Flights to Poland

Gone are the days when the only flight you could get to Poland was with the national airline LOT and international flights only went to Warsaw. These days with the advent of budget airlines prices have come down and choices have increased.

Airlines such as Easyjet, Ryanair and Wizzair now offer a diverse range of flight options from many UK airports to most parts of Poland.

As the budget airlines have become more popular then the price reductions have stabilized. It was once possible to book a return flight to Warsaw or Krakow for  £ 40 return but these type of offers are now much harder to find (though not impossible !).

Options from the USA are more limited with the vast majority of flights requiring a connection at another European airport. One exception to this is the flight from Chicago to Warsaw which is a direct flight.



Transfers from Warsaw’s Frederick Chopin (Okecie) airport.

Train from Warsaw Airport to Warsaw city centre

There is a train service that runs to Warsaw Central train station but it isn’t really worth the hassle as Warsaw airport is better serviced by buses and taxis.

Buses from Warsaw Airport to Warsaw city centre

Bus numbers 175 & 188 will both take you into the city centre. Both buses depart from immediately outside the arrivals hall, between the terminal building and the multi storey car park and tickets can be purchased from the driver. Prices are 2.40 Polish Zloty for a one way ticket and there is an equivalent charge for each piece of luggage. Please note there will be a small increase on public transport tickets starting from June 2008. The #175 bus passes through the city centre and near the Old Town (Stare Miasto). Both buses run from 04:50 to 23:10 daily and the journey takes approximately 30 mins.

The #188 bus goes to the eastern part of Warsaw (Praga, Grochow.Goclaw etc).

The night bus (#611) operates between 22:47 and 04:47 and will take you to the Central Railway Station (near the Palace of Culture). The ticket price for this service is 7.20 PLN with an equivalent charge for each item of luggage.

The Polski Express coach departs from Platform 4 outside Terminal 1 every 20 mins (with the exception of Sundays and Public Holidays when it runs every 45 mins). It runs between 04:50 and 23:10 stopping at the major hotels and the central railway station. Tickets cost 6PLN and there is NO additional  charge for luggage.

Taxis from Warsaw Airport to Warsaw city centre

Taxis can be found directly outside the arrivals hall with approximate fares to the city centre usually being 30-40 Zloty.

Warsaw airport advises passengers against using unlicensed taxi companies who will tout for business within the airport terminal. Warsaw airport gives it’s seal of approval to the following companies which can be found in the taxi rank outside the terminal:

* Merc Taxi, phone: +48 (22) 677 77 77  * Sawa Taxi, phone: +48 (22) 644 44 44  * MPT Radio Taxi, phone: +48 (22) 9191

If you are landing at Etudia terminal then do not take a taxi from outside the Etudia terminal as they are not regulated and are likely to try and rip you off with the price. Instead walk 100 metres to the main terminal and then catch a ride with one of the above named taxi companies.

See our “handy tips for dealing with Polish taxi drivers” at the bottom of this page.

Hotel Shuttle Bus Service

Some hotels in Warsaw will provide a complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and Warsaw airport so it’s worth enquiring if your hotel provides such a service.

Transfers from Krakow’s John Paul II (Balice) airport.

There are a few options to get you from Krakow airport to Krakow city centre.

Train from Krakow airport to Krakow city centre

Krakow Balice train station is located about 200 metres from the terminal and takes about 5 mins on foot or about 3 mins if you use the free shuttle bus service.

The train from Krakow Balice airport to Krakow city centre (Dworzec Glowny) takes about 15 mins and costs 6 PLN (just over £ 1.00) for a single journey. Dworzec Glowny is located just outside the Old Town of Krakow and as long as your suitcases aren’t too heavy and your hotel is located in the north of the Old Town then walking shouldn’t be too hard. Otherwise, it’s a short taxi ride.

Buses from Krakow Airport to city centre

A couple of buses go from Krakow airport to the centre of Krakow. #192 takes you to Krakow’s Old Town. Go as far as the main railway/bus station (Dworzec Glowny) which is a short distance from the main sights. The #208 is a less popular option and will take you through to Nowy Kleparz. both fares cost 2.50 PLN with journey times of approximately 30-40 mins.

Taxis from Krakow Airport to city centre

Taxis can be found outside the arrivals hall. The taxi fare from Krakow airport to Krakow city centre will cost approximately 50 PLN (approx £ 10) and takes around 15-20 minutes. Same rule applies here in that you should only catch a taxi from outside the terminal building.

Transfers from Katowice airport.

Buses from Katowice Airport to Krakow city centre

People flying to Katowice generally do so en route to Krakow as Katowice is the airport of choice for a number of budget airlines.

For passengers travelling with Wizz Air and with their end destination being Krakow then I strongly recommend booking a Wizz Air shuttle bus. This can be booked on Wizz Air’s own website or directly online with the bus operator  here. It’s possible to buy tickets once on the shuttle bus but there is a risk all the seats may have been taken. Prices for a one way journey from Katowice airport to Krakow city centre are approx £ 9.16 with the journey time being approximately 1.5 hours.

Taxis from Katowice Airport to Krakow city centre

As Katowice airport is a good 1 – 1.5 hour drive from Krakow then taking a taxi is an expensive option. Expect to pay around £ 55 for a one way journey.

See our “handy tips for dealing with Polish taxi drivers” at the bottom of this page.

Transfers from Gdansk Lech Walesa airport.

As Gdansk airport is close to the city centre then taxi fares are very reasonable. A one way trip should cost between £ 7 – £ 15. If you’re heading for Sopot or Gdynia then just add a few extra pounds to the taxi fare.

The Gdansk City Bus Line B runs between Gdansk airport and the city centre with a ticket priced at approx. £ 1. However, unless you’re on a shoestring budget then I’d recommend taking a taxi.

Transfers from Wroclaw airport.

Wroclaw airport is similar to Gdansk in that the airport isn’t that far from the city centre. A one way taxi fare should cost somewhere in the region of £ 10.

The # 406 bus runs from Wroclaw airport to the city centre and a ticket costs approx. £ 9.


Handy tips for dealing with Polish taxi drivers

* Always use a marked taxi with company name and phone number on the vehicle.

* Be prepared ! Write the name of your hotel/apartment on a piece of paper along with the phone number. Give this to the taxi driver and then ask in Polish

“Ile kosztuje ?” (eele koshtuye) = How much ?

He will probably answer you in Polish so ask him to write the price down on your paper. This prevents you from getting ripped off by getting into a taxi without asking first how much your journey will cost.

Leave a Reply