intercity’s website and tickets can be booked through Polrail Service or on the Deutsche Bahn website.

One train per day runs to Kaunas and Vilnius in Lithuania, with a change of trains near the border.

There are also trains to Russia – Moscow, Saint Petersburg and even direct cars to Belarus – Minsk and Ukraine – Kiev. There are many direct connections to central and western European cities too.

By car

From Warsaw Chopin Airport
From the airport car park, turn left on the main street called Żwirki i Wigury. Continue straight along this road past a lot of parks on the right side until you reach a major intersection with traffic lights. This should be Wawelska street. Continue straight making your way into right lane until you came to a major street, there is a roundabout and an overpass, a major set of traffic lights and tram lines. This is Aleje Jerozolimskie and is one of the biggest streets in Warsaw. Turn right. Once on Jerozolimskie, continue straight till you reach the Central Railway Station on your left. Turn left into Aleja Jana Pawła II and continue straight, cross traffic lights and you will see the Westin Warsaw hotel. It is not allowed to turn left to the hotel, so you will have go straight and turn back on the cross with Ogrodowa street or Aleja Solidarnosci.

From North
From Gdansk (Poland), travel south on Route E77. You will pass the main cities of Elbląg, Ostróda, Mława and Płońsk, before arriving in Warsaw.

From South
From Kudowa (Poland), travel north on Route E57. Pass the main cities of Kłodzko and Wrocław before arriving in Warsaw.

From East
From Terespol (Poland), travel west on Route E30. You will pass the main cities of Biała-Podlaska, Siedlce, Minsk Mazowiecki before arriving in Warsaw.

From West
From Frankfurt (Germany) or Słubice (Poland), take Route E30. Pass the main cities of Poznań and Września. The road then changes to the A2. You will pass by Konin and the road changes to the E30 and goes through Kutno to Warsaw.