How to get from Chopin Airport to Warsaw City Centre
Chopin Airport, or Warsaw-Chopin Airport, is the biggest and busiest airport in Poland. This airport offers a variety of transportation systems to the city centre of Warsaw. One option to make your way to the centre is by taking a Chopin airport taxi. Under normal traffic conditions the ride should last about 20 minutes, while the average fare comes out to around 9.50€. The second mean of transportation that will take you directly to the city centre is the bus. There are two buses whose route is connected to the downtown area of Warsaw: the 175 and the 188, both lasting for 25 minutes. The third and last option is taking a train. The S2 train will make its way to the city centre of Warsaw in just 20 minutes. The price of both bus and train is the same; a single ticket is valid for 75 minutes and comes out to 1€.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €9.50|| 20min|| 24/7|
| Bus || €2|| 25min|| 04:27–23:18|
| Train || €2|| 20min|| 06:09–23:09|
How to get from Chopin airport to Warsaw city centre by taxi
Many travelers prefer taking a taxi from Chopin airport to make their way to Warsaw's city centre, since it is a quick and relatively affordable mean of transportation. The Chopin airport taxi ride lasts 20 minutes under normal traffic conditions and costs 9.50€. The color of taxis in Poland may vary but they all carry the classic taxi sign on their roof and by the tariffs displayed on the car window.
Taxi fare from Chopin airport to Warsaw city centre
All the licensed taxis departing from the airport hold the tariffs which are displayed on the car window. The price to get to Warsaw city centre from Chopin airport is around 9.50€, depending on the traffic you may encounter.
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In general, travelers prefer to take a taxi to get to their final destination, but in this case, since there are many taxi scammers, it may be safer to take the bus or the train; not to mention cheaper, even though compared to many other countries, this taxi fare is quite reasonable. Nevertheless, taxis are a good mean of transportation because they offer door to door service and a quiet personal space during your ride.
Before you enter the taxi, ensure that the tariffs are displayed on the car window, or else you risk getting scammed and the price of your trip will increase.
All official taxi vehicles beside the privately owned must carry a taximeter that clearly displays the rate and current status. Make sure it is always zeroed when you enter a vehicle.
Make sure to carry small bills on you, just in case the taxi driver does not have enough change. On average 1 PLN = 0.23€
How to get from Chopin airport to Warsaw city centre by bus
Since Chopin Airport is the busiest airport in Warsaw, there are two bus lines connecting the airport to the downtown area of Warsaw. The first is the 175 and the second is the 188. The total trip for either of these buses from the airport to the city centre lasts 25 minutes, under normal traffic conditions, and a single ticket, valid for 75 minutes, costs 1€.
How much is the bus from Chopin airport to city centre?
A one way single ticket, valid for 75 minutes, for both the 175 and the 188 costs 1€. If you are planning to use the bus or the train many times throughout the day, there is a bus ticket, valid all through the day that costs 6.06€.
Waiting time for the 175 is 20 minutes and waiting time for the 188 is 20 minutes, but only 10 minutes from 06:00am to 10:00am.
The 175 is available from 04:27am to 10:58pm and the 188 is available from 04:47am to 11:18pm.
Where do I get it from?
The bus stop has just been built; it is located on the arrivals terminal level, in front of the south pier. Tickets can be purchased at the Passenger Information Point, which is located in the arrivals hall.
Both the 175 and the 188 make their way downtown in just 25 minutes and for the price of 1€. Unfortunately, these buses do not run throughout the whole day. On the other hand, the waiting time for these buses is extremely reasonable: 20 minutes on average and 10 minutes for the 188 during rush hour.
Do not purchase the single ticket valid for 20 minutes, because in case of inspection, it will no longer be valid once you exit the bus, seeing as your journey lasts 25 minutes.
This ticket that you purchase at the Passenger Information Point is valid for both bus and train, until it expires.
Be sure to have PLN on your because in some cases Euros may not be accepted.
How to get from Chopin airport to Warsaw city centre by train
There is one train that connects Warsaw-Chopin Airport directly to the city centre of Warsaw. This train is called S2 and it is located beneath the Terminal A. The trip to the downtown area of Warsaw lasts 20 minutes and a single ticket valid for 75 minutes costs 1€.
How much is the train from Chopin airport to city centre?
The price of a single train ticket from Chopin airport to the city centre or Warsaw costs 1€. Tickets can be purchased from the Passenger Information Point or at the ticket machines located next to the rail station, or from the ticket machines inside the train.
Waiting time for the S2 line is 30 minutes at most.
Operating hours of the S2 train: 06:09am - 11:09pm
Where do I get it from?
The train station is located beneath the airport, under the Terminal A. Follow the signs or ask a staff member of the airport and they will guide you, if you are having difficulty.
Taking the train to get to the city centre of Warsaw from the airport can be quite tiring, especially after a long flight; not to mention the waiting time. On the other hand, it is a quick way to get to the city centre and you avoid traffic. The taxi ride is 20 minutes as well, under normal traffic conditions, but if there is traffic this ride can take longer, whereas the train ride has a fixed duration.
Keep your ticket until you reach the destination, in case of inspection. Also, to be on the safe side, purchase the ticket valid for 75 minutes, not the one valid for 20 minutes.
Keep a close eye on your personal belongings, because trains are a known destination for pickpockets.
Your ticket can be used for both train and bus. If you wish to take the bus after the train, your ticket will be valid as long as it is in the stated time frame.