I don’t know about you, but when exploring any country, the capital cities are the last ones that I want to check out as the chaotic, busy big cities don’t interest me much. Every city has a character, but the capital cities have probably less of them, at least to me. Naturally, I contemplated a lot about whether to visit Warsaw or not. A part of me wanted to, at least to go out and get some content, while the other part of me insisted I rather add the days to smaller towns in Poland. I planned to give Warsaw a day but ended up staying for almost 4 days. Yes, I loved Warsaw, the capital! Whether you have just a day or more, or if you are still in doubt, I would recommend you to read further to check this Warsaw travel guide for all the awesome things to do in Warsaw.
But before we find out on what to do in Warsaw, here are some cool Warsaw facts.
- Warsaw is the 10th largest city in Europe, also the city with the most traffic congestion in Europe.
- Warsaw is called the Phoenix City, due to the fact that almost the entire city was destroyed during World War II
- Warsaw is home to the world’s narrowest house, The Keret House – More on this later.
- Warsaw is home to more than 70 museums and more than 80 parks.
- Warsaw adores music – There are more than dozens of musical concerts and performances happening all over the city every day.
- The first woman to win the Nobel Prize, Marie Curie, was born in Warsaw.
- Poland’s longest bridge, the Siekierkowski Bridge is located in Warsaw
Now, let’s check out all the top things to do in Warsaw.
Things to do in Warsaw
Walk through the streets of the old town
Stare Miasto or Warsaw Old Town was the place for first settlements in the city during the 12th century. Barbican, the fortification built at this time, whose ruins remain is now the bridge between the old and the new Warsaw. What you see today is a totally rebuilt version of the old town. The old town completely got devastated during WW II and was replicated based on the paintings obtained.
As you can see, this UNESCO world heritage site listed old town is colourful with unique coloured perfect-looking buildings. Starting from the Royal Castle, you can walk through the narrow cobbled streets that takes you through the medieval times.
As you stroll through the labyrinthine of streets, you’ll pass through the St. John’s Arch cathedral, that our free walking tour guide rated as one of the worse churches she has ever been too! It looks really simple compared to a plethora of churches, and I can agree with her on this.
The best part of the old town is the unmissable market square, with the iconic mermaid statue at the centre. The old town market square or Rynek Starego Miasta adorned with vibrant medieval buildings should definitely qualify at the top among the most instagrammable places in Warsaw. Plus, this has to be the best among the free things to do in Warsaw!
Feel the Royalty on the Royal Route
Trakt Królewski or ‘The Royal Route’ is the most beautiful part of the city, according to me with its grandiose. Encompassing five connecting cobbled stone streets, including the highly popular Nowy Swiat & Krakowskie Przedmiescie, the royal route is home to many significant monuments. You can start from the old town, near the Royal Castle and walk all the way up to the Wilanow Palace or even Warsaw’s most famous Łazienki Park.
But I’d suggest you start from the beginning of extravagant Nowy Swiat near the controversial palm tree status and make your way to the Royal Castle. Nowy Swiat is a cool street with some chic cafes and bars as well. You can do in this order ideally, combining with Royal Castle and the old town.
Notable monuments and historical buildings that you shouldn’t miss out are the Presidential Palace, the Kazimierz Palace, the Warsaw University, the National Library, the Tomb of the Unknown soldiers, Nicolaus Copernicus’ monument, elegant Hotel Bristol and many gorgeous churches including St. Anne’s Church.
Check out the Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is the crown of the old town which is for sure one of the best things to do in Warsaw. This simple yet elegant castle has a long and interesting history, where the various monarchs exerted their influence upon the people in all ways. The Polish king Zygmunt III Waza built the Royal Castle after moving the capital from Krakow to Warsaw. This original castle has been restored many times over the course of history, which makes it worth a visit.
Now known as the Royal Castle Museum open for the public, you can check out the main attractions like the majestic Ballroom, Throne room and the Senate chamber.
Royal Palace Museum timings: Closed on Mondays. 10 AM to 6 PM
Royal Palace Museum entry fees: Free entry on Sundays. 30 PLN
Visit the Museum of Warsaw
One of the top Warsaw attractions, especially within the Warsaw old town is the Warsaw City Museum. If not for the huge banner outside, it’s easy to pass through the Museum without noticing what it is! But you probably can’t miss the sight of 11 vibrant buildings though. Yes, that’s the city museum.
