Scalars 2013 > Travel



Participants requiring a visa to visit Poland are advised to apply for one at a Polish consulate well in advance.

Arriving by plane

The Frederic Chopin Airport is located
within the city limits, 10 km from the city center.

  • Bus lines 148, 175 and 188 connect the airport with the nearby residential districts and the city center. The bus stop is located just outside the arrivals hall.
  • to the conference site: line 175to stop UNIWERSYTET (~35’), then walk (13’) or line 175 to central railway station, stop DW. CENTRALNY (~26’), then line 127 to stop BIBLIOTEKA UNIWERSYTECKA (~15’),
  • to your hotel: line 175 takes you to downtown hotels (e.g. Polonia Palace, Metropol, Novotel, Bristol, Sofitel Victoria, Harenda, Ibis Stare Miasto, Mecure Grand, Dom Chłopa); Sokrates guesthouse can be reached by line 175 or 188 to stop SASANKI (~6’) and then by line 189 to stop AL. LOTNIKÓW (~10’); Hera guesthose can be reached e.g. by line 188 to stop METRO POLITECHNIKA and then by line 519 to stop SPACEROWA; however, taxi is recommended in the last two cases.

  • Tickets (valid for all Wasaw buses, trams and S2 trains) can be purchased at the vending machines (English instructions available) and at newsstands. 40-min/60-min/3-day tickets cost 4.60/6.40/48 PLN.

  • Taxi stand is available just outside the arrivals hall. Use certified companies (with a phone number on a car or “radio taxi”). A typical rate is ~3 PLN per km, with 50% late-night and weekend surcharge. Do not use transportation offered by unauthorized persons. A trip to the city center costs ~40 PLN.

  • Trains S2 depart from a station located to the right of the arrivals hall, behind a construction site. Tickets are available from vending machines; there is staff on duty to help you with the purchase and transfer. Trains run to the city center: central railway station, stop WARSZAWA ŚRÓDMIEŚCIE or WARSZAWA CENTRALNA (24’)

Arriving by train

Main railway station, WARSZAWA CENTRALNA, is located in the strict city center.

  • Bus
  • to conference site: line 127 direction MARIENSZTAT, stop BIBLIOTEKA UNIWERSYTECKA (~15’)
  • to your hotel: line 175 to many downtown hotels (e.g. Sofitel Victoria, Mercure Grand, Harenda, Ibis Stare Miasto, Dom Chłopa)
  • Taxi stand is located outside the station, follow the signage on platforms and underground passages. Use only certified companies (with a phone number on the car or “radio taxi”), make sure that the ride is metered
    and check the rates (must be displayed in the car).

  • Walk. Many downtown hotels (e.g. Novotel Centrum, Metropol, Polonia Palace) are within walking distance.