Warsaw Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland)

Picture of Warsaw's modern cityscapeSince the Warsaw of today now enjoys high levels of tourism and business, much of city life is based around welcoming visitors to the city, with plenty of choice in the way of places to stay and eat. There are a number of free tourist magazines, which are published every month and these are worth finding during your trip to Poland, such as the 'Welcome to Warsaw', the 'What, Where and When', and also the 'What's Up in Warsaw'.

These magazines are all extremely popular and helpful, being filled with information about the latest cultural events, reviews of clubs and restaurants, and much more besides. The city's tourist offices also provide a number of handy pocket-sized booklets free of charge, which may well be of interest and include the 'Visitor'.

Warsaw cityscape view showing glass-clad office buildings

Useful Contact Details

The Warsaw Tourist Office operates a number of separate outlets, which are located around the city centre, within major transport hubs, such as the Main Hall of the Central Railway Station. Further tourist information can be found at Warszawa Zachodnia Bus Terminal, and also at the Frederic Chopin Airport itself. These offices provide a hotel booking service, maps, travel guides and various free brochures, such as the ever-popular 'Warsaw in Short' booklet. They are also good places to purchase the Warsaw Tourist Card, which provides free travel on public transport and discounts for many attractions, although do first consider if you are going to be using it enough to make worthwhile savings.

Tourist Information Centres (Centrum Informacji Turystycznej)

Warsaw Tourist and Cultural Information Centre
Address: Palace of Culture and Science, Plac Defilad, Warsaw, PL-00110, Poland, PL
Tel: +48 022 656 6854
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 17:00, Saturday and Sunday - 09:00 to 15:00

Further photo of Warsaw's modern architectiure

Language and Dialect

The official language of Warsaw is Polish, although many Poles do also speak English, French and German to some degree, particularly those who are involved with commerce or in the tourist industry. Polish is actually classed as a West Slavic language and simple phrases are easy to pick up and will enhance your stay in Warsaw. Some useful Polish phrases include:

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