No doubt, it is one of the top Warsaw tourist attractions, and also the most photographed museum probably! This is the place to know all about Warsaw’s history spanning over 1400 years. The buildings in total consist of more than 7000 exhibits, beginning from its medieval origin to modern times. Many of them are surprisingly original – considering how the city went through near destruction many times.
You can also get a splendid view of Warsaw old town from the 6th floor of one of the buildings. The Warsaw Museum website has a map, and details of how to navigate within the museum. Check the site once before you visit to know of any events or timings.
Museum of Warsaw timings: Closed on Mondays. 10 AM to 7 PM
Museum of Warsaw City entry fees: Free entry on Thursdays. 20 PLN regular ticket with audio guide
Get Warsaw’s bird view from the top of St. Anne’s Church Tower
One of the main Warsaw attractions is to watch the city from above. If Warsaw Museum is one of the places to do so, there is another at St. Anne’s Church. Just brace yourself to climb some 125+ steps to go to the observation tower beside the church, where you can get some stunning views of beautiful Warsaw. To get to the observation terrace, you will need to climb 150 stairs. But the view from the top truly is worth all the pain.
Marie Curie Museum
I already told you that Marie Curie was born in Warsaw. Today, her house, right next to the old town is a Museum, a perfect tribute to the woman with many firsts. This is the place to be to know more about this commendable woman, through her letters, photographs and items. You can explore this right after the things to do in old town Warsaw
Marie Curie Museum timings: Closed on Mondays. 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Marie Curie Museum entry fees: 11 PLN
Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Once the Warsaw Ghetto, the infamous neighbourhood built to segregate and eventually eliminate the Jewish population of Warsaw during World War II, is now home to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews(POLIN).
The POLIN Museum is one of the most enriching museums that I have ever visited. This huge museum documents the history of Polish Jews in chronological order, right from their first arrival in Poland. From being one of the richest sects of people spread across Europe to end up becoming the target of History’s most atrocious crime, the Holocaust, this is a moving museum.
This museum is an excellent tribute to the Polish Jews, and although not something pleasing, it is one of the must things to see in Warsaw.
Museum of the History of Polish Jews timings: Closed on Tuesdays. 10 AM to 6 PM
Museum of the History of Polish Jews entry fees: Free entry on Thursdays. 25 PLN
Stop by at Murano – Jewish Ghetto Memorial
Next to the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews is Murano, a set of monuments dedicated to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Some Jews tried to revolt against the subjugation by the Nazis upon the construction of the Ghetto.
The heroic struggle symbolising the undying spirit of Polish Jews is depicted through the touching memorial, with statues, inscriptions and the Wall. Don’t forget to check this out while visiting the Polish Museum.
Tour Warsaw New Town
Nowe Miasto or Warsaw New Town represents the character of contemporary Warsaw, high in spirits like its people. The St Kazimierz Church with its towering turquoise dome is the central attraction, around which are sprinkled swanky bars, cafes and restaurants. Just take the tram and stroll through the streets of new Warsaw.
Discover Srodmiescie, the heart of modern Warsaw
Another neighbourhood of hipster Warsaw is Srodmiescie, which I recommend to be on your Warsaw points of interest. The intriguingly towering Palace of Culture and Science is the show stealer of this area, which spreads around Warsaw Centrum Metro Station.
Check out the streets of Marszalkowska, Widok and Nowy Swiat around the Palace of Culture and Science for shopping malls, bars, pubs and what not. If you want to enjoy at hipster Warsaw district area, head to Zbawiciela Square. Indie bars, gay-friendly pubs, hip restaurants and shops adorned with the art will keep you occupied for hours.
Palace of Culture and Science
One of the majestic monuments in Warsaw invoking mixed feelings among the Varsovians is the Palace of Culture and science. The eighth tallest building in Europe, it is also called as the Warsaw Empire State Building. The reason why Varsovians have mixed emotions is that this monument was built by Stalin as a gift to the city when the country came under his communist regime. The Polish felt that it symbolises a kind of territory marking by him, and don’t talk about much or recommend to check out.
From the architectural point of view though, it is surely worth checking out. Plus, the 33rd floor is open to the public with its viewing points, which is actually why you should head here. The view of Warsaw from here is something you would absolutely enjoy!
Warsaw Uprising Museum
Warsaw uprising remains one of the most pivotal rebellions during WW II. Not only did it inspire to lead similar ones at the time, but Polish people itself also looked back upon it to stir a revolt against communism during the later times. You can know all about this brave act at the Uprising Museum, which has chronicled history’s important events around this.
