BACKPACKER INDEX: US$34.65
Warsaw hotel prices
Warsaw hotels tend to be fairly busy through most of the year. This is largely a business town, and that often makes hotel seasons a bit unpredictable based on whether a conference is going on or not. Generally the high season is summer and the low season is winter, but good deals can be found on some weekends, especially at the nicer hotels.
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Warsaw is a big and booming capital, but it still doesn’t get as much attention from most travelers as does Krakow, for several main reasons. This city is growing out its tourist infrastructure as quickly as it can, and people are coming, but still it continues to be more expensive and a lot less charming than its smaller Polish neighbor.
There are plenty of decent hotels in Warsaw, with most of the better budget options in and around the Old Town area. A large batch of international-style hotels are going up there and in other districts, so the choice will continue to widen.
The main attractions and general transportation in Warsaw remain quite inexpensive by European standards, but most visitors will definitely notice the difference between this and large cities that were never under Soviet influence. There’s still a ways to go before things will be as friendly as they can be. Food and drinks are also quite reasonable, yet still more expensive than in Krakow.
Warsaw attraction prices
|Palace of Culture and Science||Poland's tallest building towers over Warsaw, and the observation deck on top is popular.||adults||5.66|
|Royal Castle||At the entrance to Old Town Warsaw, on Castle Square, you'll find this huge place, which is free most Sundays.||adults||3.77|
|National Museum||The country's largest and finest collection of art and antiquities is free (and crowded) on Fridays.||adults||4.72|
|Frederic Chopin Museum||Poland's famous 19th Century composer has his own museum, as you'd expect. It's free every Tuesday.||adults||6.92|
Warsaw Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||11.64 - 14.15|
|Local bus from airport to city center||1.45|
|3km taxi ride in Warsaw||5.03 - 7.55|
|Metro, tram, or bus ride||1.07|
|24-hour transport card||4.72|
Warsaw food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||If your hotel doesn't include breakfast then follow the local workers to the cheaper places.||2.20 - 3.77|
|Budget lunch||Local hearty favorites can be good value, as can Middle Eastern take-away.||2.52 - 4.72|
|Budget dinner||There's plenty of budget options if you look for Polish restaurants, but Italian and other international dishes will cost more.||3.77 - 6.29|
|Beer (pint)||The local lagers such as ?ywiec and Tysky are widely available and quite good.||2.20 - 3.14|
|McDonald's Big Mac||Warsaw has one of the more affordable Big Macs in Europe.||2.67|
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|Airports||Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)|
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Warsaw has more of a mild climate than one might imagine, although winters definitely do get cold. From June through August it can get a bit steamy at times, but most of the time it’ll be pleasantly warm and dry. This is also the only time when rainfall is at all common, though you’ll be pretty unlucky if it disrupts your visit. Spring and autumn are considered to be the best times to visit, but really the winter is the only time to avoid.
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