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Flights to Warsaw

Cheap Flights to Warsaw

Warsaw, the capital of Poland, isn't a place many think of as a vacation destination. This only means that it's that much more attractive, however -- it's cheap, uncrowded and off the beaten path. Acting as gateway to quaint, old-world Poland, Warsaw is a stately, traditional European capital with centuries of history, wide cobblestone-paved boulevards, palaces, parks and fountains, whose beauty tends to come with the weight of significance that only centuries of history can bring.

Getting ready to fly

Since Warsaw gets bitterly cold in winter, it's best to arrive in spring or summer. If you have a Canadian passport, you don't need a visa for stays under 90 days. Air Canada, LOT Polish, Lufthansa and Air China fly here, among other airlines.

Warsaw is hands-down the cheapest destination in Europe for tourism (that honor used to go to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, but it now belongs to Warsaw). For instance, two nights at a four-star hotel, airport transfers, a day of sightseeing and a great, three-course evening meal at a fancy restaurant, all add up to no more than CAD 250, half as much as London.

Warsaw is one of the cheapest gateways to Europe, as well. Flights from Canada to Warsaw tend to be cheaper than to other European capitals. Once you arrive here, you can take cheap flights out to elsewhere in Europe. Setting up price alerts on a meta-search engine like Skyscanner can help.

Arriving in Warsaw

Warsaw's Chopin airport is named after the classical Polish composer. This modest, but thoroughly modern airport is only 10 km from Warsaw city. It meets every standard that you would expect from a modern European transportation hub in cleanliness, efficiency, shopping and dining facilities and all the essentials, like Wi-Fi.

Whatever time of day or night you may arrive at, you'll have access to public transportation. There is an underground train that connects the airport to the city's underground transit system.

Warsaw Modlin, the city's second airport, is home to Ryanair, the European budget airline. You'll need this airport for a budget Ryanair flight to anywhere else in Europe. While this airport does have shopping, restaurants and Wi-Fi, not much of it tends to be well-maintained, and there can be huge crowds everywhere. If you plan to use this airport you need to be well in time for everything

While you can always get a taxi to and from this airport, there is a shuttle bus that takes passengers to the nearest train station, a transfer that takes about an hour.

Looking around the city of Warsaw

If you only have a little time in Warsaw before you head out to Krakow, Gdansk or elsewhere in Poland, the Royal Route is the place you shouldn't miss. Often called the most beautiful avenue in Europe, it is home to Warsaw's most greatest palaces and museums. Łazienki Park (say wah-zhen-kee), the Chopin Museum and the Palace of Culture and Science, deserve all the time that you can give them.

You'll love Warsaw enough to want to figure it into your itinerary as often as possible as you travel around Poland.

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