Warsaw Uprising Museum timings:
Warsaw Uprising Museum entry fees:
Music Lovers, Head to Chopin Museum
Poland is a great country for the music lovers, thanks to the inclination to the music of all forms. But I guess the love for music goes all the way as Poland is home to some musical legends. One of them is the renowned pianist and composer Chopin, known for his soul-stirring music. He was born near Warsaw, and the city has paid a revering tribute through Chopin Museum. The museum beautifully depicts his journey through his scripts, recordings and more.
Did you know? There are about 15+ benches all over the town, where you can sit and listen to Chopin’s music by clicking on a button. Yes, amazing music through stone benches, which you can enjoy for free. So cool, right?
Stroll along the Vistula River
What the Danube is to Budapest is the Vistula is to Warsaw. Geographically, it divides Warsaw into two halves, and culturally it is the breeding stage for art, music and social life. If you are up for a musical night, you can plan on attending free concerts held at Plażowa, which also has a theatre, pool, bars and restaurants.
Learn some science at Copernicus Science Centre
One of the fun things to do in Warsaw, especially if you are traveling with kids, is to visit Copernicus Science Centre. Dedicated to Nicholas Copernicus, the legendary scientist who is Polish, this is the place to learn a thing about science. It’s also right across the Vistula river so you can combine this with an evening around it.
Copernicus Science Centre timings: Closed on Mondays. 9 AM to 6 PM. Check the website for variations.
Copernicus Science Centre entry fees: 31 PLN on weekdays. 33 PLN on weekends
Visit Warsaw’s largest Lazienki Park
Lazienki is not only the largest park in Warsaw but also probably the loveliest among its 70+ parks. Earlier, this park served as a huge bathing area, and later on, was the summer residence of the last king of Poland, popularly known as the Palace on water.
This mammoth park, a part of the famous Warsaw Royal Route also has many amphitheatres including the theatre on the aisle, orangeries, historic monuments, a quiet lake, botanical gardens and many lanes flanked by greenery, making the Lazienki Park a perfect place to unwind or even have a picnic in summers.
Unusual things to do in Warsaw
These are Warsaw tourist places that attract most people to the city. But for those still looking for more to ‘What to see in Warsaw,’ you should probably check the ones below. I find going off the beat places more attractive honestly. If you feel the same, you’ll love these.
Check out the narrowest house in the world
I told you about the Keret House, which is the narrowest house in the world. Although located centrally near the old town, it’s easily missed, due to the obvious reason – It’s size! You can spot it through Google Maps or just by asking around.
Named after the first tenant who lived there, the Keret house is one of Warsaw sights that is quirky. The tax was determined by the size of the house, and to avoid that the owner built it so tiny – Whether this is true or not, the house surely cannot be missed. It’s a thriving place for artists but not open to the public every day. You can check their website to plan accordingly if you intend to go inside this cute house.
Relax at Park Skaryszewski
Among the best parks in Warsaw not to be missed, Skaryszewski is one. There is a lake, abundant greenery with lots of vivid coloured flora, making it a great place to unwind amidst nature. It’s also a great place to escape the city for a while. If you visit in summer, you can also Kayak in the lake or rent boats.
Check out the Elegant Presidential Palace
Home to the Polish presidents and a central seat of power since the 17th century, the Presidential Palace is a good addition to your Warsaw sightseeing. This is an important place for Polish politics, and you can check this out while you explore Krakowskie Przedmiescie.
Marvel the architecture of Metro Plac Wilsona
What’s in a metro station, you say? Well, if you are a fan of modern/contemporary architecture, you would love the Metro station Plac Wilsona, named after the American president Woodrow Wilson. The unique architecture is one of the coolest things to see in the city. The ceiling is also lit in the evening, so look out.
Walk through the medieval Saxon Garden
Built in the 18th century, Saxon Garden was the first park in the world open to Public. It houses the tomb of the unknown soldier, along with many sculptures, ponds set amidst greenery.
Take a day out to explore Praga district
On the other side of the Vistula river lies Praga, a neighbourhood in Warsaw totally different. The only area that survived the war years, Praga had a notorious reputation for being the abode to city’s gangsters and a dangerous place to be. In recent years, Praga has transitioned to become the space for art and culture, and thus a part of Warsaw tourism.
