When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Warsaw?
If you’re looking for cheap flights to Warsaw, then be sure to travel during the country’s coldest months – December, January and February – when temperatures dip below zero. Still astonishingly pretty at this time of year, the cold keeps away the worst of the crowds and gives you an excuse to bring out those long-forgotten snow boots. If you’re looking for more of a compromise on price and temperature, consider booking your Warsaw flights during the shoulder months of March to May and September to November when prices aren’t at their highest, and the weather is a little bit warmer.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Warsaw?
When planning your return Warsaw flights, we tend to recommend booking a few months beforehand if you’re after the best budget-friendly deals for your preferred travel times and dates. If you can be more flexible and don’t mind a bit of uncertainty, you can usually manage to find cheap last-minute flights, although this cannot be guaranteed. Be sure to visit during the winter months if you love to explore Christmas markets as Warsaw is home to one of the best.
Flying to Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)
Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) is the largest and busiest airport in Poland, handling over 15 million passengers a year and approximately 40 percent of the country’s air traffic. WAW operates both international and domestic flights from over 40 airlines.
Direct flights to Warsaw from the United Kingdom (UK) are run by British Airways (departing London Heathrow), Ryanair (departing London Stansted) and Wizz Air (departing from Birmingham, Sheffield, Liverpool and London Luton). If you want to depart from any other UK airport, keep in mind that there are no direct flights. Indirect flights with one or two stopovers are operated by airlines, such as KLM, Iberia, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss. These return flights depart from most major UK airports and connect in cities, including Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Vienna and Zurich.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Warsaw’s busiest airport is fully equipped to cater to all passengers 24 hours a day. Split into two main halls within Terminal A, WAW is home to a wide selection of bars, cafes, restaurants and duty-free shops, where you can sip on coffee and buy local goods or a lovely souvenir to remember your time in Poland. The airport also offers financial services like ATMs and currency exchange offices, children’s play areas, baby-changing facilities and even the free use of showers. Free unlimited Wi-Fi is offered throughout the airport. A chapel is located in Terminal A.
Getting to the City from Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)
Located ten kilometres from the city centre in the southwestern part of Warsaw, WAW is extremely easy to reach. A number of reliable and quick modes of transport are available, including busses, trains and taxis. Upon arrival, you can choose to hire a car from inside the terminal building or travel to the city via public transport. Within Terminal A is the Warsaw Chopin Airport railway station where you can hop on one of several trains that will take you to several popular destinations. Bus stops are located outside the terminal, which serve several useful routes, and taxi ranks can be found nearby. Some hotels run a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, so be sure to check if you are staying at one of these before planning any other transportation options.
Why Visit Warsaw?
A city ravaged by war, Warsaw has risen from the flames of past conflicts and has blossomed into a vibrant, energetic metropolis known for its ability to constantly regenerate, while still holding on to important lessons of the past. Centred in the path of destruction left after the Second World War, which left over 85 percent of its buildings in ruins, Warsaw is known as the ‘Phoenix City’.
It’s impossible to visit this outstanding capital without taking a moment to appreciate its history and how the modern-day version of it has come to exist. During your trip, make sure to stop by the Warsaw Uprising Museum to learn about some of the tragedies that occurred during the Second World War. Take time to stroll through the pebbled streets of the Old Town, a picturesque part of the city that has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the near-total reconstruction of structures dating back to the 13th century.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to any country in the EU – you can stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. You just need to make sure that your passport has at least six months validity left, on the day you travel. This may not be true of non-UK nationals residing in the UK, so be sure to check this with the Polish Embassy before you leave. The official currency of Poland is the Polish zloty, which is best to obtain before you arrive or from your hotel in Poland to avoid being overcharged.