Step 1. The city bus "175" will take you directly to the city center ("Warszawa Centralna" railway station). Time of the trip: about 20-25
minutes, depending on the traffic.
Ticket prices in zlotys - tickets can be purchased at the newsagent's (called kiosk) at the airport:
|regular - night line||-||4,80|
|baggage - night line||-||2,40|
The bus stop is on the lower level ( arrivals' level ) in front of the terminal.
Taxi transport to city center is also available. Approx. prices: around PLN20 - depending on the traffic.
Don't use the services of the taxi drivers who try to accost passengers in the arrival hall - they would overcharge you.
Step 2. From the "Warszawa Centralna" railway station (*) to Cracow - search the railway timetable for connection. In the section "Route" please, write From: "Warszawa Centralna" To: "Kraków Główny".
Approximate prices in zlotys are available on the www page with the railway timetable (when you get the list of departures for the selected day and time, please enter the link 'fares'. Then the prices will be displayed on the bottom of the page, in section 'Informacja o cenie biletu').
Step 3. From the "Kraków Główny" railway station to Zakopane - see version A above.
Pociąg osobowy - local train. These are local trains that usually stop in each town as you travel down the line. This is definitely the slow and uncomfortable way to travel, but a good way to meet the local population. This train will most likely have second class only.
Pociąg pośpieszny - fast train. This class of train is a faster way to get around a region. It will still stop at most moderate-size stations, but does not stop at every station. Most of these trains have first class cars.
Pociąg expresowy - express train. These are express trains that run between the major cities, stopping only at major towns along the way. A higher (by 33%) fare must be paid to ride these trains, and seat reservations are mandatory. Usually there will be a buffet car. There will be first and second class coaches.
Pociąg Inter-City/Euro-City - top-quality expresses. The IC/EC trains were introduced to the PKP in the early 90's. They feature the newest and most comfortable equipment (some of these trains have new, air-conditioned cars), stop rarely, and travel very fast. Often there will be a full-service restaurant car, and there is always at least a buffet car. A higher supplement must be paid for these trains, and seat reservations are mandatory. You will also be served a complimentary snack at your seat.
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