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Travel and accommodation in Poland

The two main airports in Poland are at Warsaw (known as Warszawa) and Krakow. The airport in Warsaw is called the Frederic Chopin International Airport and has all the modern facilities the visitor needs, including car rental, travel agencies, a post office, a bank and many restaurants and shops. At Krakow the airport is the John Paul II International Airport. Other international airports in Poland are at Poznan, Wroclaw, Szczecin, Katowice, Bydgoszcz, Lodz and Rzeszow. Ryanair, for example, is one of the airlines which fly to Gdansk and Poznan.

From the airport taxis can be taken from the taxi stand outside arrivals. Fares are generally more expensive between 10pm and 6am, but the taxis operate on meters so you don’t have to do any price negotiation.

There are three rail systems in Poland, the intercity, eurocity and express with first and second class tickets available. The Polish State Railwayservices are good and long distance trains have buffet and sleeping cars. From Warsaw to Krakow for example takes about 2h 30 minutes on an express train. In Warsaw there is a metro system and in other major cities the public transport system consists of buses, trams and trolleybuses. A one day travel card allows travel on the city’s integrated transport network.

Car rental services can be found at airport arrivals with the usual firms such as Avis and Hertz and driving is on the right.

The currency in Poland is the Polish Zlotys, and €1 is roughly equivalent to 4.3 PLN. As for accommodation the average price of a double room in a three star hotel in Warsaw and Krakow is around €60 and a double room in a 4 star hotel in Warsaw and Krakow costs from €75 upwards.

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