Tips&Advices
/6.06.2014

Warsaw Public Transportation

You can move around Warsaw by trams, buses, underground or trains of SKM (Urban Rapid Rail).
The same tickets are used in all the public transport means. They can be bought in some buses, at kiosks (generally they are located next to the bus stops), from ticket machines at metro stations as well as at other selling points marked with ZTM stick.We can choose following types of tickets:
  • time-limit tickets (20-minute, 40-minute, 60-minute, 90-minute),
  • single fare tickets (for zone 1, for zones 1+2, off-peak hours for zone 1 – the last type of tickets may be used only from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.),
  • short-term tickets (1-day City Travelcard, weekend, group weekend),
  • long-term tickets (30-day City Travelcard, 90-day Travelcard),
  • long-term ticket for one line (entitles to many journeys within 30 days),
  • Senior Personal Pass (offer for passengers of 65 years of age or elder).

Available for passengers is also Warsaw Personalised Travelcard. It is personalised travelcard, issued only if applied for.

Tram lines are numbered from 1 to 79. Numbers from 1 to 39 include basic connections. Trams lines with numbers from 40 to 49 run at specific times of day or week (e.g. during traffic peak hours). The rest of the trams are operated on special or substitute lines. In case of unanticipated service interruptions (breakdown/failure) the tram traffic may be suspended and substitute means of transport made available – substitute buses are marked with the letter “Z” or “Z” along with a numbers.

Bus lines are numbered from 100 to 399. The range 300-399 includes seasonal lines, which are activated at specific times of days of week. Lines 400-599 are bus fast lines with fewer stops. Lines numbered 400-499 run at selected times of day or week. Lines marked with the letter “E” along with a numbers are express lines – enable smooth travel between remote districts and the centre of the city. These lines service only selected stops. In Warsaw, there are also night lines buses, which are marked with the letter “N” followed by a number.

The metro line connects district of Bielany with Ursynów, via Śródmieście (centre of Warsaw). Metro runs based on approximate hours from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. On Friday and Saturday nights metro runs until 3 a.m.

Trains of Szybka Kolej Miejska – SKM (Urban Rapid Rail) are marked with the letter “S” and a number. The route of SKM runs across two zone tickets.

There is also water bus! Embark the water bus and admire the “wild” side of the city of Warsaw and breathtaking panorama of the Old Town. The fifth in a row Warsaw Tourist Lines season will last to 31 August 2014 this year.

Information on timetables are available at: http://www.ztm.waw.pl/index.php?l=2
To search for a connection, you can use the page: http://warszawa.jakdojade.pl/?locale=en
Useful words:

public transport is komunikacja miejska 
bus 
is autobus
tram
is tramwaj 
metro / underground
is metro
Urban Rapid Rail
is Szybka Kolej Miejska 
fare ticket
is bilet normalny 
half fare ticket
is bilet ulgowy 
tourist line
is linia turystyczna 
bus stop
is przystanek autobusowy  
tram stop
is przystanek tramwajowy 
metro / underground station
is stacja metra  
How can iI get to…?
is Jak dojadę do…? 
Go straight on
is Idź prosto.  
Turn right / left.
is Skręć w prawo / lewo.
street
is ulica 
district
is dzielnica 
parallel street
is równoległa ulica
perpendicular street
is prostopadła ulica