Poland’s capital is a story of rebirth from a long, turbulent history.
Approximate flight time: 2 hours 20 minutes (total distance 956 miles)
No of flights per week: 3
Airlines that fly direct: Ryanair, Wizz Air
No. of Airports in Warsaw: Warsaw Chopin, Warsaw Modilin
Seasons: High = June - September; Low = November - March
Currency: Polish złoty
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport flies to cities all over the world, including Poland’s capital. With a great selection of facilities, you can be kept busy shopping, eating or relaxing before you board your flight to Warsaw.
Whether you’re travelling by car, train, bus or taxi, Birmingham Airport is easily accessible. There are seven carparks to choose from, which are all extremely easy to reach from the terminal, on foot or via the courtesy shuttle bus. Make an advanced booking online for a parking space and save up to 50%.
Need currency for your trip abroad? Look no further - head to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
Taxis can drop you directly outside the terminal. Alternatively, there are plenty of buses running to the airport from Birmingham city centre and surrounding areas. Coaches and trains run from all over the country, and our free and frequent Air-Rail takes you from the train station to the terminal in just two minutes.
While you’re at the airport, we’ve got loads of facilities to keep you entertained. Browse the shops for any last minute travel essentials or to treat yourself to something new. Bag a bargain in World Duty Free, with many deals on all your favourite brands of perfume, alcohol, make-up and more. InMotion has all your electrical essentials including the often-forgotten adapter plug! We’ve got fashion stores like Accessorize, Superdry and JD Sports too, so you can buy some new threads for your trip.
If you’re hungry, we’ve got a range of cafés, bars and restaurants in our terminal to chose from before you fly. So whether you prefer a pint and a pie at Wetherspoon, a sit down meal at Giraffe, or coffee and pastry at Pret a Manger, the choice is yours!
For some real pre-flight indulgence, book into one of our three excellent airport lounges. Enjoy comfy seating, complimentary food and drinks and stay connected with fast, unlimited Wi-Fi.
If you need some currency for your travels, head to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Arriving at Warsaw Chopin Airport
Warsaw Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Poland. It has one terminal that is well connected to the city centre. You will arrive at Warsaw Chopin if you are flying with Wizz Air.
Taking the train is one of the best ways to travel from Warsaw Airport to the city centre. The train station is clearly signposted from the Arrivals Hall. Trains arrive every 15 minutes and take around 20 minutes to reach the city centre.
An Airport shuttle bus runs several times daily from Warsaw Chopin to Warsaw city centre and there’s also one night-time departure. Alternatively, local bus lines 175, 188 and N32 connect Warsaw Airport to the city centre. Other lines can take you to other destinations in Warsaw. Taxis and car-hire companies are also readily available.
Arriving at Warsaw Modlin Airport
If you’re flying with Ryanair, you will land at Warsaw Modlin Airport, Warsaw’s second airport located around 40km from the city centre. Like Warsaw Chopin, there are plenty of options for onwards travel at Warsaw Modlin Airport.
You can jump in a taxi or book a private shuttle, which will take you to the city centre in around 35-40 minutes. Alternatively, you can board one of the green or yellow shuttle buses that will take you to Modlin Train Station where you can take a train to your chosen destination – this is cheaper than taking a taxi but takes around 50 minutes.
What to expect in Warsaw
Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. Its chequered history, which includes brutal Medieval warfare and occupation during WWII, is reflected in its fascinating neighbourhoods and landmarks, from Gothic churches to tall Soviet Skyscrapers.
But it’s not all about history – Warsaw’s restaurants and entertainment scene is the best in Poland, so there’s something for everyone.
Poland’s native language is Polish, but you will find English is widely spoken in Warsaw.
Poland experiences relatively cold winters and warm summers. The shoulder tourist seasons of March, April and October are a great time to visit Poland with the Spring and Autumnal colours decorating the landscapes and fewer crowds.
Culture in Warsaw
A week doesn’t go by without a fashion design festival, an opening of a sparkly restaurant serving modern, polish cuisine or a trendy cocktail bar popping up in a pre-war apartment building.
Of course, you should spend time learning about the city’s rebirth. Excellent museums interpret its complex story, from the joys of Chopin’s music to the tragedy of the Jewish ghetto. The city’s Old Town is a labyrinth of winding cobblestone streets, ornate tenement
As the capital of the largest country in ‘New Europe’, Warsaw hosts many events throughout the year. From Witch Drowning Ceremonies to Chopin Concerts to International Film Festivals, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.
One of the best things about travelling to a new country is trying the local cuisine! Pierogis (polish dumplings) are a very traditional dish, served savoury or sweet. Popular fillings include meat, sauerkraut, cottage cheese or seasonal fruit. Placki Ziemniaczane (potato pancakes) are another popular dish. Try them with gravy and a blob of sour cream.