The streets are dominant with the Soviet-style buildings, something which feels like a lacklustre compared to the bright old town. I guess this is compensated with the street art and many art spaces that you could find done by local artists. There are also many cafes, bars and restaurants run by these artists, which are definitely worth checking out.
You can spend a few hours at SOHO Factory, an artistic space comprising art galleries and cafes. Also, don’t forget to check out Warsaw’s oldest local market Bazar Róźyckiego.
All those lights at Neon Museum
Today, Neon lighting reminds us of all the flashy advertisements, but in Poland earlier, the Neon signs were symbols of art, political expressions and a way of cultural life. Most of these were designed in the communist era. Today they are original exhibits at the Neon Museum, located in Praga, which has a great collection of them in all designs and beautiful different patterns.
Neon Museum timings: 12 PM to 5 PM every day
Neon Museum entry fees: 10 PLN
Visit Nozyk Synagogue, the only surviving Synagogue in Warsaw
Nozyk Synagogue is one of the few Jewish synagogues that remain in the country and is well worth checking out if you intend to do some offbeat Warsaw sights.
Explore Okopowa Jewish Cemetery
Cemeteries are not your regular tourist attractions, but this one carries the history of the dark past of the Jews, with over 2 million graves. It looks abandoned for the lack of maintenance. This graveyard in ruins is worth visiting to know what happened once in Warsaw.
Visit Powazkowski Cemetery
One of the places to visit in Warsaw worth considering is Powazkowski Cemetery, where some of the renowned Polish people rest. It’s too grand and large and hence don’t expect a regular cemetery. This cemetery constructed during the 18th century has many medieval sculptures as well.
Koneser Vodka Distillery
You know that Vodka is the drink of Poland, but how about visiting one of the places where it’s made? If it doesn’t still interest you, think of a Gothic style industry consisting of wooden barrels, medieval style indoors and more. Yes, that’s how Koneser Vodka Distillery looks like. One of the few buildings that remain undamaged through the test of times, this neighbourhood is also home to some other buildings, making this distillery worth exploring.
Take a Boat Trip down the Vistula River
If going for a walk on the sidewalk is a great way to experience the Vistula, come summer and you can do more. You can rent a boat or just a boat trip or even opt for a sunset ride in the Vistula. The views on either side are memorable.
Check out the local food of Warsaw
I can’t emphasize enough about the delicious Polish food. When the food is cheap as well as irresistible, it’s always a jackpot. If you agree (or even don’t), you should try some local food in Warsaw. Being a big city as well as the capital, there is no dearth of fancy restaurants that are not very good, so you might want to research first.
The safest and the cheapest alternative is a milk bar, highly popular with the locals. If you already don’t know, milk bars are small eateries first started during WW I, which gained immense popularity during the Soviet regime. More locals and the general public go these milk bars now. Many of them have renovated to adapt with times, and they look nothing less than fancy cafes/restaurants.
The food in the milk bars are above average, to say the least. IMO, I felt like I tasted the best Polish cuisines in milk bars in Poland. Some of them that you can check out are Bar Mleczny,
Dare yourself for a Horror House
Want to do something adventurous in Warsaw? How about going to the Horror house? It’s different from the typical scary houses in the sense that it’s more dark, creepy and for sure, more fun!
Get the view of Warsaw skyline from Gdanski Bridge
One of the overlooked things sometimes could also be turn out to be among the best. This is true for Warsaw’s lovely double-decker Gdanski bridge. If you are looking for things to do in Warsaw at night, hop on to the tram to Wybrzeże Helskie, and you’ll be delighted by what you see.
The Warsaw old town, the modern Warsaw dotted with skyscrapers and the Vistula make it an awesome place for photography. After a busy day in Warsaw, this is also a great way to just stop by and watch the city at night.
Chill & get more views of Warsaw from the Library Garden
A short walk away from the old town, the rooftop Library garden is a huge one, among the top hangout places for the students in Warsaw. There are two levels in the garden, each more beautiful than the other. There is a pond and a stream at the lower level, which is open throughout the year for the public, while the upper garden is where you should be during the night.
This green space is ideal to relax at night, get fantastic views of Warsaw along the Vistula river. The upper garden is a favourite among the locals, that picnic here during the summer.
Admire Polish Modern Architecture at Politechnika
One more example of modern architecture in Warsaw is Politechnika or the Technical University building. Just like the metro station of Placa, this varied architecture is worth checking out, after its restoration post the war years.
