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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Consult the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Diplomatic Representations
Consult the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
IATA Travel Center

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Public transport is well developed in Poland. Buses (urban and suburban) operate all over the country. There are trams and night buses in the large urban centers and the Warsaw metro works from 5 am to midnight approximately. A taxi can be a good means of transport for getting around town and you usually order one by telephone from one of the many companies. Find out on the spot the telephone numbers for calling them (displayed on the roof or the side of taxis) and the different fares charged.
Maps of Urban Networks
Map of Warsaw public transport (in Polish)
Map of the Warsaw metro (in Polish)

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Warsaw - Frederic Chopin (WAW) 10 km / 6 miles PLN 37-45 / 15-30 min PLN 2.80 / 30 min - Available
Lodz - Lublinek (LCJ) 6 km / 4 miles 10-15 min - - -

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

The domestic fleet (LOT) is modern. In winter, provincial airports are often closed because of fog.
Rail Companies
Polish Railway Company
Inter-regional transport
Regional transport
Warsaw's suburban trains

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Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Lot Major yes Yes
SkyEurope low cost no Yes
WizzAir low cost no Yes
GermanWings low cost no Yes
CentralWings low cost no Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Polish roads are relatively dangerous especially because of the state they are in and general driving conditions (damaged roads, potholes, poor signposting, poor lighting, expressways crossing small towns, pedestrians and horses on the roads). Headlights must be on day and night from 1 October to 1 February.
Road Maps
Road map (in Polish)
Map of Poland (in Polish)
Map of Poland (in Polish)
Find an Itinerary
Map and itinerary search (in Polish)

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Different Forms of Tourism

There are many historic monuments to visit: Wilanow Palace, The Castle and Cathedral of Wawel or Malbork Castle.
Cinemas, theater, ballet and opera, art galleries and museums in the large towns, such as the Czartoryski Museum in Krakow.
Poland is known for its many parks and natural reserves.
Kampinos National Park
Bieszczady National Park
Bialowieza National Park
Slowinski National Park
Lazienki Park
In Poland there are a large number of churches, especially Catholic ones. There are also Orthodox places of worship.
The Jasna Gora Monastery (Czestochowa) is very well known.
There are many thermal spas in Poland.
The northern front of the country is open to the Baltic sea. There are many seaside resorts and sand beaches along the coast. The lakes of Mazuria are also a favorite destination for their beaches and numerous water sports.
Winter Sports
Cross country skiing and skating are practiced almost all over the country.
Alpine skiing can be practiced in some resorts in the south of the country, especially in Zakopane.
Outdoor Activities
Fishing, hiking, white water activities and equestrian activities.

Glass and enamelware, hand-woven rugs, silverware, handmade jewellery with amber and silver, dolls in regional costumes, woodcarvings and clay and metal sculptures.
Tourism Organizations
Portal for tourist information in Poland
Tourist information about Poland

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
There are no requirements concerning vaccinations for international travel. Vaccination against Tick borne encephalitis (Ticovac) is recommended for outdoor stays (hiking, camping) and for professionals in rural areas especially in the North and the North-East of Poland (Russian and Byelorussian borders). To guard against traveler's diarrhea (Turista), it is advisable to avoid the highest risk foods: prepared dishes which are later eaten cold; seafood, meat, fish which are undercooked or badly cooked, and raw vegetables as well as fruits you have not peeled yourself.
International Hospitals
The US embassy in Poland's list of health services.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Consult the WHO website
Consult the Institut Pasteur website
Consult the Guide du Routard website
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
The advice of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Current Travel Warnings of the American State Department
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Emergency Numbers

Police 997
Firemen 998
Ambulance 999
Emergency number (mobiles) 112

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Warsaw (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in summer)
Summer Time Period
Summer time from March to October

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
The climate is half continental and half oceanic. Average annual rainfall is 600 mm. Average temperatures in January are 5°C and in June 24°C.
For Further Information
Consult the website of the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Food Specialties
The most well known specialties in Poland are the following:
Barszcz: beetroot soup with small ravioli stuffed with mushrooms or meat.
Placki Ziemniaczane : potato fritters
Bigos: cabbage with pieces of meat, prepared over several days.
Szarlotka: apple cake sprinkled with cinnamon.
Makowiec: poppy seed cake
Concerning drink and spirits, the Poles are very fond of vodka and beer; Zywiec, Okocim and EB are the most famous in Poland. There is little Polish wine, so it is preferable to buy foreign wines. Tea is an institution and coffee is sometimes drunk Turkish-style.
Dietary Restrictions
There are no dietary restrictions in the country.

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Domestic Currency
Polish Zloty
ISO Code
Possible Means of Payment
Places where you can pay in foreign currency are rare.
In shops, restaurants, hotels, and cafés payment is made in cash or by credit card.

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Official Language
The official language is Polish.
Other Languages Spoken
Polish belongs to the family of West Slavic languages (with Czech and Slovakian).
The most spoken foreign languages are German and English, but it is useful to know a few words of Polish to travel around the country, especially outside large urban areas.
Business Language
According to the type of company you contact, the geographical location and the sector of activity, it may be difficult to find someone who speaks English. Insufficient knowledge of English and German often makes it necessary to bring in an interpreter. However, the younger generations speak English more and more frequently.
Getting Some Knowledge
Consult the Expat In Poland website.
Free Translation Tools
Onet Portail de la Conaissance : On-line dictionary (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Hebrew)
TravLang : On-line dictionary
Leksyka : On-line dictionary (English, German)

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Polish Hotels Association
Polish Camping and Caravanning Federation
Bed and Breakfast in Poland
Hosteling International
To Find an Apartment
Mam Dom
Gratka (interface in Polish)
Gazeta Wyborcza - Dom (in Polish)
List of real estate agencies, sorted by region (in Polish)
Domiporta (in Polish)
Apartment in Poland

To Find a Job

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