Thinking of a last minute sunshine city break for the Bank Holiday weekend? Why not try Warsaw or Gdansk(and go get some sunshine in Poland!!)
Flights are not as cheap as off peak (must be the half term holidays!) but still pretty good prices with Wizzair – currently showing £139 for a return flight to Warsaw from Luton and £169 return from Luton to Gdansk.
To get the cheapest fares, fly from Saturday morning til Monday evening.
Save on your flight price by joining the Wizz Discount Club (yep, we’ve done it 2 yrs in a row now to keep getting the extra discount!).
Having got a fantastic deal on a New Year’s Eve flight to Warsaw (£80 return from Luton, bargain! 🙂 ), we took some festive photos during our wander around the cobbled streets …. of course while sipping some rather delicious mulled wine to warm us up! (6 zloty for 1 glass = £1.20!)
As you can see, the Christmas Market in Warsaw comes to an end on Sunday 6th January – but it’s still a good time to visit gorgeous Warsaw (Wizzair and Easyjet are doing 20% off at the moment…. take a look!)…. and look out for some more pretty photos in our next post! (yes, we climbed a lot of steep steps to get them for you!!).
Get away for a really really REALLY good value weekend break in Warsaw and combine seeing the festive Christmas Markets, exploring the beautiful old town and seeing the modern business capital of Poland.
There’s some great cheap deals on flights to Warsaw for November & December weekends:
We’re so impressed by these cheap fares, we might pop over for a quick shopping weekend ourselves! Last year’s mulled wine was very tasty in the old town square ….
Warsaw Christmas Fair starts on 24th November and runs daily until 6th January 2013 in the Warsaw Old Town’s main square. Live music, Christmas carols and folk bands will add to the winter wonderland festive atmosphere. You’ll also find plenty of hot food, mulled wine and Polish beer to fuel your evening. The pretty festive stalls sell anything from regional produce to clothing, toys and traditional gifts & crafts.
Don’t miss the traditional Polish Christmas cakes such as poppy-seed cake (makowiec), cheesecake (sernik) or honey cake (piernik) even if you have to eat it before Christmas (and I know you’ll be tempted!). And remember to buy some polish bread, the mixed rye and wheat, as it is the best in the world (we are obviously biased, a tiny bit).
Panorama of Warsaw with modern Warsaw centre & Old Town in the distance
We took these photos out of the train window on the way into Warsaw on our last trip (possibly our last time travelling via Warsaw to Lublin now that the local airport will be opening in December!), with the blue sky and beautiful old town and Warsaw centre in the distance. Doesn’t it make you want to go and explore?
We made the most of the pleasant warm evenings in Warsaw this week, with a stroll around the beautiful old town. There’s plenty to walk around, from the old town main square, through the cobbled side streets, to the Royal castle and onto the ramparts for views of the stadium and Warsawlit up by night. Or sit down and tuck into a tasty plate of pierogi or a pork chop (yum!), drink some Zywiec or simply watch the world go by and stare at the beautiful architecture all around you as you relax.
Have a look at our photos below – don’t they make you want to book a Warsaw weekend? It’s not too late to enjoy some of that outdoor restaurant & cafe culture 🙂
Flights to Warsaw for this weekend are £132 return with Wizzair and £99 return with Ryanair (flying Saturday to Tuesday).
Warsaw is not a huge city but you do need to leave around 30mins to get from the Chopin Airport (Lotnisko Chopina) to the city centre (Centrum) – around Warsaw Central station.
This can be done by bus and now also by train.
As you’ve seen from our previous posts, if public transport is your preferred method of getting around – then head out of the arrivals terminal and go to the bus stop across the road to wait for the 175 bus. This is a great regular bus and should take 30mins or so to get you into the centre. You can also buy tickets from the machine at the stop or on the bus itself. The buses run every 10 mins or so. You can check the timetable in English here: http://wyszukiwarka.ztm.waw.pl/bin/query.exe/en.
Warsaw Stadium (Warszawa Stadion) has its own train station so you could get a train from Warsaw Central station to the stadium station, or get a tram across the river (Central station and East/Stadium stations are on opposite sides of the Vistula river).
The trains are being run by Koleje Mazowieckie – the trains from the Airport to Warsaw East are every 30mins/1hr, so the fastest way is to get on any train to Warsaw Central and change there for Warsaw Central or Warsaw Stadium. You can see the train timetable in English here http://www.mazowieckie.com.pl/en/.
The other good news is that the tube (metro) and buses (autobus) will be running longer & more frequently in Warsaw during the Euro 2012 and the night buses will also be running more frequently throughout the night.
And saving the best to last – Euro 2012 ticket holders will also enjoy free travel on the trains, tube and buses from the midnight before the match to the midday on the following day after the match. More information here: http://www.ztm.waw.pl/aktualnosci.php?i=726&c=100&l=2.