If you’re stuck on a layover at Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin International Airport (WAW), you’ll find that depending on the length of your layover, there’s plenty to do to keep you occupied and entertained both inside and outside the airport. The airport is located 6 miles southwest of Warsaw, which makes the city accessible to those on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Warsaw layover, click here for useful tips.
Inside the airport, there are a number of services available, including food and beverage, shopping (including duty free), news and gifts, and an airport chapel. Wireless Internet access is available in the main terminals. In addition, there is a medical center, baby changing rooms, and an observation deck.
There are also executive lounges — ‘Bolero’ lounge is situated in the Non-Schengen zone, whereas ‘Ballada’ is located in the Schengen zone. ‘Preludium’ lounge can be found in the T1 zone. The lounges are available to all business-class passengers, those with certain loyalty cards, and the facilities are also available to passengers who paid a one-off charge (PLN 80 + 22% VAT). Computers, television and Internet is available.
If you’re looking to catch up on some rest, the Marriott Courtyard Warsaw Airport is a short walk from the airport’s departure hall. Here you can find high-speed Internet, laptop-sized safes, mini-bars and 24-hour room service. There are also many other hotels specifically near the airport. In addition, click here for a full list of Warsaw hotels at varying price points.
If you’re looking to drop off your bags and explore, there’s a left-luggage service in the Arrivals hall, open 24-hours a day.
Taxis are available outside the Arrivals Hall. The airport recommends the following three taxi companies: Merc Taxi, MPT Radio Taxi, and Sawa Taxi. There are also bus routes through MZA City Buses — 175 and 188 connect to Warsaw city center and the train station, and N32 will take you to the rail station at night. Private transfers can also be arranged.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Warsaw Layover:
If you only have a few hours to spend in Warsaw, you may want to sign up for a city tour to see the sites. There are bus and walking tours, day trips, night tours, and more!
Old Town Warsaw
With quaint cobblestone streets, and impressive ancient architecture, Old Town is a place to check out in Warsaw. Old Town spans between Wybrzeze Gdanskie Street, Grodzka, Mostowa and Powale Street, and in the center is Market Square. This fun and lively square is filled with cafes, shopping and galleries, and street vendors, and some of Warsaw’s best restaurants.
The Warsaw Ghetto was established by the Nazis in 1940 and forced more than 450,000 Jews to live in awful, crowded conditions where 100,000 Jews died due to starvation, typhoid and killings. On January 18, 1943, a revolt known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising occurred where for almost a month, the Jews fought back against the Nazi forces.
Teatr Wielki-National Opera
Looking to catch a show? The Teatr Wielki-National Opera is well-known for its impressive performances. For a list of current shows, click here, and you can buy tickets online here.
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