Head to Zachęta – The National Gallery of Art
If you like galleries, you would love Zacheta, an exhibition dedicated to nourishing Polish artists and other art enthusiasts from the world. There are many exhibitions held at different times of the year, exhibiting contemporary art from around the world.
Travel through photographs Warsaw Fotoplastikon
A stereoscopic theatre built a few decades ago, Warsaw Fotoplastikon brings the city and the world into life through its amazing collection of over thousands of original photographs, showcased through rotating 3-dimensional platform. One of the Warsaw activities to add to your list for a unique experience.
How many days in Warsaw?
As I said earlier, you might just have a day allocated to Warsaw, assuming the popular opinion or the general presumption about capital cities. I would say that Warsaw decently deserves at least 3 days. 4 days would allow you to explore with no rush at all. Of course, not everyone can do that, so in the limited time that you have, check below to see how you can plan your itineraries efficiently.
1 Day in Warsaw
In a day, you could trace the Royal Route, which would cover the significant points of interest including the old town, the Royal Palace and other monuments. You might not be able to visit all of them including the museums like Warsaw city Museum as they need a few hours each.
If this sounds too packed, you can just stick to the old town and the places around it. I would recommend you to opt for the first free walking tour of the old town, which would cover all the highlights. The tours last for 2.5 hours, leaving with you the rest of the day to check other attractions including the museums. If you want to just visit one of the museums, I’d suggest choosing between the uprising museum and the Warsaw city Museum. I know it’s not justifying, but I feel these are the ones/
If museums aren’t your thing, you can head to Praga next after the tour, and spend the evening/night by the Vistula.
2 Days in Warsaw
2 days in Warsaw would leave room to explore a few museums as well as include some sights like parks or food tour. You can opt as mentioned above and cover the others on day 2 if you prefer history and architecture. Or you can just keep an entire day for a trip around Warsaw. See some options below.
3 Days in Warsaw
You could cover all the major Warsaw attractions without hurrying up if you have 3 days. You can also top it up with a day trip as there are many things to do near Warsaw as well. I’d suggest you pick up a few things from above to check out the lesser known attractions alternatively.
Day Trips from Warsaw
There are many great things to do around Warsaw, so don’t hesitate to get out of the city for a bit.
The Versailles of Poland, Wilanow Palace is a classic example of Baroque architecture. The huge well-manicured is a lovely attraction against the light-yellow coloured Palace as the backdrop, parts of which are open to visitors. The interiors of the palace are magnificent too, complete with royal collections.
How to reach Wilanow Palace from Warsaw? Located in the Wilanow district, you can plan a day trip to the palace easily as there are buses from the centre. It takes about half an hour or so to reach the Palace premises.
Malbork Castle is the largest castle in the world in terms of area. Built completely by bricks, it is also the largest brick structure in the world. This 13th-century castle belongs to Teutonic times and was majorly devastated in WW II bombing. It was reconstructed later to what it is the present day. There are 3 different levels, and it takes half a day to explore the castle and another 2 to 3 hours in traveling to and from Gdansk.
It’s closer to Gdansk, so ideally it is best to base yourself in Gdansk, which is a beautiful coastal town with so many things and take a day trip from there.
You can travel by yourself from Warsaw to Gdansk by train and then from Gdansk to Malbork Castle by train again. There are 3 types of trains at different prices. Go to the station a day before or just when you decide to get the tickets directly.
Read my post to find out more details of doing a day trip to Malbork Castle from Gdansk here
Malbork Castle timings: 9 AM to 7 PM every day.
Malbork Castle entry fees: 39.50 PLN in summer and 21.50 PLN in winter. Tuesday free entry(to selected areas) after 2 PM.
You can also opt for different types of guided tours some of which covers the transport as well. Check them below.
The birthplace of composer Chopin, Zelazowa is an easy place to add to your Warsaw day trips. You can reach the town through buses, and spend the day exploring his childhood house, now a mini-museum, which also includes a pretty garden. Apart from this, Zelazowa is a place to simply relax.
Olsztynek – Masurian Lake Province
Located in Olsztynek region, the Masurian Lake District has many attractions to offer, mostly in nature. There are some tours that you can opt or plan it yourself. The lake is the main attraction, but the surrounding Napiwodsko-Ramucka near the Lyna river, the castle at Nidzica and the museum are other things to explore. There are regular trains from Warsaw to Olsztynek
Check out the heritage underground Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wieliczka is a UNESCO-protected 13th-century salt mine consisting of subterranean tunnels. Open only during the summer, this underground mine would take you through the deep tunnels leading to the mines and the only underground chapel in the world. A must-visit if you are traveling in summer. Again, it’s closer to Krakow and I would recommend traveling from there if you Krakow is on your itinerary.
