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Warsaw by Air - Frederic Chopin Airport

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Before Poland's entry into the European Union all people coming to Poland by air used to land either at Warsaw Airport (commonly known as Okecie Airport) or at Krakow-Balice Airport (Cracow). Nowadays the situation has changed dramatically. Low-budget airlines started operating in different parts of Poland. Consequently, the cities which are as attractive for tourists as Warsaw or Cracow can offer direct flights. Nevertheless, Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport is still the largest and most modern airport in Poland.


Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport  

Okecie Warsaw AirportWarsaw's Airport, named after Frederic Chopin, is situated about 10 km south-west of the city centre. Annually it handles over 50 % of the air passenger traffic in Poland which last year was as many as 8 million passengers. The good news is in the last few years the total number of passengers has been on the steady increase. Thus, a new terminal is being built. Currently, there are three major passenger terminals: Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and the Etiuda Terminal. Terminal 1 is the main passenger terminal which has been in use since 1992. Terminal 2 is currently under construction, thus, only part of it is open. The Etiuda Terminal, located to the south of the main part of the airport, is mainly used by low-budget airlines and charter flights. It lacks such facilities as comfortable departure halls and duty-free shops.

Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport links with other cities

Nowadays, Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport offers over 80 scheduled flights, both domestic and international ones, operated by such carriers as LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, British Airways, Alitalia and low-budget airlines like: Central Wings, easyJet, Sky Europe, German Wings, Ryanair, Wizzair, Norwegian, Dau Air etc. More and more charter flights are also on offer.

Warsaw has direct connections with the following countries and cities:

  • Austria: Vienna, Innsbruck
  • Belarus: Minsk
  • Belgium: Brussels
  • Bulgaria: Sofia
  • Canada: Toronto
  • Czech Republic: Prague
  • Denmark: Copenhagen
  • Estonia: Tallinn
  • Finland: Helsinki
  • France: Nice, Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Lille
  • Germany: Berlin, Dortmund, Munich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Frankfurt-upon-Maine, Cologne-Bonn
  • Greece: Athens, Thessaloniki and the Greek Islands of Crete, Crete(Heraklion), Rhodes, Corfu
  • Georgia: Tbilisi
  • the Netherlands: Amsterdam
  • Hungary: Budapest
  • Italy: Bologne, Katania, Lamezia-Terme, Milan, Palermo, Rome, Venice, Verona (2007)
  • Ireland: Cork, Dublin, Shannon
  • Israel: Tel Awiw-Jafa
  • Kathar: Ad-Dauha
  • Latvia: Riga
  • Lebanon: Beirut
  • Lithuania: Kovno, Vilnius
  • Malta
  • Norway: Bergen, Oslo
  • Portugal: Faro, Lisbon
  • Romania: Bucharest
  • Russia: Moscow, St.Petersburg, Kaliningrad
  • Serbia: Belgrade
  • Slovenia: Ljubljana
  • Spain: Alicante, Barcelona, Girona, Madrid, Malaga
  • Sweden: Goteborg, Malmo, Stockholm
  • Switzerland: Zurich, Geneva, Basel
  • Tunisia: Tunis
  • Turkey: Istanbul
  • UK: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester
  • Ukraine: Kiev, Lviv, Odessa

If you are interested in exploring other regions of Poland while staying in the capital city, Warsaw's Airport offers direct domestic flights to Wroclaw, Gdansk, Zielona Gora, Poznan, Cracow, Szczecin, Katowice, Bydgoszcz, Lodz and Rzeszow.

For details of the flight and the timetable see the airport’s website:

Arrivals: http://www.lotnisko-chopina.pl/katalog/rozklad/en/rozklad_lotow_online.php?typ=przylot
Departures: http://www.lotniskochopina.pl/katalog/rozklad/en/rozklad_lotow_online.php?typ=wylot


Airport facilities


The airport facilities include the information desk, travel agencies, car rental agencies, a bank agency, a car wash, cash dispensers, bureau de change outlets, a post office, a newsagent's, snack bars, coffee shops, restaurants, a baby care room, a mini hotel, a left-luggage room, a chapel, duty-free shops, a car park, etc.


Getting to and from the airport


By taxi

It is the most convenient, though the most expensive, of all the options. There are a lot of taxi corporations offering their services on the premises of the Warsaw – Okecie Frederic Chopin Airport. The three licenced ones recommended by the Airport are as follows:
  • Sawa Taxi  (+48 22 ) 644 44 44
  • Merc Taxi (+48 22) 677 77 77
  • MPT Radio Taxi (+48 22) 91 91
It is also advisable to book any of the taxi corporations by phone (no additional money is charged).
The average daily rate is between PLN 2 – PLN 3 per kilometre plus the additional fee of about PLN 6. You will pay more on Sundays and if you are travelling at night. To avoid being overcharged, you may ask for a receipt.

By bus

It is cheaper, though less convenient, to take one of the three MZA buses. The daily ones: Number 175 and Number 188 buses run every 8 minutes (during the rush hours) and 10 – 15 minutes (off the peak hours) from 4.44 a.m. till 11.10 p.m. The Number 611 bus night runs from 10.47 p.m. till 4.47 a.m.

Number 175 Bus goes to the northern part of the city centre passsing by the most famous of Warsaw's hotels and the main railway station, whereas Number 188 bus goes to the southern part of the capital city of Warsaw.

A single ticket costs PLN 2.40 (daily bus) and PLN 4.80 (night bus). The tickets can be bought from the newsagent's and from the driver (surcharge is added to the fare). REMEMBER to validate the ticket on getting on the bus!
 
 

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