Explore Poznan from Warsaw
Poznan itself deserved to be explored separately, but when it’s not possible, you should include the city as a day trip at least.
Check out the splendid old town of Poznan, the Royal imperial route and the medieval churches. Cezar Castle is one of the best places to visit in Poznan. A guided tour would cover all the major sights or you could do one getting on the train or a bus and back.
Auschwitz & Krakow
Ideally, both the city of Krakow and Auschwitz need more than a day, but there are tours that would take you through the highlights of both. I feel that Krakow should be definitely explored separately as a destination. I would suggest planning a day trip to Auschwitz from Warsaw if you don’t plan to cover Krakow.
Auschwitz is the place where the most gruesome concentration camps of WW II are located. It’s not a pleasant day trip to take, but history is to be known. However, I would suggest you avoid it if traveling with young children. There are trains and buses from Auschwitz to Warsaw. Alternatively, you could opt for any of the guided, inclusive tours below.
Torun is the birthplace of Copernicus and is popular for this reason. But the town is lovely with many attractions worth checking out as a day trip from Warsaw. The Torun old town is compact and pretty, which is a part of UNESCO world heritage site. You get a beautiful view of Torun atop the Bell Tower.
Don’t forget to try Gingerbread, a dish for which Torun is famous for. There’s also a museum of Gingerbread, something to check along with Copernicus Museum.
If you are looking for a non-touristy city in Poland to explore, one of them for sure is Lodz. This pretty town is well connected with Warsaw and offers you a genuine experience. Comprising of a small old town area, lovely neighbourhoods with milk bars, cafes and restaurants, you can slowly spend a day checking out them. There are also some really cool places for shopping.
One of the largest cities in East Poland, Lublin is a great city to explore for a day from Warsaw. There are plenty of trains as well as buses, and it takes about 3 hours to travel from Warsaw. Unlike Warsaw, Lublin has survived the darkest periods in Polish history, which means more of enriching original historical monuments and sights.
Some of the places to visit in Lublin are the areas around the main street Przedmieście consisting of many cool things, Lublin Castle, and Zamoyski Palace close to Lublin in Kozlowka.
How to Get to Warsaw?
Flights: You can pretty much reach to Warsaw from anywhere in Europe, thanks to the LOT Polish Airlines based here. Even the cheaper Ryan Air also connects Warsaw with the other European cities. Warsaw has two airports, the Chopin Airport and Modlin Airport, with flights running to both of them. Flights from cities like Berlin to Warsaw, Prague, Budapest and other cities can be surprisingly cheaper, sometimes even better than buses or trains if you plan ahead.
Once you get out of the airport, there are local buses and trains to the city centre.
Trains: Trains are the best way to travel within Poland, thanks to the various categories which are all way cheaper as well as quite comfortable. There are trains from major surrounding cities including Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin and others. You can check intercity trains if arriving from another city in Poland, here.
Buses: Flixbus is one of the major operators connecting Poland with other European cities. European cities, which offer the cheapest bus fares.
Getting around Warsaw
Warsaw has a pretty great connection and getting around and across the city is not a hassle. Trams and buses run through major areas covering almost all of the attractions. There is a metro as well.
Standard fare is 4.40 PLN for adults. There is also a 20-minute ticket priced at 3.40 that allows you to change buses and go into trams and metro within a limited time frame. Tickets can be bought from some street kiosks, ticket machines (with English instructions) near stops or at metro stations, or anywhere with a sign saying Bilety.
Warsaw Travel Card
There is a Warsaw transport card, which can be bought for 24 hours, and costs 15 PLN. You can travel on any tram and bus after activating it, for 24 hours.
Warsaw Tourist Card
If you want a discount on Warsaw attractions along with free public transportation, you can check out Warsaw tourist card. This depends on how you prefer to travel. Warsaw pass gives you free admission to some museums like the POLIN Museum. I wouldn’t recommend this to people traveling on a limited budget and independent travelers.
Where to stay in Warsaw?
Warsaw has many neighbourhoods offering a different kind of experiences, but the area around the old town remains the best, due to its proximity to all the attractions. Check the map below to find out the best hostels/hotels in Warsaw in the best locations.
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